Manchester City in 1952
- 02 June 2012 18:52
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
A landmark year for the country, 1952 was not an outstanding year for the club, although steady progress was being made under manager Les McDowall.
The Blues finished 15th in the league and went out of the FA Cup at the 3rd round stage.
However, solid foundations were being built and this would ultimately pay off a few seasons down the line.
Manager : Les McDowall
McDowall managed City from 1950-63, making him the longest serving manager in the club’s history.
The Scot was an innovator, and became known for his revolutionary tactical systems. He pioneered the use of wing backs and the deployment of a forward playing between the strikers and midfield – a formation more commonly associated with the game as we know it today.
He made solid progress in the early ‘50s, with his best spell coming in the middle years before a decline spell at the dawn of the ‘60s. This culminated in relegation to the second division in the 1962-3 season, marking the end of his time at the club.
Captain : Roy Paul
Regarded as one of Wales’ best ever players, Paul spent seven years at City, from 1950-7.
He was one of McDowall’s first signings and proved himself to be an excellent captain. He lead the club to successive FA Cup finals in 1955 and 1956, losing the first and winning the second.
In total he made 293 appearances, scoring 9 goals.
Top scorer – Johnny Hart
Key player : Bert Trautmann
Trautmann signed for City in 1949.
The club’s decision to sign a former Axis paratrooper sparked protests, with 20,000 people attending a demonstration.
Over time he gained acceptance through his performances in the City goal, playing all but five of the club's next 250 matches.
He continued to play for City until 1964, making 545 appearances.
Squad : Ken Barnes, Ken Branagan, Ivor Broadis, Roy Clarke, Bobby Cunliffe, Gordon Davies, Jim Gunning, Jack Hannaway, Johnny Hart, Frank McCourt, Jimmy Meadows, Roy Paul, Ernie Phillips, Ron Phoenix, Don Revie, Jack Rigby, George Smith, Billy Spurdle, Bert Trautmann, Dennis Westcott, Eric Westwood, Deric Williams, John Williamson