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The author of the book: Lou Macari
Edition: Transworld Publishers
Date of issue: August 11th 2008
ISBN 13: 9780593061084
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 33.80 MB
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The former Manchester United and Scotland football legend tells his story for the first time, from humble beginnings at Celtic, though glory days, to scandal and tragedy in his later life. Football has dominated Lou Macari's life in more ways than you could possibly imagine. Taken on as an apprentice by Celtic in the wake of the 1967 European Cup triumph that saw them anointed the Lisbon Lions, Macari learned his football the old-fashioned way alongside another future great, Kenny Dalglish. He quickly broke into the first team, winning three straight Scottish league titles, but it was at Manchester United, following a shock transfer in 1973, that the attacking midfielder's prowess turned him into a fans' favorite and a household name. Macari was the leading light in a free-flowing forward line as Tommy Docherty's side won promotion back into the First Division in 1975. Two years later, Lou scored the winning goal as United beat Liverpool to win the FA Cup—their one and only trophy in the Seventies—and he went on to score 97 goals in more than 400 appearances for the Red Devils. He also won 24 caps for Scotland, scoring five times, and represented his country in the infamous 1978 World Cup Finals in Argentina. After leaving United in 1984, Macari moved into management with Swindon Town, leading the Wiltshire club to back-to-back promotions. It was there, however, that Lou went on to battle the whims of tyrannical chairmen at West Ham, Birmingham, Stoke, in his dream job at Celtic, then finally at Huddersfield. Football had one final blow for this eternal fans' favorite though, when one of his three professional football-playing sons, Jonathan, committed suicide when a youngster at Nottingham Forest. The tragedy still tears his family apart. In his long-awaited autobiography, Lou Macari tells with typical candor of football then and of football now, of the glory days and the truth behind the scandals, and of the perils that threaten the beautiful game today. It is a story like no other.
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Read information about the authorMacari played for Manchester United in the 1970s and early 1980s. He was bought from Celtic in 1973 for £200,000 during his time with Celtic he scored 57 goals in 100 appearances. His first game for the club came in January 1973 against West Ham United in which he scored a point-saving goal in a 2–2 draw. In 1977, his shot deflected off team mate Jimmy Greenhoff to win the FA Cup final against Liverpool (and ultimately deny Liverpool the European treble). He made 400 appearances for the club and scored 98 goals.
Macari's early career at Old Trafford was spent trying to lead an attack that struggled to achieve anything. Relegation to the Second division in 1974 was the low point but Macari blossomed as a midfielder in the following seasons under Tommy Docherty as United began to win back a large following with superb attacking football in which Macari enjoyed popularity alongside players such as Gordon Hill, Steve Coppell and the Greenhoff brothers.
He helped United win the Second Division title in 1975. They finished third on their return to the top flight and were runners-up in the FA Cup before going one better and lifting the trophy a year later. He was on the losing side in the 1979 final, and also played in a string of European campaigns during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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