On this day: 21 August
- 21 August 2012 09:52
- Posted by David Clayton
Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.
Saturday 21 August 1965
The introduction of a twelfth man on the team-sheet sees teenager Glyn Pardoe named City’s first ever substitute against Middlesbrough at Ayrsome Park. Prior to that no subs were allowed and if players were injured they had to leave the field and leave their team short - those were the days, eh? Seen as a revolutionary move at the time and viewed with suspicion by some, the Blues decided to bide their time on this occasion and Pardoe remained unused for this match.
Saturday 21 August 1979
After a four-year battle to recover from a shattered knee, Colin Bell finally announces his retirement as a player. Many believe had he not been injured, he would have helped City to more silverware during the 1970s and gone on to earn more than 100 England caps rather than the 48 he actually won. That he ever managed to return to playing at all is a testament to his guts and determination Bell had by the bucketload more than anything else because the injury he originally sustained would have ended 99.9% of all careers. A genuine Club legend.
Wednesday 21 August 1991
After eight successive home defeats to Liverpool, during which the Merseysiders scored 31 goals compared to City's two, the Blues finally end a 14-year jinx by beating the Reds 2-1 at Maine Road. So habitual had the 0-4 home thrashing become, few in the 37,322 crowd expected anything other than another home loss, but two David White goals prove to be enough to give Peter Reid's side all three points. As a bonus, boyhood City fan Dean Saunders misses a penalty for Liverpool.