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Books on the Busby Era
 

Manchester United: Building a Legend: The Busby Years
By Edward Ensor Publishers: Transatlantic Press 2008
Over the past fifteen years Manchester United has set the standard for all other clubs. It was not ever thus. In 1902 Manchester United rose, phoenix-like, from the ashes of a debt-ridden Newton Heath. Before the First World War broke out United had clinched two league titles, won the FA Cup for the first time and, in 1910, relocated to what would become the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford.The graph of success was not ever upward; there were long fallow periods, including several spells out of the top flight. In 1938-39, with Europe again on the brink of war, United had just celebrated its latest return to English football's top table. This time the club would remain there for 36 years, a golden period of glorious triumphs, brilliant teams and legendary players. For much of that time the heartbeat of the club was Matt Busby, whose vision it was to make United the greatest force in both domestic and European football. But he did more than simply establish United as a member of world football's elite.
This was the period that made United what it is today: the most famous club in the world, with legions of fans in all corners of the globe; and the richest, a global brand as well as a sporting institution.This tells the story of Manchester United's inexorable rise to the top. Lavishly illustrated using photographs from the "Daily Mail" archives, many reproduced for the first time, it is a unique pictorial record of how a legend was built.

A history of Manchester United between the years of 1946 and 1969 when the legendary manager Matt Busby helped the club become a dominant force in English football. Includes a match-by-match review of this era with comprehensive statistical information.
Manchester's Finest
Manchester's Finest : How the Munich Air Disaster Broke the Heart of a Great City
By David Hall Publishers Bantam 2008
"Manchester's Finest" tells of the terrible Munich air crash, but it is also the story of the immediate aftermath of the disaster and the effect on the city of Manchester. It paints a vivid picture of Manchester at that time, from February 1958 to the end of the season in May when a patched-up team, carried along on a great wave of emotion, reached the FA Cup Final. It is about the fans, the people of Manchester and about the place of a football team in the heart of a city.
The book was released in January 2008.
Manchester's Finest
Johnny the Forgotten Babe: Memories of Manchester and Manchester United in the 1950s
By Neil Berry Publishers Brampton Manor Books 2007
The wonderful, tricky little winger, Johnny Berry survived the Munich Aircrash but was never the same player again. This is his poignant story told in affectionate terms by somebody who was there to see it all at first hand, his son Neil.
The book was published in January 2007 by a small independent firm and has become a sought after book.
The Munich Air Disaster by Stephen Morrin
The Munich Air Disaster
By Stephen R.Morrin Publishers Gill & MacMillian 2007
On 6 February 1958, British European Airways flight 609 crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from an ice and slush covered runway at Munich Airport. The crash claimed the lives of 23 passengers and crew including eight Manchester United player. Affectionately known as the Busby Babes. The German inquiry blamed the accident on pilot error. However, this book establishes beyond any question that this was not so. Stephen Morrin's authoritative book is a story of tragedy, a pilot's heroism in adversity, legal treachery and one of the defining moments in the Manchester United story. It was a sporting disaster that gave birth to a legend - a legend that fifty years later shows no sign of diminishing. Stephen R.Morrin is an aviation historian and author based in Cheshire. The paperback released on October 1st 2007.
The Lost Babes - The Untold Stories of Man Utd and Munich
By Jeff Conor Publishers Canongate 2006
Jeff Connor draws a dark portrait of United, whom he claims grew rich on the myth of Munich, while detailing the human tragedy in conversations and interviews with survivors, friends and family. The hardback was released in February 2006. The paperback released in February 2007.

FK Red Star Belgrade v Manchester United 1958-2003
By Chris Murray   2003
A rare & impressive Yugoslavian brochure to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Busby Babes last match before Munich. 12 large glossy pages containing 38 B&W photos of the game, many rare, plus some Yugoslav text.

The Matt Busby Chronicles - 1946-1969 - Match By Match
By Jim Brown Publishers Desert Island 2004
A history of Manchester United between the years of 1946 and 1969 when the legendary manager Matt Busby helped the club become a dominant force in English football. Includes a match-by-match review of this era with comprehensive statistical information.

United - The Busby Era
By Mike Prestage Publishers Breedon 2002
The story of Sir Matt's huge influence on the fortunes of United.

The Team That Wouldn't Die - The Story of The Busby Babes
By John Roberts Publishers Orion Mass Market 1998
A paperback version of the story of the individuals that died at Munich. Introduction by Sir Matt Busby. Previous versions were released in 1975, 1976 and 1988.

The Busby Years - Manchester United in the FA Cup
By John J Maguire Publishers John Maguire 1998
40 page pamphlet with separate 20 page insert. Reports & statistics - United in the FA Cup 1946 to 1971.

The Busby Babes - Men of Magic
By Max Arthur Publishers Mainstream 1998
On the 40th anniversary of the crash the author has sought out the players who survived and has spoken to the friends and relatives of those who died. From these interviews he has created a portrait of all the Busby Babes who were on board that flight. The book includes contributions from Bobby Robson, Nat Lofthouse and Bobby Charlton and a foreword written by Sir Matt Busby on the 25th anniversary of the crash.

United - The Legendary Years 1958-1968
By Denis Law & Pat Crerand Publishers Virgin 1997
Nicely presented book by two of the legends who played a massive part in the rebuilding of United after Munich.

Manchester United In The Sixties
By Graham McColl Publishers Manchester United 1997
A Season by Season Account of one of United's great periods. The book is accompanied by some excellent reproductions of United Memorabilia. Highly Recommended..

They Died Too Young - The Busby Babes
By David Sandison Publishers Parragon 1996
Pocket-sized little book in a series about stars who died prematurely. Very cheap & OK for the uninitiated.

The Day A Team Died - Eye-Witness Account of Munich 1958
By Frank Taylor Publishers Souvenir 1995
An updated version of the original 1960 classic by a Munich survivor.

A Strange Kind of Glory - Sir Matt Busby & Manchester United
By Eamon Dunphy Publishers Mandarin Publishers 1992
The story of Sir Matt's regime at United - criticism mixed with praise from the guy who later... erm...'helped' Roy Keane write his controversial autobiography. Originally released in hardback in 1991 by Heinemann publishers.

A Strange Kind of Glory - Sir Matt Busby & Manchester United
By Eamon Dunphy Publishers Heinemann 1991
The story of Sir Matt's regime at United - criticism mixed with praise from the guy who later... erm...'helped' Roy Keane write his controversial autobiography. Reissued in paperback in 1992 by Mandarin Publishers.

The Team That Wouldn't Die - The Story of The Busby Babes
By John Roberts Publishers Methuen 1988
A paperback version of the story of the individuals that died at Munich. Introduction by Sir Matt Busby. Original versions was released in 1975 and 1976. Later released in 1998.

Winners & Champions - Man Utd's 1948 and 1952 winning teams
By Alec Shorrocks Publishers Arthur Barker Ltd 1985
An important book, which superbly covers a neglected part of United's illustrious history - from 1937 up to the Busby Babes.

Man Utd Aircrash - 25th Anniversary Tribute to the Busby Babes
By Max Arthur Publishers Imago 1983
Well-presented story, with articles on all of the players involved in the crash. Foreword by Sir Matt Busby. Reprinted in 1998 as 'The Busby Babes - Men of Magic'.

The Day A Team Died - Eye-Witness Account of Munich 1958
By Frank Taylor Publishers Souvenir 1983
A reissue of the classic 1960 book about Munich written by one of the surviving journalists. Also reissued in 1995.

The Team That Wouldn't Die - The Story of The Busby Babes
By John Roberts Publishers Mayflower 1976
The story of the individuals that died at Munich. Introduction by Sir Matt Busby. This is the paperback book version which was released a year after the original (hardback) copy. The book was later reissued in 1988 and 1998.

The History of Manchester United
By Tony Pullein Publishers Direct Printing Ltd 1976
Booklet - A reissue of the story of the individuals that died at Munich. Also contains more information on the history of club upto mid 70's. Introduction by Sir Matt Busby.

The Team That Wouldn't Die - The Story of The Busby Babes
By John Roberts Publishers Arthur Baker Granada 1975
The story of the individuals that died at Munich. Introduction by Sir Matt Busby.This is the hardback book - the original. The book was later reissued in 1976 (paperback), 1988 and 1998.

The History of Manchester United
By Tony Pullein Publishers Direct Printing Ltd 1974
Booklet - The story of the individuals that died at Munich. Also contains more information on the history of club upto early 70's. Introduction by Sir Matt Busby. Later reissued in 1976.

The Munich Disaster - Captain Thain's Ordeal
By Stanley Williamson Publishers Bruno Cassirer 1972
The detailed story of the pilot of the plane which crashed at Munich. He lost his licence and job and fought for 10 hard years before clearing his name. Highly collectable book.

Civil Aircraft Accident - Second Review of Munich Air Disaster
  Publishers H.M.S.O 1969
An very rare document. Report of the second independent review appointed to consider the accident to Elizabethan Aircraft G-ALZU at Munich on 6 February 1958 and to report whether blame for the accident is to be imputed to Captain Thain (C.A.P. 318)

Champions Again - Manchester United 1957 & 1965
By Ralph L Finn Publishers Robert Hale 1965
Excellent, highly collectable book which paints a great picture of the 1st Championship success of the Best, Law & Charlton team.

The Day A Team Died
By Frank Taylor Publishers Consul 1963
The paperback version of the classic 1960 book written about the Munich Air Crash.

The Day A Team Died
By Frank Taylor Publishers Stanley Paul/Consul 1960
The classic, moving book about Munich written by one of the surviving journalists.Reissued in 1983 and 1995.

Civil Aircraft Accident - First Review of Munich Air Disaster
  Publishers H.M.S.O 1960
An very rare document. Civil aircraft accident, report of the reviewing body appointed to consider andreport upon certain matters connected with the accident to the Elizabethan aircraft G-ALZU at Munich on 6th February 1958

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Books on Post-War Manchester United
 
Manchester United - The 25 Year Record - 1974-1999
By Michael Robinson Publishers Soccer Books 1999
A history of Manchester United Football Club between 1970 and 1995, which includes complete statistics and cup results. Later edition reissued in 1999.

Manchester United - 1946-1999 - A Year By Year Club History
By Graham Betts Publishers Football Family Trees 1998
A year by year at a glance reference source and memory jogger.

Manchester United - Not Just Another Club
By Stan Liversedge Publishers Janus 1996
The story from Busby to Ferguson, culminating in the 95/6 Double.

The Manchester United Family Tree
By Pete Frame Publishers Manchester United 1996
Cleverly presented book which shows United's players, in family tree format, from 1955 to 1996. Introduction by Sir Bobby Charlton.

One Brief Shining Moment - The Docherty Years At Man United
By John J Maguire Publishers John J Maguire Publications 1996
A pamphlet celebrating Docherty's short but exciting spell at United 1973-77.

Manchester United - The 25 Year Record - 1970-1995
By Michael Robinson Publishers Soccer Books 1995
A history of Manchester United Football Club between 1970 and 1995, which includes complete statistics and cup results. Later edition reissued in 1999.

United Remembered - A Personal History of Man Utd - Part 2
By Peter Woodhead Publishers Peter A Woodhead 1995
Part Two - From European Cup to FA Cup (1968-85). The second part of Peter Woodhead's cross between a history and a fan's experience looks at the years from victory over Benfica upto the 1985 FA Cup Final win. 64 pages.

United Remembered - A Personal History of Man Utd - Part 1
By Peter Woodhead Publishers Peter A Woodhead 1992
Part One - From the Busby Babes to Champions of Europe (1952-68). A cross between a history and a fan's experience, it looks back at the Busby days - from the Babes to the victory over Benfica. Foreword by Bobby Charlton CBE. 40 pages.

Manchester United - The Quest for Glory 1966-1991
By Tommy Docherty Publishers Sidgwick & Jackson 1991
The Doc's (or could it be ghostwriter Martin Chilton's?) story of 25 years in United's history. Glossy, colourful.

Manchester United - The Betrayal of a Legend
By Michael Crick & David Smith Publishers Pelham 1989
A very critical view of United's behind the scenes activities over three decades to the late 80's.

Manchester United Who's Who 1945-1985
By Tony Matthews Publishers Breedon 1985
Over 200 biographies coupled with interesting facts. Probably the first United book of this type and a good effort.

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Books on Manchester United In Europe
 

Champions of Europe. The Road to Moscow
By Stuart Mathieson Publishers At Heart 2008
Celebrate United's double triumph with this fantastic unofficial guide, chronicling one of the Reds' most amazing seasons. Packed with over 150 full-colour photos, some previously unseen, this indispensible guide follows United at every step of their sensational journey. Relive glorious victories over Lyon and Dynamo Kiev. Recall heart-stopping matches against Roma and Barcelona as Fergie's boys battled for glory. Who could forget the night a nation held its breath as the team finally triumphed at the Luzhniki Stadium! Each page of "Champions of Europe: The Road to Moscow" is packed with match reports, pitch-side accounts, interviews and a collection of incredible full-colour team and action shots of United's best moments in this most memorable of seasons..

Man Utd- Tragedy, Destiny, History- Quest for Europe Holy Grail
By Ken Ferris Publishers Mainstream 2003
An updated version of Ken Ferris' excellent book. Just about lives up to its' billing as the 'definitive story of the Quest for Europe's Holy Grail'. United in Europe 1956 to 2003.

Manchester United In Europe: Complete Journey 1956-2001
By David Meek & Tom Tyrell Publishers Coronet Books 2002
The inspirational story of how Manchester United blazed a trail for English football to compete in Europe. Originally released in hardback in 2001. Originally released in hardback in 2001.

Manchester United In Europe: Complete Journey 1956-2001
By David Meek & Tom Tyrell Publishers Hodder & Stoughton 2001
The inspirational story of how Manchester United blazed a trail for English football to compete in Europe. Re-released in paperback in 2002 by Coronet Books.

Man Utd- Tragedy, Destiny, History- Quest for Europe Holy Grail
By Ken Ferris Publishers Mainstream 2001
Just about lives up to its' billing as the 'definitive story of the Quest for Europe's Holy Grail'. United in Europe 1956 to 2001. This was updated in 2003.

European Glory 1968-1999: United's European Triumphs
Edited By Barney Chilton Publishers Juma 1999
Eyewitness accounts of United's 1968 and 1999 European Triumphs capturing the emotions, the tales, and the remarkable exploits as more than thirty United fans recount their memories from that greatest of footballing nights.

Reliving The Dream-Triumph and Tears of European Cup Heroes
By Derick Allsop Publishers Mainstream 1998
30 years on, this book reflects on one of United's greatest nights, with a lot of input from the players. Introduction by George Best. This is the second edition which was released 6 months after the first edition which had a different front cover.

Reliving The Dream-Triumph and Tears of European Cup Heroes
By Derick Allsop Publishers Mainstream 1998
30 years on, this book reflects on one of United's greatest nights, with a lot of input from the players. Introduction by George Best. This is the original which was released 6 months earlier with a different front cover.

Winning The European Cup - Utd's Finest Hour - 29th May 1968
By John J Maguire Publishers John J Maguire Pub. 1996
30 page pamphlet with separate 16 page insert. Reports & statistics - United's First European Cup Triumph.

Red Devils in Europe - History of Utd in European Competition
By David Meek Publishers Cockerill 1988
Red Devils In Europe - The Complete History of Manchester United in European Competition Excellent history of United in Europe up to 1984/5 and, therefore, not including Sir Alex's contribution! A superb book that no true United fan should be without - fantastic stuff. Later revised in 2001 (hardback) and 2002 (paperback).

Manchester United In Europe
By Roger McDonald Publishers Pelham 1968
Very readable history of United in Europe up to and including their first European Cup success.
 
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