Our main image this week shows a tense moment at Maine Road in December 1949 as Manchester City take on local rivals United in a closely fought First Division clash.
City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann is just about to save a shot from United outside forward Charlie Mitten while Blues’ half-back Billy Walsh tries to close him down.
The match ended in a 2-1 victory for the visitors with goals from Jimmy Delaney and Stan Pearson. Andy Black scored for City.
United, under manager Matt Busby, went on to finish fourth in the league with 50 points. Unfortunately City finished 21st with 29 points and were relegated to Division Two.
Trautmann won the FA Cup with City in the memorable final of 1956 when he played on with a broken bone in his neck. The Blues beat Birmingham City 3-1 after Trautmann was injured in a collision in the 75th minute.
He attended the evening’s post-match banquet without being able to move his head and went to bed thinking he’d feel better in the morning. He didn’t. Three days later it was confirmed that he’d dislocated five vertebrae, cracking one of them.
Our modern image shows City’s current ground – the Etihad Stadium. The club played the final match at Maine Road in May 2003.
*Many more images from Then and Now are featured in The Changing Face of Manchester on sale now at £14.99.
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