On this day: 8 February
- Fri 08 Feb 2013, 12:12PM
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.
City's oldest surviving player George Smith celebrates his 92nd birthday.
Between 1946 and 1951 George notched an impressive 75 goals in 166 appearances following signing for the Blues from Adelphi lads' club in Salford before continuing his fine goal-scoring form at Chesterfield.
The inside forward's fascinating career also includes stints for the Army and FA representative teams however George was badly injured whilst on duty in East Africa during the Second World War following a machine gun attack by the South African air force.
Determined to prove his could still play at the highest level following his injury, George regained full fitness and showed no further signs of affliction, particularly in 1946 when he scored all four goals in a famous 4-1 Manchester derby victory for the Blues.
All at MCFC would like to wish George a very happy 92nd birthday!
Saturday 8th February 1975
First half goals from Colin Bell and Dennis Tueart give City a 2-0 lead over Everton but Mickey Horswill puts through his own net to ensure a tense finish as the Blues eventually overcome Everton 2-1 at Maine Road.