City Legends Score With Students


Manchester City football legends Tony Book, former Captain and Manager of Manchester City , Paul Simpson, former Manchester City, England U18 and 21 player and Danny Herman, ex international sprinter and Sprint Coach for Manchester City in the 1970’s took part in a question and answer session at the Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College Cheadle campus.

Karen Wright, Head of Sport at the College’s Cheadle campus, explained,

“We feel that it is an essential part of the student experience to meet people working in all aspects of the sports’ industry so we aim to give them as many opportunities as possible to speak directly to those involved in the careers they aspire to, putting a realistic slant on their dream jobs. We want them to hear about the drawbacks as much as the glory and we really appreciate Tony, Paul and Danny taking the time to make the visit to Cheadle.

Coeton McCormick, 17, from Wythenshawe, said,
“I was really interested to hear that Tony Book had made 242 football league appearances for the club and is City’s most successful captain in terms of trophies won and I was really impressed to hear him talk about George Best.”

Matt Taylor, 16, from Cheadle, said,

“Not only was it interesting to hear about their experiences but to gain some understanding of how technology has made a difference today to the way football is played and managed.”

For Luke Buchan-Jones, 18, from Woodhouses, Manchester, it was the real life stories of careers in football which he found interesting,

“Listening to Tony, Paul and Danny relate the accounts of their careers in football was really interesting and I can even use their stories in my assignments.”

Former City player, Paul Simpson’s career has spanned 30 years with over 800 matches as a player and over 400 as a manager. Paul now juggles his work for Nike Football Academy with part-time coaching on the College’s Football Excellence Programme, joining another former Manchester City player, Ian Scott who also hung up his boots for the classroom, developing his skills as an A License Coach and is now Head Coach at the Cheadle campus.

“It’s been quite a nostalgic day for me and I can still remember my most memorable match which was beating the Manchester United Youth team in the FA Youth Cup Final in 1986!” said Ian. “We are delighted that Paul has agreed to join our coaching team ensuring that our students receive the most elite of tuition.”

The Football Excellence programme allows students to combine full-time education with professional training so that they can develop their skills both as a player and a coach. Students participate in a weekly professional training programme and elite players are selected for the College squad which has experienced considerable success over recent seasons

-professional football while others have progressed to scholarships in the USA. Further information about this or other sporting courses or applications is available from Admissions, Cheadle 0161 486 4602 or Marple 0161 484 6602. Alternatively visit the website