Around the Grounds is an excellently researched book which looks at every club in the English Football League in detail. Interesting facts, good stories, moments to forget, heroes, zeroes and much more. It’s written in great detail and really is an interesting read. Even better, author Chris Nelson is clearly a man of taste, with a link to RoM in their ‘The Last Word’ section for United and my view on a few topics.

Here’s a taster:

Greats moment on this ground
Brian Kidd and Sir Alex Ferguson running on the pitch, Kiddo geting down on his knees and clenching his fists, after Steve Bruce scored the second of his two late goals against Sheffield Wednesday. We had gone 1-0 down to a second half penalty and looked to be losing our grip on the title. But Bruce’s second goal gave us belief that the title was returning to Old Trafford for the first time since 1967.

Heroes of the turf
Eric Cantona was the catalyst for United’s success and helped bring the title back to United for the first time in 26 years. The following season he bagged 25 goals and the season after he guided a team of ‘kids’ who’d ‘never win anything’ to the second double in three seasons. He retired when he was still at his best in 1997, having won the League in four of his five seasons with us.

Aside from detail on United, it’s a great read for any football fan, particularly one who travels the country watching football, with tips on where the best boozer and place to eat is for fans in each city.

RRP £20 but much cheaper on Amazon.

Made in Manchester is available for just £5. It includes 30 articles from the country's best football writers about graduates from the Manchester United academy. Everyone who buys a copy enters a competition to win the new home shirt. All profit goes to Trafford Macmillan so please support this fantastic cause.
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