David White – 1985 – 1993
First of all I have to explain my reasons for selecting David White as my first blog in this series. Well it is pretty simple really, he was my first ever City hero. With myself being born in the early 80s David was naturally my first favourite player due to his incredible ability to entertain, take players on and most importantly score goals. I remember him fondly charging up and down that right wing instilling fear into opposition full backs. I am now going to take a little time to have a detailed look at David White and his City career.
David was born in my hometown of Urmston, Manchester on 30th October 1967 and joined City’s so called “golden generation” youth setup when he reached the age of 18. David caught the eye of City scouts whilst playing for Salford Boys and the rest was history. David went on to make his full debut in a 1 – 0 defeat to Luton Town on Saturday 27th September 1986 at the age of 18 years old. After his debut White went on to play every single game bar 1 up until 1988 mainly down the right wing but was occasionally used as a striker.
Whites darkest days at City were to be experienced during the season of 1986-87 when City were relegated from the top division and during the following season with White scoring 13 goals City still failed to attain promotion to the First Division. The 1988-89 season was to bring more luck for White as he scored 6 goals to help City on their way to finish as runners up in Division 2 and securing promotion back to the top league in English football. David was to continue his fine goal scoring form from the right wing scoring 8 goals in 89/90 and 16 goals in 90/91. During this time White had the pleasure of linking up with the likes of Quinn, Lake, Hinchcliffe and Stewart. However the most notable on pitch relationship came between himself and Niall Quinn with White often being the provider of killer crosses for Quinn to put his large frame on the end of.
In the season of 1992/93 came the formation of the Premier League and City were to have a very successful season under the guidance of Peter Reid and finish 5th. During this season David cemented his growing reputation in English football by scoring a personal best 18 goals and subsequently was rewarded with his full international debut for England against Spain. Unfortunately for David his debut didn’t go as expected and he taken an onslaught from the British media post match and subsequently his form taken a nose dive with Davids confidence shattered.
Due to mismanagement at City under the Peter Swales era City were strapped for cash and ended up selling David to Leeds United. This was the end of his fabulous City career after making 343 appearances and scoring 96 goals. Things didn’t go well for David at Leeds and spent much of the time injured, he later went on to play for Sheffield United before retiring from football in 1997.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank David for his time at City as for me he was a truly magnificent player who always left you on the edge of your seat. My fondest memory of him came in the 10 – 1 destruction of Huddesfeild Town on 7th November 1987 scoring a hat trick and making many assists. I think it is safe to say that is a day that many a City fan will remember fondly and will engrave in our memory fine moments that David White experienced in a City shirt.