Museum turns Blue for an evening of City history
Gary James' launches Manchester: The City Years0
A book launch at the National Football Museum saw faces from Manchester City's history turn out on the eve of the sky blues' first season as defending champions in 44 years.
Football writer and historian Gary James' new book Manchester The City Years is the definitive history of City from the 1860s up to that dramatic final day of the 2011/12 season.
Former players and managers including Brian Horton, Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee, Joe Corrigan, Paul Lake, Glyn Pardoe and Dennis Tueart were at the event alongside guests including actor John Henshaw and BBC6Music presenter Marc Riley, as well as Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese.
The evening was compered by BBC Radio Five Live's Will Perry and featured speeches from Fred Eyre, representing the Manchester City Former Player's Association and museum director Kevin Moore, as well as the author. There were also films from the North West Film Archive including a look at life behind the scenes at City from 1977 and rare colour footage of Maine Road from 1936.
Manchester The City Years is available from the National Football Museum shop, and online from the City Store.
You can see interviews with guests from the event on the Manchester City website, here: http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Club-news/2012/August/Gary-James-The-City-Years