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Too Good to Go Down: The Inside Story of Manchester United's Relegation

Wayne Barton

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From the publisher:

When Manchester United were relegated in 1974, just six years after winning the European Cup, it was front page news. How could such a thing happen to the biggest club in Britain? Such a scenario would be even more unthinkable today than Leicester City winning the league.

The story is one of the most dramatic in football history and, yet, still, largely unexplored. Based on a BT Sport film being developed alongside the book, TOO GOOD TO GO DOWN examines the demise of Manchester United, from the moment Bobby Charlton described the club not winning Division One in 1968 as ‘the best thing that could have happened’, through the turbulent reigns of Sir Matt Busby’s successors, to the crushing blow of relegation; which, ironically, came at a time when the club’s young team were just about to bloom and win over a whole new generation.

With brand new, in-depth and exclusive interviews with Tommy Doherty, Sammy McIlroy, Alex Stepney, Stuart Pearson, Lou Macari, Pat Crerand, Willie Morgan, Gordon Hill, Martin Edwards and Paddy Barclay, the most controversial story in the history of football’s biggest institution is finally told in full detail.

The author:

Wayne Barton is an acclaimed author and producer who has travelled the world working with sports stars, musicians and celebrities. In 2018, he produced and wrote the BT Sport film Too Good To Go Down. He was described by former Manchester United owner Martin Edwards as 'the pre-eminent writer' on the club. This is his 12th book with a United theme.


Empire Publications
20 x 13 cm
320 pages
December 2018