Brian KIDD

Manchester City FC

Brian Kidd - Manchester City FC - Biography of his career at Maine Road.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 11 September 1976

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      Sunday, 29 May 1949
      Manchester, England
  • England
  • Arsenal FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 17th August 1974 scoring in a 1-0 win at Leicester City (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      77 League apps, 30 goals
  • Bolton Wanderers
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 16th August 1980 in a 2-1 defeat at Notts County (Aged: 31)
    • Club Career
      40 League apps (+3 as sub), 14 goals
  • Everton FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Tuesday, 3rd April 1979 in a 3-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers (Aged: 29)
    • Club Career
      40 League apps, 11 goals
  • Manchester City FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 21st August 1976 in a 2-2 draw at Leicester City (Aged: 27)
    • Club Career
      97 League apps (+1 as sub), 44 goals
  • Manchester United
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 19th August 1967 in a 3-1 defeat at Everton (Aged: 18)
    • Club Career
      195 League apps (+8 as sub), 52 goals
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Brian KIDD - Manchester City FC - Biography of his career at Maine Road.



Collyhurst-born Brian Kidd was a former Manchester Schoolboy who signed for Manchester United as an apprentice in 1964. By the time of the 1967 Charity Shield clash with Tottenham, Kidd had not only progressed to the ranks of a professional but was also taking his first steps on a senior career at Old Trafford that would see him score 70 times in nearly 260 appearances. Perhaps his most famous goal for United came in the 1968 European Cup Final triumph over Benfica at Wembley. In August 1974, £110, 000 took Kidd south to London and Arsenal and the start of two seasons that produced another 34 goals. On July 7th 1976, he returned to Manchester (for a fee of £100, 000), this time to wear the sky blue of City and to begin what would prove to be the most prolific goalscoring time of his professional career.


After making his debut in the opening game of that season, Kidd missed just three of the 42 League games, finding the back of the net 21 times. This total included four against Leicester and doubles against Leeds (twice) and Birmingham. He was a key part of Tony Book's powerful forward line of the mid to late 70s and along with Dennis Tueart, Peter Barnes and Joe Royle, helped the Blues to come within a single point of Champions Liverpool at the end of his first season. In 1977/78 he played a total of 50 games for the Blues, his goalscoring return of 20 once again making him the club's top scorer. For the second successive year he finished five goals clear of second-placed Dennis Tueart. With a 3-1 win at Maine Road and a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford, Kidd scored three times that term against his former employers.


He scored in each of the first three games of the following season as the Blues looked to improve on their fourth place spot of the year before. By the time March 1979 came around, Kidd was still leading the attack with style and power and had scored 14 times including five in a UEFA Cup run that saw the Blues finally go out to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Fourth Round. However it was now the time of Malcolm Allison's infamous clear-out and along with many other senior professionals, Kidd found himself surplus to requirements. On the 29th March - after 59 goals in 129/1 appearances for City - he was transferred to Everton for a fee of £150,000.


After Everton he joined Bolton as well as spending time with NASL sides Atlanta Chiefs, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Minnesota Strikers. When his playing days were finally over, he became manager at Barrow in 1984 before joining Alex Ferguson back at Old Trafford to embark on the most successful period of success in Manchester United's history. In December 1998 he began an eleven-month reign as manager at Blackburn which proved an unsuccessful move and he returned to a coaching role with Leeds United and the England national side. (Ian Penney - author of The Legends of Manchester City)