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Monday, 11 July 2011

MCFC Social Club, Maine Road

Manchester City F. C. Social Club, Maine Road, Moss Side. (c) TBC.

Can't ever recall going in the old Social Club at Maine Road (though I'm told I did as a nipper), but walked past it hundreds of times.  I think you had to be a member or a Junior Blue to get in.  Also shown here in 1986, the club was run by former City player, Roy Clarke, at one point.  The area around Maine Road is eerily unrecognisable without the hotch-potch of stands that made up Maine Road (and of course, the massive floodlights), looming over the expanse of terraced houses and narrow alleyways. 

Former location of the MCFC Social Club, Maine Road. (c) Google 2012. View Larger Map.

The ground, built as the "Wembley of the North", which holds the record club attendance of 84,569 for an FA Cup quarter final with Stoke City in 1934, was reduced to a 30-odd thousand capacity, all-seater with completely differing stands on all sides.  While loss of the stadium as it was towards the end, is not mourned by too many City fans these days, the old Kippax Street terrace - windy corner, the white walls - Platt Lane benches, Main Stand moaners, dog shit alley, etc., and of course the great pubs, will not be forgotten.

Maine Road Fast Food Bar, Maine Road. (c) Google 2012. View Larger Map.

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