Manchester: A Football History - The Story of City, United, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stalybridge, Stockport and More

Manchester: A Football History - The Story of City, United, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stalybridge, Stockport and More

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By (author) Gary James

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  • Publisher: James Ward
  • Format: Hardback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 250mm x 46mm | 1,560g
  • Publication date: 10 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Halifax
  • ISBN 10: 0955812739
  • ISBN 13: 9780955812736
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd edition
  • Illustrations note: 8 pages of colour plates plus 200 b/w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 519,212

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The book provides the stories of Manchester's greatest footballing achievements, while also answering questions such as: Why did football in Manchester develop the way it did? How do the Manchester sides compare in terms of local support, trophy success, and so on. Manchester - A Football History is the definitive story of football in the Manchester region. Following the success of his Channel M series on the same subject, writer and football historian Gary James' latest book details the story of Mancunian football from the Middle Ages through to the modern day. The book reveals many new and interesting stories and also tries to spell out many significant events that have shaped the region's football development. Manchester - A Football History focuses on the League/former League sides of Bury, City, United, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Stalybridge Celtic, but also takes a look at all the local clubs who have at some point in their history attempted to join the League. Within the pages of this book stories can be read highlighting: * the attempts made by Manchester City Council to install Manchester United as tenants of the City Of Manchester Stadium, not City * the banning of football in the city four hundred years ago * why rugby and football share a few Manchester firsts * Manchester's role in the national formalisation of the game * which Manchester side was the first English team to play competitive football in Scotland * why a street in Wolverhampton contains a memorial to an old Mancunian ground * Which present day League side wanted to change its name to Manchester Football Club during the early 1890s but was blocked by the FA * how Bury found major success before any of the region's other sides * for the first time the true date when Newton Heath became Manchester United * the truth about City's formation as St. Mark's Church side * how City benefited by having one of the biggest newspaper barons of the 20th Century as chairman * the scandal that led to the formation of the PFA * how a City director led United's 1909 FA Cup homecoming * how the region's most successful manager of the period walked out on one of the region's sides to manage their biggest rivals * the story of how Tameside's only League representatives resigned because of lack of support despite getting crowds higher (on average) than Rochdale's all time average * how City and United combined to stop a third Manchester side from threatening their existence * what Rochdale achieved 8 years before City, 20 years before United, and 27 years before Oldham * the development of FC United * the link between City & Hyde * City's poster & United's banner * the recent trials and tribulations at all the region's clubs The updated version of Manchester - A Football History contains over 200,000 words on 544 pages (size 248x174mm) & 8 pages of colour plates, with b/w photographs throughout. Gary James has been working on this book for over a decade: "Mancunian football has always been a passion of mine, however I've always been surprised to find that the full history has only ever been considered from the angle of individual clubs. Clearly, each side within the region has a history worth investigating on its own, however I've always felt that the relationships between our clubs and the stories of the region have been neglected. In fact we've often played down the achievements of our region as a whole to focus on one or two sides." As part of Gary's research he has interviewed players, fans, and other figures from many different aspects of the game in the region in his quest to create the definitive story of football in the Manchester region: "I believe the book has helped unravel some of the mysteries of the Mancunian game and, for the first time, I have tried to tell the story from the beginning of the game through to the modern era. I've got to say that I've been amazed by some of what I've discovered."

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Gary James has been researching and writing about Manchester football since the mid-1980s. He has written several landmark publications and a variety of articles on the region's games, clubs and personalities. In recent years these articles have appeared in publications as diverse as The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, The Times, The Author, When Saturday Comes, and the programmes of both Manchester United and Manchester City. Gary cares deeply about the history of football and feels that the role of all the region's clubs has rarely been given the attention it deserves. He has been working on this book for over a decade. As part of his research he has interviewed a variety of figures from many different aspects of the game in his quest to create the definitive story of football in the Manchester region. Gary James is well known to Manchester football fans for his extensive writing and media work on the local game. His latest work is a highly ambitious undertaking that seeks to provide a history of Football League and leading non-League sides in the Manchester region.A" Dave Russell, Manchester Region History Review

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It is surely the definitive story of football in the Manchester region. Writer and football historian Gary James' latest gem details the story of Mancunian football from the Middle Ages through to the modern day.A" David Powter, Winger It is a real achievement and the first time the history of the game in the region has been told.A" Joyce Woolridge, When Saturday Comes Gary spent a decade working on the book, and as part of his research he interviewed players, fans, broadcasters, journalists and other figures from many aspects of the game in his quest to create the definitive story of football in the Manchester region.A" Mike Pavasovic, Hyde match programme The early histories of Manchester City and United provide some of the most fascinating elements of a story James relates without hype. The clubs' close bonds are an intriguing thread. City were keen to sell United (rather than southern sides) their best players. The two also joined forces to prevent the newly-founded Manchester Central club being elected to the Football League and threatening their own fan bases in the early 1930s.A" Ian Herbert, The Independent

Table of contents

PREFACE 7 NOTES ON TEXT 10 INTRODUCTION 11 PART ONE - FOOTBALL CHRONOLOGY 1 SETTING THE SCENE 15 2 MANCHESTER FOOTBALL CLUB 25 3 THE GROWTH OF FOOTBALL 31 4 THE CONNELLS 55 5 THE HEATHENS 65 6 THE BIRTH OF BURY 77 7 MANCHESTER'S RISE 87 8 SCANDAL & UNION 111 9 PINE VILLA BECOMES OLDHAM ATHLETIC 127 10 MORE SCANDAL 133 11 STOCKPORT COUNTY 143 12 FOR THE GOOD OF MANCHESTER? 147 13 ROCHDALE 167 14 CELTIC AMBITION 173 15 UNITED'S SALVATION & CITY'S SUCCESS 179 16 BUSBY BABES & MCDOWALL'S MEN 191 17 MUNICH 213 18 MANCUNIAN STYLE 233 19 FRIDAY NIGHTS 257 20 EUROPE 263 21 GLAMOUR & GRIME 275 22 ELECTIONS 297 23 PREMIER POWER 309 24 SUPPORTER ACTION 333 25 MONEY MATTERS 353 PART TWO - MANCHESTER MATTERS 26 COLOURS OF MANCHESTER 377 27 THE MEDIA 387 28 MANAGERS 413 29 THE FA CUP 429 30 THE LEAGUE CUP & OTHER COMPETITIONS 443 31 SUPPORT 457 32 THE GROUNDS 467 33 TRANSFER TRAIL 527 BIBLIOGRAPHY 533 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 537 SUBSCRIBERS 539 THE FINAL WORD 544 COLOUR PLATES between pages 256 & 257