Manchester City – 50 Memorable Matches
Manchester City – 50 Memorable Matches is Stuart Brodkin’s very personal account of watching City from 1956 to the present day and is more than just an eyewitness record, it’s a roller-coaster ride with the lowest of the lows and the highest of the highs along the way.
The book takes in the Cup Final triumphs and tragedies, the Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison regime that brought the First Division title and the European Cup-Winners’ Cup to Maine Road, and the latter years when the Abu Dhabi project made City the team of the decade in the UK, highlighted by a clean sweep of domestic honours under Pep Guardiola. In between, there is the day when Alan Ball mis-calculated and the team was relegated and the drama of the Second Division play-off final at Wembley when the Sky Blues looked almost certain to end up in English football’s lowest professional tier.
Add into the mix the iconic ‘Aguerooo’ moment at the Etihad when the club’s first Premier League title was clinched under Roberto Mancini in one of the most sensational games in the history of football and lots of personal experiences of going to games the length and breadth of the country and abroad and you have a book that all City fans will want to get their hands on. The book consists of 50 memorable games that Stuart attended, starting in the mid-50s right up to the Champions’ League Final in 2021. bringing in his own experiences, having met several of the team’s superstars.
Manchester-born Stuart Brodkin, now exiled in London 188.4 miles from the Etihad, has been a City fan all his life. He attended Manchester Grammar School but skipped university to begin a career as a journalist, graduating from local papers to working in Fleet Street for the Daily Mirror and Daily Express. He has written numerous sports books and biographies including Enter the Dragon, the autobiography of Theo Paphitis.