2000 – Birmingham City
In April 2000, City faced Birmingham at Maine Road in the final home game of the season. The blues had only been promoted from the third division 12 months earlier and were not expected to be challenging for promotion. But that’s where Joe Royle’s side found themselves and they needed a win to stay ahead of Ipswich Town going into the final day of the season.
Robert Taylor grabbed the only goal of the game, but City needed a good save from Nicky Weaver to secure the points. All they had to do now was go to Blackburn, knowing a win would see them return to the top flight.
2001 – West Ham
City’s return to the Premier League was a difficult one and by the time West Ham arrived at Maine Road, the blues were staring down the barrel at relegation. A City win would keep their very slim hopes of survival alive, while defeat would mean relegation and First Division Football.
And the blues survival dream was kept alive when Ian Pearce’s own goal gave City a 1-0 win, but with a visit to Ipswich and a final home game of the season against Chelsea, the bleus still had it all to do.
2007 – Aston Villa
Prior to the takeover by Thaksin Shinawatra and later ADUG, the blues Premier League seasons were hit and miss. In 2007, the blues again played in the bottom half of the table and when Villa came to Maine Road in 2007, it was nothing more than mid-table battle for nothing more than pride.
And Villa would walk away with a 2-0 victory thanks to a first half John Carew goal and a strike from Shaun Maloney with 15 minutes remaining to condemn City to their 16th defeat of the season.
2019 – Burnley
In 2019, some blues had given up hope of winning the Premier League after defeat at Newcastle at the end of January. But what happened next was unprecedented. City won every match they played in, apart from a 1-0 defeat at Spurs in the Champions League.
City had won the League Cup, reached the FA Cup Final and clawed their way back into the title race, but Burnley would be a huge test of City’s title aspirations. A solitary goal by Sergio Aguero won the points for the blues, meaning if City won the next two matches, they would be crowned champions for the second successive season.