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Maine Road 100 – Day 13

Day 13 of my posts counting down to the centenary of Maine Road’s opening game. Today is another name that year. Have a look at this amazing photo of Maine Road and tell me when you think this was taken. I’ll give a few clues (below) and will post the answer tomorrow. Clues: So what…

Party Like It’s 1999

On this day (30 May) in 1999 Manchester City won the Second Division Play Off final at Wembley in a tense, dramatic day. Understandably, Paul Dickov’s goal in that Play Off final has often been described as the most important Manchester City goal of all time.  That goal does deserve significant recognition, however it is also…

Manchester’s Football origins

As we now build up to the first all-Manchester FA Cup final and at a time when Manchester will, regardless of who wins, sweep up all the major domestic trophies, I think it’s worth pausing to think about the city’s earliest clubs. I’ve done lots of research over the years on Manchester’s football origins and…

The 2000s: This Week 2006-07

Continuing the weekly series on Manchester City’s seasons from 1999-2000 through to 2008-09. Each week I’ll be publishing here the story of a different season of that remarkable ten-year period. Today we have a 2,900 word article on the 2006-07 season (below).


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The site was launched on 1 January 2021. Since then hundreds of articles, interviews (audio & written), history talks and both my PDFs of my first book (From Maine Men To Banana Citizens, published 1989 and out of print since 1990) and the 2010 edition of Manchester A Football History book (this originally cost £24.95 and has been out of print since 2012) have been posted.

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