FOOTBALL: Jobby Crossan pitchside as Man City honour goal hero Sergio Aguero

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero receives an award for breaking the club goal scoring record before the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero receives an award for breaking the club goal scoring record before the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

FORMER Man City skipper, Jobby Crossan was a guest at pitchside on Sunday as Sergio Aguero was honoured for becoming the club’s all-time record goalscorer in a pre-match ceremony.

Brandywell native, Crossan, captained City for almost four years in the mid-sixties winning the Second Division and he met up with some of his former teammates prior to the 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Etihad.

Former Blues stars from the past formed a guard of honour for the Argentine with Shaun Goater, Colin Bell, Niall Quinn, David White and Uwe Rosler all in attendance.

Ex-Derry City striker, Dennis Tueart, Brian Kidd, Mike Sheron, Darius Vassell and Crossan’s former teammates, Mike Summerbee and Colin Bell, amongst others, were also present as the Argentine was honoured for hitting his landmark 178th goal for the club - breaking Eric Brook’s 78 year-old record.

Crossan was pitchside as Summerbee and Betty Cowgill, the daughter of Brook, presented Aguero with his prize. And the Derry man insists it was a fantastic occasion for everyone involved.

“I captained Man City for three-and-a-half years and we were fortunate to have a good run so I suppose the club were just showing their appreciation by inviting me to a fantastic occasion. It was a fantastic couple of days.”

Former Man City captain, John 'Jobby' Crossan pictured in action for Sunderland at Roker Town

Former Man City captain, John 'Jobby' Crossan pictured in action for Sunderland at Roker Town

Crossan is a regular attendee at the Etihad but he admits a lot has changed since his brief stint with City during those glory days at Maine Road.

“We were fortunate to be playing well at Man City at the time and when you’re playing well everything falls into place.

“People don’t appreciate what’s happening with the stadium and the team. It’s just day and night with what Maine Road was like during my time.

“When I initially went there they had 10 to 12 thousand at the games and when I left there was 56,000. It was a great time which flew in which is the way things go when they’re going well.”

People don’t appreciate what’s happening with the stadium and the team. It’s just day and night with what Maine Road was like during my time.

Jobby Crossan