There was another remarkable comeback at Oakwell last Saturday which saw the Sky Blues reach the fourth round of the FA Cup, only the second time they have achieved that as a Division 3 side the other being the famous FA Cup run of 1962-63. It was also the first victory over a club from a higher division since they knocked out Blackburn Rovers in a Ricoh replay in 2009. The Fourth round draw has given City a plum draw at Emirates less than eighteen months after a 6-1 defeat there in the League Cup.
Steven Pressley's team just don't know when to give up and they have now come back from a goal down to get a result in their last four games, three of which have resulted in victories. This season they have now come back from a goal down to win on five occasions (MK Dons, AFC Wimbledon, Peterborough, Rotherham and Barnsley) this season, all in the last six weeks and a record surely beckons.
My goal time records are incomplete before the early 1960s but since then the most comebacks to win has been six, achieved in 1962-63, 1977-78 and last season.
Last season the team came from behind to win against:
Birmingham (h) League Cup
MK Dons (a)
Preston (h) JPT
The news of the passing of the great Eusebio was very sad & took my mind back to the 1960s and the early years of the European Cup. British television gave little coverage to the competition unless an English club was involved but always broadcast the final. I remember as a boy watching the 1962 final between Benfica & Real Madrid with grainy black and white images relayed from Amsterdam. Real were probably past their peak but Di Stefano, Puskas & Gento were still world stars and they were expected to beat the Portuguese upstarts. A First half Puskas hat-trick gave Real a 3-2 lead but after the break Benfica equalised and the young, virtually unknown, Eusebio took over, causing all sorts of problems with his electric pace and dynamic shooting. He scored twice in five minutes to make it 5-3 and guaranteed the trophy went to Lisbon.
It was the same scoreline at Goodison Park in 1966 World Cup quarter final. Portugal were heading for a shock exit 3-0 down to the little men from North Korea when Eusebio got his act together and scored four goals to take Portugal through to a semi-final against England. Fortunately England got the better of him (or Nobby Stiles did) in the semi final and although Euesbio did score England triumphed to reach the final.
During those golden years of football Eusebio was Pele's only rival as the best player on the planet and in 1973 news broke that he would be appearing at Highfield Road for Portugal against Northern Ireland who had to play matches away from Ulster because of the troubles. Several readers have reminded me of the game, which ended 1-1, and believed they had seen Eusebio and George Best in the same game. Sadly they are mistaken, George was out of football at the time & wasn't selected by his country but Eusebio played, showed many of his great touches and scored a penalty which turned out to be his final international goal. Sadly there were only 11,000 at Highfield Road for what remained the only full international ever played on the ground.
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