Ta Ra Fergie: Full Time from the Man who Held up the Banner Paperback – 14 Jun 2013
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About the Author
Pete Molyneux has been a United fan for more than 40 years. In 1989 his patience with the club was stretched to the limit and he famously held aloft a banner at Old Trafford which sparked a huge protest. He lives in Manchester. Jim White is a sports broadcaster and journalist, and the author of "Manchester United: The Biography."
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For the most part, the author adopts a chronological approach to the structure of the book, although the opening chapter is used to set the scene and to give some explanation for why the author came to make the banner with which he has become synonymous. Therefore, the first chapter is largely set in the 1989/1990 season. In chapter 2, the author goes back to the day he first became a Manchester United supporter in 1963, on the day that United contested the FA Cup final and thereafter, events of the past fifty years are recollected in chronological order by the author, right up to United's twentieth league title success in 2013.Read more ›
A fantastic almanac for any United fan, but also a great read for any real football fan.
Reading Pete Molyneux's Ta Ra Fergie will help enlighten those masses how sport can ignite such passions. Written by a true football supporter - one who knows you are cursed or blessed with supporting one team from childhood to deathbed, whatever their successes or failures - it charts the highs and lows of faithfully following one team for over 50 years and 2,000 matches. It does help that the team happens to be Manchester United, always the glamour boys, and now the most successful team in British football. But put aside the fact that Pete has seen less bittersweet and more silver moments that the average fan, this IS the story of the Average Fan - the dream that every fan, regardless of club, embarks on at the start of every season; the triumph of deluded hope over bitter experience.
The book charts both the author's and the club's fortunes from childhood to the present day, with a fair helping of social history to add some spice. Along the way there's pain, despair, true tragedy, fashion disasters and plenty of joy. You'll also get the author's opinions on, amongst other things, stewarding, football chants, seafood, Liverpool, parenting, all-seater stadia, part-time (and God forbid, dual-team) supporters, team selections and Liverpool (again!).Read more ›
I knew he was a mad ManU fan (resisted the urge there to add some letters after the U) and had followed them here there and everywhere. But as an Evertonian, who was born not manufactured, what could I really enjoy about a book on ManU especially as I didn't know about the damned banner, why would I ? never mind who created it ?
So, I buy the Kindle version, I'm on holiday, in the US to see Everton pre-season, and well, why not I thought, I'll give it a go.
What a revelation, this isn't a book about ManU, well not really, it's not even a book about Fergie, come to think about it it's not even a book about the author.
It's a book about Passion, the Passion that gives you withdrawal symptoms if you miss a game, the Passion that makes you suffer all the agony for brief moments of glory (or not as the case may be).
It's about addiction, addiction to the cause, following your team to places near and far in short it's about fanaticism in its truest form.
ManU and Fergie are just the backdrop to an enthralling fan journey across decades that took Pete on a roller coaster ride to the promised land we all aspire to. As such you don't need to be a fan of ManU to enjoy this book you just need to be true fan of football and understand what that means, if you don't understand, you don't matter..
Once you pick this book up you won't put it down until you've finished it, it's that good - buy it, you won't regret it (Liverpool fans excluded!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great story of a fan who unfurled a banner criticizing Alex Ferguson in 1989.A great journey of his life as a united fan stories of trips around the world watching team .Published 7 days ago by DJ HELLIWELL
A great read from cover to cover im a millwall fan with a soft spot for united like the author the first cup final i remember was the 63 final fell in love with denis law... Read morePublished 18 months ago by lionjon
An enthralling trawl through a half century of dedication to Manchester United. Not just the highs, but recalls a tragic low and is an honest recollection of the life of a fanatic... Read morePublished 18 months ago by steve han
When Pete did this banner it was for a time in the history of Manchester United that looked as though it was going backwards. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mr R J Cavanagh MBE
This is one of the best books I have ever read and a must for all Mancheter United fans of any age. It's written by a true fan, (not an ex player/manager, but someone like me who... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mr. C. Morley
A fabulous read and written with true insight into what being a United fan is all about.
I would argue though that any true football fan would enjoy this book. Read more