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On This Day: City retain title in thrilling style, Pearce lands top job

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

May 12

2005: Stuart Pearce is handed the manager’s job on a permanent basis after an amazing run took City within a penalty kick of qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

Pearce had taken over the reins from Kevin Keegan ten weeks earlier and guided City from mid-table to the cusp of European qualification and a win over Middlesbrough would have been enough.

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However, a last-minute penalty miss by Robbie Fowler meant the Blues picked up one point instead of three and failed to qualify.

2018: City's Women's Super League title ambitions suffered a huge setback as we slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.

City led at the break through Nadia Nadim's cool finish early on.

But fine second-half strikes from Netherlands midfielder Danielle van de Donk and England forward Beth Mead completed the Gunners' comeback.

Chelsea's win over Sunderland later on Saturday left City six points behind with two games to go.

2019: Emma Mitchell’s late long-range strike saw WSL champions Arsenal inflict a first league defeat of the season on runners-up City.


City keeper Ellie Roebuck made several key saves in the first half before Sari van Veenendaal, making her final appearance for the Gunners, almost spilled Lauren Hemp’s header onto the post.

The visitors applied more pressure in the second half, with Pauline Bremer denied by Van Veenendaal. Nick Cushing’s side looked set to at least complete an unbeaten campaign, before substitute Mitchell found the top corner from 25 yards out with minutes to go.

2019: City retained our Premier League title and saw off Liverpool’s challenge after coming from behind and outclassing Brighton at the Amex, winning 4-1.

Pep Guardiola's side started the day knowing victory would ensure we would become the first team to retain the crown since Manchester United 10 years ago - but any slip-up could have let in relentless pursuers Liverpool, who were hosting Wolves at Anfield.


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And when Glenn Murray gave the Seagulls the lead, anxiety rose in Sussex.

City's response was emphatic and ruthless as goals from Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan swept Brighton aside to end the campaign with a record 14 successive league victories, making it 32 in all, which equalled the record we set last season.