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On This Day: 8 March

Join us in taking a look back at games and events from on this day in City history.

There has been plenty of action on and off the pitch on this date over the years, specifically away from home - here are some of the highlights...

1969            

It was on this day 47 years ago that reigning First Division champions Manchester City travelled to Old Trafford to play a Manchester United side that had won the European Cup the previous year.

A crowd of 63,388 roared on the teams as they went to battle. It was a tight affair, as derbies normally are, and it was a single goal that settled it as Mike Summerbee struck to give the Blues both the win and the bragging rights until the sides met again.

Both City and United were having poor seasons in comparison to the successes of the previous term, but it was the Reds that struggled more, the defeat leaving them in 17th position.

1972

On this day in 1972, Rodney Marsh signed for City, costing a club record £200,000 from QPR. Malcolm Allison saw the mercurial forward as the cherry on top of the cake, despite Joe Mercer’s reservations.

Marsh was a terrific talent but not a team player, yet his signing was greeted with great excitement by the City faithful. Allison believed Marsh would be City’s own George Best, but his style of individual play was eventually blamed for the Blues fizzling out in the last few games. They eventually finished fourth, just a point behind Brian Clough’s Derby County who are crowned champions in one of the closest title races of all time.

1988

Sheffield United were the opponents on this day in 1988 as City travelled to Bramall Lane looking to pick up a third win on the trot, having beaten Hull City and Ipswich Town in the previous two fixtures.

The Blues were looking to climb up the Second Division table and keep the chase for promotion alive. Five days later City were playing Liverpool in the FA Cup sixth round and this might have had an effect on the team selection for this fixture.

Goals from David White and Trevor Morley helped City to a 2-1 win and seventh position in the table with seven games remaining. The Blues could not capitalise and finished the season in ninth position.

2002

On this date in 2002, City faced Bradford City at Valley Parade in the Nationwide Division One, trying to win promotion back to the Premier League. Things were going well for the Blues as they sat in first place on 74 points with two games in hand on nearest rivals Wolves.

City were looking for a fourth straight win, and goals from John Macken and Darren Huckerby did just that to secure a a three-point lead at the top with a game in hand.

Huckerby was in fantastic form that season and scored 11 goals in the final 12 games. Come the end of the season, City secured Premier League status winning the title with 99 points!


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