Manchester Football Clubs

Players for Manchester Teams

Soccer Players & Managers from Manchester United and Manchester City
Football Clubs


Joe Mercer

of Manchester City FC from 1965-1972. One of the game’s all-time greats,
with a long career as a player in the pre- and post Second World War
era, having gained 26 caps playing for England, some of them as captain.
broken leg forced him into ‘retirement’ and Mercer went into management,
first with Sheffield United and then with Aston Villa.
1965 he came back to Manchester City as its manager, taking them on
to win the Second Division title in his first year, and a succession
of titles thereafter, including the League Championship in 1968, the
FA Cup winners in 1969, and the European Cup Winner’s Cup in 1970.
left in 1972, after boardroom battles concerning his assistant, Malcolm
Allison, and went to manage Coventry City. He was awarded an OBE for
his services to Football in 1976, and died in Merseyside in August


Ryan Giggs

Joseph Ryan Giggs in Cardiff, Wales on 29th November 1973. Having
played for Salford Schoolboys and England Schoolboys teams he became
a United Association Schoolboy player in February 1988, to emerge
as a rare and exciting talent, scoring a goal in his debut match with
Manchester United against Manchester City in 1991.
the end of his first season he was voted “Young Player of the Year”
by the PFA in 1991 and again in 1993. Giggs made his first appearance
for the club during the 1990–91 season and has been a regular
player since then, having firmly established himself as a left winger
in this position well into the 2000s,
Giggs is
the most decorated player in English football history to date and
holds the Manchester United club record for having made the most appearances
and has captained the team on numerous occasions. He was the first
player in history to win two consecutive Professional Football Association
Young Player of the Year awards (1992 and 1993).In January 2011 he
was named Manchester United’s greatest ever player by a worldwide
poll conducted by United’s official magazine and website, and in October
of that year was honoured with the 2011 Golden Foot Award.


Howard Kendall

Kendall (Manager, Manchester City FC : 1989-1990). Although only in
office for a year, Howard Kendall’s time at Maine Road was highly
successful. He had begun his playing career at Preston North End in
1964, aged just 17.
1967 he moved to Everton, followed by brief spells at Birmingham City
and Stoke City, before becoming player-manager at Blackburn and taking
that team into the Second Division.
Then, as manager at Everton, and a host of titles under his belt,
he took over at Manchester City halfway through the 1989-1990 season,
at a time when the team was under the threat of certain relegation.
He made brave decisions, and brought in trusted players.


Jimmy Frizzell

of Manchester City FC from 1986-1987. Jimmy Frizzell first came to
the public notice when he took Oldham Athletic from the fourth division
to the second division. But he had a long and distinguished career
as a football player before this. He had begun a playing career in
1957 as wing-half for Morton, and had moved to Oldham in 1960, where
he played over 300 League games, scored 57 goals, and become manager
in March 1970. Despite his successes at Oldham, he was dismissed in
early 1982, and had been unemployed for a year when he was invited
to join City as an assistant, and later Manager. However,
he had taken over at a particularly bad time in City’s fortunes, and
hamstrung by deep financial worries, the team continued to fare badly,
and Frizzell was dismissed when the club was relegated to Division
Two in 1987.


Mark Hughes

in Wrexham on 1st November 1963. Played for several Welsh schoolboy
teams including Wrexham. “Sparky” as he is popularly known, began
as a midfield player but developed into a top class forward. His style
is marked by superb ball control, strong running and forceful volleying.
Leading goal-scorer for Manchester United in 1985-86. Transferred
to Barcelona for 2 years before returning to United in 1988. Awarded
“Player of the Year” twice by the PFA. Appeared 448 times, 162 goals
scored. Went
on to play for Everton and Blackburn Rovers at the same time managing
the Wales national football team.


Peter Reid

Reid as player-coach – all in an attempt to reverse the fortunes of
Manchester City. The recipe succeeded and the team avoided relegation,
going on to beat teams like Aston Villa, Queens Park Rangers and Norwich
City. Peter Reid was signed to play for City in a transfer deal with
Queens Park Rangers in December 1989, and was appointed player-manager
in November 1990 on the departure of Howard Kendall. Born in Huyton,
Liverpool, Reid had played as a club teenager for Everton and was
a loyal player, though on failing to be signed up he moved to play
for Bolton, and by 1977 he was in the Championship Bolton Team. Many
serious leg injuries dogged his playing career, though he fought to
overcome them and was voted PFA Player of the Year in 1985. Reid was
already 33 when he joined Manchester City at the invitation of Howard
Kendall, though his personal strength and his ability to lead by example.
was appointed player-manager in 1990 and brought in Sam Ellis as an
assistant to lighten his role.


Lou Macari

in Edinburgh, Scotland on 4th June 1949. Real name Luigi Macari, played
as a forward for Manchester United between 1972 and 1984, after a
spell with Scottish team, Celtic. He had been a Scotland Schoolboys
player. He scored 2 goals in his debut match for United. One of the
most outstanding players of the 1970s, he was fit, energetic, brave
and a thrilling attacker. Small in build and skilful in the air, of
his 373 appearances for United he scored 97 goals. Capped 24 times
by Scotland. Tragically, Macari’s son committed suicide in 1998. After
leaving Manchester United in 1984, he managed Swindon Town, West Ham
United, Stoke City (twice), Celtic, Birmingham City and Huddersfield
Town, replacing
Steve Bruce at Huddersfield in 2000. Now living in Stoke-on-Trent,
Macari also writes regular comment pieces for the local newspaper
The Sentinel and has given several guest talks at Staffordshire
University on the Sports Journalism courses. He also owns the “Lou
Macari Chip Shop” on Chester Road, near Old Trafford which is
a popular takeaway on matchdays.


Paul McGrath

in Ealing, London on 4th December 1959, to an Irish mother and Nigerian
father and much of his early life was spent in several orphanages
in Dublin, Ireland after he was given up by his mother for adoption
and his father had disappeared before he was born. McGrath is widely
recognised as one of the greatest players to have ever come out of
Ireland. He occupied the role of defender with Manchester United from
1982 to 1989. He had moved with his family to Ireland as a young man,
and was spotted while playing for St Patrick’s Athletic, by Ron Atkinson
when just 22 years old, and signed for a transfer fee of �30,000.
His powerful build enabled him to dominate central defence. Persistent
knee problems and 8 operations caused great problems. Transferred
to Aston Villa in 1989. Voted “Player of the Year” in 1993. Made 119
appearances for United and scored 16 goals. Also a long-time member
of the Republic of Ireland national team, he appeared at the 1990
and 1994 FIFA World Cups, as well as UEFA Euro 1988, the team’s first-ever
international tournament


Gordon McQueen

in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland on 26th June 1952. Son of Tommy McQueen,
who had been goalkeeper with Accrington Stanley. Gordon
McQueen came to United via Glasgow Rangers, St. Mirren, Leeds United
and Liverpool. Transferred to United as a defender for �495,000 in
February 1978, and left in 1985 to manage Seiko Hong Kong, and then
and dominating in mid-air, his career was bugged by injuries which
eventually curtailed his career. Made 228 appearances and scored 26


Ron Saunders

Saunders was Manchester City FC manager from 1973-1974. An energetic
footballer and high goal scorer in his own right, Ron Saunders played
centre-forward position for several football teams, including Everton,
Tonbridge, Gillingham, Portsmouth, Watford and Charlton.
also managed Yeovil, Oxford and Norwich (who he took to the League
Cup Final), and Manchester City, who he joined in December 1973, replacing
Johnny Hart, who had retired due to illness. Saunder’s career at Maine
Road was short and abrupt and he was dismissed after only 5 months
as City manager.
demise followed the club’s struggle to avoid relegation, and their
defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1974. He went on to manage Aston
Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich. In 1987 he left football



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