Coming soon to CITY+ - David James: Striker

One of the most surprising decisions in Manchester City’s modern history is the subject of a new feature set for release on CITY+ in the coming weeks.

David James: Striker is the latest production from City Studios and tells the story of the incredible moment the goalkeeper was sent up front against Middlesbrough on the final day of the 2004-05 Premier League season.


Both teams were competing for the final UEFA Cup spot, with City needing a win to leapfrog the Teesside outfit into seventh place.

With six minutes remaining the score was locked at 1-1 after Kiki Musampa cancelled out a thunderbolt of a free-kick from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, with the draw enough to bring European football back to Boro.

Chasing that elusive second goal, then City manager elected to replace Claudio Reyna with Nicky Weaver and send James up front, despite having striker Jon Macken to call on from the bench.

It produced a frantic finale, in which Robbie Fowler missed a penalty which would have sent City into Europe and it remains one of the most unusual moments in the Club’s history.

In the upcoming feature we hear James’ take on his brief career as a striker, learning how the plan was hatched and the reaction of those involved, including Weaver and former kitman Les ‘Chappy’ Chapman.

Watch the video above to get an idea of what you can expect.

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