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We're not really here

  • 08 December 2009 16:14
  • Posted byChris Bailey

City and Umbro fans have gone bananas for the new classic limited edition T-shirts produced for Christmas.

Designed by our kit partner, Umbro, they symbolise the Unique unique relationship the fans have with the club.

The ‘Banana’ and ‘We’re Not Really Here’ T-shirts are both a reference to famous terrace movements that were engineered by the City fans and the former has already sold out.

At a time when English football was at low ebb during the late 80s, there came a craze to bring back a smile to fans’ faces and it all began at Maine Road with a single inflatable banana.

The banana, which many believe originated from the inability to pronounce ‘80s striker Imre Varadi’s name correctly, followed City everywhere and soon became a familiar figure on the terraces, even taking on its own identity.

This one single act created an inflatable craze that has been a feature at stadiums ever since.

The ‘We’re Not Really Here’ T-shirt pays homage to the fans that continued to follow City when they were in the old third division. It was and still remains a terrace chant today at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Legendary Manchester photographer and lifelong Manchester City fan, Kevin Cummins, documented City’s last season at Maine Road in a book called ‘We’re Not Really Here’.

David Pullan, Brand and marketing officer said:

“We wanted to create something that reflected the unique heritage of this club. These T-shirts are a symbol of the fan culture at Manchester City Football Club. They are the heart and soul of this club, through the good and bad times.”

As the T-shirts reflect the history of the club, it is the future that is promoting them. Talented Manchester City youngsters, Ben Mee and David Ball, along with a host of Manchester students have starred in a photographic shoot of the new T-shirts that went on sale.

The shoot itself was styled by Same Teens, recent winners of the first Umbro Industries scheme that is providing the Manchester creative community with an opportunity to realise their ideas and of which Manchester City FC is a key supporter.

Same Teens is a collective of people who take the creative energy of young people here in Manchester and channel it into gigs, design, fashion and music.

Only 200 of each design went on sale.  Priced at £20 the reamaining shirts are available at Manchester City FC’s Arndale store and at www.mcfc.co.uk

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