Bert Trautmann is one of football‘s most important figures. He is one of the Football League’s 100 greatest legends; one of City’s most popular players, he received more votes than any other player in last season‘s Hall of Fame awards; and he is one of sport’s greatest ambassadors…(MORE )
Left winger David Wagstaffe joined Manchester City as a 15-year-old straight from school, and played in the Central League before he had signed as a professional.
His league bow was made at Maine Road against Sheffield Wednesday in September 1960 and his first goal came the following week. (MORE)
ERIC Westwood (1917-2001)
Manchester-born Eric Westwood was a loyal and skilful left-back with Manchester City for 16 years and could well have doubled his 260 League and Cup appearances (5 goals) for the Blues had seven seasons not been lost to World War Two. He began his career as an amateur With United before moving across a Maine Road in November 1937.(MORE )
Johnny made his first senior appearance for City at Highbury on 1st April 1950, and was nobody's fool. He never made the big time, he was one of the most wholehearted and genuine players I ever met. And although not many people knew it at the time he made a major contribution towards City's history being, in fact, the guinea pig for the misnamed Revie Plan.
The season before the plan was given its first 'public' airing at Preston on August 8th 1954 – City's reserves had been doing some experiments, Fred Tilson, who was in charge of the side, suggested that Williamson should 'take' the opposing centre half leaving Ken Barnes to pump the ball into the open space for Gordon Davies to run through and score which he did regurlarly. This play proved so successful that it was adopted by the seniors with Barnes and Revie the key figures, the rest is history.
Williamson himself never commanded a regular place in the first team – 50 appearances or so. He was the son of a former Manchester United player, he had a spell with Oldham Athletic as an amateur and joined City after his army service. From Maine Rd he moved to Blackburn before ending his career with Hyde United.
Adapted from an article by ERIC TODD from The Guardian
Max Woosnam was a quite exceptional all-round sportsman and was one of City’s most famous players during their first season at Maine Road. (CONT)