Advent Calendar: 1st December – Michael Johnson’s Goal Against Derby County

To get in the festive spirit, Typical City will be hosting an advent calendar in the run up to Christmas. Every day in December up until Christmas day one of the Typical City team will be sharing their memories of Manchester City throughout the years. You can expect to see recollections of special games, beautiful goals, memorable players and managers, and moments that define what it means to support City.

For the first part of this series, Rob Toole recollects Michael Johnson’s wonder goal against Derby County in 2007.

Michael Johnson’s Goal vs Derby County

There are some moments in football that stick in your mind for eternity no matter how much time passes. Sometimes it can be something relatively insignificant, sometimes it can be something hugely important. Other times it can be something beautiful which epitomises a period in time which was great for the club. The latter is certainly the case for me when looking back to Michael Johnson’s breathtaking goal against Derby County in August 2007.

Picking the ball up on the half way line he carried the ball forward powering his way past helpless Derby midfielders before passing to Elano who turned on the ball. Johnson continued his run behind Elano before the Brazillian deftly laid the ball into Johnson’s path. The Urmston born City Academy product then burst forward towards the goal and clipped the ball with the outside of his boot into the top left hand corner. It was a true moment of brilliance which demonstrated all of the natural footballing ability which Johnson possessed and further enhanced the then 19 year old’s reputation.

City’s manager at the time, Sven Goran-Eriksson, said after the game:

People forget there are a lot of good young British players here, they are all doing very well. There are more for the future, too. Michael’s goal was incredible, really a fantastic finish. We needed it, as Derby were defending very well.

It was a great moment in Manchester City’s recent history. After years of insufferable football under the stewardship of Stuart Pearce, City were revitalised by Sven Goran-Eriksson’s brand of attacking football. With a host of exciting European imports mixed with promising academy products in the team it was the first time a sense of optimism was felt at City in years. Sven’s men were also enjoying a great start to the season having seen off West Ham on the first day of the season. Let’s not forget that Johnson’s strike against Derby was the first goal to be scored at home since New Year’s Day 2007, a mere 227 days earlier. For me, Johnson’s Derby goal epitomised the sense of new found positivity at the club and will live long in the memory.

Written by Rob Toole who is on Twitter

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