On this day: 8 July
- 08 July 2013 09:31
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.
Wednesday, 8th July 2011
Stefan Savic signs for City from Partizan Belgrade, becoming the first Montenegrin to play in the Premier League in the process. The 20-year-old defender is rated as one of the brightest prospects in European football and is granted a work permit by the Home Office thanks to his prominence in the Montenegro national team for whom he had earned 10 caps by the time he joined the Blues.
Savic struggles to make an impact at the Etihad Stadium and departs for Fiorentina a year later, as part of the deal that brings Matija Nastasic to Manchester. The new arrival makes an immediate impression on the side and makes 25 appearances in his debut season, despite strong competition in the centre back role.
Tuesday 8th July 1902
Sam Ormerod resigns after City are relegated to the Second Division with debts of £1,000. He was the first manager in the Blues’ history to lead the club to the top flight of English football after gaining promotion to the First Division in 1899. Ormerod won 111 out of 240 games during his time at City, with a win percentage of just under half in his seven year stint.
Thursday 8th July 1954
Phil Woosnam, nephew of City legend Max Woosnam and cousin of golfer Ian Woosnam, leaves City and signs for Sutton United. In three years he played just once for the Blues and seemed to be drifting out of the game before re-igniting his career with West Ham and then Aston Villa. After he moved to America, Woosnam helped form the North American Soccer League as well managing the national team.