Manchester Football Clubs

Football – Players & Managers

Manchester United and Manchester City Football Clubs


Wayne Rooney

Born in Croxteth,
Liverpool in 1985, Wayne Rooney made his footballing debut in 2002
playing for Everton against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park.
His thus-far
short career has seen him establish a succession of records and witnessed
him rise to become a leading goal scorer for Everton and the England
national Team. By 2003 he had already become Everton’s youngest ever
goal scorer .
Wayne became
the youngest ever England international in February 2003 when, at
the tender age of 17, he came on as a substitute against Australia
at Upton Park. Subsequently, Rooney’s goals against Switzerland made
him also the youngest player to score at a European championship .
his distinguished play at the Euro2004 Football Competition, his football
potential was instantly recognised and he was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson
from Everton to Manchester United in late August 2004.
Dogged by
a rather unfortunate reputation off-field, Rooney makes up for this
with magic on the football pitch.


Sammy McIlroy

in Belfast, N.Ireland on 2nd August 1954. Discovered as a schoolboy
player at Ashfield School, Belfast, having been capped 4 times by
Northern Ireland Schoolboys. Made his debut appearance for Manchester
United at Old Trafford when just 15 years of age, to play in a City-United
Derby, and scored the opening goal. Awarded 88 Northern Ireland caps.
injured in a car crash in 1973 and took a year to recover. Inherent
talent and flair. Played
over 400 games for United and scored 70 goals. Left United in 1982.


Alex Stepney

in Mitcham, Surrey on 18th September 1942. Occupied goalkeeper’s role
with United from 1966 to 1978. Made his Football League debut with
Millwall in August 1963. He was awarded 3 England Under-23 caps, and
moved to Chelsea in 1966. Four months later Matt Busby paid �55,000
to sign him for United. A steady, positive player, with superb positional
skills, he was a reassuring part of United for 12 years. Left United
in 1979 to join the Dallas Tornadoes (USA). He made 535 appearances
and scored 2 goals.


Nobby Stiles

in Collyhurst Manchester on 18th May 1942. Real name Norbert Peter
Stiles, but always known as ‘Nobby’. Played in Halfback position.
Early career saw him play for St. Patrick’s School, Collyhurst (Manchester),
as well as Manchester and Lancashire Schoolboys. A tough, aggressive
defender, he was enthusiastic and determined. Part of the 1966 England
World Cup Winning team, contemporary of Brian Kidd, who also shared
the same origins. Made
392 appearances for United and scored 19 goals.


Gordon Strachen

in Edinburgh, Scotland on 9th February 1957. Occupied the midfield
position with United from 1984 to 1989, after having debuted with
Watford in 1984. Also
played for Dundee, Aberdeen, and after United, with Leeds United.
Capped for Scotland at Schoolboy and at Youth level, described as
having a “football brain”. Red-haired,
fiery and enthusiastic, he was voted “Scottish Player of the Year”
in 1980. Made 195 appearances and scored 38 goals.


Norman Whiteside

in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 7th May 1965. Played in both Forward
and Midfield positions for United from 1981 to 1989. Discovered by
Brighton & Hove playing in a Belfast school, and signed aged 17. A
strong runner, large-framed and tenacious. Played for Northern Ireland
in the 1982 World Cup. Dubbed “Nasty Norman” for his tempestuous and
often aggressive outbursts, which led to frequent sending-off. Finally
dogged by Achilles tendon and hamstring injuries, his appearances
became fewer, and he announced his retirement from football in 1991
after serious knee injuries. Played 254 games with 67 goals to his


Francis Lee

the age of 16 Francis Lee made his debut as a right-winger with Bolton
Wanderers in 1960 where he was soon spotted, and several First Division
clubs vied for his services. Manchester City succeeded in acquiring
him in October 1967 for a fee of �60,000 and he soon became a firm
favourite with City supporters. Lee’s stocky frame and vigorous style
brought him early success, and he totalled 112 goals in 248 League
appearances with Manchester City. Capped 27 times for England, amongst
many other honours. He moved to Derby County in 1974 for �100,000.
A successful businessman off the field, he retired in 1976 having
amassed 229 goals in 500 League games. Since 1986 he has owned and
trained racehorses.


Rodney Marsh

individualist and classic ball controller, Rodney Marsh joined City
in March 1972. Born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire on 11 October 1944,
Marsh’s played as an amateur with West Ham before joining Fulham and
League Football in 1963 – later he moved to Craven Cottage and then
Queens Park Rangers. In all he played 142 League matches and scored
56 goals. While at Manchester City he also played for England on 8
occasions. In
January 1976 he moved to Tampa Bay Rowdies in the USA, before finally
returning to Fulham where he ended his career.


Alan Oakes

Oakes played 668 games for Manchester City, and was one of the club’s
most consistent performers during the 1960s and 70s. Born in Winsford,
Cheshire he joined Manchester City as an amateur in 1958 before turning
professional in 1959. Always a quiet and modest player, he can best
be described as a “stalwart” in the team, who rarely offended or relied
on flair – he was much more businesslike. In July 1976 he signed to
Chester for �15,000 and was player-manager, making a further 211 League
appearances for that club up to March 1982 when he left. Later
coached at Port Vale.


Steve Redmond

Liverpool boy who preferred an apprenticeship at Manchester City,
Redmond signed up in November 1984, and made a meteoric rise within
his first year in the team, playing a cool and strong central defensive
position. Captain of City’s Youth Team which won the Cup under him
in 1986. Became City’s youngest ever team Captain and was voted Player
of the Year in 1988. He was also Captain of England’s Under-21 Team,
having been a full England Youth International Player for several
years. Played in every game for 3 seasons before moving on to Oldham
in August 1992. He had already made 300 League and Cup appearances
at was only 24 years old.


Don Revie

in Middlesborough, Revie had 2 football careers – one as a player,
and the other, celebrated as it was controversial, as a Manager. Moved
to Manchester City in 1949 from Hull for a fee of �25,000. In the
1954 season he was elected Player of the Year and he was capped 6
times for England. In 1956 he moved to Sunderland and later became
a player-manager at Leeds. His success at lifting that club’s fortunes
was largely responsible for his appointment as Manager to the England
National Team, but this was by no means successful and he resigned
the post in controversial circumstances. He died in May 1989.


Bert Trautmann

in Bremen, Germany, Bert Trautmann had to overcome many deep prejudices
when he joined Manchester City in 1949. However due to his great perseverance
and his first rate goalkeeping over more than 500 League appearances,
he gradually won the admiration and respect of the fans. Having been
a POW in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Trautmann had stayed on after the war,
farming and playing for St Helens. He was Football League Representative
in 1956, won many honours, and made 2 FA Cup appearances. Moved
on to Wellington Town before becoming Manager of Stockport County
for a time, and then went on to coach overseas. Bert Trautmann died
in July 2013.


Dennis Tueart

on 27 November 1949, Dennis Tueart was a Newcastle Boys player from
Tyneside, who joined Manchester City from Sunderland in March 1974.
This exciting and polished striker was much loved by fans for his
exciting field play. He had been part of the League Cup winning City
team of 1976. From
1978 to 1980 he played for the New York Cosmos in the USA after a
transfer fee of �250,000, but he returned to Manchester City and played
in the 1981 FA Cup Final. He was capped by England 6 times, all while
playing with City. In
July 1983 he left for Stoke City.



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