HALCYON DIGEST: Manchester City vs Wigan 1999 Play-Offs Semi Final

Ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s FA Cup Quarter Final between Manchester City and Wigan, we take a look back to a previous meeting between the two sides from 1999.

It was, of course, the second leg of the Division Two Play Off Semi Final played out at Maine Road in May 1999. City won the game 1-0 thanks to Shaun Goater’s solitary goal and booked their first trip to Wembley since the 1981 FA Cup Final after winning the tie 2-1 on aggregate.

The first leg, played just a few days before, was a tense affair and was the last competitive game to be played Springfield Park, Wigan’s old stadium. After Gerard Weikens gifted Wigan the lead after seemingly running away from the ball, Paul Dickov scored a vital equaliser in the 77th minute to make it all square before the second leg in Manchester four days later. 6,762 City fans paid to watch at Wigan and another 10,000 fans at Maine Road watched the game via a large screen placed in front of the Maine Stand.

Back in a raucous and incredibly tense Maine Road, City were able to hold onto their slender lead and set up a meeting with Tony Pulis’ Gillingham at Wembley. At the sound of the final whistle thousands of fans invaded the pitch to celebrate with the players. It was a fantastic night and a momentous occasion in the club’s recent past. The rest, as they say, is history…

Watch the highlights of both legs in the embedded videos.

On this day TLC with sitting at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart with No Scrubs.

Written by Rob Toole

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