Forever a Babe: Growing Up with Manchester United, by Tom Clare

Forever a Babe, a book about Growing Up with Manchester United, by Tom ClareTom wore the goalkeeper's jersey for
St. Gregory's Under-13s in 1957.

Tom Clare, author of Forever a BabeTom Clare was born in April 1945 in the inner city suburb of Manchester named Chorlton upon Medlock, and lived there until April 1960.  He was initially educated at the Holy Family Infants School; St Augustine’s Primary School; and finally, St. Gregory’s Technical High School in Ardwick, Manchester.

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His love of Manchester United Football club was nurtured in his early years by his Grandfather, and he found himself growing up alongside the emergence of United’s famous young team that became so widely known as the ‘Busby Babes’.  He witnessed their triumphs, and ultimately their tragedy, and his book ‘Forever a Babe’ tells the story with passion insight, love and emotion, and describes events early in his life that not only affected him, but helped shape the future of what has become the biggest football club in the world.

Tom left school in 1960 and pursued a career in the professional game serving for a few years on the ground staff at Preston North End.  In April 1963 he left Preston and in August of that year, he enlisted into the armed forces where he was to spend the next 22 years.

This did not diminish his love of Manchester United and he travelled regularly to watch their games whenever the opportunity arose. He continued to play football both in military and civilian teams both at home and abroad.  Several times his duties took him to overseas stations and he played for clubs in Malta, Germany, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

On leaving the services in 1985 he once again settled in the Manchester area where he worked as a tenant in the licensed trade.  He was a season ticket holder at Manchester United until 1999, when after watching his beloved club win an unprecedented ‘treble’ of Premiership, FA Cuo, and Champions League trophies, he emigrated to the United States and settled in Houston, Texas.

His love of all things Manchester United is still as strong today as it has ever been, and he never wastes an opportunity to return to Manchester and to Old Trafford in particular.

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