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An Undividable Glow: The First Ever Book on the Formation and First Season of FC United of Manchester Paperback – 1 Jul 2006
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The book was hard going at times but a great insight into non-league football. I love the self-deprecating style in which he writes, and there are certainly no pretensions about him. The writing style isn't great - but it's not meant to be. It's supposed to highlight the frustrations of a working-class football fan.You can tell, also, that it pains him that he no longer goes to Man Utd games.
The book isn't just about football, though. It's also about what it means to be poor, deprived, and Mancunian. I wasn't aware that there was an East Manchester - but Brady painterly emphasizes the region. I've always just assumed that there was either North or South Manchester, but the places Brady writes about - Beswick, Ancoats, Openshaw - are, I've now learnt, East Manchester.
I fully expected, as a born and bred United fan, for Brady to trivialize and mock Man City. As a City fan myself, I don't particularly mind him using City in a derogatory tone, as football is all about banter - but this book, also, highlights the arrogance of most Manchester United fans. It's the `others vs them' mentality that United fans convey which makes most football fans loathe them.
The thing that makes this book such an important book is the way Brady often reverts to his own childhood, and often his personal life. Whilst writing the book, Brady's Father passes away. You can tell the love and respect that they shared for each other; it was a moving passage as you begin to feel a real empathy for Brady. As I said earlier this is a love story: it's about the love of his family; the love of his area; the love of Man Utd; and, more importantly, his love of F.C. United of Manchester. You don't have to be a F.C. United fan to read this, but it helps if you are a working-class football fan disillusioned with the modern game, just like me.
Every FC fan should own this book, and every Manchester United fan should read it. If they don't get it, then fine, no everyone does and that's OK. But if they do get it, and they want to see what all the fuss is about then get yourself to that football ground. Bring the kids; after all, you can afford to now.
This is his love story, its shows his pain, his torture in leaving behind the love of his life.
But thanks to his (and others) hard work, dedication and determination, he has a new one. And so have we.
Rob was there at the start of FC (and I mean VERY start) and he tells the story as if the club and book are his very own babies. They probably are.
If you love football- buy this book
If you love Manchester- buy this book
If you love Manchester football- buy this book
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