The Boys In Blue: Manchester City FC on Film

THE North West Film Archive is pleased to announce ‘The Boys In Blue: Manchester City FC on Film’, a special screening of archive films all about Manchester City Football Club, curated and presented by author and football historian Dr Gary James.

The screening will take place on Thursday, June 9, at 7.30pm at The Dancehouse, Oxford Road, Manchester as part of this year’s Manchester Histories Festival.

The show covers almost 100 years of history, from film of the club’s first ground at Hyde Road, through to videotape of the final game at Maine Road.  The films to be screened are sourced from the huge variety of material held in the Archive’s own collections plus guest films used with the kind permission of the British Film Institute.

From triumphant homecomings to ‘typical City’ moments, amazing archive material is brought to life by Gary’s unrivalled knowledge of the club’s history.

Highlights of the show include:

  • Fantastic homecoming receptions after the cup victories of 1934, 1969 and 1976.
  • Footage shot by City goalkeeper Harry Dowd, who passed away last year, which will be shown in public for the first time. Dowd recorded the team relaxing on tour, visiting Istanbul for the club’s first game in European competition and bringing the European Cup Winners Cup back to Manchester in 1970.
  • Television interviews with key figures in the club’s history during the 1970s and 1980s including legendary manager Joe Mercer on the day he resigned, and excerpts from a documentary about the infamous chairman Peter Swales.
  • The sights and sounds inside the huge Kippax terrace on the last day of its use in 1994, and a fan’s eye view of the last day at Maine Road in 2003.
  • The recording of the 1972 song ‘The Boys in Blue’ at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, with first-team players cajoled into performing by songwriters 10cc. A favourite with City fans, this track is still played regularly at the Etihad Stadium today.
  • Film of Hyde Road from 1905, the only known film record of City’s first ground, and a cinema newsreel of the opening match at Maine Road in 1923 (courtesy of the British Film Institute).

The Archive’s Access Assistant Will McTaggart, who collaborated with Gary James in compiling the show, said “This is a great opportunity for City fans to enjoy an evening with a difference, to take a look back at the history of the club and to share the experiences of fellow Blues over the past century. But it’s also a show that depicts how Manchester as a city has changed, how the coverage of football has developed, and how a passion for the game burns brightly throughout.”

Tickets are available from the Dancehouse box office (0161 237 9753) and online at