Both sides had last visited Wembley in 1974, Newcastle losing to Liverpool in the FA Cup Final and Manchester City losing to Wolves in the League Cup Final.
Manchester City were managed by Tony Book, who had been captain of the victorious 1969 FA Cup and 1970 League Cup winning teams. City’s run to the final had seen some stunning performances from a quality squad which included Colin Bell, Rodney Marsh and Asa Hartford. They put six past Norwich City and enjoyed a 4-0 thumping of Manchester United en route to Wembley.
Newcastle were relying on veteran manager Joe Harvey’s experience coupled with striker Malcolm ‘MacDonald. ‘Supermac’ was hoping to repeat the five goals he scored at Wembley for England against Cyprus the previous year. But it was not to be.
The game, played on the last day of February 1976, was a close affair, with the PFA Young player of the year, 19 year old left winger Peter Barnes, scoring City’s first. The winning goal was a Wembley classic: a Dennis Tueart overhead kick. City went on to finish 8th in the league that season whilst Newcastle languished in 15th
A BLUE MANCHESTER CITY SHORT-SLEEVED 1976 LEAGUE CUP FINAL SHIRT No.9, with v-neck collar and embroidered badge, inscribed M.C.F.C., F.L. Cup Final, Wembley 1976 Lot Notes The above shirt is an official spare example produced for the Final.
In the above League Cup Final played on 28 February 1976 at Wembley, Manchester City defeated Newcastle United 2-1. The No.9 shirt was worn by Joe Royle
Other famous City Wembley appearnces, that are in the book! :
Man City v Everton 1933 FA Cup final – first time nos were worn on shirts and numbers went from 1 to 22!
Man City v Birmingham 1956 FA Cup Final – striped shirts (purple and yellow?) , Bert Trautmann breaking his neck
1969 FA Cup Final beat Leicester in AC Milan red and black stripes
1970 League Cup Final Man City v WBA
1981 FA Cup Final v Spurs and replay (Ricky Villa goal)
1999 Play off v Gillingham
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