Manchester City v Newcastle 1968/69 ABANDONDED

Abandoned after 41 Minutes

League Division 1

1st February 1969

attendance ???

City Owen
Newcastle Horsfield

Ref D Corbett

City Dowd, Book, Pardoe, Doyle, Booth, Oakes, Summerbee, Owen, Lee, Young, Coleman

Newcastle McFaul, Craggs, Clark, Gibb, McNamee, Moncur, Scott, Horsfield, Robson, Davies

It was the third meeting of the two teams in eight days. And Maine Road’s pitch was already a ‘quagmire’ before kick-off and the rain was still pouring down as the sides kicked off.
Both sides put up a good display despite the weather and it was Newcastle who went in front much to the pain of Harry Dowd, who leapt to take a cross from Newcastle’s Gibb, he dropped the ball and as he fell to the floor totry and grasp the free ball he must have caught his nose on the turf and fractured it, he never did grasp the ball and Horsfield poked it home to put the Geordies 1-0 up.
Just after the half hour City were level, as bobby Owen turned in a low Tony Coleman cross.
The pitch was vrtually now unplayable but the teams decided to continue until the 41st minute when the referee decided he’d seen enough and abandoned the game!

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