On this day: 24 August
- Fri 24 Aug 2012, 7:35AM
- 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.
Wednesday 24th August 1977
City start their away campaign in style with a 4-1 win at Aston Villa. The Blues went into the second game of the 1977/78 campaign on the back of a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Leicester City. Former Blues manager Ron Saunders was now in charge at Villa and, ironically, his last act as City boss had been to sign Dennis Tueart from Sunderland and it’s a fair bet he wished he’d never even heard of Tueart by the time this game had finished as the England striker bagged a hat-trick and Tommy Booth grabbed the other goal in a satisfying romp. All this despite City falling behind to a goal from John Deehan on four minutes.
Saturday 24th August 1996
Alan Ball’s final match as City manager comes after a dismal 2-1 defeat away to Stoke City. With both the Stoke fans and the City fans chanting anti-Ball songs, the Blues lose to the Potters – once managed unsuccessfully by Ball - and drop to 15th in Division One. After radio phone-ins were inundated with angry fans after the match, Ball was relieved of his duties shortly after.
Saturday 24th August 2002
City record their first Premier League victory under Kevin Keegan as a solitary Darren Huckerby goal proves enough to beat Keegan’s former club Newcastle United 1-0 in a tight, nervy game Maine Road.
Wednesday 24th August 2009
James Milner makes his international debut against the Netherlands in a friendly match. After coming off the bench with 24 minutes to play, Milner makes an immediate impact when he claims an assist after his low cross was met by Jermain Defoe to 2-2. Milner has since gone on to gain 16 caps for England (up to August 2011), several gained during the 2010 World Cup, but has yet to score for the national side.