An inspirational and influential Team Captain for Manchester City FC, who made his debut just one month before his 30th birthday, Tony Book joined City from Plymouth Argyle for the sum of �17,000 in 1966. During his first season he was made captain and led the team to win the FA Cup as well as being voter Player of the Year. One of City’s all-time best and most effective defensive players. Team manager from 1974 to 1979. He made 306 appearances and scored 5 goals in an 18 year career with Manchester City. A difficult start to his managing career, and overshadowed by Malcolm Allison, Tony Book had an otherwise remarkably successful career. After the dismissal of Ron Saunders in 1974, it was Book who took over to establish a period of stability in City’s troubled fortunes. During 4 years, he turned around the team’s performance, and under his control they won the League Cup in 1976, and were runners-up in the following season. Oddly, his career saw him “kicked sideways” when, he was briefly made caretaker-manager in 1989, and he was appointed first team coach in the 1990s.
Colin Bell MBE
Born in Hesleden, County Durham on 26 February 1946, Colin Bell made an astounding 500 appearances for Manchester City and scored over 150 goals. During his career which spanned the 1960s and early 1970s he was awarded 48 England caps, and was known for fast running and tireless stamina which earned him the nickname variously as “Nijinsky” and “King of Kippax”. Moving to City from Bury in March 1966, just before his 18th birthday, he amassed many honours, including League Championship, FA Cup, League Cup and European Winners Cup, before a knee injury put him out of the game for all of the season 1976-77. Continuing injury forced his premature retirement in August 1979, when he joined City’s coaching staff and at Maine Road he coached the Youth Team. He was also guest of honour at City’s last match at the old Maine Road stadium. Later, the West Stand at The City of Manchester Stadium (now the Etihad Stadium) was renamed “The Colin Bell Stand” in honour of arguably their greatest ever player. In 1975 he was awarded the MBE for services to Football.
Frank Victor Swift was one of England’s finest and most popular goalkeepers and his name should appear near the top of any list of great players. He worked as a coke-keeper at Blackpool gasworks as a young man before playing football for Fleetwood Town as an amateur, and then professionally for Manchester City Football Club in October 1932. He was a large man, over 6ft tall, weighing in excess of 13 stone and reputedly with extremely large hands – ideal qualifications for a goalkeeper. He was also an amiable, entertaining and larger-than-life character who stood out from the crowd. Swift was part of the team that helped Manchester City to win the FA Cup in 1934 and the League Championship in 1937. He was captain of the England side twice, the first goalkeeper to receive this honour. His brother Fred also played in goal for Oldham and during the summer months they ran a pleasure boat together at Blackpool. Between 1932 and 1949 Swift made 338 League appearances for City and won 19 caps for England in a distinguished career. He went on to become a respected journalist after 1949 and was killed in the Munich air crash after travelling to Belgrade with the Manchester United team as a journalist for the “News of the World”. Many believe he was the greatest British goalkeeper of all time.
After a slow start to his career, Corrigan became one of Britain’s best goalkeepers. Born in Manchester on 18 November 1948, he joined Manchester City as a junior in 1966 after leaving Sale Football Club, and made his League debut for City in March 1969. Corrigan established himself in the first team during the 196970 season, and was part of the Manchester City team which won a cup double of the European Cup Winners Cup and the League Cup. Personality clashes with Manager Ron Saunders caused an inconsistent record, though he stayed at City for 7 years, making 476 appearances, and 116 in the League Cup and European matches. He was transferred to the Seattle Sounders in the National American Soccer League in 1983 for a sum of �30,000. Later, he played for Brighton & Hove Albion. At the end of his career he also had spells on loan at Stoke City and Norwich. Corrigan retired in 1985 following a neck injury. He has subsequently held coaching positions at a number of clubs, including Liverpool and Celtic. He is remembered as one of Manchester City’s best goalkeepers.
Born 5 September 1927 in Dartford, Malcolm Allison was a notable footballer and manager of Manchester City Football Club from 1974-1979. He began his football career with Charlton Athletic and joined West Ham in 1951. Nicknamed “Big Mal”, he was one of English football’s most flamboyant and eccentric characters identified frequently by his fedora and cigar as well as his outspoken personality. As a young player at West Ham United, he established a reputation as a solid defender and mentor to the younger players including future England World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore. His playing career was cut short in 1958 when he had to have a lung removed because of tuberculosis. After assisting manager Joe Mercer, during a period thought to be City’s strongest, Allison sought to end their partnership and after a prolonged power struggle, Allison took over the role, and was to return to it on no fewer than three occasions. His time as manager of Manchester City was in the event far from a successful one and he resigned in March 1973, going on to manage Crystal Palace. He also went on to manage several England national teams, as well as Turkish Galatsaray and Sporting Portugal. In 2001 he was diagnosed as an alcoholic and by 2009 he was suffering from acute dementia.
Malcolm Allison died in a nursing home on 14th October 2010 at the age of 83. His funeral cortege was driven past the City of Manchester Stadium on its way to his burial at Manchester’s Southern Cemetery.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland on 5 October 1951, Willie Donachie joined Manchester City as a junior in 1968 and was to become a celebrated City player. In April 1972, he made his full debut for Scotland against Peru at Hampden Park. A major force in fullback position, he dominated the back field during the 1970s, and played in the Scottish World Cup Final team of 1978. He had been a full international player by the age of 22, and his speed and ball control in his favoured Left-Back position made him a great team asset. He won 35 full caps playing for Scotland and played in the 1978 World Cup. Having made 347 League appearances for City, in 1980 he signed at fee of �200,000 to the Portland Timbers in the North American Soccer League. In September 1981 he briefly returned to England to join Norwich City but returned back to Portland within a year. Later he played for Burnley and in July 1984 he became player-assistant manager to Joe Royle at Oldham Athletic. Later, accompanying Royle, he was team coach at Sheffield United and later at Manchester City under Kevin Keegan. He also was manager at Ipswich Town as well as taking charge of the Antigua & Barbuda team in 2008. In December 2009 he was appointed Assistant Director at Newcastle United’s academy. In December 2010 he was promoted to development coach.
Born Michael Doyle in Ashton-under-Lyne on 25th November 1946, a midfielder and defender with over 500 appearances for Manchester City, Mike Doyle had originally joined Manchester City as a member of the groundstaff. He had played as a junior for Stockport Boys and joined City in May 1962. Determined to play on the pitch he had helped maintain, Doyle he was introduced as a player in March 1965 and helped promote the team back up from the 2nd Division to the top of Division One in 1968. One of the club’s finest players, by 1975 he had been made Team Captain, before injury put him out of the action. Doyle won 5 caps for the England national football team and 8 England under 23 caps. At club level he played 448 league games for Manchester City, scoring 32 goals in all. He joined Stoke City in 1978 for £50,000 and Bolton Wanderers just over three years later. He ended his professional football career at Rochdale in the 198384 season. After retiredment he was plagued by alcoholism and died of liver failure on 27 June 2011 in Tameside General Hospital.
Born John Paul Hart in Golborne Lancashire on 8 June 1928, Hart was a most skilful midfielder whose career was dogged by injury and as a result only made 169 League appearances for City in his 16 year career at the club. He was City’s leading goal scorer for most of the early 1950s playing as inside-forward. A broken leg in 1955 robbed him of a Wembley Cup Final appearance, and he never really regained his form or a place in the first team thereafter. He had joined City as a local amateur, and made his debut in the 1945-6 wartime league. He retired in 1963 and joined City’s coaching staff, before becoming Manager on the retirement of Malcolm Allison during the 1972-1973 season and leaving this post after 6 months due to ill health. His son, Paul, became a centre-half and he has also followed his father into management.
Born Richard ‘Asa’ Hartford in Clydebank, Dunbartonshire on 24 October 1950, Hartford was a Scottish International midfield player. Manchester City paid �250,000 to acquire him in August 1974, and very soon he demonstrated his dynamic midfield stamina. Having first played for Drumchapel Amateurs in Glasgow, he had begun his professional career for West Bromwich Albion in 1967. He went on to play a major part in City’s rise to the top in the late 1970s, before he was transferred to Nottingham Forest for �500,000. After a spell with Everton, he rejoined City in 1981 until 1984 when he joined Fort Lauderdale in the USA. He has amassed 50 full Scottish caps, over 30 of these while playing at City. He also played for Norwich, Bolton Wanderers and Oldham Athletic, before he took up coaching/managerial roles with Stockport County, Shrewsbury Town and Boston United where he made 15 appearances as a player at the age of 40. Hartfords international careerended in Seville during the Spanish World Cup of 1982 when he recorded his fiftieth cap for Scotland in the game against Brazil, thereby securing himself a place on the national team’s Roll of Honour in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame. He was tragically discovered to have a heart condition which prevented him from making an almost completed transfer to Leeds in November 1971. Latterly he has been involved in various coaching/managerial roles as well as taking an assistant managerial position at Manchester City with Alan Ball in 1995 and as the reserve team coach until May 2005. He thereafter became a coach with Blackpool from December 2005 until May 2006. On 29 June 2007 it was announced that he had a short-lived appointed as Assistant Manager at Macclesfield Town and in April 2008 he was given a role with Accrington Stanley coaching the junior teams and the reserves.
Born in Collyhurst, Manchester on 29th May 1949. Attended the same school as “Nobby” Stiles in Collyhurst and worked his way up through Manchester Schoolboys and United Schoolboys to become a leading forward for United between 1967 and 1974. Nicknamed “Kiddo”, by 21 he had been capped twice. His neat ball control, dextrous controlled moves and powerful shooting capability kept him in the line-up with only 4 matches missed in his United career. 255 appearances, with 70 goals. Later moved to Manchester City in August 1974. He was also a member of the Manchester United team which won the European Cup in 1968. He also variously played for Everton, Bolton Wanderers, the Atlanta Chiefs, Minnesota Strikers and Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the USA. He held several management posts at Barrow and Preston North End, where he was coaching young players before being brought back to Manchester United as a youth team coach by Alex Ferguson in 1988. As assistant manager he helped guide United to Football League Cup glory in 1992, the Premier League title in 1993, the double in 1994 and 1996, as well as another Premier League title in 1997. He took charge at Blackburn Rovers from December 1998 till November 1999 having been dismissed after poor team results. He also managed Leeds United, was assistant to Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2003, but retired within a year due to ill health and underwent surgery for prostate cancer. Kidd became Technical Development Manager at Manchester City in September 2009 before becoming assistant manager on 19 December 2009.