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"After the Ball" is Nobby Stiles' account of a lifetime spent living and breathing football. Signed to Manchester United at the age of 15, he progressed to the England team and had a starring role in the 1966 World Cup. He is one of only two Englishmen (Bobby Charlton is the other) to win both the World Cup and the European Cup. After playing at the highest level, Nobby Stiles became a manager, then a youth coach at Old Trafford, where he dealt with the new United of Beckham, Scholes, Giggs and the Neville brothers. His appraisals of these players from this exciting period are revealed, as well as studies of unforgettable teammates such as George Best and Bobby Charlton.
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Nobby Stiles was born in Collyhurst, Manchester in 1942. He played for Manchester Schoolboys and Lancashire Schoolboys before joining Manchester United as a fifteen year old amateur in September 1957. He collected 28 England caps, and made 392 appearances for Manchester United. Nobby Stiles returned to Old Trafford as a youth coach from 1989-93. He was awarded the OBE in 2000.Review:
The joyful 1966 World Cup-winning pinnacle of Nobby Stiles's fine career only masks the heartache, pain and battles that the little midfield terrier had to endure in a lifetime of knockbacks. Indeed, he could have called this excellent autobiography Against All Odds. -- The Sunday Times 20030914 A classic of a burgeoning genre, due in no small part to Lawton's sympathetic marshalling of some wonderfully evocative material. -- The Independent 20030825 A captivating tale of a real football man, who had a hard fight to establish himself with Manchester United and in the national team. -- The Independent 20030821 A brilliant autobiography. -- Daily Mail 20030821 As football books go, this is one of the best I've read. -- Daily Mail 20030822
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110340828870
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0340828870