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Wembley 1999:

20th Anniversary Documentary

In May 1999, Manchester City fans travelled to Wembley to watch their side take on Gillingham in the Division Two Playoff Final. It capped the end of their first - and so far only - season in the third tier of English football, the club's nadir. Their lowest ever point.

As the clock ticked over to 90 minutes, the supporters were flooding out of the stadium. It looked like the club that always let you down was letting them down - as they trailed 2-0, to goals by Carl Asaba and Robert Taylor, with only stoppage time remaining.

With five added minutes to go, Kevin Horlock and Paul Dickov scored vital goals to drag City level - and they went on to win the match on penalties, bouncing back from the third tier at the first attempt. Just.

In this documentary special edition of the Blue Moon Podcast, David Mooney spoke to every member of the squad that day, plus manager Joe Royle, coach Willie Donachie, chairman David Bernstein, and referee Mark Halsey, to get the inside story of how City rescued the game, their season, and - quite possibly - their future. Without Dickov's goal, who knows where City would be 20 years later?

Find out which players staged a standing in the rain protest the day before the game. Find out who stole his journey home by bunking onto a train full of City fans. Find out just how dire the situation was at City when Joe Royle and David Bernstein began their tenures.

Hear from everybody involved and, after the documentary, Sam Roscoe is joined by David Mooney and Richard Burns to get the fans' eye view of that afternoon.