Newsletter #1030

A short issue tonight, with Renato’s views on Italian Bosmans, a book review from Dave and news of a Foe tribute concert in Manchester.

As it’s quiet season, any more footballing book reviews that people would care to submit to add to our summer reading lists?

Next game: Bury, away, 7.30pm Wednesday 21 July 2004 (friendly)


Here’s a list of Serie A players available on Bosman with my ratings! What are you waiting for City?

PLAYERS         ROLE    AGE     SQUADS          VOTES
Almeyda         MF      30      Inter           ****
Benarrivo       DF      35      Parma           **
Berretta        MF      32      Ancona          ****
Binotto         MF      29      Bologna         ****
Carbone         STR     32      Parma           ***
Carew           STR     24      Roma            ***
Cevoli          DF      35      Modena          **
Colonnese       DF      32      Lazio           ***
Coly            DF      30      Perugia         **
Conte A.        CC      34      Juventus        **
Conte M.        DF      39      Sampdoria       ***
Couto           DF      34      Lazio           **
Cucciari        MF      34      Siena           **
Gamarra         DF      33      Inter           ***
Ganz            STR     35      Ancona          ****
Giacobbo        MF      29      Ancona          **
Gottardi        MF      33      Lazio           ****
Guly            CC      30      Inter           ***
Helveg          DF      33      Inter           *
Lassissi        DF      25      Roma            ****
Lima            MF      33      Roma            ****
Limberski       MF      20      Modena          **
Maini           MF      32      Ancona          **
Marasco         MF      34      Modena          *
Pivotto         DF      29      Modena          ****
Redondo         MF      34      Milan           ***
Rossitto        MF      32      Udinese         ****
Sacchetti       DF      31      Sampdoria       ****
Sakic           DF      32      Sampdoria       **
Scoponi         MF      30      Modena          ***
Signori         STR     36      Bologna         ***
Torrisi         DF      33      Reggina         *****
Valtolina       DF      32      Sampdoria       ****
Vargas          DF      28      Empoli          ****
Yanagisawa      STR     26      Sampdoria       ***
Zivkovic        MF      33      Sampdoria       ***

Renato Tubere <r.tubere(at)>


Title: George Best and 21 Others
Author: Shindler, Colin
Publisher: Headline
Price: £14.99
ISBN: 0755311531

Whilst browsing in Ottakers in Ayr I noticed the above title – I was about to dismiss it as more Rags junk when I noticed that Colin Schindler was the author so I took a closer look and decided I could get it for my dad’s birthday (and of course read it first).

As a boy I lived at 113 Gorton Road, Reddish, and Phil Burrows lived at 117; he was a couple of years older than me so we weren’t best friends but we did play cricket and football together in the cobbled back entry and against the gates of the chemical works. I recall that the part of my game he most admired was my goal celebrations – nuf said! We also occasionally joined a bigger group, including Mike Doyle, on North Reddish park. So in 1964 when City’s youth team played the Rags in the semi-final I made my one and only expedition to the Swamp along with my mate Phil Crookes. This match is the starting point for Colin Shindler’s book.

From a perspective similar to my own (i.e. an intelligent City fan with a rational dislike of the Rags!) he explores that game and the fortunes of those involved in it. My abiding memory of the game, apart from the drabness of the Swamp and the fact that we lost, was of Mike Doyle “chinning” George Best out of sight of the officials. This incident is not included in the book although the general feud between Doyle and Best is. Perhaps my memory is playing tricks – I also remembered Mike Doyle as a Rags’ fan as a boy though he denies this.

Consequently for me this book is an overdose in nostalgia, and for any City fan of a certain age it is in the must-read category. It is more than that, however, as in following the memories and fortunes of the players involved in that game it throws a new and not entirely pleasant light on the game of football. City perhaps because of the perspicacity of the author come out better than some in their recruitment of youngsters though their subsequent treatment of them was not always so caring.

There is a new light on the Mercer/Alison partnership, with the genial Joe Mercer coming across as less of the father figure and with Malcolm Alison often having to mediate on behalf of players – not how I had viewed it. At the end of the book I was glad that my late development (I was always the smallest in class until I had a late growth spurt at about 18) had channelled me into an academic rather than sporting career – so much for dreams.

Colin Shindler also looks at some of today’s youth team – tellingly Taggart would not allow him to interview the present Rags’ youth team members. Given the antics of his son that’s perhaps not surprising!

Read and enjoy.

David Lewis <dfl(at)>


Season ticket holder, who has been left stranded ’cause his two mates have not renewed their season tickets for next season, is wondering if there is anyone out there who would be willing to car share? I live in Wokingham and would be willing to share driving duties. Costs would be shared and I am good company!

Don’t fancy driving up on my own so please email me if you are interested.

Kal <k.ahmed(at)>


The Arden School of Theatre based at City College Manchester in association with RF Records presents ‘Ya Freddy’ “Foe (we miss you)”, a live showcase compared by Jason Manford (Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Comedy, Nominee 2001) in Albert Square, Manchester City Centre on Thursday 1st July at 5.00pm.

The event is in memory of Marc Vivien Foe, the 28-year-old Manchester City midfielder who tragically died last year whilst representing his country at football. The evening will start with African dance displays, vocal performances by the Accord community gospel choir and conclude with a preview of Freddy’s next single ‘It’s Over’, to be released on RF Records.

Freddy Wanga, a.k.a. Ya Freddy, recorded the song, which is released under the City College Manchester record label, Raw Fish Records. The CD single is available from Music Zone stores, ReebokCity, Manchester City’s Superstore, online at, is priced at £2.97 with £1 of the money raised from each CD single sold going towards the Marc Vivien Foe Foundation, which had been set up by Foe and continues in his memory to help young people access all areas of sport.

Manchester City Football Club, who have supported the release said: “Marc was a very special footballer and a very special person, whose contribution both on and off the pitch was enormous. His shock death had a profound impact on fans and colleagues alike and it was an absolute privilege for all of us at Manchester City to have worked with him. Freddy and the City college team have shown great determination in producing this record and I would encourage all fans to support this most worthy of funds in memory of Marc.”

Aside from being an opportunity to see such exciting live performances, the evening will be a fitting celebration of the life of somebody who was so widely respected and well loved, not only here in Manchester, but all over the world.

For further information please call: Phil Ellis or Jo Hilditch
Tel: (0161) 279 7302
Mobile: 07909 907 089

<pellis(at)> or <jhilditch(at)>

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