fanatic Brian Hughes is the man behind these fascinating books on
Manchester United's history. Brian, also a world renowned boxing
coach, has a unique style - his books are like a trip back in time
to the faces, places and smells of a never-to-be-forgotten era in
Manchester United's history. The fact that Brian was also a part
of the era as a friend to many of the United legends described in
his books, gives his work the smack of authenticity often missing
from other books on the clubs history.
fascinated by the characters involved in Busby's United," Brian
explained recently, "older supporters can remember these fantastic
sides with fondness but want to know more about what made these
Brian has completed
four books on Manchester United: The Tommy Taylor Story, Viollet
- life of a Legendary Goalscorer, Starmaker - the untold story of
Jimmy Murphy and his latest epic 'The King' about that
most colourful of personalities Denis Law.
don't just want to know what these particular personalities have
to say about the major controversies and achievements in their careers,
they want the fuller picture. To dwell on just one person as divorced
from the whole club is to miss the point: the era is what interests
people and the story of one man's career cannot be seperated from
the comings and goings of the lesser lights, if you like."
Brian, a regular
on Jimmy Wagg's GMR sport show, has often regailed evening listeners
with tales of United's past, "people love anecdotes, like the
one about Denis and the pools panel. In 1963, the pools panel came
into being following a spell of inclement weather that lasted for
six weeks, wiping out football throughout the country, meaning that
players were forced into training for matches that were more than
likely to be abandoned.
period the pools panel, in their wisdom, had forecast that United
would have had five victories. On one very frosty and snowy Monday
morning, as the players were limbering up, Matt and Jimmy came in
to talk to the players about a possible friendly game in Ireland.
Denis Law, full of mischief, turned to the pair and said 'the pools
panel have had us down as winning the last five games' and with
a cheeky smile he enquired, 'will we be getting the win bonuses,
and coughed quietly but sharp as a tack Jimmy Murphy replied, “good
idea Denis. Unfortunately you would have qualified for them but
weren’t selected,” and with that the rest of the players fell about
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