1965–66 Manchester City F.C. season

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Manchester City F.C.
1965–66 season
Manager England Joe Mercer and
England Malcolm Allison
Football League
Second Division
1st0000000000000000
FA Cup Sixth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Neil Young (14 goals)

All:
Neil Young (17 goals)
Highest home attendance 63,034 vs Everton
(26 March 1966)
Lowest home attendance 13,235 vs Norwich City
(8 September 1965)

The 1965–66 season was Manchester City F.C.'s seventy-fourth season of league football, and second consecutive season back in the Football League Second Division.

This season is widely believed to have been the start of Manchester City's golden era, a period largely concurrent with the reign of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison as managers at the club, and then of the aftermath of the break-up of the partnership. This season began City's highest concentration of silverware to seasons played - winning the Second Division for a record sixth time in this season, the club would claim the Football League First Division title, the FA Cup, the Football League Cup twice, the Charity Shield twice, and in European competition the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup all within the space of the ten seasons following.

This season also saw the club sign several players who would become iconic figures in Manchester City's history - Mike Summerbee, George Heslop, and Colin Bell were all signed near the start of the season. Not coincidentally, the season and the seasons following also saw the presence of some of the club's longest-serving players. Four of the club's ten players with the most appearances for the club played during this season - Bell, Summerbee, Alan Oakes, and Mike Doyle - and a further three of those ten - Joe Corrigan, Tommy Booth and Willie Donachie - would join within the following three seasons.

Team Kit[edit]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Pos Team 0P0 0W0 0D0 0L0 0F0 0A0 GA Pts
1 Manchester City 42 22 15 5 76 44 1.727 59
2 Southampton 42 22 10 10 85 56 1.518 54
3 Coventry City 42 20 13 9 73 53 1.377 53
4 Huddersfield Town 42 19 13 10 62 36 1.722 51
5 Bristol City 42 17 17 8 63 48 1.313 51

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points
Source: Football League

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts W D L GF GA Pts W D L GF GA Pts
42 22 15 5 76 44 1.727 59 14 7 0 40 14 35 8 8 5 36 30 24

Source: rsssf.com

Reports[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Venue Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
21 August 1965 Middlesbrough A Ayresome Park 1 – 1 Murray 17,982
25 August 1965 Wolverhampton Wanderers H Maine Road 2 – 1  ? (o.g.) (2) 25,572
28 August 1965 Bristol City H Maine Road 2 – 2 Brand, ? (o.g.) 19,349
30 August 1965 Wolverhampton Wanderers A Molineux 4 – 2 Doyle, Crossan, Murray, ? (o.g.) 22,799
4 September 1965 Coventry City A Highfield Road 3 – 3 Young (2), Murray 29,403
8 September 1965 Norwich City H Maine Road Abandoned at half-time
due to flooding
1 – 1
Young 13,235
11 September 1965 Carlisle United H Maine Road 2 – 1 Pardoe (2) 22,891
15 September 1965 Norwich City A Carrow Road 3 – 3 Pardoe (2), Crossan 16,381
18 September 1965 Cardiff City A Ninian Park 3 – 4 Murray, Pardoe, Gray 11,520
25 September 1965 Derby County H Maine Road 1 – 0 Murray 20,834
2 October 1965 Southampton A The Dell 1 – 0 Young 21,504
9 October 1965 Huddersfield Town A Leeds Road 0 – 0 31,876
16 October 1965 Crystal Palace H Maine Road 3 – 1 Pardoe (2), Young 24,765
23 October 1965 Preston North End A Deepdale 3 – 0 Young (2), Brand 25,117
27 October 1965 Norwich City H Maine Road 0 – 0 34,091
30 October 1965 Charlton Athletic H Maine Road 0 – 0 23,102
6 November 1965 Plymouth Argyle A Home Park 0 – 1 15,954
13 November 1965 Portsmouth H Maine Road 3 – 1 Murray (2), Pardoe 22,106
20 November 1965 Bolton Wanderers A Burnden Park 0 – 1 22,968
27 November 1965 Ipswich Town H Maine Road 2 – 1 Crossan (2) 19,416
4 December 1965 Birmingham City A St Andrews 1 – 3 Summerbee 10,442
11 December 1965 Leyton Orient H Maine Road 5 – 0 Young (3), Summerbee, Crossan 16,202
18 December 1965 Crystal Palace A Selhurst Park 2 – 0 Doyle (2) 12,847
1 January 1966 Huddersfield Town H Maine Road 2 – 0 Doyle, Crossan 47,171
8 January 1966 Portsmouth A Fratton Park 2 – 2 Doyle, Summerbee 17,352
12 January 1966 Rotherham United H Maine Road 3 – 1 Doyle (2), Crossan 25,526
15 January 1966 Preston North End H Maine Road 0 – 0 26,668
29 January 1966 Middlesbrough H Maine Road 3 – 1 Summerbee (2), Young 25,278
5 February 1966 Bristol City A Ashton Gate 1 – 1 Young 25,273
19 February 1966 Coventry City H Maine Road 1 – 0 Crossan 40,190
26 February 1966 Carlisle United A Brunton Park 2 – 1 Summerbee, Pardoe 9,000
12 March 1966 Cardiff City H Maine Road 2 – 2 Connor, Young 29,642
19 March 1966 Derby County A Baseball Ground 2 – 1 Bell, Young 22,533
2 April 1966 Plymouth Argyle H Maine Road 1 – 1 Crossan 24,087
8 April 1966 Bury H Maine Road 1 – 0 Summerbee 43,104
12 April 1966 Bury A Gigg Lane 1 – 2 Summerbee 21,437
16 April 1966 Bolton Wanderers H Maine Road 4 – 1 Kennedy, Sear, Crossan, Connor 29,459
23 April 1966 Ipswich Town A Portman Road 1 – 1 Crossan 15,995
30 April 1966 Birmingham City H Maine Road 3 – 1 Bell, Young, Crossan 28,409
4 May 1966 Rotherham United A Millmoor 1 – 0 Bell 11,376
7 May 1966 Leyton Orient A Brisbane Road 2 – 2 Bell, ? (o.g.) 6,109
13 May 1966 Charlton Athletic A The Valley 3 – 2 Oakes, Crossan, Connor 13,687
18 May 1966 Southampton H Maine Road 0 – 0 34,653

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Venue Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
22 January 1966 Third round Blackpool A Bloomfield Road 1 – 1 Crossan 23,937
24 January 1966 Third round replay Blackpool H Maine Road 3 – 1 Summerbee, Doyle, Crossan 52,661
12 February 1966 Fourth round Grimsby Town H Maine Road 2 – 0 Summerbee, ? (o.g.) 37,918
5 March 1966 Fifth round Leicester City H Maine Road 2 – 2 Young (2) 56,787
9 March 1966 Fifth round replay Leicester City A Filbert Street 1 – 0 Young 41,872
26 March 1966 Sixth round Everton H Maine Road 0 – 0 63,034
29 March 1966 Sixth round replay Everton A Goodison Park 0 – 0 60,349
4 April 1966 Sixth round second replay Everton N Molineux 0 – 2 27,948

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Venue Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
22 September 1965 Second round Leicester City H Maine Road 3 – 1 Murray, Pardoe, ? (o.g.) 13,246
13 October 1965 Third round Coventry City H Maine Road 2 – 3 Crossan, Pardoe 18,213

Squad statistics[edit]

Squad[edit]

Appearances for competitive matches only

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Harry Dowd 38 (0) 0 8 0 1 0 47 (0) 0
GK England Alan Ogley 04 (0) 0 0 0 1 0 05 (0) 0
DF England Dave Bacuzzi 15 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 15 (1) 0
DF England David Connor 29 (1) 4 8 0 0 0 37 (1) 4
DF England Mike Doyle 19 (1) 7 7 1 0 0 26 (1) 8
DF England George Heslop 34 (0) 0 8 0 1 0 43 (0) 0
DF England Glyn Pardoe 41 (1) 9 8 0 2 2 51 (1) 11
DF Wales Cliff Sear 19 (0) 1 3 0 2 0 24 (0) 1
MF England Colin Bell 11 (0) 4 0 0 0 0 11 (0) 4
MF England Roy Cheetham 12 (3) 0 2 0 1 0 15 (3) 0
MF England Stan Horne 15 (0) 0 5 0 1 0 21 (0) 0
MF Scotland Bobby Kennedy 35 (0) 1 8 0 2 0 45 (0) 1
MF England Alan Oakes 41 (0) 1 8 0 2 0 51 (0) 1
FW Scotland Ralph Brand 17 (0) 2 0 0 1 0 18 (0) 2
FW Northern Ireland Johnny Crossan 40 (0) 12 8 2 1 1 49 (0) 15
FW Scotland Matt Gray 03 (3) 1 0 0 1 0 04 (3) 1
FW England Jimmy Murray 11 (0) 7 0 0 1 1 12 (0) 8
FW England Mike Summerbee 42 (0) 8 8 2 2 0 52 (0) 10
FW England Alf Wood 01 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 02 (1) 0
FW England Neil Young 35 (0) 14 7 3 2 0 44 (0) 17
-- England Vic Gomersall 01 (0) 0 0 0 0 0 01 (0) 0

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