Football fan who knows more than Fergie gets his money back
Everyone makes mistakes, right? After all, we are only human. However, you would think that there was some kind of quality control process in the publishing industry. Like fact checking some of the facts in a book before it goes to print?
Now, a die hard football fan has been offered his money back after pointing out a couple of errors in Sir Alex Ferguson’s latest autobiography. When we say a couple, we mean 45 separate and individual inaccuracies that any elderly manager worth his salt should have been on top of.
For example, the book claims Roy Keane captained Manchester United for 11 years, when everyone knows that it was actually 12 years. And commenting on Rio Ferdinand’s excellent performance in the semi-final of the Carling Cup at Old Trafford, Sir Alex fondly reminisced on 2009. Even though the match was in 2010. Worst of all, Sir A remembers clearly the day his protégé Ryan Giggs took to the pitch in red and black at the tender young age of 16. Any fool knows he was actually 17.
The boss of Hodder and Stoughton is reported to have emailed the disgruntled fan to apologise and offer him a full refund. Acording to the Daily Mirror, the publisher explained that:
"We did in fact go through several stages of fact-checking with this book, with a reading from within Manchester United as well as from a specialist football fact-checker. Although a very large number of corrections were made we plainly did not pick up everything.”
"Possible corrections that have so far been helpfully pointed out are being checked and will be included in future reprints,” he finished.
But the publishers are probably not too downhearted. The book, Sir Alex’s second autobiography, became the UK's fastest-selling non-fiction book since records began as 115,547 copies were sold in its first week. Still, this could set an interesting precedent- will we see historians demanding their licence fee back when period dramas mess up the costumes? Or cinema goers returning tickets when a blockbuster turns out to be a damp squid? Or IT crowds thrusting Windows 8 back at Bill Gates because it's monumentally crap?