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Manchester City life president Bernard Halford dies aged 77

Manchester City Life President Bernard Halford. Credit: PA

Manchester City life president Bernard Halford has passed away at the age of 77.

The former Club Secretary had been suffering from ill-health for some time, but was still a regular visit to the Etihad Stadium.

Nicknamed "Mr Manchester City", Mr Halford has been described as a tireless advocate for the club, whose loss represents "an extremely sad day" for football.

He realised a boyhood dream by lifting the FA Cup in 2011. Credit: PA

Club Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak led the tributes to Bernard, saying “His depth of knowledge about Manchester City was unparalleled and his enthusiasm for the Club infectious."

“Though this is incredibly sad news for everyone, I know that his love of the Club and his many friends here were a constant focus for him, particularly over a difficult last year.

He is irreplaceable, and we will ensure that his legacy lives on. Our thoughts are with his wife Karen and his family at this most difficult time.

– Club Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak
With Vincent Kompany during the FA Cup Victory Parade. Credit: PA

He joined City in 1972, initially as ‘Company Secretary’, eventually becoming Club Secretary and remained in the role for nearly 40 years.

As well as his main Club duties, Bernard was also a "tireless champion" for City’s work in the community.

Bernard Halford was only the second Life President in the club's 116-year history Credit: PA

City boss Pep Guardiola added: “It is such sad news to hear of Bernard Halford’s passing.

“It was an honour and a privilege to meet and talk football with him and his knowledge of this football club was amazing.

He was a great man, but moreover, he was also a great football man with a complete understanding of the game from grass roots level up.

His whole life was dedicated to the game, but mostly to Manchester City and we were lucky to have him.

– Pep Guardiola