Jimmy Murphy – Matt…United…and Me – First Edition 1968 – Exceptionally scarce Manchester United autobiography

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Jimmy Murphy – Matt…United…and Me – First Edition 1968 – Exceptionally scarce Manchester United autobiography

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A first edition, first printing published by the Souvenir Press in 1968. A fine book in very good (or better) dust wrapper which is unclipped and has only minimal edge wear. Small nick to the top corner of the front panel. A superb example of a rare title. After the Munich air disaster of 6 February 1958, Jimmy Murphy temporarily took over as manager while Matt Busby recovered from his injuries and, having assembled a substitute team, steered United to the 1958 FA Cup Final. Murphy had not been on the fatal flight because he had been away managing the Welsh team in a World Cup qualifying game. Murphy managed Wales at the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden when they reached the quarter-finals in their only appearance to date in a World Cup finals tournament. They lost 1–0 to Brazil (the eventual winners), to a goal by 17-year-old Pelé. Despite being approached to manage Brazil, Juventus and Arsenal, he remained as assistant manager at Old Trafford until 1971. Murphy chose never to become manager of the club because of his hate of the limelight, he loved working in the background but never aspired to fulfil the job of club manager. From 1973, Murphy did scouting work for Manchester United, most famously during the managerial reign of Tommy Docherty, when Murphy urged Docherty to sign wingers Steve Coppell and Gordon Hill.

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A first edition, first printing published by the Souvenir Press in 1968. A fine book in very good (or better) dust wrapper which is unclipped and has only minimal edge wear. Small nick to the top corner of the front panel. A superb example of a rare title. After the Munich air disaster of 6 February 1958, Jimmy Murphy temporarily took over as manager while Matt Busby recovered from his injuries and, having assembled a substitute team, steered United to the 1958 FA Cup Final. Murphy had not been on the fatal flight because he had been away managing the Welsh team in a World Cup qualifying game. Murphy managed Wales at the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden when they reached the quarter-finals in their only appearance to date in a World Cup finals tournament. They lost 1–0 to Brazil (the eventual winners), to a goal by 17-year-old Pelé. Despite being approached to manage Brazil, Juventus and Arsenal, he remained as assistant manager at Old Trafford until 1971. Murphy chose never to become manager of the club because of his hate of the limelight, he loved working in the background but never aspired to fulfil the job of club manager. From 1973, Murphy did scouting work for Manchester United, most famously during the managerial reign of Tommy Docherty, when Murphy urged Docherty to sign wingers Steve Coppell and Gordon Hill.