2006–07 Manchester City F.C. season

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Manchester City
Season 2006–07
Owner Publicly traded company
Chairman John Wardle
Manager Stuart Pearce
Team captain Richard Dunne
Home stadium City of Manchester Stadium
FA Premier League Fourteenth
League Cup Second round
FA Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League: 0 Joey Barton (6 goals)
All comps: 0 Joey Barton (7 goals)
Season revenue (ranked outside the world's top 20 revenue earning clubs this season)
Average home
attendance
39,997 – over 19 PL home games
(6th highest in Premier League)
Highest home
attendance
47,244 0v0 Manchester United
5 May 2007
Highest away
attendance
75,858 0v0 Manchester United
9 December 2006
Lowest home
attendance
25,621 0v0 Sheffield Wednesday
16 January 2007
Lowest away
attendance
7,960 0v0 Chesterfield
20 September 2006
2005–06 0 0 0 Soccerball current event.svg 0 0 0 2007–08
Results summary – all competitions
Wins Draws Losses Win %
Home 7 6 8 33.3%
Away 7 4 12 30.4%
Both 14 10 20 31.8%
Results summary – Premier League
Wins Draws Losses Win %
Home 5 6 8 26.3%
Away 6 3 10 31.6%
Both 11 9 18 28.9%

The 2006–07 season was Manchester City Football Club's fifth consecutive season playing in the Premier League, the top division of English football, and its tenth season since the Premier League was first created with Manchester City as one of the its original 22 founding member clubs. Overall, it was the team's 115th season playing in a division of English football, most of which have been spent in the top flight.

Season review[edit]

The 2006–07 season proved tough for club which skirmished with relegation from the Premier League and ended up fourtheenth.[1] The club were again eliminated from the League Cup by a League One team, this time by Chesterfield early on in the season. Ben Thatcher's elbow challenge on Pedro Mendes whilst playing Portsmouth shocked many – a challenge which prompted City to take unprecedented action and banned Thatcher for six matches by the club and a six weeks fine. Pearce called the challenge "indefensible"[2] and the Football Association banned Thatcher for a further eight matches. The side also scored just 10 goals at home in the league, and none after New Years Day in 2007, a record low in top-flight English football.[3]

In December 2006, the club issued a statement regarding a possible takeover,[4] and on 21 June, the Manchester City board accepted an £81.6 million offer for the club from Thaksin Shinawatra.[5] One of his first moves was to schedule a press conference to announce former-England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson as his new manager – Eriksson's first job since leaving international duty.[6]

Team kit[edit]

For this season the shirt sponsor for all of the club's kits continued to be the previous season's sponsor, Thomas Cook, while the team kits were produced by the previous season's supplier, Reebok.

Home
Away (version 1)
Away (version 2)
Third
Goalkeeper strip 1
Goalkeeper strip 2
Goalkeeper strip 3

Historical league performance[edit]

Prior to this season, the history of Manchester City's performance in the English football league hierarchy since the creation of the Premier League in 1992 is summarised by the following timeline chart – which commences with the last season (1991–92) of the old Football League First Division (from which the Premier League was formed).

Friendly games[edit]

This season not all of the team's friendly games were played during the preparatory run-in to the official start of the new league campaign, with a couple of friendly games taking place during the course of the active season. The first of these games was perhaps just a "belated pre-season friendly" that was played with the season still only nine days old, while the other one against Blackpool in February was more of a mutually arranged scrimmage behind closed doors, with one of its intended purposes being to provide a "friendly competitive" tryout for the 28-year-old Belgian international striker, Émile Mpenza, who at the time the Manchester club was considering signing. This impromptu scrimmage served as a key part of Mpenza's brief trial with City and saw him perform well enough, with his scoring of the second goal in the 3–0 win, that he was subsequently signed by City two days later (his unattached free agent status permitting him to be signed outside of the January transfer window). The extemporaneous Valentine's Day friendly also gave some City players in need of match fitness, such as Didi Hamann and Stephen Jordan, a chance to get a full 90 minutes of play under their belts.

Pre-season[edit]

Thomas Cook Trophy[edit]

Mid-season[edit]

Competitive games[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Position in final standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
12 Middlesbrough 38 12 10 16 44 49 −5 46
13 Newcastle United 38 11 10 17 38 47 −9 43
14 Manchester City 38 11 9 18 29 44 −15 42
15 West Ham United 38 12 5 21 35 59 −24 41
16 Fulham 38 8 15 15 38 60 −22 39

Updated to games played on 13 May 2007 (end of season).
Source: Premier League 2006–07
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 11 9 18 29 44 −15 42 5 6 8 10 16 −6 6 3 10 19 28 −9

Last updated: 13 May 2007 (end of season).
Source: Premier League results 2006–07

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground A H H A A H A H A H A H H A A H A H H A A H A H H A H H A A H A H A A H H A
Result L D W L L W D D L W L D W L W D L L L W W W D L L L L L W W D W D L D L L L

Last updated: 13 May 2007 (end of season).
Source: Premier League results 2006–07
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Individual match reports[edit]


17 December 2006
15:00
Manchester City England 1–2 England Tottenham Hotspur
Barton Goal 63' MCFC report Davenport Goal 16'
Huddlestone Goal 24'

23 December 2006
15:00
Manchester City England 0–2 England Bolton Wanderers
Barton Red card 87' MCFC report Anelka Goal 8' Goal 25'

26 December 2006
15:00
Sheffield United England 0–1 England Manchester City
MCFC report Ireland Goal 77'
Bramall Lane
Sheffield
Attendance: 32,591
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

30 December 2006
15:00
West Ham United England 0–1 England Manchester City
MCFC report Beasley Goal 82'
Boleyn Ground
Upton Park
Attendance: 34,574
Referee: Steve Bennett

1 January 2007
15:00
Manchester City England 2–1 England Everton
Samaras Goal 50, 72' MCFC report Osman Goal 84'

13 January 2007
15:00
Bolton Wanderers England 0–0 England Manchester City
MCFC report
Reebok Stadium
Horwich
Attendance: 22,334
Referee: Andre Marriner

20 January 2007
17:15
Manchester City England 0–3 England Blackburn Rovers
MCFC report Pedersen Goal 44' Goal 62'
Derbyshire Goal 90'
City of Manchester Stadium
Manchester
Attendance: 36,950
Referee: Phil Dowd

3 February 2007
15:00
Manchester City England 0–2 England Reading
BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Lita Goal 79' Goal 89'

10 February 2007
17:15
Portsmouth England 2–1 England Manchester City
Mendes Goal 4'
Kanu Goal 80'
MCFC report Corradi Goal 62'
Fratton Park
Portsmouth
Attendance: 19,244
Referee: Mike Dean

3 March 2007
15:00
Manchester City England 0–1 England Wigan Athletic
MCFC report Folan Goal 18'

14 March 2007
20:00
Manchester City England 0–1 England Chelsea
BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Lampard Goal 28' (pen.)

17 March 2007
15:00
Middlesbrough England 0–2 England Manchester City
MCFC report Distin Goal 64'
Mpenza Goal 74'
Riverside Stadium
Middlesbrough
Attendance: 26,427
Referee: Keith Stroud

31 March 2007
15:00
Newcastle United England 0–1 England Manchester City
MCFC report Mpenza Goal 80'
St James' Park
Newcastle
Attendance: 52,004
Referee: Graham Poll

6 April 2007
17:15
Manchester City England 0–0 England Charlton Athletic
MCFC report

9 April 2007
15:00
Fulham England 1–3 England Manchester City
Bocanegra Goal 74' MCFC report Barton Goal 20'
Beasley Goal 36'
Vassell Goal 59'
Craven Cottage
London
Attendance: 22,435
Referee: Steve Bennett

14 April 2007
15:00
Manchester City England 0–0 England Liverpool
MCFC report

17 April 2007
19:45
Arsenal England 3–1 England Manchester City
Rosický Goal 12'
Fàbregas Goal 73'
Baptista Goal 80'
MCFC report Beasley Goal 40'
Emirates Stadium
London
Attendance: 59,913
Referee: Mark Halsey

21 April 2007
15:00
Watford England 1–1 England Manchester City
Priskin Goal 75' MCFC report Vassell Goal 53'
Vicarage Road
Watford
Attendance: 18,537
Referee: Rob Styles

28 April 2007
15:00
Manchester City England 0–2 England Aston Villa
MCFC report Carew Goal 24'
Maloney Goal 75'

5 May 2007
12:45
Manchester City England 0–1 England Manchester United
MCFC report Ronaldo Goal 33' (pen.)

13 May 2007
15:00
Tottenham Hotspur England 2–1 England Manchester City
Keane Goal 10'
Berbatov Goal 32'
MCFC report Mpenza Goal 40'
White Hart Lane
Tottenham
Attendance: 35,426
Referee: Steve Bennett

League Cup[edit]

Second round[edit]

20 September 2006
19:45
Chesterfield England 2–1 England Manchester City
Folan Goal 51'
Niven Goal 67'
MCFC report Samaras Goal 40'
Saltergate
Chesterfield
Attendance: 7,960
Referee: K Wright

FA Cup[edit]

Third round[edit]

7 January 2007
15:00
Sheffield Wednesday England 1–1 England Manchester City
MacLean Goal 78' MCFC report Samaras Goal 77' (pen.)
Hillsborough
Sheffield
Attendance: 28,847
Referee: Graham Poll
Third round replay[edit]
16 January 2007
19:45
Manchester City England 2–1 England Sheffield Wednesday
Ireland Goal 44'
Vassell Goal 56'
MCFC report Bullen Goal 51'
City of Manchester Stadium
Manchester
Attendance: 25,621
Referee: Mike Dean

Fourth round[edit]

28 January 2007
15:00
Manchester City England 3–1 England Southampton
Vassell Goal 26'
Barton Goal 45'
Beasley Goal 70'
MCFC report Jones Goal 23'

Fifth round[edit]

18 February 2007
13:10
Preston North End England 1–3 England Manchester City
Nugent Goal 8' MCFC report Ball Goal 35'
Hill Goal 84' (o.g.)
Ireland Goal 90'
Deepdale
Preston
Attendance: 18,890
Referee: Mike Riley

Sixth round[edit]

11 March 2007
16:00
Blackburn Rovers England 2–0 England Manchester City
Mokoena Goal 27'
Derbyshire Goal 90'
MCFC report
Ewood Park
Blackburn
Attendance: 27,743
Referee: Mike Dean

First-team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Sweden GK Andreas Isaksson
2 England DF Micah Richards
3 England DF Michael Ball
4 England DF Stephen Jordan
5 France MF Ousmane Dabo
7 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Ireland
8 England MF Joey Barton
9 Belgium FW Émile Mpenza
10 France MF Djamel Abdoun[7] (on loan from Ajaccio)
11 England FW Darius Vassell
12 England GK Nicky Weaver
14 Scotland FW Paul Dickov
15 France DF Sylvain Distin
16 England DF Nedum Onuoha[8]
No. Position Player
17 China DF Sun Jihai
18 England DF Danny Mills
20 Greece FW Georgios Samaras
21 Germany MF Dietmar Hamann
22 Republic of Ireland DF Richard Dunne
24 United States MF DaMarcus Beasley (on loan from PSV)
25 England GK Joe Hart
26 England DF Matt Mills
27 Tunisia DF Hatem Trabelsi
28 England MF Trevor Sinclair
30 Italy FW Bernardo Corradi
33 England MF Michael Johnson
36 England FW Daniel Sturridge
43 England FW Ishmael Miller

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Wales DF Ben Thatcher[9] (to Charlton Athletic)
6 United States MF Claudio Reyna (to New York Red Bulls)
No. Position Player
9 England FW Andrew Cole (to Portsmouth)
10 France MF Antoine Sibierski (to Newcastle United)

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
19 Denmark GK Kasper Schmeichel
31 England GK Laurence Matthewson
32 England DF Nathan D'Laryea
34 England DF Sam Williamson
35 England MF Ashley Williams
37 England MF Kelvin Etuhu[10]
38 England DF Shaleum Logan
No. Position Player
39 Scotland MF Marc Laird
41 England MF Ashley Grimes
Republic of Ireland DF Garry Breen
Wales MF Scott Evans
Republic of Ireland MF Karl Moore
Wales FW Ched Evans

Statistics[edit]

Starting XI[edit]