Fourteen years ago today in February 2004, Kevin Keegan’s Manchester City pulled off the greatest comeback in the history of England’s prestigious FA Cup competition.
It was a first half of complete misery for travelling Blues at White Hart Lane as Tottenham rampaged to a 3-0 lead after just 43 minutes. And then to make matters worse, the volatile Joey Barton was sent off before half-time for dissent.
At half-time, there was little hint about what was to come, with many City fans looking downhearted – especially when there was a fifth round tie against neighbours Manchester United on the line.
After the break, Sylvain Distin headed home from eight yards to give City some hope. Just a little, given they were playing a man down.
Then, on 69 minutes, Paul Bosvelt scored a wicked deflection off Anthony Gardner to put City within a goal of forcing a replay.
Boy wonder Shaun Wright-Phillips sent City’s fans into raptures after 80 minutes, latching on to a hopeful ball from what appeared to be an offside position, but the goal stood – and Blues couldn’t believe it!
And then it happened, with just seconds left on the clock – Jon Macken’s header looped over Kasey Keller into the Spurs net to make it Tottenham 3-4 Manchester City, the greatest comeback in FA Cup history.
Kevin Keegan said after the game: “They’ll talk about this game long after we’ve all gone.”
Fourteen years have past and we certainly haven’t forgotten it!