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Season 2009/10

Golden seats up for grabs again

  • 25 January 2010 15:51
  • Posted by Adam Librae

Fancy watching City v Portsmouth in style? Well, here's your chance courtesy of Etihad Airways, official club sponsor and named as the world’s best airline.

Etihad are offering two supporters the opportunity to upgrade their seat at a forthcoming home game until the end of the season. 

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 the day as a personal memento.

All fans have to do to have a chance to win is post their memory of their first City game.  Each posting automatically becomes an entry, and you plus a guest could be on the way to a memorable match-day experience.

All submissions, 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 Friday, January 29.

Blackburn winner Eileen Poole, from Audenshaw, whose first City game was against Chelsea nearly 56 years ago, commented: “What a wonderful evening - Greg the cameraman was excellent and Charlie the taxi driver is a real character!

"The staff in the Mancunian Suite were fabulous – nothing was too much trouble for them. The scoreline topped off a fantastic evening!"


My first City game was on April 19, 1954, a 1-1 draw with Chelsea. City's scorer was full-back Ken Branagan. My late uncle took me. I had never seen so much green grass. From that day on Bert Trautmann was, and still is, my hero

Eileen Poole.

The winner for the Manchester United game was Jon Whitlow, from Bredbury, whose first game was a 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday on January 2, 1960. The derby was an evening to remember for Jon: “It was as near perfection as one could get. All the staff were cheerful, pleasant, professional and warm.

"The cameraman and Charlie the taxi driver were excellent, as was the Suite and food. The former players we met were cheerful, chatty and seemed to find it a pleasure to meet us. The result was fantastic, with the right team winning!”


I was six and the pitch looked a mile long. I stood on the barriers in the Kippax and held my dad's neck. Don't know who scored. Still, it must have stirred something - I'm still going 50 years later

Jon Whitlow

To get a true flavour for what’s in store, watch the highlights of Stuart Lynche’s day at the Chelsea game.

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