A GOOD START

Having finished 10th in Division Four the season before, there was no great expectation for how things would play out over the next 10 months. 

However, there was plenty of room for optimisim, as Terry Cooper had crafted together a team that mixed youth and experience in an exciting, and energetic, attacking side. 

Six wins out of seven in pre-season - including victories against Coventry City and Watford - set a positive tone for the start of the campain, and from August through to the end of November, City picked up maximum points in 10 of their opening 17 games to put themselves amongst the early pace-setters for promotion. 

AUGUST

City 1 Doncater Rovers 0

Neville - Att. 3,033

Hartlepool United 0 City 3 

Dryden, Taylor, Rowbotham - Att. 1,726

Champions 1990 | Newspaper Cuttings
Champions 1990 | Newspaper Cuttings
Champions 1990 | Newspaper Cuttings

SEPTEMBER

City 0 Carlisle United 0 

Att. 3,338

Burnley 1 City 0

Att. 5,443

City 3 Cambridge United 2

Rowbotham (2), Dryden - Att. 2,754

Scunthorpe United 5 City 4

Neville (2), Vinnicombe, Dryden - Att. 2,935

City 2 Grimsby Town 1

Rowbotham, Dryden - Att. 3,702

Halifax Town 1 City 2

Neville, Dryden - Att. 1,720

Champions 1990 | Newspaper Cuttings
Champions 1990 | Newspaper Cuttings
Champions 1990 | Newspaper Cuttings
Champions 1990 | Newspaper Cuttings
Champions 1990 | Newspaper Cuttings
Champions 1990 | Newspaper Cuttings

OCTOBER

Peterborough United 4 City 3

Robinson (og), Bailey, Rowbotham - Att. 3,831

City 2 Chesterfield 1

Rowbotham, Whitehead - Att. 3,773

Rochdale 1 City 0

Att. 1,337

City 2 Hereford United 0

McDermott, Dryden - Att. 3,269

Stockport County 2 City 1

Young - Att. 2,767

Champions 1990 | Newspaper Cuttings

NOVEMBER

City 2 Colchester United 1 

Neville (2) - Att. 3,905

City 3 Lincoln City 0 

McNichol, Rowbotham, Neville - Att. 3,674

Scarborough 1 City 2

Rowbotham, Batty - Att. 2,124

City 1 Wrexham 1

Rowbotham - Att. 3,522

Champions 1990 | Newspaper Cuttings
Champions 1990 | Newspaper Cuttings