On this day: 5 September
- 05 September 2013 10:49
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.
Saturday 5 September 1927
Legendary City coach Malcolm Allison is born. Eight years after a bout of tuberculosis had brought a premature end to his playing career with West Ham, Allison joined manager Joe Mercer at Maine Road in 1965. The two combined to create the most successful managerial duo in the club’s history.
Wednesday 5 September 1979
Steve Daley joins City from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £1,437,500 to become the most expensive British player. Malcolm Allison believed the industrious Daley would be the perfect player to build his young side around but whether it was the weight of such a huge fee hanging around his neck or the expectation that affected him, Daley struggled to impress. After just 15 months, he signed for US club Seattle Sounders for a fraction of the fee paid for his services.
Saturday 5 September 1981
More than 10,000 City fans travel to Stoke’s Victoria Ground to watch Trevor Francis make his debut for the Blues after the much-coveted striker joined the club in 1981 for £1.2m. The England man didn’t disappoint, either, scoring twice in a 3-1 win. His stay at Maine Road, however, was blighted by injury, though he inspired City to top the table over Christmas ’81 following a 3–1 Boxing Day victory at Liverpool and a 2–1 win against Wolves, two days later. He only managed 29 appearances for the Blues before joining Sampdoria, but scored 14 goals including several fantastic individual efforts. A class act.
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