The past decade has been a quiet one for inductions into the Manchester City Hall of Fame.
No name has been inscribed on the hallowed roll of honour since East German forward Uwe Rosler in 2009.
But the lack of admissions has not been mirrored by the National Football Museum Hall of Fame.
The museum, based at Manchester’s Urbis Centre, has been busy inducting seven City players since 2009 – ranging from 1940s goalkeeper Frank Swift to recent defender Sun Jihai.
The other five are City stalwarts Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee, plus three players whose brilliant careers only briefly touched City but left some lasting memories.
They are the gifted forward Trevor Francis, midfield general Patrick Vieira and never-say-die defender Stuart Pearce.
Today Nostalgia pays tribute to the famous five aside from the City legends Lee and Summerbee, who notched up 782 appearances and 216 goals between them.
England international Frank Swift made his debut for City in 1933 after playing local football in his home town of Blackpool. He was just 19 at the time.
The young ‘keeper helped City win the 1934 FA Cup, beating Portsmouth 2-1 at Wembley.
He was so overcome with emotion at the final whistle that he fainted – and only just recovered in time to receive his winner’s medal from George V.
The king was so concerned that he sent a telegram asking about Swift’s condition the following Monday.
Swift played 375 times for City in a war-interrupted career from 1933 to 1949, when he retired to become a football journalist.
Nine years later, he died at the age of 44 in the Munich air crash after reporting on United’s European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade.
Moving forward half a century, Chinese defender Sun Jihai became the first East Asian footballer to score in the Premier League when he netted for City in a 2-0 win over Birmingham City in October 2002.
Admired by City fans for his dependable defence and attacking ability, Sun was voted the club’s best player in 2002. He was also the first Chinese player to score in the UEFA Cup.
Sun made 130 appearances for the Blues from 2002 to 2008, scoring three goals. He then spent a year at Sheffield United before returning to China to play for Chengdu Blades.
England Striker Trevor Francis caused more than a little friction when he joined City from Nottingham Forest for £1.2 million in September 1981.
City chairman Peter Swales told manager John Bond the fee was too high – so Bond threatened to resign. Swales backed down and Francis duly arrived at Maine Road.
Francis scored twice against Stoke City on his debut, but struggled with injuries throughout the season. He still managed to score 12 goals in 26 games and was picked for the 1982 England World Cup squad.
Francis left in summer 1982 to join Italian club Sampdoria for a transfer fee of £700,000.
Another England international, fullback Stuart Pearce, played 38 times for City after becoming manager Kevin Keegan’s first signing in summer 2001.
He scored on his debut against Watford and captained the club to the First Division championship.
But his stay with City ended in disappointment when he missed an injury-time penalty against Portsmouth and with it the chance to score 100 career goals.
Pearce returned to City as manager from 2005 to 2007. He was replaced by the club’s first non-British manager Sven Goran Eriksson.
French international Patrick Vieira joined City in January 2010 to link up with former Arsenal team-mates Kolo Toure and Sylvinho. He’d also played under manager Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan.
He scored his first goal for City in the 6-1 win over Burnley in April 2010 and netted twice in the 5-0 victory against Notts County in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in 2011.
Vieira was also a late substitute in the FA Cup Final that year, helping City to a 1-0 over Stoke City at Wembley.