On this day: 2 September
- Sun 02 Sep 2012, 8:28AM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.
Saturday 2nd September 2000
City sign 20-year old centre-half Richard Dunne from Everton for £3.5m. The Republic of Ireland star represented something of a gamble for manager Joe Royle and his early years at City suggested that gamble may not pay off. Though clearly talented, Dunne had a habit of shooting himself in the foot and was the subject of several breaches of club discipline, culminating in Kevin Keegan coming within an ace of sacking the player for one misdemeanour too many. Lurking beneath his jack-the-lad behaviour, however, was an unpolished diamond and Dunne gradually got his act together off the pitch to stunning effect on it. The football equivalent of ‘the immovable object’, Dunne went on to been crowned Player of the Year for three successive years and took over the captain's armband in 2005, though moved to pastures new in 2009 after failing to receive assurances from then-manager Mark Hughes.
Tuesday 2nd September 1975
Having left for Burnley just a few months earlier, Mike Summerbee is granted a testimonial with City after almost ten years of sterling service with the Blues. A crowd of 20,309 pay tribute to Buzzer who plays in an entertaining 4-3 defeat to Manchester United.
Wednesday 2nd September 1982
Controversial future City midfielder Joey Barton is born in Huyton. Barton joins the Blues after being released by Everton and works his way up through the youth team ranks to become an integral member of the first team. His off-field activities blight his time with City and there are several major breaches of discipline before the club finally tire of his antics and effectively wash their hands of him after a training ground clash with team-mate Ousmane Dabo. He later joins Newcastle and eventually is sent to prison after yet more problems away from football.