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Sir Matt Busby: The Definitive Biography by Patrick Barclay
  

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Sir Matt Busby, the legendary Manchester United manager who saw the team through unprecedented glory, as well as profound tragedy, made the club the global entity it is today.

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Synopsis

Sir Matt Busby: The Definitive Biography by Patrick Barclay

As a League footballer before WWII, Busby remained at the forefront of the game for four decades and made an extraordinary contribution to football. Busby's emphasis on youth, local players, and a passing attack game set a template that turned just another north football club into what is now the world's greatest football brand. In this definitive biography, Patrick Barclay takes a look back at Busby's phenomenal life and career, including the incredible force of the Busby Babes in the fifties, the tragic Munich air disaster that claimed 23 lives, and Manchester United's historic victory ten years on - becoming the first English team to win the European Cup. Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, Pat Crerand, Nobby Styles and Wilf McGuinness are among the host of witnesses testifying to the qualities that set Sir Matt apart.

This is the story of the greatest figure in football history and his legacy, which will live on forever.

Reviews

Many new books with a sporting theme are tumbling onto the shelves but I doubt any will be superior to the illuminating and comprehensive biography of Sir Matt Busby by the irrepressible football sage Patrick Barclay The events and emotions are recounted with haunting eloquence by Barclay: a master of his craft. -- Jim Holden * Sunday Express * Patrick Barclay's magnificent biography of Sir Matt Busby -- Alan Pattullo * Scotland on Sunday * `Sir Matt Busby's story has been told many times but, rarely with such perception and scholarly attention to detail


` a stunning biography ... destined to become a classic of its genre
Patrick Collins

About the Author

Patrick Barclay is the football columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and has won the Sports Journalist of the Year award. He has previously worked for the Independent, Guardian and Observer.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th September 2017

Author

Patrick Barclay

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Publisher

Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing

Format

Hardback
384 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Sport from the Armchair

Biography: sport
Football (Soccer, Association football)
Sports teams & clubs

ISBN

9781785032066

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