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Match Day Banter - Memories of our opponents - Manchester City

Posted on 23 September, 2016 at 7:00

 

 

This time Jim Fox looks at memories of Manchester City away, with the lads due to play there tomorrow for the first game of the season.

 

He looks back at his first visit to Manchester in 1970...

 

Those who think the Etihad’s in a bad part of town never visited Maine Road.

Even as a wide-eyed 13 year old, my first visit to Man City in 1970 was a shocker. Moss Side was, shall we say, “ripe for redevelopment” resembling Beirut more than Barnes.

This was a real adventure. I’d been taken to away games in a car but I and a lad from school got the train to Piccadilly and a bus down Oxford Road where a pre-match meal of pie and chips was had; even I didn’t drink at 13.

It being April, we were of course in a relegation battle which we would lose, a last day defeat to Liverpool sealing our fate. This was a strong City too with Lee, Bell and Summerbee regarded as the nucleus of England’s imminent Mexico campaign. City even had a song “Hiho, Hiho, it’s off to Mexico, with Bell and Lee and Summerbee, Hiho, Hiho”.

A 65th minute goal from Dennis Tueart won us the game: what irony. No tickets in those innocent days and we had paid four shillings for a seat in the Platt Lane stand and, of course, kept enough for a programme.

Another highlight was having enough money to purchase a Mexico 70 souvenir publication in Smiths on the way home. If only I could be entertained so easily now.

 

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