Legends of Manchester City by Ian Penney

By Ian Penney

IN one hundred twenty years greater than 800 gamers have grew to become out within the shades of Manchester urban soccer membership or the club's prior guises. of those many have earned mythical prestige. This booklet lists a private selection of a hundred of those legends (one of them by no means even kicked a ball) who the writer thinks warrants the outline. now not meant as an entire biographical dictionary, it's going to with a bit of luck stimulate dialogue between supporters and produce again stories of former avid gamers and previous glories. Names reminiscent of Meredith, Browell and Cookson from the early days will not be too normal to the more youthful supporter; likewise rapid, Cowan, Doherty and prolific goalscorer Johnson from the Nineteen Twenties, 30s and 40s. within the Nineteen Fifties Blues lovers witnessed the efforts of Messrs Trautmann, Barnes, Clarke and Paul. The overdue Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies introduced Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison jointly and their mixed efforts supplied the fantastic triumvirate of Lee, Bell and Summerbee (not to say booklet, younger and Doyle) in addition to amazing entertainment and leisure to Maine highway. in additional fresh instances Kinkladze, Bishop, Weaver and Goater have all earned the fitting to be integrated within the club's corridor of Legends.

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The following year was equally disappointing for him. He’d won back his first-team spot only to have it taken away from him again by Bill Leivers in November 1955. Just over five months later City were back again at Wembley, this time triumphing over Birmingham. Once again the pacey and dependable Branagan missed out. To go so close once is bad enough, but twice must have been terrible. His last season for the Blues was 1959-60, when he played 24 times, the most he’d played in one season since his unbroken run of 1953-54.

Barkas stayed behind the scenes with Bradford until his retirement in November 1964. He passed away at his home in Shipley on 8 December 1989, just three weeks before his 80th birthday. Maine Road career 195 games 1 goal Horace Barnes – forever in the record books ALTHOUGH the name Horace Barnes may not be known to some of today’s younger supporters, he will always hold a unique place in the history of Manchester City Football Club. He scored City’s first-ever goal at Maine Road. That goal against Sheffield United in August 1923 came more than nine years after he’d joined the Blues from Derby County.

This he managed in November 2000 but unfortunately he was an unused substitute in a game best forgotten as the Blues lost 4-1. The following March he left Maine Road and England and took his silky skills to the sunshine state of Florida to join Miami Fusion in the MSL, a League that appeared ideally suited to Bishop’s abilities and style of play. Who knows it might also give him the opportunity to finally establish his budding career as a writer and illustrator of children’s books. Maine Road career 83-33 appearances 7 goals Tony Book -– the grand old man of football WHEN Tony Book arrived at Maine Road in July 1966 no one, least of all Book himself, could have known what was in store.

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