Born in Preston, Summerbee's father George was a fullback for Preston N.E. They moved to Cheltenham when his dad took over the local club in 1949, so Mikes formative years had a football background. At the age of 15 Mike left school to work in an aircraft components factory and he played for Baker street YMCA in Cheltenham.
Swindon town were the first to really spot Summerbee's potential and he made his league debut at the age of 16 against Bournemouth in 1958 going on to play more than 200 league games for Swindon. January 1965, saw Summerbee score for a Swindon win in Maine Roads lowest ever attendence of 8015 for a League match.
Seven Months Later on 20th August, 1965, Summerbee became one of the first pieces of the jigsaw being built by the new Mercer/Allison partnership. The following Day he made his City Debut at Middlesborough in a 1-1 draw. That season of 1965/66, he was the only ever present player on the team sheet, and scored 8 goals. City were promoted into the first Division, after a 3 year absence.
A season of consolidation into the top flight, the year after is of course the magic era of Manchester City.....
The lowest point of his City Career was when he broke a leg in the League cup Final against West Brom, 2 weeks later City were to play in the European 'Cup winners' Cup Final in Vienna.
Summerbee made 8 Caps for England whilst at City, with his First Cap being played at Hampden park 1968 in front of 100,000 angry scots! He loved every minute it and was one of Englands better performers that day in a 1-1 draw.
Buzzer was and still is a charismatic fellow, and he openly admits he would not of finished a whole game in todays,standards. His Hard and aggressive style of play which made him a crowd favourite for 10 years, and the way he used to chat back and drop his shorts at the oppositions fans, simply would not be tolerated by the officials of today!
After 10 years at City, Summerbee moved to Burnley for £25k, then he joined Blackpool, and he finished his Football career as Player Manager of Stockport County.
He made his wealth with a tailored Shirt business - set up during his time at maine road with Great Friend George Best. He also appeared in that famous World War 2 film 'Escape to Victory' and added Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone to his Customer list!
Mike Summerbee still has strong links with our club, and throughout the years he has had numerous positions with City. His son Nicky also played for City.