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City and the FA Community Shield: Complete record

City will be making an eleventh FA Community Shield appearance when the Blues meet Chelsea this Sunday’s traditional English season curtain-raiser.

Formerly known as the Charity Shield, to date, City have won four and lost six, with the last triumph in 2012 when – ironically – the Blues beat Chelsea 3-2 at Villa Park.

So, here’s the complete list of the games City have taken part in…


Arsenal 4 Manchester City 0

Venue: Highbury

Attendance: 10,888

City’s first Charity Shield game ended with a heavy loss to Arsenal.

The Blues were taking on champions Arsenal having won the FA Cup the previous season, but the game ended in a comfortable win for the hosts.

A poor crowd of little more than 10,000 saw the match.


Manchester City 2 Sunderland 0

Venue: Maine Road

Attendance: 14,000

Defending league champions City beat FA Cup winners Sunderland 2-0 at Maine Road with goals from Alec Herd and Peter Doherty.

It was City’s first Shield success, but a low crowd indicated that playing the game on a midweek November evening held little prestige.


Manchester City 0 Manchester United 1

Venue: Maine Road

Attendance: 30,495

Though the league champions generally hosted the fixture, United's Old Trafford was yet to install floodlights and the game – played in the evening – was instead played at Maine Road.

It was the first competitive Manchester derby played under floodlights and the Blues were taking on the Busby Babes in front of more than 30,000.

The match was settled by Dennis Viollet on 75 minutes for the Reds.


Manchester City 6 West Brom 1

Venue: Maine Road

Attendance: 35,510

With the Charity Shield having been moved the to the first major domestic fixture of the season, City took on West Brom at Maine Road in front of a health crowd of more than 35,000.

Joe Mercer’s side were looking to get their season off to a flyer and couldn’t have wished for a better start.

Bobby Kennedy’s clever pass to Bobby Owen saw the City striker calmly slot home with just a minute on the clock.

Mike Summerbee’s cross when then headed home by West Brom’s Graham Lovett before an exquisite free-kick made it 3-0 before the break.

Francis Lee ran up to the free-kick on the edge of the Baggies’ box but instead slid a disguised pass to Summerbee who played the one-two perfectly for Lee to drill home from close range.

Albion pulled one back before the break – sumptuous effort from Dick Krzywick, but the onslaught continued in the second period.

Owen claimed a second after the West Brom keeper made a hash of his low shot and then Neil Young controlled a long pass from Mike Doyle before cracking home a superb volley to put the contest beyond doubt.

There was still time for the lethal Summerbee/Lee partnership to score a sixth, with Buzzer heading a cross into Lee’s path and the City forward firing home from 10 yards.


Leeds United 2 Manchester City 1

Venue: Elland Road

Attendance: 39,835

Having won the FA Cup the previous May, City took on league champions Leeds United at Elland Road.

Don Revie’s men had wrestled the crown from the Blues in what had been a largely limp defence of the title by Mercer’s men, but the FA Cup had ensured major silverware still found its way back to Maine Road.

In a keenly-contested affair, Leeds score twice in three minutes through Eddie Gray and Jack Charlton just before the hour-mark and Colin Bell’s acrobatic finish on 90 minutes proved little more than a consolation as the Lilywhites relieved the Blues of another title.


Aston Villa 0 Manchester City 1

Venue: Villa Park

Attendance: 34,589

The Charity Shield had lost its lustre for some clubs and for the second year in succession, the FA Cup winners and league champions elected not to take part.

City, who had finished in fourth and Villa – Third Division champions – instead took part in something of a bizarre match-up.

The Blues, managed by Malcolm Allison, were much the better side and settled the game with Francis Lee’s 70th-minute penalty.


Manchester City 0 Burnley 1

Venue: Maine Road

Attendance: 23,988

Yet again the FA Cup winners and league champions snubbed the FA Charity Shield – a third year running – and City stepped in.

As holders of the Shield, the Blues hosted Second Division champions Burnley at Maine Road and Colin Waldron – close friend of Colin Bell – scored the only goal of the game for the Clarets.


Manchester City 2 Manchester United 3

Venue: Wembley

Attendance: 77,169

There was much of a charitable atmosphere when City and United competed at Wembley for the second year in succession.

In the second Shield clash between the Manchester clans, there were seven bookings in a game that was keenly-contested from the first minute until the last.

The Blues had beaten United there the previous April in the FA Cup semi-final before lifting the trophy with a win against Stoke.

United, Premier League champions, were thirsty for revenge, but when Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko scored just before the break, it looked as though City would again take the spoils.

Chris Smalling pulled one back on 52 minutes and six minutes later, Nani made it 2-2.

The game seemed to be heading for a penalty shoot-out when Nani struck with almost the last kick, four minutes into added time to win the game for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.


Chelsea 2 Manchester City 3

Venue: Villa Park

Attendance: 36,394

City, having won the title, took on FA Cup winners Chelsea at Villa Park with Wembley unavailable due to the London Olympic Games.

City’s last success in the (now-called) Community Shield had been back in 1972 at Villa Park and it would prove a lucky ground for Roberto Mancini’s side yet again.

Fernando Torres put Chelsea ahead on 40 minutes, but after Ivanovic's red card for a reckless challenge on Aleks Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri scored three times in 12 second-half minutes to give City a 3-1 lead.

Ryan Bertrand pulled one back on 80 minutes, but the Blues held firm for a fourth Community Shield triumph.


Arsenal 3 Manchester City 0

Venue: Wembley

Attendance: 71,523

With many players absent due to their involvement in the 2014 World Cup, a much-changed City side were well-beaten by Arsenal in the Blues’ eight final overall.

Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud put the Gunners three goals clear with only an hour on the clock – it was the Blues’ last appearance in the fixture until Sunday’s clash with Chelsea…