What a difference a day makes, even of they are separated by a few years. Title charges galore as the blues went for glory on this day. On or two you may well remember…
1995 – Nottingham Forest
After hitting the heady heights of fifth place for a couple of seasons, City began a freefall down the Premier League table and replaced by new boys Forest, who sat in third place in the Premier League following their return to the top flight. The two teams had drawn 3-3 in October at Maine Road, but Forest consolidated their place when Stan Collymore scored the only goal of the game at The City Ground.
2012 – Newcastle
The blues travelled to Newcastle having taken the re-taken the lead in the title race from United/ A City win would leave them needing to just match United’s result on the last day of the season to win the Premier League for the first time. United fans were hoping for a miracle to boost their own faltering title charge, while City fans were hoping the Magpies were not about to put a spanner in the works.
After a tense first half, City finally took the lead with 20 minutes to go when Yaya Toure curled a right foot shot past the keeper to send the visiting City fans wild. 1-0 is always a delicate lead, but Yaya made sure of the win and put one hand on the title by finishing in the 89th minute to sink United hearts and put the blues within 90 minutes of the title.
2017 – Crystal Palace
Is there ever a time City haven’t played Palace in May? On this occasion, Pep Guardiola’s first season was coming to a trophyless end, with many saying it was a disappointing season (he’d soon shut them up).
But City set about finishing the season in style and first on the chopping board were Palace. A second minute goal by David Silva gave the blues a half time lead, but in the second half it was added to by Vincent Kompany, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling Otamendi to give City a thumping 5-0 home win.
2018 – Huddersfield
City’s all conquering side of the 2017/18 season was rewarded with another Premier League title and relegation threatened Huddersfield arrived and feared a hammering. City had been knocking the goals in all season and some even thought the blues would repeat the 10-1 victory from 1987, just without the 1 part.
It wasn’t to be though as Huddersfield dug their heels in for a vital point as the match ended 0-0. Not quite the icing on the cake for the Premier League champions, who received the trophy after the match.
2019 – Leicester
The 2018/19 title race was nearing it’s end and the blues faced former champions Leicester at the Etihad Stadium. After defeat at Newcastle in January, City had won every Premier League match since and two more wins would secure back to back titles.
It took a while, but when it came, it was very much worth it. With the score at 0-0, Vincent Kompany thought he’d try his luck from range. With his teammates wondering what the hell he was doing, company unleashed a vicious shot that flew past the keeper, into the top corner to give City the lead, the win, and one hand on the title.