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Photographer Sefton Samuels' images of players, managers and fans from the 1960s-1980s. Featuring George Best, Bill Shankly, Brian Clough.

Explore the innocent, gritty and revealing face of football from the 1960s-80s before gentrification hit – a long-ball world of Bovril and pies with not a prawn sandwich in sight.

A slice of social history, Sefton’s photographs capture the much bigger story of the post-industrial decline, the north/south divide and working class alienation.

Featured are a combination of portrait shots of iconic players and managers including George Best, Joe Mercer, Matt Busby, Brian Clough, Denis Law and Bill Shankly, alongside shots of teams, fans, stadiums, ball games on Manchester streets and fabulous haircuts.

A lifelong Manchester City fan, Sefton (now in his 80s and still living in Manchester), has nearly a hundred photos in the National Portrait Gallery and V&A, and was described by Lowry as his favourite photographer. His book Northerners: portrait of a no-nonsense people sold out of its print run.

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Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 3BG

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Closed 24–26 Dec & 1 Jan

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