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Review: Manchester United ruined my life

Posted by hakanrylander on January 23, 2009

ruinedmylifeColin Shindler grew up in Manchester in the 1950s and 1960s which sounds pretty wonderful considering the opportunities to enjoy the Busby Babes as well as Best, Charlton and Law. But fate dealt Shindler a cruel hand. At the age of three he became a passionate City supporter.

This is the best book written by a City-supporter that I’m aware of. The story deals not just with football but with the author’s childhood which is spent as an outsider in more ways than one. It contains a lot of sadness, as when his mother dies, but is also at times hilariously funny. One highlight is Shindler’s puzzled response when told about the murder of Bobby Kennedy. “Well, he was only a reserve.”

But the book was published in 1998, so why review it now? Well, let’s say I needed to prepare the way for tomorrow’s review. Stay tuned.

2 Responses to “Review: Manchester United ruined my life”

  1. Antimanu said


    I found this book most interesting and can recommend it!

    I found your blog from a comment you posted on Man United Devils. I don’t like Man utd as you will see from my blog and websire! However in the interest of provoking debate on our blogs would you be interested in making comments on my blog and I’ll return the favour! Family audience in mine though!

  2. I read this one years ago and kid of enjoyed it! The book exposes a problem (i.e. ManUtd) but presents no solution. Still a decent read.


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