Manchester City have officially unveiled City Circle, a unique project celebrating Sky Blues fans’ memories located at the Etihad Campus.
City Circle is a collection of glass, metal and bronze discs engraved with messages, memorials and stories from City fans which together form the first lyrics of the iconic song ‘Blue Moon’.
Supporters and their guests who purchased discs were invited to attend an official unveiling of City Circle at the Etihad Stadium last Thursday.
Simon Riley was one of the supporters at the event who had purchased a City Circle disc in memory of his father Ron, as a surprise to both of his brothers, Graeme and Arran.
“My dad passed away at just 46 and never had the opportunity to take my two younger brothers to a Manchester City game.
“City Circle is a way for all of us to be at the Etihad Stadium together and it’s forever, so the memory will be here even when I’ve gone, my kids will see it and they’ll know that that’s their granddad,” Simon explained.
Live music, entertainment and complimentary matchday fanfare were all on offer before the event kicked-off, hosted by BBC Radio Manchester presenter, Ian Cheeseman.
An array of guest were in attendance, notably City’s rising Wythenshawe-born star George Evans, who made history as the only player to have played in every one of the clubs age groups in City’s 4-1 defeat of Sunderland earlier this week.
Other Club guests included former players such as: Paul Dickov and Andy Morrison and Manchester City Women’s midfielder, fresh off her England debut, Izzy Christiansen.
City Circle, located at the foot of the community bridge linking the Etihad Stadium with City’s Football Academy, is a way to pay tribute to the fans at the heart of the club, according to City’s Director of Stadium Sales and Operations Danny Wilson
“The City Circle project is important to everyone at the Club as it allows us to incorporate those at the heart of Manchester City, the supporters, into the very foundations of our home on the Etihad Campus,” Wilson said at the launch event.
“We are pleased to confirm that it is now complete and that their stories are available for all to share.
“We hope fans and the wider public enjoy viewing them whenever they visit the Etihad Stadium and wider campus.”