07/05/2013 13:11, Report by B Hibbs & A Beck
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Sir Alex's best £20m buy

“Sir Matt had The Cliff built back in the 1950s, but [by the 1990s] it was too small for the progress that the club had made. Although we did a lot of development of the indoor space in terms of dressing areas for the Reserves, it still wasn’t big enough.

“For quite a while [former secretary] Ken Merrett and I used to hunt around Manchester looking for old bits of ground – we looked at Heaton Park, actually we looked at where City’s ground is now – until we got a wee break and a lad called John Tomlinson, who was in property, worked out a deal with Shell for this place [Carrington], and it’s been fantastic.”

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