Colin Bell - Reluctant Hero: The Autobiography of a by Ian Cheeseman, Colin Bell

By Ian Cheeseman, Colin Bell

Within the autobiography of a Manchester urban and England Legend, the previous football mid-fielder opens up approximately his adolescence and his lifestyles within the glory years. He singles out his maximum rivals, and compares the fashionable video game with the period he ruled.

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As it turned out, they wanted me to play for their reserves rather than play in training-ground matches. Playing in their reserve side was quite an experience. I played against Wolves and Everton. In goal for Wolves was Malcolm Finlayson, who'd appeared in European competition for them, and their regular centre-half, England international Bill Slater, was also in the side. Billy Bingham was playing for Everton, so the opposition was impressive. I was only 17 years old so it was quite a challenge but I must have impressed the people at Bury, because they couldn't wait to sign me.

It's hard to believe these days that the world's number one would do his practising down at the local snooker hall, but he did! They were great days and a perfect apprenticeship for what lay ahead. I was happy and had no desire to move on but more and more clubs were hoping to tempt me away from Bury. Harry Godwin was the chief scout at Manchester City at the time and he recommended me to their coach, Malcolm Allison, and manager, Joe Mercer. Blackpool were the other club who wanted to sign me.

Ian Cheeseman is a reporter for BBC Radio Manchester and has been a Manchester City fan all his life. He is forty-six years old and is married with two children. This is his first book. COLIN BELL RELUCTANT HERO The Autobiography of a Manchester City and England Legend Colin Bell MBE with Ian Cheeseman Foreword by Sir Bobby Charlton CBE MAINSTREAM PUBLISHING EDINBURGH AND LONDON Foreword I hope City fans are not upset that an old Man United player is writing the foreword for one of their great heroes.

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