City in the wilderness: Your tour stories II
- 09 July 2013 14:39
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
City's summer expeditions haven't always been as glamorous as the recent jaunts stateside and to the Far East.
With that, here are a selection of your accounts from the more "rough-and-tumble" side of watching the Blues' pre-season preparations from years gone by.
Tom Boyle recalls a memorable trip to watch the Blues in Norway back in 1994:
"Aside from lads’ jollies to the Isle of Man and Dublin to watch the Blues, in 1994 I decided to be 'adventurous' and travel to Norway with a gang of like-minded Salfordians." explains Tom.
"What a trip! We watched three matches! First up was FC Horton (and we had a Horton as manager). We then flew to Trondheim to play FC Rosenberg and then flew over the Arctic Circle to Bodo to watch the Blues play Bodo Glimt.
Friendships were made on that first foreign football trip that still last today. My best friend met his Norwegian wife in Bodo!
My son experienced his first preseason in 2003 when we travelled to Denmark to watch Kevin Keegan’s City in Odense and Aarhus where they played Feyenoord. As an 8 year old he was in his element. Not many kids made the trip and so he was made to feel very special by City players at the time and we have some great photos. He even sat in the dug-out before the Odense game whilst the players warmed up. You can tell from the grin on his face that a good time was had.
Nearly 20 years on and that time in Norway had a profound effect on me. I love the country and have made many trips since meeting numerous Scandinavian Blues. Last year I got married there. My wife (from Manchester) and I left the church to the Yaya/Kolo song with guests and the vicar in City tops (he was a United fan!). It was a special day!"
Ex-pat Steve Gossage looks-back on City's Australian tour back in the 1980s:
"I live on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and City came over in the mid-eighties to play in a competition with Nottingham Forest and Arsenal. They played up in Brisbane, but all three teams were staying in a hotel in Surfers’ Paradise.
Before coming to Australia I lived in Northampton but was a member of the City East Midlands branch which was based in the town.
Playing for City at the time was Trevor Morley who was bought from Northampton.
On the off chance, I thought I would phone the hotel where the team were staying and try to get to talk to Trevor. Well, I got put through to his room and he picked up the phone to my surprise and I explained I was from Northampton and if possible could we meet for a photo to send to the lads back home. He said come down to the hotel next day and meet a few of the lads.
Next day came and I made my way to the resort where City was staying. All three teams were poolside. I saw Brian Clough sunning himself, and Ian Wright with the Arsenal lads, although Trevor wasn’t there and I was told he was down the beach.
So I made my way down to Surfers’ Paradise beach and saw this group of players having a kick around; you could pick Morley out a mile in his little skimpy Speedos!
Trevor was with Steve Redmond and Eric Nixon and they all had a chat and posed for some photos with us. Great lads and a very memorable day!"