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The Man Who Kept The Red Flag Flying: Jimmy Murphy

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The family authorised biography of Manchester United hero Jimmy Murphy who managed the club after the Munich air disaster and managed Wales in their only appearance in the World Cup finals.

As legendary Manchester United manager Matt Busby lay in an oxygen tent in his hospital bed, recovering from the horror of the Munich plane crash, he clutched the hand of his close friend and faithful right-handman Jimmy Murphy.

Murphy stepped into Busby's shoes and answered United's call in their hour of need. More than that, he provided the spark which would see a phoenix spectacularly rise from the flames. Murphy would be at Busby's side as the club famously conquered England and Europe, driven by a new generation of Babes. Murphy would remain United's assistant manager up to 1971, going on to become a club scout, unearthing and recruiting famous talents like Gordon Hill and Steve Coppell.

In his other role as Wales football manager, he would mastermind his country's only appearance in the World Cup finals taking Wales to the brink of the semi-finals in 1958.

The Man Who Kept The Red Flag Flying has been written in full co-operation with Murphy's family, with unique insight from sons Nick and Jimmy Junior. It features contributions and comments from Sir Alex Ferguson, Tommy Docherty and Ron Atkinson, among many, and rare excerpts from the Daily Mirror and Manchester Evening news archives. It also includes rare and unseen images and memorabilia from the family collection.

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