On this day: 20 September
- 20 September 2012 08:21
- 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 20th September 1947
City and United play out a 0-0 draw in the first post-war derby, with 78,000 fans watching at Maine Road. Although the game itself was lacklustre in many ways, the significance of it being only the third meeting between the sides since 1931 is not lost on those gathered.
Sunday 20th September 2009
City lose their unbeaten league record with a hugely unfortunate 4-3 defeat across town. Michael Owen comes up with the winner in added time after Craig Bellamy had deservedly equalised, out-sprinting Rio Ferdinand to turn in in the 90th minute.
Saturday 20th September 1986
Billy McNeill resigns seven games into new season and promptly announces “I’m no quitter!” McNeill quickly takes on the vacant job at Aston Villa, blaming lack of funds at City as part of the reason for his departure. McNeill’s stay at Villa Park is a miserable one and he takes Villa down while City also go down, meaning he is the first manager to preside over two relegated teams in the same season.
Wednesday 20th September 1978
Dave Watson and Peter Barnes both play for England during a 4-3 win over Denmark in Copenhagen. England’s goals are scored by Kevin Keegan (2), Bob Latchford and Phil Neal and, interestingly, there are three future City managers playing in the shape of Keegan, Neal and Steve Coppell, though the latter two’s tenures are best forgotten for varying reasons.