Billy Meredith, Sandy Turnbull and the Downfall of Manchester City


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. clevblue says:

    Thanks, great article. I knew someone who recognised Billy Meredith sat on a form outside Withington Hospital in the early fifties, they had a long chat about number 7’s and Billy thought Stanley Matthews was the best he’d ever seen.

  2. gary james says:

    Thanks for the mention of my book but I actually go into a lot more detail and cover the story form a variety of angles in my newly updated “Manchester A Football History”. This book covers the full history of Mancunian football and also goes into great detail about Meredith’s role in the creation of Manchester Central FC in the late 20s and how City & Utd combined to kill off them.

    Details are at and


  3. john harding says:

    and much of what appears in ‘beastly fury’ was lifted from my biography of billy meredith called ‘football wizard’ as well as my history of the pfa called ‘behind the glory’….

  4. john harding says:

    not to mention my book on the social history of professional footballers called ‘living to play’

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