Now is your chance to watch a seminal match in the history of Manchester City 25 years on from the very day it happened.

For those who were there, an opportunity to get back on the rollercoaster that was Wembley 99, with all the twists and turns from an afternoon packed full of drama.

For our younger viewers, proof that it wasn’t always as good as it is now.

City had sunk from the Premier League to the depths of Division Two over the course of three miserable seasons, 1995/96 to 1997/98, under four managers – Alan Ball, Steve Coppell, Frank Clark and finally Joe Royle.


Royle had been unable to save us in the final stages of the 1997/98 campaign as we finished third from bottom and went down alongside Stoke and Reading.

The 1998/99, the first full season under former striking great Royle, offered hope and, after a shaky start, we made the Play-Offs.

After beating Wigan in the semi-finals over two legs, we faced Gillingham, who has vanquished Preston, in the showpiece at the national stadium.

City were heavy favourites against a Gills side, managed by Tony Pulis, who had never played at Wembley before.

But at 2-0 down late on, all looked lost but goals from Kevin Horlock and Paul Dickov turned the game on its head and Nicky Weaver was the penalty hero in the shoot-out as City earned promotion back to Division One as we charted a course back to the big time.

CITY+ subscribers can watch the full game, including extra-time and penalties, in the video player above.