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Guest Blog: Imre Varadi

  • 28 February 2013 10:19
  • Posted by @dclayton_MCFC

Former City striker Imre Varadi became a cult figure at Maine Road in the mid-1980s – he is also credited with the start of the inflatable banana craze...

It was great to be a guest at City Square the other week against Leeds United and see one or two old faces.

I really enjoyed my time as a City player and enjoyed a fantastic rapport with the fans. I had good relationships with supporters at each of my clubs, but City was a bit special.

Who else could come up with name Imre Banana and then back it up with inflatable bananas? It was an unbelievable time because suddenly there were all sorts of inflatables on the Kippax and it was an amazing sight to see.

City fans bananas Etihad

There were some dark days back in the 1980s with the Heysel Stadium disaster, the Bradford City fire and hooliganism was rife, so City fans put the smile back on the face of football and it was infectious because soon, every club had their own versions.

What staggered me was when I came back against Leeds, there were still inflatable bananas dotted around – after more than 25 years! If I played even a small part in all of that, it makes me very proud - even though my name sounds nothing like banana! Happy days indeed!

City fans bananas Wembley

I loved playing at Maine Road and I scored a fair few goals for City so I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the Blues. I always look out for City’s result and I was as delighted as anyone when we won the Premier League title.

I’m surprised United are so far ahead but I really think there are a number of twists and turns to come. United are in three major competitions – that could mean a lot of games and I think they will drop points. Obviously, it has to happen sooner rather than later but I feel sure it will.

United have a great opportunity but City are more than capable of turning up the heat and hanging in there and who knows? United play Norwich at the weekend and they have already beaten them once this season so it could happen again.


I can’t see City not winning at Aston Villa so as long as the victories keep coming, there is a chance.


...Imre Varadi...


As for me, I’ve been working as a football agent for 13 years and I love what I do – it’s great to still be in the game and at 53, I’ve finally got myself a twitter account. The name? @imre_banana – what else did you expect!?

It’d be great to hear from as many City fans as possible so add me to the follow list and let’s keep in touch.


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