Undoubtedly much attention will be paid to Phil Brown and Ian Ashbee when Preston North End, the club that now employs the most successful manager and captain in our history, visit the Circle this weekend.
And quite right too. Brown, for all the character flaws and vanity issues that seemed to shroud his managerial qualities once he took City into football’s elite, did everything we had always dreamed of as members of the Tiger Nation but had never dared expect or demand. His achievements are well documented and should never be downplayed, irrespective of the messiness and acrimony that surrounded his departure.
Ashbee, meanwhile, can justifiably lay claim to being football’s best captain. His achievements as a skipper and player are unique and groundbreaking, and his name is in football’s history books as the first person to captain a team in all four divisions.
Within City’s personal record books he is also the only player to score for the club in all four divisions and, even though he missed essentially two years of football within his eight and a half at the club, his legacy and status alongside Bly, Chilton, Roberts and Windass is bolted down forever. Again, it was a tad untidy when it came to its end a fortnight ago, but now he can at least get some closure via the City fans this weekend. Read more