On this day: 24 September
- Mon 24 Sep 2012, 12:24AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.
Wednesday 24th September 1969
It was City v Merseyside in the opening three rounds of the 1969/70 League Cup with City facing Southport, Liverpool and Everton.
Incredibly, though this game took place in September, Liverpool had already completed a league double over Joe Mercer’s side and the Blues knew that if they were to see off Bill Shankley’s men, they’d have to do so at the first attempt.
The crowd was below 30,000, but this was an epic cup tie and goals from Mike Doyle, Ian Bowyer and Neil Young gave City victory - and a belief that that they could not only beat anyone. The Blues never looked back and went on to win the trophy with a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Wembley.
Wednesday 24th September 1975
Back in the days when replays were needed to settle games, City and Norwich locked horns in the League Cup second round in a tie that would take three games to finally reach a conclusion.
The Blues had been fortunate to leave Carrow Road with a 1-1 draw with Dave Watson’s goal setting up a Maine Road replay, but strikes from Royle and Tueart were not enough to see off John Bond’s plucky outfit that again held solid to draw 2-2 in front of almost 30,000 fans.
The third game had to be played at a neutral venue and Stamford Bridge – a sizeable distance from both clubs – was deemed the perfect venue. With only 6,238 hardy souls bothering to turn up, City take the Canaries to the cleaners with Dennis Tueart scoring a hat-trick and further goals from Joe Royle and Mike Doyle, plus an own goal, completing a 6-1 rout.