Manchester United Warm-up Event with author Gary B. France
On July 28, 2018, Manchester United will play Liverpool at The Big House, in front of what is expected to be the largest crowd in history to watch a soccer game on U.S. soil.
In July 1998—less than a mile away from Michigan Stadium—a small crew of English expats and diehard soccer fans from across the globe gathered at their “new heaven”—the recently-opened Irish pub named Conor O'Neill's—as coverage of English Premier League soccer first arrived in Ann Arbor—beamed live via satellite from football stadiums across England—lighting up the darkened den, bright and early each weekend morning.
Oh, how far we have come!
Author Gary B. France will present Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of United, a humorous and heartwarming story of culture shock and two countries separated by a common language. It details a unique time in history. It isn’t simply about one man’s dedication to soccer and his team. It’s about fans and the lengths to which we go to remain connected; it’s about home, where it all starts, and remembering those roots no matter how far we wander; and it’s about community, characters, and—most importantly—the friendships that evolve through a shared passion for the “beautiful game.”
Praise for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of United
“A plentiful read indeed! A football fanatic’s engaging diary of refusing to cut the umbilical cord between himself and his beloved Man. Utd . . . no matter what!” —Ray Hudson, beIN Sports commentator and host of The Football Show on SiriusXM FC