This book spans over 60 years of Manchester United history, including little known facts and anecdotes. It features an extensive collection of memorabilia, match tickets and photographs. The “Forgotten Fixtures” completes the post war history as it covers the games that rarely receive a mention. The book starts its journey immediately after the war years and continues up to present day. It takes you the length and breadth of Britain, from Mallorca to Melbourne and Israel to Iran detailing often meaningless ninety minutes of football at obscure, out of the way places.
The League Championship and domestic cup triumphs and failures, along with those in the European competitions have been well documented in the past through various publications, but here, for the first time is the book that complete the Manchester United history in words and statistics.
On the pages of the “Forgotten Fixtures” they are all here, some four hundred odd games. It testimonials details of ground openings and friendlies etc, from 1946 to the present day, bringing Manchester United’s statistical history up to date. The history of Manchester United Football Club is now complete.
Illustrated with not just photographs, but programme covers and match tickets and other items of memorabilia, is a United history with a difference and for the first time in print it covers all those ‘Forgotten Fixtures’ and many others that were not known about in the first place.
In the opinion of one reviewer, this is a “Well researched and presented book for United fans. I would like to have seen details of the pre season trial matches included but you can’t have everything. Hopefully Iain is working on a pre war volume. Highly recommended.”
Author Iain McCartney has previously written, among others, biographies of Roger Byrne and Duncan Edwards. He has also ghost written autobiographies of Norman Whiteside and Kevin Ratcliffe. As well as writing books, Iain has contributed to the Manchester United and Queen of the South match day programmes.
This hardcover, 400 page book with a foreword by United legend Pat Crerand was first released by Breedon Publishing in 2009 and can be obtained from online book retailers like Amazon.co.uk