Given the fixture tomorrow afternoon, it’s fitting that today is the anniversary of an Arsenal victory at home in the league over Manchester City. Specifically, it’s the 67th anniversary. How time flies, eh? Back in 1950, the Gunners were…well, in a very similar situation to the present, actually; they had lost their previous league game 3-1 to a team from the Midlands, for one thing.
Arsenal sat in 7th place, and before that defeat – at home to Aston Villa – had drawn 3 league games in succession against pretty ordinary opposition; Fulham, Charlton, and Middlesbrough. These dropped points had seen them falter considerably, 6 behind pace-setters Manchester United. Nonetheless, with 7 games left to go there was still the possibility – however slim – that the Gunners could make a late burst for the title. (via Statto)
If the Arsenal were in a position somewhat familiar to us today, their opponents would seem totally alien to the current crop of stars. Manchester City sat rock bottom of the table, having failed to win in 12 successive league games, and were 4 points adrift of safety. In addition, they had not recorded a single away victory all season. The last time City had managed a point on their travels was away to Blackpool at the beginning of February, although that was a pretty impressive achievement given that the Seasiders were riding high in the division at the time.
Manchester City needed points for their very survival, but the Arsenal were in no mood to comply, running out 4-1 winners. Details of the game itself are thin on the ground, but it is recorded that the prolific Reginald ‘Reg’ Lewis bagged a brace while fellow forwards Peter Goring and Doug Lishman completed the rout. (via 11v11) The result continued City’s dismal record against the Gunners, as they had now been unable to beat Arsenal in 8 consecutive league meetings.
In any case, the Gunners were to finish the season strongly and overcome Liverpool in the FA Cup Final, thanks to another couple of goals from Lewis. Meanwhile Manchester City managed to lift themselves off the foot of the table…but still got relegated, along with Birmingham City.