Bernard Halford becomes City Life President
- 30 March 2010 14:37
- Posted by Chris Bailey
Manchester City is delighted to announce that long-serving club secretary Bernard Halford is to become only the second Life President in the club’s 116-year history.
The move comes as Bernard, known throughout the game as ‘Mr Manchester City’, prepares to celebrate 50 years of golden service to the game he loves – the vast majority of which has been spent at Maine Road and then the City of Manchester Stadium.
Born and raised in Chadderton, on completing his education at St Gregory’s in Ardwick in 1956 - and after a spell in the cotton industry - Bernard joined his local club, Oldham Athletic, as assistant secretary and later secretary before, 13 years later, fulfilling a boyhood dream by joining his beloved Blues as Company Secretary.
The new title was conferred today by City Chief Executive Officer Garry Cook.
“His contribution to this club has been immeasurable,” said Mr Cook. “He is respected and adored by all the staff and we are delighted to make him a Life President, only the second in our history.
“Behind the scenes he is one of the most respected faces in English football - recognised wherever he goes at all levels of the game. It has been our honour and a great source of pride for us as a football club to have Bernard as our secretary for more than three decades.
“He has brought wonderful commitment to his work and this is our way of saying a thank-you to him for all his tireless effort.
He has kept this club on track at times and will always be remembered as someone who championed City and football all over the world
“There are not many people who are recognised in sport simply by their first names, but mention Manchester City and Bernard and everyone knows you are referring to Mr Halford.
“He will make a wonderful Life President and is a more than worthy recipient of the title.”
Bernard was a hugely influential figure in the creation of the club’s supporters’ organisations, helped with the founding of the Junior Blues - now Live4City - and is one of the great advocates of grassroots football in Manchester. He has always had close links with the Academy.
In 2002 he completed 30 years' service with City and in 2006 was elected to the club’s Hall of Fame.
Following his appointment as a Life President, joining Sidney Rose in that capacity, Bernard will remain full time with the club and will continue his influential roles in terms of liaison with the Football Association and supporter communication. He will also be involved in a number of ongoing club initiatives.
An announcement with regard to the Club secretarial role will be made in the near future.