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After a record-breaking season which saw many Premier League and long established club records smashed, Manchester City Football Club commissioned renowned international sports artist Jamie Cooper to create a truly unique artwork encapsulating the Club’s proud history.

After a record-breaking season which saw many Premier League and long established club records smashed, Manchester City Football Club commissioned renowned international sports artist Jamie Cooper to create a truly unique artwork encapsulating the Club’s proud history.


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After a record-breaking season which<br />

saw many Premier League and long<br />

established club records smashed,<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> City Football Club<br />

commissioned renowned international<br />

sports artist <strong>Jamie</strong> <strong>Cooper</strong> to create<br />

a truly unique artwork encapsulating<br />

the Club’s proud history.<br />

He was given the weighty task of<br />

creating a defining image that distilled<br />

the spirit, humour, character, and<br />

culture of this <strong>Manchester</strong> institution<br />

and the path which has led to the<br />

successes of the modern era. His<br />

detailed 3 metre oil on canvas<br />

brings together 31 figures who have<br />

contributed to the story of the Club<br />

during its long history. It has been a<br />

near-impossible task to capture the<br />

Blues’ history in this manner but, thanks<br />

to <strong>Jamie</strong>’s talents, this amazing artwork<br />

has managed to bring to life our story<br />

in a remarkable and unique way.<br />

This booklet reveals the creative<br />

inspiration and process behind<br />

the many stories woven into the<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> City Dream Scene and<br />

encourages us to imagine what<br />

conversations the figures from different<br />

eras would be having. Envisage how<br />

thrilled the great Joe Mercer would be<br />

with Pep Guardiola and his team of<br />

record-breaking Centurions. Wouldn’t<br />

we all want to spend a few moments<br />

in this dressing room scene?<br />

In the<br />

artist’s<br />

own<br />

words…<br />

“It is a great honour to have been<br />

entrusted with this challenge and<br />

responsibility. It is one that I take very<br />

seriously. As a professional footballer<br />

in my homeland of Australia, I have<br />

a deep understanding of what a<br />

football club means to its community.<br />

A club like <strong>Manchester</strong> City has<br />

meaning far beyond what happens<br />

on the field. It is a community, a<br />

family that extends well past the<br />

boundaries of the white lines.<br />

I travelled across the world several<br />

times to meet with people in and<br />

around the club to get a sense<br />

of what City’s culture is about.<br />

I listened, read and gathered<br />

information for months before a<br />

brush was picked up.<br />

So why me… an ex footballer from<br />

the other side of the world? Since<br />

retiring from my playing career I have<br />

spent 20 years honing this particular<br />

skill, creating images for professional<br />

sporting clubs around the world,<br />

where players from several<br />

generations are brought together<br />

into a Dream Scene. I painstakingly<br />

piece together 100’s of images from<br />

different times to create a believable<br />

scene where these legends live and<br />

breathe together. They interact in a<br />

moment that is surely, every fan’s<br />

dream come true.<br />

My endeavour is to not only to bring<br />

them together, but to tell a story…<br />

your story. Imagine what these<br />

characters are saying to each other,<br />

what tales are being told by the<br />

different personalities drawn together<br />

in this impossible gathering. So come<br />

with me now to walk amongst them,<br />

mingle with them as they celebrate<br />

playing the greatest game of all.”<br />

Imagine if you will…<br />

<strong>Jamie</strong> <strong>Cooper</strong><br />








Kevin De Bruyne<br />

2015 - present.<br />

143 games. 34 goals<br />

(up to summer 2018).<br />

The brilliant Belgian has become one of<br />

the greatest playmakers in world football<br />

today. He was key in the team’s offensive<br />

dominance during the 2017-18 title winning<br />

season, a season that was drenched<br />

with scintillating set ups for his lucky team<br />

mates. Since his League debut in 2015<br />

through to the end of the double trophy<br />

winning 2017-18 season he has been<br />

one of the Blues leading figures.<br />

Steph Houghton<br />

2014 - present<br />

When <strong>Manchester</strong> City relaunched their<br />

women’s team in 2014 there was one<br />

player the Blues wanted above all others<br />

to lead the team and that was Durham’s<br />

Steph Houghton. She has been at the<br />

forefront in the rise of professional women’s<br />

football in Europe and is a highly talented<br />

and respected player. As a natural leader<br />

she has guided the Club to a number of<br />

major titles over the past few years and<br />

is seen here kissing the Women’s FA<br />

Cup – the longest established of all the<br />

national competitions for women and a<br />

trophy lifted by Steph with City in 2017.<br />

A role model for aspiring footballers,<br />

Steph is the perfect ambassador for<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> City and football.<br />

Shaun Wright Phillips<br />

(1995 – 2005) (2008 – 2011).<br />

274 games. 46 goals.<br />

A product of City’s Academy, the<br />

diminutive winger with the big heart<br />

became a crowd favourite after making<br />

his League debut in 1999. The club<br />

had just been promoted via the playoffs<br />

and Shaun became a hero as the<br />

club attempted to return to a position of<br />

strength within the game. After helping<br />

City stabilise in the Premier League by<br />

the summer of 2005 he was reluctantly<br />

released to Chelsea who had offered<br />

the cash strapped Blues £21m for his<br />

services. No one wanted him to leave<br />

and his departure was a sign that the<br />

financial muscle of some clubs meant<br />

City were lagging behind. It wasn’t the<br />

last we saw of Shaun though and in<br />

2008 he returned and was welcomed back<br />

with all the love and attention a long lost<br />

son deserved. Here he shows his delight<br />

in coming back home to the club he had<br />

helped resurrect only a few years earlier.<br />



TIME... 93.20<br />

Sergio Aguero<br />

2011 – present.<br />

292 games. 199 goals<br />

(up to summer 2018).<br />

The greatest moment in Premier League<br />

history! This was the moment that defined<br />

a career and brought the Premier League<br />

trophy to City for the first time! In a career<br />

that is stacked with highlights, it is unlikely<br />

anything can top this one – nor will the<br />

Premier League ever see such drama<br />

again. The 94th minute of the final game<br />

in 2012 v QPR saw Sergio’s strike enter<br />

the net as <strong>Manchester</strong> went wild. The<br />

Aguerooooooooooooo moment denied<br />

an expectant <strong>Manchester</strong> United and<br />

brought City their first top flight title since<br />

1968. This image is taken directly from that<br />

ecstatic moment as Kun raced towards<br />

the East Stand waving his shirt in joy.<br />

Note the label<br />

on his shirt.<br />

Uwe Rosler<br />

1994 - 1998.<br />

176 games. 64 goals.<br />

Rosler became a cult figure almost on<br />

arrival as he netted five goals in his first<br />

12 League games. For three successive<br />

seasons he was City’s top scorer. His<br />

best haul was four goals against Notts<br />

County in 1995. He moved on in 1998 but<br />

remained a popular figure and when the<br />

news was released that he was fighting<br />

a battle with cancer in 2003, fans made<br />

their feelings and appreciation of his time<br />

known. Rosler won that battle and has<br />

been a frequent visitor since.<br />




SEEING<br />

RED<br />

Yaya Toure<br />

2010 – 2018. 316 games. 81 goals.<br />

Yaya was the catalyst for several prominent<br />

City chants of the last decade including<br />

the hugely popular Kolo-Yaya No Limits<br />

chant. Kolo, of course, refers to his brother<br />

who persuaded him to come to City and it<br />

was a perfect move as Yaya proved to be<br />

a powerful midfielder. His surging runs led<br />

to the club achieving its first successes of<br />

the modern era. In the big games the big<br />

fellow brought his A game and was the<br />

man who could be relied upon to keep City<br />

pushing forward. Vital (and only) strikes in<br />

the 2011 FA Cup semi final and final along<br />

were pivotal in the club’s first League title<br />

in 44 years (2011-12).<br />

Richard Dunne<br />

2000 – 2010.<br />

352 games. 7 goals.<br />

After joining City from Everton in 2000 this<br />

proud and passionate Irishman played<br />

352 games for <strong>Manchester</strong>’s Blues in all<br />

competitions and gave his all in every<br />

one. This passion led to a rather colourful<br />

career. That colour being Red! One of the<br />

Club’s greatest defenders, Dunne holds<br />

the Premier League record for the most<br />

red cards, 8 in all.<br />

More importantly he also holds the<br />

record for the most City Player of the<br />

Year awards, having 4 of those. His<br />

dedication and time as captain helped<br />

the Blues first stabilise then begin to<br />

challenge once more in the Premier<br />

League and his significance should never<br />

be underestimated. Note the Player of the<br />

Year trophy in his locker.<br />

For this he has<br />

plenty to celebrate,<br />

not to mention his<br />

birthday which is duly<br />

recognised in his<br />

head locker.<br />



TOES<br />



As the major<br />

talent during<br />

his time, Kinky<br />

became the<br />

focus of a fan<br />

chant using the<br />

Oasis song -<br />

Wonderwall.<br />

Georgi Kinkladze<br />

1995 – 1998.<br />

121 games. 22 Goals.<br />

Kinkladze was unlike anything City<br />

supporters had witnessed for a long time,<br />

a marvelously evasive dribbler with an eye<br />

for a through-ball and the odd wonder<br />

goal. He remained loyal to the club through<br />

some difficult times, winning the hearts<br />

of all Cityzens. An amazing talent playing<br />

during a difficult period, supporters often<br />

wonder what he would have achieved had<br />

his City career come two decades later.<br />

His amazing<br />

footwork was<br />

partly attributed<br />

to his father<br />

forcing him to<br />

take ballet lessons<br />

as a youngster.<br />

Shaun Goater<br />

1998 – 2003. 212 games. 103 goals.<br />

The Goat was an unlikely hero in attack for the Blues in a very difficult<br />

time in the Club’s history. Perceived by some as an unorthodox<br />

mover, Shaun impressed as City progressed up the divisions during<br />

Joe Royle’s tenure as manager. With an ability to be in the right place<br />

at the right time, he topped the City League goal scoring chart in<br />

three separate seasons. He was also the first City goalscorer to net<br />

more than 30 seasonal goals in all competitions for 39 years, when he<br />

achieved this feat in 2001-02. For his contribution to football he was<br />

awarded a national day in his name in his home country of Bermuda.<br />

Note the calendar on<br />

the wall behind him.<br />




MERLIN<br />


Pablo Zabaleta<br />

2008 – 2017.<br />

333 games. 12 goals.<br />

Pablo joined the<br />

Blues in the summer<br />

of 2008 along with<br />

Vincent Kompany.<br />

Demonstrating his<br />

qualities throughout<br />

the time that followed<br />

has made him a true<br />

blue legend.<br />

Zabba is depicted in the Dream Scene<br />

in the only way possible: Shirtless and<br />

bloodied! He is famous for his selfless and<br />

courageous playing style, a man that put<br />

his body on the line for the club he loved.<br />

He was a key component in all City’s<br />

trophy successes during his 9 seasons<br />

with the Club and made sure he was back<br />

at the Etihad to help the Blues celebrate<br />

their 2017-18 success – he even netted<br />

the 100th goal for the Blues that season<br />

as a loose ball bounced off his back<br />

accidentally and entered the net!<br />

David Silva<br />

2010 – present.<br />

346 games. 61 goals<br />

(by end of 2017-18 season).<br />

Essentially a traditional number 10, his<br />

composure on the ball, as well as his<br />

vision, passing accuracy, ability to read<br />

the game, pick a pass, and control the<br />

tempo of his team’s play have seen him<br />

become one of the best players in the<br />

world in his position, and earned him<br />

the nickname Merlin.<br />

Here he has wand in<br />

hand, ready to cast<br />

another spell.<br />


SHAKING HAN<strong>DS</strong><br />





Vincent Kompany<br />

2008 – present.<br />

334 games. 19 goals.<br />

This is the centre piece and heart of the<br />

painting. Current title winning captain<br />

Vincent Kompany, reaches out across<br />

125 years of history to the clubs first<br />

“superstar” and early captain Billy<br />

Meredith. This union symbolises the vast<br />

journey the Club has taken from humble<br />

beginnings, to be where it is today…<br />

a global power in football.<br />

The thoughts of a leader<br />

Vincent is an intelligent leader and great role<br />

model to any youngster.<br />

City’s most successful captain became<br />

that through determination on the pitch, but<br />

Vincent also gained much from his interest in<br />

reading how others developed their lives and<br />

focused on what mattered. An avid reader,<br />

he is sometimes ribbed for spending too<br />

much time in the dressing room with his<br />

head in a good book. His favourite, Nelson<br />

Mandela’s Walk to Freedom and a selection<br />

of Belgian philosophical books are stored in<br />

Vincent’s locker.<br />



Billy Meredith<br />

1894 – 1906, 1921 – 1924.<br />

394 games. 152 goals<br />

One of the football’s first superstars,<br />

Meredith joined the Blues within months<br />

of the relaunch as <strong>Manchester</strong> City in<br />

1894 and quickly became established<br />

as the leading player during the club’s<br />

formative years. Captain of both the<br />

Club’s and importantly <strong>Manchester</strong>’s first<br />

major title, the 1904 FA Cup, he was a<br />

seasoned campaigner playing until he was<br />

49 years old! The Welsh Wizard, famous<br />

for chewing a toothpick as he raced<br />

down the wing leading attacks, would do<br />

anything to bring advantage City’s way.<br />

So much so that he was occasionally<br />

in trouble with the FA, including one<br />

infamous indiscretion involving a 10 pound<br />

note, but the less said about that the<br />

better. Billy was a devoted servant of the<br />

club through its first successful period<br />

and, after a ban which led to him joining<br />

United, he returned home to City, playing<br />

in Maine Road’s first season of 1923-24.<br />

City’s first successful captain is seen here<br />

shaking hands with the club’s current<br />

and most successful captain, Vincent<br />

Kompany. He also had the unusual habit<br />

of playing whilst chewing on a toothpick!?<br />


ESCAPE<br />






Mike Summerbee<br />

1965 – 1975.<br />

452 games. 67 goals.<br />

“Buzzer” was a flamboyant figure both<br />

on and off the field and a great exponent<br />

of the belief that football was all about<br />

entertainment. Stories of his on-the-pitch<br />

humour are well known, such as the<br />

time he pretended to wipe his nose on<br />

an opposition corner flag, or when his<br />

performances angered the opposition<br />

fans so much that they hurled coins at<br />

him. Summerbee picked the coins up,<br />

put them into a specially created pocket<br />

in his shorts and made a tidy sum. He<br />

was a determined winger in one of the<br />

most successful periods in the club’s<br />

history and became the first City player of<br />

that era to play for England. Off the field<br />

he was equally as colourful, starring in a<br />

movie with Sylvester Stallone and Michael<br />

Caine, where he also took the opportunity<br />

to sell the star actors shirts from his<br />

business interest. See the “Escape to<br />

Victory” clapper in his locker.<br />

Eric Brook<br />

1928 – 1939.<br />

493 games. 177 goals.<br />

Brook is regarded as one of City’s and<br />

England’s greatest ever players. He was<br />

a talented roving forward and scored<br />

some spectacular goals including one<br />

that lived in the memory of all who saw<br />

it for the rest of their lives. That was the<br />

only goal of the 1934 match with Stoke<br />

which established City’s record crowd of<br />

84,569. Eric was out wide on the wing<br />

roughly forty yards from goal when he<br />

angled a shot which flew into the top right<br />

corner of the Platt Lane goal out of reach<br />

of the keeper. Brook could play anywhere<br />

on the pitch if the need required, including<br />

in goal. He replaced an injured goalkeeper<br />

on at least three occasions over the<br />

course of his City career which was<br />

sadly cut short through a head injury<br />

at the start of World War Two.<br />

He stands proudly in the centre of<br />

the painting surrounded by the<br />

Club’s Holy trinity.<br />

Francis Lee<br />

1967 – 1974.<br />

330 games. 148 goals.<br />

Often described by manager Joe Mercer<br />

as the final piece of the jigsaw, Franny<br />

was a fast forward who helped City find<br />

their first major successes of the 1960s.<br />

He arrived in October 1967 when City<br />

seemed unlikely to mount a serious title<br />

challenge, yet within seven months they<br />

were not only league leaders but also<br />

thrilling crowds across the country. A<br />

swashbuckling forward, Lee was a key<br />

member of the powerful offensive team<br />

that won four major trophies in three<br />

seasons between 1967 and 1970.<br />

He was a penalty specialist (hence the<br />

white spot in front of him on the carpet).<br />

His success continued after his playing<br />

days as a well-regarded racehorse<br />

trainer and business owner which<br />

saw him make a fortune out of paper<br />

recycling and toilet rolls.<br />




Paul Dickov<br />

1996 – 2002. 2006 – 2008.<br />

200 games 41 goals.<br />

The goal that saved the club. After<br />

dropping to its lowest level, the 1998-<br />

99 season needed committed players<br />

to help resurrect the club. None came<br />

bigger, in terms of battling spirit, than<br />

Dickov. It was his goal in the play-off final<br />

against Gillingham that he will always be<br />

remembered for. That day in added time<br />

with all appearing lost, he scored the goal<br />

that brought a draw and extra time but<br />

ultimately paved the way for promotion.<br />

Without that goal everything that has<br />

followed may never have occurred and<br />

City may never have reached the heights<br />

of recent years. Dickov’s fire and passion<br />

is evident even in the dressing rooms<br />

here as he is more than ready to get<br />

the party started.<br />

THE KING<br />


His shirt from that fateful day in May 1999<br />

hangs in his locker behind him.<br />

Colin Bell<br />

1966 – 1979.<br />

501 games. 153 goals.<br />

Nicknamed Nijinsky after the famous<br />

racehorse, full of class and a great<br />

aerobic capacity, Bell was a dedicated<br />

thoroughbred for both City and England.<br />

He holds the crown made by a fan, who<br />

ran on to the pitch to give it to him during<br />

one memorable performance. It now<br />

resides in the National Football Museum.<br />

Part of a famous trio he is depicted next<br />

to Summerbee and Lee.<br />

Joe Hart<br />

2006 – present.<br />

348 games.<br />

Fan favourite Joe Hart is ready to get this<br />

party started. This image is a recreation of<br />

the famous moment in the dressing rooms<br />

after the 2014 title win. I am told that when<br />

Joe is both happy or angry he has the<br />

same ”war” face.. so here it is in<br />

all its glory!<br />



THE MIN<strong>DS</strong><br />

Malcolm Alison<br />

1965 – 1973<br />

Not only was Malcolm a dynamic and charismatic assistant<br />

manager, he was also a creative genius, developing coaching<br />

and tactical practices years ahead of his rivals. Seen here in his<br />

trademark Fedora hat, he shares a little secret with his peers.<br />

When he became assistant to Joe Mercer in 1965 he told Matt<br />

Busby’s son that his father had a thirty year start on him, but City<br />

would pass United in three years. It was a wild prediction but by<br />

the time Allison left in 1973 his team had won four major trophies.<br />

He achieved this with his loyal captain Tony Book who. According<br />

to City folklore, Allison had persuaded ‘Skip’ to make the last<br />

number of the birth year on his birth certificate a little “unclear”<br />

to imply he was younger than he actually was. Tony went on to<br />

be the most decorated Captain in the Club’s history until Vincent<br />

Kompany surpassed those achievements.<br />

Pep Guardiola<br />

2016 – present.<br />

If anyone can appreciate Big Mal’s<br />

creativity and innovation it would have<br />

to be Pep Guardiola. Pep seems to be<br />

at least seeing the humour in Alison’s<br />

determination to get the job done.<br />

Pep is renowned for his out of the<br />

box perspective on the game and his<br />

willingness to take the game on tactically.<br />

This has led to a dynamic impact on the<br />

team’s playing style since his arrival in<br />

2016. A blend of tough defence and bold<br />

innovative offence has created a unique<br />

game plan that is thrilling to watch. This<br />

has culminated in a record breaking<br />

2017/18 season raking up 100 points<br />

and an amazing + 79 goal difference.<br />

Roberto Mancini<br />

2009 – 2013.<br />

Mancini was appointed City manager in<br />

December 2009 and quickly instilled a<br />

winning culture at the club, taking the Blues<br />

from mid-table to the pinnacle of English<br />

football, combining defensive solidity with<br />

attacking flair. In his second season at the<br />

club he guided City to Champions League<br />

football and their first major trophy for 35<br />

years, the FA Cup. The following year his<br />

team of talented individuals brought the<br />

club its first league title since 1967-68 and<br />

Mancini’s status amongst fans reached an<br />

all-time high, helped in no small way by him<br />

sporting a blue and white City scarf. Apart<br />

from his trophy successes the City boss’s<br />

perfect day came at Old Trafford when<br />

his delight at seeing the noisy neighbours<br />

defeat Ferguson’s United 6-1, was clear<br />

for all to see.<br />

Joe Mercer<br />

1965 – 1972.<br />

One of English football’s greatest ever<br />

figures, Joe was a hugely successful<br />

footballer with Everton and Arsenal and<br />

had found trophy success at Aston Villa<br />

as a manager. His arrival at City stunned<br />

the football world. Joe suffered a stroke<br />

which ended his time at Villa and, while<br />

still recuperating, he accepted the job. He<br />

knew his health issues would prevent him<br />

from working closely with the players so<br />

he searched for Malcolm Allison, offering<br />

him the assistant’s role. Mercer lifted City<br />

to major successes within five years of<br />

his arrival. It was a golden era with the<br />

Blues winning the Second Division title,<br />

the League Championship, the FA Cup,<br />

the League Cup and the European Cup<br />

Winners’ Cup. They started the 1970s<br />

as the most successful team of the era<br />

thanks to Genial Joe and Big Mal.<br />


Skip Mr Dependable Our Nelly<br />

Tony Book<br />

1966 – 1974.<br />

315 games. 5 goals.<br />

Arriving at the club as a 30-year-old who<br />

could have imagined how his career<br />

would pan out. As captain he led the<br />

club to four major trophies to become<br />

the most decorated Captain in the Club’s<br />

history – until Vincent came along of<br />

course! – and forever earning the title<br />

Skip. Here we see him proudly holding<br />

aloft the 1969 FA Cup with his 2 great<br />

team mates of the same golden era. That<br />

year Book was voted the Football Writers’<br />

Player of the Year. After his playing career<br />

ended Book became assistant manager<br />

and then manager in his own right,<br />

winning the League Cup in 1976. His<br />

side oozed quality while his level-headed<br />

approach to the game ensured City were<br />

always challenging for honours during his<br />

time at Maine Road.<br />

Alan Oakes<br />

1959 – 1976.<br />

680 games. 34 goals.<br />

The record appearance holder for<br />

the Club, Alan was a consistent and<br />

reliable midfielder spanning 3 decades<br />

and playing his part in every success<br />

achieved during that time. The great<br />

Liverpool manager Bill Shankly often<br />

described Oakes as the perfect role<br />

model and stressed his qualities. In Tony<br />

Book’s absence he often captained the<br />

side and, fittingly, he sits alongside Book<br />

and team mate Neil Young, another hero<br />

of this period.<br />

Neil Young<br />

1961 – 1972.<br />

416 games. 108 goals.<br />

Young, widely regarded as one of City’s<br />

most important strikers, was often the<br />

goalscorer for the big occasion. It was<br />

Young who netted the opener in the<br />

1970 ECWC final and the only goal of<br />

the 1969 FA Cup final. So of course<br />

he has to be wearing his red and black<br />

scarf to commemorate these moments.<br />

Young, like Oakes and Doyle, bridged the<br />

gap between the struggling team of the<br />

early sixties through to the glory years of<br />

Mercer and Allison. People may talk about<br />

Bell, Lee and Summerbee but Young was<br />

the man who topped the scoring charts<br />

for three important seasons, including<br />

the 1967-68 title winner.<br />




IN GOOD<br />

HAN<strong>DS</strong><br />

Bert Trautmann<br />

1949 – 1964.<br />

545 games.<br />

A German Paratrooper in the Second<br />

World War, before being captured and<br />

brought to England as a Prisoner of War.<br />

What followed was an incredible story as<br />

the former ‘enemy’ became a local hero.<br />

Trautmann earned the respect of all those<br />

that knew him. In the 1956 FA Cup final<br />

Trautmann collided with Birmingham’s<br />

Murphy and the opposition player’s foot<br />

hit Bert’s neck. The City ‘keeper was<br />

knocked unconscious. A few minutes<br />

later, thanks to trainer Laurie Barnett’s<br />

wet sponge, he came around and, in<br />

great pain, he made a few more vital<br />

saves while tangling with both opposition<br />

players and his own. Days later, still in<br />

agony he finally had his neck and spine<br />

x-rayed only to discover that he had<br />

broken his neck! So he now deservedly<br />

receives the next massage from Frank<br />

Swift and an ice pack to sooth his aches.<br />

Perhaps, for medicinal purposes, he also<br />

finished that bottle of Champagne he has<br />

his foot up on?<br />

Frank Swift<br />

1933 – 1949.<br />

375 games.<br />

Even though his hands were said to be<br />

the size of frying pans, they may also<br />

have had some healing powers. So he is<br />

applying them to Bert Trautmann’s broken<br />

neck, although it was said in 1956 that<br />

the Big Fella was so impressed with<br />

Trautmann’s performance in the 1956<br />

final that at the homecoming he gave<br />

his successor a friendly slap on the<br />

back which may have exacerbated<br />

the German’s neck problem!<br />


BORN<br />

BLUE<br />

Also, in Frank’s locker<br />

is a News of the World<br />

newspaper. He went<br />

on to be a journalist<br />

for the paper after his<br />

playing career. Sadly<br />

he was on assignment<br />

covering <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

United European Cup<br />

run when he was killed<br />

in the Munich air disaster<br />

at age 44. Perceived at<br />

the time as England’s<br />

greatest ‘keeper, he<br />

remains a legendary<br />

figure for the Blues and<br />

his Country.<br />

Mike Doyle<br />

1965 – 1978.<br />

570 games. 41 goals.<br />

Doyle is shown here in one of his finest moments; as Captain of his beloved Blues,<br />

hoisting aloft the 1976 Football league Cup. As a born and bred Mancunian Doyle<br />

considered himself blessed to be representing the team he had loved his whole life.<br />

Notice that when his arm is cut, he even bleeds BLUE.<br />


FOR WHOM<br />


Joe Corrigan<br />

1967 – 1983.<br />

603 games.<br />

In total Corrigan made 592 appearances<br />

for <strong>Manchester</strong> City - a club record for<br />

a goalkeeper. His early years in the first<br />

team were marked with some incredible<br />

highs, such as winning the European<br />

Cup Winners Cup in 1970, and some<br />

inconsistent moments for the young<br />

‘keeper. When City signed Keith Macrae,<br />

a record fee for a ‘keeper in 1973, Joe’s<br />

days seemed numbered and he went<br />

out on loan. This is when the ‘keeper’s<br />

dedication and determination shone<br />

through as, on his return from loan, he<br />

continued to push and challenge, waiting<br />

for his opportunity to come once more.<br />

When it did Corrigan made sure he<br />

performed at his best and he became<br />

the first choice once more. Not only that<br />

but he became an England international<br />

and, at a club where goalkeepers have<br />

to be the best, he soon became<br />

recognised as a true City legend<br />

alongside Swift and Trautmann.<br />

He also developed a connection with<br />

dedicated fan Helen ‘the Bell’ Turner, who<br />

sat behind his goal every game and rang<br />

a bell to encourage the Blues. Helen was<br />

the ultimate <strong>Manchester</strong> City super-fan.<br />

Every single game, come hell or high<br />

water, rain or shine, she was there at<br />

the front of the North Stand behind her<br />

beloved Corrigan.<br />

She also used to give him a sprig of<br />

heather each week for luck.<br />




Micah Richards.<br />

2005 - 2014.<br />

244 games. 10 goals.<br />

It’s the players that show their true<br />

feelings and express themselves that win<br />

the hearts of the fans. Micah, as a 17-<br />

year old in just his fourth game, scored<br />

the equaliser in an FA Cup match against<br />

Villa, famously let the F Bomb slip in a<br />

post-match interview. Can you blame him<br />

for being human?<br />

He wasn’t fined for<br />

the indiscretion but<br />

still needs to wash his<br />

mouth out with soap to<br />

appease his Mum.<br />

He was also built out of stone and always<br />

swore (pun intended) he never lifted<br />

weights. His team mates have slipped a<br />

dumb-bell into his locker to wind him up.<br />

Micah also appeared in the ‘Heartbroken’<br />

music video with his friend T2, which is<br />

playing on his ipod.<br />




Blow up banana<br />

Throughout history City fans have<br />

been the lifeblood of the club. From<br />

the earliest years when their noise and<br />

fervour created an electric atmosphere<br />

at Hyde Road they have contributed<br />

significantly. In the 1980s when football<br />

was at a low and hooliganism was rife it<br />

was the supporters of <strong>Manchester</strong> City<br />

that demonstrated that the game could<br />

be different. After Frank Newton brought<br />

an inflatable banana to a game the craze<br />

grew, so much so that in December<br />

1987 over 12,000 fans travelled to<br />

Stoke carrying inflatables and wearing<br />

fancy dress. They helped put the fun<br />

back into football and were recognised<br />

as a positive force within the game.<br />

Welcome to <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

It’s only polite to welcome a new arrival<br />

to your club and so when Carlos Tevez<br />

joined City in 2009 a poster welcoming<br />

the Argentinian was placed on Deansgate.<br />

It seemed simple enough and was loved<br />

by Blues. It has been copied and parodied<br />

often since. Who’d have thought that a<br />

simple ‘welcome’ message could receive<br />

so much attention?<br />

Rose the tea lady<br />

Since the early 1970s one woman has<br />

become a match day institution at City,<br />

Rose Woolrich. Rose was first brought<br />

to the club by legendary groundsman<br />

Stan Gibson who asked her if she could<br />

help provide food and drink for the<br />

photographers on match day. In the years<br />

that followed Rose established a special<br />

room for them at Maine Road, decorated<br />

it and ensured they were looked after with<br />

great hospitality. She still works matchdays<br />

at the Etihad Stadium to this day,<br />

in her own special room.<br />




Chappy’s Kitbag<br />

A player with a variety of clubs including<br />

Oldham and Huddersfield, Les Chapman<br />

became a popular figure at City after his<br />

arrival as part of the coaching staff in<br />

the 1990s. But, it was his time as City’s<br />

kit-man which established him as an<br />

essential part of the furniture and fabric<br />

of the Blues.<br />

Marios t shirt<br />

It was derby day 2011 and Mario<br />

Balotelli asked Chappy if he could print<br />

some words on to a tee shirt for him.<br />

After some discussion a phrase was<br />

chosen and then, as if by magic, super<br />

Mario scored the opener at Old Trafford<br />

and then raised his shirt to reveal<br />

the words ‘Why always me?’ After a<br />

variety of media stories had appeared<br />

in previous weeks the mood seemed<br />

right. City fans loved it – especially as<br />

the game progressed and the Blues<br />

defeated the Reds 6-1 – but the ref<br />

didn’t and he immediately booked him.<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> Bee<br />

It has been an emblem of the City for over<br />

150 years and, as a club that has always<br />

been based within the city of <strong>Manchester</strong>,<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> City is rightly proud of its<br />

connection to the city. Both the football<br />

club and <strong>Manchester</strong> have experienced<br />

tremendous successes over the years but<br />

there have also been some terrible lows.<br />

It is at those times that <strong>Manchester</strong> pulls<br />

together and the <strong>Manchester</strong> Worker Bee<br />

demonstrates the community spirit and<br />

endeavor that marks both the Club and<br />

its city.<br />

The Gorton Cross<br />

After the club became established as St Mark’s, playing its first reported game<br />

in November 1880, it had a number of different transformations. In 1884 it was<br />

reformed as Gorton Association Football club and a white cross pattée was placed<br />

on the club’s new black shirts. Some say the white cross signified that the link with<br />

St Mark’s was still there.


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