From the publisher:
Colin Shindler was dealt a cruel hand by Fate when he became a passionate Manchester City supporter. In this brilliant sporting autobiography he recalls the great characters of his youth, like his eccentric Uncle Laurence, as well as his professional heroes. Threaded through these sporting events is the author's own story, which touches on a universal nerve, growing up in a Jewish family, his childhodd destroyed by the sudden death of his mother and his slow emotional recovery through his love for Manchester City.
It is a tale that reveals what it is like to be on the outside looking in, with his nose pressed up against the sweet shop window watching the United supporters take all the wine gums.
Colin Shindler was born and raised in Manchester, educated at Bury Grammar School and Gonville & Caius College Cambridge, and has worked as a writer and a producer in film, television and radio. He has written two novels and presented history programmes on radio and television. In addition to the books and articles he has written on sport and British and American social and cultural history, he also lectures on film and history at Cambridge University. In recent years he has never been happier than when he saw Lancashire win the County Championship in 2011.