Manchester City v Liverpool (30/12/2007) - Down Memory Lane
Friday, 28th December 2007
YNWA takes a look back at some memorable past League encounters in Manchester as we make our 72nd League trip to City on Sunday, and our fifth at the new City of Manchester Stadium. So far our record reads 28 wins, nineteen draws and 24 defeats.

Previously at the City of Manchester Stadium
John Arne Riise struck the only goal of the game after an hour in November 2005, in his 150th League game for us. Steven Gerrard captained the reds for the hundredth time, while our ninth clean sheet in the opening twelve games of the season is a club record. The start of the game was somewhat marred by the poor observance of a minute's silence for the recently passed George Best. Our most recent visit resulted in a goalless draw back in April of this year.

Kiki Musampa grabbed the only goal of the game in the final minute in April 2005 as that season's poor away League form continued, in our 500th Premier League fixture. Jamie Carragher made his 350th reds appearance, with Steven Gerrard starting for the 250th time. This was Stuart Pearce's first win as City boss, at the third attempt.

In December 2003, ex-red Nicolas Anelka struck first from the spot, before Vladimír Šmicer headed our 250th League goal against Manchester City, that was missed by the TV cameras, in our first game at the City Of Manchester Stadium, and Gérard Houllier's hundredth League game in sole charge. Dietmar Hamann scored a belter, but Robbie Fowler grabbed a last-gasp equaliser. Jon Otsemobor was substituted after less than half an hour, in what was his sixth and final reds first-team game.

Trebles for and against
Michael Owen scored a hat-trick as we won 3-0 in September 2002. Steven Gerrard made his 150th reds appearance in our 400th Premier League game. Tom Browell scored a hat-trick for Manchester City as they won 3-2 back in September 1920, with Harry Chambers and Walter Wadsworth netting for the reds.

First and final strikes
Ian Rush scored his 346th and final reds goal in a 2-2 draw in May 1996, with our other strike being from a Steve Lomas own goal, as City were relegated. Steve McManaman bagged his first reds goal in our 2-1 defeat in August 1991, with Dean Saunders missing a penalty. Mark Wright was injured in this game, and subsequently missed the next 21 games.

Debutants galore
Dominic Matteo made his reds bow in a 1-1 draw in October 1993, with Ian Rush netting. Thirteen years earlier, Howard Gayle made his debut in our 3-0 win, with Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Sammy Lee netting. Nicky Tanner debuted as a substitute for Gary Gillespie in our 4-1 win in December 1989, thanks to an Ian Rush brace and goals from future City players Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon. Bill Shankly made a host of changes to the side as we drew 2-2 in April 1971, with Bobby Graham bagging a brace. Right-back Kit Fagan, Joe's son, made his second and final reds appearance, with Steve Arnold playing his only game for us.

In August 1967, Tony Hateley made his reds debut in a goalless draw. In January 1913, Fred Howard scored all four Manchester City goals on his debut. James Stewart scored for the reds as we lost 4-1. Berry Nieuwenhuys struck early on as we lost 2-1 in December 1933, with South African-born forward Lance Carr making his reds bow.

Legendary striker Gordon Hodgson debuted in a 1-1 draw in February 1926, with Dick Forshaw nabbing our goal early on. William Stuart scored on his reds debut in January 1912 as we won 3-2 at Hyde Road. John Bovill struck his seventh and final reds goal in this game, with Jack Parkinson also on target. In September 1910, Sam Gilligan scored on his reds bow, and Jack Parkinson also netted in a 2-1 win.

Big wins
We secured our sixth consecutive win, and fifth in the League, at Maine Road in April 1983. Graeme Souness and Alan Kennedy were on target, with David Fairclough adding a brace as we won 4-0. A year earlier, Sammy Lee, Craig Johnston, Alan Kennedy and Ian Rush struck as we won 5-0, with Phil Neal converting a spot-kick. We triumphed 4-0 in October 1979 through goals from David Johnson, Ray Kennedy and a Kenny Dalglish double. Frank Roberts scored four goals for Manchester City as we were thumped 5-0 in January 1925 in our 1,000th League match.

First times
In March 1923, we lost our first game at Maine Road, by 1-0. James Stott bagged the only goal of the game in September 1893 with ten minutes remaining as we won this Second Division meeting at Ardwick, as City were then known. This was our first ever meeting with them, and was played at their old Queens Road ground.

Other memorable meetings
We went top of the League in August 1978 thanks to a 4-1 win, and stayed there for the whole season. Ray Kennedy and Kenny Dalglish were on the scoresheet, with Graeme Souness adding a brace. King George V was presented to both captains before the game at Hyde Road in March 1920, including our own Ephraim Longworth. We lost 2-1, with Harry Chambers bagging our consolation from the spot. In April 1995, Dominic Matteo came on as a substitute, and was then replaced after just nine minutes on the pitch, as we lost 2-1 with future Blue Steve McManaman on target.

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