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The History of Football in Manchester

Gary James

The History of Football in Manchester tells the story of football’s role in Mancunian life. Written by well-known Mancunian author Gary James, whose previous works include The Pride Of Manchester (history of the Manchester derby), this book is a product of a lifetime’s research.

At its core the book focuses on the development of football within the city and its neighbouring boroughs, with particular attention given to League clubs Bury, Oldham, City, United, Rochdale, and Stockport, as well as former League side Stalybridge Celtic. The story follows Manchester football from the Middle Ages through to the modern era of multi-million pound transfers and award winning stadia, and considers the importance of Manchester’s clubs and of Manchester’s place in national and international football. Mancunian institutions such as the PFA feature, as do the stories of 1930s side Manchester Central and the modern FC United, and of course the supporters.

The result is a comprehensive look at the influence of the beautiful game on Manchester over the years, and is sure to appeal to any football fan, as well as those who are interested in the social history of the area.




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