Having watched City play since 1944 I thought it was time I went through my records and picked out some special magical moments that some of you may remember too.
The ones I will be choosing are in no special order.
City v Everton 3-1 August 2002
With City about to start their home games with a match against Everton I thought I would start
Magic Moments with this game.
This was the moment Anelka completed his hat-trick to give ten men City three points after an excellent team display. Anelka had given City a two goal lead before Wright-Phillips was controversially sent off before the half hour for being the last man and a foul resulting in a penalty and City were down to ten men for the rest of the game. The City side included the magic Benarbia and Foe and was as follows-
Schmeichel: Sun Jihai, Howey, Distin, Jensen: Wright-Phillips, Benarbia (Goater), Foe, Berkovic (Horlock), Anelka, Huckerby (Tiatto)
When I looked at my program I noticed a young player called Rooney came on from the Everton bench after 65 minutes. He is number 18 on the left watching Peter Schmeichel saving a shot.
I wonder what happened to him!
Original Web page covering the game HERE
City Past
Joe Hart
Cityzen Day 2017
Have I Got Views For You
City Links
Man City 4 Man United 1 March 2004
With United in third place and City lurking too near the bottom three in the Premiership we were not expecting miracles in this first derby at the new City of Manchester stadium. However despite United pressure City took a two goal lead through Fowler and Macken. Scholes reduced the arrears but United failed to add to their score. Sinclair took advantage of a defensive error to make it three one and in 'fergie time' Shaun Wright-Phillips blasted the ball into the net to make it 4-1( pic above). A great moment!
Earlier in the game Distin and Butt went head-t0-head! Both got booked.

The City side was
James: Dunne, Van Buyten, Distin, Wright-Phillips, Reyna (Bosvelt) Sibierski (Jihai Sun) McManaman (Sinclair) Tarnat, Macken, Fowler

We could do with Van Buyten now - he was an excellent player.
There was a chap called Ronaldo playing for United
- didn't do much though!

original web page covering this game is HERE
Man City 4 Swansea City 0 August 2011
The debut of Sergio Aguero will always be remembered by City fans for this wonderful second goal in added time. It was a ferocious shot from some way out that swerved and beat Vorm . He is now approaching Eric Brooks record total of goals for City and I am sure he will be become the top goal scorer soon. Dzeko and Silva scored the other two for City.
Aguero scoring his first goal from a cross by Richards on 67 minutes
We did have the odd Poznan
The original web page covering this game is HERE
Hart: Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy: De Jong (Aguero) Barry, Johnson (Savic) Toure, Silva (Milner) Dzeko
Man City 3 Sunderland 1 Capital Cup Final Wembley March 2014
Man City v Stoke City 3-0 Oct 2008
Robinho did like to let me know he had scored!
At the end of the season against Bolton Robinho is pointing me out (maybe) to Vladimir Weiss who had just made his league debut and only league game for City. He is now playing in Qatar.
The 100th Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium was blessed with a great hat-trick by Brazilian Robinho. The above pic shows his best, taking a pass from Sturridge (yes he did play for us) and cracking the ball past Sorensen for his second goal.
The vital moment of the second half revival by City having been a goal down to Sunderland was this spectacular effort by Yaya Toure from 30 yards that flew into the top corner to equalize. Nasri gave City the lead shortly after and Navas added to the score late in the game. It was Pellegrini's first trophy and we let Wembley a lot happier than the previous visit when we were beaten by Wigan.
Pantilimon : Zabaleta, Kompany , Demichelis , Kolarov : Yaya Toure , Fernandinho , Nasri , Silva ( Garcia) Aguero ( Navas ) Dzeko ( Negredo)
The original web page covering this game is HERE
The original web page covering this game is HERE
City 3 Newcastle U 1 Sept 2007
An excellent display of football by City was capped by one of the best free kicks I have ever seen. A foul by Nicky Butt gave away the free kick which was taken by Elano over thirty yards out from goal. The ball flew into the top corner giving Given no chance and City finished 3-1 winners - Petrov and Mpenza scoring the other two for the sky blues.
City team - Hart, Corluka,(Onuoha), Dunne, Richards, Garrido,Ireland, Hamann, Johnson ( Ball) Petrov, Elano, (Geovanni) Mpenza.
The City team was - Hart, Richards, Dunne (Fernandes), Ben Haim, Garrido (Onuoha), Kompany, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Elano, Robinho, Evans (Sturridge)
The original web page covering this game is HERE
City 5 Hull 1 Dec 2008
As far as I can ascertain this was the only time in at least Premier League history that a manager has had his players on the pitch at half time for a rollicking! Hull City manager Phil Brown certainly did not hold back and with the sky blues scoring three in the first 28 minutes it was four nil at half time and a Boxing Day game to remember. City scorers that day were Caicedo and Robinho 2 each and ireland one.
City team- Hart, Zabaleta, Dunne, Richards (Onuoha) , Ball, Kompany, Ireland, (Fernandes), Wright-Phillips, Elano, Robinho, Caicedo ( Jo).
The original web page covering this game is HERE
City 3 United 1 November 2002
Following the last two away wins at Birmingham and West Brom City should have been confident to face a United without Beckham (suspended) and Keane (injured) but the midweek defeat at the hands of Wigan and injuries to the heart of the defence - Howey and Distin meant that Mettomo and Wiekens had their first outings of the season and the support near me were somewhat apprehensive of what was to come. We need not have worried - the whole team gave a terrific display and virtually played United off the park. It could have been 5-1 again and not just 3-1.
After 25 minutes a long ball from Foe appeared to be going nowhere other than out for a goal kick. Garry Neville was in attendance to shepherd the ball out of play. The persistent Goater managed to get the ball and hammer it past Barthez from a narrow angle - 2-1 to City. Goater is congratulated by Berkovic for his 99th goal for City while on the right a dejected Garry Neville considers the consequences of his calamitous error. I don't think the Neville brothers were celebrating that night
The original web page covering this game is HERE
City 0 Southampton 1 May 2003
The very last game at Maine Road - the End of an Era . Lots of images on this web page covering the ground ,the game and a bit of history. The game and result were not the best for City but it was a very important occasion.
a famous supporter is watching the duel between Anelka and Jones. She is 83 year old Helen Turner - in the front row just above Anelka. She is wearing a blue wig and normally rings a bell.
Peter Schmeichel's last save of his career with about five minutes or so to go.
Schmeichel 7: Dunne 7, Howey 8, Distin 7: Sun 7, Berkovic 9, Foe 6, Horlock 7,Tiatto 7: Goater 5, Anelka 8 :
Schmeichel 6; Dunne 6, Sommeil 6 Distin 7, Jensen 6: Foe 6, Wright-Phillips 7, Benarbia 6, Barton 6: Goater 6, Anelka 7:
The original web page covering this game is HERE
2 bad weather games
City v Ipswich 1-1 Dec 12th 2000 abandoned
City v Spurs 4-1 Dec 9th 1967
This Worthington Cup game was called off by Graham Poll shortly after Paul Dickov equalized an earlier goal by Stewart. Very heavy rain had made the surface unplayable and alas 7 days later the replay was won by Ipswich 2-1 after extra time.
Only took a couple of pics at this famous 'Ballet on Ice' that took place at Maine Road on a very cold winters day. City won 4-1 with goals from Bell,Summerbee, Young and Coleman. Considering the conditions it was a great performance by City and 36,000 turned out to watch. It was amazing the game was played at all.
The City team was - Mulhearn: Book, Pardoe:Doyle, heslop, Oakes: Lee, Bell, Summerbee, Young,and Coleman - www.rtfract.com/citypast.htm
City 4 Arsenal 2 Sept 2009
When Adebayor headed past Almunia to make it 3-1 at the North Stand end we did not expect him to dash down to the other end and show off in front of the fans of Arsenal his previous team. He was booked and extra staff and police had to be called to contain the anger of the visiting supporters. It is a shame the game will be remembered for this event rather than a good City display. The City team was - Given:Richards, Toure, Lescott, Bridge: Wright-Phillips, Ireland, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Adebayor
City 3 Lech Poznan 1 October 2010
When City played Lech Poznan in the Europa Cup back in 2010 little did we think that the unusual back facing arm linking bounce action of many of their supporters would become a regular City celebration. The image on the right was taken at the four nil win over Villa in December that year. We must not forget that the win over Poznan also had a hat-trick by Adebayor.
The City team was - Hart 7: Richards 6.5, Boyata 6.5, Lescott 6, Zabaleta 7 ( Bridge): Viera 8, De Jong 8: Wright Phillips 6 (Jo 6) Silva 8 ( Yaya Toure 6) Johnson 8 , Adebayor 8.5
The animated Gif above was taken at the Cup Final at Wembley in 2011 when City beat Stoke - CITY 1 STOKE 0
Man City 3 Newcastle U 3 Feb 20 1996
One of the few good memories from that season was this exciting clash against a high flying Newcastle side. Alan Ball was the manager of City who had a very poor start to the season and were eventually relegated. However City did have one of the most magical players ever to don the sky blue shirt in Georgi Kinkladze.
His dribbling and amazing general skill was awesome and I wish I had taken more pics in those days. Below are the only images of Kinkladze I could find. The City team that day was - Immel, Curle, Symons, Summerbee, Hiley, Brown, Clough,Lomas, Kinkladze, Rosler,Quinn. The City goals came from Neill Quinn 2 and Rosler. Ginola, Les Ferdinand and Beardsley were playing for Newcastle.
Man City 6 Tottenham 0 Nov 2013
Navas scoring the fastest goal at the Etihad Stadium in this drubbing of Spurs. A poor clearance by the Spurs keeper went straight to Aguero and after Lloris saved his shot the ball ran to Navas who shot from a narrow angle and the ball was in the net after just 13 and a half seconds.
Jason Manford sang Blue Moon before the game - maybe that did the trick!
Navas scored the last goal as well
The City team was
Pantilimon: Zabaleta, Demichelis, Nastasic, Clichy: Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Nasri, Negredo, Aguero
Newcastle U 3 City 4 May 1968
This was an amazing game the result giving City under the management of Joe Mercer the first Division Championship. City goals were from Young (2) Lee and Summerbee and one of the highlights I remember was the journey up the A1 which was a mass of blue! Over 30,000 City fans made the trip to St James Park and with United losing at home to Sunderland and City winning it was all worthwhile.
The crowd were almost up to the touchline and the pitch was flooded with City fans at the final whistle.
The City team was - Mulhearn, Book, Pardoe, Doyle, Heslop, Oakes, Lee, Bell, Summerbee, Young, Coleman,
City 1 Barcelona 2 Feb 2015
With only seconds to go Zabaleta gave away a penalty but thanks to a great save by Joe Hart from Messi City finished only one goal down to Barcelona in the Champions League
Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Nasri, Fernando, Milner, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko
City 4 Aston Villa 0 May 2014

An epic run in extra time by Yaya Toure ended with him shooting past the Villa keeper to make the score four nil and it was City's 100th league goal of the season. The first time since the 1957-58 season when City got 104. That season City also conceded 100 losing to WBA 2-9 and Leicester 4-8 but we finished 5th!
The City team against Villa was - Hart: Zabaleta, Kompany Demichelis, Kolarov, Garcia, Toure, Milner, Nasri, Silva and Dzeko.
More pics HERE

City 3 Red Bull Salzburg 0
Europa League December 2010
On 56 minutes on came a sub for the visitors and his name was Alan (27). He was cheered every time he touched the ball and City fans sang songs about him who must have wondered what was going on. He was a 21 year old Brazilian.
The City team was - Given, Boating, Toure, Lescott, Zabaleta, Viera, Milner, Wright-Phillips, Johnson, Jo, Balotelli
The City scorers were Balotelli 2 and Adam Johnson - more pics HERE
City 2 Barcelona 1
August 2003
The first game in the new Stadium and it was the farewell game for Ali Benarbia a creative genius like David Silva or Kevan De Bruyne. City fans also gave a special cheer to Ronaldinho who had turned down a move to United. Anelka scored the first ever goal at the Stadium and Sinclair notched the winner. The City team was - Seaman, Sun, Sommeil Distin, Tarnat, Wright-Phillips, Sibierski, Barton, Sinclair, Anelka, Fowler More pics HERE
City 3 Fulham 1
November 2006
City 1 Middlesbrough 1
May 2005
In this easy win against Fulham on 32 minutes Barton won a tackle and Corradi scored and then Knighted Barton with the corner flag! Not seen this before or since!The City team was - Weaver Richards, Dunne, Distin, Thatcher, Trabelsi, Barton, Reyna, Vassell, Samaras, Corradi. more pics HERE
With City desperate for three points and with just two minutes of normal time to go Pearce made an amazing last ditch decision replacing Reyna with another keeper Weaver, David James moving up front. Above left you can see him trying to beat several defenders!
In added time Robbie Fowler had a chance to give City the win but his penalty was saved.
The City team was- James Mills, Onuoha, Distin, Thatcher, Wright-Phillips, Reyna, Barton, Musampa, Sibierski, Fowler

More pics HERE
City 3 Liverpool 0
August 2010
Ten years go there was a major change in the ownership of City when Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan took over from Thaksin Shinawatra and his only visit to the Etihad Stadium so far was in August 2010 when City beat Liverpool three nil. The take-over has made a tremendous difference both to the club and the whole area around the ground.
Barry scored for City after 12 minutes and Tevez made it two nil from close range after 50 minutes. Tevez scored a penalty later to complete the scoring. City played well and Joe Hart made some good saves. The City team was - Hart: Richards, K Toure, Kompany, Lescott, Johnson, De Jong, Y Toure, Barry, Milner and Tevez. more pics HERE
City 5 Norwich City 1
December 3rd 2011
Yaya Toure was at his best and scored a great goal to make it three nil for City
Balotelli -remember him- scored with his shoulder after a rebound from the keeper
Not the best of days for Delia Smith -
plenty of food for thought!
team - Hart: Richards, K Toure, Kompany, Clichy, Barry, Nasri, Silva, Yaya Toure, Aguero, Dzeko.
Balotelli came on a sub
George Weah time
August/September 2000
George Weah signed for City from Milan in August 2000 but only played in a few games before moving to Marseille. He was named FIFA Player of the Year in 1995. He became President of Liberia recently and incredibly he came out of retirement to play for Liberia aged 51 against Nigeria in a friendly game. Amazing!
He is on the left passing to Wanchope who scored in a 4-2 win over Sunderland
He had golden boots! This was his first home game
Remember the wet days at Maine Road
Weah shoots wide against Middlesbrough in a one all draw
He is about to score against Gillingham in the Worthington Cup. City won the replay after a one all draw
His last game was against Newcastle in a one nil loss. He is number 22 in the foreground.
Coverage of these early games are HERE
City 3 Bayern Munich 2
A great hat-trick by Aguero won this Champions League game against Bayern Munich . The first was from a penalty which resulted in Benatia getting a red card and the visitors were down to ten men. Bayern actually took the lead and with just 6 minutes to go it looked pretty bad for City but Aguero broke through for his second and in the final moments he got his third. The City team was - Hart, Sagna (Zabaleta) Kompany Mangala, Clichy, Fernando, Lampard, Navas, Milner (Jovetic) Nasri, Aguero
more pics HERE
City 1 Liverpool 0
November 2014
April 2005
Musampa was a real danger man against Liverpool and after hitting the post with twenty odd minutes to go he hit the winner in the final minute taking a great cross from substitute Croft and cracking the ball past the keeper.
The City team was - James, Onuoha, Dunne,Distin, Jordan, Reyna, Barton, Bosvelt, Musampa, Sibierski, Fowler
More pics HERE
City 1 United 0
April 2012
Just before half time Vincent Kompany scored with a great header from a corner taken by Silva.
It was a vital goal - more pics HERE
City 6 Newcastle U 1
Oct 2015
After Newcastle had taken the lead Aguero took over and scored five goals - his first was a header following a corner and early in the second half Sergio put City ahead from a pass from Silva.
Silva supplied the pass for Aguero to notch his 4th goal
His 3rd goal was a chip over the keeper following a pass from De Bruyne
Two minutes after his 4th goal Aguero scored another to make it five - amazing
He was only the 5th player to score five in the Premiership - the others were Shearer, Defoe, Cole and Berbatov - more pics here
Maine Road
While searching through old images for this web page I came across these pics of the end of Maine Road.
I did come home with an old brick from the ground!
City 1 Liverpool 0
In the very last minute a great cross by Croft was met by Musampa who cracked it past Carson for a City win
City team - James 7: Onuoha 6 (Mills 7), Dunne 8, Distin 8, Jordan7: Reyna 7 Barton 7, Bosvelt 6 (Croft 7), Musampa 8: Sibierski 6 (Bradley Wright-Phillips 7), Fowler 7:
More pics HERE
April 2005
City 1 Chelsea 0
September 2010
A goal by Carlos Tevez which went in off the post enabled City to beat top of the league Chelsea in a tough game.
Hart 7: Boyata 8 ( Boateng), K. Toure 8, Kompany 9, Zabaleta 8: de Jong 8.5, Barry 8.5,
Y. Toure 8, Silva 8 ( Johnson) Milner 8, Tevez 8.5 (Adebayor)

More pics HERE
City 2 West Ham U 0
May 2014
Nasri's shot from outside the area set the seal on a final win and the Premier League Championship.
Kompany made it two nil later and we all celebrated a great season. Interesting that Manager Pellegrini is now at West ham
Hart 6.5: Zabaleta 8, Kompany 7.5, Demichelis 7.5, Kolarov 7.5: Garcia 7, Toure 7.5 ( Negredo) , Nasri 8, Silva 8 ( Milner), Dzeko 7 ( Fernandinho) Aguero 7
more pics HERE
City 1 Derby County 0
August 2007
A new Manager- a new Chairman and new signings and Kasper Schmeichel in goal- what a start to the home games that season. Johnson was going to be the new Colin Bell but alas his career went downhill later.
Here he is scoring after help from Elano
K. Schmeichel 7: Corluka 6.5, Dunne 7, Richards 7, Garrido 6.5: Hamann 7: Johnson 8, Ireland 6.5, Petrov 6 : Elano 7.5: Bianchi 7
More pics HERE
City 2 Everton 0
October 2005
After inter passing between Croft and Ireland the ball came to Mills who was almost 30 yards from goal.
He cracked in a great shot which beat the keeper and at last City were ahead.
The game was special as the kick-off was at 11-15am - surely a record! The goal by Mills was the only won he ever scored for City in his 51 games for the club -more pics HERE
The City team - James, Mills, Dunne, Distin, Jordan: Sibierski, Barton, Ireland, Musampa (Croft) , Vassell, Cole (Sun Jihai)
City 1 United 0
On the half hour Elano passed to Geovanni cracked the ball past Van der Sar from 30 yards to score what turned out to be the winning goal
It was City's third win on the run but alas the season did not finish as it started! -more pic s HERE
August 2007
team - Kasper Schmeichel: Corluka, Dunne, Richards, Garrido: Hamann, Elano (Bianchi) Geovanni (Ball) Johnson, Petrov, Bojinov (Mpenza)