Catch a Falling Star: The Autobiography of Neil Young by Neil Young, Dante Friend

By Neil Young, Dante Friend

Some of the most perceptive descriptions of Manchester City's play in the course of their glory years used to be made via "Manchester night information" reporter Peter Gardner who stated that 'When Youngy performs, urban play'. For the entire speak within the intervening years of greats resembling Summerbee, Bell and Lee, it used to be the neighborhood lad made sturdy who made such a lot influence while it mattered. A tall, leggy striker with a venomous left-foot shot, younger scored in each major online game for urban within the past due 60s. Scorer of 2 targets within the 1968 Championship win up at Newcastle, the scorer of the 1969 FA Cup ultimate winner and the 1st objective within the 1970 Cup Winners' Cup ultimate, Neil younger performed as major a job within the luck and elegance of the Mercer-Allison partnership as an individual. but through 1972 he used to be allowed to depart the membership as urban started their now accepted courting with underachievement and mismanagement. In "Catch a Falling Star", Neil younger explains what he has been as much as within the years for the reason that his hot photographs stung the arms of the country's most interesting goalkeepers. the following he frankly discusses the matter that confronted footballers of the pre-Premiership period: 'When I left Rochdale for the final time one Friday afternoon I had a week's wages...about GBP60. I drove domestic and sat in my living room for roughly hours, puzzling over what the hell i used to be going to do. I had a vehicle on HP, a personal loan, a spouse and 3 youngsters to feed. i used to be the supplier who may possibly now not supply. I had no reductions whatever and my spouse did not paintings. i did not see it coming. It was once a calamity ready to happen'. therefore begins Neil's decline into sickness and melancholy. through the subsequent painful decade Neil suffered a variety of health problems, misplaced his kin, his mom and survived a suicide try. fortunately, he has emerged along with his spirit intact thank you principally to the affection of his 3rd spouse, Carmen. "Catch a Falling celebrity" is the relocating story of a how a celeb at the wane controlled to mount a private comeback as outstanding as any completed at the pitch via City's star-studded squad of the past due 60s.

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Between 1961 and 1971 I scored more goals for Manchester City than any other player in the club’s most glorious period. And though this was to be a decade of considerable achievement for both City and myself – goals, winners’ medals and further additions to my family – I wonder after all that effort why the club haven’t officially recognised my efforts. As most of you will know, in the early part of this decade, City were going nowhere fast and as the Les McDowall era became the George Poyser era there seemed little to suggest that the good times were round the corner.

Then, I’d collect all the bottles of pop from the neighbours and take them to the paper shop to be returned. When you returned a certain number of bottles you could send off for a free football! Like I say I was obsessed! Football was the only thing on my mind! We used to have to walk two miles to secondary school, today most of the youngsters get a lift in a car from their parents which seems very lazy. I bet none of them would ever consider doing that sort of thing now. Everybody has a car these days but in my day no one at all had a car on our road.

It felt absolutely incredible. Unbelievable. The lad from the back streets of Fallowfield had just won a game for England. I wanted to wear my cap on the train journey home. I didn’t though! The Manchester Evening News heaped praise on me. It was another feather in my cap, another boost to my confidence. Soon after that I found myself moving from the youth team to the reserves and then into the first team in a relatively short period of time. It wasn’t too hard to adapt as far as I was concerned though, the higher the grade you played, the slower the football seemed to be.

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