This month, the renowned football academic and City's Club Historian has told the story of the fascinating project, which focuses on the history of City's women's team.
The academic article, published in Sport in History, discusses his thoughts, process and interesting experiences and is available for all to read and enjoy; free to download until 31 October via the link below.
The news coincides with the anniversary of a celebration event held at The Dancehouse a year ago to mark the end of the project, though the collection will continue to be developed over coming years.
"The article has been published in the respected Sport in History journal and explains the significance of the project performed over the last few years," said James.
"The project captured the stories of the women who played for City’s women’s team since it was established in 1988, through to its transformation and entry into the FA Women's Super League and on to recent successes.
"City’s archivist Steph Alder saw the value of the project from the start and the Club’s archive has improved with the interviews preserved for future generations.
"Basically, we traced players, coaches and managers and arranged interviews with them.
"Some of the women interviewed talked of their experiences training with an earlier pioneering club, the Manchester Corinthians, at City’s old Platt Lane complex in the 1970s.
"Legendary City FA Cup winner Dave Ewing coached the players then and some women went on to become mainstays of the City team in the 80s and 90s.
"The project was important because, as the article says, it brought the stories of every era of the Club’s existence out in to the open.
"It corrected a few myths that had developed and it firmly recognises the achievements of the women of Manchester City – and of Manchester itself.
"Although it’s published in an academic journal, I’m sure everyone will find something of interest within it.
"It’s normally behind a paywall, so please take the opportunity to read it now for free."
Still free to download for a limited period... Correcting myths, challenging stereotypes, recognising pioneering women.... https://t.co/Z1u1BJLEVt Read/download it while you can for free. @tandfsport @RoutledgeHist— Dr Gary James (@GaryJamesWriter) September 23, 2020