In this wonderfully constructed piece of City’s history we take a step back through the years stopping off at poignant times in the up-and-down history of one of England’s biggest clubs.
From their first appearance under the name of St Marks (West Gorton) and their ground hopping days around East Manchester, then gaining more stability as Ardwick FC and their first home in Hyde Road.
After joining as founding members of the Football League Second Division in 1892, the club struggled financially, with the upkeep and maintenance needed to run as a football club.
During the 1893/94 season Ardwick FC bid its final goodbye to English football and Manchester City was born.
This book navigates through countless pictures, reports and player testimonies of a by-gone era to bring to life City’s amazing past. Names such as Billy Meredith, Bert Trautmann and Denis Law amongst a host of other stars from the time, and stories they have made make up this rich tapestry.
The final chapter in this story breaks off before many of the current younger generation of City supporters will remember with their re-emergence after, relegation to the Nationwide Division 2. A titanic play-off final to end all play-offs against Gillingham where, the heroics of Nicky Weaver started City back on the path to glory.
A genuine piece of the clubs history if ever there was one. David Clayton who, has edited the Official Manchester City Magazine since 2001 and regularly contributes to the clubs website has out done himself in this compelling history of his beloved Blues.
A must buy for any City fan young or old.
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