Manchester City v Blackburn 1983/84

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Canon League 2nd Division

17th September 1983

attendance 25,433

Scorers May(11), Parlane(27,41 & 47), Baker(66), Tolmie(48)

Ref George Courtney

City Williams, Ranson, May, Bond, Power, Caton, McNab, Reid, Parlane, Baker, Tolmie – sub Davidson(74)

Blackburn O’Keefe, Branagan, Rathbone, Randell, Keeley, Fazackerley, Miller, Lowey, Thompson, Garner, Hamilton – sub Patterson(78)

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EXTRACT FROM CLASSIC MATCH IN THE CITY MAGAZINE MARCH 2009   …Rovers had only lost one of their opening tive games and had conceded just five goals in the process so anything but an easy ride was expected by the 25443 crowd, the third highest in the country that day. City wore a Saab sponsored all-sky biue kit with Rovers, backed by around 1,000 travelling fans, in yellow. With the sun shining and the Kippax in good voice, the Blues were quick to force the issue and with just 11 minutes on the clock, Andy May put the hosts ahead with his second goal of the

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campaign, but there was much more to come. On 27 minutes, City went 2-0 up thanks to a cracking drive from Parlane who was quickly becoming a crowd favourite. The tall former Leeds United and Rangers striker didn’t do a great deal outside of the box, but in it, he looked a predator and though there was concern when he hobbled off for treatment on 35 minutes, he returned to put the game beyond doubt on 41 minutes when he made it 3-0 from close range. City were rampant and Tolmie and Parlane looked as though they’d been playing alongside each other for years and the pair continued their scoring exploits after the break, with Parlane completing a 23- minute hat-trick on 50 minutes and Tolmie adding a fifth on 52 meaning they had now scored 11 of City’s 13 goals. l/|cNei|| must have been chuffed his gamble on the pint- sized Tolmie was paying off. He’d paid Lokeren 230,000 to secure his services and this after Tolmie had failed to score in 18 appearances for the Belgian side.

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The 12-time capped Parlane was less of a risk, even aged 30, though at Leeds he averaged a goal in every five matches. If lVIcNeiIl was to guide City back to the First Division, he’d need Parlane and Tolmie to continue their rich vein of form throughout the season. The Blues still had time to really rub Blackburn’s noses in the mud with Baker adding a sixth before full-time. It was the biggest home win since Leyton Orient had been beaten by the same score in August 1964 and it pushed City into second place in the table, a point behind leaders Sheffield Wednesday. Three successive league wins followed to put l/lcNeilI’s men at the division’s summit, but the squad’s frailties emerged as the months passed by and despite the Tolmie/Parlane partnership yielding a total of 34 goals, City finished fourth, 10 points adrift of third placed Newcastle.

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3 thoughts on “Manchester City v Blackburn 1983/84

  1. This was my first ever City game, at the end of it in the North Stand my dad turned to me and said “listen, it’s not always going to be like this” so as we all know it wasn’t. To start with a 6-0 win didn’t really matter, just being there where my dad used to go every Saturday was enough.

  2. My first City game too!
    My dad took me to Old Trafford the previous week as we watched United beat QPR 3-0. I didn’t know they were in the first division and us the second but once I’d seen City score six it was a done deal and I’ve been blue ever since. Thank you Blackburn!

  3. As a lifetime City supporter, I spent the whole of this came with a couple of cameras and a long telephoto, photographing the action from inside the boundary wall in front of the Main stand after a steward (surprisingly) OKd my request at the previous home game. My two chums were way back up the top of the stand, where I normally sit.
    It was weird, being in the no man’s land between crowd and pitch, feeling very conspicuous, but enjoying the experience. A 6-0 win, yes, but all the action seen through the viewfinder. I thus had no real impression of who played well as the whole experience lacked the routine and enjoyment of a normal game. But still a well-remembered time. IMS

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