Manchester City vs Gillingham – The 1999 Division 2 Play-Off


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. Blueman says:

    When dickov equalised I jumped up and shattered a very expensive chandelier…I mean VERY expensive. I’d been sat there alone with tears in my eyes, when horlick scored I remained still and sad believing it was a token..but that equalizer!! I cannot imagine any goal giving me a greater release of emotion ever again

  2. David Howell says:

    Vividly recall this one… What would have happened if City hadn’t won this? Would there even be a Manchester City Football Club to be bought out, given that these were the ITV Digital years? (Some of the clubs you implicitly mention do serve as counter-examples – Leeds United in particular, though how they still exist is beyond me.)

    And to think they were spared by a questionable amount of added time (albeit not the same as playing more than was signalled, a la last week)… oh, the irony. (Not to mention that Gillingham were denied a stonewall penalty in extra time – yes, City had a penalty shout in 20 seconds, but the Gills defender was practically tugging his shirt, so close was he to Dickov.)

    For me, aged not-quite-13 at the time and living without a clear club attachment 30 miles from the nearest League ground, this was the match that made me follow a team for the first time. Not in any meaningful sense, but they were the first team I looked for on the classified results, and I celebrated their promotion the following season with relish.

    Tony Pulis takes his Stoke side to Eastlands on Boxing Day, with the return a month later on a Tuesday night. I’ll definitely be cheering for Stoke in those games, and indeed having been reminded of this game will make more of a point of cheering Anyone But City in future…

  3. Irish city fan says:

    Poor David he just dosent know his own mind David if you take 2 inthe morning and 2 at night it might help but I dont know it’s not looking good for you.
    o’ someone wipe those tear’s.

  4. rhianna says:

    Very nice post,Been looking for this. Thanks.

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