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Umbro and the stars celebrate in the Northern Quarter

Noel Gallagher and other big blue noses party till early as new City kit launches

Published on June 4th 2009.

Umbro and the stars celebrate in the Northern Quarter

This was one of those Manchester moments.

Umbro wanted an informal little gig before the fireworks today when they announce their ten-year brand partnership with Manchester City.

The pre-launch party took place on Wednesday night in the Northern pub and the Northern Quarter Bar and Restaurant (TNQ). As Umbro began 85 years ago in Manchester Confidential thinks they were making a point. ‘Born in the North, live in the North.....’ and all that.

Lots of famous Sky Blue fans turned up at the event including Badly Drawn Boy, Mike Pickering and some of the new kids on the block such as Bad Lieutenant.

It all began in the Northern pub, on Tib Street, and then moved over to the new Umbro space on Lever Street, all 5000 sq ft of it, for a kit preview.

Whilst in the Northern who should turn up but Primal Scream and ex-Stone Roses bassist, Mani? Mani is as red as they come. Redder.

Nobody would let him in.

He pleaded and eventually in a UN peace-keeping moment he was invited to join the group as long as he swore to behave honourably and not mention his team.

Eventually thirty revellers (all arguing with Mani because he wasn’t behaving honourably and was talking about United) made their way over to TNQ and ate pies. Very terrace.

If you were wandering past TNQ last night, this explains why the windows were covered. To keep the prying eyes of the Fourth Estate – us lot, the media scummers - out.

By this time Noel Gallagher was in on the act.

The party finally retired to the Northern again and bothered the bar staff until 3am chatting of the season to come, the meaning of Blue life and so forth.

Here is the picture proof of the proceedings.

© Sebastian Matthes
The photo depicts (from left) Jack Mitchell (Bad Lieutenant), NoelGallagher, Manni.

By the way at Confidential we like a bit of referencing. So we like that the new City away kit is a nod to Manchester’s former industry and its coat of arms: the Apis Millifera – more commonly known as ‘the bee’. The shirt is black with yellow and gold inserts on the shoulders.

We also like a bit of togetherness.

Umbro first supplied Manchester City with kits 75 years ago for the 1934 FA Cup Final which the team won. And on the way they clocked up the highest attendance for a club football team in English history, when 84,569 watched them beat Stoke at Maine Road in the 6th Round. Not a lot of people know that.

Umbro’s new City home kit will go on sale on 18 July by the way.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

LouJune 4th 2009.

No Didsburygirl. I think that is why he asks me to wear them to bed, along with the matching socks to keep my feet warm. He is very considerate.

DidsburyGirlJune 4th 2009.

Lou, is that why your boyfriend wears them to bed?

GordoJune 4th 2009.

Lou, if it was me I would let you keep the shinguards on as well ;-)

UPeNDeRJune 4th 2009.

UMBRO, born in Manchester and all that. . . .yes, born in MANCHESTER, sacked all the (working class) staff, shut the local factories, shat on local suppliers, and went off to the Far East to make an extra penny. . . good local company, UMBRO, nice, decent, care in the community UMBRO, just like the rest of the penny grabbers they **** on you then take your money . . .why pay? Get the new Manc. City shirt in the local in Newton Heath, half the price from Dave the Rave . . .support BRITISH industry., UMBRO is as "import" as it comes, made for a $dollar sold for £40.00!! Good value in my book, don't you think?

DidsburyGirlJune 4th 2009.

He sounds considerate. And not at all pervy. :)

LouJune 4th 2009.

Are they still going to look like pyjamas like the last few kits???

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