Monmouth Boys’ Football Squad’s Unforgettable Journey: Inside the 2024 Manchester City Preseason Tour

January 31, 2024

Our incredibly lucky Haberdashers’ Monmouth Boys Senior Football Squad embarked on an exciting journey to Manchester for the 2024 Manchester City Preseason Tour.

Upon arrival, our 18-man squad wasted no time and delved straight into their first training session guided by the Manchester City coaches.

Following their intensive training, the group visited the iconic Etihad Stadium for an exclusive tour where they were treated to a walk around of the pristine pitch, experienced the atmosphere of the unique circular changing room, and even had the chance to interact with a virtual Pep Guardiola during a simulated press conference.

That evening our team took on local contenders, Moston Tigers, on the club’s floodlit pitch.

The following day was filled with friendly rivalry as the squad visited the National Football Museum. Here, they engaged in a penalty shootout challenge, tried out virtual reality football, and played a game of Subbuteo.

In the afternoon the boys took advantage of the hotel amenities and headed to the pool and steam room for some down time before another evening training session under the lights at the Etihad complex.

On their final morning of the tour, the squad showcased their newly honed skills in a mini training game against Tonbridge School. And, wrapping up their memorable tour on a high note, the entire party were treated to pitch side tickets for the FA Cup match between Manchester City and Huddersfield – a wonderful way to finish such a memorable tour.

Watch our team’s tour here – Manchester is Blue 🔵 (
Thank you to Kieran Chaplin, D&T Teacher and Housemaster here at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for putting this showcase together and allowing us to share.