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On This Day: Five-star City reach Cup Winners' Cup final

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

April 15

1970: City’s hopes of reaching the European Cup Winners’ Cup rest on turning a 0-1 first leg deficit around at Maine Road against German side Schalke 04.

Thanks to two goals from Neil Young plus efforts from Mike Doyle, Franny Lee and Colin Bell, Joe Mercer’s side roar through to the final with an emphatic 5-1 win in front of 46,361 delighted City fans.


Our reward is a place in the final against Polish outfit Gornik Zabrze to be played in Vienna.

2017: City strengthened our hopes of a top-four Premier League finish as a slick second-half display saw off a subdued Southampton, Pep Guardiola's side running out 3-0 victors at the St Mary's Stadium.

Skipper Vincent Kompany headed David Silva's left-wing corner past keeper Fraser Forster's weak save for his first goal in 20 months.

Leroy Sane drilled in Kevin de Bruyne's pass after a quick counter, with Sergio Aguero's far-post header sealing it.

The result left Guardiola's side in third position, seven points clear of fifth-placed Everton.


1953 - Steve Daley: The former Wolves midfield star became the most expensive signing in British history when he moved to City from Molineux for a fee of £1,437,500 in September 1979.

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Daley arrived at Maine Road with a glowing reputation as one of the English game’s most sought-after talents.

However, Daley’s time at City proved to be one of frustration for both player and Club and after just under two years and 53 appearances, Steve moved on to pastures new in the United States.

1992 - John Guidetti: The Swedish striker spent seven years at City between 2008 and 2015, a period which was interspersed with several loan spells.

Having made one full appearance for City in League Cup tie at West Brom in 2010, Guidetti has since enjoyed a well travelled career despite having just turned 28 today.

starring for Celta Vigo and Alaves as well as undertaking loan spells with Burnley, Feyenoord, Stoke and Celtic. He is currently on loan with German side Hannover 96.

He has also represented Sweden on 28 occasions to date, and was part of the Swedish squad at the 2018 World Cup finals

1982 - Albert Riera: The Spanish winger/left back, made 16 appearances for City in the 2005/6 season during a loan spell with the Club.

Over the course of his career, the much-travelled Spanish international spent time with Real Mallorca, Espanyol, Bordeaux, Liverpool, Olympiakos and Galatasaray amongst others before finally retiring from the game in 2018