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On This Day: 12 March

  • 12 March 2016 09:54
  • Posted by @MPHenson

Join us as we take a look back to games and events from this date in City history...

Join us as we take a look back to games and events from this date in City history...

City have played 12 games on the 12 March over the years but don’t have the best record on the date with two wins, four draws and six defeats.


The first league game, but second game overall, in City history that took place on 12 March was against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.

Peter Doherty and Eric Brook, City’s all-time top goalscorer, grabbed the goals to secure a 2-2 draw and keep City off the bottom of Division One.


Rewind 20 years ago and City travelled to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Tuesday 12 March 1996.

Ruud Gullit put the home side in the lead in the 23rd minute before Nigel Clough struck three minutes before half time to ensure a share of the points for the away side.


Another Tuesday night game took place in 2002 when the Blues travelled to Gresty Road for a Division One match, now known as the Championship, against Crewe.

Ali Benarbia gave City the lead midway through the first half with a magnificent strike before Darren Huckerby doubled the advantage of the stroke of half time.

Crewe pulled a goal back in the 55th minute through Rodney Jack  but Kevin Keegan’s side responded well and restored the two-goal lead twenty minutes later through Shaun Goater to seal the three points.


The latest game to be played on the 12 March in City history, AAB Aalborg were the visitors to the Etihad for the UEFA Cup Round of 16 First Leg tie.

It was a comfortable victory for City as they secured a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Felipe Caicedo and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

A week later, Aalborg sent the tie to extra time after two late goals from Luton Shelton and Michael Jakobsen made it 2-2 on aggregate.

However, City prevailed and secured a place in the quarter final with a 4-3 win on penalties.

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