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Manchester United have won every major honour available - yet for supporters of a certain vintage their favourite season of all was spent not battling for top honours but in the second flight of English football. Following a spectacular decline following the break-up of the 1968 European Cup winners, United were relegated in April 1974 and the following season was supposed to be a humiliation for the club. Instead, the reds responded by re-inventing themselves for a new era and attracting a whole new generation of supporters.
As Wayne Barton discovers, the modern day Manchester United was born during their sojourn in the second tier. From training pitch to boardroom and under the guidance of wise-cracking manager Tommy Docherty, the club moved on from a state of post-war stasis and shaped itself for the next quarter century. Without the pressure to maintain a place in the top flight, The Doc helped reinvigorate a club still struggling to come to terms with the modern era.
With contributions from manager Tommy Docherty, captain Martin Buchan and first team regulars Brian Greenhoff, Sammy McIlroy, Lou Macari and Arnie Sidebottom - the author discovers that
relegation to the Second Division was not quite the financial or footballing nightmare it could have been. Alongside United in the second tier that season were future European champions Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa.
Meanwhile United finished well ahead of all of them, playing in a refreshing style before record crowds - by April 1975 'The Doc' had revived an ailing patient and set it's pulse racing again and attracted a whole new generation of supporters along the way..
DUE: APRIL 2015
BY MICK MIDDLES
FOREWORD BY MARK RADCLIFFE
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AN ARTIST quite like Chris Sievey or his 'fantastic' comedic alter ego, Frank Sidebottom. Whether pushing for chart action while fronting his former band The Freshies or allowing the bombastic Sidebottom to wreak anarchy and chaos on television, radio or with the Oh Blimey Big Band, Sievey's mischievous muse seemed to obey no boundaries.
Yet it was only after Chris's untimely demise in 2010 that the extent of his influence became fully apparent.
In this unorthodox biography, legendary journalist Mick Middles draws on his thirty year friendship with Sievey to gain further insight into this most charismatic of artists. Family members, fellow musicians, fans and acquaintances help trace Chris's career from Timperley to Hollywood.
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Alice Goodman has been forbidden from entering Tavistock Square for as long as she can remember but, now aged fifteen, the place looks tempting. Will she listen to her nana's warnings and steer clear or is she destined to make the same mistakes as her drunken, violent mother?
Karen Woods returns to familiar territory for her 12th novel to weave a tale of deceit, child abuse and desperation.
PUBLISHED: 23RD MARCH 2015
IN MY BLOOD
BY GERRY BLAYNEY
FOREWORD BY JAMIE CARRAGHER
Gerry Blayney has been through highs and lows supporting his beloved Liverpool Football Club. From the glory of watching the reds win countless trophies to the death of relatives and friends, he has seen it all.
Somehow has soldiered on and as Gerry himself states, he wouldn't have been able to get through it without the help and support of the Liverpool football family.
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"UNIQUELY TOLD IN POETRY, 'FLYIN' HIGH'
IS A FOOTBALL MEMOIR LIKE NO OTHER"
We accompany an awestruck, seven year-old Salford boy at his first game in 1966 watching Best, Law and Charlton in their pomp, through relegation, raucous away days and foreign adventures. There’s bucketloads of beer, banter . . . and Barcelona’s Nou Camp for the greatest night of all!
The cast includes Sir Matt, Captain Marvel, Eric the King, The Baby-faced Assassin, Reliant Robin and The Ginger Prince. The writer revels in a Fergie Wonderland, yet there’s solemnity too, the passing of heroes and American imposters. Above the Theatre of Dreams though, the red flag was, as ever, Flying High.
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Caroline Burch experienced every parent's worst nightmare when her son Elliot was diagnosed with cancer aged just six months old. To document her experiences she kept a diary detailing the
ups and downs of her son's treatment and the emotional anguish of their situation from diagnosis to remission.
Almost ten years later, and with Elliot happily recovered from the condition that threatened his life, Caroline looks back at the traumatic months when there appeared to be no end in sight to the misery. Caroline's story is proof positive that there is life after cancer and a tribute to the tireless work of the individuals who help parents and their children emerge from their nightmare.
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SIR MATT BUSBY
AND THE DECLINE
OF MANCHESTER UNITED 1968-74
A NOVEL BY JOHN LUDDEN
On the 29th May 1968 Manchester United won the European Cup, just six years later they were relegated from Division One by one of their own, Denis Law.
In his debut novel, acclaimed football writer John Ludden recounts the decline through the eyes of Sir Matt Busby, at once the hero and villain of the piece. How could a man regarded as 'Mr Manchester United' preside over such a sharp decline?
BY CHARBEL BOUJAOUDE,
IAIN MCCARTNEY & FRANK COLBERT
There are no shrines or statues to these players at Old Trafford yet
without them, other legends might never have emerged, indeed the club
itself might not exist. The Forgotten Legends brings to vivid life the
careers of an elite set of footballers. They had two things in common:
all made their United debuts before the start of the Second World War
and none of them have had their story told in print before.
By JOHN HARDING
FOREWORD BY GORDON TAYLOR OBE
MEREDITH was one of football’s most extraordinary and controversial
characters. Ninety years after his last match, his name is still one of
soccer’s most famous. Born at Chirk, Denbighshire, in 1874, Meredith began
work as a coal-miner when he was just twelve before his breathtaking soccer
skills brought him to the notice of English clubs.
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THERE WASN'T MUCH TO CHEER about for Manchester City fans during the
mid-1980s. The only relief from the gloom came in the form of a talented
crop of youngsters that arrived at the club from 1983 onwards. Fourteen
teenagers who would go on to accomplish something supporters had waited
33 years to achieve.
While crime boss Harry Jarvis has been languishing in jail, the Collins brothers have been steadily taking over his crime operation. Life has certainly moved on since Harry went inside. Unusual relationships have blossomed. The up and coming Collins family know Harry's time as top dog is all but over; his wife loves another man and his sons are plastic gangsters.
But when he gets out Harry has other ideas and begins a campaign to destroy his rivals by taking the Collins' lucrative cannabis trade by force setting the two families on an inevitable collision course.
Karen Woods returns to the crime ridden streets of North Manchester to produce a gripping, compulsive tale of greed and revenge.
After a failed marriage Rebecca Rooks has returned to comfort eating. Now she is overweight and she knows it. To make matters worse her best friend Gemma (who used to be a fellow fatty) has slimmed down, showing admirable self-control in the cake department.
Rebecca decides to make a change in her life and join first a slimming club and, later, a fitness camp but a hidden truth soon emerges to shatter her hard won self-confidence.
Karen Woods' tenth novel is a tale of friendship, betrayal and too much chocolate.
Mother of four Karen Woods uses her
experiences growing up on a Manchester council estate in her writing.
Having left school with no qualifications, she spent her formative years
raising children and suffering domestic abuse.
Karen has been snapped up by a leading literary agent and her first
novel, Broken Youth, was staged at the Lowry Theatre, Salford in June
2013. She was recently awarded the Learning for Work Individual Award
KAREN WOODS NOVELS
Northern Girls Love Gravy
Teabags & Tears
The Pudding Club
When her mother
takes her own life after her father leaves, therapist Marcy Jordan vows
to open a clinic aiding the broken-hearted. Although helping her clients
proves therapeutic, Marcy quickly becomes embroiled in their lives:
Harry and Grace have been left by cheating spouses and Amanda has lost
her husband to a motorcycle accident.
In Karen Woods'
ninth novel, she weaves a tale of lost love, deception and betrayal. But
will the characters finally be able to move on with their lives?
£18.95 - hardback -
448 pp - over 50 images -
Published: 17th July
“In his own way, he
influential than John Peel. ”
Eagle there would be no Manchester music scene”
“The godfather of
C.P. LEE PHD
Roger Eagle was a
towering figure in British popular music. Uniquely, his influence straddled
the cultural divide separating Manchester and Liverpool. The task of
unifying the musical talents of these two cultural hubs has proved beyond
almost everyone. The sole exception is the subject of this book – a man
whose influence can still be felt today, 13 years after his death.
was just a manager's dream" TOMMY DOCHERTY
under-rated, he gave 100% wherever he played for England or Manchester
worked well with Martin [Buchan]. Martin was cool headed but Brian was
the enforcer, disciplining the rest of the team.”
of the last youngsters scouted by Matt Busby, Brian Greenhoff joined the
newly crowned European champions just weeks after their emotional
Wembley triumph in 1968. He went on to make 268 appearances for the club
scoring 17 goals winning a Second Division championship medal in 1974-75
and an FA Cup winner’s medal in 1976-77. "GREENHOFF!" is the story of
one of United's best loved sons.
"Iconic Scally Book"
book that should be
read by every
love the cheek of the guy"
“It was our
national sport, everybody shared it, and it was cheap, especially if
your motto was ‘To Pay Is To Fail’”
Blaney's 'Grafters', originally published in 2004, was a ground-breaking
exposť of the links between criminal gangs and football hooliganism. In
the intervening period the book and the phrase have become part of the
lexicon, defining a generation of professional thieves who used the
cover of their fellow football fans to earn a fortune.
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