Manchester City v Birmingham City 1973/74

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CITY 3 BIRMINGHAM CITY 1
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League Division 1
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25th August 1973
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attendance 34,178
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scorers
City Law(18 & 90), Bell(59)
Birmingham Hatton(37)
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Ref Harry New
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City Corrigan, Book, Donachie, Doyle, Booth, Oakes, Summerbee, Bell, Law, Lee, Marsh – sub Carrodus(49)

Birmingham
D Latchford, Martin, Pendrie, Page, Hynd, Burns, Campbell, Francis, R Latchford, Hatton, Talor – sub Calderwood
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DENIS SCORES THE FIRST GOAL ON HIS SECOND CITY DEBUT
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FROM AN ARTICLE BY SIMON CURTIS IN THE CITY MAGAZINE AUGUST 2003
Denis Law gave an honest reaction to his shock transfer from the Reds on the eve of the 1973/74 season, as he prepared to make his second debut in the sky blue of City.
“lt will be really great going back to my old club. But I can tell you that if City hadn’t made a bid for me, l would have packed in the game’.
He had signed for a single season, with an option for a second, after being given a free from Old Trafford.
New City manager Johnny Hart admitted taking a gamble on the man he wanted to join Colin Bell, Francis Lee, Mike Summerbee and the unsettled Rodney Marsh to make an irresistible front line.
“Both Denis and myself stand to be shot at,” added Hart, alluding to the gamble he was taking.
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Immediately Marsh was removed from the transfer list and Law scored his first goal for the first team in a pre-season game versus Oldham.
City launched the season with a home defeat against Burnley in the Charity Shield, but, as the sun came out over an expectant Maine Road a week later, the scene was set for a memorable City performance and a tingling display from Law.
More than 34,000 made their way to the old ground to witness Law’s home-coming and they were soon singing his praises as he put the Blues ahead against Birmingham, swinging his right foot at a headed pass from Colin Bell at the North Stand end, after Marsh and Lee had combined down the left flank.
By half time the Brummies were level after Trevor Francis ran at the City rearguard down the right flank and, beating them with a combination of pace and trickery, crossed low for Bob Hatton to deflect into the net.

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In the second half City quickly regained the initiative. First, from Mike Summerbee’s corner, the Birmingham defence failed to get a proper touch on the ball as it fell to Colin Bell on the edge of the box. He controlled it on his chest, went past the lunge of a defender and dispatched it calmly past Dave Latchford for 2-1.
Then came the moment of the match. With Birmingham beginning to tire in the sun and City beginning to showboat. the ball fell to Rodney Marsh on the Kippax side of Birmingham’s penalty area. He brought the ball under control and waited for the defender, Roger Hynd, to face him properly, before wafting his foot over the ball, as if he didn’t quite know what he was going to do with it, .
Suitably off balance, Hynd fell to one side as Marsh dummied again and went the other, crossing to the far post with his left foot, where Law climbed to head home his second of the game.
“The perfect finish to Denis Law’s perfect day,” chirruped a young John Motson on that night’s Match of the Day and few could argue. Law’s double set City off to a good start to the season…
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COLIN BELL SCORES CITY’S SECOND AND DENIS CELEBRATES HIS SECOND AND CITY’S THIRD GOAL
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