Manchester The City Years
- 21 August 2012 09:17
- Posted by Chris Eccles
A new history of the Blues by Gary James was launched at the National Football Museum in an event attended by a host of former City players and managers.
Known to fans as the ultimate authority on all things City, Gary’s latest tome is his most in-depth study of the Blues to date.
Manchester The City Years covers the full history of Manchester City over 608 pages, from the club’s birth as a church team to the stunning title victory of 2011-12.
The new book takes the reader on a rollercoaster journey with thoroughly researched new information and a wealth of illustrations.
A roll call of former players including Mike Summerbee, Colin Bell, Joe Corrigan, Dennis Tueart, Glyn Pardoe, Paul Lake and Alex Williams were at the National Football Museum for the launch of the book.
Gary was motivated to write a new definitive history of the Blues after hearing opponents accuse City of a lack of history. As Gary explained:
"Every City fan knows we have history and I was fed up of people saying we had none, undermining the great past of the club. I wanted to produce a full history and make everybody aware just what this club is about.
"City’s successes have come on a fairly regular basis and every generation of fans has seen some good times and some bad times.
"City won a major trophy 51 years before Chelsea, 26 years before Arsenal and even a few years before United. So in terms of trophy success, City were there right at the beginning."
As a veteran author of numerous City books, Gary explained that his latest offering will reveal lots of new details for City fans saying:
"I always go back to the start for each book and complement new research with interviews with fans and players in an attempt to garner as much opinion and as many different voices as possible."
Gary went on to talk about how Manchester is now established as true global football city, saying:
"The ups and downs of the club have been closely entwined with those of the city with a resurgence in the profile and success of both in recent years
"The success of City and United and the presence of the National Football Museum is fantastic for Manchester. We’ve never really has a sustained period where both Manchester clubs are successful and it will be interesting to see how it will pan out in this new era."
Manchester The City Years by Gary James is available to buy from the CityStore.
City TV were at The National Football Museum to get a few words from Gary and guests at the launch of the book.