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Just a few 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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Survival of the Oldest

When I was knee high to the family dog I developed a healthy passion for hoarding, everything from milk bottle tops to Dinkey toys. The only survivors of my boxes and boxes of collectors items are the football related items mainly connected with my beloved light blues in mind. The three examples here are the 1955 Road to Wembley which tracks our path to the final. This is a really well produced souvenir with lots of pictures which were hard to find when I was 9 - I'm amazed I didn't cut half of them out for my scrap book, a thing all well balanced boys of the time did.  The SPORT magazine at sixpence (2.5p) cost me more than a weeks pocket money so I'm not surprised that this particular one from March 1953 stayed in my possession for all this time. A weekly sports magazine that covered all sports didn't feature your team picture on it's cover more than once every Preston Guild. The football stuff in here is fascinating. Today's publications feature mainly Premier League stuff but the content in this magazine is across the divisions both north and south of the border.  I've just had an hours read as I composed this piece and it took me right back even down to the phraseology used. In the centre above is a card from a decade later when Typhoo Tea released their Famous Football Clubs, 2nd series, Colour Pictures. If you collected any 12 of the tea packet cards you could send them away to Typhoo Tea and obtain a 10" x 8" colour photo of your favourite team, 'suitable for framing'.  The original would have had the Typhoo logo on the top but I obviously disposed of this distraction with the help of my dads Wilkinson razor blade. I have to say Dave Bacuzzi's Turned up shorts were the fashion of the day.


The match day programmes have changed a great deal over the years. The programme on the left is for the game against Portsmouth on Monday 2nd January 1956. This was the traditional New Year Bank Holiday game moved forward because games were not played on a Sunday at the time. Cost of the 14 page programme was 3d (1.25p). 50 years later things have moved onto the magazine type production that is the norm today. This 82 page programme (right) cost 240 times more though at a cover price of £3.00. Of course you will also need a mighty big cupboard to keep the new monsters in.

What an incredible night this was at Maine Road.
A record crowd at the time to say farewell to one of our greatest heroes. Who could forget the way Bert won over the hearts of the City fans at such a delicate time in our history. After the second World war people were still full of resentment and hatred to all things German but to my mind this guy did an awful lot to heal the wounds left by the terrible events of that time. Bert was my first football hero, in the early fifties we had a very moderate side but Trautmann kept them from being a very poor one. Two cup finals and captain of the Football League side plus footballer of the year award were the sum total of his honours but, add to that the phenomenal number of points won and saved for City and you will begin to understand
what a cornerstone of this club the man was. The word great is loosely used these days but this man conquered a City's hearts with his skill and daring and the word great is not lost in describing him. Click the picture on the left to see the team sheet in the centre of the Programme.

 The Duke of Edinburgh Variety Club game at Maine Road on 7/5/64. This was a great chance for a battle against the rags who were playing in Div 1 at the time we were plying our not too memorable talents in Div 2. It was indeed pouring down all night but that didn’t stop the lads from standing on the open end which we shared with our Stretford rivals for the duration of the game. The highlight was the coming together of the two “top hard men” from the respective groups. In the red corner was a typical Neanderthal brute from Salford and in the Blue corner was our man with his walking stick to support his dodgy leg, injured in a ruck at a previous game. The big fight started with some gentle sparring until the natives got restless and piled in. The last I saw of our man was when the law (not Denis) moved in to break it up, he was surrounded by a dozen or so baying reds swinging his walking stick like Davy Crockett’s last stand at the Alamo. Who won, I don’t remember but one thing is for sure – that old giffer with the walking stick that  sometimes sits next to you at the Etihad may not be as innocent as he looks!! If you know the guy drop me an email, I'd love to hear from him.....
I don’t know what the attendance was that night but I think it was probably nearer to 20,000 than 30,000. If I remember right, Nelly Young scored for City with one of his trade mark strikes but not enough though as we lost the game,  I think 3-1. It was just good to resume hostilities, the derby game those days was always a real humdinger.

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One of my oldest programmes from a year before I was Born. Programme dated 24-02-1945 is a war time game against Huddersfield Town. Man United games were also played at Maine Road at this time because Old Trafford had been quite rightly bombed.

This was the only dedicated football magazine available in the early fifties and this edition featured Man City and Newcastle United who would meet in the 1955 FA Cup Final. The front cover shows Jimmy Meadows. Charles Buchan wrongly tipped City to win the cup and described them as the most complete team of the time.


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