On this day: 15 March
- 15 March 2013 08:09
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.
Tuesday 15th March 1960
Denis Law signs for City from Huddersfield for £55,000.
The fee was a full £10,000 more than the previous British transfer record and Law quickly shows why the club has invested so much on his somewhat scrawny shoulders and will leave for record fee within a year.
Wednesday 15th March 1970
Perhaps City’s greatest European night at Maine Road as Joe Mercer’s side show their true pedigree.
The European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final second leg clash with crack German outfit Schalke 04 would prove to be a classic.
City had pegged back their opponents in the first leg and come away trailing by a single goal.
Having still never conceded a goal at home in Europe, the Blues were confident that they could progress to their first final in Europe at the only their second attempt at Continental football.
Pumped up and geed on by 46,361 fans, the Blues were irresistible and romped home thanks to goals from Neil Young (2), Bell, Lee and Mike Doyle and despite a late consolation ruining the clean sheets record, the 5-1 scoreline was celebrated long into the night by Blues fans who could look forward to a glamorous final and the prospect of yet more silverware to add to an already burgeoning trophy cabinet.
It was exhilarating, heady stuff by arguably the best team in Europe at that point.
Wednesday 15th March 1989
Niall Quinn joins from Arsenal for what will prove to be a bargain fee of £800,000.
The Big Irishman will go on to become one the most popular players to ever wear the No. 9 shirt for the club.
His skilful and intelligent link-up play belies his six foot, four inch frame with his deft flicks, chips and cushioned headers backed by excellent technique.
Quinn leads the line with aplomb for the best part of six years, playing 204 times and scoring 66 goals before being sold to Sunderland as a cost-cutting exercise.