The first day of the new season takes us to The Etihad Stadium, an away ground which looks set to rival The
Dell and Old Trafford as places of misery for the travelling Toon Army.
Since the opening of the formerly named City of Manchester Stadium in 2003 we’ve only picked up two points with draws coming in seasons 2004/2005 and 2006/2007 respectively. Last season resulted in a 4-0 thumping at Eastlands with the likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure and the recently departed Carlos Tevez tormenting the United defence. To find our last win away at Manchester City we have to go all the way back to 2000 when Alan Shearer nodded past former NUFC ‘keeper Tommy Wright to claim a 1-0 victory at Maine Road.
Our first away fixture against Manchester City came in 1893 when they were known as “Ardwick”, the
Magpies claiming a 3-2 victory at Hyde Road, a 40,000 capacity ground at which they played until the construction of Maine Road in 1923. Ardwick were renamed Manchester City soon after our first visit in 1894.
Perhaps the most memorable visit to Maine Road in Premier League times was a thrilling 3-3 draw in 1996 perhaps best remembered for Tino introducing himself to Keith Curle, in a game where Kevin Keegan’s side came from behind three times with Phillipe Albert bagging a brace.
Supporters who followed the team in the 1980’s may remember a crucial 2-1 win which set Newcastle on a 9
match unbeaten run at the back end of the promotion winning 83/84 season, with Keegan and Peter Beardsley getting on the score sheet that day.
The 1970’s proved to be a miserable time on our travels to Maine Road with not a single win picked up in league meetings, including some hammerings of the scorelines 5-1 and 4-0 (x2) to City sides containing the likes of Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee and Francis Lee to name but a few, although on a brighter note we did manage to record a 2-0 win in the 3rd round of the FA Cup in 1975 with goals coming from Micky Burns and Geoff Nulty. One game which does grab our attention when ploughing through the archives is a 3rd round FA Cup replay in which United came out on top in a 9 goal thriller which ended 5-4, Newcastle knocking the holders out at the first hurdle.
Len White bagged two on the day against legendary City ‘keeper Bert Trautmann, who had only just returned to action following the broken neck he famously sustained in the 1956 FA Cup final.
If you have memories of travelling to Man City for games, please let us have them below: