On This Day: 23 March
- 23 March 2016 10:49
- Posted by @kareem_kaddouri
Join us as we take a look back to games and events from this date in City history...
City’s title hopes took a blow with a 2-0 defeat by Don Revie’s Leeds United. A full-house at Elland Road roared the Lilywhites to victory to keep Leeds top while City slipped behind Manchester United into third spot.
Mike Summerbee (pictured in action during the 1968 season) and the Blues would take the 2-0 defeat on the chin and go on to win the First Division.
City travelled down to Wembley to face Chelsea in the inaugural Full Members’ Cup final at Wembley – just 24 hours after drawing 2-2 with Manchester United at Old Trafford. This much-maligned competition was sponsored by several obscure companies during its relatively brief existence.
The Simod Cup, Zenith Data Systems.... call it what you will, but it was the plain old Full Members’ Cup in 1985/86 when City first tentatively entered. It would be the one and only occasion the trophy registered in the hearts and minds of the Blues’ support.
Despite the general apathy surrounding the competition, some 68,000 fans turned out on the day and enjoyed a quite spectacular feast of attacking football that ebbed and flowed in the dramatic traditions befitting both clubs. City went ahead through Mark Lillis but the Pensioners roared back to lead 5–1 and were home and dry as the game ticked towards 90 minutes. David Speedie (L) evades a tackle from Paul Power (R) during the game.
Incredibly, City pulled three goals back in the few minutes remaining through Mark Lillis, Steve Kinsey and an own goal and almost scrambled an equaliser, ultimately losing 5–4.
The brilliant Ali Benarbia (pictured) saved City’s blushes in a 1-1 draw with Rotherham United at Millmoor to keep Kevin Keegan’s side on course for promotion. The point kept City five clear of nearest challengers Wolves.
The Blues would continue the good form and seal promotion to the Premier League with an impressive tally of 99 points.