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On This Day: 23 February

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Casting our minds back to games and events from this day in City history...

The 23rd of February hasn't been the most consistent day in terms of results for City with eight games played, two wins, three draws and three losses.

Here's the best of the facts and figures...


An incredible 79,491 fans turn up at Maine Road for City’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

It is the Club’s record league crowd and was one of several huge crowds during the 1930s – football’s boom time in England.

Frank Swift (Centre) dives to save the ball against Arsenal in 1935 at Maine Road.


Goals from Denis Law and Rodney Marsh gave City a 2-0 win at Southampton and only the second away win of a disappointing season that had already cost manager Johnny Hart his job.

New boss Ron Saunders’ more cautious approach had seen the Blues adopt a defensive style that wasn't popular with either the fans or the players. Saunders lasted another six weeks before being sacked.

City would eventually finish in 14th position on 40 points which was just enough to remain in the First Division. New manager Tony Book was responsible for keeping City up and remained at his post until the summer of 1979. Book had a lasting effect on the club and is now the honorary president.

Tony Book (L) giving some instructions to Mike Doyle (R) with the North Stand about to be constructed in the background.


On this day 31 years ago, Brighton & Hove Albion were the opponents at Maine Road as City ran-out 2-0 winners courtesy of goals from David Phillips and Gordon Smith.

The result moved the Blues into second position and come the end of the season promotion to the First Division was secured on goal difference ahead of Portsmouth.

Goal scorer Phillips played for City for two seasons and managed to score 13 goals from midfield in all competitions during his 99 appearances for the club.


City U18s secure a second win on the bounce to continue the impressive form after emphatically dispatching Arsenal the week before.

Blackburn Rovers were the opponents at Platt Lane as the young side marched on to a 2-1 win. First half goals from Wato Kuate and Joe Nuttall knocked the wind out of the Rovers’ sails and even though they were able to pull a goal back in the second half through Jordan Preston, City held firm for the win. 

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Pellegrini explains team selection against Chelsea

YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE: Martin Demichelis (second right) marshalls the troops

City boss Manuel Pellegrini has explained his youthful, much-changed starting XI in Sunday’s 5-1 defeat to Chelsea.

The result means that his side are out of this season’s FA Cup after fielding a team which included five full debutants.

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City kids bow out of FA Cup

CAUGHT OUT: Will Caballero at Stamford Bridge

City’s FA Cup dream is over for this season after a 5-1 defeat at Chelsea.

True to his word, Manuel Pellegrini brought in several youngsters and rested some of his more established stars and he will have been pleased by what he saw, despite the loss.