Manchester City
Memorabilia -
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Just a few more of my special memories from a time when things seemed to move a little more slowly and the game belonged to the people who made their own heroes. A time when SKY was something you looked up to - with clouds in it.

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Cup Final Programmes

Three cup finals from different era's starting with Everton v Manchester City 1933. City lost the final 2-0 with goals from Stein and the legendary Dixie Dean. The final was the first to feature numbered shirts in a competitive game. Everton wore 1-11 with City wearing 12-22, of course no subs in those days. The middle programme was City Youth Teams third defeat in the Final of this competition albeit narrowly, 2-1 in extra time in this the second leg. A 1-0 win at Maine Road wasn't enough to overcome Watford who had a young David James in goal. Finally Leicester City v Manchester City in the 1969 Final, City's last FA Cup Final success. Malcolm Allison and Joe Mercer were serial trophy winners in what was City's most successful period in their history. I was at this game with my old mate Les Shopland who managed to get me a ticket at the last minute through his City development ticket scheme. I had queued at the ground for hours on end to get my hands on a ticket and couldn't believe it when the sold out announcement came as I was about a dozen places from the front. Still it all turned out ok in the end when Nelly Young whacked in Summerbee's cross.
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Books : Here are two books from my collection written by City greats of the past. Peter Doherty (Spotlight on Football published1947) was possibly the fans Colin Bell of his time and when I was knee high to a grasshopper, all the old blokes used to say he was the best they ever saw. Sadly WWII took him away from City and he spent most of his war time football playing for Derby County where he eventually moved permanently after a dispute over his testimonial payout. Some great stories about winning the league for City in 1936-37 season. Peter was signed from Blackpool for 10,000 which was a huge amount at the time which is the same club who we signed big Frank Swift from as a promising youth. Signing pro forms in 1932 Frank was on the princely sum of ten shillings (50p) a week!! Frank went on to be a huge star and possibly City's best ever goalkeeper. This book takes you from his humble beginnings as a shrimper on Blackpool beach to the very pinnacle of world football. I read this book again lying on the beach in Turkey & ended up lending it to two fellow City fans, the younger one always thought Harry Dowd was our best ever keeper - sigh.....

Here's a popular sight, a bottle of red wine from Spain, most likely a cheap table red but obviously the ante is raised to a vintage red with that crest adorning the front. My son Dylan brought it back as a present around 1999 and said, "we'll drink it in celebration when we win a major honour again!"
Well it's probably well corked by now as our glorious team keep us all waiting for that next big trophy win. My boy is thirty three now (2010) so it will be something quite special when that wonderful day arrives, until then it stays sealed......May 2011 it was finally opened and yes, it was well corked but after City's victory over Stoke in the FA Cup Final we didn't give a monkey's....

 


 


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