Review of 2011: May
- Mon 02 Jan 2012, 11:50AM
- Posted by Alex Rowen
Who doesn’t remember May?!
Our first trophy for 35 years, Champions League qualification for the first time ever, and Nigel de Jong’s only City goal to date ... how could we forget?
Victory over West Ham – unexpectedly helped along by City’s favourite Dutch midfielder – was followed by a less rare defeat at the hands of Everton, meaning that the Blues’ home meeting with rivals Tottenham would prove decisive in the race for fourth.
Poetic then that victory for City would mean reaching Europe’s elite competition, just as it had for Spurs when the sides met at a similar time a year earlier.
Even more so when Peter’s Crouch own goal confirmed the Blues’ place in the 2011/12 Champions League – just as the England’s striker’s goal 12 months previously had ended City hopes.
Then came the big one! The club’s first Cup Final for 30 years and the chance to bring down that banner at Old Trafford!
Having wrecked Bolton’s hopes of reaching the final with a 5-0 semi-final drubbing, Stoke City were nobody’s push-overs, but it was always going to be a Blue day and when Yaya Toure broke the deadlock, Wembley erupted.
It was a noise only matched twice more: At the full-time whistle and as captain Carlos Tevez lifted the club’s first trophy for 35 years to bring an end to the drought that had so taunted City’s loyal faithful.
Success at last! And it didn’t stop there. A 3-0 League victory over the Potters and final day success at Bolton saw City leapfrog Arsenal into third
In doing so, City ensured automatic entry to the Champions League group stages and avoided a potentially tricky qualifier.
A record-breaking season was well celebrated during the club’s FA Cup homecoming – an event which saw City greats Mike Summerbee, Francis Lee, Tony Book and Glynn Pardoe dance the Poznan – and individual accolades abounded.
Vincent Kompany’s outstanding season was rewarded with both the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Year awards, while Joe Hart won the Premier League Golden Glove accolade, having broken the club’s clean-sheet record in the process.