Hazel Grove Blues

  MCFC Supporters Club Est. 1999 

Branch News....

We have organised a race night for Saturday 3rd September, this will be held at the conservative club in the function room.
Doors open at 7:15pm and racing starts at 7:30pm. We have 8 races organised so plenty of time for betting and socialising with other members.
Please support the event where possible it promises to be a great night.
Please note our August branch meeting has now been put back by one week due to our game in the Champions league this Tuesday.
The date is now Tuesday 23rd August at 8pm.
Please attend where possible

Next up, its our Branch meeting and AGM 2016

The date is set for Tuesday 21st June and our special guest is the Capital One Cup.........

Please attend where possible, we have a lot to get through. A photo opportunity will be given during the evening.

Junior Section Christmas Party 2015

This years Junior section Christmas party will take place on Sunday 13th December at The Grove Bar (Oscars). Party time is from 2pm to 4:30pm and as usual we have party food, a children's entertainer, both Moonchester and Moonbeam will be there and all followed by our very own Blue Santa.

For attendance you do need to be on the guest list, to do this then please email Roger [email protected]hazelgroveblues.co.uk

Admission is Free for members and £4.00 for non-members.

We always encourage adult members to attend as well even without children, it is a main social event for the branch, the bar is open so why not come down and enjoy a festive drink. 

IMPORTANT NEWS - Branch Meeting - September

This months branch meeting date has been changed, this is due to venue and match events happening around our usual date.

The date is now, Tuesday 29th September at 8pm. The venue is the Hazel Grove Conservative club.

It is a busy period however we ask all members attend where possible.

Thanks you.

City Live 2015

The branch will have a table top stand at this weeks 'City Live' event at the Manchester exhibition centre. This event has been running the last few seasons and has become the clubs launch to the new season.

For the first time, branches from the Supporters club are going to have displays to promote and attract new members and also to highlight the Supporters club itself and the work we do for charity etc.

If you are attending, please come over and say hello to Geoff and Mike who will be on hand to answer any questions.

Memberships available on the night.

The Hazel Grove Branch recently handed over a cheque donation to 'The Ticker Club' from the Supporters Club Charity Fund. The Ticker Club is a totally voluntary cardiac patient support group that offers help to those who are experiencing heart or vascular problems and to their families and to those who have undergone, or are about to undergo, some form of cardiac or vascular procedure at Wythenshawe Hospital. The group offer practical advice and moral support and have an experienced team of voluntary Cardiac Ward visitors, who have all undergone some form of open heart procedure.

The branch met several Cardiac Unit staff and were shown around the Cardiac Rehabilitation Gym. A vital part of rehabilitation is work in the gym to build up strength and movement after an operation and it is important to monitor each patient's recovery. It is intended the donation will be used to purchase much needed patient monitoring equipment for the Gym. 

Branch member Peter Timmons won a Pablo Zabaleta signed and framed City shirt, donated as a raffle prize as part of fundraising by 43 year old grateful patient and Ticker Club member Ian Butler. Ian, a Preston North End fan, was a fit person who suddenly suffered heart problems and has been described as a 'Miracle man who had 16 holes in his heart' - he is now on the road to a full recovery.

This is a wonderful voluntary Charity group who are extremely grateful to the Supporters Club for the support. 

Ticker club web site is - http:/www.uhsm.nhs.uk/tickerclub/Pages/default.aspx

Team Hazel Grove Blues:
For the 3rd year running, TEAM Hazel Grove Blues participated in the CITC Velocity event at the Velodrome. Our time slot was 9pm and our team of five, Chris, Andy, Sam, Kevin and Rob were all well prepared for the challenge. The team rode brilliantly, they managed 692 laps in total and finished 4th overall, with Rob getting 9th overall for completing an impressive 153 laps. Well done to the team, they raised a total of £250 for City in the Community Foundation.
Pictured here is Sam, Chris and Andy......
A big thank you to everyone who was able to attend last night's fantastic Trophy Night at Oscars Bar, Hazel Grove. 125 branch members and friends attended this event which was a great success. Thanks must go to Tommy for providing us with a great venue for the evening and making sure everything went smoothly. Also to CITC's Alex Williams who popped in to mingle with our members. Dave and Danny also came along to sell lots of City merchandise  and memorabilia which went down well. If any members would like to upload any photo's to the Gallery, please log in so you can access the Members Only section on the website and click on the TROPHY NIGHT 2014 album. A few have already been put on there! Overall, a great night was had by all who attended, thanks again for showing your support to the Branch, same time next year (hopefully)!!!

We are pleased to announce that the branch will be welcoming the Premier League and League Cup Trophy to our September meeting. This special event will be held at Oscar's in Hazel Grove. Members will be able to have their photo taken with the trophies we won in style last season. We will also be holding a raffle with some great prizes. At present, this is strictly a Members Only event. We will however, be taking names for our waiting list of any non-members who would like to attend. We will only be able to open it up to non-members if we are satisfied that we can accommodate the extra people. This will be a very popular event as you can imagine!! All members have now been notified by text and email. To confirm your attendance, please follow the instructions you have received. Look forward to seeing you all there!!! CHAMPIONS!!


Branch Pin Badge

It's finally here!! Our new Branch pin badge is now available to purchase. Badges will be available to buy at every branch meeting as well as the On-line Store. This can be found in the Members Only section on the website. Click on the badge image and follow the payment instructions. We hope you like it!!

Special Guest for July Branch Meeting

We are pleased to announce that our special guest for our July branch meeeting will be Bernard Halford. Bernard, known throughout the game as ‘Mr Manchester City’, prepares to celebrate 50 years of golden service to the game he loves – the vast majority of which has been spent at Maine Road and then the City of Manchester Stadium.

Born and raised in Chadderton, on completing his education at St Gregory’s in Ardwick in 1956 - and after a spell in the cotton industry - Bernard joined his local club, Oldham Athletic, as assistant secretary and later secretary before, 13 years later, fulfilling a boyhood dream by joining his beloved Blues as Company Secretary. Please ensure you attend, this will be a magical evening.....

Jump Space Curry Night

Jump Space is hosting a fundraising Charity Curry Night on Monday 29th April  at Mister Ali’s in Heaviley, Stockport, if any branch members would like to attend then please conatct Bodsy ASAP.

>> View Details <<

Golf Day

Please see the poster for details of a Golf Competition taking place on 21st July between Supporters of City and Manchester United.

Entrance fee is £85 per player, but this includes dinner, refreshments, prizes etc.

If you are interested then contact Bodsy.

Velocity 2013 - City in the Community

TEAM HGB hit the track in the early hours of this morning, 1am to 2am, they were taking part in the high profile MCFC CITC cycling event in aid of City in the Community at the Velodrome. Non stop action for the full hour which saw them share the track with fellow branch, Poynton Blues.

Please support the event by making a donation >> Here << 

Full times and more pictures to follow in the gallery and in next months branch newsletter, well done to Stuart, Sam, Chris, Rob and Kevin and indeed to everyone who has taken part. #together

Branch Meeting - November SPECIAL GUESTS Confirmed

We are now pleased to announce that next Monday's branch meeting will be attended by both Joe Corrigan and Paul Lake.

Please note, the meeting IS in the Bird in Hand at 8pm, attend where possible, this will be a very entertaining evening.

Monday 19th November - The Bird in Hand 8pm


Junior Section Christmas Party

This years Junior section Christmas party will take place on Sunday 16th December at Zuri Bar. We have opted for a later time of 3pm to 6pm because we know a lot of the children have other activities on a Sunday, so hopefully this will give you more time.

We have a children's entertainer booked, both Moonchester and Moonbeam will be there all followed by our very own Blue Santa.

For attendance you do need to be on the guest list, to do this then please email Bodsy - [email protected]

Admission is Free for members and £2.50 for non-members.

We always encourage adult members to attend as well even without children, it is a main social event for the branch, the bar is open so why not come down and enjoy a festive drink and discuss City's win from the day before.

NEW Branch Badge...

Over the years the branch had adopted the City crest as the logo and just in the last few seasons we have used the generic supporter club logo. As a branch we decided earlier this year to come up with a new design that reflects us and who we are. As you know we have looked at going down the route of a traditional City badge or going for something different which captures our area of Hazel Grove. Well, it was decided the latter was the way to go, so here is our new logo, for those who don't know well the centre crest is our Hazel Grove crest.

The lion in the top quadrant stands for the Arms of the Bromales (A.D. 1160). The 5 nuts stand for the five parishes of Bramhall, Bosden, Norbury, Offerton and Torkington (shown here as Hazels) and the Sheaf of Corn, is for Cheshire.
We have used part of this and have M.C.F.C across to show our team and then who we are and who we belong to around the outside. We feel this is everything that gives us as a branch and as individuals our identity. Also, see below......
We also plan to use where possible, in-conjunction with the main logo the City coat of arms, which can be used for shirt sleeves etc.
We hope you like these as much as we do....

Goodwin for City Ladies!

The branch recently sponsored our ladies team against Coventry at the Regional Athletics Arena. Manchester City Ladies produced a consummate second half display to comeback from a goal down and beat Coventry City 2-1

Player of the Match was Chelsea Nightingale who was chosen by branch treasurer, Roger. Full match report is here >> REPORT <<

Last nights Trophy Presentation.

A big thank you to everyone for attending last night's presentation of the Premier League Trophy and Community Shield. It was a great event and we have received some nice feedback already. Over 600 photo's were taken by Ken and Neil, these now need to be collated and viewed, once this is done then we will post on the website.
Special thank you's go to Paul Lake, Nigel and his team at Displex for providing a quality back drop for the event, Ken ad Neil for doing the  photography and also Sarah and her team at Zuri bar. Without these kind people the event would be nowhere near as good as it was - Thank you

Premier League Trophy Visit.

We are pleased to announce that we have now been able to arrange for the Premier League trophy to visit us at our branch. This event is strictly for members only at present.

Branch Meeting - 20th August
We are pleased to annouce that Tommy Booth is our special guest for the evening at our August meeting. Tommy has visited the branch before and what a great night it was too.

Please attend where possible, it starts at 8pm at the Bird in Hand.


Click heThe following is an archive of our old website branch news, some of the pictures would not transfer but we thought it would be good to have it here.


                                       Branch - Latest News

Hazel Grove Blues have now teamed up with Terrace Voice, this new concept APP has just the things every footy fan needs...


Further more the team at Terrace Voice will enter every supporter  who downloads the App (android users fill in a form on www.terracevoice.com)  into a competition to win 2 Corporate FA Cup Final tickets.

The app looks great fun and will allow you to test yourself against other supporters to see who can correctly predict most of our teams results! Find out more atwww.terracevoice.com and remember, downloading this great app directly benefits our supporter club so please download now!

Remember to select 'Hazel Grove Blues' as your affiliate....


The MCFC Horrific Triathlon Challenge is now up and running with the event itself being held on Sunday 30th October 2011  

The event involves a half-mile swim, a 7.7 mile cycle ride and a 5 mile run - off road, wet, muddy, dirty !!!!

It will be staged along the banks of the River Mersey from East Didsbury to Sale Water Park - and back.

We are raising funds for the Club's charities through CITC Giving

Hazel Grove Blues have entered 3 teams of 3 into the event and we require your support.

There is a new justgiving web page to start and promote sponsorship for our brave participants - there are 13 teams and 24 individuals - any sponsorship you can promote and raise for them will go to very worthy causes.

For donations - please pass the justgiving address to as many contacts as possible;


Don't forget to mention your fellow members of Hazel Grove Blues in your message when pledging....Thank you

Kindly sponsored by BRAMBLE DESIGNS





The branch are very pleased to announce that City legend and football genius RODNEY MARSH will be joining us at our meeting on Monday 21st March 2011. This special event will be held at Zuri Bar starting at 19:30. It is a ticket only event as to ensure we have control of numbers on the night! Members have until Sunday 27th February (Fulham at home) to guarantee their tickets. Non members are more than welcome to come along too. Tickets are priced at £3 each (free raffle ticket included for members). Tickets are selling fast so please do not miss out on what promises to be a great evening!!

For further information or to book your tickets please contact Gaz Stevenson, Roger Booth or Mike Bowden.





At last Monday's meeting we had a presentation from one of our members Kelvin Mathiesen and his colleague Jonny about junior football coaching sessions based in Hazel Grove

They use qualified football coaches and have links with City and Hazel Grove United, this is grass roots football, open to players from 4 to 14 years.

They are offering special discounts for Hazel Grove Blues members and the coaching takes place locally. This is a great offer for our juniors to receive top level coaching, please don't forget to book your place now

As a special introductory offer they are offering a FREE TRIAL SESSION on SUNDAY 6TH MARCH at Hazel Grove high School Astroturf area from 11.30 to 12.30. Any standard of player is accepted - they only need to enjoy playing the game. If your children enjoy football then take advantage of this local opportunity


Download flyer to receive your FREE trial session >> First4footy Voucher

                To visit their website then please use the link from our Links page

                     >>  http://www.hazelgroveblues.co.uk/page37.htm 




It is with sadness that we have learnt of the untimely passing away of Neil Young - a true City legend. Here one of our members pays a tribute to this former great

player, leading scorer in the 1968 championship season.......
When the draw was made for the 3rd Round of the F.A Cup pitting us against Leicester City, my mind immediately went back to the heady day in April 1969 when I had the privilege to go to the F.A Cup Final to see City win the Cup against Leicester, with a Neil Young left foot thunderbolt - seems like only yesterday. Only one other all-English side has won the FA Cup since (West Ham in 1975). That was bang slap in the middle of an era very few of us have had the joy to witness and appreciate - 1st Division Championship won at Newcastle 1968, the F.A Cup at Wembley 1969, Cup Winners Cup at Vienna Prater Stadium 1970 and League Cup also at Wembley 1970. Neil scored again in the 1970 European Cup-Winners' Cup final in Vienna, where City beat Gornik Zabrze 2-1. On that night of incessant rain he also won the penalty from which Francis Lee scored the second goal. 

Oh happy days.


Following the sad news that Neil had been diagnosed with cancer, the Supporters Club decided to try and support Neil and his family at that difficult time. The Supporters Club and the Club decided that the match against Leicester would be part of a tribute to Neil.

Neil was a wonderful player - one of my favourite players of all time - very graceful, gliding across the pitch with ease and with a terrific left foot - a fine sight indeed. He visited the branch several years ago - a real gent. The match at Leicester was dedicated as "Red and Black for Nelly", with every City fan who bought a ticket being given a token to exchange for a black and red scarf by making a donation to the Neil Young Appeal. To be part of that 'tribute' day was a pleasure.

There was a plan for all City fans to "do a Poznan" on 24 minutes - the time when Neil Young scored the winning goal in the 1969 Cup Final. The banner "There's only one Neil Young" was being unfurled ready for the moment, when up popped James Milner to equalise with a screaming left foot shot - how poignant indeed. Well, our end of the ground erupted and everybody turned round bouncing up and down "doing the Poznan". What a sight - it was a joy to behold and what a wonderful tribute.

Neil will be sadly missed but never never forgotten, especially by those who had the pleasure to watch him play this graceful game how it should be played. It is hard to compare him to any of the modern day players - truly a one-off. R.I.P Neil.


For those wishing to donate directly to the Neil Young Appeal a PayPal account has now been set up. To donate this way visit the Supporters Club website www.mcfcsc.com and there is a PayPal button on the homepage

This year's Annual Supporters Club Dinner will be on 11th February and will be a Tribute to Neil Young. Tickets cost includes a voluntary donation to the Neil Young Appeal.

The branch sent a card with our message of support to Neil signed by members at the December 2010 meeting, along with many other supporters and branches and we know Neil was pleased to receive these cards and best wishes. 


C.C.C.C - City Christmas Curry Club               

The branch are planning to go for a curry after our home game with Aston Villa on Tuesday 28th December. The buses will leave Mary D's at the usual time of 6pm and will go straight to the restaurant after the Bird. If you are interested then please contact a committee member for more details.

Junior Section Christmas Party

The Junior Section Christmas Party is here again and is on Sunday 12th December. The venue again is the Zuri Bar (opposite the Rising Sun).

The fun starts at 11:30am through to 2pm(ish) with special guests both Moonchester and Moonbeam joining in the fun and our special own Blue Santa! A treat not to be missed.

Free for junior members and only £2.50 for non-members.

If you haven't already given us the names/numbers of children coming, then you can contact Mike at [email protected] or Roger at [email protected] or contact any other any Committee member (Craig, Gavin, Sheryl, Barbara or Gaz).

We just need to know how many children you will be bringing with you so we can make sure Santa is prepared.             

Any help on the day would be appreciated

See you there.




Two of the players took time out to spend an evening at the first player attended Supporters Club meeting of the 10/11 season.

Adam Johnson and Greg Cunningham spent the evening with our branch at  Zuri Bar in Hazel Grove. After a signing session they took questions from the audience of nearly 100 people from the Hazel Grove branch of the MCFC Supporters Club. Throughout the season players will be regularly visiting supporters clubs both within Greater Manchester, and further afield.

May we say a big thank you for all that attended and we were so pleased to see a lot of junior members enjoying the evening.

Click Here for full Gallery >> http://www.hazelgroveblues.co.uk/page65.htm

Player Visit Monday 27th September 2010



Player of the year 2010

It is now time for you to be considering our Player of the year for the current season. In addition, you can also vote for the young player of the year.

I will send out the voting forms on a seperate message so please look out for it. All voting papers must be handed in at the next meeting which is at 8pm on Monday 19th April. (NO LATER)

Here is the list of eligible 'young' players to help you choose;

David Ball, Ahmad Benali, Dedryck Boyata, Felipe Caicedo, Chris Chantler, Adam Clayton, Greg Cunningham, Omar Elabdellaoui, John Guidetti, Jeremy Helan, Abdi Ibrahim, Tobias Johanson, Scott Kay, Robbie Mak, Donal McDermott, Ryan McGivern, Ben Mee, Karl Moore, Alex Nimely, James Paris, James Poole, Jack Redshaw, Kieran Trippier, Andrew Tutte, Javan Vidal, Reece Wabara, Vladimir Weiss and James Wood.

Click here to download the form >>





Our congratulations go out to the new Mr & Mrs. Alan & Jean Johnson who recently got married on September 25th in Hawaii. They are pictured here at their hotel the Mona Surfrider in Waikiki, Ohahu. Alan is sporting his branch polo shirt and flying the flag for City!



Branch Meeting - Monday 16th November

GARY JAMES' first City book was published in April 1989 and since that time he has developed a reputation as Manchester's leading football historian. He has been researching and writing about all aspects of Manchester football for over twenty years and has written several landmark publications and a variety of articles on Manchester.

Gary cares passionately about the history of Manchester City. In 2003 he set up the Club's award winning museum and the following year inaugurated the Manchester City Hall Of Fame, paying due recognition to the Club's biggest stars




Our junior christmas party has now been arranged on Sunday 13th December. The venue again is Zuri Bar (opposite the rising sun) http://www.zuribar.com/




The fun starts at 11:30am through to 3pm(ish) with special guest Moonchester himself


and our special own Blue Santa !


Our MC for the day will be Budgie who will be spinning his 'wheels of steel'

Please inform a comittee member if you are attending and how many children you will be bringing with you.




Blue Tuesday - GMR 95.10FM

Last Tuesday evening two branch members were invited dowm to the BBC studios in Manchester to present on the 'Blue Tuesday' radio show hosted by Ian Cheeseman and Paul Lake.

The show lasted for an hour and is always very entertaining even more so this week due to Roger and John's involvement.

Here are a few pictures of the them both in the studio and the show is still available on the BBC i-player until Monday 12th October if you missed it.

Click Here to listen >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00410tf

 Paul - Emily - Roger - John






Our Next Branch Meeting - Monday 21st September

Mr Ian Cheeseman is now cofirmed as our special guest at our next meeting. Please make every effort to attend on the night to give him a great Hazel Grove welcome.

Ian has a new book out and is also hosting the 'Blue Tuesday' radio program on BBC radio Manchester.






This year we have managed to secure some free tickets for this years North West Masters Football Tournament at the MEN Arena with a later than normal 8pm start time. As usual we shall be making a full evening of this as we head to Manchester for some food and drinks and frivolaties before the tournament which City won last year. So please let Mike, Gaz or Gavlar know if you are interested in coming as soon as possible please. That way If more people are coming than we have free tickets then hopefully we will be able to negotiate reduced tickets for the remainder needed and all costs shared equally with every one so no one pays more for their ticket. Kids prices are cheaper so it may work out better to purchase those as they are if you are interested in bringing your kids along.

It will take place on Saturday 25th July, Doors open at 6pm.

More information can be found by clicking here;


Kinky is rumoured to be playing for the Blues on the day.




The branch have now entered a team into the CSC/OSC 5-a-side competition at Platt Lane on Saturday 13th June. Team members are now in full training with sessions on Torkington park every week. Anyone interested in becoming involved then please contact Gavin via email [email protected]



Branch AGM Meeting - Monday 15th June

Our June AGM branch meeting will see our very own President in attendance. Paul has kindly confirmed that he will be at the Bird in Hand on Monday the 15th June.

Please Please make sure you attend and give your support to both Paul and the branch, this will not just be a Q&A session as Paul will be discussing a couple of forthcoming functions, one being a joint celebration with Poynton for the 20th anniversary of the 5-1 win over you know who.

Paul is heavily involved in the planning of this and at least four other City players from that game should be in attendance.

This function will also be part of our own 10 year branch anniversary, so your efforts to be there will be appreciated.



Player of the Year Awards

The date for this years Player of the Year Awards will be Wednesday 20th May 2009. If you wish to attend then please email Craig ASAP to be sure to get a ticket. Each ticket will be £1 and all the monies will go to a nominated charity.

Craig Email >> [email protected]

Please see below to make sure your vote counts 


Voting Paper - Player & Young Player of the Year Awards

Please make sure you make your vote count, click on te file below, fill it in and then either email it to [email protected] or alternativley, hand it in at the Bird in Hand. We will also will collect them on the day of the Blackburn game.If you are unsure who is eligible for 'young player' and you missed the list that Roger read out last night, then i will post them here shortly.

Download Here >>  Player Of The Year - Voting Paper

Clarification for Young Player
A 'young player' is a player under 21 years of age on the 1st August at the start of the current season" i.e. born on or after 1st August 1997 for 2008/09
Dates of birth can be found in the Programme or on the City web site.
According to the list the following first team squad players qualify (in surname alphabetical order):-
Felipe Caceido
Kelvin Etuhu
Ched Evans
Michael Johnson
Shaleum Logan
Micah Richards
Daniel Sturridge


Junior Christmas Party Photo's Now available to View

As you all know, the Junior Christmas party was held on Sunday at a new venue, Zuri bar in Hazel Grove. I would just like to take this opportunity in thanking everyone for turning up, the children all enjoyed themselves. Also, a big thank you to all the helpers on the day, it doesn't work unless people join in and help out.


In addition, a big thank you to Danni and her team at the bar for their hospitality, and i am sure it isn't often that they get to see a 7ft blue character from the moon on their dance floor!

To see the photos from the party, then please click here >> http://www.hazelgroveblues.co.uk/page49.htm



Next Branch Meeting - Date Change

Our next branch meeting will now be on Tuesday 16th December at 8pm. The reason for the change of date is because Joe Corrigan has agreed to attend on the night.

Joe will be bringing a copies of his new book, titled 'BIG JOE' which will be available to purchase and be signed on the night. The book will make an ideal christmas pesent for any football supporter.

Please make sure you all attend and give Joe a warm welcome.




To branch member, Shaun Moffat on his recently awarded MSC for computer game programming at Middlesbrough University.

Here is a picture of Shaun in his new kit.



Our NEW branch flag finally made its debut at our recent away fixture at Hull City. Here is a couple of pictures with it proudly on display.





A massive thankyou and applause for Billy - AKA Bird Flu, and Lynn who kindly put in numerous hours to produce the flag, thank you both again from all at Hazel Grove Blues!  http://www.brambledesigns.com/





Our junior christmas party has now been arranged on Sunday 07th December. The venue is Zuri Bar (opposite the rising sun) http://www.zuribar.com/



The fun starts at 11am through to 2pm(ish) with special guest Moonchester himself


and our special own Blue Santa !






For the last two years some branch members have gone to watch the Masters Football competition at the MEN Arena. I have been to watch it and it really is a fun day out and well worth attending.

Gavin has access to a 10% discount off advertised ticket costs and is arranging the visit for any branch members that want to go along and support the Blues.

It will take place on Saturday 26th July, Doors open at 6pm.

Tickets are £14 adult, £10 children (less discount of 10%)

More information can be found by clicking here;


Ali Benarbia is rumoured to be playing for the Blues on the day.






 The branch arranged a trip along the Peak Forest Canal on the Judith Mary licensed restaurant canal boat on Saturday 28th June.

In total 26 members turned up for what was a great day out. We arrived in Whaley Bridge nice and early, where we soon found out it was their local carnival that day. We took refuge in what is normally the Navigation inn, however for one day only it was the Bedrock Bar!

The trip lasted 2.5hrs and we were served lunch half way round. We would like to thank Alan and his merry crew for their kind hospitality on the day.

Here are a few photos of the day, more to follow on the gallery page......





On Saturday 14th July the branch entered two teams into the CSC/OSC 5-a-side competition in July, although neither team won, all branch members that took part enjoyed the day. At the end of the competition, won by Rotherham branch, Neil Young was the special guest to hand out the winners and runners up medals. Better look next year boys.....




Last Saturday's final game of the season against Fulham, allowed the branch to play host to a special visitor who is in Manchester on work experience from Amsterdam. Frank Koningen, travelled with us to witness our last bizzare home game, Frank had already been across to Goodison park during his stay, however he was really looking forward to visiting COMS.

There are some photo's on the gallery page of the day, and below is a meesage from Fank who kindly emailed us on Sunday.

First of all. Thank you very much for this day. It was not only the match but everything was great. From the pub to the stadium and back in the pub. A day that I won't forget. 
First something about me.
I'm Frank 20 years old. I live in Hoofddorp. That's 5 miles from Amsterdam. My football club that I support is Ajax. My course is Finance. In our education we have some training periods. Some people can do some experience in a foreign country. I was placed by Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport. I have a training period of 8 weeks.  I stay by a host family in Hazel Grove.
Saturday 26th.
11.15 started the day in the pub where I meet Nigel. Craig had bring me to the other pub. Were I came in the "citizens people". What a nice people. I came alone and comeback with a lot new friends. Great! Then the reason why I came. The match between Manchester City and Fulham. What a beautifull stadiam! Almost the Amsterdam Arena! The match was good only the result was a little bit disapointed. Back at the pub we took some pints before I went to the restaurant with 2 families. It was a a very nice day and will thank all of you!

Thank you very much! Frank.


St Annes Hospice are currently organising a Manchester Midnight Walk at the moment, which will take place at the City of Manchester Stadium and I wondered whether any branch members would like to take part.

The Midnight Walk will be one of their biggest fundraising events of the year and takes place on Friday 23rd May at midnight, leaving from the City of Manchester Stadium on a 10km route around the city centre and finishing again back at the stadium. We are very excited for a great event and are hoping a few celebs will join us too.

I've attached a flyer giving more information and our website address is http://www.manchestermidnightwalk.org.uk/

please email Craig at [email protected] and maybe we can put in a group application.


Our next meeting will be on;
Monday 19th May

commencing at 8pm

Junior Section Children's Party

Click the link to view the Album