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On This Day – April 29: City win the European Cup Winners’ Cup (1970)

On April 29 in City history…

1925: Billy Meredith’s testimonial is spectated by more than 15,000 fans as a City and United XI take on a Rangers and Celtic XI at Hyde Road. Because of the quality of clubs involved, the attendance was seen as a rather low figure, especially when considering the stature of Meredith and what he’d achieved in his career.

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1970: City win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, their first ever piece of European silverware, with a hard fought 2-1 win against Polish side Gornik Zabrze. Goals from Neil Young and Francis Lee (on his birthday) gave Joe Mercer’s side an historic win. It was remarkable progress from City, who a year before had gone out in the first round!

1995: City goalkeeper John Burridge became the oldest player in Premier League history at the time, with the City man appearing at the age of 43. Burridge was an extremely well respected keeper, who always entertained fans with a a hand-stand during his appearances.

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Happy Birthday: John McVicker (1868-c.1940), Sam Austin (1900–1979), Francis Lee (72)

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