On this day: 17 September
- 17 September 2012 07:41
- 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.
Wednesday 17th September 1969
City and Atletico Bilbao play out a thrilling 3-3 draw in the first leg of the first round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup in Spain. This was beginning of the Blues’ victorious European campaign under Mercer and Allison. Goals from Neil Young and Tommy Booth as well as an own goal from the home side secured City an away draw which gave them the foundations for a 3-0 victory in the second leg at Maine Road that in turn would see the Blues march all the way to the final in Vienna.
Saturday 17th September 1983
A rampant City tear Blackburn Rovers apart at Maine Road with a stunning display. Derek Parlane grabs his first City hat-trick and further strikes from Andy May, Jim Tolmie and Graham Baker give Billy McNeill’s side the victory. For Parlane it is a personal triumph having been released by Leeds United on a free transfer a few months earlier – it also means he has scored six times in his first six games for City – just four short of the ten he managed in 50 appearances for the Elland Road club. Parlane continues top score that season, finishing with 19 goals, vindicating McNeill’s decision to give him one more chance to prove he could still produce the goods.