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On This Day: 22 October

  • 22 October 2012 09:03
  • Posted by Nicola McCarthy

Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.

Saturday 22nd October 1994

As the players trooped off the Maine Road pitch at the end of this rain-lashed game against Spurs, John Motson declared to the watching Match of the Day millions that this had been one of the best games he could remember covering for BBC television. 

City struck first as a right wing cross was half cut out by a young Sol Campbell after 16 minutes, but, as the defender lost his bearings, Paul Walsh nipped in and tucked the ball away low to ’keeper Ian Walker’s left hand side.

Spurs levelled when Ilie Dumitrescu slotted home but the Blues struck back when Summerbee’s perfectly flighted right wing cross was headed goalwards by Paul Walsh, only for Walker to parry his effort out to Niall Quinn who nodded home from a prone position.

Then Beagrie skipped past two defenders on the left, motored over the halfway line and passed inside to Quinn, who moved the ball on in one movement to the incoming Walsh. The momentum of his shot carried the ball into the net after Walker’s half save. 

With just sixty seconds of the second period played, Dumitrescu rolled in a second Spurs goal from Klinsmann’s clever back heel and the game was on a knife-edge once again. Beagrie, at his irrepressible best, left David Kerslake tackling fresh air before whipping in a cross that was headed home powerfully by Steve Lomas and then Walsh, enjoying his best game in City colours, set up Garry Flitcroft for the fifth.

Wednesday 22nd October 1980

City win their first game of the season, beating Spurs 3-1 at Maine Road with goal from Steve Daley, Steve Mackenzie and Kevin Reeves score in John Bond’s first game in charge.

Saturday 22nd October 1980

John Bond watches from the stands as City win their first game of the season at the thirteenth attempt.  Though Bond hasn’t taken a ‘hands on’ role as yet, his influence is obvious as the Blues win 3-1 with a performance full of verve and energy and a team that had been seemingly headed for relegation takes on a new life under the new boss.

Monday 22nd October 1973

Jonny Hart is forced to retire following a pancreatic attack. Hart played for City as an inside forward for thirteen years between 1947 and 1960 and scored 67 goals during that time, making 169 appearances in the league. As City manager, he won half of his 22 games in charge, with the team managing 26 goals before ill health signalled the end of his spell as manager. Hart also managed to persuade Denis Law to join the Blues on a free transfer from Manchester United and it was Law, who would ultimately relegate his former employers later on that season.


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