I have a 1976 Manchester City League Cup Winner's shirt hanging on the wall of my Grasmere gym. It's signed by Mike Doyle (the captain and a hero of mine), and Dennis Tueart, who scored the winning goal that day, 35 years ago, at Wembley with a brilliant overhead kick.
Mike Doyle played 558 times for City and captained the Club from 1975 to 1978. He bled blue.
As an apprentice, he once asked iconic keeper Bert Trautmann if his back was OK...Bert had just conceded 8 goals against Wolves!!! He ended up washing Bert's VW Beetle every morning for the next 3 months.
Mike died yesterday. A part of every City fan did too.