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On This Day: 27 March

  • 27 March 2016 09:53
  • Posted by @kareem_kaddouri

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


King George V (pictured) watched City v Liverpool play at Hyde Road on this day 96 years ago to become the first reigning monarch to visit an English football ground. 

He enjoyed his visit, too, after City edged an entertaining game 2-1 courtesy of a Horace Barnes brace of goals.


City’s second FA Cup semi-final in three years and a chance for a first appearance at Wembley was the carrot at a packed Bramall Lane for a Manchester derby with a difference on this day in 1926.

It was barely two months since the Blues had won 6-1 at Old Trafford, so confidence was high in David Ashworth’s side – and it showed as they brushed the Reds aside with two goals from Tommy Browell and another from Frank Roberts (pictured on England duty, centre bottom row) in a comprehensive 3-0 win. 

That set up another final with Bolton – though this time the Wanderers would get their revenge…


It was on this day in 1968 that City faced Manchester United in the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford. 

The Blues were in good form, despite losing the week before to Leeds at Elland Road, and were desperate to beat United after losing 2-1 in the return fixture at Maine Road earlier in the season.

City played majestically, putting three goals past the Red Devils which would eventually lead to a 3-1 victory. The scorers for the Blues on the day were Franny Lee, Colin Bell (pictured) and George Heslop.


Shay Given (pictured) made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland, at Lansdowne Road in Dublin against Russia in a friendly on this day in 1996.

Shay Given

Russia won 2-0 but the games signalled the start of Given’s long international career which has seen him earn 133 caps, becoming the most capped player in Ireland’s history in the process.

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