The Shield: Our guide to the big kick-off
- 03 August 2011 09:26
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
It's the poshest pre-season friendly in football. If you're contesting the Community Shield, it means that you finished last season with a trophy to your name. You're simply the best.
The traditional Wembley curtain-raiser invites England's champions and the FA Cup winners to see in the new domestic season on the game's greatest stage, and City are there this time.
Roberto Mancini's FA Cup heroes against Sir Alex Ferguson's tabletoppers ... it's a derby with a difference and we're giving you a Community Shield build-up to match the star billing.
The Blue Army is heading back to Wembley at the weekend, but before that we're bringing you everything you need to know about the grand old competition and City's part in its history.
There's a two-parter that charts City's previous experiences in the Shield, as well as a history of the competition itself and an examination of the good causes that benefit.
Check out the way we were when City last won the Shield back in 1972, and check out the way Mike Summerbee and Co demolished West Brom in dazzling style to lift the Shield in 1968.
Old campaigner Buzzer also explains why a Community Shield victory on Sunday could be the catalyst for a fabulous season - and we'll bring you all the team news and Roberto's views as usual.