City in St Louis: 1958
- 16 May 2013 15:23
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
When Manchester City arrive in St Louis next week, it will have been almost fifty five years since a City squad last travelled to the ‘Rome of the West.’
In May 1958, under the stewardship of Les McDowall, the Blues set out on a pre-season tour of the States playing nine games in three weeks.
The match against the Catholic Youth Council All Stars was originally scheduled to be played at St Louis' Public Schools stadium on the 26 May, but due to heavy rainfall it was delayed until the following day.
The team, which included City greats such as Don Revie and Bert Trautmann, recorded a 6-2 victory on the night in front of a crowd of 4,000 spectators.
However, it has been documented that manager McDowall felt his team could have done better against the amateur side.
“My boys have played much better football,” he told the St.Louis Post-Dispatch.
“I could say the ground was a bit hard and uneven, but that wouldn’t be the answer.
“We are a professional side and we should be able to adapt our game to any conditions. We didn’t play as well or win as easily as we should have.”
We will bring you full coverage of the tour that will immediately follow the Barclays Premier League season here on mcfc.co.uk.
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