On this day: 02 August
- 02 August 2012 09:21
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.
Saturday 2nd August 1969
FA Cup holders City were beaten 2-1 in the Charity Shield by league champions Leeds United at Elland Road in front of 39,535 fans. Two goals in three second-half minutes from Eddie Gray and Jackie Charlton gave Leeds a 2-0 lead before Colin Bell scored City’s only goal with almost the last kick of the game.
Wednesday 2nd August 2000
Former 1995 FIFA World Footballer of the Year George Weah signed from AC Milan on a free transfer. Weah, who graced the shirt of Milan for many seasons before going on loan to Chelsea, was signed along with West Ham striker Paulo Wanchope for a new-look strike force as the newly-promoted Blues make an early statement of intent on their return to the Premier League.
Weah failed to make the impact Joe Royle had hoped for, however, and after just a few months at Maine Road, Weah left after barely 10 weeks with City, joining Marseille as his glittering career began to finally wind down. He later moved in politics in his home country of Liberia where he is still a national hero.