Welcome to Gary James’ Football Archive

A Dominant Derby Performance

On this day (4 October) in 1930 the Manchester derby ended City 4 United 1. It wasthe Reds’ ninth straight defeat of the season and they were relegated at the end of it.  The Athletic News claimed:  “City obviously grew sympathetic and declined to rub it in.” That’s the kind of wording they could have used again to describeContinue reading “A Dominant Derby Performance”

Sunday Morning Blues

Everton, so often a bogey team back then for Manchester City, were defeated 2-0 on this day (2 October) in 2005.  This was the first Sunday morning kick off in the Premier League and the match commenced at 11.15 with some fans making a point of the early start by wearing pyjamas.  It was also Stephen Ireland’s firstContinue reading “Sunday Morning Blues”

City 3 Bilbao 0

On this day (1 October) in 1969 Manchester City’s first home tie in the ECWC ended 3-0 (6-3 on aggregate) as the Blues defeated Athletic Bilbao.  City scorers were Alan Oakes, Colin Bell and Ian Bowyer.  Attendance 49,665. You can read more (and watch a video) about the game here:


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The site was launched on 1st January 2021 and there were in excess of 350 articles posted by the end of April including the entire Manchester A Football History book (this originally cost £24.95 and has been out of print since 2012) and audio interviews with Trevor Sinclair, John Bond, Malcolm Allison and George Graham plus a 1 hour special audio recording on Manchester City’s 2011 FA Cup run (containing Gary James’ archival audio recordings with Peter Swales, Garry Cook, Brian Marwood, Roberto Mancini & Peter Barnes).

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