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Looks Like Scunny Next Season: The 1999 Manchester City Team That Came Back from the Dead Paperback – 26 May 2014
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This book features interviews with all 14 squad members from the Manchester City team of the 1999 Division Two playoff final - and the manager, as the Blues came from 2-0 down in the final seconds to win on penalties.
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As with David's other work on City it's an engaging read and will bring back a lot of happy memories to those City fans that were there...and serve as a timely reminder as to how far the club has come.
Good honest insights from the squad that saved the club from almost disaster.
Those that remember Aguero's goal will need to be reminded that this squad started putting the club on route to that very day and uncannily similar scenario.
As a Manchester City fan of a certain vintage I still have not forgiven Liverpool beating us to the title in 1977. There was some jubilee going on somewhere but them there scousers ruined my summer holidays. Back to school back in Europe where we belonged, the season before League Cup winners this is what supporting City was about.
Little did I realise that 22 years later multiple relegations & the odd promotion I would be back at Wembley this time without me dad. I was no longer 7 years old and a quite a few dreams had been shattered. I was still a blue the RAGs had gone from comedy sideshow to champions hammering it down our collective mouths. Even more so when we dropped down to the third tier of English football and Manchester City’s future had come down to a play –off final at Wembley.
Looks like Scunny Next Season by David Mooney recounts that season and more importantly the final. Mooney has recorded each of the players that day recollections of the final and the season and what they are doing now. This was the season when City was really down with the dead men and as the final whistle approached we were dead – as a fan I could hear the death rattle of my beloved City. 2 -0 down at 90 minutes fans leaving the ground me and me mated stood there watching refusing to leave. Goater scores a consolation goal we cheer, Dickov then scores in the added on time an equaliser I become a flying fat man! Through the extra time to penalties my mates no longer can watch and I am commentating for them Dickov misses then here me groan as Edghill steps up never scored taking a ruddy penalty somehow there was a god as he hit the underside of the crossbar and in. My language salty and very colourful as Guy Butters steps up takes his penalty and Nicky Weaver guesses right saves it and it off running celebrating. Me crying my eyes out hugging everyone insight and two days to get home – sober I was not!
Looks Like Scunny retells that through the players eyes and to many of the fans there that day many memories. I think of all the fans that are no longer with us who were not there in 2011 when we went back to Wembley and won the FA Cup or 2012 when we won the league. People think of Manchester City as a rich club with a great history and great fans. This is the book that explains how far the Club tested their fans love. If someone has said to me in 99 we would be premiership champions and rich beyond compare I would have said you were off your tits.
David Mooney in Looks Like Scunny Next Season has given us a book that is an ode of love that we cannot forget how far we fell and how far we have come. Those players many forgotten today heroes then and heroes to a few of us still this is a book that helps fans to get over that season and for others to understand our devotion.
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