This is the third of my blog interviews with writers, bloggers, autobiographers, artists and more (anything to do with City basically). Today’s interview is with Ron Kirwin the Manchester born artist behind the website Thatgoal.co.uk.
Ron’s works include “That goal” (capturing Paul Dickov’s Wembley 99 goal), “And then it was 5” (Showing Andy Hinchcliffe’s diving header in front of the Kippax) and my personal favourite the “Agueroooo comic strip” (you don’t need me to tell you what that shows!). If you like what you read, please check him out.
Quick Fire Questions
1) First game – (I can remember) Man City v Bury 2nd Division 08 Apr 1966 1-0
2) Favorite game – Man City v Man Utd, 6th November 1971. 3-3. 13yrs old, 63000 in the crowd, crushed in the kippax with my dad. Bell, Lee, & Summerbee all scored that day! Best, Charlton & Law also turned out for the Reds. The game had everything!
3) Who is you City idol? – Colin Bell
4) City book currently reading/last read – Dennis Tueart’s recent autobiography
5) Favorite City book – Paul Lake & Mike Summerbee autobiography’s. But the best is ‘Joe Mercer Football with a smile’ by Gary James.
6) Most prized City related gift – Anything I get from my wife&kids I guess, mugs, kit, books etc. Probably treasured the most is the book ‘Joe Mercer, Football with a smile’. I was lucky enough to be at the launch in 1993 and signed by all the 1960/70’s players who attended including Big Malcolm, Joe’s wife Nora and Mike Doyle.
7) Favorite City blog – Blue Moon
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1 Why a City fan?
I believe my grandad ‘Jim Kelly’ took me …3yrs old kicking & screaming into Maine Road back in the 61-62 season! Hooked since then.
2) You’ve created art celebrating Wembley ’99, the 5 – 1 derby ’89, 2011 FA cup victory and the 2012 Premier League win. Which was your favourite game and which is your favourite piece of art?
Although the Premiership winning day 13 May 2012 took us right to the edge and all our feelings that day will probably never be matched, but I have to say my trip to Wembley back in 1999, where we had been at an all time low that season, to get through as we did and to create my version of that day will stay long in the memory.
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3) When, why and how did you start creating art about City?
I’ve always drawn & painted city players since I was a boy. I went to Art college when I left school and eventually got a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration back in 1980. I just had the idea back in 2009 and on the 10&20th anniversaries to commemorate two of the best goals of recent years … I built a website to promote them and have enjoyed sharing the memories with many city fans.
4) What City things have you done because of your artwork that you wouldn’t have done otherwise?
I’ve been invited a number of events associated with sports charities where my signed prints have raised funds which has been rewarding. One in particular was the 99’ playoff dinner for the Variety Club’s children’s charity. All players attended that evening at the Etihad and a signed print by the whole team and Joe Royle raised £600 for the charity.
5) Are we going to see any more City art pieces in the future on Thatgoal.co.uk?
Yes, long overdue …. I am working on the special Aguero goal that clinched our first league title for 44 years. It will be a unique view of the goal, that will hopefully capture that great moment!
Coming soon on Thatgoal.co.uk
‘That Goal’ is a piece of Manchester City history captured forever and one that is guaranteed to bring back memories of a rollercoaster day that remains a defining moment for the Blues.
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Connect with Ron Kirwin
You can find out more about Ron Kirwin by going to www.thatgoal.co.uk
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That Goal is also on Facebook
Other interviews in this series
1. Author David Mooney – Check it out here
2. Author Darryl Webster – Check it out here