"Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy" - F Scott Fitzgerald. Who is your favourite Manchester City Cult Hero? Goater, Lee, Bell, Kinkladze, Dickov or Wright-Phillips? David Clayton's book, "Man City's Cult Heroes", tells the story of the club through the careers of its 20 greatest icons - the men who made fans' pulses race. The likes of Frank Swift, Paul Lake, Dennis Tueart, Bert Trautmann, Ian Bishop, Andy Morrison and Niall Quinn all join the illustrious cast list as David searches for the very heartbeat of a club obsessed with the way the game is played, but bereft of trophies for so long. Each player's career is analysed to discover what made him tick and why he was so idolised by the fans, including their foibles, quirks and misdemeanours. Controversy and heated debate will follow around Manchester as City fans place their bets on who is the greatest icon - and who is left out of this definitive list of fans' favourites. Featured players are: Billy Meredith; Frank Swift; Peter Doherty; Bert Trautmann; Bobby Johnstone; Roy Paul; Mike Summerbee; Rodney Marsh; Dennis Tueart; Joe Corrigan; Gerry Gow; Paul Lake; Ian Bishop; Andy Morrison; Niall Quinn; Giorgi Kinkladze; Uwe Rosler; Shaun Goater; Paul Dickov; and, Shaun Wright-Phillips. This is a rocky ride at times. But then, if you're a City fan, you're used to it.
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David Clayton writes about City for the Manchester Evening News and the Guardian and is the editor of the Manchester City Official magazine, regularly contributing to the matchday programme at the City of Manchester Stadium. His previous Manchester City books have included autobiographies for Shaun Goater, Tony Book and Mike Doyle.Review:
These well-written biographies are especially pertinent as Manchester City programme editor Dave Clayton compiles them with love, affection and detail. Players featured include Frank Swift, Dennis Tueart, Uwe Rosler, Shaun Goater and Ian Bishop among others. With a foreword by Shaun Wright-Phillips this is a must for all Manchester City fans - Nathan Davies, The Association of Football Statisticians. When you read a title like 'Cult Heroes' the thing that gets on my wick most of the time is that they're not cult heroes in the true sense, but often the genuine legends, so it's good to see a book featuring some genuine cult heroes, from a club that's almost made for them. Peter 'the Great' Doherty (no, not that one), Paul Lake, Gerry Gow, Ian Bishop, Niall Quinn, Uwe Rosler are among those who feature. Even that never to be forgotten man mountain Andy Morrison gets a section, which is great to see alongside footballing legends such as Mike Summerbee and Dennis Tueart. Well worth a read, even if you're not a City fan - Midfielddynamo.com.
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Book Description Know the Score Books, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1905449054