Manchester City honour 100-year-old Hayfield fan

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and Mike Summerbee meet 100 year old Albert Knowles.
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and Mike Summerbee meet 100 year old Albert Knowles.

A Manchester City fan from Hayfield has been honoured by the club and named among its greatest legends after reaching his 100th birthday.

Centenarian Albert Knowles was joined by former players Mike Summerbee, Joe Corrigan, Tommy Booth and Alex Williams as they officially opened the Etihad Stadium’s brand new Legends suite.

Albert Knowles receives his signed shirt.

Albert Knowles receives his signed shirt.

A Far East veteran and branch president of Hayfield’s Royal British Legion since 1965, Albert attended his first City game when he was just eight-years-old.

He said: “I was born and bred in Manchester and City was my team. I wanted to know everything about them.

“I saw them play the last game at Hyde Road and their first game at Maine Road.

“When they won the FA Cup in 1934 they brought it to the Town Hall. Everyone wanted to be there, and I was.

“I really have been a Manchester City supporter from start to finish.”

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak welcomed Albert to the Etihad, and then Summerbee presented him with a retro shirt signed by the current squad.

Albert has passed his passion for the club on to his children and grandchildren, and together they enjoyed the Legends suite’s hospitality before watching City’s 3-0 win over reigning champions Chelsea.

The Legends suite offers a panoramic restaurant overlooking the pitch where new legends will be born.

It is part of the remodelled south stand which has raised the stadium capacity to more than 55,000.