2006–07 Manchester City F.C. season

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Manchester City
2006–07 season
Owner Publicly traded company
Chairman John Wardle
Manager Stuart Pearce
Stadium City of Manchester Stadium
FA Premier League 14th
League Cup Second round
FA Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League: Joey Barton (6 goals)
All: Joey Barton (7 goals)
Highest home attendance 47,244 0v0 Manchester United
5 May 2007
Lowest home attendance 25,621 0v0 Sheffield Wednesday
16 January 2007
Average home league attendance

39,997 – over 19 PL home games
(6th highest in Premier League)

Highest away
attendance
75,858 0v0 Manchester United
9 December 2006
Lowest away
attendance
7,960 0v0 Chesterfield
20 September 2006
Season revenue (ranked outside the world's top 20 revenue earning clubs this season)
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 FA 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 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 finishing in 14th position.[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 ten 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 (v1)
Goalkeeper strip 1 (v2)
Goalkeeper strip 1 (v3)
Goalkeeper strip 2
Goalkeeper strip 3 (v1)
Goalkeeper strip 3 (v2)
Goalkeeper strip 3 (v3)

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 = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Individual match reports[edit]

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]

Third round replay[edit]

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]

Goal scorers[edit]

Information current as of 13 May 2007 (end of season)

Transfers and loans[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ Thatcher was born in Swindon, England, and has represented England at level, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally through his grandmother and made his full international debut for Wales in March 2004.
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