There are about 29 footballers who played for both Manchester Clubs. Bob Milarvie became the first footballer to play for both these teams,when he joined Manchester City from Manchester United in 1891. He played 22 and 69 matches for United and City respectively.Since then a lot of players switched between these two sides. Today we will have a look at 10 famous footballers who played for both Manchester City and Manchester Utd.
Ranking is done randomly. Here is the list of footballers who played for both Manchester Clubs –
6. Sandy Turnbull
Sandy Turnbull was a Scottish football player who played as a forward for both Manchester City and Manchester United in the early 20th century.
He played for Man City from 1902 to 1906,making 110 appearances and scoring 53 goals.He then joined United where he played till 1915,making 220 apps and scoring 90 times.
Turnbull received a lifelong ban from football in 1915 along with several others players after being found guilty of match-fixing.He was posthumously re-instated in 1919(he died in 1917).
5. Bill Dale
He was born in Manchester and started his career with Sandbach Ramblers, before joining Manchester United as an amateur in April 1925. He turned professional in May 1926 and made his debut on 25 August 1928, playing at right back in a 1–1 draw with Leicester City at Old Trafford. In six years at United, Dale made 64 appearances for the club, before joining Manchester City in December 1931.
He had a six-year career in the blue of Manchester City, appearing 236 times, winning the 1937 Charity Shield against Sunderland.
He later played for Ipswich Town and Norwich City before the Second World War brought his career to a halt.
4. Peter Barnes
He is one of a small number of footballers who played for both Manchester Clubs.
Born in Manchester, Barnes began his career at Manchester City. He scored in the 1976 League Cup final at the age of 18, as the “Sky Blues” beat Newcastle United 2–1. In 1976 he was voted Young Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers’ Association.
Barnes was sold by new boss Malcolm Allison in 1979, and joined West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £748,000 – a club transfer record that was not broken until Kevin Kilbane broke the £1 million barrier over 18 years later.
After spending time with Real Betis and Coventry City.Ron Atkinson subsequently signed him for Manchester United, where he was effectively an understudy to Danish winger Jesper Olsen. An unused substitute in the 1985 FA Charity Shield, he fell out of the first team picture in mid-November of the 1985–86 season, only returning to the starting eleven in October and November of the following campaign.
He was transferred back to Manchester City in 1987, but soon fell out of favour and was loaned out to Bolton Wanderers, Port Vale and Wimbledon. He left Maine Road in 1988.