Mind the gap! Mancini and City stars record announcement for Manchester tram service
09:52 GMT, 13 February 2013
13:58 GMT, 13 February 2013
The voices of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and three of the team’s players will be heard on a new tram service.
Although Mancini and stars Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and James Milner are more used to travelling in planes or flash cars, they’ve all recorded announcements for Metrolink’s east Manchester line.
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Voice of reason: Mancini has recorded train announcements for Manchester Metrolink
All change please…
The new Etihad Campus (below) tram stop opened on Monday, providing City fans with a direct link to Manchester city centre.
Anyone wanting to go and watch United can get off at Old Trafford (below).
Transport for Greater Manchester, 2013
Their voices will be used on match days
and will be heard for the first time on Sunday, when City entertain
Leeds United in the FA Cup.
As passengers alight near City’s Etihad stadium, Mancini says: 'This is Roberto Mancini from Manchester City. This is the Bury service. The next stop will be the Etihad Campus.'
He makes a similar announcement when the tram travels in opposite direction to Droylsden.
But passengers may struggle to understand the Italian’s thick accent.
City skipper Vincent Kompany also chips in.
'This is your captain speaking,' he says, before announcing the tram’s destination and the name of the Piccadilly stop.
The voices of Hart and Milner will be used for the New Islington and Holt Town stops on the line.
Steve Sayer, Director of Operations for Manchester City, said the new line would improve access for fans to the Etihad.
said: 'It’s a nice touch for the fans that some of our star players and
manager will announce on the way to our home stadium to get everyone in
the mood for the match.'
Peter Cushing, Transport for Greater
Manchester’s Metrolink Director, said: 'We are grateful to Roberto, Joe,
Vincent and James for taking time out of their busy schedules to record
know that the Etihad Campus stop is going to be a very popular
destination – especially on match days – and we thought this will be an
interesting addition to people’s journeys before and after the game.'
LISTEN HERE Mancini, Kompany, Milner and Hart play train announcer…
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