Mike Summerbee

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Mike Summerbee
Personal information
Date of birth (1942-12-15) 15 December 1942 (age 73)
Place of birth Preston, England
Playing position Winger / forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1965 Swindon Town 218 (39)
1965–1975 Manchester City 357 (47)
1975–1976 Burnley 51 (0)
1976 Blackpool 3 (0)
1976–1979 Stockport County 87 (6)
1980 Mossley 0 (0)
Total 716 (92)
National team
1968–1973 England 8 (1)
Teams managed
1978–1979 Stockport County (player-manager)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Mike Summerbee (born 15 December 1942) is an English former footballer, who played in the successful Manchester City side of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Club career[edit]

Raised in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, he attended Naunton Park Secondary Modern School where he was influenced by sports teacher, Arnold Wills, with whom he was publicly reunited 50 years later when Summerbee was Guest of Honour at the 150th anniversary celebrations of Cheltenham YMCA, to which both had belonged in their youth. Summerbee made his league debut playing for Swindon Town in 1959 at the age of 16. He made more than 200 appearances for the Wiltshire club, scoring 38 goals. In 1965 Manchester City manager Joe Mercer signed Summerbee for a fee of £35,000. In his first Manchester City season Summerbee started every single match, the only Manchester City player to do so that season.

Playing on the right wing, Summerbee was one of the most influential players in the Manchester City side which won four trophies in three seasons from 1968–70. Something of a practical joker, Summerbee (or "Buzzer" as teammates nicknamed him) was also known for a fiery temperament, a trait described by teammate Francis Lee as "retaliating first". Summerbee left Manchester City in June 1975, moving to Burnley, for a £25,000 fee, after making more than 400 appearances for City.

Summerbee signed for Blackpool on Christmas Eve 1976. The transfer had been the Blackpool chairman's idea, not that of manager Allan Brown. Summerbee later admitted that he should not have joined the club.[1] He made just three League appearances for the Seasiders.[1]

Summerbee ended his footballing career at Stockport County, where he was player-manager in the 1978–79 season. In 1980 he returned to the game for a single match, playing for non-League Mossley in their single goal FA Cup defeat of Crewe Alexandra.

International career[edit]

Over a five-year period, which encompassed the 1970 World Cup Summerbee played for England eight times. He made his international debut against Scotland in front of 134,000 spectators at Hampden Park on 24 February 1968, and helped to secure a 1–1 draw to clinch qualification to UEFA Euro 1968.[2]

Later life[edit]

Off the pitch, Summerbee has been involved with a number a business ventures with varying degrees of success, including a period where he co-owned a menswear business with George Best.[3] Summerbee is now the Club Ambassador for Manchester City.

Summerbee also starred in the cult film Escape to Victory alongside Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and Pelé.[4][5]

Summerbee's son, Nicky, was also a professional footballer,[5] who followed in his father's footsteps by playing for both Swindon Town and Manchester City before joining Sunderland. His father, George, and uncle, Gordon, were both lower-division players[5] whose careers were affected by the outbreak of war. Colin Shindler described the contrasting fortunes of the three generations in Fathers, Sons and Football.

Filmography[edit]

  • Escape to Victory (1981) - Sid Harmor - Allied Soccer Player - The Players: England

Career statistics[edit]

As a player[edit]

  • Sourced from Mike Summerbee profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Swindon Town 1959–60 Third Division 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
1960–61 Third Division 45 8 3 0 3 0 51 8
1961–62 Third Division 43 4 2 0 3 0 48 4
1962–63 Third Division 37 6 4 0 2 0 43 6
1963–64 Second Division 37 7 3 0 4 1 44 8
1964–65 Second Division 41 13 1 0 1 0 43 13
Total 218 39 13 0 13 1 244 40
Manchester City 1965–66 Second Division 42 8 8 2 0 2 52 10
1966–67 First Division 32 4 4 2 2 1 38 7
1967–68 First Division 41 14 4 4 4 2 49 20
1968–69 First Division 39 6 6 0 6 2 51 8
1969–70 First Division 33 3 2 0 15 3 50 6
1970–71 First Division 26 4 2 0 9 0 37 4
1971–72 First Division 40 3 2 0 3 0 45 3
1972–73 First Division 38 2 4 1 4 0 46 3
1973–74 First Division 39 1 2 2 12 1 53 4
1974–75 First Division 27 2 0 0 4 1 31 3
Total 357 47 34 11 61 10 452 68
Burnley 1975–76 First Division 39 0 1 0 5 0 45 0
1976–77 Second Division 12 0 0 0 4 0 16 0
Total 51 0 1 0 9 0 61 0
Blackpool 1976–77 Second Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Stockport County 1977–78 Fourth Division 42 4 3 1 2 0 47 5
1978–79 Fourth Division 33 1 3 0 3 0 39 1
1979–80 Fourth Division 12 1 0 0 3 0 15 1
Total 87 6 6 1 8 0 101 7
Career total 716 92 54 12 91 11 861 115
England national team
Year Apps Goals
1968 3 0
1969 0 0
1970 0 0
1971 1 1
1972 3 0
1973 1 0
Total[6] 8 1

As a manager[edit]

  • Sourced from Mike Summerbee profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Stockport County 1 March 1978 17 October 1979 83 24 19 40 28.9
Total 83 24 19 40 28.9

Honours[edit]

Awards

Manchester City

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC On This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2. 
  2. ^ Summerbee 2008, p. 11
  3. ^ "Model Calum Best following in fashion footsteps of his Manchester United legend dad". Manchester Evening News. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Escape To Victory, again!". Manchester Evening News. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Small Talk: Mike Summerbee". Manchester Evening News. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mike Summerbee". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
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