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City Look To Keep The Run Going

City Look To Keep The Run Going
The headline may confuse a few but Manchester City have a good record and Fratton Park and have amazingly scored on their last 18 visits. The last time they failed to score was in April 1955 when Pompey won 1-0 and went on to finish 3rd in Division One.

In total the two sides have met 36 times at the Park since their first meeting on New Year's Day 1927. Since they have often been in the same Division, with only one large gap following City's promotion to the top league at the end of 1965/66.

Pompey have won 18 times, City 10 times with 8 draws. The largest Pompey win was 4-1 in 1954 and the highest aggregate game - popular at the moment - was seven goals in 1959; City winning by the odd goal.

The two clubs have similar histories. After they first met in 1926/27 Pompey were promoted by a tiny margin over City. City were promoted the next season. In 1949/50 Pompey won the Championship, City were relegated but bounced straight back the following year. Pompey were relegated in 1958/59 City in 62/63.

Under Alan Ball Pompey and City fought out promotion on the last day of the 1984/85 season. Pompey won at Huddersfield 2-0 but City beat Charlton 5-1 and just piped us. Two years later Pompey were promoted but passed City who were going in the other direction.

In the Premier League we have met 4 times at home winning three and losing the other. Of those four games three have special memories. The 4-2 win in January 2004 was David Seaman's last game after he retired with a shoulder injury. In November that year a Shaun Wright-Phillips inspired City tore Pompey apart on a freezing night winning 3-1. That was HR's last game in his first rein.

Of course the third game was the 2-1 victory on 11 March 2006 when the Great Escape was launched by a last minute winner past a hapless David James. Can't remember who scored the winner but I am still certain to this day that the City goal scored by Richard Dunne should have been disallowed for offside. If that had happened, would we have gained the momentum to escape and would the goal scorer have attained such hero status?

The most famous meeting between the two clubs was the 1934 Cup Final when City triumphed 2-1 and Pompey had to wait five years before captain Jimmy Guthrie received the famous trophy from King George VI. After being third time lucky of course we kept the cup for seven years!

Written by eastneydave.

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Date:Saturday November 10 2007
Time: 12:02AM


top stuff as ever dave - plenty of memories there...
10/11/2007 00:04:00
Amazing as the 3-4 defeat was my first Pompey game in memory. Mendes was the Pompey hero in 2006, let's hope he does a repeat on Sunday. It should also be remembered that City were relegated to the 3rd tier in the late 90s with 52 Goals for and 53 against. They also never played in the same division for about 6 seasons, having been promoted or relegated in all those consecutive seasons. A few years back both sides avoided relegation as City breathed a huge sigh of relief (as we did) upon our 2-1 win at Leeds.
10/11/2007 02:27:00
I forgot the mention Rememberance Day - let's make it a day to remember....the day that Pompey climbed back into the top 4 in the best league in the world - bring it on.
10/11/2007 02:33:00
not only remembrance day, my bday!, have to miss last 10 minutes to go to london! hope the game is wrapped up by then
10/11/2007 07:42:00
Deep down City must be worried about going to you place. They shipped six at ours and won't fancy a trip to free-scoring Pompey despite their lofty position, good luck lads.
10/11/2007 09:35:00
yep, great pompeygray point sunday is rememberance day and a day we should all be thankful for... happy birthday for sunday Gleamer i got 3pts and a 4-1 spanking of newcastle on mine - hopefully you will get something similar - but it will all happen in the 1st 80 minutes :-)
10/11/2007 09:47:00
haha, two mendes specials in stoppage time!
10/11/2007 10:11:00
Gray glad I stirred your memory with the 3-4 in 1959. Just looking through a list of all the scores and trying to pick out specials is tricky but eh I got lucky! Would be nice to see Pedro back playing well and scoring goals something always happens to him against City - 3 games, 3 goals and carried off twice!!
10/11/2007 11:03:00
Nice one Dave - Is the margin for the 26/27 the least ever recorded - wasn't it 0.07 of a goal or something when calculated by the old goals difference? For me If I think Man City I think Pedro Mendes ... What a day that was ... I'd love the fella to score tomorrow not just to 'remember' the great escape but say he can bury the Thatcher and Barton incident sand get back to the player he was before them... Give some Pedro... SHOOT !
10/11/2007 14:00:00
Chix for coverage of 1926/27 promotion refer back to Challenge Dave 2
10/11/2007 16:54:00
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