Birmingham had already been well-beaten 3-0 in the league by Kevin Keegan’s exciting side when they were paired together in the League Cup for a repeat meeting just four weeks later.
This was to be Darren Huckerby’s evening and he proceeded to dismantle the visitors’ defence with a mix of electric pace and clinical finishing and the tie was as good as over at the break with the lighter Blues 3-0 to the good.
It was more of the same in the second period and Huckerby finished with four. A Shaun Goater strike and an own goal left Steve Bruce’s boys heading back up the M6 with a 6-0 drubbing.
Maine Road is packed to the rafters as City and Manchester United play out a tense 0-0 draw. A crowd of 52,037 – the biggest of the season – leave ultimately disappointed and John Bond’s side drop to 13th in Division One.
Two goals from Gary Owen and another from Tommy Booth give City a 3-0 win over Blackpool in the League Cup third round, second leg at Maine Road. The first leg at Bloomfield Road had ended 1-1 with Mike Channon on target, with this victory completing a 4-1 aggregate win over the Seasiders.