City legend remembered at tribute dinner

A TRIBUTE to the late Bernard Halford, a legendary figure at Manchester City, was staged at Denton Golf Club.Bernard, who died in March aged 77, has a 47-year association with City after being appointed club secretary in 1972. And when he retired Bernard was made a life vice-president by the club.

The dinner was attended by former City managers Tony Book and Joe Royle who both also played for the club.

Former players honouring Bernard included Peter Barnes, Tommy Booth, Ian Brightwell, Rhys Day, Asa Hartford, Colin Hendry and Ally Pickering.

And entertainment was provided by former City player Jim Whitley who is now a crooner on cruise ships.

City loaned the six trophies won by the men and women’s teams during the 2018-19 season, including the Premier League and FA Cup.

The tribute, organised by Derek Partridge and Peter Barnes from Manchester City Vets, raised more than £1,000 for The Christie where Bernard died after a lengthy battle against cancer.

The money is to be presented to Jon Bell, son of Manchester City legend Colin, who is a consultant at The Christie.

Pictured above: Former Manchester City players, l-r, Rhys Day, Joe Royle, Asa Hartford, Tommy Booth, John Gwynne (compere), Tony Book, Peter Barnes and Ian Brightwell.

Photo thanks to Rachel Angus and Charlotte Hewitt from the North West Creatives.

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