Ahead of Manchester City’s final home fixture of the season against Leicester City on Monday evening the Club officially opened the Bernard Halford Auditorium which has been renamed in his honour.

Bernard, who sadly passed away at the age of 77 earlier this year, was a tireless champion of the Club’s youth development work and played a leading role in establishing the Academy.


                        SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak meets Bernard's wife Karen at the official opening of the Bernard Halford Auditorium
SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak meets Bernard's wife Karen at the official opening of the Bernard Halford Auditorium

Our Life President and 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.


                        INFLUENCE WRIT LARGE: The chairman and Karen Halford unveil an inscription detailing Bernard's incredible impact on Manchester City
INFLUENCE WRIT LARGE: The chairman and Karen Halford unveil an inscription detailing Bernard's incredible impact on Manchester City

In tribute to his incredible contribution, the CFA’s Academy Auditorium has been re-titled 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.


                        INDELIBLE IMAGES: Karen Halford looks at some of the many striking pictures chronicling Bernard's remarkable Manchester City legacy
INDELIBLE IMAGES: Karen Halford looks at some of the many striking pictures chronicling Bernard's remarkable Manchester City legacy

The plaque was unveiled by Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and Bernard’s wife Karen, together with Academy representatives Tommy Doyle and Esme Morgan.