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Friday, 8 November, 2002, 10:11 GMT
Maine Road derby memories
David Beckham
Beckham settles the derby match in November 2001
Manchester City will bid farewell to Maine Road on Sunday ahead of their move to the City of Manchester Stadium.

The club will leave behind a host of memories - not least from derby games against Manchester United over the years.

We look back at some of the famous matches between City and United at Maine Road.


24 October 1956: City 0-1 United
This match is more famous for its novelty value than the quality of the football on show.

The midweek showdown was the Charity Shield final between Matt Busby's First Division champions and Les McDowall's FA Cup winners.

The match, which drew a crowd of just 30,000, was originally scheduled to be played at Old Trafford.

But the match was switched to Maine Road because the new Old Trafford floodlights were not working.

Years before substitutions were permitted in competitive games, City were allowed to bring on 15-year-old schoolboy David Gaskell in goal to replace the injured John Savage.

Savage managed to keep the Reds at bay until the 75th minute when striker Dennis Viollet scored the winner.


6 November 1971: City 3-3 United
The great rivals shared the points in a thrilling First Division match.

Francis Lee, Colin Bell and Mike Summerbee grabbed City's goals while Sammy McIlroy, Alan Gowling and Brian Kidd struck for United.

Sammy McIlroy
McIlroy had the most memorable of debuts

McIlroy made his United debut and has happy memories of the game.

"I went along thinking they wanted me to help with the kit or something only to be told at 11 o'clock that I was playing," said McIlroy.

"Denis Law had failed a fitness test in the morning and so I was going to make my United debut in place of him against City at the age of 17.

"I remember running out in front of 63,000 people at Maine Road and it was unbelievable.

"On top of that I scored in what was just a fantastic occasion. There were so many great players on both sides and it was just fantastic."


14 September 1985: City 0-3 United
United went into the game off a run of seven straight victories, while City were struggling under new boss Billy McNeill.

The build up to the match was dominated by two players who had swapped allegiances.

Former Blues favourite Peter Barnes was now a Red, while Sammy McIlroy was now plying his trade for City.

The game itself was a one-sided affair as Ron Atkinson's United, inspired by midfielder Gordon Strachan, recorded their eighth consecutive victory.

Bryan Robson scored the opener from the penalty spot after keeper Alex Williams fouled Mark Hughes, before full-backs Arthur Albiston and Mike Duxbury sealed the win.


23 September 1989: City 5-1 United
City trounced a United side that was in transition.

David Oldfield grabbed two goals for the Blues and Trevor Morley, Ian Bishop and Andy Hinchcliffe also found the back of the net.

Mark Hughes scored a spectacular consolation for United.

Ferguson and Knox
Ferguson (left) and then-assistant Archie Knox look on in despair

Reds boss Alex Ferguson, who walked off to chants of "Fergie out" from his side's fans, recalls: "By late September our form had been inconsistent and we chose the worst possible day to reach rock-bottom.

"We were slaughtered 5-1 at Maine Road in the most embarrassing defeat of my management career.

"After the game I went straight home, got into bed and put the pillow over my head."


18 November 2000: City 0-1 United
Newly-promoted City were undone by a brilliant David Beckham free-kick in the first Manchester derby for four-and-a-half years.

Beckham struck the winner after just 95 seconds of a tempestuous match and later said: "It was a big test for all the players and they kept their composure.

"I was very happy and it was nice to get another goal, but we did want to play a lot better than we did.

"We knew it was going to be hard and we knew we would get a little bit of stick."

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