The League Matches
As League champions, the Blues were expected to coast through the 1968-9 season, particularly as the Charity Shield match against Cup winners West Bromwich Albion ended in a comfortable 6-1 City victory. Unfortunately life is rarely that easy and only one of the first nine games ended in victory – a 3-2 win over Wolves. The Blues simply could not get into the rhythm they had enjoyed the previous season. One of the reasons for this was that they had embarked on a rather disastrous tour of America during the summer which, amongst other problems resulted in an injury to captain Tony Book He was kept out of action until January.
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