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Looking back at events – good or otherwise – that occurred on this day in our history…

Sunday 30 May 1999

Paul Dickov scores what will later be voted ‘City’s Greatest Ever Goal’ as Joe Royle’s side snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the Division Two play-off final.  Many would argue this the most dramatic final match in the history of the Club (at that point), but ultimately, the reward was only promotion from Division Two, something many believed would be a formality for a Club the size of Manchester City.

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Determined to do things the hard way, City trail 2-0 and with time almost up, Kevin Horlock scores what appears t be no more than a consolation goal on the stroke of 90 minute. Then, with five minutes added time to play, Dickov makes it 2-2 to complete an incredible recovery.

With no further scoring in extra time, City, backed by more than 40,000 fans, win 3-1 on penalties to complete an amazing football match. It is also, arguably, the game that changes the fortunes of what had been an ailing giant.

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Wednesday 30 May 1979

Gary Owen signs for West Bromwich Albion for £400,000 after Malcolm Allison deems the popular midfielder surplus to requirements. A devastated Owen heads for the Black Country in tears and City fans are mystified as to why one of the Club’s best young players has been allowed to leave. Owen scored 23 goals in 124 appearances for City and, along with Peter Barnes, helps destroy his former club 4-0 in his first game against City just three months later.

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