Nicky Weaver saves from Dean who was transferred to Coventry
shortly after this game
header following a corner is saved in spectacular style by Stowell, the Wolves
v Sheffield United 6-0
August 21st 1999 att. 30,110
Kevin Horlock scores from the spot for a penalty awarded for a handball.
make matters worse for Sheffield United Simon Tracy gets his marching orders.
keeper Davison goes to retrieve the ball from the net after Horlock scores his
scores with a downward header from a volley pass from Terry Cooke to make it
Gareth Taylor makes it 6-0 following a centre from Kennedy
Goater is brought down by Simon Tracy just outside the box but referee Richards
gives a penalty
City v Leeds United 2-5
FA Cup 4th round
January 9th 2000 att 29,240
gives City a surprise lead from a header. Martin watches the ball hit the back
of the net.
Television replays showed Goater to be offside when the ball was played to him
by Horlock following a Leeds clearance.
fierce low sun and a deflection following a header defeated the capless Weaver
to equalize for Leeds United. Bakke the scorer
free kick near the corner flag to Leeds and it looks more like a rugby union
lineout. Alan Smith scores for Leeds in the melee that followed to make it 2-2
is about to score for Leeds from a centre from Wilcox who has beaten Wiekens
and gives Leeds a 3-2 lead.
City v Charlton Athletic 1-1
March19th 2000 att 32,139
Charlton keeper Kiely claws away a header from Jamie Pollock following a
free kick near the corner flag by Kennedy.
Charlton were Division 1 leaders
Shaun Goater scores with a mishit volley from a pass from Ian Bishop( above
left ) whilst Keily has to retrieve the ball from the net ( above right ).
The City players go the Kippax stand to celebrate with the fans.
Later Charlton equalised with a wicked deflection
City v Crewe Alexandra 4-0
8th April 2000 att 32,441
David Wright jinks his way through the City defence only to find Nicky Weaver
bravely saving at his feet. One of the few chances Crewe managed to achieve.
Kearton who had a blinder saves from Jeff Whitely
Spencer Prior scores his first goal for City following his transfer from
The goal came from a corner taken by Kennedy and headed on by Jobson for
Prior to start City's scoring spree.
Paul Dickov wheels away after scoring from a cross from Horlock to make it
City scored two further goals in the last few minutes
City v Birmingham City 1-0
April 28th 2000 att.32,000
A free kick taken by Horlock deep on the right is forced home by Robert Taylor
with the Birmingham defenders helpless.
I hope this is the last home goal City will score in division 1.
the ball in the back of the net the city players go into a huddle to celebrate
a goal which proved to be decisive
several tannoy announcements asking spectators to keep off the playing area
there was an immediate invasion to celebrate the end of the season at home and
what was proved the following Sunday promotion to the Premier league.
City v Wolves 0-1
August 8th 1999 att. 31,755
My END OF TERM report on the players is
as follows with marks out of 100
Weaver 95/100 - very few mistakes all season
- learning all the time
Edghill 60/100 - quite a few last ditch tackles, but
caught too often in possession and passing leaves a lot to be desired.
75/100 - despite his age has defended well. Lack of pace on the turn may hamper
Morrison 80/100 -played well and consistently before his injury
Pryor 80/100 - one of City's best signings for some years . His experience will
be invaluable next season
Granville 70/100 -played quite well in patches and
linked well with Kennedy
Wiekens 70/100 - played better infront of the centrebacks
where his lack of pace on the turn is less noticeable.
Tiatto 80/100 - his
form in the second part of the season after coming back from injury was excellent.
Pollock 65/100 - played with passion but not enough guile and passing not good
Whitely(Jeff) 75/100 - works very hard but lacks the killer touch going
forward in the opposition box
Horlock 65/100 - mixed season. not consistent
enough- can play well when he wants to
Bishop 70/100 - passed really well
,pity he's not ten years younger
Kennedy 75/100 - put in many dangerous crosses
when fed well. Often out of the game for long periods.
Dickov 70/100 - 100
% tryer - better in small patches
Goater 75/100 - top scorer in the division
but also missed quite a few may not score as many in the top flight
(Robert) 50/100 injury and lack of fitness hampered his chances. Showed skilful
touches at times.
Next season will be covered in City
It will be interesting to see Joe Royles tactics next
season. I don't think Edghill's passing skills are upto the new modern standard
of wing backs and other weak areas are in midfield where more creative expertise
is needed and up front where Goater is going to need another faster younger goalscorer
to help him.
remarkable return to the Premier League had the feeling of yet another miracle,
having amazing good luck with the ball hitting the post so often in the match
How many of the existing squad will turn out in City's
first game next season is anyone's guess and how many new players will be signed
will keep supporters interested for the next few months.My guess is that the following
will be in a squad of 15 - Weaver, Edgehill, Granville, Pryor, Morrison, Bishop,
Whitely, Horlock, Tiatto, Goater and Kennedy.
working on a job in St Lucia a few years ago I could not resist planting my own
big banana and scarf among the banana leaves.
it will return with City's return to the Premier League!