Manchester City legend Glyn Pardoe dies aged 73


Manchester City legend Glyn Pardoe, winner of 1968 league title and the club’s youngest ever player, dies aged 73

  • Former Manchester City player and coach Glyn Pardoe has passed away aged 73 
  • Pardoe spent his entire career with City between the years of 1962 and 1976 
  • City said they were ‘deeply saddened’ to learn of Pardoe’s death on Tuesday

Glyn Pardoe, Manchester City’s youngest ever debutant, died on Tuesday morning aged 73.

The left back, who made his first professional appearance at 15, was a key member of Joe Mercer’s City side to win all three domestic trophies plus the 1970 European Cup-winners’ Cup. 

His extra-time Wembley winner had beaten West Brom in the League Cup final around seven weeks earlier. 

Manchester City legend Glyn Pardoe has passed away at the age of 73, the club confirmed

The versatile former star had spent his entire playing career with City between 1962 and 1976

The versatile former star had spent his entire playing career with City between 1962 and 1976

Pardoe is widely considered as one of the country’s finest players never to win an England cap, his career severely hampered by a leg break in a challenge with George Best in December 1970. The injury sidelined him for almost two years.

Pardoe had still been attending City matches and was present to watch grandson Tommy Doyle make his first-team debut in the EFL Cup earlier this season.

Doyle led the tributes on Tuesday. ‘Forever my hero,’ the 18-year-old tweeted alongside a picture of the pair embracing after the teenager captained his boyhood club to a EFL Trophy penalty shootout win at Shrewsbury Town.

There was poignancy that Pardoe could see Doyle’s debut for Pep Guardiola’s side last October. The youngster’s other grandfather, Mike Doyle, played in the same City team as Pardoe and died in 2011. 

Pardoe (third left) is pictured with the FA Cup after Manchester City won the trophy in 1969

Pardoe (third left) is pictured with the FA Cup after Manchester City won the trophy in 1969

He remains the youngest player to play for the club after making his debut in 1962 aged 15

He remains the youngest player to play for the club after making his debut in 1962 aged 15

‘It’s tremendous, it’s unbelievable, I’m so proud,’ Pardoe said the morning after Doyle’s City bow.

‘I love him to bits and he is a great lad, it’s in his blood. He sees his granddads as a challenge to out-do us, and I hope he does.’

Pardoe is considered among City’s luminaries and others, including Mike Summerbee, Colin Bell and Tony Book, all eulogised the one-club man capped four times at Under-23 level.

‘A wonderful person — very shy and quiet and he underestimated himself as a footballer,’ Summerbee said. 

‘His contribution to this football club was outstanding. He made me a better player. Young Tommy can take it on from here and go and be really successful like his grandfather was.’ 

City youngster Tommy Doyle posted a picture of himself with his grandfather Pardoe to Twitter

City youngster Tommy Doyle posted a picture of himself with his grandfather Pardoe to Twitter

Pardoe and late former team-mate Mike Doyle were grandfathers to City star Tommy Doyle

Pardoe and late former team-mate Mike Doyle were grandfathers to City star Tommy Doyle

Bell added: ‘He was a terrific defender and I’m sure that but for that bad leg break he suffered, Glyn would have played for England.’

‘You couldn’t have met a nicer lad or have a better team-mate and I’ll miss him terribly,’ Book said.

In an interview with Sportsmail in 2012 – as City looked to clinch their first top-flight title since 1968 – Pardoe said: ‘We’ve had some awful times since we last won the title, but if we could just nick the league this year I — and plenty of others — would settle for that. I really would.’ 

Pardoe spent his entire playing career with City between 1962 and 1976, and remained on the coaching staff until 1992. 

The versatile former star made 380 appearances in total for the Premier League giants, lifting several trophies – with City also clinching the FA Cup in 1969 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970.    

Fellow City legend Colin Bell (left) paid an emotional tribute to Pardoe (right) on Tuesday

Fellow City legend Colin Bell (left) paid an emotional tribute to Pardoe (right) on Tuesday

Shaun Goater, who played for City between 1998 and 2003, also paid his respects on Twitter

Shaun Goater, who played for City between 1998 and 2003, also paid his respects on Twitter

Joey Barton also paid his respects on Twitter. He wrote: ‘RIP Glyn Pardoe. Thoughts are with his family and friends.’  

Shaun Goater, who played for City between 1998 and 2003, shared a video of Pardoe’s League Cup-winning strike and said: ‘Rip Glyn Pardoe.’ 

Former City physio Roy Bailey added on Twitter: ‘I’m truly devastated that Glyn has passed away. One of the nicest people I’ve ever met and worked with in football. He was a true legend. 

‘Rest in peace Glyn. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat and the family.’

Manchester City legend Glyn Pardoe dies aged 73


BREAKING NEWS: Manchester City legend Glyn Pardoe, winner of 1968 league title and the club’s youngest ever player, dies aged 73

  • Former Manchester City player and coach Glyn Pardoe has passed away aged 73 
  • Pardoe had spent his entire career with City between the years of 1962 and 1976 
  • City revealed they were ‘deeply saddened’ to learn of Pardoe’s death on Tuesday

Manchester City icon Glyn Pardoe died in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the age of 73, the club have announced.

The club legend, who represented them as both a player and coach, helped City win the league title in 1968 and also netted the winner in the 1970 League Cup final.

After the sad news broke, Manchester City wrote on Twitter: ‘Everyone at City is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Glyn Pardoe.

Manchester City legend Glyn Pardoe has passed away at the age of 73, the club confirmed

The versatile former star had spent his entire playing career with City between 1962 and 1976

The versatile former star had spent his entire playing career with City between 1962 and 1976

‘Our thoughts and condolences go out to his friends and family at this difficult time.’

Pardoe spent his entire playing career with City between 1962 and 1976, and remained on the coaching staff until 1992.

He remains the youngest star to play for the club, having been awarded his debut against Birmingham in April 1962 as a 15-year-old. 

The versatile former star made 380 appearances in total for the Premier League giants, lifting several trophies – with City also clinching the FA Cup in 1969 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970.  

Pardoe (third left) is pictured with the FA Cup after Manchester City won the trophy in 1969

Pardoe (third left) is pictured with the FA Cup after Manchester City won the trophy in 1969

He remains the youngest player to play for the club after making his debut in 1962 aged 15

He remains the youngest player to play for the club after making his debut in 1962 aged 15

Pardoe and late former team-mate Mike Doyle were both grandfather to City star Tommy Doyle

Pardoe and late former team-mate Mike Doyle were both grandfather to City star Tommy Doyle

Pardoe played in every position apart from centre back for City, and netted the extra-time winner against West Brom in the 1970 League Cup final after being fielded as a forward.

But after breaking his leg in a tackle with George Best during a Manchester derby in 1970, Pardoe struggled to regain his spot in the side following a lengthy period of recovery. 

Pardoe and his late former team-mate Mike Doyle were both grandfather to Tommy Doyle, the young midfielder who made his professional City debut in the League Cup last October.  

After hearing the news, Doyle tweeted: ‘Forever my hero! I love you so much. Rest easy.’ 

More to follow. 

Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola’s side win third Carabao Cup on the trot


This went exactly as expected, but better than expected, too. Manchester City won, as was widely predicted, but Villa were not embarrassed or swept aside, which was not.

The last team to play City in a cup final, Watford, went down by six; the last time Villa reached a domestic cup final, against Arsenal in 2015, they lost by four. 

Fears surrounded a similar outcome. Bookmakers had City the same price to win by seven as Villa were to win by one. So in the circumstances, a single goal losing margin didn’t seem to carry the same pain of cup final defeat for the vanquished claret end. They cheered and lauded their players at the conclusion almost as if they were victors. 

Manchester City celebrate claiming the Carabao Cup after the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium

Pep Guardiola's side climbed up the famous steps at Wembley and captain David Silva raised the trophy aloft

Pep Guardiola’s side climbed up the famous steps at Wembley and captain David Silva raised the trophy aloft 

Rodri scored City's second goal with a header and was soaked with champagne as his team-mates sprayed him

Rodri scored City’s second goal with a header and was soaked with champagne as his team-mates sprayed him

It was heartbreak for Aston Villa in the end - captain Jack Grealish shows his dejection after the full-time whistle

It was heartbreak for Aston Villa in the end – captain Jack Grealish shows his dejection after the full-time whistle 

MATCH FACTS:

Aston Villa: Nyland, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Elmohamady (Trezeguet 70), Nakamba, Douglas Luiz, Targett, El Ghazi (Hourihane 70), Samatta (Davis 80), Grealish

Subs not used: Taylor, Lansbury, Konsa, Reina

Goals: Samatta 41

Bookings: Nakamba, Elmohamady, Mings

Manager: Dean Smith 

Man City: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Gundogan (De Bruyne 58), Rodri, Silva (Bernardo Silva 76), Sterling, Aguero (Jesus 83), Foden

Subs not used: Mendy, Mahrez, Otamendi, Ederson

Goals: Aguero 20, Rodri 30

Bookings: Sterling, Rodri

Manager: Pep Guardiola 

Referee: Lee Mason 

Maybe this is a sorry indictment of the growing gulf in English football; maybe it was just sheer relief. Certainly, when City went two goals clear after 30 minutes, the gloomy silence from Villa’s fans suggested fear. They hadn’t trailed in this competition all season. Yet would they, like Watford, be taken apart on a global stage?

What saved them was not some tactical masterstroke, or spirited revival. It was a mishap, a misstep, the sort of random event that too often befalls John Stones, which is why whatever the future holds for Manchester City this summer, a defensive upgrade has to be a priority. 

They cannot continue like this, dominating games yet always vulnerable to the most random factors, such as Stones’ inexplicable fall minutes before half-time. It is hard to convey just how comfortable City were at that moment. 

They were two goals clear with Aston Villa reduced to ever more desperate interventions at the back. One saw Bjorn Engels throw himself into the sort of manic block that John Terry used to make – no surprise given he is now Villa’s coach. Yet somehow, from a point where the only question seemed to be ‘how many?’, Stones undermined that supremacy and allowed Villa to go into the second-half a goal behind, and reinvigorated by this unlikely turn of events.

Stones fell. It can happen to anyone, but it is astonishing how often it happens to him, these little accidents. He was tracking a through ball, one eye on Anwar El Ghazi, another on Mbwana Samatta, and just seemed to trip over his own feet and collapse in a heap. El Ghazi sprinted through, suddenly unchallenged, and hit a lovely cross which Samatta converted with a powerful diving header. Very impressive – and suddenly Villa were back in it.

They shouldn’t have been. After a bright start which saw El Ghazi head narrowly over from an Ahmed Elmohamady centre, the game had settled into a familiar pattern: Villa defending in deep banks, City probing artfully around them. Sergio Aguero had a header from an Ilkay Gundogan cross go wide after nine minutes and then, with 20 gone, City struck.

It was another goal that showcased the vision of Phil Foden, crowned a thoroughly deserved man of the match. He was causing Matt Targett all manner of problems on the right, and Rodri picked him out with a sweet diagonal ball. Most players of his age would have tried to hit an area, central around the six yard box, where Villa’s defences were massed. 

Sergio Aguero opens the scoring for Manchester City after 20 minutes, slotting the ball into the bottom-corner

Sergio Aguero opens the scoring for Manchester City after 20 minutes, slotting the ball into the bottom-corner

Aguero was assisted by Phil Foden, who found the Argentine in the box with a accurate header back across the face of goal

Aguero was assisted by Phil Foden, who found the Argentine in the box with a accurate header back across the face of goal

Midfielder Rodri doubles City’s advantage after half-an-hour, directing the ball beyond the grasp of Villa keeper Orjan Nyland

Foden is better than that, though; sharper, smarter, old beyond his years. He could see Aguero arriving and sent the ball back to him with a beautifully weighted header. City’s talismanic striker needs no better offer than that, and finished smartly past goalkeeper Orjan Nyland.

Foden could have added to the total with a curling shot on 27 minutes, picked out cross field again, this time by Oleksandr Zinchenko. And then City scored their second, with a straightforward set piece that seemed to catch Villa half asleep – no doubt to the fury of Terry, and others, on the Villa bench. 

Gundogan whipped it in from the right, Rodri met it with little opposition. Getting outplayed by City is no sin, but the very least Villa manager Dean Smith could have hoped for was that his team would compete, would jump.

Foden was involved again in the 36th minute when he again cut the ball back for Raheem Sterling, whose shot was blocked on its way to goal by Tyrone Mings. The young man had a fierce shot flash across the face of the target shortly after half-time, too. 

Then, after 57 minutes, Pep Guardiola decided to pay Villa his biggest compliment, introducing Kevin De Bruyne from the substitutes bench, although one of his first touches involved stepping on the ball, slipping, and almost letting Villa in on the counter attack. Maybe it’s catching.

The Spanish international celebrates his goal, after capitalising from a corner which shouldn't have been awarded

The Spanish international celebrates his goal, after capitalising from a corner which shouldn’t have been awarded

Villa striker Mbwana Samatta pulls a goal back just before half-time with an excellent diving header at the near-post

The Tanzanian got in-between Fernandinho and Oleksandr Zinchenko to give his team a route back into the final at Wembley

The Tanzanian got in-between Fernandinho and Oleksandr Zinchenko to give his team a route back into the final at Wembley

Bjorn Engels came so close to a dramatic equaliser for Aston Villa but his header was saved onto the post by Claudio Bravo

Bjorn Engels came so close to a dramatic equaliser for Aston Villa but his header was saved onto the post by Claudio Bravo

Yet it would be wrong to suggest the second-half saw the teams slug it out. That 45 minutes followed the same pattern as the first, City in possession, Villa in retreat. Aguero took a fearful battering and Marvellous Nakamba was lucky to stay on the field. 

His tackle on the Argentinian was reckless, two-footed and lacking control. It was more miraculous than marvellous that he was able to continue, and all that saved Nakamba from a red was that his studs were not up and he did not go over the ball. Aguero was lucky, though.

Not so much the next time. A quite exquisite move ended with Bernardo Silva crossing for Aguero to meet the ball with a far post volley. It hit the side-netting – one of those optical illusions that fools half the stadium to the delight of the other half – but Aguero also rattled his knee against the attempted block. 

It was an accident, but he left the field hobbling and bleeding to several crass attempts to quicken his exit from referee Lee Mason and some Villa players.

Yet as injury time approached the lead remained a single goal – and every team has a puncher’s chance from set pieces. So it proved. 

Bravo managed to claw his right hand onto the ball, with the rebound hitting the post and City eventually cleared their lines

Bravo managed to claw his right hand onto the ball, with the rebound hitting the post and City eventually cleared their lines

Guardiola was nervous in the second-half as his side failed to kill off a valiant and defiant Villa but they came through

Guardiola was nervous in the second-half as his side failed to kill off a valiant and defiant Villa but they came through

Villa won a corner and, from it, Engels’ header hit the far post. When five minutes of additional time was then called, it was greeted more enthusiastically at the Villa end, than City’s. Indeed, to see City getting 11 behind the ball, and being reduced to hoofed clearances was also a win of sorts, but not one that gets a team a trophy. Villa got to make another climb to collect unwanted medals – their fourth straight losing cup final since 1996.

As for City, a fourth Carabao Cup win next season would equal the record set by Liverpool in 1984, but so much is unknown about the club’s immediate future; football’s too, given one of the topics for the government’s emergency Cobra meeting on Monday is whether large assemblies must be outlawed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Maybe the call on that could have been made before more than 82,000 people were allowed to gather for the biggest domestic football match of the year so far. By the time this season is out, stopping Manchester City might be the least of anyone’s worries.

It is now three Carabao Cup wins in succession for City and Guardiola places importance on the competition

It is now three Carabao Cup wins in succession for City and Guardiola places importance on the competition

There were scenes of jubilation on the Wembley turf and City are targeting more silverware this season

There were scenes of jubilation on the Wembley turf and City are targeting more silverware this season