Our first trip down memory lane tales us back to 2012 and a Champions League tie at Real Madrid. The blues entered the competition as Premier League champions for the first time, and faced a group of league winners, with the daunting task of trying to become the first team to beat the Spaniards in their first home match of the competition.
And that was almost the case. After holding Madrid to a goalless first half, Yaya Toure stormed forward and released Edin Dzeko, who wrong-footed the Real keeper to give the blues a shock lead against the run of play in the 68th minute. Real equalised eight minutes later, but with five minutes to go, the blues were in front again. Aleksander Kolarov curled in a glorious free kick and blues fans were sensing a famous win.
But they were to be cruelly denied. Benzema levelled two minutes later, then Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner on 90 minutes for Real to break the visiting fans hearts.
European football again on this date in 2008 as the blues took on Omonia Nikosia in the UEFA Cup. The blues had started their European campaign as early as July and this was already their fifth tie in the competition.
After a goalless first half, the home side took the lead four minutes into the second half. But the blues, who would reach the quarter final of the competition, hit back with a double strike from striker Jo.
The Brazilian hit the all-important away goal on 59 minutes, then put the blues in front with eighteen minutes remaining, to put the blues firmly in control of the tie.
The newly promoted blues had embarked on their quest to return to the Premier League strongly. After losing the opening match at home to Wolves, City had won four of their following five matches, drawing one and conceding just one goal in the process by the time they visited Walsall.
The blues were an outside bet for promotion, but did their chances no harm when goal machine Shaun Goater scored the only goal of the game in the 34th minute as the blues won 1-0. The result gave City a brief stay at the top of the table, replacing Ipswich, the team they would battle for second place.
The newly relegated blues (you see a pattern here, yes?) had an indifferent start to the season. A narrow victory on the opening day was followed by two draws, a defeat, and an away draw before thumping Millwall 4-0 at Maine Road. So when Stoke City arrived in Manchester, the fans wondered just what team would show up.
They needn’t have worried. Andy Hinchcliffe set Imre Varadi clear and the much-travelled striker buried the opening goal. The striker then shook of the attention of the Stoke defender to curl a left foot shot over the keeper for 2-0 and completed his hat-trick in the second half, converting Paul Simpson’s low cross at the far post to secure a 3-0 win for the blues.
The League Cup holders faced Sunderland at Roker Park on 18th September 1976, and went into the match on the back of a five match unbeaten start, winning three and drawing two.
And City made it four wins out of six with victory at Roker Park, but they had to wait until the second half to secure it. Goals from Dennis Tueart and Joe Royle won the match and took the points back to Manchester.