On This Day: 15 March
- 15 March 2016 11:04
- Posted by @kareem_kaddouri
Join us as we take a look back to games and events from this date in City history...
Denis Law (pictured) signed for City from Huddersfield for £55,000 on this day in 1960.
The fee was a full £10,000 more than the previous British transfer record and Law quickly showed why the club had invested so much on his somewhat scrawny shoulders. The popular Scot left for another record fee within a year of joining the Blues, moving to Torino.
It was Perhaps City’s greatest European night at Maine Road as Joe Mercer’s side showed their true pedigree. The European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final second leg clash with the German outfit Schalke 04 would prove to be a classic.
City had pegged back their opponents in the first leg and came 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), Colin Bell (pictured above), Franny Lee and Mike Doyle.
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.
It was on this day 27 years ago that Niall Quinn (pictured) joined City from Arsenal for what would prove to be a bargain fee of £800,000.
The big Irishman went 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 belied his six foot, four inch frame with his deft flicks, chips and cushioned headers backed by excellent technique. Quinn led 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.
City travelled to play Hull City away in the Premier League on this day in 2014.
The Blues won the game 2-0 with goals from David Silva and Edin Dzeko. Silva was outstanding, scoring one and assisting another with 87% of his passes being successful. What made the win even more impressive was the fact that City played with ten men, after Vincent Kompany had been sent off, for over 80 minutes!
It was an important result for City in the title race and it helped the team to a second Premier League title in three seasons. The result left City three points behind Chelsea with 11 games to play and it would be a victory over West Ham at the Etihad Stadium that sealed the League crown.