It was a very mixed start to the season, as City opened with a 1-1 draw at Maine Road against Sunderland, then lost 2-1 at Derby and 4-0 at Leicester before beating Derby 3-0 at Maine Road and Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park. City then went into freefall, drawing 1-1 at West Brom then losing 3-1 to Arsenal and 5-2 against West Brom, both games at Maine Road. Then three draws, 2-2 at Blackpool, 1-1 at home to Sheffield United and 2-2 at Blackburn, followed by a further defeat, 1-0 at home to West Ham, which saw City slip to 15th place, just two points above the relegation zone with over a quarter of the season gone. City lost again, 2-1 at Newcastle, then after eight games without a win, the Blues finally gained a victory, beating Huddersfield 3-0 at Maine Road, then after a 3-3 draw at Middlesbrough, City won again at Maine Road, beating Grimsby 4-1 to move five points clear of the relegation zone. Despite City scoring three goals in their next two games they only came away with one point, first losing 4-3 against Liverpool at Anfield and then with fifteen minutes to go they lost a three goal lead to draw 3-3 with Aston Villa at Maine road. The Blues were struggling in the last part of games and again they lead twice but ended up losing 3-2 at Chelsea. City then beat Bolton 2-1 at Maine Road before drawing 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday. the Christmas period saw just one game, a 3-2 defeat by Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Boxing Day. After dismal end to 1931 City had a much better start to 1932, they drew 3-3 at home to Portsmouth on New Years Day, the won their next five games, 5-2 at Sunderland, then in the FA Cup 3rd Round at The Den they won 3-2 against Millwall. Back in the league they beat Leicester 5-1 at Maine Road in the League and then in the 4th Round of the FA Cup they beat Brentford 6-1 again at Maine Road. Back in the league and City beat Everton 1-0 in Manchester and in the last game in January after five wins on the trot they lost 4-0 at Arsenal. In the league City secured mid table status with an emphatic 7-1 win over Blackpool at Maine Road, and then moved into the FA Cup Quarter Finals by beating Derby 3-0 at Maine Road in the 5th Round. Out of the blue, manager Peter Hodge announced he would be leaving City at the end of the season and returning to manage his previous club Leicester, the news may have affected the team as on the same day City lost 2-1 at Sheffield United. Back at Maine Road City beat Blackburn 3-1 and the in an entertaing FA Cup 6th round tie at Gigg Lane The Blues booked a semi-final place with a 4-3 win over Bury. Back in the league and city drew 1-1 at West Ham and then beat Newcastle at Maine Road 5-1. Unfortunately they couldn’t take that goalscoring form into the FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park where Arsenal beat The Citizens 1-0. With City in mid-table in the league and now out of the cup the season seemed to be petering out. On transfer deadline day Billy Felton was transferred to Tottenham after spending nearly three years at Maine Road, Paddy Wrightson also moved away, joining Fulham after playing just 22 games for the Blues. City then lost 2-1 twice, at home to Middlebrough and at Blundell Park against Grimsby. They then gained a great double over Birmingham beating them 2-1 at Maine Road and 5-1 in Birmingham. City then failed to win any of their last six games losing 1-0 at home to Liverpool, and 1-0 to Huddersfield at Leeds Road, then a further defeat, 2-1 at Aston Villa. Two 1-1 draws followed at home to Chelsea and away at Bolton. Then in the last game of the season City were beaten 2-1 by Sheffield Wednesday at Maine Road. City finished in 14th position in Division One on 38 points. The Blues then travelled to France to play a friendlies against Racing Club de France, which they won 4-3, and Red Star Olympique which they won 5-0. Finally they moved on to Brussels and beat Diales Rouges (Red Devils) 5-1.

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  1. Thursday, 5th May 1932
    Racing Club de France 3 Manchester City 4
    Goals: Ernie Toseland (10), Dave Halliday (FH), Bobby Marshall (SH), Dave Halliday (SH).

    Saturday, 7th May 1932
    Red Star Olympique 0 Manchester City 5
    Attendance: 10,000
    Goals: Eric Brook (15), Harry Rowley (20), Bobby Marshall (FH), Bobby Marshall (50), Bobby Marshall (80).

    Sunday, 8th May 1932
    Les Diables Rouges (Red Devils) 1 Manchester City 5
    Attendance: 30,000
    Goals: Eric Brook (FH), Dave Halliday (40), Fred Tilson (50), Fred Tilson (SH), Dave Halliday (SH).

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