Manchester City's first tie in the FA Cup of 1969 was against Luton Town of the Third Division, which City won 1–0, Francis Lee the scorer. In the fourth round, the club were drawn away to Newcastle United, one of only two top-flight clubs with an away draw. The match finished 0–0, and so was replayed at Maine Road. Manchester City won 2–0, but had to play much of the match with 10 men after Mike Summerbee was sent off. Like Leicester's fifth round tie, Manchester City's match at Blackburn Rovers' Ewood Park was delayed multiple times due to poor weather. When it was eventually played Manchester City were comfortable 4–1 winners. In the sixth round, Manchester City were drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. The match was closely contested; in his autobiography, City's Mike Doyle described it as the hardest match of the whole cup run. As in the third round, City won 1–0 thanks to a Francis Lee goal.

The semi-final, against Everton, was played at Villa Park. Everton were renowned for their powerful midfield of Ball, Harvey and Kendall, but opted to play more defensively than usual. Manchester City nevertheless paid special attention to this area, and instructed David Connor to man-mark Ball. Mike Doyle suffered an injury in the first half, and spent 20 minutes off the field. City had the better of the game, but goalscoring chances were missed by Lee and Young. With little time remaining, Young forced a corner. Young took the corner himself, from which teenager Tommy Booth scored the game's only goal.

 In the final vs Leiscester City, Manchester City scored midway through the first half. Mike Summerbee crossed the ball from wide on the right, and Young hit a left footed shot high into Peter Shilton's net. It turned out to be the only goal in the contest and meant Manchester City got there hands on their 4th FA Cup in their history.


1. Tony Book (Right-back and captain)

2. Harry Dowd (Goalkeeper)

3. Glyn Pardoe (Left-back)

4. Mike Doyle (Centre-back)

5. Tommy Booth (Centre-back)

6. Alan Oakes (Centre midfield)

7. Colin Bell (Centre midefield)

8. Francis Lee (Forward)

9. Mike Summerbee (Right wing)

10. Malcolm Allison (Assitant manager)

11. Neil Young (Forward)

12. Tony Coleman (Left wing)

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