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Manchester City EFL Trophy preview (6pm kick off)

Postby Sweden Stag » Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:47 am

After exiting the League Cup at Preston to a hefty 4-0 scoreline last weekend, the Stags will be at home in another cup competition in midweek. And it will be the EFL Trophy with Manchester City U21 on Tuesday night. But the Stags have never faced the Manchester City first team in the EFL, the closest to doing that was in the mid-sixties when the Stags finished third in the old third division in 1964-65. One place higher, or three up, three down which was introduced at the start of the 1973-74 campaign had meant the Stags playing at Maine Road, Manchester City’s old ground in 1965-66, a campaign with saw Manchester City as Second Division Champions with only one defeat in their last 22 games, oddly enough at Bury around Easter 1966. Two seasons later, Manchester City became League Champions for the second time in their history, the first being in 1936-37. And incredibly enough, City were relegated the following season despite scoring most goals and having a positive goal-average. For many years, Man City see-sawed between the first and second tier, and in 1957-58, they became the only club with treble figures at both ends as they scored 104 and conceded 100, yet finished fifth in the old firstdivision.

After being relegated from the PL in 1996, Manchester City slipped to their lowest ebb ever by being relegated from the current Championship two years later. In the third tier, opponents raised their game inasmuch as City lost at places like York and Lincoln, also lost both fixtures against Wycombe Wanderers. In that 1998-99 season, the Stags travelled to Manchester City for the so far final time, and on December 8, 1998, returned as 2-1 winners with Lee Peacock netting both Stags goals in the EFL Trophy. That 1998-99 season eventually saw Manchester City earn promotion in the hardest possible way. Only very late goals in the playoff final against Gillingham saw the blue side of Manchester gain promotion at the first attempt.

This was also the second time, the Stags had won at Maine Road. In the first-ever fixture between the sides, the Stags won a high-scoring one to a 5-3 scoreline on September 22, 1964, in the second round of the League Cup with the following Stags scorers: Chapman 2, Wagstaff, MacReady and Tyrer.

A little more than a decade later, the Stags also matched Manchester City. The then newly-promoted to third tier Stags had, despite then lowly Third Division position, disposed of two top-tier sides at headquarters. Coventry and Wolves had already been felled by the Stags when they travelled to Maine Road on December 3, 1975 in the quarter-finals. Despite a good performance in front of over 30,000, the Stags lost to a 2-4 scoreline with Bird and Clarke as Stags scorers. Manchester City then went on to win the League cup against Newcastle in the final.

After being promoted to the PL in 2002 following a one-season PL stint in 2000-01, City have never looked back, winning trophies right, left and centre in domestic competitions. But following the League Championship in 1968, Manchester City went on to win the FA Cup 1969, 1-0 against Leicester, the side which dumped the Stags out in their 1968-69 giant-killing campaign), and in 1970, the Cup-Winners Cup.

Over the years, Manchester City have had several famous players, too many to mention.

Quite a few players have appeared for both sides. Here are those who have been traced: Trevor Christie, Barry Conlon, Keith Curle, Jonathan D’Laryea (for City in the League Cup), Verdi Godwin, Chris Greenacre, Ged Keegan, David Kerr, Arthur Mann, Bobby Mimms, Lee Peacock, Imre Varadi, Tony Vaughan, Nicky Weaver.

If someone finds more players having played for both sides than those found above, just let me know.

Expect an interesting game on Tuesday night. Come on Mansfield!
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Re: Manchester City EFL Trophy preview

Postby I am Spartacus » Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:52 am

That night in December 1998 is often cited by City fans and historians as their lowest ebb in history. Losing to two Lee Peackock strikes in this trophy. From this point they built themselves, albeit by becoming a ‘faux national side’ into one of the top sides in Europe.

Every time I see the likes of Aguero ripping the back of the net out against the Uniteds of this world (Manchester not Torquay as the purists suggest) I like to think that we’re it not for us they could be playing us every week. Was a great game game, great night and a brilliant journey home that night.

It is such a pity now that due to the aspirations of the Premier League that a night like this, in this competition, will never be experienced by another generation of Stags fans.

Shame really.
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Re: Manchester City EFL Trophy preview

Postby Bros » Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:14 am

I went to the 1975 game with a couple of friends from Sheffield where I was living at the time. We played well and scored the two best goals. Afterwards drove home in a blizzard over the tops
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Re: Manchester City EFL Trophy preview

Postby BoughtonStag71 » Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:30 pm

I am Spartacus wrote:That night in December 1998 is often cited by City fans and historians as their lowest ebb in history. Losing to two Lee Peackock strikes in this trophy. From this point they built themselves, albeit by becoming a ‘faux national side’ into one of the top sides in Europe.

Every time I see the likes of Aguero ripping the back of the net out against the Uniteds of this world (Manchester not Torquay as the purists suggest) I like to think that we’re it not for us they could be playing us every week. Was a great game game, great night and a brilliant journey home that night.

It is such a pity now that due to the aspirations of the Premier League that a night like this, in this competition, will never be experienced by another generation of Stags fans.

Shame really.


My memory of that night is getting back to the coach in coronation street land to find the windows put through :o
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Re: Manchester City EFL Trophy preview

Postby london amber stag » Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:37 pm

I also remember the 1975 game at City, there were loads of Mansfield coaches parked up outside the ground, it was hard to find which one you were on. We arrived late and were thrown into the City end by the Manchester police, really intimidating. It was a great game and we battled hard but we couldn’t say a word when Stags scored as we were surrounded by Mancunians!
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Re: Manchester City EFL Trophy preview

Postby oldweststander » Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:19 pm

Bros wrote:I went to the 1975 game with a couple of friends from Sheffield where I was living at the time. We played well and scored the two best goals. Afterwards drove home in a blizzard over the tops



Remember it well.
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Re: Manchester City EFL Trophy preview

Postby Amber Andy » Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:40 pm

london amber stag wrote:I also remember the 1975 game at City, there were loads of Mansfield coaches parked up outside the ground, it was hard to find which one you were on. We arrived late and were thrown into the City end by the Manchester police, really intimidating. It was a great game and we battled hard but we couldn’t say a word when Stags scored as we were surrounded by Mancunians!
Your situation reminds me of one Jasper Carrot joked about.
Apparently he was at Old Trafford supporting Birmingham City. Somehow he ended up in the Stretford End. As he put it miracle of miracles Birmingham scored. Jasper said ..... yep.
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Re: Manchester City EFL Trophy preview

Postby london amber stag » Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:08 pm

It certainly was a strange experience. One minute standing next to a coach full of Stags fans who soon dispersed as the City fans swayed up and down the terrace! Great memories of that 1975 team.
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Re: Manchester City EFL Trophy preview

Postby Amber Andy » Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:32 pm

london amber stag wrote:It certainly was a strange experience. One minute standing next to a coach full of Stags fans who soon dispersed as the City fans swayed up and down the terrace! Great memories of that 1975 team.
Me too. I think Ray Clarke and Birdie scored for us. We missed an easy chance to make it 3-3 ( Terry Eccles I think ). As you say one of our best teams.
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Re: Manchester City EFL Trophy preview

Postby Tippy Tappy Football » Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:14 pm

Manchester City EDS Squad (from website)

Manager: Paul Harsley

Goalkeepers
Gavin Bazunu - Ireland (on loan at Rochdale)
Thomas Scott - England

Defenders
Alpha Dionkou - Spain
Sammy Robinson - England
Joel Latibeaudiere - England (from Doncaster. On loan last season at FC Twente)
Nathanael Ogbeta - England
Yeboah Amankwah - England

Midfield
Rowan McDonald - England
Cole Palmer - England
Lewis Fiorini - England
Adrián Bernabé - Spain
Felix Nmecha - England
Iker Pozo - Spain
Claudio Gomes - France (on loan last season at PSV Eindhoven)
Fisayo Dele-Bashiru - England
Tommy Doyle - England (Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe's grandson)
Ben Knight - England

Forwards
Nabili Zoubdi Touaizi - Spain
Jayden Braaf - Netherlands
Marlos Moreno - Columbia (on loan last season at Portimonense)
Morgan Rogers - England
Keyendrah Simmonds - England

The following players have signed their first professional contracts with the club: Oscar Bobb, Finley Burns, Liam Delap (from Derby), Samuel Edozie, CJ Egan-Riley, Camron Gbadebo, Joe Hodge, James McAtee, Alex Robertson, Cieran Slicker, James Trafford, Oscar Tarensi and Josh Wilson-Esbrand.

The academy also includes D'Margio Wright-Phillips (Shaun's son)

The team that lost 3-1 against Scunthorpe in January 2020 was:

Man City U21
D Grimshaw, N Ogbeta, A Dionkou, R McDonald (M Rogers, 83), T Harwood-Bellis, A Bernabe, Iker Pozo (F Nmecha, 66), T Doyle, K Simmonds (N Zoubdi Touaizi, 12), B Knight, J Braaf
Subs not used: Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, G Bazunu, L Fiorini, Y Amankwah

They had beaten Rochdale 2-0, Bradford 2-1, lost to Bolton 3-1 and drew with Shrewsbury 1-1 (won on pens)

Goalscorers:
Tommy Doyle 3
Jayden Braaf
Adrian Bernabe
Morgan Rogers
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Re: Manchester City EFL Trophy preview

Postby Sneag » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:18 pm

I just spotted that it's a 6pm kick off tomorrow. That could have been a waste of a tenner. :lol:
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