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Colin Viljoen - Manchester City FC - Biography of his career at Maine Road.

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Date: 01 January 1979

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      Sunday, 20 June 1948
      Johannesburg, South Africa
  • England
  • Chelsea FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 15th March 1980 in a 2-1 win at home to Burnley (Aged: 31)
    • Club Career
      19 League apps (+1 as sub)
  • Ipswich Town FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 25th March 1967 scoring a hat-trick in a 4-2 win at home to Portsmouth (Aged: 18)
    • Club Career
      303 League apps (+2 as sub), 45 goals
  • Manchester City FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 16th September 1978 in a 4-1 win at Chelsea (Aged: 30)
    • Club Career
      25 League apps (+2 as sub), 0 goals
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Colin VILJOEN - Manchester City FC - Biography of his career at Maine Road.



Midfielder Colin Viljoen began his footballing career in England with Bill McGarry's Ipswich Town side in March 1967. Under their next manager, Bobby Robson, the East Anglian club became one of the country's top teams of the mid 1970s and Viljoen was a major factor in their successes. He stayed at Portman Road for 11 seasons (and played more than 300 League games, scoring 45 times) before joining City on 15th August 1978 for a fee of £100, 000. A naturalized Briton, Viljoen was such a consistent performer during his days with Ipswich that he won two caps for England, both coming in a four-day spell in May 1975. A goalless draw with Northern Ireland in Belfast was followed by a 2-2 draw with Wales at Wembley, both games in the Home International Championship.


His debut for City started on a high with a 4-1 win at Chelsea thanks largely to a hat-trick by another newcomer, Ron Futcher. However it proved to be a stop-start season for both club and player. City finished in a disappointing 15th place in Division One (a drop of eleven places from the previous season) and Viljoen played 16 League games with his longest run in the side just five matches in February and March. He seemed unable to find his true Ipswich form in City's colours, a fact born out when he managed just eleven League games with two of those as a substitute, in the 1979/80 season. Even under new manager Malcolm Allison, City and Viljoen continued to struggle and Allison eventually sold the player to Chelsea on 13th March 1980 for a fee of £60,000.


He played a combined total of 35/3 League and Cup games for City, scoring just once, in a 1-1 League Cup draw at Sheffield Wednesday in August 1979. (Ian Penney - author of The Legends of Manchester City)