On this day: 5 October
- 05 October 2013 09:16
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.
Saturday 5th October 1968
City play for the first time in the famous red and black stripe kit, chosen by Malcolm Allison who greatly admired the famous strip of AC Milan the new shirts were based on. A 2-0 loss to Everton, however, provokes anger from the fans about the use of colours. Inevitably, after the Blues’ FA Cup win at the end of the season the supporters accept that Allison had made an inspired choice!
Friday 5th October 1973
Peter Swales takes over as Chairman at City to begin his 23-year tenure at the helm. Swales’ City found it difficult to match the achievements of the side that had been so successful under Mercer and Allison during the late 1960s and early 70s and the Chairman was blamed for the club’s gradual decline. City slipped into the Second Division for the first time in 17 years at the end of the 1982/83 season and though they won promotion back to the top flight two years later, the Blues were relegated again in 1987. Following a speight of protests by supporters, City legend Franny Lee launches a successful takeover of the club in 1993 to bring the curtain down on Swales’ unsuccessful spell as Chairman. Though many blamed Swales for the turbulence the club had suffered during his two decades at Maine Road, a minute’s silence was impeccably observed by all City supporters upon his death in 1996.
Sunday 5th October 1997
Paul Lake’s testimonial at Maine Road attracts a crowd of 21,262 with City fans eager to pay tribute to their former skipper. The Blues take on a strong Manchester United side while City also field a strong eleven in a feisty derby match. Lake kicks the game off before leaving to a standing ovation from the crowd.
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