Honorary Cityzen: Noel Gallagher’s love affair with Manchester City, Pep Guardiola and the beautiful game in photos

With the team currently flying in the Premier League, these are certainly good times for City fans - and doesn't Noel just know it...

There’s one person who’s always welcome at the Etihad Stadium, the impressive home of the current Premier League leaders Manchester City – and he’s never even stepped foot on the pitch in a playing capacity.

Yes, one of Manchester’s favourite sons, Noel Gallagher, always gets a warm reception at the Etihad, with his fervent support of his local team dating back to when he and his brothers Paul and Liam (you may have heard of the latter) started following City during their childhood thanks to their father, Thomas.

Of course, City didn’t always used to be as good as they under their current manager, Pep Guardiola. Prior to be being purchased by a private UAE company in 2008, City fans rarely tasted major success in following their team, spending countless seasons in the lower divisions and playing second fiddle to their fierce city rivals Manchester United for many years.

Investment from the Abu Dhabi Group catapulted City to the top of the English football tree, however, with the team sensationally winning their first major league honour in 44 years as they clinched the Premier League title in the dying seconds of the 2011-12 season – right from under the noses of United, of course.

Noel knows the rollercoaster Manchester City story all too well, and he’s certainly enjoying City’s seemingly unstoppable charge to their fifth league title this season. And with Noel now even finding time to be a Sky Sports pundit on all things City, what better time could there be to do a deep dive into his love of both his beloved City and the beautiful game.