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Black History Month 2022 at Manchester City

October has been a month of celebration of the contributions and achievements of Black people at Manchester City.

Over the course of Black History Month we have touched on the Club's impact on one of Manchester's most diverse areas, championed our pioneers and given our young players the opportunity to tell their stories.

As well as the content created, the Club also took part in the Premier League's No Racism for window - which included all the players taking the knee before the Etihad Stadium meeting with Southampton.

Here we'll recap everything that we have published throughout October...

Moss Side, Maine Road and Manchester City

Moss Side was City's home between 1923 and 2003, when Maine Road was one of the most loved grounds in English football while our Platt Lane training complex was also in the neighbourhood.

Click here to read our feature

Moss Side has long had a diverse population with immigrants from all over the world moving in to start their life in Manchester, even before City moved to the area. 

This extended to the Windrush generation, when people from Commonwealth nations arrived in the UK to help rebuild the country after World War II.

Josh Wilson-Esbrand and Rico Lewis: Their Journeys So Far

Josh Wilson-Esbrand and Rico Lewis are two of City's most promising young talents. The teenage full-backs have been part of Pep Guardiola's plans this season and will be looking to make even more of a mark as the campaign goes on.

In October, they sat down to tell each other about everything that has brought them to this point including their inspirations at home and in the sporting world.

Watch the full video feature below...

Khiara Keating: Made in Manchester

After being thrown into Gareth Taylor's Barclays Women's Super League side early last season following a goalkeeping injury crisis, Keating signed her first professional contract in the summer.

Click here to read our feature on Khiara

Now 18, we spoke to the goalkeeper that is part of the new generation of Mancunian talent hoping to blaze a trail for people of colour in sport, on her personal experiences of being raised in Ardwick, just next door to the City Football Academy and the Etihad Stadium.

Bing Findlater honoured at Football Black List awards

Bing Findlater is Manchester City’s Official Supporters Club Equalities and Inclusion Lead and a winner at the Football Black List awards in late September.

Findlater, who has been in his role with the Official Supporters Clubs since March 2020, was nominated for the award by City in the Community ambassador Alex Williams.

We spoke to him to find out about the evening, his role and diversity within City's Supporters' Clubs.

Horne and Williams proud to have forged a path

Stan Horne, who played for the Club between 1965 and 1968, was the first ever Black player to win the league while Alex Williams became the first Black goalkeeper in the top flight when he made his senior City debut in 1980.

Speaking in City Square outside the Etihad Stadium before our match with Southampton, Horne and Williams appeared as part of Black History Month and the No Room for Racism Premier League takeover.

Click to read what Horne and Williams said on stage

There they discussed what they felt their impact on future generations was.

CITC coach on the role of the charity in Moss Side

City in the Community sat down with one of its staff members who previously attended sessions in the Moss Side area, to talk about the role and the impact CITC had upon the area and them.

Roosevelt Sigsbert was previously a CITC Kicks participant and started attending sessions back in 2012 when he was 14 years old.

Wilson-Esbrand: I want to make my family proud

Josh Wilson-Esbrand believes making his family proud is the best part of being a professional footballer.

Wilson-Esbrand thanked his father in particular for helping him develop to the point that he could make a career in the sport.

Lewis' inspirations: His dad, Muhammad Ali and Kyle Walker

Rico Lewis highlighted the people who have had the most impact on him to date.

The Bury-born defender joined our academy as an 8-year-old and has progressed through the ranks at a rate of knots, captaining our Under-18s to national title glory last season.

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