On this day: 25 August
- Sat 25 Aug 2012, 8:24AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.
Saturday 25 August 1923
City first play at their new Maine Road home for the first time after leaving the cramped surrounds of Hyde Road. Designed by local architect Charles Swain, the original plan was for the ground to match London’s new Wembley Stadium and hold more than 90,000 spectators – ‘a stadium fit for Manchester’s premier club’ as stated by officials at the time. The opening game introduced the fans to this huge arena and many were in awe of its size. With only the Main Stand’s 10,000 seats covered, the rest of the ground was open terracing. Buoyed on by a record crowd of 56,993 – and a brass band! - the Blues beat Sheffield United 2–1 with goals from Tom Johnson and Horace Barnes.
Wednesday 25 August 1965
City beat Wolves 2-1 without a player in sky blue finding the net! The visitors managing to put through their own goal twice, much to the delight of the 25,572 Maine Road crowd. City remain unbeaten for the first seven games of the campaign which will ultimately end in promotion back to the top flight.
Monday 25 August 2003
The Blues top the Premier League for the first time ever with a thrilling 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Michael Tarnat's 35-yard free-kick puts City on their way after just three minutes but a Trevor Sinclair own goal on half-time sends the teams in level. Joey Barton restores the Blues' lead on 59 minutes but Rovers again equalise with Lorenzo Amoruso heading home two minutes later. With just three minutes left, Nicolas Anelka scores the winner to send Kevin Keegan's City to the top of the table.