From World War Two up to and including 2011 Manchester City won every FA Cup semi-final they played with a 1-0 scoreline. That’s five games. In 2013 I caught up with two of the goalscorers – Tommy Booth (1969) and Paul Power (1981) – to discuss their memories of those games. Here for subscribers isContinue reading “One-nil in your semi-final”
Earlier today I asked ‘Can you name the ground featured in the image above?’ Well, the answer is… Manchester City’s Maine Rd stadium being built in 1922. This end was the Scoreboard End/later North Stand original terracing being constructed, looking towards Maine Road itself. Note the church in the top right corner – that wasContinue reading “Historic Name That Ground – Today’s Answer”
Starting Monday for the next few weeks I’ll be posting an image of a football ground taken in the past and you can see if you can recognise the ground. Some will be easy (believe it or not there are some grounds that have not changed much in all those decades!), others not so. You’llContinue reading “Historic Name That Ground – Easy One To Start!”
On this day (June 16) in 1947 the Western Mail carried this match report of Manchester City’s 5-0 victory over Newport County, which was played on June 14. The game was remarkable for a number of reasons: Prior to the 2019-20 Covid affected season this was the club’s latest finish to a season. 2019-20 endedContinue reading “Manchester City 5-1 Newport County”
25 years ago today (June 15 1996) I was in Manchester Central Library doing some research for my book Manchester The Greatest City when a terrorist bomb went off close to M&S and the Arndale Centre. The explosion was felt across the city and in the library flecks of white paint floated down moments later,Continue reading “25 Years Ago – The 1996 Manchester Bomb”
The Peter Barnes Authorised Biography is currently being printed and is anticipated to be available from July 1st 2021. If you haven’t managed to order it yet you can do so now and, if ordered before July 1st, your copy will be signed by Peter and myself and posted before it appears in the shops.Continue reading “The Peter Barnes Authorised Biography Update”
One of the earliest stars of League Football died on this day (12th June) in 1902. Jimmy Ross, who was a major figure for almost three seasons with Manchester City and had competed in every season of League football since the League was established in 1888, died with an illness described as “an acute skin diseaseContinue reading “The Death Of Jimmy Ross”
I’m always keen to find links between today’s Manchester City and the key players of the past and so I set myself the task of trying to find connections from the club’s first competitive game in 1890 through to the Premier League successes of today. The idea was to see how few players I couldContinue reading “City’s history via 16 players”
This season has seen Manchester City players win several prominent player of the year awards with Kevin De Bruyne winning the PFA player of the year award; Phil Foden the PFA young player of the year and Lauren Hemp won the women’s PFA young player of the year award. There was also Ruben Dias wonContinue reading “The Player of the Year Awards”
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