Top 17 Man City books April 2015

Find the perfect Man City book from the Amazon's best selling list for Man City Books April 2015. 5 new entries make it onto this months list whilst two favourite's (including Ian Cheeseman's book on "the King" Colin Bell) make it back into this months list.

The Amazon Best sellers list of Man City Books: April 2015.

April’s list of Man City books sees a new leader at the top finally knocking the Manchester City annual from the number one spot and a few new entries. If you’ve not sorted out your summer reading yet then hopefully this list will inspire you!

For those not in the UK, April saw World Book Day celebrated (the UK celebrates World Book Day in March due to Easter Holidays). For World Book day, ManCityGifts interviewed 10 Man City experts from blogs and social media to find out which their favourite City book is. Take a look here and see if you agree. 10 MCFC experts reveal their fav MCFC book

The Man City books April 2015 list is from Amazonand is their best sellers for April 2015.

No. 1

The Worst of Friends: The Betrayal of Joe Mercer

A big jump from last month’s 11th place, Colin Shindler’s book on City’s successful management team of the late 60’s tracks the relationship between Malcolm Allison and Joe Mercer. Two completely opposite personalities that came together to form the great side of the late 60’s.


No. 2

Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up

Keeping it’s place at number 2 in the list is David Conn’s “Richer than God”. The well respected Guardian journalist, Man City fan and specialist on football finance, writes this account of Manchester City’s journey from his Manchester childhood in the 70’s through to City’s Premier League win in 2012. Recently recommended to me on Mancitygifts’ facebook page as giving a good account of boardroom activity under Francis Lee’s chairmanship.


No. 3

Official Manchester City FC 2015 Annual (Annuals 2015)

Finally knocked off it’s Number 1 perch after a run of three months, the City annuals are quite thin with a lot of photos and some little quizzes. A nice present for a Junior Blue and a staple Christmas present.


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No. 4

Colin Bell – Reluctant Hero: The Autobiography of a Manchester City and England Legend

Returning to the top 17 Man City books after missing out in March Colin ‘The King’ Bell, tells his story through BBC radio Manchester’s Ian Cheeseman. Whilst some claim the book lacks the dirty laundry many similar books contain, it shows the respectful nature of arguably City’s greatest player. A good choice for supporters of the era and those (like me) who were not fortunate enough to watch the great man.


No. 5

Manchester City Football Club (Archive Photographs: Images of Sport)

David Saffer’s book contains over 270 images from City’s history including action shots, team photos and programme covers. Including a wealth of material from before World War 2, the book covers major events in City’s history up to 2002.


No. 6

George Best and 21 Others

Possibly in light of City’s FA Youth Cup final run, which sadly came to an end against Chelsea, Colin Shindler’s book, George Best and 21 Others, has made an entrance in April’s top 17. Written about the 1964 Youth Cup semi final between City and United, Colin tracks down some of those who played and watched these games and how there careers panned out.


No. 7

From Balti Pies to the Biggest Prize: The Transformation of Manchester City

Steve Mingle’s sequel to Lows, Highs and Balti Pies: Manchester City Ruined My Diet falls back from last month’s 3rd place position. From Balti Pies to the Biggest Prize: The Transformation of Manchester City covers from the 2004 season where the last book ended and has a happier ending than its prequel, with the team winning 5 trophies in the last 10 years. A highly rated book which is informative, interesting and easy to read.


No. 8

Manchester City: The Secret History of a Club That Has No History

Released on April 16th, Mike Devlin’s (founder of the award winning mcfcforum.com) book has been flying off the shelves. A humourous semi-alternative history of our City has got me all confused as to what is the real history and what is tongue in cheek! A laugh a minute read, although maybe not for those who don’t like a bit of blue.


No. 9

The ups and downs of being a Man City fan

This kindle only book by Steve Naylor continues it’s rise up the Amazon chart. The book covers Steve’s following of City from the mid-60’s to 2012 from a tongue in cheek viewpoint.


No. 10

Blue Moon Turned Gold: The Rebirth of Manchester City

Up 3 places, sports historian Graham Gordon looks at City from a unique angle revealing on which road Pablo Zabaleta played pool and goes to the chippy! He starts with a look at our Blue Moon anthem, discussing our recent history with lots of new and informative pieces including the clash between Mancini and Txiki and Soriano, before giving a behind the scenes look into the players at the club.


No. 11

Manchester City: Player by Player

Exactly as it says on the tin, Tony Matthews presents a complete record of every City player to have played for City (and Ardwick) since 1892. Appearances and goals scored are covered for the last 125 years for all senior level matches.


No. 12

Man City Miscellany, The

A highly rated addition to your City collection, Andy Buckley’s Man City Miscellany is a rich source of trivia to test your fellow fans. With detailed season by season records and biographies of some of City’s most famous players, this is a handy pocket guide to the best team in the land (and all the world!).


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No. 13

Once in a Blue Moon: Life, Love and Manchester City

The tale of a Man City fan (and Manchester itself) from the 70’s to the our League win in 2012. If you grew up in Manchester in the 70’s then this book is for you. Full of nostalgia, Steve Worthington captures many fond memories of Manchester, Man City, watching England and managing a Sunday League team. Steve wrote many great pieces for the City fanzine “Electric Blue” and this is another great piece he’s written.


No. 14

Looks Like Scunny Next Season: The 1999 Manchester City Team That Came Back from the Dead

A return to the list for David Mooney’s book in which he tracks down and interviews the Wembley 99 team. David traveled far and wide in his pursuit, visiting Gerard Weikens in Holland but had to do a telephone interview for the much traveled Terry Cooke. if you want to know what Terry’s up to you’ll have to get the book!

Mancitygifts.com interviewed David about the book, you can read the interview here.


No. 15

The Bumper Bundle of Manchester City Stories: 2008-14

Dropping from last month’s 8th position, Howard Hockin’s Bumper Bundle of City stories charts the rise of the team from 2008 to 2014. A collection of articles written by Howard from the point at which Thaskin Sinawartra left the club as we won the footballing lottery. In typical City fan humour, the book contains 5 articles never published before and a Louis Van Gaal quiz!


No. 16

Manchester City Ruined My Life

Colin Shindler’s third book on this month’s list, gets a mixed reception from Amazon reviewers with 8 x 5 star ratings and 8 x 1 star ratings with little in between! The common ground is that this book has little to do with City and is more about Shindler’s recent life. (He seems to have left City behind saying that the money has ruined the club!)


No. 17



Manchester City: A Complete Record, 1887-1993 (Complete Record Series)

Another book covering Manchester City statistics in the top 17 this month (there must be a lot of research going on!). Ray Goble’s book covers City’s history from 1897 to 1987.


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