Two thousand games, Brian Horton, a life in football

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The name Brian Horton might be familier as the former player, manager and football coach looks back at his life in this game giving it special perspectives only Sir Alex Ferguson can match, coming to all those games involvements.

For the younger generation he will be a man that has been associated with especially Oxford and Man City as their manager, he later also took charge at Huddersfield, Brighton, Port Vale and Macclesfield.

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His first job as a manager was with Hull, combining the role with playing as we did see back then but seldom today as you have to have all your badges and licences in place to do the manager job.

For us a bit older we do remember Brian Horton fondly from his days at Brighton, being their captain in the ladder climb from from the 3rd to the 1st level of English football. He then joined Luton and spent three years at Kenilworth Road before making his player manager jump to Hull.

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This book goes in depth of course and also describing the fantastic journey Hull had under their former manager Phil Brown with a certain Brian Horton by his side. Horton alongside Brown managed to get The Tigers into the top flight for the first time in their history and surviving before a massive struggle the year after sending Phil Brown out the door, appointing Horton as caretaker for a period before Iain Dowie came in to try to save the ship, but it wasn’t to be.

Brian Horton later joined Phil Brown at Preston North End and continued to work in football for the time being. After his time with Preston new moves to Macclesfield, Doncaster and Swindon came in order either in full charge or in assistant roles.

A fascinating saga about a man that football respect greatly as he took part around in the football league with a unpolished style and knowledge of the game that few are able to copy.

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