Norman Whiteside is more than a cult hero to Manchester United fans. In his eight years with the club he came to embody their aspirations to such an extent that he was embraced as their on-field representative, the supporter on the pitch. In this fascinating autobiography, Whiteside reveals the workings of Old Trafford during the 1980s - the good, the bad, the booze and the arrival of Fergie. His stories of growing up in the sectarian violence of Belfast will shock many, whereas the determination he showed when rebuilding his life when his footballing career was destroyed by injury will act as an inspiration. His career is littered with unforgetable moments, among them the astonishing performance of the seventeen-year-old usurper of Pele s 'youngest ever' World Cup record as Northern Ireland beat Spain in Valencia in 1982.
Born in Belfast in 1965, Norman Whiteside made his first-team debut for Manchester United at the age of sixteen and became the youngest player ever to appear in the World Cup finals in 1982. He was an FA Cup winner in 1983 and scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final in 1985. After 67 goals in seven years for Manchester United, Whiteside transferred to Everton and was forced to retire due to injury at the age of 26. He now works as a podiatrist for the Professional Footballers Association, as a match-day host at Manchester United, and is an in-demand after-dinner speaker.