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06/12/2012 20:00, Report by A Bostock, S Bibby

Video: Man City away 1986

Manchester City 1 Manchester United 1 | Today League | 26 October 1986 

The first Manchester derby to be shown live on television in the UK was also the last to feature flamboyant United boss Ron Atkinson.

The victory he needed to sustain the Reds' recovery from an awful start - five defeats in the opening seven games - was denied by a determined City side in a gritty 1-1 draw at Maine Road. In the Blues' ranks were three new signings including right-back John Gidman, who had just crossed town from Old Trafford.

United striker Frank Stapleton gave 'Big Ron' hope of a third straight victory when he converted a cross from Peter Barnes, the former Blues winger, just after half-time. The lead was short-lived however with City centre-back Mick McCarthy demonstrating his aerial prowess to power home an equalising header.

Atkinson never lost a derby during his time as United manager but that statistic will have been of little comfort when he was dismissed 11 days later and replaced by Sir Alex Ferguson.

United: Turner; Sivebaek, McGrath, Hogg, Albiston; Whiteside, Robson, Moses, Barnes; Stapleton, Davenport. Sub not used: Gibson.

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