Manchester City’s record in FA Cup replays is remarkably good. In their entire history, the Blues have won far more than they have lost – just over three-quarters, in fact – and they’ve progressed in 13 of their last 14 ties that have needed a rematch. Even then, that defeat ended up being settled in extra time at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium.
City’s excellent record runs since the abolition of second replays, just before the reformation of the top flight into the Premier League – but even before that it was still pretty good.
The last time the club was knocked out after originally being drawn away from home in the competition and bringing their opponents back to Maine Road, Bert Trautmann played in goal, Les McDowall was the manager, and Bobby Johnstone scored the consolation in a 2-1 loss to Grimsby. It was 1959.
After that, they have lost one more replay on their own patch – 3-1 to Watford in 1986. However, that was a second rematch, following an original 1-1 draw at Maine Road and then a goalless stalemate at Vicarage Road.
Ahead of City’s restaged tie with Huddersfield on Wednesday, here’s City’s recent exploits in FA Cup replays in pictures.
Blackburn Rovers, 2014
It finished 1-1 at Ewood Park in the third round, before City did the job at Eastlands – winning 5-0.
City name a rotated line-up, but there’s still enough first team experience to win the tie.
Alvaro Negredo scores, but also misses a good chance to seal the tie.
Alvaro Negredo scores two of City’s five as they progress to round four.
Sergio Aguero returns from injury to come off the bench and find the net within seconds of his introduction.
Notts County, 2011
Roberto Mancini was thankful to Edin Dzeko’s first goal making it 1-1 at Meadow Lane, before City saw off the Magpies 5-0 at Eastlands.
Notts County open the scoring in the second half through Neal Bishop.
The equaliser comes late on courtesy of Edin Dzeko’s first goal for the club.
Patrick Vieira opens the scoring in the replay – earning himself the first of his two strikes that day.
Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko show signs of a partnership forming, as each scores from the other’s assist.
Leicester City, 2011
A 2-2 draw in the East Midlands left Mancini’s side needing to start again at the Etihad. They eventually ran out 4-2 winners in Manchester.
It was a reunion for Sven Goran Eriksson and Roberto Mancini, and for the Swede with his former club.
A Joe Hart error gifts Leicester their equaliser, after City had fought from 1-0 down to lead 2-1.
City’s players come out in red and black to honour the ill Neil Young.
A great strike from Carlos Tevez helps the Blues to a 4-2 win.
Stoke City, 2010
City went out after extra time at the Britannia Stadium, after 1-1 draws in both of the ties in normal time. It finished 3-1 to the home side.
Shaun Wright-Phillips capitalises on a mistake to open the scoring.
City don’t see out the tie and Ricardo Fuller equalises in the second half.
Craig Bellamy equalises two minutes after City fall behind, forcing extra time.
Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross scores in extra time to put the Potters into the lead.
West Ham United, 2008
A bore draw at Upton Park left Sven Goran Eriksson’s side with a rematch at Eastlands – which they went on to win 1-0.
Chances are few and far between – Richard Dunne keeps tabs on Dean Ashton.
Vedran Corluka battles with John Pantsil for the ball.
Elano scores a diving header to decide the game, after Rolando Bianchi hits the post.
Rolando Bianchi battles with Matthew Upson and Anton Ferdinand for the ball.
Sheffield Wednesday, 2007
Stuart Pearce’s side scored and conceded from penalties in the 1-1 draw at Hillsborough, before the Owls were beaten 2-1 at Eastlands.
It’s a tight tie between the two sides, and City find it hard to break through.
Georgios Samaras celebrates opening the scoring from the spot.
Stephen Ireland opens the scoring in the first half.
Darrius Vassell has a personal battle with Mark Crossley – and eventually scores the winner.
Aston Villa, 2006
Who can forget when Micah Richards swore on live TV? That was after his equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Villa Park – City won the replay 2-1.
City dominate the game, but find themselves behind to a second-half Milan Baros strike.
A teenage Micah Richards equalises with seconds left, before going on to swear on the BBC.
City’s players celebrate the second goal of the evening.
Darius Vassell scores again against his former club, as City win 2-1.
Tottenham Hotspur, 2004
After a 1-1 draw at Eastlands, City produce a memorable comeback to win 4-3 at White Hart Lane – despite being 3-0 down and a man down at half time.
Paul Bosvelt is challenged by ex-City midfielder Michael Brown and Ledley King.
Kevin Ellegaard is beaten by Gary Doherty as Tottenham level the scores.
After being 3-0 down and a man down, Shaun Wright-Phillips goes on to make it 3-3 late in the game.
Jon Macken is the unlikely hero as his header at the death wins it for the visitors.
Leicester City, 2004
City, without a win in weeks, drew 2-2 at home with Leicester, before two late goals ensured a 3-1 win in the East Midlands in the replay.
Nicolas Anelka equalises from the penalty spot midway through the first half.
City equalise, again through Nicolas Anelka, four minutes after Leicester go back in front.
Sylvan Distin stretches to clear ahead of Les Ferdinand.
Antoine Sibierski opens the scoring, before Jon Macken and Nicolas Anelka seal the win late on.
Compiled by David Mooney
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