Sharing my memories of a truly great Blue
A NIGHT to remember for Bernard Halford, Mr Man City, who passed away on March 26.
City vets made it a night to cherish.
Bernard and I go back a long way.
Two years younger than Bernard, I joined him at St Gregory’s High School, Ardwick Green.
Sharing the same bus from New Moston and Chadderton, we became life-long friends.
Bernard was a keen rugby fan and I remember trips to Watersheddings to watch his team.
Years later he became Oldham Athletic’s youngest ever secretary.
In 1957, I had my 15 minutes of fame.
Real Madrid were in Manchester to play United in the European Cup.
Outside the Midland Hotel, I asked star-man Alfredo Di Stefano to sign my autograph book. Alfredo, fed up with not only me, but with other fans, threw my book on the floor.
The press were there and made a big story of it.
Alfredo made a public apology to yours truly, which included a trip to the Palace Theatre and Old Trafford for the game.
School friend, Bernard, remembered it well, from Ardwick Green to his time at Boundary Park, Oldham, Maine Road and his beloved Blues, onto the Etihad.
In 2013, City were drawn to play Real Madrid.
For my 70th birthday I received an invitation to come with my partner, Carol, to the Etihad to watch City v Real Madrid. Bernard’s idea was to reunite me with the great man, Alfredo Di Stefano.
What a lovely gesture. Unfortunately, Alfredo was too ill to travel, but it summed up Bernard the man.
Friday, December 13, brought all those great times, from 1954 to 2019, to mind.
You couldn’t make it up. John Donohue, Stockport