28/08/2009 09:47,
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Boss backs Manchester as WC host city

Sir Alex Ferguson has given his backing to Manchester as a host city for England’s 2018 FIFA World Cup bid, and a free event to highlight the city's campaign will take place at Spinningfields on Tuesday 1 September.

Local hip-hop band and football fanatics Kid British will perform a fifteen-minute live set, including tracks from their latest mini-album, ‘It was this or football’, at Hardman Boulevard in the centre of Spinningfields.

The event will also include some celebrity football guests who will demonstrate their own support for the 2018 campaign. It begins at 17:30 BST and is expected to last for one hour. To pledge your support for Manchester’s bid, visit

Sir Alex believes Manchester would be fully deserving as a host city and told MUTV: "You only need to look at the development of our stadium and [Manchester City's] Eastlands, plus the fact Manchester is the centre of the north west.

"You've got Liverpool, Leeds and all the Lancashire towns nearby and Manchester can service all of those areas. There are six and a half million people in this area now so we deserve and recognise that we should play a part."

Sir Richard Leese, Manchester City Council leader, added: “Manchester is renowned around the globe for its footballing and musical heritage so it’s great that this event is combining the two.

The World Cup is arguably the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet and bringing it to Manchester would make for an unforgettable occasion.  We believe we have impeccable credentials to be a host city, including a unique bid using the stadia of both Manchester clubs. But other cities are vying for the right to host World Cup games if England’s bid is successful and it’s really important that people here show how much we want it.”

Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester,

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