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 from Victor Publishing – Victor Publishing
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
When Stockport County clinched the National League North Championship on the final day of the 2018-19 season it was the third non-league title the club had won in its 136-year history. More importantly it was a significant step towards regaining the Football League status the club lost in 2011.Over the years there have been several books on the history of Stockport County, but there has never been enough space in them to give more information on the non-league and Football League titles that have been won - especially some of the individuals that were instrumental in those title triumphs.
CHAMPIONS! pays tribute to those teams - and more importantly to some of the staff and players that deserve the credit that their achievements in County colours merit.
There is also a special section devoted to a true County champion: Harry Hardy, the Stockport-born goalkeeper who was part of the 1921/22 title-winning team and remains the only Stockport County player to play for England.
The book is available from Victor Publishing – Victor Publishing