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On This Day: Five-star City sign off in style and Royle departs

Looking at events that happened - good or bad - on this day in our history....

May 21

1976: City begin a two-week tour of South East Asia by beating the Japanese National XI 3-0 in the first of four matches against the same team.

City win all the games without conceding a goal before losing 4-2 to South Korea B – then beating the South Korea A team 3-0 twice to complete a successful trip.

2001: Following relegation from the Premier League, manager Joe Royle is sacked after defeats to Ipswich Town and Chelsea condemn City to the second tier.

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Royle is one of the most celebrated managers in the club’s recent history after guiding City to back-to-back promotions.

A Play-Off final miracle against Gillingham saw City return to Division One at the first attempt before a 4-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on the final day of the next campaign confirmed promotion back to the Premier League.

2017: City sealed our place in next season's Champions League by crushing Watford 5-0 to finish third in Pep Guardiola's debut season.

Skipper Vincent Kompany headed us into an early lead before Sergio Aguero after a brace quick counter-attacks.

City, needing a point to guarantee a finish in the top four, were 4-0 up at half-time after Fernandinho bundled in and Gabriel Jesus rounded off a fine display at Vicarage Road, clipping in a fifth after the break.


2017: City’s Women kept the pressure on FA WSL Spring Series leaders Liverpool with a thumping 5-1 win over Yeovil.

Jane Ross bagged a brace, while Jill Scott and Kosovare Asllani also found the net, ensuring Lucy Quinn’s first half strike proved a mere consolation for the visitors, who also netted an own-goal through Annie Heatherson and had a penalty saved by Ellie Roebuck.