Pep Guardiola’s first season at City saw the blues win their opening seven Premier and Champions League fixtures and the blues, so no one gave Bournemouth much of a chance when they arrived at The Etihad. And after 25 minutes, the blues were fully in control and threatening a rout. Kevin de Bruyne’s free kick gave the blues the lead after 15 minutes and Kelechi Iheanacho doubled it ten minutes later to send the blues in 2-0 up at the break.
The second half kicked off and within three minutes, Raheem Sterling made it 3-0 and Ilkay Gundogan completed the scoring in the 66 th minute to record City’s seventh straight win. The only blot was Nolito getting himself sent off four minutes from the end of what would have been the perfect result for the blues. However, new keeper Claudio Bravo did manage to keep his first Premier League clean sheet.
The blues travelled the short distance to Ewood Park in 2006 to face Blackburn Rovers. City had only won one of their opening four games, a 1-0 home win over Arsenal and lost two, and things were not helped when Trevor Sinclair put past his own keeper to give Rovers the lead. But the game burst into life with six minutes remaining. Joey Barton equalised on 39 minutes, only for Blackburn to re-take the lead a minute before the break. Then the second own goal of the game went in as City levelled and the teams went in 2-2 at half time.
One time City target Benny McCarthy put Rovers in front and Paul Gallagher secured the points for the home side with one minute remaining to inflict a third defeat in five games for the blues.
Strangely enough, we have to go right back to 1982 to find City’s previous game on this day, a home match with the mighty Aston Villa. The blues had started well enough, winning four of their opening five matches, losing their only match so far 1-0 at Notts County.
Villa soon made it two defeats as a first half Gary Shaw goal as enough to secure the three points for the visitors. That defeat signalled a downward turn in City’s fortunes, and the blues would only win three of their next ten matches.
The blues travelled to Loftus Road to face Queens Park Rangers on 17th September 1977. The home side boasted Gerry Francis among their ranks, while the blues fielded legends such as Brian Kidd, Joe Corrigan and Peter Barnes in their side.
City were unbeaten going into the match and, thanks to Joe Royle, it remained that way. Francis gave QPR the lead, but Royle levelled before half time to give the blues share of the spoils.
As FA Cup winners, the blues entered the European Cup Winners Cup and played their first match at Athletic Bilbao. City were eager to make their mark on the European stage, especially after Malcolm Allison’s bold “we’ll terrify Europe” statement, saw the blues fail miserably at the first hurdle.
It was a different story in the ECWC, but it wasn’t without difficulty. The blues found themselves 2-0 down after just 12 minutes, and already facing another early exit. Neil Young, City’s hero that took them into Europe, pulled a goal back before half time, but Bilbao went 3-1 up after 57 minutes. Tommy Booth pulled another back 11 minutes later, and with four minutes remaining, an Echeberria own goal rescued a draw for the blues.