Sir Matt Busby
Author: Patrick Barclay
Publisher: Random House
The Man Who Made A Football Club Sir Matt Busby, who took Manchester United to unprecedented glory before seeing the club through profound tragedy, created the global entity that spreads from Old Trafford today. A player with Manchester City and Liverpool before the Second World War, Busby remained at the forefront of football through four decades and made an extraordinary contribution to the game in terms of both style and substance. In this definitive biography, Patrick Barclay looks back at Busby’s phenomenal life and career, including the rise of the Busby Babes in the 1950s, the Munich disaster that claimed 23 lives and the Wembley victory ten years on that made United the first English team to win the European Cup. Denis Law, Pat Crerand and such other members of that great side as Alex Stepney, David Sadler and John Aston are among the host of voices testifying to the qualities that set Sir Matt apart. This is the story of one of the greatest figures in football history, and of the making of a legacy that will last for ever.
Sir Matt Busby is a legend in football, an institution at Old Trafford. He is regarded by many as the greatest manager ever, building three brilliant sides with players such as Charlton, Edwards, Law & Best. Originally written just two years before Busby's death, this book is now available with a new introduction.
Public Sculpture of Greater Manchester is a complete catalog and illustrated guide to all of Greater Manchester's public sculptures and monuments. Manchester historian Terry Wyke provides detailed individual entries for each sculpture featured, including information about the artist and the commissioning agent, date of installation, and the sculpture's historical and artistic significance. More than 350 black-and-white photographs reveal the diversity and beauty of Manchester's many public monuments. The eighth volume in Liverpool University Press's highly acclaimed and prize-winning Public Sculpture of Britain series, Public Sculpture of Greater Manchester will be an incomparable resource for both armchair and actual travelers, as well as for English historians and art scholars alike. "These are excellent volumes in an outstanding and continuing series, one of the most original and important such projects under way. They set an international standard for the recording and publication of public sculpture."—Judging panel, 2003 William MB Berger Prize for British Art History, on the Public Sculpture of Britain series
Author: Iain McCartney
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
Having won the European Cup in 1968, Matt Busby had achieved his dream, completing the job that he had begun with his 'Babes' back in 1956. But it was also to signal the beginning of the end. Despite reaching a second successive European Cup semi-final, performances began to deteriorate and soon Busby was stepping down as manager, handing over the reins to youth team coach Wilf McGuinness. Despite having progressed through the United ranks, the lad from Collyhurst failed to rekindle the flame and, despite reaching two semi-finals, he lost his job, with Busby once again taking the reins. Next into the hot seat was Frank O'Farrell, who also failed to lift the club to its previous heights, with his former Preston North End teammate Tommy Docherty soon becoming the next manager of Manchester United. While O'Farrell was a quiet-spoken Irishman, Docherty was a brash Glaswegian and, in his own imitable style, saved the club from the jaws of relegation, only to see the club drop into the Second Division twelve months later. Amid a backdrop of Football Association hearings, player retirements, free transfers, countless signings, unruly supporters and the saga surrounding George Best, the six-year period between 1968 and 1974 could be compared to a soap opera. But it was real, a notable period in the history of Manchester United and one covered here in great detail for the very first time.
Sir Matt Busby
Author: Trinity Mirror Sport Media
This book tells the story of 18 players plus Assistant Manager, Jimmy Murphy, who made up the main squad of the famous Busby Babes. There is still as much an aura about them now as there was before the tragedy of Munich. The Busby Babes. What a great name
Author: Martin Edwards, Robert Sellers
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
The definitive insider's story of life behind the scenes and within the corridors of power at the biggest football club in the world. When Martin Edwards became chairman of Manchester United in 1980, the club's estimated worth was £2 million. When he retired just over two decades later the club was valued at £1 billion. Under his expert business stewardship, Manchester United grew into one of the world's most recognized sporting brands and the richest and most famous football club on the planet. Martin shares a multitude of wonderful memories and amazing stories and revelations of the great success story of United. He singled out Alex Ferguson as a future manager of the Reds and had the determination and courage to stand by his choice when everybody else, both inside and outside of the club, were calling for his head. Martin Edwards is one of the great football chairmen who oversaw Manchester United as the club achieved its greatest successes and dominated domestic football. This autobiography of the former chairman and current life president presents a fascinating insight into English football's most successful club.
Manchester United 1958-68
Author: Iain McCartney
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
The definitive history of Manchester United following the Munich air disaster.
Football - Bloody Hell!
Author: Patrick Barclay
Publisher: Random House
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2011 Sir Alex Ferguson is the most controversial and compelling figure in football. For many he ranks as the greatest manager of all time. He is certainly the most successful. It's been more than ten years since Ferguson's Manchester United triumphed over Bayern Munich in the dying seconds of the Champions League final. Since then he has presided over the rise and fall and rise again of José Mourinho; the arrival and departure of the world's best player, Ronaldo; the removal of one English talisman - Beckham - and the irresistible instalment of another - Rooney. Ferguson has been instrumental in making the Premier League the most successful competition in football, and he has endured while the mountains of cash have turned to valleys of debt. Throughout, award-winning journalist Patrick Barclay has been pitch-side and spoken to all those who know Ferguson best - fellow managers, former players, colleagues and commentators. The result is Football - Bloody Hell!: the definitive work on the game's greatest living legend.
Little known history of how Manchester United was transformed into the world's most famous football club. With rare photographs and authoritative text this book charts the transformation of Manchester United during the golden years.
One of the greatest players of all time, Duncan Edwards's story is one of tragic heroism. From a working-class Dudley upbringing, Edwards rose to great heights at Manchester United. In only five years, he helped United to win two league championships and to reach the semi-finals of the European Cup. Edwards made his England debut in a game against Scotland at just 18 years and 183 days. He went on to play 18 games for his country, including all four of the qualifying matches for the 1958 World Cup, in which he was expected to be a key player. Sir Bobby Charlton has described him as 'the only player that made me feel inferior' and Terry Venables claimed that, had he lived, it would have been Edwards, not Bobby Moore, who would have lifted the World Cup as captain in 1966. Page-turning and poignant, author James Leighton tells a story of a magnificent sportsman and great man - the perfect contrast to the headline-grabbing footballers of today.
Bobby Charlton is Manchester United through and through. He was a member of the original Busby Babes and has devoted his career to the club, playing in 754 games over 17 years. During that period he won everything the game had to offer, played alongside some of the greats such as Best and Law, suffered devastating defeats and was involved in one of the greatest football tragedies of all time. Here, for the very first time, he tells the story of those United years. With his beloved Reds he tasted FA Cup victory in the emotional final of 1963, won three first division championships and in 1968 he reached the pinnacle of club success, winning the European Cup. Inevitably, such highs are balanced with no less dramatic lows, such as the 1957 European Cup semi-final, the highly charged 1958 FA Cup loss which followed only weeks after the horrors of the Munich Air disaster, and the 1969 European Cup defeat by Milan. He is one of the true gentlemen of football and the legacy that Bobby Charlton gives to United is beyond compare.
The Football Man
Author: Arthur Hopcraft
Publisher: Aurum Press Limited
DIV ‘Football matters, as poetry does to some people and alcohol does to others… Football is inherent in the people… There is more eccentricity in deliberately disregarding it than in devoting a life to it. The way we play the game, organize it and reward it reflects the kind of community we are’ Written just two years after England’s ’66 triumph when the national game was at its zenith, Arthur Hopcraft’s The Football Man is repeatedly quoted as the best book ever written about the sport. This definitive, magisterial study of football and society profiles includes interviews with all-time greats like Bobby Charlton, George Best, Alf Ramsay, Stanley Matthews, Matt Busby and Nat Lofthouse. It is a snapshot of a pivotal era in sporting history; changes and decisions were made in the sixties that would create the game we know today. For many who are disenchanted with the modern game – the grip of businesses and corporations, the dominance of advertising, the extortionate ticket prices and inaccessible matches, the fickleness of teenage millionaires – The Football Man takes the reader back to the heart and soul of the national game when pitches were muddy and the players were footballers not brands. Voted in May 2005 as one of Observer’s top sports books of all time, this is a long-awaited reissue of the classic football ‘bible’. ‘Masterpiece among sports books’ Guardian ‘It remains one of my favourite football reads’ Graham Taylor /div
Author: Ian Herbert
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 The full story of the man who brought unprecedented – and since unmatched – success to Liverpool FC Bob Paisley was the quiet man in the flat cap who swept all domestic and European opposition aside and produced arguably the greatest club team that Britain has ever known. The man whose Liverpool team won trophies at a rate-per-season that dwarfs Sir Alex Ferguson's achievements at Manchester United and who remains the only Briton to lead a team to three European Cups. From Wembley to Rome, Manchester to Madrid, Paisley's team was the one no one could touch. Working in a city which was on its knees, in deep post-industrial decline, still tainted by the 1981 Toxteth riots and in a state of open warfare with Margaret Thatcher, he delivered a golden era – never re-attained since – which made the city of Liverpool synonymous with success and won them supporters the world over. Yet, thirty years since Paisley died, the life and times of this shrewd, intelligent, visionary, modest football man have still never been fully explored and explained. Based on in-depth interviews with Paisley's family and many of the players whom he led to an extraordinary haul of honours between 1974 and 1983, Quiet Genius is the first biography to examine in depth the secrets of Paisley's success. It inspects his man-management strategies, his extraordinary eye for a good player, his uncanny ability to diagnose injuries in his own players and the opposition, and the wicked sense of humour which endeared him to so many. It explores the North-East mining community roots which he cherished, and considers his visionary outlook on the way the game would develop. Quiet Genius is the story of how one modest man accomplished more than any other football manager, found his attributes largely unrecorded and undervalued and, in keeping with the gentler ways of his generation, did not seem to mind. It reveals an individual who seemed out of keeping with the brash, celebrity sport football was becoming, and who succeeded on his own terms. Three decades on from his death, it is a football story that demands to be told.
Author: Jim Whiting
Publisher: Creative Paperbacks
For young fans of UEFA Champions League action, nothing beats a dramatic game of soccer. This series puts readers six and up into the goal-diving action, introducing some of the world's most popular Soccer Stars through brief recaps of their rich team histories. Highlighting important players and managers—in main text and special callouts alike—and noting key periods of success and failure, each book presents action-driven photos and a rundown of Champions League titles as it examines the stellar saga of European football clubs. An elementary introduction to the English soccer team Manchester United, including a brief history since the team's 1878 founding, its main rivals, notable players, and Champions League titles.