Video of the Day: Newcastle United vs Manchester City, May 1968
Newcastle United play Manchester City at St James Park this evening in a match of significance at both ends of the Premier League table. Regardless of what the broadcasters might tell you, however, the significance of this match has nothing on a previous end of season meeting between the two clubs from 1968. Manchester City had been relegated from the First Division five years earlier and, in manner that will be rather too familiar to long-time supporters of the club, took three years to get back into the top flight.
Their first season back ended in a respectable enough fifteenth placed finish, though relief over this may have been tempered somewhat by a certain team in red, white and black from just across the same city. The following year, though, City were in a position to be able to go to head to head with Manchester United for the title. In the closing weeks of the season, the clubs could barely be separated at the top of the season, but a six-three defeat for United at West Bromwich Albion in their third last match of the season turned the race decisively in City’s favour.
Manchester United kept the title race going with a six-nil win against Newcastle United, meaning that on the last day of the season the two sides were level on points, with Manchester United at home against lower mid-table Sunderland and Manchester City making the trip to Tyneside to play the team that Manchester United had put six goals past a few days earlier. It turned out to be an eventful afternoon at St James Park, and commentary for this match comes from George Bayley.
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