The ultimate tribute to Manchester City’s lost ground Maine Road

Any list of iconic English football grounds is incomplete without mention of Manchester City’s iconic former home, Maine Road.

Although the beautiful juggernaut that is Pep Guardiola’s City go full-steam ahead toward the Premier League title this season at the Etihad, few will forget the club’s previous home in a hurry.

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The ground was home for the likes of Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee, Franny Lee and Bert Trautmann. Back in 1996, the most famous City fans on the planet played a massive gig there. Oasis drew in capacity crowds for an historic gig at the peak of their powers.

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Liam Gallagher, absolutely killing it at Maine Road in 1996

The Gallagher brothers aside, Maine Road was a fortress for City, through some great times and a fair few dismal ones.

City played there when they were battling it out in the doldrums of Division Two in the 1998-99 season, but still attracted huge crowds to back the likes of Kevin Horlock, Richard Edgehill and Shaun Goater every week.

Eventually, City left Maine Road for a bigger, better stadium in the form of the City of Manchester Stadium, that would soon become the Etihad. But City fans will always cherish the memory of Maine Road. They also hammered Man United in the final ever Manchester derby there, which is always going to go down well. Feed the Goat and he will score.

And this illustration by Matthew J Wood perfectly captures the Maine Road we all remember.

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