The man from Uruguay is the official biography of Danny Bergara, the first foreign national to coach an England football team.
When leading his Stockport County side out in the Autoglass Final against Stoke City on May 16th, 1992, Uruguayan Danny Bergara became the first ever 'foreigner' to manage an English Football club in a Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. During his time at Edgeley Park Bergara led the Hatters to three further 'finals' at the National Stadium, unfortunately all of which ended in defeat, nevertheless Bergara had put himself and Stockport County firmly on the football map.
Bergara's footballing journey began in his home country when, as a 14-year-old, he signed for Racing Club Montevideo, making his first team debut at the age of 15. Bergara also represented Uruguay at under 17 level. Aged 20 he moved to Europe to sign for Real Mallorca where he thrived in his new surroundings, helping to win the Second Division championship in 1965 and finishing as the club's top scorer three times before a £25,000 transfer took him to Sevilla in January 1967. On the mainland, Bergara continued to flourish, picking up another Second Division title medal and top-scoring three times, but following an £8,000 move to Tenerife his playing days were ended by a calf injury.
He found his way into the English game by earning a coaching position at Luton Town alongside future manager David Pleat, before moving up north to Sheffield United with Harry Haslam. At Bramall Lane, the Uruguayan became assistant manager and chief coach, and his work attracted the notice of the Football Association, who enlisted him to coach the England under-18 and under-20 sides in 1980 and 1981.
Bergara went on to spend a year as National Manager of Brunei, he also coached/managed at Sheffield United (twice), Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Rochdale, Darlington, Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers but it was at Edgeley Park that he became renowned throughout football as he put serial underachievers Stockport County on the map.
Controversially, his Edgeley Park adventure ended with the sack following a bitter fall-out with his chairman, and although an industrial tribunal ruled in 1996 that he had been unfairly dismissed, his career never regained full impetus. (Full transcript of the industrial tribunal is in the book)
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The Man from Uruguay (A footballing journey) is the official biography of an extraordinary man. Although the original issue is now out of print the amended version (b/w photos) is available via Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0992785324 with the original (colour photos/articles) version still available on Amazon Kindle https://tinyurl.com/y2gy85hx
I was asked by George Best's sister to contribute a story for inclusion in the book - 'George Best Will Not Be Playing Today'.
The book has been compiled using previously unpublished tributes from the many books of condolence opened after his death in 2005, as well as messages of support sent to the Best family by leading international figures.
The book’s title was chosen to sum up the unprecedented impact the mercurial footballer had on the game — taken from a poster outside a football stadium warning match-goers that the man they had most likely come to see was not on the team sheet.
I, like many Stockport County supporters, was lucky enough to see Best play for County on the three occasions he played for the Hatters, my memories take up two pages of this brilliant book. For more details visit http://www.georgebest.com
Written with my late friend Richard Harnwell 'A Pictorial History of Stockport County 1883-2006', The book started out life as a history of the club for release on VHS. By the time we had written our part, Richard had started to lose his sight quite rapidly, as a consequence of MS that he was suffering with. The production of the video was some way behind us and was still a distance from production, so I decided to turn the script into a book in the hope that Richard would see some reward for all our efforts. Unfortunately by the time the book came to print, he had passed away after a rapid downturn in his overall health.
The original book came out in 2006 after County had managed to stay in The Football League on the very last day of the season.
In true County tradition over the next five seasons they managed to win at Wembley Stadium for the first time, gaining promotion and followed that with a spell in administration before falling out of The Football League.
The 125 Year History of Stockport County DVD included all of the original script written by the two of us, added to by the studio to cover the two years between 2006 and 2008.
I then updated the book in 2011 to include the last five years of the club as a Football League club. Hopefully the next historical book on the club will show the rise back up into The Football League (EFL)