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Bernard, who has sadly passed away at the age of 77, championed the Club’s youth development work, playing a lead role in establishing the Academy, and he also founded the 250 Club to raise money when the Club did not have enough income to fund this work. To this day, hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised through the 250 Club.
In tribute, the CFA’s Academy Auditorium will be named the Bernard Halford Auditorium so that the very youngest of our City family will come to know him and what he gave to the Club – particularly in youth development – during his 47 years with us.
Bernard was a permanent fixture at Manchester City after joining the Club during the 1972/73 campaign. Despite suffering from ill health in his final weeks, had continued to visit the City Football Academy and the Etihad Stadium whenever he could.
Fondly known as ‘Mr Manchester City’, Bernard had seen it all with the Club – from being a young schoolboy arguing over derby bragging rights in the playground, to becoming our distinguished Club Secretary for more than 37 years.
He worked alongside 30 managers (including caretakers) and signed more than 2,000 player contracts. He was named Life President from 2010.
Charming, intelligent and highly regarded throughout the footballing world, Bernard was City to his core and became the only non-player or manager to be elected into the Club’s Hall of Fame in 2006.
In addition to his tireless work in football administration and operations over the past five decades, Bernard was also Manchester’s representative on The FA Council for 12 years and his legacy at Manchester City is unrivalled.
His engagement with Supporters Clubs and the local Community – even before the existence of City in the Community – cannot be underestimated.
Manchester City was in Bernard’s DNA and it is important that his DNA remains with us.
Our thoughts and best wishes are with Bernard’s wife Karen and his family at this very sad time.
Life President Bernard Halford: 1941-2019...