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The Shield: The way we were ...



The last time City's name was engraved on the Shield's roll of honour was 1972 thanks to a Francis Lee penalty at Villa Park. No Wembley showpiece then ... and no live TV showing either.

Sky TV and ESPN were still in the realms of sci-fi - satellites were just objects that orbited the earth for no apparent reason to most people - so your highlights programmes were on BBC or ITV.

Then again, you could watch City at Maine Road for less than 50p ... and of course most things were cheaper 39 years ago, including that digital watch that had just come on the market.

Apollo 17 was the last manned mission to the (Blue) Moon, Ceylon became Sri Lanka, and Mark Owen, Steve McManaman, Zinedine Zidane, Cameron Diaz and Eminem were all born that year.

The FBI begun to hire female agents, paving the way for Mulder and Scully, but some things haven't changed - you could still watch Emmerdale and Dr Who. Here's a quick trip back without a Tardis ...


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The Shield: City's story part I


City played in eight Charity Shield matches ... but it is the 1968 spectacular against West Brom that will always stand out in Blues folklore, and with good reason.