On This Day: 16 March
- 16 March 2016 10:24
- Posted by @kareem_kaddouri
Join us as we take a look back to games and events from this date in City history...
Bury’s highly-rated midfielder Colin Bell, pictured in action versus Arsenal, signed for City on this day 50 years ago. Bell went on to make over 500 appearances for the Blues, scoring 153 goals in the process to etch himself into City folklore.
The Blues were one of several clubs interested in Bell, but following Malcolm Allison’s comments about how useless the player was while watching him from the Gigg Lane Director’s Box, other teams seemed to back off or at least have seeds of doubt put into their minds. It was all a smoke screen and it worked a treat, buying City the time they needed to get £50,000 together for the purchase.
It was a day to remember for City on this day in 1968 as club legends Neil Young, Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee and Franny Lee all scored in a resounding 5-1 win for the Blues against Fulham at Maine Road.
Young, pictured above in the 1969 FA Cup final, scored two as City ran riot to maintain top spot in the First Division.
It was in a mid-table clash between City and Southampton 20 years ago today that Georgi Kinkladze (pictured) scored a spectacular goal, dribbling past five defenders before chipping the ball over David Beasant.
The strike was voted goal of the month by Match of the Day and came second in the goal of the season competition. Unfortunately City would be relegated at the end of the season but Kinkladze, who was voted Blues player of the season, opted to stay and became a big favourite amongst the fans.
Robbie Fowler (pictured) was the focus on this day in 2003 as he started to repay the £6 million pounds paid to sign him by scoring his first goal for the club.
And it was both an important and spectacular goal as he struck a venomous volley to ensure a 1-0 win against Birmingham City in the Premier League. Ali Benarbia centred the ball from the right and Fowler's left boot connected perfectly to send the ball past a despairing Ian Bennett.
City would go on to finish ninth in the division and qualify for the UEFA Cup the following season due to winning the Fair Play league table.