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Premier League champions Manchester City haven’t, as we all know, always had things as good as they do now. The history of the club is, however, dotted with some great wins and this mornings Match Of The Past goes back in time to the years between 1956 and 1989 to replay six of them for you. Our first match is the 1956 FA Cup Final, played at Wembley against Birmingham City. We then head for their championship season of 1967/68 and a match against Tottenham Hotspur played at a snowy Maine Road – a match that became known as the ‘Ballet On Ice’.
City couldn’t retain their league title the following year, but they did win the FA Cup in 1969 and this allowed them entry into the European Cup Winners Cup, and our next match is the final of that competition against Gornik Zabrze in Vienna. Next up sees City back at Wembley to play Newcastle United in the final of the 1976 League Cup. The years after this were years of decline for the club, but they did pull off an outstanding performance against a Liverpool team which ended the season as champions at Anfield during the 1981/82 season, and our final match is one that will probably already be very familiar to City supporters – the home match against Manchester United from September 1989.
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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.