THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

14 February ~ Manchester City go into their match today locked in a four-way title battle with Arsenal, Leicester and their opponents, Tottenham. When Spurs travelled to Maine Road in December 1967 they were in fifth and City third, with the latter just one point behind leaders Manchester United. The resulting match has become known as the “ballet on ice” and in recent years has been proclaimed City’s greatest-ever performance by the Manchester Evening News.

Played on an icy pitch, which referee DW Smith inspected twice before declaring it fit for play, the crowd of 35,792 watched a City side containing Mike Summerbee, Francis Lee, Neil Young and Colin Bell tear into the FA Cup holders – but not before going 1-0 down. Jimmy Greaves, with one of his first touches of the ball, tapped in a deflected free-kick on six minutes. However, after some pinball in the box Bell levelled just over ten minutes later. From there City took complete control, Summerbee heading in five minutes into the second, before Young and Tony Coleman completed the scoring.

City went on to clinch the title with a 4-3 victory over Newcastle on the final day, while Manchester United were losing 2-1 to Sunderland. Spurs finished seventh.

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