A minute’s applause will be held in tribute to Eric Alexander before Manchester City play Aston Villa on Saturday.

Our former Chairman and Honorary President recently passed away at the age of 86.

Eric’s death brought to an end the Alexander family’s proud association with Manchester City, which stretched back three generations and 125 years.

Both his grandfathers were shareholders at the Club’s formation, with Albert Alexander senior later becoming vice-chairman and manager. 

It was Albert who brought Matt Busby to Manchester, while Eric’s father was the chairman who brought Joe Mercer to City.

Eric’s first involvement began on the field, as a youth team player.


                        FLASHBACK: Eric Alexander is pictured (far right) alongside former City secretary Walter Griffiths (left) and manager Malcolm Allison as Rodney Marsh signs for City in 1972
FLASHBACK: Eric Alexander is pictured (far right) alongside former City secretary Walter Griffiths (left) and manager Malcolm Allison as Rodney Marsh signs for City in 1972

He took a role on the board during the 1960s before becoming chairman in 1971, a position he held until he was succeeded by Peter Swales and he was still recognised as an Honorary President this season.

No family has been involved in leadership roles with a prominent football club for so long.

When Manchester City was established in 1894 an Alexander was there; when we won the FA Cup for the first time in 1904 an Alexander made a flag which is currently stored in City’s archive and another provided the carriages for the homecoming procession.

In 1926, when the Club was in desperate need, an Alexander was the vice-chairman who took on managerial duties and led the team to the FA Cup final; when City won the League in 1937 an Alexander was on the board. 

And when Joe Mercer achieved an unprecedented level of success in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it was an Alexander who appointed him.