Rare Manchester City v Newcastle Programme Up For Auction
One of the rarest Manchester City v Newcastle United programmes has just come up for auction.
The programme is from 1923 and for collectors it has extra special appeal as it was Manchester City’s last ever match at their Hyde Road ground.
Hyde Road was the home of the original Manchester City FC who formed in 1887 as Ardwick AFC and became Manchester City FC in 1894 and played at the ground until 1923 when they moved to the then 80,000 capacity Maine Road.
This is a very rare opportunity to get hold of such a sought after programme and is sure to interest collectors of both Manchester City and their opponents that day, Newcastle United.
This final game was played on the 28th April 1923 before only 25,000 and there are believed to be only a handful of the 89 year old football programme still in circulation.
Click here to view the programme and find out details of the auction.
The match itself was a bit of a non-event as it finished 0-0.
Interestingly, the following week saw the last match of the season and Newcastle again played Manchester City but won 3-1 this time, ensuring they finished 4th in the table.
Playing the same opposition twice in a row was the norm at the time and on thirteen occasions that season Newcastle played the same team in consecutive matches and the rest of the fixtures show that typically there was usually just one match against other opposition, in between the two matches against the same club. Strange!
Within a decade of the ground closing, all traces of Hyde Road football ground had disappeared as the site was sold to the Manchester Corporation Tramways department.
As of 2000, the site of the pitch is Olympic Freight Terminal, a container storage and warehousing facility.
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