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Bell, Book & Summerbee to celebrate retro City

RETRO: Tony Book lifts the FA Cup.
Nostalgia. It’s a wonderful thing.

And with a history as proud as ours, trips down memory lane evoke a raft of fond memories for Manchester City fans.

That’s why this month we’re wandering into yesteryear and celebrating the players and moments synonymous with the Club’s rich heritage by uncovering the stories behind City’s famous kits.

Throughout March the City Stores at the Etihad Stadium and Market Street, plus our online shop, will have a selection of five retro shirts on sale for just £20.

Don’t worry if you’re unsure which one to choose, as we’ll be delving into the City memory box to reminisce with the Club legends who represented these shirts with such distinction.

Pep Guardiola’s men begin the month with an FA Cup tie against Huddersfield and the first of our retro shirts is one covered in FA Cup glory.

The legendary Tony Book scooped the 1969 Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year award as he led a Blues side featuring Club Ambassador Mike Summerbee, to a 1-0 Wembley win over Leicester in the FA Cup final.

The red and black striped away shirt worn in that famous win became a firm favourite with fans and has featured in various iterations of our change strip since then.

But what was it like to play and win wearing it on the grandest stage of all? We’ll be finding out from ‘Skip’ and Mike this month.

We’ll also be speaking to the King of the Kippax, Colin Bell, whose iconic 1970s No. 8 shirt also features in our collection. 

It’s a shirt that’s sure to bring back fond memories for both ‘Nijinsky’ and fans alike.

The finest player in the Club’s history emerged as one of England’s best in what was a golden era at City - who lifted the League, League Cup, FA Cup and European Cup Winners Cup in this period.

Fast forward two decades and it was a fleet-footed Georgian who got the Maine Road faithful off their feet.

Our 1996 home shirt isn’t associated with silverware, but it’s wonderful design, allied with Kinkladze’s magic – who can forget his goal against Southampton – make it classic City attire.

WATCH: Goal of the Day: Kinkladze v Southampton

The most recent of our retro shirts is linked to, perhaps, the most magical moment of all.

The 1999 away shirt was immortalised in City folklore with one swing of Paul Dickov’s right boot as he scored deep into added time to take the Division 2 play-off final to extra time.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Voted City’s greatest ever goal, Dickov will recall that fateful day as part of our look back at the Blues’ famous shirts.

Stay tuned to as we relive some of our greatest stories and players over the coming weeks and head to to get your hands on your favourite retro City shirt.

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