The Maine Road Massacre: Man City 5 – Man Utd 1

The Maine Road Massacre: Relive 23rd Sept 1989 at Maine Road when Man City beat Man Utd by 5 goals to 1 and get some special gifts to remember that day!

The Maine Road Massacre: Man City 5 – Man Utd 1


The Story of the 1989 Maine Road Massacre and 5 City gifts to remember it by.

The Maine Road Massacre: Manchester City 5 – 1 Manchester United

23rd September 1989; Alex Ferguson’s expensively created squad (featuring the most expensive English defender to date) came to Maine Road to face a newly promoted Manchester City side. City featured players brought through their youth ranks like Redmond, Hinchcliffe, White and Paul Lake. City started brightly and, after a delay due to crowd problems, City went 3-0 up thanks to goals from David Oldfield, Trevor Morley and Ian Bishop. Lake_and_Bish_Pop_Aer_Mug__28157.1428760072.1280.1280

Bishop and Lake captured in pop art style on this mug from

A goal by future City boss Mark Hughes just after half time gave United hope but City responded with two more goals, from Oldfield and Hinchcliffe, to give United a good thrashing! Unfortunately it would be the last City derby win until 2002 when Nevile fed the Goat at Maine Road.

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Hinchcliffe’s goal

Hinchcliffe’s goal is probably the most remembered, as is his celebration waving 5 fingers at the United fans in the Kippax! A deep cross from the right by David White was met by a charging Andy Hinchcliffe. The left back met the ball with a thundering header (captured brilliantly here by artist Ron Kirwin).


“And then it was 5” by Ron Kirwin Available via the Mancitygifts shop

“Where did the Hinchcliffe come from? He’s the left back remember, BANG!”

Another artist Richard Hincks capture’s the flight of the ball and Hinchcliffe’s movement in his sophisticated print of the goal. The commentator of the day said of the goal “Where did the Hinchcliffe come from? He’s the left back remember, BANG!” Hinchcliffe.Maine.Road.Massacre.Rincks

Hinchcliffe goal build up print by Richard Hincks Available via

It’s only 5-1

For fans of a certain vintage the match may well surpass the 6-1 at Old Trafford, as at the time it was United who had the money. 5_1_Mug__27751.1426511912.1280.1280

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Paul Lake

Maine Road massacre team member and a player many thought would become England’s greatest player, Paul Lake’s book is widely considered as the best Manchester City book.

Paul Lake

Paul Lake’s book: “I’m not really here” is available from Amazon

Paul’s book was named by most Man City experts as the best City book here:10 MCFC Experts reveal their favourite Man City books for world book day 2015 Whilst in a twitter poll of followers of @thegingerwig it was named the best Man City book here

Maine Road Massacre Team Line-ups

Manchester City – Cooper, Fleming, Hinchcliffe, Bishop, Gayle, Redmond, White, Morley, Oldfield, Brightwell, Lane (Beckford, 79). Manchester United – Leighton, Anderson, Donaghy, Duxbury, Phelan, Pallister, Beardsmore (Sharpe, 73), Ince, McClair, Hughes, Wallace. Referee N Midgley (Bolton).

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