An All-Manchester Semi-Final

On this day (27 March) in 1926 the first FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Manchester United ended 3-0 to the Blues.  The match was played at Bramall Lane.  The Blues were managerless for this game – Assistant Chairman Albert Alexander senior took on most of the manager’s duties between November and April. Subscribers can read more about that game below:

6-1 Old Trafford Derby

On this day (23 January) in 1926 Manchester United were defeated 6-1 at Old Trafford by managerless Manchester City. This remains the record score in a Manchester derby match (equalled of course during Mancini’s time as manager of Manchester City).

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Sadly, highlights of that game are not known to have survived, but here’s the first All-Manchester FA Cup semi-final played between the two teams that same season:

I doubt there’s anyone alive who was at either of these Manchester derbies, though I am aware of fans who would have been young children at tbis time. If you were there please get in touch, or if you were why at the later 6-1 City victory at Old Trafford then why not leave your memory as a comment or email it to me for possible future use on this website?

Decisive Derbies – The First All-Manchester Semi-Final 1926

It was a typical season of highs and lows when City and United met in the first all-Manchester FA Cup semi-final, played on this date (27th March) in 1926.  Here I’ve delved into the archives to see what happened at Bramall Lane in 1926. Subscribers can read this article below:

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Decisive Derbies – 23 January 1926 MUFC v MCFC

Score United 1 City 6, Attendance 48,657 Old Trafford

Inconsistency had dogged the Blues throughout the season and had already left them in a perilous state in the bottom half of the table.  They had only collected 18 points from 26 matches, while United had collected 28 from 24 games.  What made matters worse for City was the fact that they had been without a manager since the departure of David Ashworth in November.  Instead of appointing a new man, the Board decided to do the job themselves with chairman Albert Alexander snr taking the leading role.

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