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    Important plaque unveiling for Mercer - 18 November

    Yesterday was a great. Lots of Blues came. Thanks. It was great to see Joe honoured. https://www.chesterstandard.co.uk/news/19726856.legends-attend-ellesmere-port-blue-plaque-unveiling-honour-footballing-great-joe-mercer/
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    From Francis, Tueart and Hutchison to Chris Jones, Bodak and Terry Park 81-83

    Thanks. Glad you liked it. Peter & I are at Abbey Hey branch on Thursday
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    From Francis, Tueart and Hutchison to Chris Jones, Bodak and Terry Park 81-83

    It was. Page 212 Plus the original design for Main Stand roof which changed a little.
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    1978-79 | The self-implosion of Manchester City

    Yes it was genuine.
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    1978-79 | The self-implosion of Manchester City

    When I interviewed Swales I asked him about Clough and the England job and he said (without realising what he was saying): ‘We could’ve had Clough at England AND we could’ve had him at City. Problem was he’d have wanted to run the whole thing… and that was my job!’
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    Peter Barnes & Gary James Talks - November & December

    A reminder that Peter Barnes & I will be at the MCFC Denton supporters club meeting tonight (8th) talking about the book. We should be there by 8pm. Copies of the book will be available at £15 cash and we will of course sign them.
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    1978-79 | The self-implosion of Manchester City

    Yes it was. Great stuff
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    1978-79 | The self-implosion of Manchester City

    It’s actually from the BBC profile of him we showed in the Boys In Blue, not the Salford Uni students I’m afraid. The original was broadcast in the 70s on BBC1.
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    1978-79 | The self-implosion of Manchester City

    No, I was told some board members were for it. They’ll deny it now of course.
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    1978-79 | The self-implosion of Manchester City

    I don’t know if you saw the Boys In Blue film show I did at both the Cornerhouse and Dancehouse over the years but we show part of a TV profile/interview of him. I think you’d have seen your view totally backed up by his own words/ego. Lots of great quotes ‘I’m the top man’ etc. He certainly...
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    1978-79 | The self-implosion of Manchester City

    I cover in Manchester A Football History how there were still negotiations with United to move to a 80,000 capacity Commonwealth Games stadium. The council even offered Utd the chance to just play European games at this new proposed stadium because Utd felt a permanent move would upset fans...
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    1978-79 | The self-implosion of Manchester City

    He was totally obsessed. One of the things I included in one of my books (The Big Book Of City I think) was an article from Goal mag (i think it was Goal) which was published just after he joined City’s board. It was headlined something like ‘United are not members of a magic circle’ and...
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    1978-79 | The self-implosion of Manchester City

    I tend to agree with most of that but a couple of points worth adding… Swales only got his power because of those behind the 1970 takeover battle - Joe Smith, Simon Cussins, Ian Niven, Chris Muir and Michael Horwich. They ultimately brought Swales in and all of them were his directors (Joe...
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    1978-79 | The self-implosion of Manchester City

    One thing I will say is that Swales was the figurehead and the one we all focused on but ultimately it was the other directors and major shareholders that gave him his power. He openly admitted that he only had about ten shares when he became chairman. He increased his shareholding at times...
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    1978-79 | The self-implosion of Manchester City

    Thanks for the mention. I included bits from Swales and his obsession with United in this recording I did earlier this year: https://gjfootballarchive.com/2021/04/15/restored-2011-the-all-manchester-fa-cup-semi-final/ It includes him saying he was obsessed with Utd from the interview I did...
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    1978-79 | The self-implosion of Manchester City

    I’ve covered it in a few books and have a plan for something else too.
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    1978-79 | The self-implosion of Manchester City

    It’s one of the reasons I’ve just written the Peter Barnes biography. I wanted to get the message across about our status in 1979 and how the return of Allison (Swales often gets the blame for this but it was Ian Niven who pushed for his return) ruined the club. It’s covered in detail in the...
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    Peter Barnes & Gary James Talks - November & December

    Great. I hope you enjoy it.
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    Important plaque unveiling for Mercer - 18 November

    Good news-there will be a blue plaque unveiled for Joe Mercer in Ellesmere Port on 18/11/21 at 1.30pm. Mike Summerbee, Peter Reid and Graeme Sharp (Everton) will be talking, as will I and Susan, Joe’s granddaughter. It’s something I hope a lot of City fans can come to. It is open to anybody to...
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    Peter Barnes & Gary James Talks - November & December

    I’d love to. Seriously I’m hoping to do stuff in States next year.
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