City Blogger: Goals, goals, goals
- 09 February 2014 09:39
- Posted by @Vic_Bird
In our latest fan-made blog, Victoria Gregory talks us through her favourite City goals from down the years...
On Saturday 18 January, 34 matches into the season and 14 minutes into our match against Cardiff, Edin Dzeko scored the 100th goal of the season. It also made history by being the first goal to be confirmed by goal line technology – because Typical City wouldn’t do it any other way!
Whilst it has been a week devoid of goals, it’s still amazing to be on the other end of the record-breaking spectrum as it was only seven years ago - in the 2006/07 season - that we claimed the record for the fewest goals scored at home in any season with 10 goals, none of which were scored after January 1 2007.
At the time of this blog posting, we’ve now chalked up a whopping 115 goals, so it seems timely to take a look back through the archives at some of City’s most memorable goals.
Let’s start with the first match I technically attended (my mum was pregnant with me): the 1976 League Cup Final and Dennis Tueart’s overhead kick which not only won the game but also bragging rights to become the name of my teddy bear (pictured below, with my older sister and I).
Neil Young, who sadly passed away on 3 February 2011, was a very elegant player with a devastating turn of pace. He scored 86 goals in 334 League games for City and scored the only goal in the 1969 FA Cup Final.
In the 2011 FA Cup Final, Yaya’s belter in the second half brought the FA Cup back to the club for the first time since that 1969 win, which also ended our 35-year silverware drought.
While we’re on the subject of the 2011 FA Cup, it would be remiss not to mention the semi-final against that other team from near Manchester; where another Yaya goal won the match.
Long before Tevez saw the light and switched to the blue side of Manchester, Dennis Law made the switch in 1973 on a free transfer. Although he’d been at City earlier in his career, his glory days had been at United, but will be best remembered by City fans when he scored his infamous backheel goal in the 81st minute of the Manchester Derby in 1974.
Despite the attempts of the United fans invading the pitch and getting the game abandoned, the score line stood and United were relegated that season (although technically they would have been relegated even if we hadn’t won).
Any goal against that team from Trafford is special, so let’s pick out another one... it’s 2002, we’re back in the Premier League and we’re playing at home in the Manchester Derby. Anelka opened the scoring on five minutes, and United quickly replied when Cardiff’s new manager scored an equaliser in the 8th minute. The scores were level, then The Goat was fed by Neville.
This next video has a brace of City goals, but it’s not from this season. Back in 2001 we travelled to Yorkshire to meet Sheffield Wednesday and came away with a 6-2 win.
Ali Benarbia was bewitching in this match (my fellow City Blogger Thom Soutter previously wrote his Ode to Ali Bernarbia) and Shaun Goater was brilliant as always. This is a particularly special set of goals for me as I went to school in Sheffield, so I just can’t help but watch this with a very smug grin plastered on my face.
Georgi Kinkladze scored some sublime goals for us, but I’m going with this one and dedicate the selection to my mate Russ who supports West Ham and has been very gracious in defeat recently.
I can’t write a blog about goals and not include one of the 100 from this season. It’s a tough one, with there being so many to choose from, but I’ve decided to go with the player who currently has my heart: Alvaro Negredo.
The Beast’s deceptive first touch from Fernandinho’s assist is then hammered home for the fifth goal against Spurs when they travelled to the Etihad in November last year.
On 30 May 1999 I was at university in London. My parents travelled down the M1 and met up with me at my halls of residence and we headed to Wembley for the Second Division Playoff final against Gillingham.
This was a defining match for City as we were two goals down with three minutes to go and facing another season in the third tier.
It can certainly be argued that we wouldn’t be where we are today without Kevin Horlock and Paul Dickov’s 90th and 95th minute goals, or the subsequent penalties we scored and those that Nicky Weaver’s saved. This was truly a rollercoaster of emotions.
There’s only another goal that, to date, reduces me to tears each and every time I watch, and I’ve lost count of how many times I have watched it now, as I’m sure all City fans have.
You know what I’m talking about: “Aguerooooooooooooooooooooooooo”. So here it is; drink it in. This, my friends, is how it feels to be City.
What’s your favourite all-time goal?