Our main image this week shows King George V visiting Manchester City’s Hyde Road stadium to watch the Blues play Liverpool in the First Division. The date is March 27th 1920.
It was the first time a reigning monarch had attended a match at a football venue outside London.
The linesmen and referees look smart in their blazers while the king is wearing spats over his shoes for the occasion. He’s also carrying an umbrella for good measure!
City won the match 2-1 with both goals coming from Horace Barnes. It made up for the 1-0 league defeat City suffered at Anfield a week earlier.
The Blues went on to finish seventh in the league with 45 points, two points behind Bolton Wanderers. Barnes was City’s top scorer for the season with 23 goals in all competitions.
Hyde Road stadium was demolished once the move to the 80,000 capacity Maine Road ground in Moss Side had been completed in 1923. A section of the roofing is still in use on a stand at The Shay stadium, Halifax.
The Blues left Maine Road in 2003 for the City of Manchester Stadium situated near Ardwick where the club first formed in 1880.
*Many more images from Then and Now are featured in The Changing Face of Manchester published to mark the 150th anniversary of the M.E.N.
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