Ten Year Ago Today – Dzeko’s First Goal!

Ten years ago today (30 January 2011) Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City team faced Notts County in the FA Cup. Edin Dzeko’s first City goal came on this day too!

In the build-up to the Notts County tie much was made of the fact that County were the world’s oldest League team and that they were facing the world’s richest club – as usual ignoring the hard fact that it was City’s owner that was wealthy not the club itself. Who’d have thought then that ten years later we’d still be hearing this same old claptrap!

Television, in particular, liked to build up the David and Goliath aspect to it.  For neutrals it added to the interest perhaps, but for the Blues it continued to give a false impression of the stage they were at in their development.  

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“CITY ARE BACK” (first published in 2011)

Manchester football historian Gary James assesses what City’s 2011 FA Cup success means from a historical perspective. This was published in April 2011 and is published here to provide consideration of how that point in history was viewed at the time. It has not been altered to reflect later views.

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