by Richard DJJ Bowdery
Manchester City’s great form over recent seasons might have the purists drooling but none of Pellegrini’s players have managed to achieve what the Scottish Lawman did on January 28th 1961: one player, six goals.
The irony is that despite such a heroic effort City still lost the tie. Let me explain…
Dennis Law, known affectionately as the Lawman by the fans, scored all six goals for City in a 4th round FA Cup match against Luton Town at their Kenilworth Road ground.
After 68 minutes the Sky Blues were winning 6-2. By the 69th minute the referee took the decision to abandon the game because of a waterlogged pitch.
As the game was abandoned Law’s six goals were wiped from the record books.
To add insult to injury when the match was replayed on 1 February Luton Town won 3-1 – with the Lawman scoring his side’s only goal.
Had those six goals been allowed to stand then Dennis Law would have gone into the record books as the FA Cup’s top goalscorer in the 20th Century with 47 goals (assuming he didn’t add to his tally in subsequent rounds).
Instead Ian Rush’s 44 FA Cup goals propelled him into the number one spot, by default.
Another interesting point to note from City’s bygone era, which was almost emulated by last season’s side, is that in the 1957/58 season the Sky Blues scored 104 League goals in the old First Division. However, they also leaked almost as many by conceding 100 goals. In so doing they became the only club to score and concede a century of goals in the top-flight.