Manchester City kick off the 2014/15 season in style with City Live season launch party

Manchester City Live season launch party

Comedian Jason Manford and musician Johnny Marr joined on stage by Blues’ boss Manuel Pellegrini and the Barclays Premier League Champions.


Manuel Pellegrini was in a buoyant mood in front of 5,000 Manchester City fans packed into Manchester Central for City Live – sponsored by Vita Student.


Looking ahead to the new season, Pellegrini was confident the Blues had what it takes to retain the Premier League title. 


Speaking to host Jason Manford, he said: “We won two trophies last year and there’s space in the cabinet for more.  We’ll be doing our best to have an event better season, this year.”


Pellegrini also revealed that his proudest moment managing the Blues was 11 May 2014 when City lifted the title against West Ham.


City Live saw new signings Bacary Sagna, Eliaquim Mangala, Willy Caballero, Bruno Zuculini, Fernando and Frank Lampard who is on loan, unveiled to fans for the first time as the first team squad took to the stage. 


Fans were also treated to an exclusive set from rocker and massive blue, Johnny Marr, who played a hit-laden series of songs spanning from his time in The Smiths to his current solo career.


After hosting City Live, Jason Manford, commented: “I’ve been a City fan forever, so it’s nice to be involved with the club and get asked to do this again. Last year was a 15-20 minute set but this year was a bit more grown up with awards to present and introductions to make. 


It was a great night to be a City fan and I had a blast hosting the event.  It was brilliant to see the reaction of the crowd to Pellegrini and the squad.


Speaking after his set, Johnny Marr said: “If someone had told me when I was 11/12 that I’d be playing guitar for City and being introduced by Dennis Tueart I wouldn’t have believed them.  It was a cool gig, City fans are a rock ‘n’ roll crowd, my type of people, we’re a breed and I’m one of them.


“I’m looking forward to this season, we’re the champions.  Having won it twice in the last few years, I think we know how to hang onto it now.”



Speaking after signing his new contract, Vincent Kompany, said: “When I arrived in 2008, I could never have dreamed that we could achieve what we have over the last six years but, for me, this is just the start of the journey.


“This team is stronger now than it’s ever been; we have competition for places in every position and a dressing room full of exceptional, motivated people who want to continue making history together.


“Lifting two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup have been four of the best days of my life but I believe that there are many more of these occasions ahead.


“We have a common goal and so much to look forward to - a family of clubs, the opening of City Football Academy, exciting players coming through our youth system – why would I go anywhere else?”


The recipients of the Club's highly-anticipated awards for the 2013-14 season were also announced:


Yaya Toure scooped two awards on the night.  The Ivory Coast midfielder was presented with the prestigious title of 2013–14 MCFC Etihad Player of the Year, as well as claiming the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Award for the second successive season. The accolade is awarded to the player with the highest performance statistics, as measured by EA SPORTS.


Other awards on the night went to Samir Nasri for goal of the season for his effort against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final. Pablo Zabaleta walked away with the PRU Health sponsored, Vitality Fitness award.  Marcos Lopes won Vita Student’s Elite Development Squad player of the year which follows on from his award last year.  Thierry Ambrose won the Academy Player of the Year Award and has already represented France at U16 level. 


A special award was given out in honour of legendary Blues Keeper Bert Trautman.  The award was given to Mike Swindells who is part of the club’s ‘One City’ Disability programme.  Private Mike Swindells, 25, from Wythenshawe was badly injured after he trod on the improvised explosive device while on a routine patrol in Helmand province. He was flown to Camp Bastion for emergency surgery where they amputated his left foot. As well as mentoring new participants come to terms with their disability, he uses his story to inspire others and help them realise that having a disability doesn’t stop anyone from playing football.


The 2014/15 season kicks off for the Blues on Sunday 17 August with a trip to Newcastle United before last year’s runners up, Liverpool, visit the Etihad Stadium on Monday 25 August.