A Postponed Derby

Heavy snow fall across the country threatened fixtures in January 2010, then on Tuesday 5 January, a day before it was scheduled to be played, the all-Manchester League Cup semi-final was called off.  Manchester City’s pitch was perfectly playable, however traffic chaos in Manchester was an issue. 

The Blues had been desperate for the match to be played as the mood seemed perfect for a City victory.  There was a great deal of positivity.  Similarly, at United a FA Cup defeat to Leeds had increased the pressure on the Reds.  By the time the two sides did face each other the momentum had changed. 

I was in the North Stand when this game was eventually played. Were you at the game when it took place? If you were why not leave your memory as a comment or email it to me for possible future use on this website?

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Arsenal Defeated

On this day (2 December) in 2009 goals from Carlos Tevez, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Vladimir Weiss gave Manchester City a 3-0 victory over Arsenal in the League Cup quarter-final tie. A crowd of 46,015 watched the game in Manchester. Here’s a contemporary report of the game:

Manchester City Season 2009-10

Previous Season

The Blues had ended the 2008-09 season tenth under manager Mark Hughes.

Manager

Roberto Mancini replaced Mark Hughes as manager midway through the season in December 2009.

League Overview

The season commenced with four straight League victories over Blackburn (2-0), Wolves (1-0), Portsmouth (1-0) and Arsenal (4-2).  Of these the Arsenal match brought most headlines.  It had been viewed as the first true test of Mark Hughes’ new look City, although both Tevez and Robinho were injured.

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The 2009-10 Manchester League Cup Semi-finals

On this day (19th January) in 2010 it was the first leg of the all-Manchester League Cup semi final… Back in 1991, together with Steve Cawley, I published The Pride Of Manchester (the history of the Manchester Derby). Ever since then there’s been a desire to update the book to include recent seasons. A few years ago Steve and I did start the process of updating the book but, sadly, we could not find a publisher prepared to produce the book. So, as we’re about to see another League Cup semi-final between City and United, I’ve decided to post here the text we wrote for the 2009-10 League Cup semi-finals. Both legs are covered in this piece which is available to anyone who subscribes to this site (£3 per month or £20 per year – about £1.67 per month – for that subscribers get full access to all posts published so far plus all new posts for the period of their subscription).

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On This Day in 2010 – A Manchester Derby Semi-Final

On this day (19th January) in 2010 Manchester City played Manchester United in the League Cup Semi-Final first leg. The story of that game and indeed the second leg was written up a couple of years ago for an update of my 1991 book The Pride Of Manchester (co-written with Steve Cawley).

Sadly, that book was never updated, though Steve and I put considerable effort into creating all the content. So, for subscribers to http://www.GJFootballArchive.com I have already posted the story of those games here:

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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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