“The FA Cup generates a real feeling of anticipation,” he said, “that makes players show their true character.”
05/01/1895: Newton Heath 4 Manchester City 1
The Manchester derby has come a long way. Rewind 117 years and the Red and Blue factions were duking it out in Division Two in front of just 12,000 supporters at Bank Street, in only the second officially-recognised Cottonopolis derby. It went the same way as the first, with the Heathens ratcheting up a three-goal margin of victory. John Clarkin’s brace had the hosts two goals clear by the break, and further strikes from Robert Donaldson and Richard Smith book-ended James Sharples’ overhead kick for the Blues.