There have been some extraordinary footballers over the decades. But few with a story as extraordinary as Willie Morgan.
A Manchester United icon, the Scot fought all the odds to make it to the very top of the English game during its most fascinating and fashionable era, the 1960s and 1970s.
But it is not just Morgan’s life on the pitch that is so captivating.
Growing up in the tiny mining village of Sauchie, Morgan was raised believing his grandparents were his parents because his real mother had given birth to him outside wedlock.
Not only that, but Morgan’s father was an Italian prisoner of war from World War Two. It seemed that young Willie was destined for life as a family outcast, forced to follow his family into working the area’s coalmines.
However, Morgan’s path was different. For he had a remarkable skill – the speed and ability to play football like nobody else.
His skills were spotted by Burnley in 1960 before Morgan’s life changed forever when legendary Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby broke the British transfer record to land the winger, and hand him George Best’s No.7 shirt.
It was from the right wing – and that shirt – that Morgan would witness and play with some of the greatest Manchester United players of all time.
Morgan recounts hundreds of tales about the hell-raising Best as well as giving his verdicts on the likes of Denis Law, Bobby Charlton, Alex Stepney, Paddy Crerand and a host of others.
He also talks about Wilf McGuinness and the case he had to fight against former United manager Tommy Docherty.
From the football pitch to the High Court – Morgan has done it all and seen it all. He entertained, captivated and thrilled football fans for over 20 years. Now, for the first time, read his fascinating life story…