For any United fan this book provides some great glimpses of a special time in the club’s history. As a fan of the era, it is a treasure. The interviews are candid and insightful, particularly in comparison to those from today’s media-trained footballers. The characters behind that time of flowing football leap out. I was struck by how much they enjoyed playing in what were largely trophy-less times; almost without exception they point to their time at United as one of the most enjoyable of their lives. I had forgotten what a key part Sammy McIlroy had to play in it all. I didn’t know Lou Macari was such a joker. What would have happened if the “Doc” had stayed? The memory banks began to stir. If I have a complaint it is the lack of an index to help delve back into the book again and again, but it is a small gripe. One last point: initially I wished Andy Mitten had not included the photos of the players as the middle-aged men they have become, jarring as these images did with the those in my memory of fleet-footed young men in the 1970s. But in the end they were in there. This is who they are and it does not diminish what they did nor the pleasure we had in watching them kick a ball around a pitch for a bit.
I really enjoyed Andy's book on United in the 80's and was looking forward to this book from what was United's leanest period trophy wise since the War. I was only a kid during the seventies but i remember the 79 Cup final still aged 8 when we got back to 2-2 against Arsenal and then lost in the final minutes.
This is the same format as previous books with interviews with big and fringe players from the time( Gordon Hill/Lou Macari/Joe Jordan/The Doc etc) and their memories of games/managers. Really good read if your a red and want to know more about a period when United were relegated, had a number of Managers but still reached 3 FA Cup Finals wining one against Liverpool denying them the Treble. I believe Andy is doing on a book on the 60's -cant wait.
Loved this. Brought back a lot of memories of those days - we didn't win many trophies back then but what a roller-coaster. The '70s teams weren't among United's most successful but they'd rank along with all the others for excitement. (Some matches I remember: '71 Chelsea 3-2, West Ham 4-2, South'pton 5-2; '74 Burnley 3-2, Sunderland 3-2; '75 Sheff Utd 5-1; '76 Wolves 3-2, Leeds 3-2, Derby 2-0, Newcastle 4-3, Ajax 2-0, Newcastle 7-2; '77 Liverpool 2-1, Porto 5-2, Everton 6-2; 79 Liverpool 2-2, Arsenal 2-3). The author has the confidence of the players (Macari, Jordan, McIlroy, etc) and so is able to get their inside views.
I am a great devotee of Andy Mitten's books, and this is undoubtedly one of his best. It follows my fave United era, the Reds under Docherty, which, after 1974, was simply enthralling. If you want to view some golden moments of his team, go to Youtube, but this book is the real story behind that era told in interview form by the players. Andy writes each one in that brilliant syle that you could well be sitting alongside him, as each player reveals his own story. Thank you Andy once again. Brilliant.
This is the 3rd book which covers the 70s @ OT. The Previous Two Cover The 80S & 90S Which Are both equally as brillant, Some great interviews in this book from Martin Buchan & Tommy Doc, Andy Mitten Take Bow