‘Weeweed’ about Old Man City times: ‘In a hot bath and red legs on the field’

Manchester City will be on Saturday for the first time in a Champions League final, but not so long ago it was a middleman in the First Division, the predecessor of the Premier League. The Dutchman Danny Hoekman will never forget his first acquaintance with The Citizens.
The former player of NEC and Roda JC, among others, joined Maine Road, home of Manchester City in 1991. โ€œAll the clichรฉs I had heard about English football turned out to be true. Players took a bath shortly before the game. They drank beer in the bus,โ€ he tells De Volkskrant. Hoekman went to bed on time after the common meal, but his teammates stayed for a while. โ€œSmoking. Alcohol on the table At half past two in the morning, my buddy came into the room with a lot of noise. He was still taking a bath. I went to the lobby to ask for my own room.โ€
Also, the warm-up did not belong to the standard repertoire of the Manchester City selection. โ€œThere I was all by myself. It was so non-committal. Tactically it was much less than in the Netherlands. Do your best. Enjoy the gameโ€, says Hoekman, who noticed that his teammates were busy with everything and everything in the run-up to the games. I remember our striker Niall Quinn bet 10 pounds at the bookmakers on the first goal of Gary Lineker, the opponent‘s striker (Tottenham Hotspur, Red.). No one looked up to that. Others lay down in a warm bath for a while and got out of the water with red legs.โ€
The button didn’
t turn on until the kick-off. โ€œAt the first whistle, everyone was sharp, that was. And won or lost, afterwards there were cigars in the bus and lots of beer.โ€ This is unthinkable at Manchester City in 2021. โ€œYes, I sometimes think back to my times on Maine Road, the old stadium, but football has been evaluated. It has become much more professional and betterโ€, realizes Hoekman.