HALCYON DIGEST: Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur 1994

There have been many exciting games against Tottenham in recent years as the fixture has become increasingly important for both teams. In the past, Spurs have enjoyed great success over City invariably winning most encounters but the rise of City since the 2008 takeover has reminded City fans what victory over their North London counterparts feels like.

There have been some unforgettable matches which have become increasingly difficult to call . Who can forget the two Champions League qualification deciders near the end of the 2010 and 2011 seasons or the infamous 1-5 at White Hart Lane in the title winning season?

Ahead of Sunday’s game we look back a little further to a classic encounter between the two sides from October 1994. In all the nostalgic glory of Maine Road with a half built Kippax Stand, Brian Horton’s City ran riot and earned a thrilling 5-2 victory. The trio of Peter Beagrie, Niall Quinn and Paul Walsh stood out as they caused havoc toying with the Spurs defence time and time again. Despite withstanding moments of Spurs pressure City’s free flowing brand of attacking football was too hot to handle for Spurs. It was a great day to be a City supporter.

The win moved City up to seventh in the league after 11 games. Curiously the top three consisted of Newcastle United, Nottingham Forrest and Blackburn Rovers. Of course, Blackburn went onto win the League that season whereas City narrowly avoided relegation and finished 15th, four points clear of the drop zone. How times have changed.

City Starting 11

Andy Dibble, Richard Edghill, Terry Phelan, Ian Brightwell, Keith Curle, Steve Lomas, Gary Flitcroft, Nicky Summerbee, Paul Walsh, Niall Quinn, Peter Beagrie

Goalscorers

Walsh x2, Quinn, Lomas, Flitcroft

On this day Liam Gallagher insisted “you’ve gotta make it happen” as Oasis entered the UK Singles Chart at number 7 with Cigarettes and Alcohol.

Written by Robert Toole

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