Maine Man: The Tony Book Story
"Tony Book s footballing career is something of a modern-day fairy tale, and Maine Man is the definitive account of his intriguing journey. Born the son of an Army officer in 1934, he spent his childhood in India playing barefoot football in the streets with the local kids. From there he returned as a young man to Bath, where he played for a local miners side before following his father into the Army. After a short period in service, Book became a bricklayer and played for various local sides before joining Bath City. It was there that he first met manager Malcolm Allison a figure who was to play an influential part in Book s career. In 1964, Book was transferred to Plymouth Argyle, where he played for two years before former boss Allison, by then co-manager at Manchester City, convinced his partner Joe Mercer to take a chance on the now veteran full-back. Book went on to captain the team throughout their most successful period, during which they won every domestic trophy, as well as the European Cup-Winners Cup. Book was the recipient of the first-ever Manchester City Supporters Club Player of the Year award in 1967 and was voted joint Football Writers Association Footballer
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