Football’s coming home – Manchester City dramatic win
The final matches of the 2011-12 Premiership season took place today (Sunday 13th May), with the guarantee that a Manchester team would take the title.
At the start of the day United and City were locked on the same points total, but a dramatic win improved City’s goal difference, to finally give them the title.
The game didn’t look initially to be going City’s way when Queens Park Rangers took the lead; no one could have predicted the drama that was to unfold when in stoppage time, City turned the match on its head and scored two goals to decide the title winner once and for all.
For Manchester United fans of course the final minutes of the City / QPR game must have been a very bitter pill to swallow, with the title dangling tantalisingly close and then snatched away at the very end.
Whether City or United won it would still be a homecoming of some sorts for the league title, as it was at Manchester’s Royal Hotel that the Football League was officially created and named in April 1888.
These days the hotel’s gone, replaced by a Burger King and a Primark, but a small red plaque still commemorates the occasion and serves as a reminder of why Manchester will always be important to the world of football, however well the city’s teams perform.