Unknown facts about Manchester City

5) The day when James played as a striker

One of the most famous goalkeepers of all time, David James featured for the Citizens at a time when the Blues were still in shadows of arch-rivals, Manchester United. On the final day of the 2004/05 season, City desperately needed a win against Boro to finish above them for a place in the UEFA Cup. Stuart Pearce, then City manager, made one of the most enigmatic decisions when needing a goal, he chose to push David James up front rather than fielding a striker on the pitch. James put his heart and soul playing as a striker, but fell to a comical moment when trying to hit a volley; he missed the ball altogether much to the delight of the opposition fans.

4) Fewest goals scored at home

It’s a well-known fact that City have been revolutionised ever since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover. Before the glory days, City fans had to face the wrath of watching their side immerse in mediocrity. The ultra-attacking football of today was a dream back then. In the 2006/07 season, the boring football reached its culmination when City failed to score a goal at home after New Year’s day. The Citizens ended the season with just 10 goals in 19 home games, a league low. Much maligned, Joey Barton, finished as their leading scorer with just 6 goals. Stuart Pearce was shown the door after an awful season, with the club finishing in a lowly 14th position.

3) Relegated as reigning champions

Chelsea finished in the 10th position in 2015/16 season, a season after finishing as Champions and was quoted amongst the worst title defences of all time. Manchester City, however, went even worse than Chelsea. Remarkably after winning their first league title and watching their arch-rivals, Manchester United, go down in ’36, Manchester City faced the music the following season. After starting better than they did during their title win, City were relegated from the top flight, accumulating just 36 points in the season. The Citizens had to then wait for another 10 years before sealing their return to the top flight, though, the majority of those years were due to the World War II.

2) Relegated despite a positive goal difference

During their awful title defence of the 1937/38 season, City scored a massive 80 goals, which was, apparently more than they had conceded. The City defence conceded 77 goals in the campaign, which was still 3 less than what they had scored, which in itself comes as a huge surprise. Sure the game was a lot different; however, the rules have always remained the same. Attack wins you titles; however, in City’s case, they faced relegation. The situation was further exacerbated when United won the promotion the same year and one of their own, Sir Matt Busby, took reins at United post the world war.

1) The Berti

As a part of their revival, Citizens began spending extravagantly bringing in top talent to the club. Two of the signings of the deadline day of ’08 transfer market saw City acquire Zabaleta and Glauber Berti. The South Americans though went on to have contrasting careers in Manchester. Pablo Zabaleta went on to win two league titles with the Citizens before leaving the club last season as a true legend for the City faithful. Berti, on the other hand, failed to feature for City the entire season. He came on for Wayne Bridge on the last matchday, featuring for just 6 minutes, during which every touch of his received huge cheers from the fans, who also voted him as the Man of the Match at the end of the game.