Video of the Day: Manchester City vs Leicester City, April 1969
Is this afternoon’s match between Manchester City and Leicester City the most important that these two clubs have ever played? Well, the stakes are high and a win for Leicester would surely lead to a final realisation that this most unlikely of teams might actually be capable of winning the Premier League this season. For supporters of a certain age, though, mention of this fixture may lead to a glazing over of the eyes and memories of a fixture from forty-seven years ago.
Manchester City’s previous season ended with Joe Mercer’s team having won the Football League championship for the first time in thirty-one years and the second time in its history. Mercer’s team had, however, been unable to maintain this standard the following year and finished he 1968/69 season in thirteenth place in the table. In the FA Cup, however, the club’s luck had been a little different, with wins against Luton Town, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton sending the club to its first FA Cup final since 1956.
The opponents that day, Leicester City, had endured a terrible season, ending up relegated in twenty-first place in the table, but had reached Wembley with wins against Barnsley, Millwall, Liverpool, Mansfield Town and West Bromwich Albion. This year’s was the second to be broadcast in colour. Indeed, the BBC showed the match concurrently on two channels, with BBC1 showing the standard black & white broadcast and BBC2 joining in thirty minutes before kick-off with a special broadcast for those rich enough to be able to afford one of these new-fangled colour televisions. For those of you watching in black and white, Manchester City are in the striped shirts. Commentary comes from Kenneth Wolstenholme.
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