Us and Them tells the story of Manchester City versus every other club from season 1892/93 until 2010/11. This includes an A to Z of all the teams City have played against, from Loughborouh to Liverpool, and Gainsborough to Groclin, including friendlies, FA Cup, League Cup, Texaco Cup, Anglo-Italian Cup, Full Members' Cup, Auto Windscreen, European games...the lot. It's more 'story' than statistics - though these are included in summary. There is background information on each club, a fan's tale (over 30 contributors) for the vast majority of games (90% of which is new material), and these are quirky, hairy, scary, funny, peculiar and, well, just interesting. There are diagrams of virtually every ground on which City have played, and pictures, caricatures and cartoons are included. The development of City's grounds are reviewed from Hyde Road (which has never been seen before), to the opening of Maine Road and changes there until the move to the City Of Manchester Stadium/The Etihad. Check out the highs and lows, the big wins and big defeats, the Cup semi-finals and Finals, play-off final, league titles and European stories. Read about the original 6-1 and other derby encounters, the early conflicts with Aston Villa, and subsequent bribes scandal; what went on in Milan, Vienna, at Millwall, Notts County and Linfield amongst many other tales, plus the story of the City player who punched a fan who was giving him 'stick'. The Foreword is by City historian and author Gary James, he writes: For me this book is a wonderful addition to my City bookshelves. There have been many, many City books in recent years. Several have covered the same or similar topics, but US and THEM is different. It tells the story of City through the Club's opponents and therefore paints a picture that a chrological history or traditional biographical book cant. It has been written in a style that allows the reader to delve in. Pick a team, any team, and you'll immediately find a potted history of fixtures between the two sides and, in many cases, supporter memories of a game or games. This is an approach I really like. This book is a detailed and thoroughly researched history of the City club against around 148 opponents and is an absolute must for all football fans and City supporters and players in particular.
Born in Swinton, David Wallace became a City fan around 1955, attracted by the sky blue shirts, Bert Trautmann, and possibly, but not necessarily, the fact that City had reached Wembley with the 'Revie Plan' that year and beat United three times. As they lost that Final he cannot be accused of being a 'gloryhunter.' In the late fifties David started to travel to away games and liked to do drawings of the grounds visited, which he still does to this day. Educated in the red hotbed of Salford, David was in the Blue minority, and in the 'swinging sixties' he met and married Suzanne, who was blissfully unaware of what the 'something blue' entailed. During early marital years, having moved to Sheffield, they followed the Blues around the country, including Wembley, with Sue four months pregnant, and naturally brought up their four children, and now four grandchildren up to be Junior Blues. Now living in Leigh, David and Suzanne have edited the City fanzine King Of The Kippax for the past 24 years, and this is the second book David has produced, following on from Century City, the story of City's 1957/58 season, which is now out of print.