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16 goals in four days - when City went goal crazy

City’s 3-1 win over United meant the Blues had scored an incredible 15 goals in the space of eight days.

A 6-1 win over Southampton was followed with a 6-0 win over Shakhtar before last Sunday’s Manchester derby triumph.

Though the Blues hit 16 in three Premier League games last season (against Liverpool, Watford and Palace), there were Carabao Cup and Champions League games sandwiched in-between.

This, however, is the most prolific spell  in successive games under Pep Guardiola’s City tenure and is worthy of highlighting - yet the Blues have tat least twice scored more goals during a spell of three games or less.

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The ‘less’ occasion included one of the most famous City victories of modern times.

On 7 November 1987, City thrashed Huddersfield Town 10-1 at Maine Road, scoring in one game the same amount of goals Stuart Pearce’s City did during the entire 2006/07 home campaign!

David White, Tony Adcock and Paul Stewart all scored hat-tricks that day, with Neil McNab also on the score-sheet.

But what has been largely forgotten over the years is that just three days later, the Blues bagged another six goals.

Drawn at home to Plymouth Argyle in the Full Members’ Cup – an ill-fated trophy that attempted to fill the void of European football with English clubs in the middle of a five-year ban – City had been to Wembley in its inaugural year and lost to Chelsea in front of 68,000 fans.

Mel Machin’s side were still wallowing in their ten-goal haul against the Terriers and the hardy souls who turned out at a chilly Maine Road on 10 November – almost 31 years to the day before the Blues would beat United at the Etihad – thinking how typical it would be if City failed to score against Plymouth.

But it proved anything but a dull affair, with City thrashing Argyle 6-2 and Tony Adcock helping himself to a second hat-trick in less than a week.

Sixteen goals in two games from a team that included nine players who had come through the Club’s youth system.

So, the Blues have done it before and done it even slightly better. Yes, the quality of the opposition was considerably less than Southampton, Shakhtar and United, but it’s a fantastic achievement nonetheless.

Yet there is another occasion when City did even better than 16 goals in a week.

Trawling back more than a century, the Blues managed to bag 19 goals in three Division Two matches during the 1894/95 campaign.

It was during the great Billy Meredith’s era, with the Welsh wizard featuring in a spell of games spanning 14 days in March 1895.

It began with a 7-1 win over Notts County at Hyde Road and Meredith was one of five scorers that day.

Next up for Joshua Parlby’s, a 1-1 draw away to Leicester Fosse – a positively conservative display by the Blues, who had scored and shipped goals for fun that season.

City were back on track the week after, hosting Lincoln City at Hyde Road and recording a record 11-3 victory over The Imps.

City scored 82 and conceded 72 goals – a total of 154 in Division Two in just 30 matches, equating to an average of five goals per game!

On the flip side, the Blues conceded 16 goals in three games on two occasions during the 1957/58 campaign.

In September 1957, operating with briefly-attempted ‘Marsden Plan’, City shipped 15 goals in two games, losing 6-1 at Preston and 9-2 at West Brom (both during a rare Bert Trautmann absence).

Later, in February 1958, the Blues shipped 16 more goals in three games (1-5 v Spurs, 4-8 v Leicester and 4-3 v Blackpool) – this time with Bert in nets!

So, there have been precedents at either end during our Club’s colourful history - the above are just a few examples...