IN SEARCH OF THE BLUES – Roy Cheetham (interviewed December 2004)

Manchester born Roy Cheetham joined the Blues from school in 1956 and went on to become a loyal clubman over a 12 year City career. In total he made 138 (plus five as sub) League and cup appearances, but he also made a staggering 218 Reserves games for the Blues.  Sadly, Roy has now passed away but I met up with him at City’s stadium shortly before Christmas 2004 for an interview. Here for subscribers is that interview:

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IN SEARCH OF THE BLUES – Bobby Kennedy (Interviewed in April 2005)

Defender Bobby Kennedy proved to be a popular player after joining the Blues in 1961.  He went on to make 251 (plus 3 as sub) appearances for City over a seven year period and was a key member of City’s mid sixties side.  In April 2005 Gary James caught up with him at the stadium.

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Cossack Allison

On this day (April 3) in 1965 Manchester City defeated Malcolm Allison’s Plymouth 2-1 before a pitiful Maine Road crowd of 10,929. This was a desperate Second Division season for the Blues but it was also a time when the Manchester press laughed at Allison.

Allison, wearing a Cossack hat for the match, had entertained Mancunians earlier in the season by outlining his footballing aims in the Football Pink. Some of these were viewed as ludicrous by local journalists at the time but little did they realise that within four months of this victory over Plymouth Allison would be helping to transform City.

Back in the 1990s I interviewed Malcolm about joining City and the transformation of the Blues. This hour+ interview has now been posted in its entirety to this site. You can access it here: