Matt Dickinson joined The Times in 1997 and is currently Senior Sports Writer for the paper. His previous book, Bobby Moore: The Man in Full, was a Sunday Times bestseller and shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize. He lives in south-west London.
'What a treat this book is for every United fan as Matt Dickinson
takes us back to a time when everything and anything seemed
possible. Brilliantly researched, superbly written and featuring
the voices of those who made it happen, this is a delight.'
'I wondered whether there’d be anything left to tell about 1999 but this is superbly framed and full of fresh insight.'
'Absolutely engrossed.. So many new insights and details. Almost like a football book version of The Last Dance.'
'Full of detail and lovely stories I’d never seen or heard before. Dickinson shows that the Treble season was far from a year-long party. It was gruelling. Totally unlike today, nearly every player was a character with leadership skills - a team of 11 captains. They were tough, totally dedicated to the United cause, but not always pleasant.'
'For some of us, the greatest story of our sporting lives, told beautifully and with consummate skill and great affection by the brilliant ?Matt Dickinson. Can’t recommend it highly enough.'
'Matt Dickinson superbly recreates the pulse-racing, heart-pumping, deadline-shredding excitement he felt as a young reporter forced to write and re-write his copy to keep up with a rollercoaster of a season that changed the history of football... It is the trust he built two decades ago that allows him to get beyond the banalities of many ghost-written football memoirs or compendiums of fan nostalgia.'
'Full of fresh revelations and insight, this is a masterful retelling of a remarkable year'
'The nostalgia in this book flows through the portraits offered of the personalities who filled the dressing-room. There they are, on page after page, captured “in their athletic prime”, on their way to the most successful club season in English soccer history. It is not all sweetness and light.'