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James Crawley


Posted Tuesday, October 23rd 2018

New book relives City's Wembley success

The countdown is on to the launch of a brand new book telling the story of City’s first ever appearance at Wembley - the 1986 Freight Rover Trophy final.

Titled Wembley Wonders and written by journalist Richard Latham, it will be launched in the Ashton Gate Sports Bar on Thursday (November 1st).

The book is priced at £20 but the launch (7pm for media, 8pm for the public) is free to attend.

Among the City team who beat Bolton Wanderers 3-0 beneath the twin towers more than 32 years ago were David Moyes, who went on to manage Everton and Manchester United, and future England international Keith Curle, recently appointed Northampton Town boss.

Both are expected to attend the book launch, along with the majority of team-mates from that memorable final, which saw around 30,000 City fans swell the attendance to more than 54,000.

With plans to show highlights from the match and the build-up to it on the big screen in the Sports Bar, it promises to be a special night of reunion and nostalgia.

Glyn Riley

Wembley Wonders features new interviews with all the players involved and is packed with photographs, memorabilia and behind the scenes stories from the 1986 cup run.

Those who buy Wembley Wonders on the night will be able to get their copies signed by the author and most of the squad, managed by Terry Cooper, who did City so proud on that unforgettable May afternoon.

Goalscorers Glyn Riley, who netted twice, and Howard Pritchard will be among the former players on hand to autograph the books and make them collectors’ items.

The book will also be available to purchase online at