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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (14 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752457594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752457598
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 3.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is one of the best books I have read for a very long time. Its one of those books where you don't want to put down,and you never want it to end. It is humorous, it made me laugh out loud on many occasions. But there are also some serious moments, but it all adds up to a great read. This is a must read for all serious football fans, young and old.

Brilliant!
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I was attracted to this book as, like the author, I am a Manchester United fan and my time supporting the club pretty much began around the time Sir Alex Ferguson (or just plain Alex back then) became United's manager in 1986. I have some recollection of the author's infamous banner and although I was not on the terraces in the dark days of 1989, I do recall the media were building up the pressure on Ferguson around that time and reporting that United supporters were vocal in putting across their displeasure about United's performances at that time. Ferguson would turn things around by winning his first trophy with Manchester United, the FA Cup, at the end of that season and the rest is history, with a further 37 trophies following before Ferguson's retirement earlier this year. This book is the author's homage to fifty years of supporting Manchester United and one which he started writing ten years ago, but which he continually delayed completion of because Ferguson showed no signs of retiring, until earlier this year.

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.
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A great read for anybody who has followed their team through thick and thin and covers 5 decades of watching football, giving the reader a fans eye view of watching the sublime and the ridiculous.
A fantastic almanac for any United fan, but also a great read for any real football fan.
Highly recommended.
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To millions sat at home in front of the TV with their prawn sandwiches on Saturday nights (or any night these days), it's a mystery why thousands of football fans travel up and down the country in pursuit of their favoured club. To those legions of travelling fans it's equally baffling why football isn't the centre of everyone's life, or possibly even worse, why anyone could sit on the sofa to watch football, and how some even 'support' 'their' club whilst wallowing in an armchair.

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!).
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A FANtastic read for any United follower, new or old. Written in a very readable style and almost impossible to put down. Provides a great source of reference covering 50 seasons and full of interesting escapades and anecdotes that all true football followers can relate to.
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Like one of those times in your life 'Do you remember where you were, when?' I was actually stood on the terraces at Old Trafford when the banner was unfolded. Great book. A must read for any Reds fan. The great plus is that it includes Pete's five decades of watching football.
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I bought this book because I know the author and it seemed the right thing to do.

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!)
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