One of Manchester City F.C.’s longest-standing supporters, who is a resident at the Belong Morris Feinmann care village in Didsbury, was over the ‘Blue Moon’ with a special visit from all three trophies from the club’s recent Treble winning season.
Geoffrey Rothband, who will be 103 next month and is a lifelong Manchester City fan, was treated to a private viewing of the UEFA Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup trophies at the not-for-profit care village.
The club arranged for the silverware to be brought to him after finding out about one of their oldest supporters through his son, Nigel, who hosts weekly Manchester City podcast ‘The Man City Show’.
Geoffrey, who has witnessed all of the Manchester City’s top-flight wins in the past 100 years, was joined by his son, Nigel (aged 65), two grandchildren, Harry and Oliver, who are aged 28 and 31 respectively, and great grandson Jacob (aged 14), bringing together four generations of City fans for the occasion.
Other residents shared in the joy of the experience as the trophies were displayed for all to see in the village’s Venue. Amongst them was Norman Luft, who was the club’s doctor from 1976 to 2008 and is also a resident at Belong Morris Feinmann.
Commenting on the day, Geoffrey’s son, Nigel, said: “My dad has been a City fan all his life, and all of us are City fans because of him, so he was incredibly excited about today and to see his face when the trophies were brought in was wonderful. I’m so grateful to the club for making his day and clearly those of so many other people here.”
Belong Morris Feinmann General Manager, Carolyn Ball, added: “It’s great when we can be involved in some of the best days of people’s lives, even at the age of 102. Seeing the three trophies together is rare, and it’s particularly special for our die-hard Manchester City fans. We’re very grateful to Manchester City Football Club for this gesture and bringing the Belong community together, and I’d also like to thank the Rothband family for their part in making this happen.”