In early January 1965 a record low crowd of just over 8,000 fans turned out at Maine Road to watch mid-table, Division 2 Manchester City slump to home defeat against Swindon Town. The club was drifting aimlessly and not even the most optimistic of supporter could have anticipated how fortunes would change in the second half of the decade for City.
The appointment of old-hand Joe Mercer as manager the following summer heralded the start of the transformation. He brought on board Malcolm Allison as his assistant and that injection of youth and vigour gave City a formidable management team to lead the fine footballing side they were starting to build.
City earned promotion as Division Two champions in 1966 and in just their second season back in the top flight became surprise 1968 champions. An FA Cup success the following season rounded off the 60s in style. Some of City’s key players of the era feature in this Manchester City Vintage post.