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 comparable to Summerbee, Bell and Lee, it used to be the neighborhood lad made reliable who made so much impression while it mattered. A tall, leggy striker with a venomous left-foot shot, younger scored in each major online game for urban within the overdue 60s. Scorer of 2 pursuits within the 1968 Championship win up at Newcastle, the scorer of the 1969 FA Cup ultimate winner and the 1st aim within the 1970 Cup Winners' Cup ultimate, Neil younger performed as major a job within the good fortune and magnificence of the Mercer-Allison partnership as someone. but through 1972 he used to be allowed to go away the membership as urban all started their now favourite courting with underachievement and mismanagement. In "Catch a Falling Star", Neil younger explains what he has been as much as within the years on account that his scorching pictures stung the palms of the country's most interesting goalkeepers. right here 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 front room for approximately hours, brooding about what the hell i used to be going to do. I had a motor vehicle on HP, a loan, a spouse and 3 kids to feed. i used to be the supplier who might now not offer. I had no discounts whatever and my spouse did not paintings. i did not see it coming. It used to be a calamity ready to happen'. therefore starts off Neil's decline into ailment and melancholy. through the subsequent painful decade Neil suffered a variety of health problems, misplaced his relations, his mom and survived a suicide test. fortunately, he has emerged together with his spirit intact thank you principally to the affection of his 3rd spouse, Carmen. "Catch a Falling superstar" is the relocating story of a how a celebrity at the wane controlled to mount a private comeback as outstanding as any completed at the pitch by way of City's star-studded squad of the overdue 60s.
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Extra resources for Catch a Falling Star: The Autobiography of Neil Young
This meant when I played alongside lads of my own age I shone out. At school I enjoyed some happy times. I especially enjoyed athletics, I was a good runner and I was quick for my age. I had long legs even back then and I used to have no problems doing the cross country running which other kids simply detested. Much later on I became a good long distance runner. I had the bug. I developed good stamina. My favourite discipline was running the half-mile for Manchester Athletics Club. Other than that, break times, lunch times and after school – in fact all day every day would be spent playing football.
I can remember when it rained, I would stare out of the kitchen window praying for it to stop so I could go back outside again and play the game. Even in those days I was conscious of the football season running from August to May and in the summer I found a new hobby to keep me occupied throughout the close season. 30 in the morning and go fishing till eight and then head straight to school! I loved going fishing. I think it’s fair to say that at that age I had two real passions in my life - football and fishing.
I could hardly put the ball on the spot, I was shaking like a leaf. ” It was in the lap of the gods. Well, God was on my side that night, as I sent the goalkeeper the wrong way. All the players dived on top of me. 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.