By Ian Cheeseman, Colin Bell
Within the autobiography of a Manchester urban and England Legend, the previous football mid-fielder opens up approximately his youth and his existence within the glory years. He singles out his maximum competitors, and compares the fashionable video game with the period he ruled.
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I agreed and started making the trip to Horden, which is about four or five miles up the coastline from Blackhall Rocks, on a regular basis. We used to win games very easily; in fact, I remember winning one game 21-1! I don't know what went wrong for the goal we conceded. We were definitely the best players in the area. I had some great times at Horden Juniors and it was the place where I first came to the attention of scouts from the professional clubs. There were representatives from football league clubs at every home game and most of the lads in the team had trials at different places.
Eileen used to take me to school with her now and again, even though I was still below school age myself. Eileen says she had no choice. 'If Mum was busy with a hospital appointment or something else important, I would ask the teacher, Jackson, if it was OK to bring Colin in. I told him I'd have to stay off school if he didn't let me. To start with, Colin would sit next to me in class, drawing, crayoning or something like that. Later, they'd let him go into the schoolyard and give him a ball. Once he was out there, which was usually later in the day, most of the lessons would be disrupted because everybody would be watching him kick the ball around through the huge windows.
Fred is a fellow broadcaster and author with whom I have worked together on many occasions. I have learnt a lot from him and he has always been prepared to give me advice and support when I've doubted myself. Thanks, Fred. Manchester City's historian, Gary James, and his counterpart at Bury, Gordon Sorfleet, have been a great help, along with countless other people at various clubs which have some connection to Colin's career. All of Colin's former teammates and opponents have been very generous with their time, including Colin's hero Bobby Charlton, who treated me to a wonderful breakfast as we discussed his foreword to this book.
Colin Bell - Reluctant Hero: The Autobiography of a Manchester City And England Legend by Ian Cheeseman, Colin Bell