From the publisher:
101 MANCHESTER CITY MATCHWORN SHIRTS brings the memories flooding back from City’s rollercoaster past as Mark McCarthy explores the story behind every shirt. Recall the players who pulled on these iconic blue shirts and a dazzling array of second colours. The unforgettable matches at Maine Road, the Etihad, Wembley – and away in the Football League Second Division. Every different style, every sponsor and shade of blue brings to mind an era, a manager, an association with seasons in the sun or endless hopeful optimism.
Plucked from the world’s greatest matchworn City collection, here is Colin Bell’s shirt from the 1967/68 title winning season. The shirt worn by Paul Simpson when City clinched promotion on the last day of the 1984/85 season. A shiny one-off worn when City debuted the new Maine Road floodlights in 1953. Shaun Goater’s 1999 Wembley Play-off stripes. Phil Foden starring in the Champions’ League. David Silva. Joe Corrigan. David White… and 93 more.
Mark McCarthy’s amazing City journey began aged just eight following a visit to his grandfather’s house one Sunday afternoon in December 1983, when he was told that his cousin Mick had just signed for the Blues. An obsessive City fan from that moment on, Mark would dream of owning a shirt from Mick’s time at the club. Once that dream was achieved, years later, it kicked off a fixation on collecting matchworn City shirts. His total now stands at 410… and counting.