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On this day: City sail past Shakhtar and Weah bags a brace!

Looking at events, games and moments that happened this day in our history...

Wednesday 26 September 1956

Maine Road becomes the first English ground to stage European football, as Manchester United are forced to relocate for their European games because Old Trafford is yet to install floodlights.

The Reds use the stadium as their ‘home’ ground to take on Anderlecht.

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Saturday 26 September 1998

City’s patchy start to life in Division Two continues with a disappointing 2-2 draw at Northampton Town.

An uncharacteristic Nicky Weaver error hands the home side the lead. The shot-stopper fails to catch an awkward cross and punches into the path of Dean Peer, who opens the scoring on the half-volley.

Paul Dickov equalises, lashing past the goalkeeper, but the respite is short-lived as Northampton regain the lead ten minutes later when a set-piece causes chaos and Carlo Corazzin bundles home.

Shaun Goater rescues a point with the aid of a deflection but another draw provides cause for concern…

Sunday 26 September 1999

A year after netting at Sixfields, Goater is on the scoresheet once again but he can’t prevent City from falling to defeat at the hands of Ipswich Town.

The Goat levels the score at Portman Road with an excellent first-time finish, after David Johnson’s headed opener, but luck is not on City’s side as Gary Croft’s effort takes a wicked deflection off Richard Jobson and spirals past Weaver.

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Tuesday 26 September 2000

George Weah scores twice for City in a tricky League Cup second leg tie against Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium.

The Gills, who took a 1-1 draw from the first leg, push City all the way and with the scores level at 2-2 after 90 minutes, the game moves into extra-time.

Paul Dickov and Mark Kennedy score in the final seven minutes to send Joe Royle’s men into the next round.

Saturday 26 September 2015

City are handed a thrashing by Tottenham at White Hart Lane on a miserable afternoon in north London.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side take the lead midway through the first half through Kevin De Bruyne but the game dramatically swings back in favour of the hosts.

Injuries and some questionable offside decisions from the assistant referees don’t help, but the visitors are our own worst enemy after the break with some poor defending contributing to a 4-1 loss.

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Second-half goals from De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling give City a hard-fought 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium.

The visitors go toe-to-toe with Pep Guardiola’s men in the opening period before the hosts gradually take control after the break.

To add to the drama, Sergio Aguero misses a penalty our Argentine talisman spurns the chance to become the Club’s equal greatest goal-scorer, although he wouldn’t have to wait too long to smash that record…

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