Earlier this evening I attended the unveiling of a blue plaque commemorating the life and career of Bert Whalley at Stalybridge Celtic. Whalley is one of Manchester & Tameside’s unsung footballing heroes. Bert passed away in Munich, a victim of the air crash in 1958. The unveiling was performed by former United captain Bryan RobsonContinue reading “Bert Whalley Plaque Reveal”
Continuing the weekly quiz… here’s the latest. This is from the 1920s and is a ground that is still in use, although it has changed significantly since this image was taken. The only other clues I’ll give are that last time I looked most of the houses seen on this photo were still standing ANDContinue reading “Historic Name That Ground – Week 6”
100 years ago today the great Billy Meredith returned to Manchester City from Manchester United. This was the third time the legendary Welsh player had joined the Blues – a club he continued to watch and support until his death in 1958. I discussed his life and career with his daughter Winifred (who was 98Continue reading “100 Years Ago Today: The Great Billy Meredith”
On Monday I asked ‘Can you name the ground featured in the image above? The ground is still a prominent football venue.’ The answer is… It’s Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux ground photographed in 1945 when Winston Churchill held a political rally there. According to reports there were 40,000 there. Each week for the next few weeksContinue reading “Historic Name That Ground – Week 5 Answer”
One of the unsung heroes of Manchester football, Bert Whalley, is to be honoured with a plaque in Stalybridge. My grandad, a United fan, knew Bert and obviously Bert’s death at Munich affected him and all Mancunians significantly. Great to see Bert is being honoured. You can read more on Bert’s life and career here:
Every game seems to need its own unique moniker these days. Every time there’s a live game on TV that is perhaps a difficult sell to those accustomed to only watching the so-called Big Two/Three/Four/Five/Six (delete as applicable depending on what decade we’re in) the TV companies rush to give them a name, often connectedContinue reading “Leeds V Real Betis: The Peter Barnes Derby?”
On this day (July 20) in 1965 Malcolm Allison was formally interviewed by the Manchester City board to be manager Joe Mercer’s assistant. Mercer had wanted to bring Allison in since he took the job earlier in the month. Here is a feature I did on Allison back in January 2005. I first interviewed MalcolmContinue reading “On this day… Malcolm Allison joins Manchester City”
Each week for the next few weeks I’ll post 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’ll beContinue reading “Historic Name That Ground – Week 5”
On Monday I asked ‘Can you name the ground featured in the image above?’ It’s a bit different to previous weeks as this is an artist’s impression (don’t blame me for any inaccuracies) of the ground and its surroundings. Anyway, here’s the answer… It’s Hampden Park, drawn in 1903. Each week for the next fewContinue reading “Historic Name That Ground – Week 4 Answer”
On this day (July 16) in 1986 Queen played Maine Road. This was often considered to be the first major conference at Manchester City’s old stadium. However, it wasn’t. The first was actually a concert by David Cassidy in May 1974. This feature takes a look at that concert and the one by Queen whichContinue reading “A Kind Of Magic: Cassidy, Queen and Maine Road”
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