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Season 2009/10

Golden seats are up for grabs

  • 30 December 2009 15:43
  • Posted byAdam Librae

Fancy watching the home leg of the Carling Cup semi-final in style? Here's your chance courtesy of Etihad Airways, Official Club Sponsor and named the world’s best airline.

Etihad are offering two supporters the opportunity for the rest of the season to ‘upgrade their seat’ at a forthcoming home game. 

The lucky winner will be collected from home in an Etihad taxi then receive the full VIP treatment including a four-course meal, half-time and full-time refreshments, and the opportunity to sit in the Etihad golden seats. They will also be escorted by a Manchester City camera crew who will film your day as a personal memento.

All fans have to do to for a chance to win this fantastic prize is log on to and post their memory of their first City game. Each posting automatically becomes an entry and the winner plus guest could be on the way to the match-day experience of a lifetime.

All entries, both past and present, will be eligible for entry for every home game until the end of the season, so get those memories flowing! The winner will be contacted by telephone on Monday, January 4.

Sunderland winner Roy Crabtree, from Denton, whose first City game was the 4-2 win over Charlton Athletic in March 1951, said: “I want to say a big 'thank you' to the staff in reception who made my wife and I so welcome, and all the staff in the Mancunian Suite who looked after our every need.

"The game was great, and we could not have had a better day. With a lifetime of memories watching City, there is only one place for football - Manchester City. Thank you very much to Etihad for a fantastic day out."


Eight years old, City v Charlton, stood in awe looking down on the Maine Road pitch with an amazing buzz of excitement. The brass band played and a fellow sang Long Ago and Far Away ... how ironic now. I'm 67 and have not looked back. CTID 

 Roy Crabtree

The winner for the Stoke game was 14-year-old Ben Gillespie from Stockport, whose first City game was the 3-0 home victory over Watford in the 2001-2002 Nationwide Football League Division One title-winning season.

Ben said of the Stoke game: "It was the most enjoyable day I have ever had at City. I really enjoyed the hospitality and meeting Joe Corrigan, who my dad tells me was an excellent goalkeeper. When I knew I'd won, I was looking forward to Boxing Day more than Christmas Day!”

To get a true flavour of what is in store click here to see Stuart Lynch's day at the Chelsea game

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