On This Day: 3 March
- 03 March 2016 10:58
- Posted by @kareem_kaddouri
Join us as we take a look back to games and events from this date in City history...
March 3 - it has been either hit or miss for City on this date over the years with 11 games played. There have been six wins and five losses, and a few other notable City-related events too...
Here's some highlights...
Maine Road hosts the highest ever crowd outside of London when 84,569 cram in to watch City play Stoke in the FA Cup as the Blues continue their relentless march towards Wembley.
Eric Brook’s solitary goal sends the masses home happy as the hosts progress with a 1-0 win. The record crowd still stands today.
On this day 54 years ago City hosted Tottenham Hotspur in the old First Division at Maine Road. The Blues were struggling in 16th position whilst the opposition Spurs were fighting for the title.
Tottenham were expected to beat City comfortably, but quite the opposite happened as Peter Dobing scored a hat-trick to send City on their way to a 6-2 victory.
On this day in 2002 City faced Coventry City in Division One looking to close the gap on leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Darren Huckerby opened the scoring in the 15th minute and before half-time the Blues had two more with strikes from Danny Tiatto and Shaun Wright-Phillips. The win was sealed when with 20 minutes remaining Wright-Phillips slotted home to secure all three points.
After the game City were five points behind Wolves but a strong run-in ensured that the Blues would win the title scoring 26 goals in 12 games to amass a total of 99 points and promotion back to the Premier League. Huckerby played a huge part in the run in with 10 goals to his name.
It was on this day four years ago when Bolton Wanderers came to visit the Etihad in Premier League action.
An own goal from Gretar Steinsson and a tidy finish form Mario Balotelli gave the Blues a 2-0 win and a five-point lead at the top of the league table. Balotelli could have had a hat-trick before Steinsson deflected in a speculative Gael Clichy strike. It was a comfortable afternoon for City as Bolton offered little resistance to our title challenge.
City's win was a record-equalling 19th in succession at home in the Premier League and it left Bolton deep in relegation trouble.