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"I remember looking at the clock and thinking about another gruelling season in Division Two," said Whitley.

´╗┐off veteran Jeff Whitley tells the M

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"Gillingham and QPR were two massive games for the club. We couldn't win any trophies but for them to win the league is a fantastic achievement. As ex players we can only support the club and be there as true supporters."

"It's been a huge turnaround," said Whitley. "Had we not won that game, it would have been even more of a Nike Shox Sales

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"They were there and no one can question City's support. The success that they're getting now I feel is truly, truly deserved. It's a massive club and it deserves all the success it gets.

The City that won promotion to Division One in 1999 is a world away from the team which won the Premier League title on Sunday. Joe Royle was forced to put together Womens Nike Shox Classic Ii Black And White

That was before Horlock scored in the 89th minute to give City hope.

Whitley, however, doesn't believe Dzeko and Aguero would have been in the position to score their late goals if Horlock and Dickov hadn't scored theirs against Gillingham.

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And instead of the Premier League title, he was reminiscing about the Second Division play off final.

"I went to the toilet with about seven or eight minutes to go and there was a lad in there going 'I can't watch it'. I said 'there's plenty of time, have faith'. I honestly didn't have the feeling that it was gone. I didn't think we had lost it because of the amount of quality that is in that team.

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Whitley, a product of City's youth system, counts himself as one of the 'true supporters'.

struggle. There were some dark days. We didn't have any money and we were washing our own kit.

"We had a team spirit on and off the field. There aren't many teams which have that. I always remember that we had that at City."

After Carl Asaba and Rob Taylor had put Gillingham 2 0 up, he remembers looking up at the Wembley clock watching the time tick away, dreading another season of games against the likes of Wycombe and Wrexham.

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But instead of Dzeko and Aguero, Whitley was thinking of Kevin Horlock and Paul Dickov. Nike Shox Deliver Black Silver

And he believes the fans who followed City to Macclesfield, Stockport and Grimsby have finally had their faith repaid with a first league title since 1968.

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"We were digging in and hoping that something would come of it. The squad of players that we had at that time in the Second Division, we had that determination to fight together and fight until the end.

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a team on a shoe string budget while Roberto Mancini has benefited from Shiekh Mansour's vast wealth to build one of the best line ups in Europe.

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"It did Nike Shox R3 bring back memories," said Whitley, who played in the 1999 game was at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

"To be brutally honest I was just hoping for something.

"The fans have been out in the rain and snow to dingy mid week games," said Whitley.

And during five minutes of stoppage time, just as there was on Sunday, Dickov smashed his shot past the best man at his wedding, Vince Bartram.

Nicky Weaver's penalty shoot out heroics did the rest.

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