4-9-1935: Manchester City Football League-winning captain Tony Book was born on this day in 1935. Book had an unconventional career, playing for his home town team Bath City until he transferred to Plymouth Argyle at the age of 29. Tony Book’s career was transformed when Malcolm Allison took over as manager of Bath – Book followed Allison to Plymouth and later in 1961 (aged 31) to Manchester City.
Under the management of Joe Mercer and his assistant Malcolm Allison Manchester City were one of England’s leading clubs. Book became City’s captain and lead the team to a League Championship (1968), FA Cup (1969), European Cup Winner’s Cup (1970) and League Cup (1970). Book was joint winner of the 1969 Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year Award with Dave Mackay.
Tony Book played 244 games for Manchester City between 1966 and 1974. Book went on to manage the club and lead them to the 1976 League Cup. He has held several other roles at the club and was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame in 2004.