was taken at the end of the Cup Final win against Leicester in 1969 and you can
see Harry Dowd admiring the cup with Malcolm Allison in the centre of the picture
Malcolm Allison, City's greatest coach, celebrates in the centre of Manchester
with Joe Mercer and Tommy Booth also in the picture
Book scoring and then celebrating in a match against Stoke City in Sept 1970 City
time to time I'll include some of the pictures I've shot at Maine Road over the
years. I've lost details of many of them, including the `what might have been
` pic above, so its a case of guess who and when ! Though I'm pretty certain the
game is City v Bristol City in the late 70's - 2-0 May 1979
City players are Hartford ,
Silkman and Power
above sequence of 8 shots were taken on a Robot Royal at the Manchester City v
Manchester United at Old Trafford on Feb 6th 1960. Bert Trautmann is saving from
Warren Bradley. With Bradley is Cliff Sear who died recently.
is unusual as motor drives had not yet been introduced into the UK and the Robot
Royal was the only camera capable of doing sequences (8 half frames per second.).
In those days supporters were not segregated and I was in the Stretford end !
The result- a boring nil nil draw
couple of pictures - the only ones I could find - of the famous 'ballet on ice'
that took place on Dec 9th 1967 at Maine Road.
Spurs were the visitors and
City won 4-1 with goals from Bell, Summerbee, Young and Coleman. The picture on
the left shows Mike Doyle heading clear. No 6 is Alan Oakes and number 5 George
Heslop. Lee is in the distance -centre.
first goal was scored by Jimmy Greaves -seen on the left scoring past Mulhearn.
Next to Heslop in the centre of the picture is Gilzean. I think that may be Venables
were pretty bad and full marks to the groundsman and his staff and the referee
Mr D W Smith for getting the game get underway. As far as I can remember I think
it started to snow later in the game. I will have to search for more pictures
these images are in the Gary James book- Farewell to Maine Rod
City:: Mulhearn: Book Pardoe: Doyle, Heslop, Oakes: Lee, Bell, Summerbee, Young
Spurs - Jennings: Kinnear, Knowles: Mullery, Hoy, Mackay : Saul,
Greaves, Gilzean, Venables and Jones:
v Spurs 4-1 Dec 9 1967
Ham United v City 6-1 May 18th 1963
the best of memories this game.It was the last game of the season and for once
I was in the main stand courtesy of a ticket from left back Cliff Sear who I knew.
City were relegated and subjected to a severe beating. In the picture above City
centre forward Harley is heading for goal.
picture on the left shows Hurst - number 10 scoring one of the West Ham goals.
number 10 is Hayes. Bill Lievers is in the centre hands on hips and City number
2 is Kennedy.
this game long serving City manager Les McDowall was sacked and replaced by his
assistant George Poyser .
The City team was-
Kennedy, Sear: Oakes Lievers,Gray: Young, Dobing, Harley, Hayes, Wagstaffe.
v Spurs 0-1 May 1st 1971
North Stand not yet quite completed. It used to be known as the scoreboard end.
In those days the kids used to be able to sit on the bars or the shoulders of
section of the North Stand. Note no City blue shirts in those days .It used to
be tough standing up for an hour or so and when the ground was really full it
was hard luck if you got there early to get behind one of the terrace bars and
then some 6 foot odd bloke stood infront of you.
Jennings is punching clear from a City corner. Player going up with Jennings is
City players from
the left are Young, Hill, Mellor, Bowyer and Heslop.
players here are Tony Book - number 2 , Lee and Bowyer and Neil Young in the background.
and Bowyer on attack for City
sequence below of a free kick and City scoring, is from a 1-3 loss against Ipswich in April 74. It's Dennis Tueart celebrating
at the end. That's Mike Summerbee heading on the free kick with Donachie and Carrodus
in the background
in Didsbury patiently waiting for the bus to come down Wilmslow Road. Where are
they now I wonder?
Bell enjoying the moment
Young scorer of the winning goal with the cup
Bell and Alan Oakes with the Cup as it comes into the centre of Manchester
Summerbee and Malcolm Allison are at the end of the bus. Tony Book is pointing
that great Joe Mercer smile and a raised hat to the crowd. Tommy Booth is to the
left of Joe. Harry Dowd to Joe's right.
old open terrace at the scoreboard end at Maine Road
Kippax under construction
Summerbee dashing past the Stoke City fullback
City attack at the old North Stand end
Young scores past Gordon Banks and then celebrates.
pressure on the Stoke City goal from Summerbee, Bell, Lee and Young.
Check out those hair cuts.
left to right City players - Reeves, Caton and Henry
two keepers punching clear- Joe Corrigan for City
Corrigan saving at the old score board end. Tony Book and Glyn Pardoe guarding
Power taking a corner against Everton. You will find a larger version in Gary
James's ' History of Maine Road'
Final 1969 City v Leicester
have just found these long lost colour images from the 69 Cup Final Day. Perhaps
you may recognized yourself in the crowd.
this final against Leicester, City played in red and black hence the red rosettes.
I also noticed that he was selling the United Review . I doubt whether he made
many sales of that!
view back towards the main road from Wembley. A mass of humanity . You don't see
the religious placards today as you did in those days - 'the wicked shall be cut
two teams come out for the presentation . I think it was Princess Ann that year.
Thank goodness she did not let the dogs lose on the players!
Bell and Alan Oakes hold the Cup. In the background Mike Doyle and Mike Summerbee
are being interviewed.
Allison's turn to have the cup and his beaming smile says it all.
glum ones are the Leicester fans after the match making their way back to the
triumphant return to Manchester with the trophy. I think that is Mr Alexander
the Chairman sitting on the left on top of the bus. Colin Ball and Alan Oakes
with the Cup
Bell with the F.A.Cup with Francis Lee to his right. Harry Dowd, Glyn Pardoe Alan
Oakes and Mike Doyle are close by.
images from the past
Young skipping past a defender
Ranson dashes down the wing
v Brighton 1-1 March 1981
watches the keeper save
v Bristol City May 1979 2-0
Hartford shoots. Notice Gerry Gow (then of Bristol City) in the background
v Stoke City 4-0 Sept 1970
Gary Buckley goes in a for tackle
Donachie and Tommy Booth rush back to defend
Both heads clear with Bell watching
v Everton 3-1 April 1981
game -early 70's possibly against Burnley?
Booth in heading duel, Bennett and Tueart watching. Notice Gary Megson, 2nd from
attack is foiled by the Everton keeper
shoots for goal
v Norwich 4-0 Sept 1977
Channon gets to the goal line and cuts the ball back for.......
Hartford to score
is the coach with the City players
Book, Joe Mercer and Heslop enjoying the ride
Leicester goal under pressure
Young shoots for goal
Summerbee cross is crashed into the Leicester net by Young past Shilton for the
winning goal and City players celebrate
saves watched by Lee and Bell
players appeal for offside.
open top bus on its way from Wilmslow comes through Didsbury Village
of City's greatest fan Helen Turner who recently passed away. She was 85 and used
to ring a bell at Maine Road.
I believe the pic above shows her (centre) waiting
for the winning Cup Final City side in 1969. I took the picture in Albert Square.
Cardiff City supporters watching John Toshack play against Blackburn Rovers at
Ninian Park in the early 70's
supporters hail a goal against Spurs in the 80's
more subdued response in the 70's
the kids sitting on the barriers back in the old days.
supporters at the 69 Cup final
among supporters at a 'derby' game against United
of hats at the 69 Final
Corrigan punches clear
Manchester City v Chelsea 1-1 Sept 11th 1954 att. 36,000
I've just found some old negs - well over 50 years old - some of my earliest soccer pics
Teams for that game at Maine Road
Trautmann,Meadows, Little, Barnes, Ewing, Paul, Fagan, McAdams, Revie, Hart, Clark
Robertson, Harris, Willemse, Armstrong, Greenwood, Saunders, Parsons, McNichol, Bentley, Stubbs, Lewis
Robertson is alert as City attack
Robertson about to save from Johnny Hart
Note the linesman's position at a corner
Bentley scores for Chelsea. Roy Paul had scored for City
think my high point was the at the end of the previous season when City went to
Newcastle and won 4-3 to win the First Division Championship. There were 46,000
there of which at least 30,000 were City supporters. The blue and white army that
dominated the A1 to Newcastle had plenty to shout about with this fine win. It
was available on video - Soccer Classics from Vertex Film Labs - the transfer
from the original film is not the best in the world but a fine reminder of that
was taken to Maine Road by a friends father at a very tender age and as it was
shortly after the war there were no programmes but I did make a note of the teams
and Blackpool`s forward line was pretty strong-
-- Dix -- Dodds -- Finan -- Burbank
those days there were plenty of guest players - Matthews (Stoke City) Dix
(Spurs) Burbank (Sunderland) Powell (Leeds) and Savage (QPR) played for Blackpool
and the City team was as follows
Swift, Clarke, Barkas, McDowell, Eastwood,
Walsh, King (Wolves), Herd, Currie (Bolton), Williamson (Rangers), and Bellis(Port
ended in a 1-1 draw
at the start I also watched Man United who at the time shared Maine Road with
City as their ground had been bombed during the war, my heart was with the sky
blues. I continued to watch City one week and United the next until United started
to go downhill after the Charlton, Best, Law era. Crowds in those days rarely
dipped below 50,000 and I watched a couple of games when the attendance at Maine
Road went over the 70,000 mark. I say watched when actually I was lucky to see
any play at all in the scrum of the open Kippax. Ah those were the days!
my time in Hong Kong I also started to write for the Hong Kong Tiger Standard
so on my return to the UK I was able to cover many big games in the North and
at Wembley with my press pass and I remember sitting in City`s press box next
but one to Frank Swift only a few months before the Munich Air Disaster when he
died with other press colleagues and United players. A change from my viewpoint
from first standing in the Kippax, then in the front row of the upper Kippax and
now in the third level of COMS.
Now got a publisher for the book on Maine Road.
It's now available from Amazon -click on image for link