Forever Boys: The Days of Citizens and Heroes (Wisden Sports Writing)

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Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year 2015Sometimes you love a football team not only for their strengths, the splendour of their play and the appealing thrust of their character, but also the haunting possibility that their best hopes may never be fulfilled. This has rarely been demonstrated so vividly as by the Manchester City team who briefly, but unforgettably, illuminated the late sixties. And no one was more caught up in their struggles and their triumphs than James Lawton, a young sportswriter starting out on a career that would take him to all the great events of world sport. Yet still, 50 years after Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison began to shape the brilliant team, he counts watching their rise to glory as one of the most exciting times of his professional life.Francis Lee, Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee - these players loomed large over the game as they charged at the peaks of English football, and today evoke a period of the sport's history that seems distant and unknowable, hard to see except through the rose-tinted gloss of nostalgia.Lawton goes back to those heroes, interviewing all the main players and characters who are still alive, and vividly brings to life the story of that City team which with such wonderful panache, and freedom, won the first division title, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup between 1967 and 1970.This, though, is not just the story of one team, but a broader one of how sport can sometimes so perfectly mirror the exaltation and the despair of the real world, how it carries those who do it, and sometimes even those who merely see it, to moments that will claim a permanent place in their hearts.
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ISBN-13: 9781472912428
ISBN-10: 147291242X
Pagini: 336
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.29 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Wisden
Seria Wisden Sports Writing

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Will appeal to readers of titles such as Mike Summerbee: The Autobiography, The Glory Game, The Damned United

Notă biografică

James Lawton first started covering top-flight football as a 19-year-old for the Daily Telegraph in 1963 and after a seven-year stint in North America, went on to become chief sports writer of the Daily Express and the Independent, with whom he was three times voted sportswriter of the year and was also awarded the sports columnist and sports feature writer of the year titles. He has written 12 books, including an award-winning collaboration with Sir Bobby Charlton on his two volumes of autobiography.


A beautifully written, nostalgic journey . Lawton visits all living participants, but he breaks the good reporter's rule by including his own reflections. They make it all the richer
Excellent . Forever Boys is necessary reading for City fans
This golden era is beautifully captured in James Lawton's Forever Boys
It is a bitter-sweet account of life then and now, a beautifully-crafted and evocative recollection of the original City 'Super Team'
This is a great book for a lot of reasons. Simply put, it is some of the finest sportswriting to be seen in 2015. It is an obvious choice for Man City fans or anyone that loves the English game or the city of Manchester. It's also a great piece of nostalgia, a great opportunity to hear living legends talk about their journey in the beautiful game. It's a magical and unique experience, one that is an enjoyable from cover to cover.
A wonderfully evocative book
It's a beautiful story lovingly told by a great writer who still holds City close to his heart. I can't recommend it highly enough.
a fascinating portrait of - and tribute to - the men who did so much for the club
Football romantics, particularly those with ties in Manchester and Nottingham, will lap up the nostalgia of Forever Boys