City gets behind 2018 bid
- 14 September 2009 10:00
A group of young people from junior football club’s Clayton Villa and Medlock Rangers joined City legend and club ambassador Mike Summerbee last week to lend support to Manchester being a host city in England’s 2018 FIFA World Cup bid.
The event saw the young people work with coaches from City in the Community and demonstrate their football skills at Spinningfields in the city centre.
Local hip-hop band Kid British also played a fifteen minute live set, with message of supports from City strikers Ade Adebayor and Carlos Tevez as a back drop.
Mike said: “To host a World Cup in Manchester would be amazing for supporters no matters who they follow.
“Fans here are extremely knowledgeable but also warm and friendly. We have a history of welcoming others to this great city of ours.”
Manchester City Council leader, Sir Richard Leese said: “The World Cup is arguable the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet and bringing it to Manchester would make for an unforgettable occasion.
“But other cities are vying for the right to host World Cup games if England’s bid is successful and it’s really important that people here show how much we want it.”
The FA will decide in December which cities will host games if its bid to host the 2018, or 2022, World Cups is successful.
Blues Manager Mark Hughes said: “There’s a huge passion in England certainly in Manchester. As a city, we’ve got two outstanding international class arenas and training facilities that would lend themselves to any team that was based here.”
City fans are being urged to support the bid by register their support via a special pledge website at www.manchesterworldsport.com.