Incredibly, the blues have only played four matches on this day in the last 50 years, and by the look of it, we never, ever want to play on this day again. Two defeats and two draws have been managed, with only one goal scored, so when next season’s fixtures are announced, we need to make sure the FA are unaware of that unwanted statistic.
Here’s a look at the four matches.
It’s hard to believe, but the last time we faced a team on 6th September was way back in 1986 when Coventry City visited Maine Road.
The blues had started the season with a 3-1 win over Wimbledon, drawn 0-0 at Anfield, lost 1-0 at Spurs and drawn 2-2 at home to Norwich City. The blues sat in 11th place on five points, with Coventry three places below them, separated only by goal difference. By the end of the day, the teams had swapped positions as the visitors snatched a 1-0 victory thanks to a Cyrille Regis goal.
City fans will remember the 1980/81 season for both good and bad reasons, but when Arsenal visited Maine Road on 6th September 1980, the blues looked anything but a team that would reach the FA Cup Final.
Defeat in their opening two games, 2-0 at Southampton and 4-0 at home to Sunderland, were followed by two draws, 2-2 with Villa at Maine Road and 1-1 at Stoke. It left the blues second bottom, with only Stoke below them, so when 8th placed Arsenal came to town, the fans would have been forgiven for fearing the worst.
So when Dennis Tueart slammed home a penalty, it looked like a first win of the season that would take the blues out of the relegation zone. But City being City had to snatch a draw from the clutches victory and allowed the Gunners to equalise and the match finished 1-1.
Thanks to results elsewhere, the draw pushed the blues up to places to 19th, as Norwich and Crystal Palace fell below them.
Upton Park was the venue of a previous match on this day, and City’s stars, including Tueart, Colin Bell, Mike Doyle, Rodney Marsh and Joe Corrigan came up against a Hammers side that included Trevor Brooking, Billy Jennings and the father of a future blue, Frank Lampard.
And it was the latter who scored the only goal as the blues lost 1-0. The win for the second placed Hammers kept the pressure on Manchester United at the top of the league, while City drop four places to 13th, with just two wins from six.
On 6th September 1969, the blues faced Chelsea at Maine Road. The famous trio of Bell, Lee and Summerbee lined up for the FA Cup Winners, but they couldn’t inspire a win against a team that contained Peter Bonetti, Eddie McCreadie and Peter Osgood and the match finished 0-0.
Incredibly, well by today’s standards, that was the eight league game of the season for both teams, compared to today’s four. After the match, the blues sat in 12th place in the league, while Chelsea were three places below in 15th.