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It’s been along time since AFC Bournemouth played Man City. It was back in 1999 that City’s fall from grace saw them sat in the third tier of English football. We remember it well, Eddie Howe was in the team, no-one scored a goal and they had two men sent off.
We celebrated like we had won the cup. It was an impressive draw for the Cherries and a very valuable point. In charge that day was Mel Machin, a man who had been the manager at Man City ten years earlier. It was in 1989 that Machin and Man City were poised on the brink of promotion. They raced into a 3-0 half-time lead and the promotion party was already in full swing. But, dont underestimate a AFC Bournemoouth team that has Luther ‘Mishit’ Blissett in it. Goals from Shearer and Holmes started what looked like an impossible comeback and with the game heading to its almost inevitable conclusion it looked like City would hold on for promotion.
No such luck a penalty in the dying seconds was duly dispatched by Luther Blissett to give the Cherries a very unlikely point. Watch the highlights with Man City’s keeper Andy Dibble, who is elated at half-time and can’t believe what happens in the second half. Priceless.