Joe Corrigan Autobiography

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JOE CORRIGAN

BIG JOE

THE JOE CORRIGAN STORY

FOREWORD BY BERT TRAUTMANN OBE

Publication date: October 10th 2008.

Published by Fort Publishing Ltd

RRP: £16.99, Hardback, ISBN: 978-1-905769-11

Joe Corrigan will be signing copies on Friday 17 October, 4 pm – at Waterstones Stockport

Joe Corrigan is a Blues legend. Born and bred in Manchester he played more than 600 times for City and was voted player-of-the-year three times by fans. One of the first inductees into the Manchester City hall of fame Corrigan was also honoured to be named as the club’s greatest keeper of all time by City supporters. Yet it was not all plain sailing. Following in the footsteps of goalkeeping greats Frank Swift and Bert Trautmann, Joe found it difficult to gain the confidence of Blues fans in his early years at Maine Road and had to work incredibly hard to win them over. Despite many setbacks he rose to the challenge, becoming a genuine favourite of the City faithful.

During his sixteen years at the club Joe Corrigan was centre stage for every important event in this successful, but often turbulent, era. There were triumphs in domestic cup competitions, strong challenges in the league and great runs in Europe. There were also disappointments, notably City’s failure to win the title in 1971/72, which Corrigan blames on an ill-judged signing. Then there were the disastrous decisions about managers, some taken when City were again on the verge of greatness. And of course there was the 1981 FA Cup final, dubbed the best of all time, but one that ended in disappointment for the Blues. Corrigan played with, or under, some of the greatest names in Manchester City’s history and he provides fascinating insights into what made them tick. They included Joe Mercer, Malcolm Allison, Tony Book, Mike Summerbee, Colin Bell, Mike Doyle, Francis Lee, Rodney Marsh, Ron Saunders, Dennis Tueart, Trevor Francis and John Bond.

There is perhaps one aspect of a glorious career that still rankles: that he won only nine caps for England. Corrigan was part of that great triumvirate of English goalkeepers, along with Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence. It was undoubtedly the most talented trio ever to be available to the national team but it meant that competition for the number-one jersey was incredibly fierce. Controversially, Corrigan believes that competition was often unfair and that selection policy was more often based on football politics and not goalkeeping ability. After retiring from playing Joe Corrigan became one of the most respected goalkeeping coaches in the country, most notably with Liverpool where he spent ten highly successful years. He is currently goalkeeping coach at West Bromwich Albion.

David Clayton is the editor of the official Manchester City monthly magazine. He is a lifelong Blue and has written numerous books on City over the past five years. He lives in Manchester with his wife Sarah and their three young children, Harry, Jaime and Chrissie.

 Available from all good bookstores, or direct from www.fortpublishing.co.uk

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