“The best autobiography title I’ve come across for years,” enthused talkSPORT’s Paul Hawksbee last week, as he quizzed United legend Mick Duxbury on It’s Mick Not Mike – and the questionnaire responses he’d given to Shoot! magazine back at the end of the 70s.

 

‘Re-Focus’ is a regular slot on talkSPORT’s hugely popular Hawsbee & Jacobs Show, where Paul and Andy find out whether stars of the past can remember their favourite TV shows and singers, their car and ‘players to watch out for’ back in the day.

 

Favourite activity on day off? A bit of gardening? Felicity Kendal? The Young Ones? Click here to hear Mick’s star radio performance, which no United fan should miss out on.

 

And the same goes for It’s Mick Not Mike (“laconic, revealing and unpretentious… an impressive document about life in English football in the 80s” – Soccerama). Mick played more times for Manchester United than any other player during the 1980s, clocking up nearly 400 appearances in a key era for the club which was full of entertainment and controversy, sowing the seeds of unprecedented success.

 

Mick has a superb range of personal anecdotes and many a revealing insight to share on an era that shaped the future of Manchester United, stretching from the mid-70s to the dawn of the 90s.

  • Personality clash  In the late 70s and 1980s United’s managerial merry-go-round brought contrasting personalities into the hot-seat – Duxbury reveals the differences between Docherty, Sexton, Atkinson and Ferguson.
  • Holding on  Mick’s career was almost over before it began. Discover how his patience saved his career at Old Trafford.
  • Smells like team spirit  Competition for places is expected at every top club but when you feel it becomes personal how do you react?
  • Dedication  Learn why Mick turned his back on the almost guaranteed Division One medal he was desperate to win.
  • Professionalism  Read the reasons Duxbury believes United failed in their quest for the championship in a decade of underachivement – and what they could have done to win.
  • On the edge of glory  Mick’s was the last generation before the financial boom made superstars of anyone to make a Premier League appearance. Read how a bona fide great of the biggest club in the world views the modern game.

 

Click here  for more information, or to read a sample from It’s Mick, Not Mike: The Autobiography of Mick Duxbury

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