Manchester City, Stoke City, Cup Finals And Relegation


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Tim Vickerman says:

    I remember that relegation battle well and was at both Maine Road and the Britannia as we won both matches and pulled off quite an escape under Peter Jackson.

    We truly gifted those 3 points to Pompey on that day. Think we lost 0-4 at home. A few years later Pompey lay down and surrendered at home to Palace, helping to send us down. What goes around… Quite looking forward to this one as Stoke do have a decent chance. I fancy City will get plenty of chances to win things in the next few years so favour Stoke.

  2. Ron Ipstone says:

    I always credit (blame) Stoke for preventing Man City winning the 1971-72 League Championship when they beat the Blues 2-1 at Maine Rd on 1 April 1972. I was at that game and the abiding memory is of the great Gordon Banks making save after save in the second half and keeping Stoke in the game. Many attributed the signing of Rod Marsh to City not winning the title that year, but it should be remembered that City had the opportunity to sign Banks from Leicester 5 years earlier. but would not meet the asking price of £65,000 (I think City was £5,000 short).

    If City had beaten Stoke the extra 2 points would have secured the title. A big game and one fluffed by the Blues.

  3. Keeping everything crossed for Saturday, we can win this!

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