On this day: 1 July
- 01 July 2013 08:11
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Trawling back through the history books to find the events, signings or memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history…
Monday 1 July 1974
Tony Whelan joins Rochdale having failed to live up to the lofty expectations of Malcolm Allison. It proves a largely disappointing 16-month spell at Maine Road for the cultured forward during which he made just three starts and climbed off the bench on another three occasions.
Big Mal had signed the former Manchester United player as competition for Rodney Marsh, but apart from the odd flash of promise and an excellent debut, Whelan (pictured below, bottom row second from left) never managed to force his way into the first team and was shipped off to Spotland.
Tuesday 1 July 1902
Sam Ormerod resigns as City manager after the Blues are relegated to the Second Division with debts of £1,000. He was the first boss in the Club’s history to lead City to the top flight of English football after gaining promotion to Division One in 1899.
Ormerod won 111 out of 240 games during his time at City. Tom Maley was his replacement.
Monday 1 July 1906
Harry Newbould arrives at City at a turbulent time for Club who are crippled with continuing financial problems. In Newbould’s first game in charge, the Blues ended up with just six players on the field after five players caught sunstroke!
City lost that game 4-1 against Woolwich Arsenal and his second match wasn’t much better as the Blues recorded their heaviest ever defeat to date – a 9-1 thumping by Everton – though this was just two days later and half the team were still sick.
It was a rollercoaster period for City under Newbould who finished 17th, 3rd and were then relegated before winning Division Two and then twice just escaping relegation with finishes of 17th and 15th. Former United boss Ernest Mangnall (pictured below) replaced Newbould in September 1912.
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