So I'm bored so I've compiled a list of my personal highlight game of each of the last 10 seasons. This is the first 5, I'll do the last 5 in another post at some point. I've added a brief summary of the season and the game to help set the context. I have added links to highlights for each game where possible.
Join me down memory lane. Love to get your thoughts and your own personal highlights of each season.
This has taken me ages and it made me realize how many amazing games we've played over the last 10 years. It's been so hard to talk about everything and I apologise if this is a wall of text. It has really reminded me to be grateful for being able to watch this club in this era.
I go to every home game but not the away games, so I probably have some bias towards the home games.
- 2009/10 - Season finish 5th place - Chelsea 1st
- Player of the year - Tevez. Top scorer - Tevez (29).
This was the first year we were chasing a top 4 spot. It was between Tottenham, Villa and City and it went right down to the wire. A win against Villa on 1st of May kept us in prime position, then a devastating 1-0 loss to Tottenham on 5th May in the penultimate game of the season kept us out.
We signed Lescott (Everton fans hated him), Gareth Barry, Kolo, Tevez and Adebayor that year. And Roque Santa Cruz and Adam Johnson, but let's not talk about them for different reasons respectively.
Mark Hughes got sacked in December because we couldn't defend for shit.
Weirdly this season is one I have some of the fondest memories for. We had top tier players for the first time in my life. It had a wild west feel, we had so many new players and we were in a mode where we could win or lose any game. It didn't have the same pressure as some of the more recent seasons because one loss didn't derail our whole season. Even though it ended in disappointment I still absolutely loved watching City this year. We also had arguably one of the best City kits of all time this year.
By far the worst game of this season for me was the 1-0 loss to United at home. Scholes scored a fucking injury time winner and I couldn't speak to anyone for about a day I was so pissed off.
City went 1-0 down at home to that seasons PL champions after the ball bounced off Adebayor's back into his own net. Adebayor then scored a poachers goal at the right end, then Tevez completed the comeback with a low curling free kick. But that wasn't it, Chelsea got a penalty and Lampard stepped up to take it. Given guessed right and saved, securing a 2-1 win.
This is my personal favourite because the atmosphere was rocking that night. I still remember how it felt, the Given save was celebrated more than most goals. It felt like we had arrived, we'd taken on one of the best teams in the league and won. Honourable mentions: City 4-2 Arsenal (easily could have chosen this game instead, Adebayor slide) Chelsea 2-4 City, City 3-2 Sunderland (this game got Hughes sacked, every time either team attacked they looked like scoring), United 4-3 City (If we hadn't played 20 minutes of injury time and Owen scored this might have been the best game).
- 2010/11 - Season finish 3rd place - United 1st. Won FA cup.
- Player of the year - Kompany. Top scorer - Tevez (23).
This was it, we finally broke our trophyless streak and got 3rd place! Momentous season with some big moments and some big signings. This was the year we signed David Silva, Yaya Toure, Balotelli, Dzeko and Milner. New heroes were born this season and this season set the scene for the next decade at the club.
Now, I'm sure a lot of people might go for the FA Cup final as their favourite, but for me the semi was mine. This was the first time I had ever seen City play at Wembley (now it's virtually every year). Arch rivals, the team I hated most for my whole life, both meeting in the semi final. City desperate to win their first trophy for 35 years, United desperate to stop them. I was personally shiteing it this game and was not expecting to win.
Berbatov missed a great early chance that made me blurt out a few swear words in front of my dad. It was a cagey game and we were cheering any half chance. Until up steps the man, the legend, Yaya Toure. Carrick gifts him the ball, he drifts past a defenders and slides it past van der Saar right in front of the City fans. Bastard man Paul Scholes kicks Zaba and gets sent off, City reach the final and ultimately win the trophy.
Weird reminder, Tevez was the captain this season. He didn't speak any fucking English and he was the captain. Kompany was in the squad and Mancini chose Tevez. Go back look at pictures of us winning the cup and he's lifting the trophy first. Just thought that was a funny side note. Honourable mentions - FA Cup Final 1-0 vs Stoke, City 1-0 Tottenham (Crouchy scoring the top 4 deciding goal for the second year in a row).
- 2011/12 - Season finish 1st Place
- Player of the year - Aguero. Top scorer - Agueroooooooooooooo (30)
If the last season was a great, this one was incredible. If you wrote a script like this year people would say it seemed far fetched. There was so
much drama this year, even before the finale. It's so much talked about amongst City fans I probably don't even need to go into too much detail. You probably already know which game will be my favourite because it is completely unavoidable. I will just say a few words and I bet you can work it out - 6 games - 8 points, 6-1, 1-0, 3-2.
City raced into the lead this season, we didn't lose a game until 12th December vs Chelsea. In that run was the famous 6-1 win. Do I even need to discuss that. Jesus christ what an amazing feeling after that game. Compounded by the fact that we won the league on goal difference, so that game actually did decide the title.
Unfortunately we had a bit of a slump after the mid point of the season. A loss at Swansea really hurt us (some fan got pictured on TV crying when they scored, then 2 draws and a loss to Arsenal and it looked like typical City had come back and gifted United the title.
Tevez also had an unscheduled 6 month golf break mid season. I actually went to the Bayern away game, to date the only away CL game I've been too. Hugely disappointing game, we actually had a penalty shout in the first half and it could have gone very differently. Anyway, Tevez came back at the right time and was vital to the end of the season.
I would like to mention the 3-3 Sunderland game. I still use this game in my memory today for how even if a game looks like shit, if you fight back and can get a draw it might just mean the difference at the end, even if the odds are stacked against you. I remember Balotelli arguing on the pitch with Kolarov over a free kick at 3-1 down and the fans were so close to turning on him. Both of them ended up banging in goals from outside the box to draw the game.
Also please remember that Yaya Toure scored twice away at Newcastle in a very tight game to get us one step closer.
Also weird tidbit. After we drew 2-2 early in the season to Fulham I was interviewed by BBC Radio Manchester because I was going to the club shop and they wanted reactions. They asked me something along the lines of 'is this damaging dropped points or is it just a blip.' Think I said something about draws away from home not being the end of the world. No idea if it ever got aired because I didn't listen to it.
Do I need to say anything? I'll just use this space to remind people that the perfect angel that is Zabaleta also got a goal this day and Joey Barton is a shitbag.
I was at this game and it was both horrible and amazing. When we were 2-1 down even with 5 minutes left unlike most people I still had a weird certainty we were going to win it, maybe I was in shock or denial.
There were so many other fantastic games this season. Honourable mentions: City 4-0 Swansea (Aguero's debut and 2 goals, a superstar was born), Spurs 1-5 City (Dzeko 4), United 1-6 City, QPR 2-3 City (forgotten game, but we actually beat them 3-2 earlier in the season in a very tough game), City 2-1 Chelsea (return of the golfer), City 1-0 United (Kompany's celebration is melted in my brain), Newcastle 0-2 City.
- 2012/13 - Season finish 2nd - United 1st
- Player of the season - Zabaleta. Top scorer - Aguero & Tevez (17).
Phew, how do you follow up such an amazing season? With a disappointing one of course. Lackluster signings and Mancini allegedly losing the dressing room cost us this year. Our biggest signing Jack Rodwell only joined while I was driving down to Birmingham for the Charity Shield match vs Chelsea. We won that 3-2 but that was to be the only silverware that season.
Too many draws in the start of the season cost us and we never really got going this year. A lot of teams chanted 'boring boring City' due to Mancini's very defensive style. We finished rock bottom of our CL group, the second time in a row we had failed to qualify.
United carried by van Persie comfortably won the PL without us ever really being close. His free kick to beat us 3-2 at the Etihad was haunting (damn you Nasri block it properly). A horrible day out at Wembley watching us get giant-killed by Wigan sealed Mancini's fate.
The fans still loved him though. Some chanted 'you can shove your Pellegrini up your arse' at Wembley (I did not approve and this did not age well and he took out a full page ad in the MEN to than the fans.
The fans responded with one for him in an Italian newspaper.
taking one out in I still to this day absolutely love Mancini. He dragged us out of the shadow and showed nothing but fire and passion for the club. He was a true friend to the City fans and an all time legend.
A really tough game. Milner got sent off about 20 minutes in and we went 1-0 down through a Shane Long lucky goal. We still looked the better team and Dzeko was subbed on and scored a header.
It's still 1-1 heading into injury time and it looks like we've pissed away 2 points. But suddenly City break, Aguero slides a perfect ball through to Dzeko and he bangs it in from just outside the box. He rips his shirt off and celebrates with the fans after coming off the bench to score 2 goals to win a game we had played the majority of with 10 men. After scoring a late winner the month before vs Fulham away he cemented his unwanted label as a super sub. Honourable mentions - United 1-2 City, Real Madrid 3-2 City (we looked like we had done them at home, but they snatched it with two goals with less than 5 minutes left), Arsenal 0-2 City.
- 2013/14 - Season finish 1st place. Won the league cup.
- Player of the season - Yaya Toure. Top scorer - Aguero (28).
Enter Pellegrini. This was our first title battle against Liverpool and foreshadowed the past two years. Big Bren did a great job at Liverpool, sending them into fits of hysterical bizarre memes in typical Liverpool fashion.
This was very similar to the 2011/12 season in that we pissed away the title and then had to fight back to win it on a knife's edge. I remember reading articles mid way through the season talking as if Liverpool had already won the league. Their fans were singing "we're gonna win the league" in April. They brought out a book about nearly winning the league. But then Gerrard slipped, Suarez cried, the Scousers dream had fucking died, City win, five in a row, we're all singing Edin Dzeko, Edin Dzeko.
Anyway enough indulgence in looking at them, back to City. We signed Fernandinho this year, along with Navas, Negredo, Jovetic and the legend that is Demichelis.
After playing some dreary football under Mancini at times, Pellegrini introduced flowing attacking football and now we turned the 'boring boring City' chants into ironic ones. We finally got out of our Champions League group for the first time, only to be knocked out by Barca in the next round.
Negredo was a great impact player for the first part of the season, but a shoulder injury vs West Ham seemed to make him permanently lose his form. Navas was a great injection of pace even if he couldn't cross to save his life.
This season belongs to Yaya Toure though. The man that had scored all the important goals to win our first 2 trophies found another level this year. He was borderline unplayable at times, scoring 20 goals from midfield. There were two highlights for me a run from the halfway line past Villa defenders and then a curled finish.
The other was of course the league cup final goal vs Sunderland.
Facing towards the touchline he curled it into the top corner from miles outside the box, don't think I've ever seen a goal like it.
Let me also take a moment to point out United's demise. Ferguson left and in stepped Moyesey
. They were piss poor and finished 7th. They have never really recovered since this year.
A patchy start to the season got us off badly, but we recovered around DecembeJanuary to be back in the fight. Unfortunately the results from February did not go in our favour and with Suarez and Sturridge scoring for fun we fell behind. We lost 3-2 at Anfield (I hate that place) and then a 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland looked like all our title hopes were over.
Okay can I point out again that another
come from behind draw against Sunderland, when behind in the title race, seems to have saved our title winning season? Why do things seem to repeat themselves in football? Crouch scoring in the same fixture two years in a row to seal the CL spot, then Sunderland going ahead at the Etihad only for us to peg them back in the last few minutes?
Anyway, step up Demba Ba, slip down Gerrard and we're back in the lead. Crystal Palace finish the job.
Unlucky lads, you'll have to put the pre-made Champions scarves back in the cupboard for another year.
We just fucking smashed them. This was arguably a more dominant performance than the 6-1 game. They did not stand a chance this game even with 11 men.
Aguero started the scoring with a tricky volley with the ball played in just behind him. Yaya poached one just before half time. Aguero got one more before Nasri hammered a volley underneath De Gea. Ratbag Rooney scored a free kick, but honestly 4-1 flatters them. It could have been 10-0 on another day.
A small aside, before every derby game Rooney used to run right over towards the City fans, sometimes flapping his arms about etc. trying to wind us up. Loads of times when he's scored vs City he's cupped his ears and shit like that. Any time when we hammer them I used to love watching him walk off with his tail between his legs. Honourable mentions - United 0-3 City, City 6-0 Spurs (Navas scored a banger 11 seconds into the game), Everton 2-3 City (big Joe Hart against Naismith save helped win the title), City 6-3 Arsenal, City 7-0 Norwich, Spurs 1-5 City, City 5-0 Fulham (Demichelis scored a wonder goal).
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