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Community Shield: City's classic wins

Community Shield: City's classic wins
City will be making a 12th FA Community Shield appearance this weekend when we meet Liverpool in the traditional English season curtain-raiser.

Formerly known as the Charity Shield, to date, City have won five and lost six of our showpiece encounters, with our last triumph coming 12 months ago when we overcame Chelsea 2-0.

Here, we reflect on some of City’s most memorable Community Shield victories…

1937: City 2-0 Sunderland

In what was the Club’s second Charity Shield appearance – we had lost out to Arsenal in our maiden appearance three years earlier - Wilf Wild’s reigning champions were pitted against FA Cup holders Sunderland.

The game was staged at Maine Road on November 3rd but in that pre-war era, the match was still a low-key affair and struggled to capture the public’s imagination.

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Despite that, however, a City side containing such illustrious names as goalkeeper Frank Swift, centre half Bobby Marshall, our former Club record goal-scorer Eric Brook and Peter Doherty put on an impressive performance.

And goals from David Herd and Doherty ensured that we secured our first Charity Shield success.

City: Frank Swift; Bill Dale; Sam Barkas; Jack Percival; Bobby Marshall; Jackie Bray; Ernie Toseland; Alec Herd; Fred Tilson; Peter Doherty; Eric Brook

1968: City 6-1 West Brom

City had to wait more than 30 years before featuring again when we played West Brom in what was the 46th Charity Shield.

Fresh from our memorable Division One title triumph the previous season, Joe Mercer’s hugely talented side were pitted against FA Cup holders West Brom.

Back then, the fixture was traditionally staged at the home of the champions, so Maine Road was the backdrop to the traditional curtain-raiser to the new campaign and City served up a treat for the fans, romping to a superb 6-1 win.

Bobby Owen, on his debut for the Club following a summer move from Bury, made an instant impact netting after just 35 seconds with an own goal from Graham Lovett doubling our lead shortly after.

Though Dick Krzywicki’s strike for the Baggies narrowed the deficit, a Francis Lee goal extended City’s advantage.

Owen then claimed his second and City’s fourth before Albion keeper John Osborne was then forced off with a broken finger.

And City set the seal on hugely impressive display with further strikes Neil Young and Lee to serve up the most dominant display in the tournament’s history.

City: Ken Mulhearn, Dave Connor, Glyn Pardoe, Mike Doyle, Heslop, Allan Oakes, Francis Lee, Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee, Bobby Owen, Neil Young. 

1972: Aston Vila 0-1 City

City didn’t have to wait too long before featuring once again in the 1972/73 season curtain-raiser as we were invited back to play in the Charity Shield.

With First Division champions Derby County and FA Cup holders Leeds United both declining the chance to play in the Charity Shield, City - who had finished in fourth in the First Division - and Aston Villa, who were Third Division champions, were both invited to play instead.

The game was staged at Villa Park with a crowd of almost 35,000 watching and was unusual for another factor with City allowed to make two substitutions.

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As well as Ian Mellor replacing Wyn Davies, Derek Jeffries came on for Willie Donachie, who had hurt his left ankle ligaments and was forced to leave the field midway through the second half.

Despite that, it was City who again emerged triumphant, securing our third Shield success thanks to a 70th minute penalty from Francis Lee after Villa keeper Jim Cumbes had fouled Mike Summerbee.

City: Joe Corrigan, Tony Book, Willie Donachie (Derek Jeffries), Mike Doyle, Tommy Booth, Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee, Francis Lee, Wyn Davies (Ian Mellor), Rodney Marsh, Tony Towers.

2012: City 3-2 Chelsea

Fast forward 30 years and following our iconic 2011/12 Premier League title success, City’s next appearance in what was now re-titled the Community Shield was, by a quirk of fate, once again staged at Villa Park.

With Wembley hosting the final of the London Olympics football tournament the previous day, City’s clash with FA Cup holders Chelsea was instead held at the Midlands venue.

And the 35,000 fortunate fans who attended the game witnessed a thrilling encounter as Villa Park proved a lucky ground for City once yet again.

Fernando Torres had put Chelsea ahead on 40 minutes, but after Branislav Ivanovic's red card for a reckless challenge on Aleks Kolarov, Roberto Mancini’s men showed their mettle.

Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri scored three times in 12 second-half minutes to power the champions into a 3-1 lead.

Though Ryan Bertrand pulled another goal back on 80 minutes, City deservedly held firm to secure a fourth Community Shield triumph.

City: Costel Pantilimon; Vincent Kompany; Pablo Zabaleta; Stefan Savic (Gael Clichy 46); Aleksandar Kolarov; James Milner; Yaya Touré; Nigel de Jong; Samir Nasri (David Silva 77); Carlos Tévez (Edin Dzeko 89); Sergio Agüero.

2018: City 2-0 Chelsea

On a sun-drenched afternoon at Wembley, City’s Fourmidables sowed the seeds of what proved to be an historic, all-conquering English campaign by outclassing Chelsea.

City were at our incisive, mesmeric best and our dominance was rewarded with two trademark goals from our all-time record goalscorer Sergio Aguero, who chalked up the 200th and 201st strikes of his remarkable City career.

The Argentine master marksman broke the deadlock early in the first half with Phil Foden proving the architect.

The teenager midfielder glided through from central midfield and dinked the ball to Agüero, whose neat control allowed him to slide an angled shot through Antonio Rüdiger’s legs and into the far corner of the net.

City could and should have extended our advantage before Kun sealed the deal with his second strike after the break.

After launching another lightning break from back to front, Bernardo’s pass for Agüero was inch-perfect and the Argentinian finished instinctively.

It proved the precursor to a campaign that was to end with Pep Guardiola’s side securing all four English trophies.

City: Claudio Bravo; Kyle Walker; John Stones (Claudio Gomes 90); Aymeric Laporte (Nicolas Otamendi 87); Benjamin Mendy; Phil Foden (Brahim Diaz 75); Fernandinho; Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez (Gabriel Jesus 68); Sergio Agüero (Vincent Kompany 80); Leroy Sané (Ilkay Gundogan 46)

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