Manchester City travel to North London on Wednesday evening to take on Tottenham Hotspur in what is the beginning of an important period of fixtures for the Blues. With the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona on the horizon, City will want to ensure their excellent winter form continues with another three points at Spurs. In anticipation of the game we take a look back to 1991 when the two sides met.
Contrary to popular belief football did exist prior to the creation of the Premier League in 1992. The only difference was that the leagues had more logical names such as First Division for the First Division and Second Division for the, well, Second Division. There was none of this ”League 1” for the Third Division or “The Championship” for the Second Division gibberish that exists today. Quite frankly, the Premier League sounds more like a first class airport departure lounge than a football league. I digress.
As well as the differences in league names, Player/Managers were a lot more common in the nineties and City had one in Peter Reid. Reid’s City side, including the likes of Niall Quinn, Keith Curle and Tony Coton, managed to defeat a Spurs side, including Gary Lineker, in October of 1991.They played some excellent football at White Hart Lane and ran out 1-0 winners. After having an earlier goal ruled out for offside Quinn sealed the three points for City with a sumptuous half volley on the edge of the area. It really was a great finish. It was a day to cherish for the supporters as City wouldn’t manage to defeat Spurs again until 2003.
City went onto finish 5th in the league that season before starting the slide into the apocalyptic episode of the club’s history which is all too well documented. It would be 19 years before City enjoyed the dizzy heights of 5th in the league again after Roberto Mancini salvaged a respectable standing after Mark Hughes’ reign of terror in the first half of the 2009/10 season.
City’s Starting 11
Tony Coton, Andy Hill, Neil Pointon, Peter Reid, Keith Curle, Steve Redmond, Mike Sheron, Adrian Heath, Niall Quinn, Ian Brightwell, Michael Hughes
Watch the highlights of the game in the above video.
On this day Bryan Adams was sitting (or rather, wallowing, stagnating, etc) at number 1 in the UK Singles Chart with (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.
Written by Rob Toole