Manchester City's road to glory - 1968-2012

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  • Manchester City win the league title

    Manchester City win the league title
    The Blues' 4-3 win over Newcastle on the final day of the season, combined with United's loss against Sunderland, ensured City lifted the league title
  • FA Cup joy

    FA Cup joy
    Watch highlights of the gameCity followed up their league success by landing the FA Cup a year later, beating Leicester 1-0 at Wembley thanks to the late Neil Young's goal
  • Mine's a double!

    Mine's a double!
    City complete a memorable double by winning the League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup. The Blues beat West Brom in the League Cup and Polish side Gornik Zabrze in Europe, with Neil Young again on the scoresheet
  • Peter Swales takes over

    The former hi-fi businessman took over at City for what was to prove a controversial spell at the helm
  • Tueart's overhead kick

    Tueart's overhead kick
    City won the League Cup with a 2-1 win over Newcastle, with Peter Barnes and a cracker from Dennis Tueart securing the win. Little did the Blues know that would be the last silverware at the club for 35 long years.
  • Cup agony

    Watch Ricky Villa's goalAfter a 1-1 draw, Spurs won 3-2 in the replay with one of the most replayed goals in football history - Ricky Villa's mazy dribble - sinking the Blues
  • Yo-yo City!

    The 80s saw the Blues yo-yoing between the top flight and old second division as a succession of managers struggled for success. After relegation under John Benson, Billy McNeill got them up in 1985, before they went down under the stewardship of Jimmy Frizzell. They were back up again in 1989 thanks to Mel Machin
  • Perfect 10

    The Blues chalked up a record 10-1 win over Huddersfield with three City players claiming hat-tricks - Tony Adcock, Paul Stewart and David White - Neil McNab got the other
  • Derby delight

    Derby delight
    One of City's most famous victories - 5-1 over United at Maine Road. David Oldfield (two), Trevor Morley, Ian Bishop and memorably Andy Hinchcliffe were on target.
  • City above the Reds

    The Blues finished in fifth position three points ahead of United who ended in sixth. The clubs' fortunes from this points went in opposite directions.
  • Premier League is formed

    Premier League is formed
    The modern era of football started with City one of the 22 founding members of the Premier League
  • Manager merry-go-round

    Manager merry-go-round
    City had three different managers in 95-96 - Alan Ball, Steve Coppell and Frank Clark - none of them could stop the Blues going down though as City entered their darkest days
  • City down again

    The unthinkable happens as City finish third bottom after registering just 12 wins from their 46 games, to drop into the third tier of English football
  • Play-off drama

    Play-off drama
    Paul Dickov scores arguably the most important goal in the history of Manchester City as the Blues pip Gilligham to go back up
  • Farewell to Maine Road

    Farewell to Maine Road
    City play their final game at Maine Road before moving to the City of Manchester Stadium, built for the Commonwealth Games. City lost the game 1-0 to Southampton. The recent seasons saw City go up (in 2000), back down again then back up again in 2002
  • Thaksin Shinawatra takes control

    Thaksin Shinawatra takes control
    After a period of relative stability in the top flight, Thai politician Thaksin Shinawatra buys the Blues for £81.6m and installs Sven-Goran Eriksson as manager. City ended the season in ninth
  • Abu Dhabi takeover and start of spending spree

    Abu Dhabi takeover and start of spending spree
    As it happened The Abu Dhabi United Group took over Manchester City on one of the most remarkable days in the club's history. The Blues then signed Robinho for £32.5m on transfer deadline day in what was the start of a phenomenal spending spree
  • Roberto Mancini appointed boss

    Roberto Mancini appointed boss
    Roberto Mancini is unveiled as the new Blues boss with Mark Hughes paying the price for a run of draws.
  • FA Cup success

    FA Cup success
    MEN Sport's match reportThe 35-year wait for silverware ended when Yaya Toure's goal gave City a 1-0 win over Stoke in the FA Cup final.
  • Derby day record

    Derby day record
    Picture gallery of the United 1 City 6 game The Blues crushed United 6-1 at Old Trafford - a goal difference boost that turned out to be crucial.
  • Title victory

    Title victory
    Title reactionManchester City win the Premier League title in incredible fashion by scoring TWO injury time goals against QPR to pip United on goal difference.