Manchester City F.C. ~ Alan Oat Cakes

Introduction: Alan Arthur Oakes played as a midfielder for Manchester City and is their all-time appearance record holder. He made 680 league and cup appearances for them in total, scoring 33 goals. He was given the club’s Player of the Year award in 1975 and was inducted into the Manchester City Hall of Fame in 2005.

Alan Oakes was renowned for his professionalism among the footballing figures of his time.  And what greater compliment can you get then when an opposing manager, Bill Shankly,  described him as “exactly the kind of player youngsters should use as a model”.

Preparation time: 10mins

Cooking time: 20 mins

Home kit: large saucepan, 8 inch square baking tin

Away kit: Serving plate

Serves: a kickball team


  • 200g (7oz) butter
  • 150g (5oz) Demerara sugar
  • 4tbsp golden syrup
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • Finely grated zest of ½-1 orange, to taste
  • 400g (14oz) jumbo oats
  • 100g (3½oz) raisins or sultanas

Method: Preheat the oven to 190oC

First half

Grease and line the baking with grease proof paper. Melt the butter in the saucepan and add the sugar, syrup, cinnamon and orange zest. Stir and heat gently until the sugar dissolves.

Second half

Remove pan from heat and stir in the oats and raisins. Press into the baking tin and bake for 15-20min until golden brown.

Full time results

Leave to cool before cutting into squares and popping on the serving plate for a nice cup of tea at half time.