Here at the Manchester Evening News we care about ‘The Matches that Matter’ to Manchester City fans.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with LiveScore to establish the most significant, notable and remarkable results that will live long in the memories of City fans.
Our writer Joe Bray picked out City’s memorable FA Cup semi-final win over United in 2011 as his standout scoreline – and after surveying supporters we have now put together a top 10 list of City results.
Allow us to jog your memories match by match – before your vote for your ultimate City score.
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Man City 3-1 Birmingham – May 5 1956
Goals from Joe Hayes, Jack Dyson and Bobby Johnstone gave City their third FA Cup in front of 100,000 at Wembley.
The game is best known for a late challenge on City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, who was knocked unconscious in a challenge with Birmingham’s Peter Murphy. With no substitutes permitted, Trautmann soldiered on in clear discomfort, even making two saves.
It was revealed Trautmann had broken a bone in his neck and played on for 17 minutes. Understandably, the game is referred to as the ‘Trautmann Final’.
Newcastle 3-4 Man City – May 11 1968
44 years before Sergio Aguero’s iconic last-day moment, City were level with Manchester United on the final day, needing to win to lift the title. Joe Mercer’s message to his players was simply: ‘just go out and win’.
United lost to Sunderland, so goals from Neil Young (2), Mike Summerbee and Francis Lee earned a 4-3 win for City’s first title in 31 years.
Summerbee said after the game: “The trophy was kept at Old Trafford as everyone was convinced United were going to win it but we had tremendous belief in ourselves. We went in at half-time at 2-2 but we just kept going. Once we got 4-2 in front, we knew we had done it.”
Man City 1-0 Leicester – April 26 1969
City were firm favourites for this FA Cup final but were given a tough test by a good Leicester side.
Neil Young’s 24th-minute goal was enough to secure City’s fourth FA Cup in seven finals, adding another trophy to the swash-buckling side of the late-60s and early-70s.
Man City 2-1 Gornik Zabrze – April 29 1970
That FA Cup win saw City qualify for Europe in the Cup Winner’s Cup, and they reached the final after getting past Athletic Bilbao, Lierse, Academia and Schalke.
In the pouring rain against Gornik Zabrze, Neil Young and Francis Lee scored in another big game, and City’s only European trophy was sealed in Vienna. However, manager Joe Mercer wasn’t all pleased, saying that he was “quite happy with the performance, although the technical level was rather low in the second half.”
Man City 10-1 Huddersfield – November 7 1987
City had beaten Lincoln 11-3 in 1895 and Liverpool Stanley 12-0 in 1890, but this demolition of Huddersfield remains their biggest margin of victory in the league.
It was even more remarkable as only four players were on the scoresheet, with a hat-trick of hat-tricks from Paul Stewart, David White and Tony Adcock. Neil McNab scored the other.
Man City 2-2 Gillingham (AET, 3-1 pens) – May 30 1999
City had suffered two relegations in three years to slump into the third tier and were one kick from spending a second year in Division Two. Fans exited Wembley in their droves when Gillingham scored twice in the last ten minutes of the play-off final.
But they scrambled back in as Kevin Horlock pulled one back on 90 minutes and Paul Dickov’s iconic screamer forced extra time. City went on to win on penalties and secure an immediate promotion back to the second division.
What the fans said: “It was like throwing a life belt to a drowning man and the pure joy the penalty shoot-out brought lives on today in those who were lucky enough to witness it. Without that result we may never have gone on to achieve what we have done over the last decade.”
Man City 1-0 Stoke – May 14 2011
City’s 35-year wait for a trophy ended in 2011 as City beat Manchester United in the semi-final at Wembley by a single Yaya Toure goal and the Ivorian did the same in the final against Stoke.
In a nervy atmosphere, City were always waiting for the breakthrough, and it came on 74 minutes when Toure smashed home to send the City end into ecstasy.
Man Utd 1-6 Man City – October 23 2011
When Mario Balotelli scored and unveiled his ‘Why Always Me?’ shirt, this was already an iconic derby. The Italian then got Jonny Evans sent off, and doubled the lead after the break for a rare City win at Old Trafford.
Sergio Aguero effectively sealed the win, before Darren Fletcher’s consolation. Late goals from Edin Dzeko (2) and David Silva wrote this win into the history books as the joint-biggest margin of victory in a Manchester derby, United’s heaviest Premier League defeat, and their worst loss at Old Trafford since 1955.
Man City 3-2 QPR – May 13 2012
City had clawed back an eight-point deficit against Manchester United to need a win against QPR to seal a first Premier League title. It was going well when Pablo Zabaleta scored, but two QPR goals either side of Joey Barton’s remarkable red card looked like the title would be snatched away cruelly.
However, Edin Dzeko equalised as rivals United waited on news to be crowned champions themselves, and Sergio Aguero broke their hearts after 93 minutes and 20 seconds to seal the most incredible end to a season – and hand City a first English title in 44 years.
What the fans said: “We lifted our first Premier League title since 1968.”
Man City 6-0 Watford – May 18 2019
City backed up their 100 point Premier League success in 2018 with an historic domestic treble in 2019. In this FA Cup final to complete the treble, Ederson kept the scores at 0-0, before David Silva and Gabriel Jesus scored before the break.
Kevin De Bruyne and Jesus made it four, before two Raheem Sterling strikes in the last ten minutes completed the most one-sided cup final in years. Vincent Kompany announced his departure the following day, leaving after reaching arguably City’s pinnacle of dominance under Pep Guardiola.
So there you have it, your top 10. Thanks to those of you who helped us shape your list and you can still have your say by voting on your favourite of those results via the LiveScore hub here. And remember, it’s more than a score!