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Ben Thornley & Gary Neville signing Tackled

Come and meet Ben Thornley and Gary Neville who will be signing copies of Tackled at Manchester Central Library on Thursday 6th December from 4pm.

Who was the standout player when the Class of ’92 won the FA Youth Cup? David Beckham? Paul Scholes? Ryan Giggs? Think again. Ben Thornley: The Class of ’92 Star Who Never Got to Graduate is the compelling autobiography of a teenager who had the world at his feet, only for one tackle to shatter his knee – and his dreams of playing for Manchester United. A supremely gifted winger with pace to burn, he played in every round of that Youth Cup run and finished as top scorer. It wasn’t long before Alex Ferguson, keen to unleash this prodigious talent, gave him his first-team debut – but just six weeks later came the moment that would change the path of Ben’s career, and life, forever. This tale is not only told from Ben’s perspective but also with exclusive insights from those who witnessed him in action first hand. They include family and school friends, as well as Beckham, Giggs, Scholes, Gary Neville and many more. This is the Class of ’92 as you’ve never heard it before – from a player who was a class apart.


Ben Thornley wrote Tackled with the collaboration of journalist Dan Poole. Dan is now the chief sub-editor of Monocle magazine. He started his career at The Independent and then worked in Sydney for three years, writing for FHM, Empire and Rolling Stone. He has also contributed to Manchester United fanzine, United We Stand. This is his first book.


This is a ticketed event. Purchase price includes one copy of Tackled.

The signing will commence from 4pm at Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester, M2 5PD
Anyone arriving to the venue before 3.30pm will be asked to return at or after 3.30pm
Due to the anticipated high turn out, please be prepared to queue
Refreshments will not be available at the event but facilities are available at nearby outlets
The exact time at which the event ends will be determined by the promoters on the day
To avoid disappointment, we advise you not to arrive any later than the signing start time
Your ticket entitles you to one book and one place in the queue to have your book signed by Ben Thornley and Gary Neville
You will receive your copy of the book at the event
A member of staff will be on hand to take a picture for you. Selfie style pictures may not be possible on this occasion. Please ensure that your phone/camera is fully charged on the day and has enough storage
There will not be an official photographer present at the event
Only Tackled will be signed. No other merchandise will be signed
Unfortunately dedications within the book may not be possible
Anyone under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. Any accompanying adults will not require a ticket. Due to time and space limitations only one child can only be accompanied by one parent
Please note the event may be filmed, as an attendee you consent to footage of you being used for promotional purposes
Tickets cannot be resold or transferred and shall not be purchased or obtained from or through any person, commercial agent, company or otherwise than directly by the applicant from Ticketmaster UK Ltd. Any tickets advertised for sale will be void
Management have the right to refuse entry or remove anyone who does not comply with these rules or who fails to follow reasonable instructions on the day

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