On This Day: 9 March
- 09 March 2016 10:21
- Posted by @kareem_kaddouri
Join us as we take a look back to games and events from this date in City history...
There has been plenty of action on and off the pitch on this date over the years, here are some of the highlights...
It was on this day in 1960 that Bert Trautmann made his 400th appearance for City. The game ended in a 3-2 defeat by Blackpool, but the landmark was a personal triumph for the German goalkeeper who had to overcome suspicion, hatred and a broken bone in his neck to win the hearts and minds of a nation while keeping goal for the Blues.
On this day 39 years ago City hosted Sunderland in a old First Division clash at Maine Road.
The season was reaching the final phase and the Blues sat well poised for a title push in third place. A penalty from Dennis Tueart gave City their tenth win at home during that campaign.
The Blues continued to play well for the remainder of the season, however a 2-1 loss away to Liverpool was to prove costly as the Reds would eventually pip City to the title by a single point.
A crowd of 450 watched City Reserves beat their Huddersfield counterparts 2-0 with goals from Rae Ingram and David Kerr proving enough to leave south Yorkshire with maximum points.
Very few of the Blues’ team went on to make much of an impression in the first team, although keeper Andy Dibble and Jeff Whitley bounced between the seniors and the second string from time to time. Dibble is the goalkeeper furthest right in the team photo above.
There was a resounding win for the Blues on this day in 1999 as they faced Burnley away from home at Turf Moor. City were looking to move out of the Nationwide Division Two as soon as possible, and this win helped the cause.
Winning away from home is always satisfying but winning 6-0 is even sweeter. The highlight of the day was a hat-trick from City favourite Shaun Goater (below), who scored eight goals in totals against the Clarets.
The season would be ultimately remembered for the dramatic play-off final versus Gillingham, where City would win and gain promotion through late stoppage time goals to equalise and a penalty shoot-out to seal it.