On this day: 26 August
- 26 August 2012 07:58
- Posted by Mark Booth
Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.
Saturday 26th August 1978
City, one of the teams expected to challenge strongly for the league title for a third year in a row, are systematically taken apart by Liverpool at Maine Road. Bob Paisley’s men win 4-1 with City’s token reply coming from Brian Kidd – his third goal in three games. A near-capacity crowd of 46,710 see the game and the first seeds of doubt are sewn regarding Tony Book’s ability to take City to the next level.
Thursday 26th August 1993
Manager Peter Reid is sacked after just four games of the new season with rumours he decided the board’s ultimatum that his coach Sam Ellis needed to be replaced the main factor behind his departure. Just four wins in the previous 19 also suggest Reid’s effectiveness as boss was beginning to wane – either way, the dismissal was a shock to City fans who had seen their team finish in the top five in two of the previous three seasons.
Monday 26 August 1996
Alan Ball resigns just three games into his second season in charge of City amidst yet more financial controversy at the club. He believed that he was forced to sell the best players in order to help City’s financial plight. Many fans believed he was only appointed as City manager due to his close relationship with then chairman Francis Lee, and relegation from the Premier League (on goal difference) on the last game of the 1995/96 season following a 2-2 draw with Liverpool did nothing to improve his reputation amongst City fans.
Wednesday 26th August 1998
Australian striker Danny Allsopp scores a hat-trick as City reserves record a 4-1 away to Port Vale. Allsopp, who cost the Blues £10,000 from Melbourne Sharks, will score a second successive treble in the reserves’ next game, too and ends the season as top scorer for the second string with 15 goals. Defender David Morley scores the fourth against Vale.