On this day in 2008, Manchester City were beaten 8-1 by Middlesbrough


The 2007/2008 Premier League season was certainly a memorable one. 

Manchester United edged out Chelsea by just two points to win the title, Bolton Wanderers were still fully functioning in the top flight, and Derby County were relegated with a lowest ever points total of just 11. 

Everton and Aston Villa made it into the top six, while Juande Ramos' Spurs couldn't even make the top half. Yes, 2008 was a very different time in English football. 

Few teams embody that change quite like Manchester City, who finished ninth. 

Thaksin Shinawatra's takeover in 2007 had proved a false dawn and Sven-Goran Eriksson, despite his wealth of experience, could do little with the tools at his disposal. 

The Swede's reign hit a nadir exactly 11 years ago on this day as City ended the campaign with a 8-1 trouncing at Middlesbrough. 

They were up against it from the 15th minute when Richard Dunne was sent off for a foul on Tuncay and from there, Afonso Alves tore them apart with a hat-trick. 

City's XI included the likes of Benjani, Darius Vassell, and Stephen Ireland, as well as likely-forgotten Andreas Isaksson and Gelson Fernandes. In short, it was a far cry from their current set-up.

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Middlesbrough had Gareth Southgate in the dugout, with Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson, Fábio Rochemback and Jérémie Aliadière getting on the scoresheet alongside Alves. 

"When you lose like this, it is awful," Eriksson said after the final whistle, via the BBC.

"To concede a penalty and have Richard Dunne sent off was a bad start but we were in the game until it was 3-0.

Middlesbrough v Manchester City - Premier League

We can only assume Sheikh Mansour wasn't watching, for within a matter of months he'd been inspired to buy the club and pour in millions. 

If City do pip Liverpool to the title on Sunday afternoon, their fans will need no reminding that it wasn't always this way - but it was rarely quite as bad as that Sunday afternoon on Teeside.

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