Demolished in early September 2010 after being acquired by the owners of Manchester City Football Club for £100,000 from Allied Irish bank, who were acting as receivers. It was then subsequently demolished on behalf of Manchester City Football Club. There were many rumours at the time of the ‘richest club in the world’ opening up a ‘super pub’ back up for the fans, but these were nothing more than rumours and didn’t stop the loss of one of the last pieces of Victorian heritage left in this area. There was also talk that it was to be gutted and refurbished before opening as a place for the media to pick up press passes and a store for stewards and match-day staff. This too was proved to be incorrect.
A club spokesman at the time, said the pub had been bought as part of plans to enhance the matchday experience for next season.
The spokesman added: “The building will become an accreditation centre that will support the stadium’s administrative event operation, as part of our improved match-day experience.
The Britannia Inn was built in 1872 and was surrounding my a whole community of housing, shops and schools. Many of community would have worked in the nearby Bradford Colliery, which dominated this entire area and overshadowed it with a thick smog of coal dust.
The Britannia Inn was closed for many years until it was bought by ex Manchester City footballer, Mike Summerbee who renamed it the Maine Road in tribute to the football clubs former home in Moss Side.
The pub had more recently been boarded up and possibly being sold by Allied Irish bank due to its owners debts.
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