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On this day: Promotion at Ewood Park!

Events and matches - good or bad - that happened on this day in our history....

7 May

1955

Roy Paul skippers City in the 1955 FA Cup Final but even he can’t prevent a 3-1 defeat to Newcastle United.

Paul vows to return to win the trophy the following season – a promise he will keep, just as Sam Cowan did 22 years earlier.

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1994

City complete a disappointing campaign with a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday, as Uwe Rosler cancels out Gordon Watson’s first-half opener.

2000

City seal promotion to the Premier League with an unforgettable 4-1 win at Blackburn Rovers on the final day of the season.

Joe Royle’s men only need a point but fall a goal behind to Matt Jansen’s well-taken volley, opening the gate for challengers Ipswich to sneak into second spot.

But the visitors rally in the second half, levelling through hero Shaun Goater to spark scenes of delirium in all corners of the ground.

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Christian Dailly then bizarrely puts through his own net to give City the lead and further goals from fan favourites Mark Kennedy and Paul Dickov cap a sensational triumph, as City return to the Premier League for the first time since 1996.

Despite the manner of the victory, the day is best remembered for the tens of thousands of City fans who descended upon Ewood Park in the hope of finding a ticket – either in the home or away end! Some would even watch on from the hills overlooking the ground! All were invited in after the game to celebrate with a mass pitch invasion on Blackburn’s turf!

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2001

Exactly a year after our promotion, City return to Division One – relegated by Ipswich Town, who we had denied a top-two spot 12 months earlier on the final day.

The Tractor Boys went up via the play-offs and inflicted the ultimate revenge, sending City down with a 2-1 win with late goals from Matt Holland and Martijn Reuser rendering Shaun Goater’s late strike meaningless.

 

2005

City’s hopes of European football are boosted with a 2-1 away win at Aston Villa.

Shaun Wright-Phillips and Kiki Musampa strike inside the first 12 minutes at Villa Park and Stuart Pearce’s men hang on for a vital win.

2006

Six years after that famous day at Ewood Park, Blackburn gain some form of revenge with a 2-0 win on the final day.

Zurab Khizanishvili and Shefki Kuqi score either side of half-time to hand the hosts the victory and despite Tugay Kerimoğlu’s red card for a high tackle on David Sommeil, City – winless in eight of our previous nine league games – are unable to find a response.

 

2011

Former City defender Sylvain Distin haunts his former Club with a goal, as Everton defeat City 2-1 at Goodison Park.

Yaya Toure opens the scoring in the first half but the Toffees turn the game on its head through goals from Distin and Leon Osman to take the points.

 

2013

Edin Dzeko bags the only goal of the game as City edge out West Brom at the Etihad Stadium.

With Saturday’s FA Cup Final in mind, Roberto Mancini makes eight changes but the hosts claim a deserved win.


2014

City storm to victory in the penultimate game of the remarkable 2013/14 campaign, placing one hand on the Premier League trophy.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men move two points clear atop the table with just one game remaining, courtesy of a 4-0 thrashing of Aston Villa.

A goalless first half sets the nerves jangling but the floodgates open up once Edin Dzeko nets the decisive opener.

The Bosnian Diamond doubles the lead eight minutes later before Stevan Jovetic seals the win late on and the icing it smoothed onto the cake when Yaya Toure embarks on a sensational solo powerdrive in injury time before curling home the fourth!


2017

City produce an incredible comeback to claim our first win in the … tournament: the Spring Series.

Nick Cushing’s side fight back ffrom 2-1 down to triumph 3-2 at Reading, thanks to a Nikita Parris double and a header from substitute Jill Scott.

Super sub Megan Campbell inspires the victory, coming off the bench and creating two assists within minutes, courtesy of her outrageous long throw-ins.

A Jade Moore screamer and Lauren Bruton penalty had handed the hosts the lead, after Parris had opened the scoring early on, but the reigning Champions rally to turn the game on its head for a second time.


Birthdays

Former City goalkeeper Arni Arason celebrates his 45th birthday today.

The Icelandic shot-stopper served as an understudy to David James in the 2003/04 campaign – most notably producing a stunning double save in the famous 4-3 FA Cup triumph at Tottenham Hotspur, in which Kevin Keegan’s men came from 3-0 down to progress.

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