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MANCHESTER CITY FAQ 1997/98


This FAQ covers the 1997/98 season; the 1994/95, 1995/96 and 1996/97 editions are also available.


CONTENTS

[ 1   ] Fixtures & Results
[ 1.1 ] What are City's fixtures/results for 1997/98?
[ 1.2 ] What were City's pre-season results?
[ 1.3 ] What are City's reserve team fixtures/results for 1997/98?
[ 1.4 ] What are City's youth team fixtures/results for 1997/98?

[ 2.  ] Manchester City First Team Squad
[ 2.1 ] Who is in the first team squad?
[ 2.2 ] Who has played and scored goals for City in 1997/98?
[ 2.3 ] Which players have City bought since the 1996/97 season?
[ 2.4 ] Which players have City sold since the 1996/97 season?
[ 2.5 ] Who has been loaned to City since the 1996/97 season?
[ 2.6 ] Who have City loaned out since the 1996/97 season?
[ 2.7 ] Who are City's key players?
[ 2.8 ] Who are City's players to watch in 1997/98?

[ 3.  ] Basic Details
[ 3.1 ] What is the club's full name?
[ 3.2 ] What are the club's nicknames?
[ 3.3 ] When was the club formed?
[ 3.4 ] Who is City's chairman?
[ 3.5 ] Who is City's chief executive?
[ 3.6 ] Who are City's other directors?
[ 3.7 ] Who is City's team manager?
[ 3.8 ] Who is City's assistant team manager?
[ 3.9 ] Who is City's chief scout?
[ 3.10] Who is City's first team coach?
[ 3.11] Who is City's reserve team coach?
[ 3.12] Who is City's youth team coach?
[ 3.13] Who are the other major staff members?
[ 3.14] Who are the club's major sponsors?
[ 3.15] What does the club's crest look like?
[ 3.16] What do City's kits look like?
[ 3.17] What is the club's address?
[ 3.18] What are the club's telephone numbers?
[ 3.19] What is the capacity of Maine Road?
[ 3.20] Will I need a membership card to buy a ticket?
[ 3.21] How much do tickets cost?

[ 4.  ] Fanzine Information
[ 4.1 ] What City fanzines are currently available?
[ 4.2 ] Which City fanzines are no longer available?

[ 5.  ] Internet Information
[ 5.1 ] What is the Manchester City Mailing List and how do I join it?
[ 5.2 ] Where are City on the World Wide Web?
[ 5.3 ] Any other addresses I should know about?

[ 6.  ] Club Honours
[ 6.1 ] When have City won the English League Championship?
[ 6.2 ] When have City won the English Second Division Championship?
[ 6.3 ] When have City won the F.A. Cup?
[ 6.4 ] When have City won the F.A. Charity Shield?
[ 6.5 ] When have City won the Football League Cup?
[ 6.6 ] What European Trophy have City won?
[ 6.7 ] When have City won the F.A. Youth Cup?
[ 6.8 ] What is City's biggest League win?
[ 6.9 ] What is City's heaviest defeat?
[ 6.10] Who is City's record goal-scorer?
[ 6.11] Who is City's record signing?
[ 6.12] Who is City's record sale?

[ 7.  ] Recent History
[ 7.1 ] What has happened to the club in the last decade or so?
[ 7.2 ] What happened last season?
[ 7.3 ] What are City fans' expectations for the 1996/97 season?

        Contributors

[ 1. ] FIXTURES & RESULTS


[ 1.1 ] What are City's fixtures/results for 1997/98?

Nationwide League 1st Division.

August 1997

Sat  9 Portsmouth              H D 2-2 (1-1) 16' Rösler 56' Wiekens          30,474
Tue 12 Blackpool (CCC1-1)      A L 1-0 (0-0)                                  8,084
Fri 15 Sunderland              A L 3-1 (1-0) 76' Kinkladze (pen)             38,827
Fri 22 Tranmere Rovers         H D 1-1 (0-0) 46' Horlock                     26,336
Wed 27 Blackpool (CCC1-2)      H W 1-0 (0-0) 89' Horlock                     12,563
                                 City lose 4-2 on penalties.
Sat 30 Charlton Athletic       A L 2-1 (0-1) 20' Wiekens                     14,009

September 1997

Wed  3 Nottingham Forest       A W 1-3 (0-1) 20' Brannan 72' Brannan
                                             89' Dickov                      23,681
Fri 12 Bury                    A D 1-1 (0-0) 80' Morley                      11,816
Sat 20 Norwich City            H L 1-2 (1-1) 27' Bradbury                    27,258
Sat 27 Swindon Town            H W 6-0 (3-0)  7' Kinkladze 17' Casper (o.g.)
                                             37' Horlock 50' Dickov
                                             59' Dickov 80' Bradbury         26,646

October 1997

Sat  4 Ipswich Town            A L 1-0 (0-0)                                 14,322
Sun  5 Manchester United (PLT) H D 2-2 (1-1)     Kinkladze, Rösler           21,262
Sat 18 Reading                 H D 0-0 (0-0)                                 26,488
Wed 22 Stoke City              H L 0-1 (0-0)                                 25,333
Sun 26 Queens Park Rangers     A L 2-0 (2-0)                                 14,451
Wed 29 Crewe Alexandra         H W 1-0 (1-0) 44' Greenacre                   27,384

November 1997

Sat  1 Oxford United           A D 0-0 (0-0)                                  8,592
Tue  4 Port Vale               H L 2-3 (2-2) 15' Wiekens 41' Dickov          24,554
Fri  7 Huddersfield Town       H L 0-1 (0-0)                                 24,425
Sat 15 Sheffield United        A D 1-1 (1-0) 90' Horlock                     23,780
Sat 22 Bradford City           H W 1-0 (0-0) 90' Vaughan                     29,746
Sat 29 Stockport County        A L 3-1 (3-0) 49' Brannan                     11,351

December 1997

Tue  2 West Bromwich Albion    A W 0-1 (0-0) 54' Dickov                      17,904
Sat  6 Wolverhampton Wanderers H L 0-1 (0-1)                                 28,999
Sat 13 Birmingham City         A L 2-1 (0-0) 80' Shelia                      21,014
Sat 20 Middlesbrough           H W 2-0 (2-0) 17' Rösler 31' Dickov           28,097
Fri 26 Crewe Alexandra         A L 1-0 (1-0)                                  5,759
Sun 28 Nottingham Forest       H L 2-3 (0-1) 56' Shelia 77' Dickov           31,839

January 1998

Sat  3 Bradford City (FAC3)    H W 2-0 (2-0) 35' Rösler 42' Brown            23,686
Sat 10 Portsmouth              A W 0-3 (0-1) 45' Russell 51' Kinkladze
                                             90' Rösler                      13,512
Sat 17 Sunderland              H L 0-1 (0-0)                                 31,715
Sun 25 West Ham United (FAC4)  H L 1-2 (0-1) 59' Kinkladze                   26,495
Wed 28 Charlton Athletic       H D 2-2 (1-0)  7' Dickov 88' Symons           24,058
Sat 31 Tranmere Rovers         A D 0-0 (0-0)                                 12,830

February 1998

Sat  7 Norwich City            A D 0-0 (0-0)                                 15,274
Sat 14 Bury                    H L 0-1 (0-0)                                 28,885
Wed 18 Ipswich Town            H L 1-2 (1-0)  5' Symons                      27,156
Sat 21 Swindon Town            A W 1-3 (0-1) 22' Rösler 77' Rösler    
                                             83' Bradbury                    12,280
Tue 24 Reading                 A L 2-0 (3-0)                                 11,513
Sat 28 West Bromwich Albion    H W 1-0 (1-0) 44' Rösler                      28,460

March 1998

Tue  3 Huddersfield Town       A W 1-3 (1-2) 10' Wiekens 45' Briscoe
                                             65' Tskhadadze                  15,694
Sat  7 Oxford United           H L 0-2 (0-1)                                 28,720
Sat 14 Port Vale               A L 2-1 (1-0) 61' Wiekens                     13,122
Sat 21 Sheffield United        H D 0-0 (0-0)                                 28,496
Sat 28 Bradford City           A L 2-1 (1-0) 24' Jeff Whitley                17,099

April 1998

Sat  4 Stockport County        H W 4-1 (3-1)  5' Goater 32' Jobson
                                             37' Bradbury 57' Bradbury       31,855
Sat 11 Wolverhampton Wanderers A D 2-2 (1-1) 13' Pollock 64' Horlock         24,458
Mon 13 Birmingham City         H L 0-1 (0-0)                                 29,569
Fri 17 Middlesbrough           A L 1-0 (1-0)                                 30,182
Sat 25 Queens Park Rangers     H D 2-2 (1-2)  1' Kinkladze 48' Bradbury      32,040

May 1998

Sun  3 Stoke City              A W 2-5 (0-1) 31' Goater 49' Dickov
                                             63' Bradbury 70' Goater
                                             90' Horlock                     26,664
Wed  7 Jamaica (WCWU)          H D 0-0 (0-0)                                 11,692

PLT: Paul Lake testimonial.
WCWU: World Cup Warm-Up

Fixtures Copyright © 1997 of the Football League Ltd.


[ 1.2 ] What are City's pre-season fixtures/results?

May 1997

Wed  7 Barnsley          A D 2-2 (2-1) Phillips 2 (Gary Fleming testimonial)

July 1997

Wed 16 Blackpool         A D 1-1 (1-0) Clough
Fri 18 Macclesfield Town A W 0-1 (0-0) Rösler
Tue 22 Livingston        A W 0-4 (0-4) Dickov, Rösler 3
Thu 24 Stirling Albion   A D 0-0 (0-0)
Sat 26 Kilmarnock        A W 0-4 (0-2) Rösler 2, Symons 2
Mon 28 Falkirk           A D 1-1 (0-1) Dickov
Wed 30 Mansfield Town    A W 1-7 (1-3) Rösler, Heaney, Jeff Whitley,
                                       Clough, Dickov 2, Brannan

August 1997

Sat  2 Burnley           A W 0-3 (0-3) Bradbury 2, Symons

[ 1.3 ] What are City's reserve team fixtures/results for 1997/98?

Pontin's League 1st Division.

Note: the majority of reserve team home games (all those between November 1st and March 31st) are played at Moss Lane, Altrincham, the rest being at Maine Road. Kick-offs at both venues are usually 6:45pm
Directions to Moss Lane: Leave M6 motorway at junction 20 to join M56. Leave M56 at junction 7 and at roundabout take A56 for Altrincham. At first traffic lights (1 mile) turn right for Bowden/Hale (B5161). Carry on for 1 mile, passing The Bowden Hotel on the right. Go through the traffic lights, then right at the mini roundabout into Hale Road (avoiding town centre). Carry on for approximately 1 mile, turning left into Westminster Road (opposite Cemetary entrance). Carry straight on for approximately 3/4 mile into Moss Lane; the football ground is on the right.

August 1997

Wed 13 Sunderland               H L 2-3 (1-1) Kristal, Creaney
Wed 20 West Bromwich Albion     A L 1-0 (1-0)

September 1997

Wed 10 Oldham Athletic          A W 0-2 (0-1) Creaney, Jeff Whitley
Wed 17 Wolverhampton Wanderers  H W 1-0 (0-0) Dickov
Mon 22 Leicester City           A D 3-3 (3-1) Hiley, Tsekinis, Kelly
Tue 30 Grimsby Town             H D 2-2 (1-1) Heaney, Rösler

October 1997

Tue  7 Middlesbrough            H W 3-2 (2-2) Rösler 2, Brown
Tue 14 Notts County             A L 2-0 (2-0)
Mon 27 Port Vale                H D 2-2 (0-1) Scully, Foster

November 1997

Tue 11 Coventry City            A L 4-2 (2-2) Beesley, Greenacre
Tue 18 Bolton Wanderers         H D 1-1 (0-1) Brightwell
Wed 26 Huddersfield Town        A D 2-2 (1-0) Shelia, Calderado

December 1997

Tue  9 West Bromwich Albion     H W 3-2 (3-0) Rösler 2, Heaney
Mon 15 Sunderland               A L 2-1 (0-0) Crooks

January 1998

No fixtures!

February 1998

Mon  2 Oldham Athletic          H L 0-4 (0-1)
Mon  9 Wolverhampton Wanderers  A L 3-1 (1-1) Conlon
Wed 25 Grimsby Town             A W 0-2 (0-0) Kelly, Creaney

March 1998

Tue 10 Coventry City            H L 0-1 (0-1)
Tue 17 Leicester City           H D 2-2 (2-0) Bailey, Clough
Wed 25 Port Vale                A D 3-3 (1-2) Brightwell, Creaney, Clough

April 1998

Wed  1 Bolton Wanderers         A L 1-0 (0-0)
Tue  7 Huddersfield Town        H
Wed 22 Middlesbrough            A
Tue 28 Notts County             H

[ 1.4 ] What are City's youth team fixtures/results for 1997/98?

Note: Home games are usually played at the Platt Lane training complex, kicking off at 11:00am, but some may also be played at Altrincham F.C. Check with the club to confirm the venue if you plan to go to a game.

A Team - Lancashire League 1st Division.

August 1997

Sat 16 Tranmere A     H W 4-1
Sat 23 Carlisle A     A W 0-5 (result does not count as Carlisle have since withdrawn from the League)
Sat 30 Everton A      H L 1-2

September 1997

Sat  6 Burnley A      A W 0-3
Sat 13 Marine Res     H W 2-0
Sat 20 Man Utd A      H L 2-3
Sat 27 Oldham A       A W 2-4

October 1997

Sat  4 Stoke A        H W 4-3
Sat 11 Bolton A       A D 2-2
Mon 13 Oldham Youth   A W 1-2 (Lancashire F.A. Youth Cup 1st Round)
Sat 18 Preston A      H W 2-1

November 1997

Sat  1 Blackburn A    H L 0-1
Sat  8 Everton A      A L 1-0
Sat 15 Crewe Res      H L 1-2
Tue 18 Tranmere Youth A L 2-0 (Lancashire F.A. Youth Cup 2nd Round)
Sat 22 Wrexham A      A D 1-1

December 1997

Sat  6 Stoke A        A D 1-1
Wed 10 West Brom Yth. A D 1-1 (F.A. Youth Cup 2nd Round)
Sat 13 Marine Res     A W 1-2
Tue 16 West Brom Yth. H W 3-2 (after extra time: 2-2 after 90 minutes. F.A. Youth Cup 2nd Round Replay)
Sat 20 Morecambe Res  H D 2-2

January 1998

Sat 10 Blackburn A    A W 1-2
Sat 17 Bolton A       H L 0-1
Mon 19 Crewe Youth    A L 2-0 (F.A. Youth Cup 3rd Round)
Sat 24 Liverpool A    A W 0-2
Sat 31 Man Utd A      A D 1-1

February 1998

Sat  7 Burnley A      H W 3-1
Sat 14 Oldham A       H D 1-1
Sat 21 Bury A         A D 2-2
Sat 28 Wrexham A      H L 1-2

March 1998

Sat  7 Tranmere A     A D 1-1
Sat 14 Crewe Res      A L 2-0
Sat 28 Bury A         H L 0-1

April 1998

Fri  3 Morecambe Res  A L 2-0
Sat 18 Preston A      A

May 1998

Sat  2 Liverpool A    H

B Team - Lancashire League 2nd Division.

August 1997

Sat 16 Rochdale A      A L 3-2
Sat 23 Morecambe A     H W 6-0
Sat 30 Marine Youth    A W 1-3

September 1997

Sat  6 Oldham B        H W 3-0
Sat 13 Blackpool A     A W 0-1
Mon 15 Burnley B       H W 1-0
Sat 20 Crewe A         A L 3-1
Sat 27 Crewe A         H W 3-0

October 1997

Sat  4 Wrexham B       A L 2-1
Sat 11 Tranmere B      H L 0-3
Sat 18 Tranmere B      A L 2-1
Sat 25 Stockport A     H W 4-1

November 1997

Sat  1 Liverpool B     A L 3-1
Sat  8 Blackpool A     H L 0-3
Sat 15 Carlisle B      A W 0-2
Sat 22 Wigan A         H W 2-1
Sat 29 Bury B          A W 0-3

December 1997

Sat  6 Man Utd B       H L 2-3
Sat 13 Everton B       H D 2-2
Sat 20 Everton B       A L 2-1

January 1998

Sat 10 Blackburn B     H L 1-3
Sat 17 Burnley B       A W 3-6
Sat 24 Wrexham B       H D 2-2
Sat 31 Liverpool B     H L 0-1

February 1998

Sat  7 Man Utd B       A L 2-1
Sat 14 Stockport A     A L 4-3
Sat 21 Carlisle B      H W 5-4
Sat 28 Morecambe A     A W 1-2

March 1998

Tue 17 Bury B          H L 0-1
Sat 21 Wigan A         A D 2-2
Sat 28 Oldham B        A W 0-3

April 1998

Sat  4 Blackburn B     A L 2-0
Sat 11 Rochdale A      H
Sat 18 Chester A       H
Sat 25 Marine Youth    H

May 1998

Sat  2 Chester A       A

[ 2. ] MANCHESTER CITY FIRST TEAM SQUAD


[ 2.1 ] Who is in the first team squad?

Note: City are not using the squad number system in 1997/98.

Goalkeepers

Tommy Wright          (Northern Ireland international goalkeeper)
Martyn Margetson      (Former Welsh U21 international goalkeeper)
Nick Weaver           (Tall young goalkeeper)

Defenders

Kit Symons            (Welsh international central defender)
Gerard Wiekens        (Composed Dutch central defender who can also play in midfield)
Tony Vaughan          (Aggressive Mancunian left back)
Rae Ingram            (Young central defender, often used as left back)
Paul Beesley          (Solid stopper)
Scott Hiley           (Attack-minded full back, can play either side)
Richard Edghill       (Former England U21 international defender)
Ian Brightwell        (Utility player, son of Olympic medallists Robbie Brightwell and Ann Packer)
John Foster           (Defender, central or right-back)
Dave Morley           (Very tall young defender)
Murtaz Shelia         (Georgian international defender)
Kakhaber Tskhadadze   (Georgian international defender)
Richard Jobson        (Experienced central defender)

Midfield/Wing Players

Georgiou Kinkladze    (Immensely talented Georgian international midfielder)
Eddie McGoldrick      (Utility man, also plays in defence when needed)
Kevin Horlock         (Left/central midfielder, can also play in defence)
Ged Brannan           (Industrious midfielder, can also play centre-back when needed)
Lee Crooks            (Young ball-winning midfielder who can pass well)
Jeff Whitley          (Skilful young Northern Ireland international midfielder)
Jim Whitley           (Jeff's older brother)
Michael Brown         (Tenacious young midfielder)
Nigel Clough          (Intelligent former England international striker, son of Brian)
Martin Phillips       (Skilful young winger)
Neil Heaney           (Quick winger)
Jamie Pollock         (Tenacious midfielder)
Ian Bishop            (Experienced playmaker)

Forwards

Paul Dickov           (Short but tricky former Scotland U21 striker)
Lee Bradbury          (Bustling striker, club record signing)
Chris Greenacre       (Promising young striker)
Gerry Creaney         (Scotland 'B' international striker)
Barry Conlon          (Irish youth international striker)
Craig Russell         (Quick, hard-working forward)
Shaun Goater          (Quick striker from Bermuda)

A squad picture is also available on the City Supporters' WWW server.


[ 2.2 ] Who has played and scored goals for City in 1997/98?

                          League        F.A.Cup     League Cup      Total
                        Apps  Goals   Apps  Goals   Apps  Goals   Apps  Goals
Peter Beardsley          5(1)    -     -       -     -       -     5(1)    -
Paul Beesley             4(3)    -     -       -     -       -     4(3)    -
Ian Bishop               4(2)    -     -       -     -       -     4(2)    -
Lee Bradbury            23(4)    7     -       -     2       -    25(4)    7
Ged Brannan             27(5)    3     1       -     2       -    30(5)    3
Lee Briscoe              5       1     -       -     -       -     5       1
Michael Brown           18(7)    -     2       1     -       -    20(7)    1
Ian Brightwell          19(2)    -     2       -     2       -    23(2)    -
Barry Conlon             1(6)    -     -       -     -       -     1(6)    -
Gerry Creaney            1       -     -       -     -       -     1       -
Lee Crooks               3(2)    -     -       -     -       -     3(2)    -
Paul Dickov             21(9)    9     2       -     -(1)    -    23(10)   9
Richard Edghill         36       -     1       -     -       -    37       -
Shaun Goater             7       3     -       -     -       -     7       3
Chris Greenacre          2(1)    1     -(1)    -     -       -     2(2)    1
Neil Heaney              3       -     -       -     -       -     3       -
Scott Hiley              -       -     -       -     -       -     -       -
Kevin Horlock           25       5     -       -     2       1    27       6
Rae Ingram               -       -     -       -     -       -     -       -
Richard Jobson           6       1     -       -     -       -     6       1
Alan Kernaghan           1       -     -       -     1       -     2       -
Ray Kelly                1       -     -       -     -       -     1       -
Georgiou Kinkladze      29(1)    4     2       1     2       -    33(1)    5
Martyn Margetson        28       -     -       -     2       -    30       -
Eddie McGoldrick         6(1)    -     -       -     -(1)    -     6(2)    -
Dave Morley              1(2)    1     -       -     -       -     1(2)    1
Martin Phillips          -       -     -       -     -       -     -       -
Jamie Pollock            8       1     -       -     -       -     8       1
Uwe Rösler              23(6)    6     2       1     2       -    27(6)    7
Craig Russell           17(7)    1     2       -     -       -    19(7)    1
Tony Scully              1(8)    -     -       -     -       -     1(8)    -
Murtaz Shelia           12       2     2       -     -       -    14       2
Nicky Summerbee          4(5)    -     -       -     2       -     6(5)    -
Kit Symons              42       2     1       -     1       -    44       2
Kakhaber Tskhadadze     10       1     -       -     -       -    10       1
Jason van Blerk         10(9)    -     -(1)    -     -(1)    -    10(11)   -
Tony Vaughan            19       1     -       -     2       -    21       1
Jeff Whitley            14(3)    1     1       -     -       -    15(3)    1
Jim Whitley             17(2)    -     1(1)    -     -       -    18(3)    -
Gerard Wiekens          35(2)    5     1       -     2       -    38(2)    5
Tommy Wright            18       -     2       -     -       -    20       -

Own goals:

  • Chris Casper (Swindon Town), 27th September 1997.

[ 2.3 ] Which players have City bought since the 1996/97 season?

  • Tony Vaughan, £1,350,000 plus a third of any sell-on fee from Ipswich Town.
  • Lee Bradbury, £3,000,000, possibly rising to £3,500,000 depending on appearances, from Portsmouth. City's record signing.
  • Jason Van Blerk, free transfer from Millwall.
  • Tony Scully, fee dependent on appearances (maximum of £80,000), from Crystal Palace.
  • Barry Conlon, free transfer from Q.P.R.
  • Murtaz Shelia, £400,000 from Alania Vladikavkaz (Russia).
  • Craig Russell, player-exchange deal worth £1,000,000, Nicky Summerbee going to Sunderland.
  • Kakhaber Tskhadadze, £400,000 from Alania Vladikavkaz (Russia).
  • Richard Jobson, free transfer from Leeds United.
  • Jamie Pollock, £800,000 rising to £1,000,000 depending on appearances from Bolton Wanderers.
  • Ian Bishop, free transfer from West Ham United.
  • Shaun Goater, £400,000 rising to £500,000 based on goals and appearances from Bristol City.

[ 2.4 ] Which players have City sold since the 1996/97 season?


[ 2.5 ] Who has been loaned to City since the 1996/97 season?


[ 2.6 ] Who have City loaned out since the 1996/97 season?


[ 2.7 ] Who are City's key players?

Georgiou Kinkladze (Midfielder)
Georgiou joined City just before the start of the 1995/96 season and made his City début in the against Tottenham Hotspur. Also known as Kinky (though he prefers Gio or Georgi), he cost City a reported £2,000,000 from his home town club, Dynamo Tbilisi in Georgia, though rumour has it that the actual fee received in Tbilisi was closer to a tenth of that figure. He immediately became a big hit with the City fans, his close control, passing and dribbling ability leading to comparisons with the Club's all-time greats such as Peter Doherty. He has become a household name during his two seasons at Maine Road and surprised virtually everyone when he agreed a new 3-year deal with the Blues during the summer of 1997. He's still only 24 too!

[ 2.8 ] Who are City's players to watch in 1997/98?

How about Gerard Wiekens? More info TBA.


[ 3. ] BASIC DETAILS


[ 3.1 ] What is the club's full name?

Manchester City Football Club plc


[ 3.2 ] What are the club's nicknames?

The Blues or (less commonly) The Citizens.


[ 3.3 ] When was the club formed?

The club started out as St. Marks of West Gorton in 1880 and changed name slightly the following year to West Gorton (St. Marks); in 1884 they became simply Gorton and then in 1887, Ardwick. A financial crisis in 1894 led to the creation of Manchester City and that name has remained ever since.


[ 3.4 ] Who is City's chairman?

Francis Lee resigned as chairman on Wednesday 18th March and was replaced by David Bernstein. The largest single shareholder is Stephen Boler.


[ 3.5 ] Who is City's chief executive?

Mike Turner, formerly commercial director at Liverpool but a lifelong City fan.


[ 3.6 ] Who are City's other directors?

Andrew Thomas (the Greenalls representative), Ashley Lewis (proxy for Stephen Boler and the widow of Peter Swales), Dennis Tueart (representative for David Makin) and John Wardle.


[ 3.7 ] Who is City's team manager?

Joe Royle replaced Frank Clark on Wednesday 18th February 1998. Also dismissed at that time were Alan Hill (assistant manager), Richard Money (first team coach) and Peter Edwards (fitness trainer).


[ 3.8 ] Who is City's assistant team manager?

Willie Donachie joined City on Friday 20th February from Sheffield United, two days after the departure of Alan Hill.


[ 3.9 ] Who is City's chief scout?

Jim Cassell replaced Jimmy Frizzell shortly after the appointment of Joe Royle as manager.


[ 3.10] Who is City's first team coach?

This position is currently vacant.


[ 3.11] Who is City's reserve team coach?

Asa Hartford.


[ 3.12] Who is City's youth team coach?

Ian Miller.


[ 3.13] Who are the other major staff members?

  • Bernard Halford (general secretary)
  • Ian Niven (director of stadium administration)
  • Geoff Durbin (commercial manager)
  • Duncan Thomas (ticket office manager)
  • Mike Summerbee (sales manager)
  • Joanne Parker (publications manager)
  • John Clay (public relations officer)
  • George Smith (director of school of excellence)
  • Paul Power (youth development officer)
  • Roy Bailey (physiotherapist)
  • Norman Luft (club doctor/honorary medical officer)
  • Les Chapman (kit manager)

There are also some honorary, non-executive positions awarded mainly to former board members. These include Sidney Rose (Life President), Raymond Donn (Vice President), A.E. Alexander, Colin Barlow, Tony Book, John Dunkerley, David Holt, Michael Horwich, W.A. Miles, Fred Pye, J.T. Thomas and B. Turnbull (all Honorary Presidents).


[ 3.14] Who are the club's major sponsors?

Brother, a Japanese electronics company making a wide variety of goods ranging from knitting machines to microwave ovens to personal computers.


Kit and Crest Illustrations

Home Kit New Crest Away Kit 3rd Kit, modelled by Michael Brown
Home Kit Club Crest Away Kit 3rd Kit

[ 3.15] What does the club's crest look like?

The new crest looks rather like a military emblem of some sort. At the top are three stars, underneath is a golden eagle and imposed on that is the new club crest. The ship is still there, underneath that is MCFC and then three diagonal strikes (like the badge of the early 70's?). At the bottom of the whole thing is a bit of latin, Superbia In Proelio which means Pride In Battle.


[ 3.16] What do City's kits look like?

Home Kit
Kappa have kept the home shirt a traditional light blue (officially it's laser blue). It's got a V-neck with blue, white and navy blue edging. Down the sleeves there's the Kappa logo, on a navy blue background. The brother logo is once more white against the blue background. The new club badge is on the left hand side and the Kappa logo on the right (in white). Plain white shorts, dark Kappa logo on the left hand side, new badge on right hand side, dark Kappa logo down the sides. Socks, dark blue, red and white single stripe at the top. White Kappa logo just above the ankle.
Away Kit
Mainly white bottom half. White brother logo on navy blue background across the chest. Another white band before the the top half across the shoulders becomes navy blue. Same design as home shirt with V-neck collar, red, white and navy blue on collar. Badge on left, logo on right Dark blue shorts with the same layout as the home shorts. Socks, white with dark blue and red trim.
Third Kit
At the start of the season, the club said they did not envisage a need for a third kit. However, a yellow and black kit was used for the game at Queens Park Rangers and several times thereafter. This kit is not likely to be made available as a replica for general sale until next season, when it is expected to become the away kit.

[ 3.17] What is the club's address?

Stadium: Manchester City F.C., Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester M14 7WN.
Training Ground: Platt Lane Complex, Yew Tree Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 7UU.


[ 3.18] What are the club's telephone numbers?

  • General enquiries: 0161 224 5000
  • Fax: 0161 248 8449
  • Ticket Office, general enquiries: 0161 226 2224
  • Ticket Office, Dial-A-Seat: 0161 227 9229
  • Ticket Office, Fax-A-Seat: 0161 226 1037
  • Ticket Office, Ticketcall: 0891 12 15 91
  • City Supporters' Travel Club: 0161 226 5047
  • Supporters' Club Travel Line: 0891 88 18 19
  • Football in the Community: 0161 226 1782
  • Football in the Community (fax): 0161 226 7754
  • Platt Lane Complex (main reception): 0161 248 6610
  • Platt Lane Complex (table reservations): 0161 257 0009
  • Platt Lane Complex (fax): 0161 257 0030
  • Scout's Office (fax): 0161 232 7880
  • Development Office (Mike Pawley): 0161 226 3143
  • Cashmaker Office: 0161 226 3237
  • Programme Office (Joanne Parker): 0161 224 5000 x204
  • Commercial Department (Geoff Durbin): 0161 248 9999
  • Commercial Department (fax): 0161 248 4144
  • Manchester City Prize Line: 0891 12 10 20
  • City Clubcall: 0891 12 11 91
  • City TEAMtalk: 0891 31 39 70 (unofficial information line)
  • City Store (Maine Road): 0161 232 1111
  • City Store (120 Marsden Way, Arndale Centre): 0161 834 4609
  • Merchandise Mail Order: 0161 226 6000
  • Merchandise Mail Order (fax): 0161 232 8507
  • Merchandise Department (Steve Sayer): 0161 224 5000 x247
  • Manchester City Social Club: 0161 226 3330
  • Manchester City Social Club (facsimile): 0161 232 8204
  • Mainestream Catering (Kirsten Inverarity): 0161 226 0902
  • Altrincham F.C. (reserve team venue): 0161 928 1045

[ 3.19] What is the capacity of Maine Road?

Maine Road's capacity is currently around 33,000, around 1,000 of which is housed in an uncovered temporary stand in "Windy Corner" (between the North Stand and the Kippax) which is used by either home or away fans depending on demand. The rest of the ground's capacity is split as follows:

Main Stand       8,782
North Stand      7,525
Kippax Stand    10,837
Platt Lane Stand 5,003

It is highly likely that City will move into the Millennium Stadium which is being built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games which will be held in Manchester, Maine Road then being leased to another club (possibly a new Rugby League club) or even possibly sold for a supermarket or other development.


[ 3.20] Will I need a membership card to buy a ticket?

For certain matches, only City membership card holders can purchase tickets. To apply for membership, send a passport-sized photograph of yourself, a cheque/P.O. for £5.00 and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Membership Scheme Application, The Secretary, Manchester City F.C. plc, Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester M14 7WN. Existing members can renew their membership for £3.00 if they enclose their old membership card with their application. Games are only usually made members-only if the visiting club sells their entire allocation of tickets.


[ 3.21] How much do tickets cost?

Ticket prices vary depending on the competition, the opposition and where in the stadium you want to be. The prices for games in 1997/98 are as follows:

                                      Category "A"     Category "B"      Category "C"
Main Stand blocks B & C                 £16.00           £17.00            £18.00
Main Stand block G (OAPs only)           £5.00            £5.00             £5.00
Main Stand other blocks                 £15.00           £16.00            £17.00
Kippax Upper                            £14.00           £15.00            £16.00
Kippax Lower                            £12.00           £13.00            £14.00
Platt Lane Stand                        £11.00           £12.00            £13.00
Family Stand (adult)                     £9.00           £10.00            £11.00
Family Stand (juniors/OAPs)              £6.00            £6.00             £6.00
North Stand (adult)                     £10.00           £11.00            £12.00
North Stand blocks K & L (juniors/OAPs)  £6.00            £6.00             £6.00
North Stand other blocks (juniors/OAPs)  £7.00            £7.00             £7.00

Consult the ticket office for specific details regarding which matches are in which category. Tickets for home matches are also available from the City Store in the Arndale Centre (120 Marsden Way) and from the Piccadilly Box Office which is in the Virgin Megastore on Market Street. Tickets for home League games are available at least 4 weeks before the game, the first week being postal applications only. It's best to book as early as possible in order to have the best choice of seats and to avoid the need to join the membership scheme should the visiting team sell all of their tickets.


[ 4. ] FANZINE INFORMATION


[ 4.1 ] What City fanzines are currently available?

King of the Kippax
Edited by Dave & Sue Wallace of 25 Holdenbrook Court, Leigh, Greater Manchester, WN7 2HL (Tel: 01942-515739). KK is around 40 typewritten A4 pages with no advertisements and is City's best-selling fanzine. Regular features include a very substantial part of the 'zine given over to readers' letters, brief match reports of the games played since the previous edition, a look forward to forthcoming games, short stories with characters based on well-known local football figures, comment & opinion by a number of regular contributors and interviews with celebrity City fans. Sue's illustrations of away grounds are widely copied by other clubs' fanzines. Subscriptions cost £7.00 for 5 issues in the UK, £9.00 elsewhere. Please state which issue you wish the subscription to start with. Cheques payable to 'King of the Kippax'. All back issues are available, though many are reprints.
Bert Trautmann's Helmet
Formerly know as Electric Blue, this 'zine has been renamed to Bert Trautmann's Helmet following the threat of legal action from the proprietors of another publication with the same name. Edited by Noel Bayley of 217 Dumers Lane, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 2GE. The 'zine is usually 28 or 32 typeset A4 pages with no advertisements, using a small but clear font in navy blue ink. Regular features include a long-ish editorial, some amusing press cuttings relating to City or United ('Rubber News'), comment & opinion by a number of regular contributors, a feature on the fortunes of one City fan's Fantasy Football team, Pastiche Notes (a mickey-take of the Guardian's Pass Notes) and a letters page; Noel usually prints all the letters he receives. Subscriptions are available at £1.40 per issue up to the end of the current season. Small stamps, giant cheques, IMOs and Postal Orders accepted, made payable to 'N.E. Bayley'. A few back issues are available, at discounted prices.
This Charming Fan
Edited by Phillip A Gatenby, PO Box 4, Manchester M40 9AP. TCF is around 20 A5, word-processed pages which appears occasionally, although it appeared as a section of Blue Print during the 1993/94 season. The 'zine consists mainly of editorial comment and a few jokes at United's expense. The few back issues are sold out but the editor will photocopy them if you really want them for £1.00 per issue. Phillip Gatenby has also produced 'Standing Ovation - A Tribute to the Kippax', a 32-page A5 pamphlet containing reminiscences of various people of their experiences of the Kippax, plus some photographs and news clippings. This costs £1.40 including P&P.
The Fightback
This 'zine has recently been re-launched by Dante Friend. Subscriptions are £6.00 for 5 issues (Britain), £9.00 for 5 issues (rest of Europe) including P&P, from Friends, 2 Old Hall Road, Gatley, Stockport, Cheshire SK8 4BE, England. Cheques payable to "D. Friend" and state which issue you want your subscription to start from. Issue 1 consists of 32 A5 typewritten pages with various photographs, cartoons and newspaper clippings but it is likely that the format will change as the 'zine becomes more established. The content is the usual fanzine mix of reports, opinions, humorous items etc. but is probably aimed at a younger audience than the other City 'zines.
Are You Blue or Are You Blind?
TBA

[ 4.2 ] Which City fanzines are no longer available?

The other City fanzines that have been and gone (some only lasted one edition) were:

  • Blue Print
  • Singing The Blues
  • Main Stand View
  • Cityzen (Official Supporters' Club magazine)
  • Blue Murder
  • Rodney, Rodney! (not really a City 'zine actually)
  • Wigout!
  • One for the Road

[ 5. ] INTERNET INFORMATION


[ 5.1 ] What is the Manchester City Mailing List and how do I join it?

The Manchester City mailing-list/newsletter, Man City Info Via The Alps is run by Ashley Birch, formerly a resident in Switzerland but now living in Chapel en le Frith, Cheshire. To split the workload, however, Steve Bolton (sbolton@buxtonrd.u-net.com) handles all subscriptions. To join, send him an e-mail stating your full name and geographic location (e.g. Fred Bloggs, Manchester, England).


[ 5.2 ] Where are City on the World Wide Web?

City's official web site, CityNet is now online at <URL:http://www.mcfc.co.uk/> It is a commercial site featuring merchandising as well as press releases, player info etc.

The Manchester City Supporters' Home Page <URL:http://www.uit.no/mancity/> is run by Svenn Hanssen in Norway. This includes news, match reports, opinions, book and video reviews, player details and much more.

The Blue View Discussion Page <URL:http://www.blueview.co.uk/> has been set up by Doug Bennett to provide City fans with a forum for the rapid interchange of news and views.

For information on the Official Manchester City Supporters' Club and its various branches throughout the world, check out Bob Young's site at <URL:http://user.itl.net/~dylan/mcfcsc2/>. There is also a site for the Centenary Supporters' Association at <URL:http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~sef/>, run by Shaun Sefton.

Note: The Supporters' Club site will shortly be moving to a new site at: <URL:http://www.mancity.net/>.

With the Football League now being sponsored by the Nationwide Building Society, there is now a Nationwide Football Site <URL:http://www.football.nationwide.co.uk/> which has sections on all Nationwide League clubs including City.

The Manchester City pages on Soccernet <URL:http://www.soccernet.com/> provide news, match reports, previews and other miscellaneous information, though they are not updated as often as they were when City were in the Premiership.

A similar service is provided by BSkyB, who have a section on Manchester City at <URL:http://www.sky.co.uk/sports/football/division1/mancity/>.

MS Windows users may like to check out the Pride of Manchester site <URL:http://www.dgyates.demon.co.uk/html/the_pride_of_manchester.html> created by David Yates, which features the Manchester City Icon Collection. There are more excellent graphics to be had at Steve Heywood's (a.k.a. The Sikpupi) site <URL:http://www.sikpupi.demon.co.uk/cindex.htm>.

Finally there's a page of City-related links maintained by Col Surrey (a.k.a. Wookie) at <URL:http://www.wookie.u-net.com/city.htm> which includes pointers to some smaller sites not mentioned here.


[ 5.3 ] Any other addresses I should know about?

You can write to the club about CityNet or anything else at: citynet@mcfc.slv.co.uk.

You can write to CITY Magazine via email at citylife@mcr-evening-news.co.uk.

Contributions to City fanzine Bert Trautmann's Helmet can be emailed to its editor, Noel Bayley at: noelbayley@compuserve.com.

Users of the ICQ (I Seek You) communications program by Mirabilis can find a list of Blue ICQ users at <URL:http://www.blueview.co.uk/icq/icq.html>.


[ 6. ] CLUB HONOURS

A more complete list of club records can be found on the City Supporters' WWW honours page <URL:http://www.uit.no/mancity/honours.html>.


[ 6.1 ] When have City won the English League Championship?

League Champions: 1937, 1968


[ 6.2 ] When have City won the English Second Division Championship?

Second Division Champions: 1899, 1903, 1910, 1928, 1947, 1966


[ 6.3 ] When have City won the F.A. Cup?

FA Cup Winners: 1904, 1934, 1956, 1969


[ 6.4 ] When have City won the F.A. Charity Shield?

FA Charity Shield Winners: 1937, 1968, 1972


[ 6.5 ] When have City won the Football League Cup?

League Cup Winners: 1970, 1976


[ 6.6 ] What European Trophy have City won?

European Cup Winners' Cup Winners: 1970


[ 6.7 ] When have City won the F.A. Youth Cup?

FA Youth Cup Winners: 1986


[ 6.8 ] What is City's biggest League win?

Biggest League Win: 11-3, vs. Lincoln City (H), Div.2, 23rd March 1895
Biggest League Margin of Victory: 10-1, vs. Huddersfield Town (H), Div.2, 7th November 1987


[ 6.9 ] What is City's heaviest defeat?

Heaviest Defeat: 9-1, vs. Everton (A), Div.1, 3rd September 1906


[ 6.10] Who is City's record goal-scorer?

Record Goal-scorer: 178 by Eric Brook (1928-39)


[ 6.11] Who is City's record signing?

Record Signing: Lee Bradbury, £3,000,000 rising to £3,500,000 depending on appearances from Portsmouth on 30th July 1997.


[ 6.12] Who is City's record sale?

Record Sale: Garry Flitcroft, £3,200,000 to Blackburn Rovers in March 1996.


[ 7. ] RECENT HISTORY


[ 7.1 ] What has happened to the club in the last decade or so?

TBA.


[ 7.2 ] What happened last season?

TBA


[ 7.3 ] What are City fans' expectations for the 1995/96 season?

Nothing less than promotion really. Preferably the Championship. But we said that last year too!


CONTRIBUTORS

This FAQ was compiled by Paul Howarth (paul@city-fan.org), with contributions from Anthony Johnson, Martin Ford (mford@fs1.li.umist.ac.uk), Svenn Hanssen (svenn@cc.uit.no) and Ashley Birch (mcivta@tollbar.u-net.com).

The information was obtained from various match magazines, the Complete Record book and some long memories.


Paul Howarth, paul@city-fan.org