Welcome to Gary James’ Football Archive

Bert Whalley Blue Plaque

One of the unsung heroes of Manchester football, Bert Whalley, is to be honoured with a plaque in Stalybridge. My grandad, a United fan, knew Bert and obviously Bert’s death at Munich affected him and all Mancunians significantly. Great to see Bert is being honoured. You can read more on Bert’s life and career here:

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About this Website

On this site you will find articles, posts and other material about football. Some of this material is free to access (select ‘Free Content’ from the menu above) while other material is available to those who subscribe to the site. 

The site was launched on 1st January 2021 and there were in excess of 350 articles posted by the end of April including the entire Manchester A Football History book (this originally cost £24.95 and has been out of print since 2012) and audio interviews with Trevor Sinclair, John Bond, Malcolm Allison and George Graham plus a 1 hour special audio recording on Manchester City’s 2011 FA Cup run (containing Gary James’ archival audio recordings with Peter Swales, Garry Cook, Brian Marwood, Roberto Mancini & Peter Barnes).

To get a feel for the volume and type of article available visit the ‘Search The Archive’ page (or use either the search function at the bottom of this page or by selecting a category in the Posted Content Categories field below).

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If you would like to read everything on this site then please subscribe. I’m not employed by anyone and do not take advertising on this site, so every subscription directly helps my research and writing. It works out about £1.67 a month if you take out an annual subscription (£20 per year) or £3 a month if you’d like to sign up for a month at a time. Why not sign up for a month, see what’s here and then cancel if you don’t think it’s appropriate for you? Each subscriber gets full access to the 280+ articles posted so far and the hundreds scheduled to be posted in the coming weeks. The entire Manchester A Football History is being posted by the end of February 2021, so subscribers will get all of that too!