by Rob Shepherd.
Until the New Manchester City won the FA Cup in 2011, matches against Newcastle had for the past three decades always a carried a special emotional attachment.
After the oil money rolled in and under the management of Roberto Mancini, the trophy cabinet was finally re–opened when City beat Stoke at Wembley three and half years ago.
It brought to an end 35 barren years.
Even young City fans knew off by heart that their last previous major silverware – the League Cup – had been won in 1976 when City beat Newcastle when a bloke called Dennis Tueart scored the winner with a brilliant overhead kick, Peter Barnes having scored the other in a 2-1 win (see below).
It was folklore, even to the post Madchester Oasis inspired generation, and Newcastle United were part of it.
It is perhaps surprising Liam Gallagher or Noel Gallagher never wrote a song about it. Or maybe they did and it was part of their thinking when they wrote Live Forever.
Now that League Cup win is just a distant part of City’s history like the great Joe Marcer side of Lee, Bell and Sumerbee.
Having won the title for the first since 1968 two seasons ago, City are now part of the Champions League elite and a new wave of history unfolds even though last weeks trouncing of West Ham means they are primed to win the League Cup (now the Capital One Cup) again at last.
City though is a club which now looks ahead with conviction rather than back in anger, it’s now about the excitement of taking on Barcelona not reflecting on what they once did to Newcastle.
That said Sunday’s match at Newcastle is crucial to City in their quest to win the Premier League.
Although their away form has improved this match is a significant test of City’s title credentials against a Newcastle side who are nudging towards Europa League football next season.
Oh on that point, as if Toon Army fans need reminding, their last major trophy was won back in 1969 in European competiton…the now defunct Inter City Fairs Cup.
A 2-2 draw could be a decent shout.
Newcastle United v Manchester City, Premier League, Sunday Jan 12th, 2pm (Live on SkySports 1)
Newcastle: 15/4 Draw: 3/1 Man City: 4/6
Head to Head Record
Newcastle wins: 61 Drawn: 38 Man City wins: 70
Newcastle to win 1-0: 18/1, 2-1: 14/1, 3-2: 33/1
Draw – 0-0: 14/1 1-1: 7/1 2-2: 12/1 3-3: 40/1
City to win 0-1: 8/1, 1-3: 11/1, 2-4: 35/1
To score first goal;
Remy: 8/1, Ben Arfa: 12/1, Gouffran: 12/1, Cabaye: 16/1
Negredo: 4/1, Dzeko: 5/1, Toure: 7/1, Navas: 10/1
BOBBY’S BET OF THE DAY: Gouffran to score first, 2-2 final score: 100/1
Odds courtesy of PaddyPower.