MANCHESTER CITY FAQ 1995/96
This FAQ covers the 1995/96 season.
[ 1 ] Results [ 1.1 ] What were City's results for 1995/96? [ 1.2 ] What were City's pre-season results? [ 1.3 ] What were City's reserve team results for 1995/96? [ 2. ] Manchester City First Team Squad [ 2.1 ] Who was in the first team squad and what were their numbers? [ 2.2 ] Who played and scored goals for City in 1995/96? [ 2.3 ] Which players did City buy after the 1994/95 season? [ 2.4 ] Which players did City sell after the 1994/95 season? [ 2.5 ] Who was loaned to City after the 1994/95 season? [ 2.6 ] Who did City loan out after the 1994/95 season? [ 2.7 ] Who were City's key players? [ 2.8 ] Who were City's players to watch in 1995/96? [ 3. ] Basic Details [ 3.1 ] What is the club's full name? [ 3.2 ] What are the club's nicknames? [ 3.3 ] When was the club formed? [ 3.4 ] Who is City's chairman? [ 3.5 ] Who is City's managing director? [ 3.6 ] Who are City's other directors? [ 3.7 ] Who is City's team manager? [ 3.8 ] Who is City's assistant team manager? [ 3.9 ] Who is City's chief scout? [ 3.10] Who is City's first team coach? [ 3.11] Who is City's reserve team coach? [ 3.12] Who is City's youth team coach? [ 3.13] Who are the other major staff members? [ 3.14] Who are the club's major sponsors? [ 3.15] What does the club's crest look like? [ 3.16] What do City's kits look like? [ 3.17] What is the club's address? [ 3.18] What are the club's telephone numbers? [ 3.19] What is the capacity of Maine Road? [ 3.20] Will I need a membership card to buy a ticket? [ 3.21] How much do tickets cost? [ 4. ] Fanzine Information [ 4.1 ] What City fanzines are currently available? [ 4.2 ] Which City fanzines are no longer available? [ 5. ] Internet Information [ 5.1 ] What is the Manchester City Mailing List and how do I join it? [ 5.2 ] Where are City on the World Wide Web? [ 6. ] Club Honours [ 6.1 ] When have City won the English League Championship? [ 6.2 ] When have City won the English Second Division Championship? [ 6.3 ] When have City won the F.A. Cup? [ 6.4 ] When have City won the F.A. Charity Shield? [ 6.5 ] When have City won the Football League Cup? [ 6.6 ] What European Trophy have City won? [ 6.7 ] When have City won the F.A. Youth Cup? [ 6.8 ] What is City's biggest League win? [ 6.9 ] What is City's heaviest defeat? [ 6.10] Who is City's record goal-scorer? [ 6.11] Who is City's record signing? [ 6.12] Who is City's record sale? [ 7. ] Recent History [ 7.1 ] What has happened to the club in the last decade or so? [ 7.2 ] What happened last season? [ 7.3 ] What were City fans' expectations for the 1995/96 season? [ 7.4 ] How did the season live upto these expectations? Contributors
[ 1. ] RESULTS
[ 1.1 ] What were City's results for 1995/96?
Sat 19th Tottenham Hotspur H D 1-1 (0-1) 51' Rösler 30,827 Wed 23rd Coventry City A L 2-1 (1-0) 82' Rösler 15,597 Sat 26th Queens Park Rangers A L 1-0 (1-0) 14,212 Wed 30th Everton H L 0-2 (0-0) 28,432
Sun 10th Arsenal H L 0-1 (0-0) 23,994 Sat 16th Newcastle United A L 3-1 (2-0) 82' Creaney 36,501 Tue 19th Wycombe W. (CCC2-1) A D 0-0 (0-0) 7,443 Sat 23rd Middlesbrough H L 0-1 (0-1) 25,865 Sat 30th Nottingham Forest A L 3-0 (1-0) 25,620
Wed 4th Wycombe W. (CCC2-2) H W 4-0 (2-0) 31' Rösler 33' Rösler 11,474 66' Quinn 63' Curle (pen) Sat 14th Manchester United A L 1-0 (1-0) 35,707 Sat 21st Leeds United H D 0-0 (0-0) 26,390 Wed 25th Liverpool (CCC3) A L 4-0 (1-0) 29,394 Sat 28th Liverpool A L 6-0 (2-0) 39,267
Sat 4th Bolton Wanderers H W 1-0 (1-0) 11' Summerbee 28,397 Sat 18th Sheffield Wednesday A D 1-1 (1-0) 55' Lomas 24,422 Wed 22nd Wimbledon H W 1-0 (0-0) 90' Quinn 23,617 Sat 25th Aston Villa H W 1-0 (0-0) 85' Kinkladze 28,027
Sat 2nd Leeds United A W 0-1 (0-0) 60' Creaney 33,249 Sat 9th Middlesbrough A L 4-1 (1-1) 16' Kinkladze 29,469 Mon 18th Nottingham Forest H D 1-1 (1-0) 16' Rösler 25,660 Sat 23rd Chelsea H L 0-1 (0-0) 28.668 Tue 26th Blackburn Rovers A L 2-0 (1-0) 28,915 Sat 30th Southampton A P-P (frozen pitch)
Mon 1st West Ham United H W 2-1 (1-0) 21' Quinn 78' Quinn 26,024 Sat 6th Leicester C. (FAC3) A D 0-0 (0-0) 20,640 Sat 13th Tottenham Hotspur A L 1-0 (0-0) 31,438 Wed 17th Leicester C. (FAC3) H W 5-0 (2-0) 10' Rösler 18' Kinkladze 19,980 51' Quinn 54' Lomas 80' Creaney Sat 20th Coventry City H D 1-1 (0-0) 55' Rösler 25,710 Sat 27th Coventry C. (FAC4) A P-P (frozen pitch) Wed 31st Southampton A D 1-1 (0-0) 85' Rösler 15,172
Sat 3rd Queens Park Rangers H W 2-0 (1-0) 25' Clough 50' Symons 27,509 Wed 7th Coventry C. (FAC4) A D 2-2 (1-1) 33' Busst o.g. 81' Flitcroft 18,709 Sat 10th Everton A L 2-0 (1-0) 37,354 Wed 14th Coventry C. (FAC4) H W 2-1 (1-0) 29' Clough 46' Quinn 22,419 Sun 18th Man. United (FAC5) A L 2-1 (1-1) 12' Rösler 42,692 Sat 24th Newcastle United H D 3-3 (1-1) 16' Quinn 62' Quinn 77' Rösler 31,115
Sat 2nd Blackburn Rovers H D 1-1 (0-0) 84' Lomas 29,078 Tue 5th Arsenal A L 3-1 (2-0) 53' Creaney 34,519 Fri 8th Athlone (friendly) A L 2-1 (1-1) 43' Flitcroft 5,000 Tue 12th Chelsea A D 1-1 (1-1) 42' Clough 17,078 Sat 16th Southampton H W 2-1 (2-0) 32' Kinkladze 37' Kinkladze 29,550 Sat 23rd West Ham United A L 4-2 (1-0) 75' Quinn 90' Quinn 24,017 Sat 30th Bolton Wanderers A D 1-1 (0-1) 2' Quinn 21,050
Sat 6th Manchester United H L 2-3 (1-2) 39' Kavelashvili 71' Rösler 29,688 Mon 8th Wimbledon A L 3-0 (1-0) 11,844 Sat 13th Sheffield Wednesday H W 1-0 (0-0) 65' Rösler 30,898 Sat 27th Aston Villa A W 0-1 (0-0) 70' Lomas 39,336
Sun 5th Liverpool H D 2-2 (0-2) 71' Rösler (pen) 78' Symons 31,436
1995-96 FINAL STANDINGS
Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Points Manchester United 38 25 7 6 73 35 82 Newcastle United 38 24 6 8 66 37 78 Liverpool 38 20 11 7 70 34 71 Aston Villa 38 18 9 11 52 35 63 Arsenal 38 17 12 9 49 32 63 Everton 38 17 10 11 64 44 61 Blackburn Rovers 38 18 7 13 61 47 61 Tottenham Hotspur 38 16 13 9 50 38 61 Nottingham Forest 38 15 13 10 50 54 58 West Ham United 38 14 9 15 43 52 51 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 46 44 50 Middlesbrough 38 11 10 17 35 50 43 Leeds United 38 12 7 19 40 57 43 Wimbledon 38 10 11 17 55 70 41 Sheffield Wednesday 38 10 10 18 48 61 40 Coventry City 38 8 14 16 42 60 38 Southampton 38 9 11 18 34 52 38 ---------------------------------------------------------------- Manchester City 38 9 11 18 33 58 38 Queens Park Rangers 38 9 6 23 38 57 33 Bolton Wanderers 38 8 5 25 39 71 29
[ 1.2 ] What were City's pre-season results?
Mon 24th Galway United A W 0-3 (0-1) 13' Walsh 50' Simpson 65' Quinn Wed 26th Cork City A W 0-2 (0-1) 37' Quinn 50' Griffiths Mon 31st Stockport County A W 0-1 (0-1) 20' Quinn
Wed 2nd Wolves A L 2-1 (1-1) 45' Walsh Sat 5th Burnley A L 2-1 (0-0) 85' Griffiths Thu 10th Raith Rovers A D 2-2 (0-0) 70' Flitcroft 72' Simpson Sat 12th Heart of Midlothian A L 5-1 (3-1) 21' Summerbee
[ 1.3 ] What were City's reserve team results for 1995/96?
Pontin's League 2nd Division
Wed 16th Rotherham United A D 0-0 (0-0) Wed 23rd Port Vale A D 1-1 (1-0) Vonk
Wed 6th Barnsley A W 0-2 (0-0) Ingram, Kelly Wed 13th Grimsby Town A W 0-2 (0-0) Summerbee, Lomas Thu 21st Hull City A W 0-1 (0-1) Greenacre Tue 26th Coventry City H W 0-2 (0-1) Beagrie, Quinn
Wed 4th Middlesbrough A L 1-0 (0-0) Tue 10th Leicester City H W 2-1 (1-0) Vonk (pen), Summerbee Tue 17th Bradford City A L 3-0 (0-0) Tue 24th Mansfield Town H D 0-0 (0-0)
Wed 8th Burnley A D 2-2 (2-1) Greenacre, Vonk Tue 14th Preston North End H L 1-2 (1-2) Beagrie (pen) Tue 21st Sunderland A L 5-2 (1-1) Phillips, Kelly Tue 28th York City H D 0-0 (0-0)
Tue 5th Hull City H D 0-0 (0-0) Tue 12th Coventry City A L 4-0 (0-0)
Tue 2nd Blackpool H L 0-1 (0-0) Wed 24th Rotherham United H W 5-1 (0-0) Kelly 2, Whitley, Creaney, Phillips Tue 30th Barnsley H W 1-0 (0-0) Thomas
Wed 21st Preston North End A D 0-0 (0-0)
Mon 4th Huddersfield Town H L 0-1 (0-1) Wed 6th Burnley H D 1-1 (0-0) Greenacre Wed 13th Blackpool A L 4-0 (3-0) Thu 21st Aston Villa A W 0-2 Creaney, Quinn Tue 26th Middlesbrough H W 2-1 (0-1) Creaney (pen), Kelly Thu 28th Bradford City H D 1-1 (0-1) Kerr
Mon 1st Aston Villa H D 2-2 (1-2) Kerr 2 Wed 3rd Sunderland H W 1-0 (1-0) Kelly Wed 10th Leicester City A L 3-0 (0-0) Wed 17th Huddersfield Town A D 0-0 (0-0) Mon 22nd Port Vale H W 2-1 (1-1) Greenacre 2 Thu 25th Grimsby Town H W 2-0 (2-0) Kelly, Greenacre
Wed 1st York City A L 3-0 Wed 8th Mansfield Town A W 1-6 (1-3) Mazzarelli, McClinchey, Bentley, Kelly 3
[ 2. ] MANCHESTER CITY FIRST TEAM SQUAD
[ 2.1 ] Who was in the first team squad and what were their numbers?
2. Richard Edghill (Former England U21 international defender) 3. Michael Frontzeck (Balding former German international left back) 4. Steve Lomas (Northern Ireland international midfielder) 5. Keith Curle (Former England international centre half) 6. Giuseppe Mazzarelli (Former Swiss U21 international midfielder) 7. Georgiou Kinkladze (Immensely talented Georgian international midfielder) 8. Gerry Creaney (Scotland 'B' international striker) 9. Niall Quinn (Very tall Irish international striker) 11. Peter Beagrie (Winger with a nice line in celebrations) 12. Ian Brightwell (Utility player, son of Olympic medallists Robbie Brightwell and Ann Packer) 13. Martyn Margetson (Former Welsh U21 international goalkeeper) 14. Kit Symons (Very reliable Welsh international central defender) 15. Alan Kernaghan (Irish international stopper) 16. Nicky Summerbee (Right back/winger, son of Mike) 17. Michael Brown (Tenacious young midfielder) 18. Nigel Clough (Intelligent former England international striker, son of Brian) 19. Martin Phillips (Skilful young winger) 20. Lee Crooks (Youth team midfielder on verge of first team) 21. Eike Immel (Former German international goalkeeper) 23. David Kerr (Striker, has been known to play at right-back) 24. Scott Hiley (Attack-minded full back, can play either side) 25. Andy Dibble (Goalkeeper, sometimes brilliant, sometimes comical) 26. Scott Thomas (Winger, 1994/95 Young Player of the Year) 27. Rae Ingram (Defender, City's 1993-94 Young Player of the Year) 28. Uwe Rösler (Popular German striker, 1994/95 Player of the Year) 29. John Foster (Defender, central or right-back) 30. Chris Beech (Youngster) 31. Aled Rowlands (Quick young winger) 32. Mikhail Kavelashvili (Georgian international striker, quick and deadly)
A squad picture is also available on the City Supporters' WWW server.
[ 2.2 ] Who played and scored goals for City in 1995/96?
League F.A.Cup League Cup Total Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Peter Beagrie 4(1) - - - 2 - 6(1) - Chris Beech - - - - - - - - Michael Brown 16(5) - 5 - -(2) - 21(7) - Ian Brightwell 26(3) - 2 - 3 - 31(3) - Nigel Clough 15 2 3 1 - - 18 3 Gerry Creaney 6(9) 3 -(3) 1 - - 6(12) 4 Lee Crooks - - - - - - - - Keith Curle 32 - 5 - 3 1 40 1 Richard Edghill 13 - - - 3 - 16 - Ronnie Ekelund 2(2) - 1(1) - - - 3(3) - Garry Flitcroft 25 - 4 1 1 - 30 1 John Foster 4 - - - 1 - 5 - Michael Frontzeck 11(1) - 1 - - - 12(1) - Scott Hiley 2(4) - - - - - 2(4) - Eike Immel 38 - 5 - 3 - 46 - Rae Ingram 5 - 1 - - - 6 - Mikhail Kavelashvili 3(1) 1 - - - - 3(1) 1 Georgiou Kinkladze 37 4 4 1 3 - 44 5 Alan Kernaghan 4(2) - - - - - 4(2) - David Kerr -(1) - - - - - -(1) - Steve Lomas 32(1) 3 5 1 3 - 40(1) 4 Martyn Margetson - - - - -(1) - -(1) - Giuseppe Mazzarelli -(2) - - - - - -(2) - Terry Phelan 9 - - - 1 - 10 - Martin Phillips 2(9) - - - - - 2(9) - Niall Quinn 24(8) 8 4 2 3 1 31(8) 11 Uwe Rösler 34(2) 9 5 2 3 2 42(2) 13 Aled Rowlands - - - - - - - - Nicky Summerbee 33(4) 1 5 - 1(2) - 39(6) 1 Kit Symons 38 2 5 - 3 - 46 2 Scott Thomas - - - - - - - - Paul Walsh 3 - - - - - 3 -
[ 2.3 ] Which players did City buy after the 1994/95 season?
[ 2.4 ] Which players did City sell after the 1994/95 season?
[ 2.5 ] Who was loaned to City after the 1994/95 season?
[ 2.6 ] Who did City loan out after the 1994/95 season?
[ 2.7 ] Who were City's key players?
[ 2.8 ] Who were City's players to watch in 1995/96?
Well, who to choose? Here, at various different levels of unknown-ness, are four players I predicted great things for at the start of the 1995/96 season:
[ 3. ] BASIC DETAILS
[ 3.1 ] What is the club's full name?
Manchester City Football Club plc
[ 3.2 ] What are the club's nicknames?
The Blues or (less commonly) The Citizens.
[ 3.3 ] When was the club formed?
The club started out as St. Marks of West Gorton in 1880 and changed name slightly the following year to West Gorton (St. Marks); in 1884 they became simply Gorton and then in 1887, Ardwick. A financial crisis in 1894 led to the creation of Manchester City and that name has remained ever since.
[ 3.4 ] Who is City's chairman?
[ 3.5 ] Who is City's managing director?
[ 3.6 ] Who are City's other directors?
Freddie Pye (vice chairman), Ian Niven (senior director), John Dunkerley, Tony Miles, Gerald Doyle, Brian Turnbull, Julian Greibach, David Holt, Ashley Lewis, Brian Jervis & Gary Grant.
[ 3.7 ] Who is City's team manager?
[ 3.8 ] Who is City's assistant team manager?
[ 3.9 ] Who is City's chief scout?
[ 3.10] Who is City's first team coach?
[ 3.11] Who is City's reserve team coach?
[ 3.12] Who is City's youth team coach?
[ 3.13] Who are the other major staff members?
[ 3.14] Who are the club's major sponsors?
Brother, a Japanese electronics company making a wide variety of goods ranging from knitting machines to microwave ovens to personal computers.
[ 3.15] What does the club's crest look like?
A gold ship on a blue background above a red rose on a white background.
[ 3.16] What do City's kits look like?
[ 3.17] What is the club's address?
Manchester City F.C., Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester M14 7WN.
[ 3.18] What are the club's telephone numbers?
[ 3.19] What is the capacity of Maine Road?
Maine Road's capacity is currently just under 32,000. This will increase by a couple of thousand when the corner between the Kippax and North stands ("Windy Corner") is filled in.
[ 3.20] Will I need a membership card to buy a ticket?
A membership card may be required to buy tickets, which are available up to kick off. Membership costs five pounds and cannot be obtained on the day of a game. Membership cards for the 1994/95 season are still valid for the 1995/96 season. Contact the ticket office to find out whether any particular game is restricted to members only. Apart from the `derby', games are only usually made members-only if the visiting club sells their entire allocation of tickets.
[ 3.21] How much do tickets cost?
The base prices for Premiership games are as follows:
Main Stand blocks B & C £16.00 Main Stand block G (OAPs only) £5.00 Main Stand other blocks £15.00 Kippax Upper £14.00 Kippax Lower £11.00 Umbro Stand £11.00 Family Stand (adult) £8.00 Family Stand (juniors/OAPs) £5.00 North Stand (adult) £10.00 North Stand (juniors/OAPs) £7.00 North Stand blocks K & L (juniors/OAPs) £5.00
Prices are generally £1 higher for "A"-category games, e.g. Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur.
[ 4. ] FANZINE INFORMATION
[ 4.1 ] What City fanzines are currently available?
[ 4.2 ] Which City fanzines are no longer available?
The other City fanzines that have been and gone (some only lasted one edition) were:
[ 5. ] INTERNET INFORMATION
[ 5.1 ] What is the Manchester City Mailing List and how do I join it?
The Manchester City mailing-list/newsletter, Man City Info Via The Alps is run by Ashley Birch, formerly a resident in Switzerland but now living in Chapel en le Frith, Cheshire. To split the workload, however, Adam Houghton (Adam.Houghton@sheffield.ac.uk) in Sheffield handles all subscriptions. To join, send him an e-mail stating your full name and geographic location (e.g. Fred Bloggs, Manchester, England).
[ 5.2 ] Where are City on the World Wide Web?
There are pages about City and all other Premiership clubs on the official FA Premier League site, CarlingNet <URL:http://www.fa-carling.com/>. There is a news page updated every day for each club plus the facility for buying home and away kits over the net.
The Manchester City Supporters' Home Page <URL:http://www.uit.no/mancity/homepage.html> on the World Wide Web is run by Svenn Hanssen in Norway. This includes news, match reports, opinions, book and video reviews, player details and much more.
The Manchester City pages on Soccernet <URL:http://www.soccernet.com/> provide news, match reports, previews and other miscellaneous information.
Shaggy's Guide to the FA Premiership <URL:http://web.city.ac.uk/~sh393/prem.htm> has a section on Manchester City, containing much the same information as in this FAQ.
There is also a page on City within Virtual Manchester, <URL:http://www.manchester.com/sport/mancity.htm>.
[ 6. ] CLUB HONOURS
A more complete list of club records can be found on the City Supporters' WWW honours page <URL:http://www.uit.no/mancity/honours.html>.
[ 6.1 ] When have City won the English League Championship?
League Champions: 1937, 1968
[ 6.2 ] When have City won the English Second Division Championship?
Second Division Champions: 1899, 1903, 1910, 1928, 1947, 1966
[ 6.3 ] When have City won the F.A. Cup?
FA Cup Winners: 1904, 1934, 1956, 1969
[ 6.4 ] When have City won the F.A. Charity Shield?
FA Charity Shield Winners: 1937, 1968, 1972
[ 6.5 ] When have City won the Football League Cup?
League Cup Winners: 1970, 1976
[ 6.6 ] What European Trophy have City won?
European Cup Winners' Cup Winners: 1970
[ 6.7 ] When have City won the F.A. Youth Cup?
FA Youth Cup Winners: 1986
[ 6.8 ] What is City's biggest League win?
Biggest League Win: 11-3, vs. Lincoln City(H), Div.2, 23rd March 1895
[ 6.9 ] What is City's heaviest defeat?
Heaviest Defeat: 9-1, vs. Everton(A), Div.1, 3rd September 1906
[ 6.10] Who is City's record goal-scorer?
Record Goal-scorer: 178 by Eric Brook (1928-39)
[ 6.11] Who is City's record signing?
[ 6.12] Who is City's record sale?
Record Sale: Garry Flitcroft, £3,200,000 to Blackburn Rovers in March 1996.
[ 7. ] RECENT HISTORY
[ 7.1 ] What has happened to the club in the last decade or so?
The history at Maine Road has been chequered throughout its past but recently the club has suffered more than most. The managers at Maine Road seem to become casualties quite easily. Since the Second World War City have 19 managers (not including caretakers) which is quite ridiculous, but in the last 10 years it's 7 managers and people wonder why City have failed to produce any success? Cohesion is needed at a club to produce success, but with this sort of managerial merry-go-round it's little wonder City have failed. The recent history at Maine Road is one of little success which hasn't helped to encourage the fans but still we turn up. City were in fact relegated twice during the '80s.
In 1983 an 86th minute goal by Radi Antic secured Luton's survival at the cost of sending City into Division two. This was quite a remarkable turn-around as City were briefly leading the First Division at Christmas.
It took two long, hard seasons before City emerged back into the big time. However, true to form, City tried to make life hard for themselves and it took a 5-1 thumping of Charlton Athletic on the final day of the season before promotion was guaranteed at the expense of Portsmouth, on goal difference.
City couldn't build on the promotion and survived for only 2 seasons before being relegated by West Ham on the final day of the season, this time though it would have taken a miracle to survive. Again City plugged away for two seasons before they finally struggled to get back into the First Division. Once again City conspired to nearly throw it all away. The final home game of the 1989 season against Bournemouth saw City leading 3-0 at half-time, where a victory would have ensured automatic promotion in second place. However, City felt they needed a challenge, allowed Bournemouth back into the game and the result was a 3-3 draw, Bournemouth's equaliser coming from a penalty in the 7th minute of injury time. Everything hinged on the final game; City needed at least a point at Bradford City to guarantee promotion at the expense of Crystal Palace. City once again made hard work of the game. Palace were banging in goals against already-relegated Birmingham City and were leading 4-0; in the meantime City had conceded a goal and trailed 1-0. With time running out it looked like City would have promotion snatched from their grasp. In the 86th minute though everything changed as Trevor Morley finally managed to score and this goal, late as it was, secured promotion.
The first season back saw City struggle to match the First division clubs and somehow City managed to scrape into 17th place only one place behind United. The highlight of that season was without doubt the 5-1 thumping of rivals Manchester United at Maine Road.
The following four seasons have provided City fans with little to cheer; the managerial upheavals have continued with Machin, Kendall, Reid and Horton all going. Kendall arrived at Maine Road when the club was struggling near the foot of the table; he replaced the sacked Machin who had achieved promotion but was apparently not sufficiently `media-friendly'. Kendall worked hard with his ex-Everton based players and succeeded in keeping City afloat.
The following season saw him build on the team and City got to a creditable 5th place. Again the following season saw City get to 5th place but just as everything started to look promising, Kendall decided he'd had enough and moved back to his 'beloved' Everton. However, on the crest of popular support Peter Reid was installed as player-manager. He continued the work started by Kendall but again failed to find real success. All City had to show was a home FA Cup 6th round exit at the hands of Spurs, which will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. The team's performances were clearly on a downhill slide and the axe fell on Reid after only 4 games and one point at the start of the 1993/94 season.
Reid was replaced by the then Oxford manager Brian Horton, which was not exactly the big name manager the fans were hoping for. However he did his job admirably under immense pressure during the boardroom battle for control of the club and the fans' initial hostility. He managed to keep City up once again, but it was a close run thing. Right up until the final week City could have been sunk but the fighting spirit shone through and City managed to survive.
After surviving the season and the take-over, Horton must have thought he'd weathered the storm when City managed to reach 6th place in early December 1994. However, City's form took a nose-dive and with only one win in the next 15 league games, City were dragged back into another relegation dogfight. Each game was labelled `make or break' for Horton, whose job was the focus of intense media speculation. For the second season running, good results at Easter meant that City avoided relegation in the last week of the season. It was too much for the board though, who decided to part company with Horton the week after the end of the season. After several weeks and a few hotly-denied rumours, Alan Ball was installed as the new man in the hot seat. How long he will last is anyone's guess.
So the recent history at Maine Road shows upheaval and a lack of success which the loyal hard-core of fans have had to endure. In fact it's 19 years since City last achieved a Cup success, a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United in the League Cup, which represents massive underachievement for a club of City's size. Hopefully, with the recent boardroom changes things will settle down and City can start on the road to full recovery.
[ 7.2 ] What happened last season?
After a strong finish to the 1993/94 season and the summer signing of Nicky Summerbee, son of City Sales Manager and former wing-wizard Mike Summerbee, there was plenty to be optimistic about for last season. However, a disjointed performance at Maine Road against Feyenoord the week before the start of the season and a 3-0 thrashing at Highbury in the first game soon lowered everybody's expectations. In typical City fashion, the team roared back with a 3-0 win over West Ham and a 4-0 drubbing of Everton in the next two games, both at Maine Road. It wasn't so much the scorelines that pleased the fans about these results against struggling opposition, it was the performances. City attacked fluently and were playing some excellent football with the two wingers, Summerbee and Beagrie, providing a seemingly endless stream of good crosses for the forwards to latch onto.
The stream of goals came to an end in the next game, another 3-0 defeat at Chelsea. A pattern was becoming evident: City were great at home and terrible away, particularly in the capital. London Blues were in for a series of disappointments as City notched up only 2 victories there, both at Q.P.R., losing on the other 8 visits including a Coca-Cola Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg tie at Barnet. City saved face in the 2nd Leg, winning the tie 4-2 on aggregate but it was a struggle. After a flu-depleted side lost 2-0 at Elland Road, there followed a series of three incident-packed games. The first was a 3-3 draw against Nottingham Forest at Maine Road where City came from behind twice and were denied victory by a bizarre last minute goal which led manager Frank Clark to admit `we got out of jail.' The next was a trip to Q.P.R. where City pulled off a 2-1 win despite playing the last 17 minutes with only 9 men after the sendings-off of Andy Dibble and Richard Edghill. Finally, there was the 5-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Maine Road, described by John Motson as `The best match I have seen, in an entertainment and attacking context, in the English League for many years.'
The excitement continued in the next game, the 3rd Round of the Coca-Cola Cup at Q.P.R. City were a goal down in under 15 seconds, equalised after half an hour only to concede another goal straight from the restart. Within twenty seconds of the second half starting, City had a penalty from which Keith Curle equalised again before Peter Beagrie and Steve Lomas put City into a 4-2 lead. Rangers got a late goal back but it wasn't enough. After a 1-0 defeat at Coventry the goals were flowing again, this time a 3-3 draw at Maine Road against Southampton. A few days after the game, match-rigging allegations were made about Saints' goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar; the game against City was one of the games mentioned.
The game that followed will live long in the memories of all who were there, and in the nightmares of those who are City fans. The Blues contrived to lose 5-0 to United. Live on Sky Sports. Enough said. It was 10 days before City played again but at least they came out with a victory, 1-0 at Leicester, again live on Sky Sports. There followed wins against Wimbledon and Ipswich (City's first at Portman Road in over 30 years) either side of a 1-1 draw against Premiership leaders Newcastle in the 4th Round of the Coca-Cola Cup. Things were looking good; City were 6th in the table, unbeaten at home, playing attractive, exciting football and a place in Europe looked a distinct possibility.
Then it all fell apart. Arsenal ended the unbeaten home run and West Ham exacted their revenge for their 3-0 defeat at Maine Road, winning 3-0 at Upton Park courtesy of a Tony Cottee hat-trick. City had started a run of 15 Premiership games with only one win (at home to Ipswich). There were defeats against Blackburn (1-3), Liverpool (2-0), Leicester City (0-1), Manchester United (0-3) and Chelsea (1-2) and draws against Aston Villa (City were 2 goals up), Newcastle (Andy Dibble saved a penalty), Coventry, Southampton, Leeds, Norwich and Everton.
City's Cup form probably kept Brian Horton in his job during this period. Four days before Christmas, City won their Coca-Cola Cup replay 2-0 at Newcastle, the first visiting team to leave St. James' Park with a win in 1994/95. This was the debut for City's on-loan German international midfielder, Maurizio Gaudino. He was to delight the fans with his touch, vision and overall ability and yet infuriate them with his workrate and tendency to go missing when the going got tough. The win sent City to Selhurst Park for a quarter-final against Crystal Palace; the 4-0 defeat there had everybody wondering whether the effort had been worth it. In the F.A. Cup City needed a replay to beat Notts County, victors over City 5 years previously. Cult hero Uwe Rösler grabbed 4 goals and Gaudino the other in a 5-2 replay win. The 4th Round saw a thrilling match against Aston Villa at Maine Road with Paul Walsh scoring the only goal, but Newcastle got their revenge for the Coca-Cola Cup defeat by knocking City out, 3-1 at St. James' Park in the 5th Round.
In the middle of March City were 12th in the table but in serious trouble. The Premier League was so close that only a few points separated the Blues from the relegation zone. Not only that but the final 5 games of the season involved trips to leaders Blackburn and high-flying Nottingham Forest plus home games against Liverpool and Newcastle. Twenty minutes into the home game against Sheffield Wednesday, City were playing terribly and losing 2-0. Then the season swung round once again, City started playing, three goals were scored and three points were in the bag. Relief was only temporary though as City went to Wimbledon, Crystal Palace and Spurs and lost all three games.
The fans were already resigning themselves to relegation when Liverpool arrived at Maine Road on Good Friday, having already qualified for Europe by winning the Coca-Cola Cup. They put in a very lacklustre performance and were beaten 2-1 by a committed, but hardly brilliant City side. What followed was the performance of the season. Twice coming from behind, City outplayed champions-elect Blackburn on their own ground in front of the Sky TV cameras. Garry Flitcroft had two goals disallowed and Uwe Rösler hit the bar as well as scoring the second goal.
A fifth meeting of the season with Newcastle followed, which ended in a 0-0 draw, both sides well aware of each other's capabilities. Then City were held to a 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Aston Villa, followed by a 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest. It was left to Leeds United to ensure City's survival; their 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace the following Tuesday saw City mathematically safe. The last game of the season saw the opening of the upper tier of the new Kippax Street Stand to City fans for the first time, and also the first ever victory at Maine Road for Q.P.R., sweet revenge for their two defeats at home earlier in the season. It had been a real topsy-turvy season, typical City!
[ 7.3 ] What were City fans' expectations for the 1995/96 season?
Given City's notorious unpredictability and the arrival of a new manager, which may result in a totally different playing style, it's no wonder there are widely differing views amongst the fans about the coming season. These vary from the highly pessimistic (City will be fighting off relegation once more, whilst United will win the League, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup) to the highly optimistic (Ball will revitalise and get the best out of the squad, lifting them high enough up the table to qualify for Europe). My personal view is that there will be an improvement over last season but only enough to lift us into a mid-table position. City haven't reached a major semi-final since 1981 and I don't expect this to change this season. With the return of Roy Bailey as physio, maybe we won't have as many recurring unjuries as last season? That would be nice.
[ 7.4 ] How did the season live upto these expectations?
With the exception of United's failure to capture the UEFA Cup, the pessimists were spot on! The late arrival of the new manager and some important signings resulted in the getting-to-know-the-squad phase of the pre-season being extended well into the season proper. This, combined with some very poor play, back luck and unbelieveable refereeing decisions, left City with only two points going into November. However, a string of good performances pulled City out of the drop zone, won Alan Ball the Manager of the Month prize for November and gave fans hope that the season wouldn't be a long battle against relegation after all. In typical City fashion though, the results deteriorated and City were left having to win the last game at home to Liverpool and hope that one of the Club's rivals slipped up. It wasn't to be and the Blues were relegated for the third time in 15 years.
The Cup competitions brought us no closer to Wembley than usual but at least we weren't giant-killing victims. Wycombe Wanderers looked likely victors for long periods in the Coca-Cola Cup before eventually succumbing to a four goal salvo at Maine Road. City lost by the same score at Anfield in the following round but once again the scoreline was flattering to the victors (unlike the 6-0 thrashing handed out by Liverpool a few days later in the League). In the F.A. Cup City needed replays to overcome Leicester and Coventry before going out at Old Trafford, with the help of a very dubious penalty.
Recurring injuries weren't as much of a problem as in previous seasons but there were long-term problems for Peter Beagrie and Richard Edghill. Paul Lake finally conceded defeat in his 5-year battle against a cruciate ligament problem but will be fondly remembered by all that saw him play.
An unexpected highlight of the season was the form of Georgiou Kinkladze. Arriving in England as a virtually unknown player, he was a household name by the end of the season. The best crowd-pleaser to play for City for at least two decades, with the possible exception of Trevor Francis.
This FAQ was compiled by Paul Howarth (firstname.lastname@example.org), with contributions from Anthony Johnson, Martin Ford (email@example.com), Svenn Hanssen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ashley Birch (email@example.com).
The information was obtained from various match magazines, the Complete Record book and some long memories.
Paul Howarth, firstname.lastname@example.org