A RETIRED football player is set to become the first black player to win a league champion medal in 52 years.
Stan Horne played for Manchester City from 1965 to 1968 and was part of the team that won the First Division title in 1968, but only played five games during the season due to injury, not enough to qualify for a medal at the time. .
Now at City for more than half a century, the retired midfielder, who has lived in Radcliffe and still plays regularly, awarded the medal at halftime of Saturday’s Premier League match against Burnley with teammates Harry Dowd, Paul Hince. will rectify the situation. and Bobby Kennedy.
Mr Horne, 76, said: “Honestly I’m absolutely stupid, the story exploded maybe 12 months ago that something could be done about it and then it looked like it died and now it’s ignited again, I’m absolutely delighted about it.”
“Obviously, a Major League medal is the greatest honor you can get besides playing for your country.”
He has also played for Stan Horne, Aston Villa and Fulham throughout his career, but his time at City remains what he remembers best.
“There’s been quite a long history, City has always been one of the best teams in the country, they spent their dark days in the shadows of the people on the road, so it’s good to see them succeed now,” said Mr Horne. ”
The news was also big for the Horne family.
Son Matthew said: “When my father’s family was from a small village in Oxfordshire and growing up in Bury, we used to visit them every six weeks.
“My dad was part of the 1966 team that lifted them from the old Second Division, and the medal he received for it was a source of pride in a glass cabinet at my grandparents’ house.
“I would have taken it out and treasured it, but at that age I couldn’t understand why there was a gap where the Major League medal should have been.”
Stan Horne’s place in history is now assured, not only in Manchester City folklore, but also in the English game.
“My dad was always my hero growing up and I always grew up in football,” said Matthew Horne.
“We showed there is history with Manchester City, and I’m really proud that my father was there and was a part of that history.”