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The history of Manchester United is possibly the most famous of any football club in the world. Having experienced the tragedy of the Munich Air Crash in 1958, the club bounced back to win the European Cup Final just 10 years later. Since then, Manchetser United have become the biggest sporting name on the planet. In this section, you will find the definitive list of every book written about the tragedy and triumphs. We have put all the Manchester United history books into sub-categories - general history, the Busby era, post-war United, United in Europe, modern United, and encyclopedia and photograph books. Listed in published date order, recent first.

General History books on Manchester United
 
Celtic United: Glasgow and Manchester - Two Football Clubs, One Passion
By Frank Worrall Publishers Mainstream 2007
Bestselling author Frank Worrall digs deep to highlight the similarities between the clubs' fans and teams, builds a vivid picture of the tragedies and triumphs that have befallen both, and looks at the altruistic intent behind their formation. Worrall also discusses the reasons why United and Celtic became the first two British clubs to win the European Cup, how they have each had a brilliant but tragic star within their ranks (George Best and Jimmy Johnstone respectively) and analyses the work of the men who have played for and managed each club. Also given a voice in Celtic United are the fans who proudly swear allegiance to both teams. Rod Stewart, arguably their most famous fan, explains his affection for Celtic and United and describes how it came about that both teams feature in the lyrics of his song 'You're in my Heart'Another Revised edition of this book - players voted by United fans.

Man United 100 Greatest Players as Picked by the Supporters
By David Meek Publishers Manchester United 2004
Another Revised edition of this book - players voted by United fans.

Man United 100 Greatest Players as Picked by the Supporters
By David Meek Publishers Manchester United 2003
Another Revised edition of this book - players voted by United fans.

Manchester United - Player By Player
By Ivan Ponting Publishers Polar Print Group 2002
Another update from the Player By Player series.

The Definitive Newton Heath FC
By Alan Shury & Brian Landamore Publishers Tony Brown 2002
One of a series of 'definitive' club histories - this gives a detailed history of Newton Heath from formation in 1878 until change of name in 1902. Quite an academic book and important to Red historians

Masters of Old Trafford - From Busby to Ferguson - Inside Story
By Peter Keeling Publishers Robson Books 2002
Combination of Stories and interviews - a readable and informative history of 40 years of United.

Tartan Reds
By Iain McCartney Publishers Britespot 2002
In-depth story of Scottish United players, going back as far as Newton Heath days.

Irish Reds
By Iain McCartney Publishers Britespot 2002
In-depth story of Irish United players, going back as far as Newton Heath days.

Man United 100 Greatest Players as Picked by the Supporters
By David Meek Publishers Manchester United 2001
Big glossy book; Foreword by Mick Hucknall.

Man United - The Red Army - Five Decades of Player Profiles
By Ivan Ponting Publishers Hamlyn 2000
A renamed, updated and trimmed down version of Ivan Ponting's 'Player By Player' series (previously released in 1989, '94, '97 and '98). This version only features players and managers since the 1950's.

Red and Raw. A Post-War History of Manchester Utd v Liverpool
By Ivan Ponting Publishers Andre Deutsch 1999
Stories, reports & statistics on matches between the rivals from 1946/7 up to United's Treble Season. Forewords by Jimmy Greenhoff & Tommy Smith.

United Irishmen - Manchester United's Irish Connection
By Chris Moore Publishers Mainstream 1999
A celebration of United's Best Eleven Irish Players.

Simply Red and Green - Manchester United and Ireland
By John Scally Publishers Mainstream 1998
The story of why United are by far the most popular team in Ireland. Foreword by Bertie Ahearn. Superb book.

Back Page United - Over 100 Years of Newspaper Coverage
By Stephen F Kelly Publishers Virgin (hb) Aurora (pb) 1998
The second updated edition of Stephen Kelly's 1990 (and 1994) book, charting United in the newspapers for over 100 years.

Manchester United - Player By Player
By Ivan Ponting Publishers Hamlyn 1998
Regarded by many as the defintive Manchester United players profile. Almost 300 players are featured in this updated 1998 version of Ivan Ponting's 1989, 1994 and 1997 brilliant book. Each player description has a photograph and career statistics.

Red Devils - A History of Man United's Rogues and Villains
By Richard Kurt Publishers Prion 1998
An entertaining account of the'darker side' of the Reds.

United All-Time Greats - Heroes of the Stretford End
  Publishers Siena 1998
A Revised version of the 1997 book.

United All-Time Greats - Heroes of the Stretford End
  Publishers Siena 1997
The very large sized format doesn't sit very easily on the book-shelf and this book won't be missed if it is tucked away in a cupboard. The 80 pages contain nice pictures and superficial player profiles. Later reprinted with a different cover.

Manchester United - Player By Player
By Ivan Ponting Publishers Hamlyn 1997
This superb updated compilation (originally released in 1989 and 1994) contains unofficial profiles of more than 200 United players. Established names are included alongside unknowns who played just one match for the first team. Each description has a photograph and career statistics.

Back Page United - A Century of Newspaper Coverage
By Stephen F Kelly Publishers Aurora 1997
Another revised edition of Stephen Kelly's book.

Great Derby Matches - Man Utd v Man City - Complete History
By Michael Heatley & Ian Welch Publishers Dial House 1996
Stories, reports & statistics on all matches between the rivals up to April 96. Forewords by Gordon McQueen & Alan Oakes.

Back Page United - A Century of Newspaper Coverage
By Stephen F Kelly Publishers Aurora 1995
Another revised edition of Stephen Kelly's book.

Back Page United - A Century of Newspaper Coverage
By Stephen F Kelly Publishers Queen Anne Press 1994
The first updated and revised edition of Stephen Kelly's 1990 book. Later reproduced in 1998.

The United Alphabet - Complete Who's Who of Man United FC
By Gareth Dykes Publishers ACL & Polar 1994
Extremely well-researched encyclopaedia detailing every player from 1886 to May 1994. Forword by Alex Ferguson.

Manchester United - Player By Player
By Ivan Ponting Publishers Hamlyn 1994
The first update to Ivan Ponting's brilliant 1989 player by player profile. Added to this edition are the latest stars and full profiles of Sir Matt Busby's magnificent 1948 FA Cup winning side. Superb.

United - The Story Of Manchester United in the FA Cup
By Steve Cawley Publishers Champion 1994
A well-presented record of all of the Cup matches in the seasons in which United reached the FA Cup Final, from 1908 to 1994.

The Gibson Guarantee - The Saving of Man United 1931-1951
By Peter Harrington Publishers Imago 1994
Classy, well-researched book telling the story of United's escape from the brink of bankruptcy. Foreword by Alex Ferguson.

Manchester United - The Official History 1878-1992
By Tom Tyrell & David Meek Publishers Hamlyn 1992
The first update to the originally released 1988 Official History of Manchester United. Contains a historical record and season-by-season statistics.

Manchester United - A Complete Record 1878-1992
By Ian Morrison & Alan Shury Publishers Breedon 1992
Second revision of the highly sought after book, previoulsy released in 1986 and 1990 from the famous Breedon series. Packed with statistics and information.

Manchester United - Moments To Remember
By John Creighton Publishers Sigma 1991
The story of United over the years, highlighting big moments in their history.

The Pride of Manchester - History of Manchester Derby Matches
By Steve Cawley & Gary James Publishers ACL & Polar 1991
Excellent, comprehensive account of the United v City matches 1894 to 1991, includes loads of stats. Foreword by Sir Matt Busby.

Manchester United - A Complete Record 1878-1990
By Ian Morrison & Alan Shury Publishers Breedon 1990
First revision of the highly sought after book from the famous Breedon series, which covered a host of clubs. Packed with statistics and information

Back Page United - A Century of Newspaper Coverage
By Stephen F Kelly Publishers Queen Anne Press 1990
United's history told via reproductions of newspaper articles. A book which has since been updated and reissued several times.

The Irish Connection
By Stephen McGarrigle Publishers Blackwater 1990
Very well researched book giving lots of details of the 50 or so Irish players who had played for United up to the publication date (Keano was one for the future!)

Manchester United - Player By Player
By Ivan Ponting Publishers Crowood 1989
The first edition of what is regarded by most as the definitive record of players, includes biogs, stats and photos of Post-war Reds. Later reproduced.

Manchester United Greats
By David Meek Publishers John Donald 1989
Profiles of Manchester Evening News reporter David Meeks' choice of 10 all-time United greats.

Manchester United - The Official History
By Tom Tyrell & David Meek Publishers Hamlyn 1988
The first edition of this much reprinted book. Large, well-researched history of United, by two of the most respected 'Red' journalists.

Manchester United
By Bill Day Publishers Purnell 1988
A Very lightweight paperback history of United.

Manchester United - A Complete Record 1878-1986
By Ian Morrison & Alan Shury Publishers Breedon 1986
First edition of the highly sought after book from the famous Breedon series, which covered a host of clubs. Packed with statistics and information.

Manchester United
By Tom Tyrell Publishers Hamlyn 1984
Fairly lightweight history of the club from inception to Atkinson era.

The Manchester United Story
By Derek Hodgson Publishers Arthur Barker 1979
The revised and updated second deition of the well-written account of United's history to 1979 & Sexton. Foreword by Bobby Charlton.

There's Only One United - Official Centenary History of Man Utd
By Geoffrey Green Publishers Hodder & Stoughton 1978
Regarded by many as the definitive history when first published

A-Z of Manchester Football - 100 Years of Rivalry 1878-1978
By Derek Brandon Publishers Boondoggie 1978
Facts, figures & pen pictures covering United and City over their complete history.

The Manchester United Story
By Derek Hodgson Publishers Arthur Barker 1977
Well-written account of United's history to 1977. Foreword by Bobby Charlton. Revised and re-released in 1979.

Manchester United - Barson to Busby
By Eric Thornton Publishers Robert Hale 1971
A rare and collectable book telling United's history, concentrating mainly on the post-war period..

Manchester United: The History of A Great Football Club
By Percy M Young Publishers Sportsman Book Club
1962
The second issue of Percy M Young's brilliant book..

Manchester United: The History of A Great Football Club
By Percy M Young Publishers Heinemann 1960
For many years regarded as the definitive book on United and still a great sourcebook for their earlier history.This book with its cover is very hard to find.

Manchester United Football Club
By Alf Clarke Publishers Convoy 1951
Author died at Munich. This is a rare & highly collectable book in the series "Famous Football Clubs".

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