Dismissed, Resigned, Fired; Dismissed, Fired, Survived

First published shortly after Mark Hughes was dismissed as MCFC manager in 2009-10

With the ‘trajectory of results’ hailed as a reason, the December dismissal of Mark Hughes as Manchester City manager prompted many to claim that the sacking was a symptom of new owners coming in without a care for the history and traditions of the game.  The appointment of Roberto Mancini means that during the Noughties, awful phrase I know, City had six managers – Joe Royle (dismissed), Kevin Keegan (resigned), Stuart Pearce (fired), Sven Goran Ericsson (dismissed), Mark Hughes (fired) and Roberto Mancini (at the time of going to press – survived).  

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“Stanley’s Match” – England 8 Scotland 0 16th October 1943

“When I heard the team I said two prayers.  One of thanks to the Scots for leaving me out, and one on behalf of Adam Little who had taken my place.  I knew then we’d do well to get away with less than five goals against.”  So said Bill Shankly referring to the selection of the England team to face Scotland at Maine Road in October 1943.

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Decisive Derbies – MCFC v MUFC 15 May 1963

Score 1-1, Attendance 52,424 Maine Road

City’s penultimate match of the season turned out to be one of the most controversial derby matches of all time.  Both clubs were languishing at the foot of the table, and a derby victory would more or less guarantee the victors survival.  

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THE STARTING ELEVEN – Tommy Hutchison

First published in the build up to the 2011 FA Cup final, Gary James takes a look at the eleven players who made the starting line-up for City’s FA Cup final in 1981.  Today, goalscorer Tommy Hutchison

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THE STARTING ELEVEN – Tommy Caton

First published in the build up to the 2011 FA Cup final, Gary James takes a look at the eleven players who made the starting line-up for City’s FA Cup final in 1981.  Today, centre-back Tommy Caton.

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THE STARTING ELEVEN – Steve Mackenzie

First published in the build up to the 2011 FA Cup final, Gary James takes a look at the eleven players who made the starting line-up for City’s FA Cup final in 1981.  Today, midfielder Steve Mackenzie

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THE STARTING ELEVEN – Ray Ranson

First published in the build up to the 2011 FA Cup final, Gary James takes a look at the eleven players who made the starting line-up for City’s FA Cup final in 1981.  Today, 1981’s number two Ray Ranson.

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THE STARTING ELEVEN – Paul Power

First published in the build up to the 2011 FA Cup final, Gary James takes a look at the eleven players who made the starting line-up for City’s FA Cup final in 1981.  Today, captain Paul Power.

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THE STARTING ELEVEN – Nicky Reid

Published in the build up to the 2011 FA Cup final, Gary James takes a look at the eleven players who made the starting line-up for City’s FA Cup final in 1981.  Today, centre-back Nicky Reid.

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