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From the Archives: Picture perfect

Old photograph collections are a staple of any archive.

Showing fascinating glimpses of days gone by, the pictures tell their own stories and, always welcome additions to the Club’s collection.

Sadly, many were lost during the rebuilding of the Main Stand at Maine Road and also in the move from our former home to the Etihad Stadium.

Occasionally, a treasure trove will be discovered – and in the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing one former player’s personal photo album with images taken in Germany, not that long before the Second World War.

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But we believe there are many more out there in personal collections that perhaps have been in lofts, garages or old trunks for years.

If you have any, the archives team would love to hear from you – they could even end up in a special 125th anniversary official book that will be available later this year.

The picture above is estimated to be in the mid-1930s and shows the old Main Stand with Maine Road (the actual road) behind it and the rows of terraced houses that are still there today.


The photo was taken from the Scoreboard End – what would later become the North Stand and, as you can see, Maine Road was packed to the rafters.

Crowds in excess of 70,000 were recorded on a number of occasions (76,166 in 1924 v Cardiff – Manchester’s biggest crowd ever at the time) and the FA Cup was always a huge draw.

In 1934, 84,569 fans packed in Maine Road to see City beat Stoke 1-0 in the FA Cup sixth round and there were many more vast gates in Moss Side around that era.

Photographs such as this undated image are priceless.

If you have any, let us know...

Do you have a Peter Barnes Trainer in your loft? Or a rare photograph in your garage? If you have any rare City treasures you'd like to share with the Club - we'd like to hear from you! 

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