13 Years Ago… One Night in Sheffield

After a disappointing 1997 League Cup Final at Wembley ended in a 1-1 draw with a late equaliser from Emile Heskey, Leicester and Middlesbrough replayed at Hillsborough ten days later on 16th April.
20,000 City and 20,000 Boro fans descnded on Sheffield to witness an exciting encounter between to evenly matched sides… one moment seperated them. Steve Walsh won an aerial duel with Nigel Pearson and Steve Claridge was in the right place at the right time (again) to guide the ball into the net.

It was City’s first major honour in 33 years and, incredibly, Martin O’Neill had delivered on his promise of getting City into Europe just 16 months into the job.
Apparently Juninho still wakes up in a cold sweat after dreaming that Pontus Kaamark is following him around….

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  1. keets

    I was in a pub in Maidenhead watching the match. When Claridge scored (was it in extra time?) my pint ended up over the ceiling, my Mrs and a right sour faced Boro lass who had spent the night moaning about Kaamark. Quality. 🙂 Can’t believe it was 13 years ago.

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