Yesterday, we saw a total dismantling of one of the consistently top sides in the English Premiership as Arsenal fell to Manchester City by a score of 6-3. The first City goal was from a corner swung in from the right. Alvaro Negredo made it 2-1 after a squared ball from Pablo Zabaleta, and a similar goal was scored in the second half when David Silva converted a Jesus Navas cross from the right to make the score 4-2.
Someone who was more than likely there was the ex-Manchester City right winger Mike Summerbee, who celebrated his 71st birthday and would certainly have appreciated the role of wide players in this game. That was the same territory he dominated at in City sky blue from 1965 to 1975.
During that time, the fiery Mancunian won the League title, an FA Cup, a League Cup, two Charity Shields and one European Cup Winners Cup in what would be, Manchester City’s most successful era to date. It featured Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Summerbee. He left City in 1975 before retiring from football in 1979.
Mike, however, is still involved at Manchester City and makes appearances on the field for the club. He was there with Tony Book and Francis Lee to see City lift the FA Cup trophy and as Club Ambassador, his contribution to the club now is more low-key than it was in the heady days of his playing career. However, as you could tell from his TV appearance a few seasons back, his heart and passion for the club is still as intense as it has ever been.
When talking in the studio about Manchester United just beating City, the fiery Manc stated that there were two teams playing that day and that his beloved City were not far off giving United a good pasting. True to his word, it was mere months later when City beat United on their own ground by a score of 6-1.
His son Nicky played for the blues in the 1990s, but neither he nor City were the same and history did not repeat. Summerbee only represented England on a handful of occasions, but remains one of the few players who was on a team with Pele, Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone when he stepped in front of the camera for the movie ‘Escape To Victory’ released in 1981. Happy Birthday, Buzzer.