This painting represents 12 players that made a career in football born and raised in Manchester or parts of Greater Manchetser.
1. Richard Edghill: Born and raised in Oldham. He spent the majority of his career with his home town club, Manchester City. He spent numerous seasons in the Premier League and remained with the club through several relegations, followed by several promotions. He also appeared for Birmingham City in a loan spell and after leaving City in 2002 he moved on to Wigan Athletic. Spells with Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers and Bradford City followed before ending his career with Macclesfield Town. He was capped by both England U21 and England B.
2. Alexander Williams MBE: Born and raised in Moss Side. He made 125 league and cup appearances for Manchester City between 1980 and 1986, and also had brief spells with Queen of the South and Port Vale. He helped City to win promotion out of the Second Division in 1984–85. However, he was forced into early retirement in September 1987 due to a recurring back injury. He continued to work behind the scenes at Manchester City, and in 2002 received an MBE for services to young people.
3. Clive Wilson: Born and raised in Manchester. He played for many teams including Manchester City, Chelsea, QPR and Tottenham Hotspur. After his playing career ended, he became a supply teacher at Davenant Foundation School in Loughton, Essex.
4. Nedum Onuoha: Born in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria, Onuoha was brought up in Manchester. Onuoha progressed through the age groups in Manchester City's youth academy since joining in 1996 at age ten and reached the first team playing a total of 95. He went on loan to Sunderland and in 2012 he joined QPR where he played 207 games in his 6 year stay. He then moved to Real Salt Lake in the MLS where he played two season and retired.
5. Wes Brown: Born and raised in Longsight, Brown began his career with Manchester United, joining the club's academy at the age of 12 in 1992. After turning professional in 1996, he made his senior debut in 1998 and became a semi regular first team player during the 1998–99 season, when the club won the Treble. After a year-long hiatus due to injury, Brown became a regular fixture in the first team from 2000 onwards. Over the next eight years, he won numerous honours, including four more Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and another Champions League. After 15 years with Manchester United, Brown was allowed to leave for Sunderland.
Brown earned his first England cap in 1999 and was selected to play at the 2002 World Cup. He played in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers but England failed to progress to the final tournament. He earnt a total of 23 caps.
6. Remi Moses: Born in Miles Platting, he broke into the first team at West Bromwich Albion under the management of Ron Atkinson in the late 1970s. In the autumn of 1981, Moses was transferred to Manchester United for £500,00.He made his United debut on 19 September 1981 against Swansea City. He scored his first goal for United in the same season, and in doing so became the first black player to score for the club. Moses was a key midfielder for United during the 1980s, but suffered a succession of serious injuries. He missed the FA Cup final triumphs of 1983 due to suspension and 1985 due to injury, and played his last game for the club in the 1987–88 season. He was on the verge of being capped for the England team in 1985 before an injury ruled him out of action, causing him to miss most of the 1985–86 season. Injuries had gradually forced him out of the team and he finally announced his retirement from playing in the 1988–89 season at the age of just 28.
7. Dave Bennet: Born in Manchetser, He made over 200 appearances in the Football League during his career, including playing in two FA Cup Finals; 1981 for Manchester City, when he finished on the losing side, and 1987, when he produced a Man of the Match performance as Coventry City beat Tottenham Hotspur 3–2.
8. Gary Bennet: Born in Manchester and brother of Dave, he began his career with Manchester City before moving on to Cardiff City in 1981. In 1984, Bennett joined Sunderland and he went on to make over 350 appearances for the club, placing him fifth on the club's all-time appearance list.He left Sunderland in 1995, after eleven years at the club, and later played for Carlisle United, Scarborough and Darlington.
During his career, he made over 600 appearances in the Football League, scoring 61 times.
9. Danny Webber: Born in Manchester, Webber began his career as a trainee with Manchester United, but failed to cement a first team place and spent loan spells with Port Vale and Watford before joining Watford on a permanent basis. He then went onto playing over 300 games scoring 87 goals, helping Sheffield United to promotion in 2007-2007 season and playing for clubs such as Portsmouth, Leeds United and Accrington Stanley before retiring at Salford City in 2016 where he helped them win the Northern Premier League Division One North title in 2014–15, and then promotion out of the Premier Division play-offs in 2015–16.
10. Roger Parmer: Born in Manchester he played for Manchester City and Oldham Athletic. He is the all-time leading goal-scorer at Oldham with 141 goals in 456 appearances. Roger's career culminated in a superb run of success for Oldham, including appearances in the 1990 Football League Cup Final at Wembley and FA Cup semi-finals. In his testimonial season (1990–91), Oldham won the Second Division championship and rejoined the top flight of English football.
11. Danny Welbeck: Born in Manchester and raised in Longsight, Welbeck made his way through the youth teams at Manchester United before making his senior debut in 2008 and scoring in the process. He won the 2008–09 League Cup and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup before being sent on loan spells with Preston North End and Sunderland. From the 2011–12 season, Welbeck was a regular figure in the Manchester United first team.
He was transferred to Arsenal in September 2014 for a £16 million fee. In August 2019, Welbeck joined Watford following his release by Arsenal at the end of the previous season and his currently playing at Brighton. He has earnt 42 caps for England and scored 16 goals.
12. Marcus Rashford MBE: Born in Manchester and raised in Wythenshawe, he joined United at the age of 7 in 2005 and has been there ever since.
Rashford scored two goals on both his first-team debut against Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League in February 2016 and his Premier League debut against Arsenal three days later. He also scored in his first Manchester derby match, his first EFL Cup match and his first UEFA Champions League match. With United, Rashford has so far won the FA Cup, EFL Cup, FA Community Shield and Europa League.
Rashford scored on his England debut in May 2016, becoming the youngest English player to score in his first senior international match. He played at the UEFA Euro 2016 as the tournament's youngest player, and also represented England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Rashford also publicly campaigns on the issues of homelessness and child hunger in the United Kingdom, and has been praised for using his platform to be a political activist and drive societal change. For his efforts, he was recognised as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2020.
Handmade artwork printed in high resolution on premium white art paper. Prints are unframed.
All prints come numbered and signed by the artist, Bernard Kelly.