Tuesday, April 22, 2008

City's all-time record signings / useful City history links

I've just completed two chapters on City's early history for the upcoming book, Purely Man City: Writings, Reference and Miscellany, so thought I'd share some useful City history links with you.

Over the next few weeks I'll be running abbreviated extracts from the book, which will be published later next month. I'm starting with the tale of Stephen Chesters Thompson, the man who funded City in our early days when the club was known as Ardwick. Chesters Thompson was a colourful local politician who had an uncanny knack of creating enemies, and in the course of my research I couldn't help being struck by the similarities between him and Thaksin.

I'll also be publishing the story of a City scandal that lasted from 1904-1906, when a series of FA investigations resulted in two City boards being banned and 17 of our players suspended. The FA penalties, which looked very much like a vendetta, played a critical role in Man United first league title win and may even have been an important factor in the building of Old Trafford in 1909.

Anyway, here are a few links I found useful:

City stats:

Roll of Honour

Season by season: 1891 to present
Full league records and Cup finishes.
All-time line-ups and results, and records for each manager.

Historic league tables
Select any game from City's history and see what the table looked like at the time.

Attendances from 1947 to 2007

Past seasons:

McVittee archive
A unique record of news, views and features from the oldest City website. Also includes a Maine Road Diary of events between Summer 1994 and Autumn 1997.

City Til I Die
Has histories of the 1971-72, 1973-74, 1974-75 and 1975-76 season, with more to follow soon.

Times feature on 1976 side

1893 match reports

A couple of reports of games against Middlesbrough for that season.

I've also just finished a record of nearly 800 City transfer deals, from the 1890s to the present, for the book. With our transfer record looking likely to be broken in the summer, here's a list of the players who, at the time, were City's most expensive signings:

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