Typical City returned in style in yesterday’s Manchester Derby. The blues were 45 minutes away from a ninth derby win in fourteen matches, but more importantly, 45 minutes from securing the title with six games remaining.
But no. As they have done over the years, the blues just have to make it difficult for themselves, as they cling onto the tag which they thought they had finally shook off. Today, we look back at other typical City moments, victories, defeats and draws over the years.
Man City 0-1 Luton – 14th
In football, there are three outcomes; Win, lose or draw and against Luton on the final day of the season, City just needed to avoid defeat. Two other outcomes were possible, even probable, but that’s not the Typical City way.
With seven minutes remaining, it was looking like it would be City’s day, but then Raddy Antic popped up and his deflected shot passed Alex Williams in the City goal to give Luton the lead and eventually the win.
Cue David Pleat’s hop, skip and jump or whatever it was as the Hatters survived and City’s seventeen year run in the first Division ended.
Man City 3-3 Bournemouth – 6th
With two games remaining in the old second division, City were second and victory against lowly Bournemouth, coupled with a draw or defeat for Crystal Palace, would see City promoted. Two goals from Paul Moulden and another from Trevor Morley sent the blues 3-0 up at half-time.
However, Bournemouth pulled two goals back to make a nervy finish to the match and when Andy Hinchcliffe’s clumsy challenge resulted in a penalty, Luther Blissett squared the match. Palace drew 2-2 at Leicester, meaning City had to wait another week for promotion
Bradford 1-1 Man City – 13th
It was rare that Typical City made two appearances in the space of seven days, but in 1989, the fans were treated to a double dose. All the blues needed was a point to secure promotion. But if Palace won by four goals against Birmingham, and City lost, Palace would be promoted and City in the play-offs.
And in true typical City style, the blues made the fans sweat. After dominating the match, City fell behind to a first half Bradford goal. Not to worry, thought the fans. We’ve got the second half and Palace aren’t doing anything anyway. City continued to create more and more chances without taking any, then news came through that Palace were leading 4-0. With just a few minutes of the season left, Trevor Morley popped up to divert David White’s cross home and send City up.
Aston Villa 1-2 Man City – 1st
By the time City travelled to Villa Park, they had not picked up a single away win in the First Division all season, and the prospect of facing Villa, who had only lost on home league game all season, was daunting to say the least. With David Platt leading their title challenge against Liverpool, there wasn’t much hope of the blues coming away with anything.
And that seemed to be confirmed, as Platt danced into to City penalty area and teed up Gordon Cowans to give the home side the lead. However a strike by Mark Ward sent an impressive City side in 1-1 at the break.
Typical City. Couldn’t win at Coventry, Wimbledon and Derby (6-0) to name a few, but could do it at the home of a club who could potentially win the league!
Crystal Palace 4-0 City – 11th
City went to Selhurst Park for a League Cup Quarter Final match against Palace and were favourites to reach the semi-final. In the previous round, the blues had drawn 1-1 at home with the then mighty Newcastle, before winning the replay 2-0 at St James’s Park. There was hope and expectation for the fans as the blues emerged from the tunnel.
But what the fans hadn’t seen was Typical City had arrived, and through a mixture of poor defending and, well just poor defending really, the blues were thumped 4-0
Spurs 3-4 Man City – 4th
Spurs went in 3-0 up at the break, while City lost star strike Nicolas Anelka midway through the first half through injury, then had Joey Barton sent off at half-time. As the ten men came out for the second half, surely it would just be a case of damage limitation?
Even when Sylvain Distin head home Michael Tarnat’s free-kick, no one would believe Typical City could salvage anything from this. That is until Paul Bosvelt made it 3-2 with a deflect shot and when Shaun Wright-Phillips ran through to make it 3-3, the City fans were delirious, but were still expecting a Spurs winner.
But Typical City decided against that this time and scored the winner themselves, Jon Macken heading home Tarnat’s cross to win the match 4-3.
City 2-2 Liverpool – 5th
One of the best examples of Typical City was to be witnessed at Maine Road as Liverpool came to town. The blues needed to equal or better the results of Southampton and Coventry to avoid relegation, so typical City decided to make the job that little bit harder and give Liverpool two own goals.
They then drew level and manager Alan Ball, knowing Coventry were losing, sent word out to just keep the ball and play out time. But it was Niall Quinn who checked and realised Ball’s information was wrong and rushed out to tell the team to get a third. By that time, it was too late. Coventry and Southampton won, City drew and the blues began their freefall.
Birmingham 2-1 Man City – 13th
Perhaps the most Typical City result of all-time. City had only won two away games all season, and a dull 0-0 draw was on the cards, but when Murtaz Shelia headed home a corner in the 90th
But, as the fans celebrated, the players on the pitch were quickly replaced by Typical City, and during stoppage time, the blues conceded two goals to ensure the points stayed in Birmingham, and leave City fans realising that their team really can steal defeat from the jaws of victory.
Man City 2-2 QPR – 25th
City had a golden chance to move away from the relegation zone. All they had to do was beat QPR at home. Simple eh? Not for Typical City. Georgi Kinkladze had given City the lead in the first minute and suddenly, everything looked rosy.
Then former blue Mike Sheron equalised for Rangers before the unbelievable happened. Jamie Pollock, signed by City just a month earlier to try and help the club avoid relegation, scored one of the best goals of his career. A QPR attack was cut out by Pollock, who chipped the ball away from the QPR striker and headed the ball over his own keeper to give QPR the lead.
Lee Bradbury equalised for City (yes it really did happen), but it wasn’t enough and the blues had to win at Stoke and hope results elsewhere their way. And in true Typical City style, they turned in their best performance of the season, winning 5-2. However results didn’t go their way and the club were relegated again.