Dennis Tueart: From Newcastle To New York (Via Manchester)

Published: Mar 13, 2014 13:39pm EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 13, 2014 @ 01:39pm EDT


Today I would like to recognize a special player for Manchester City, with links to the USA, who actually played his first game with the blues on this day in 1974. Dennis Tueart was signed from FA Cup holders Sunderland and made his Manchester City debut against local rivals, Manchester United.


That game ended 0-0, although it was the last game of the season which stands out in City fans minds with a certain Denis Law back heel. It was all change for City with legend Management team Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison moving from the Maine Road dugout. New manager, Ron Saunders came in and new Chairman, Peter Swales, promised the fans the earth. He claimed the club were now in a stronger position than they were, even with the previously mentioned legendary duo.


Any City fan aware of the clubs history knows that other than the League Cup win in 1976 one of the most bland periods of Manchester City history followed. Sure they had their bright spots in terms of players and wins over United but essentially the trophy cabinet would gather dust.


Speaking of that 1976 League Cup trophy, the winning goal came courtesy of another iconic moment in City history with the much talked about over head kick from the subject of this article, Dennis Tueart.


While Tueart regards it as one of his most memorable goals it must have been bittersweet for the man who was born and raised in Newcastle, City’s opponents that day. Still he had tasted success for Newcastle’s bitter rivals, Sunderland so I guess he was used to upsetting his own.


Two years after that famous kick Tueart moved across the pond to New York to play with the Cosmos. Pele had retired the previous season but he did get to play with German legend Franz Beckenbauer. Decades before David Beckham did it, Dennis became the first ‘active’ England International to make that move to America.


Unlike Beckham though, only lasted a short period of time, he returned to England and Manchester City in 1980. While in America though he won both the NASL Championship and the Soccer Bowl, scoring two goals in the 3-1 win.


Overall, in both spells at City, Dennis racked up 267 appearances scoring 111 goals in the process.


After retirement he returned to Manchester City for a third time, this time as a director. It was during the time in which City were at their lowest and he was instrumental in hiring Joe Royle, who returned the club from the third tier to the Premier League and then Kevin Keegan. In July 2007 new chairman, Thaksin Shinawatra removed Tueart from his position ending a long association between the Geordie and Manchester City.


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