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My Manchester United Years: The Autobiography Paperback – 29 May 2008
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'For anyone who loves football, this book cannot be ignored' (Leo McKinstry, The Times)
'beautifully crafted' (Daily Mail)
'It is the greatest story of British sport' (Sunday Express)
'With many autobiographies you wonder what the point was. Not this one. Not only is Bobby Charlton a figure whose life story should be told, but he has done so in a book of at times agonising honesty' (FourFourTwo)
'It's a fantastic book. I couldn't put it down. It has everything I would want a player of mine to know and feel about the game. Bobby Charlton is a great man and he has told a great story' (Sir Alex Ferguson)
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The press always made a big thing of Charlton and Best not liking each other when the truth is so obviously that here were two immensely talented men who moved in different social circles. Bobby was a family man whereas George was a much younger, single man revelling in the pop-star attention he was receiving. Significantly, Dennis Law who was the other member of this talented triumvirate appeared to lead his own life as well and appeared to have little interest in the game other than playing.
I loved the stories of Nobby Stiles and his propensity to cause mayhem in public. I was also interested in Bobby's explanation of the story surrounding Alex Ferguson prior to his reign becoming successful. I always believed that he would have been sacked if Man Utd had not beaten Forest in that famous FA Cup tie, when in fact, the truth seems considerably different.
Bobby Charlton was a true world-class footballer and his value in the modern game would be astronomical. I dislike autobiographies from 20-something footballers who have hardly lived, but applaud this tome from a man who has had time to reflect upon a very full and successful career. I look forward to reading his memoirs of playing for England. Thoroughly recommeded.
Sir Bobby's use of the English Language is as thorough as that of an esteemed author. He could have formed another career as a writer or journalist, basically this man could have done what he wanted. Anything he turned his hand to, he would have succeeded.
I plan to read his England memories,My England Years: The Autobiography during the World Cup, this man is the sort of example players of today should aspire to. I wonder how many of the current crop have actually read his book. For me Sir Bobby is the greatest English Footballer in the history of our game. To score 49 goals from midfield is concrete evidence of this. This may be a a patronising remark, but I think he would be held in even higher esteem, if that's possible, if he'd shaved all his hair off. Not at the time but for younger folk, image concious kids, might just look at the video film and have an ageist view. Not me. He wasn't worried about this, he was so driven, so determined. Yes, he had natural talent in abundance, but genuine hard work, was what he prided himself on.
How he got time to record his memories, makes his story all the more inspirational. I would recommend any book by this man to anyone, I look forward to reading his England book & dread the day I hear of his passing..
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