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Friday 06 September 2013

On this day in 2002: Schmeichel seals Man City switch

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a Great Dane joining the blue half of Manchester

  • Schmeichel was signed by Kevin Keegan who hailed his 'tremendous presence'

  • The 'Great Dane' helps Man City beat his former club at Maine Road

  • Schmeichel maintained his unbeaten record in Manchester derbies

  • The five-time title-winner on his final Barclays Premeir League appearance

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 6 September 2002 - Peter Schmeichel makes City switch

Manchester City swooped for a former rival by signing ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel from Aston Villa.

"He has a winning mentality and you cannot have enough of them around the club"
Kevin Keegan

The 38-year-old Dane agreed a one-year deal with the Citizens after manager Kevin Keegan learned that Graham Taylor had opted not to renew the goalkeeper's contract.

"He is a tremendous presence," said Keegan. "I think the two goalkeepers we have here at the moment, Carlo Nash and Nicky Weaver, and the two youngsters we have are excellent. But they all know that they can learn something from him. He has a winning mentality and you cannot have enough of them around the club."

Schmeichel arrived on a free contract after making 29 top-flight appearances in his one season at Villa Park, helping them finish eighth in the table and even becoming the first goalkeeper to score a goal in the Barclays Premier League, during a 3-2 defeat at Everton.

Schmeichel, who spent eight successful seasons at neighbouring Manchester United between 1992 and 1999, winning the Barclays Premier League title on five occasions as well as three FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League, made 29 appearances for City in his final season in the English top-flight.

Not only did he help City finish in ninth place and qualify for the UEFA Cup but he maintained his impressive record of remaining undefeated in Manchester derbies. With Schmeichel between the posts City sealed a memorable 3-1 victory over United at Maine Road and held Sir Alex Ferguson's side to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Schmeichel hung up his gloves after making his final and 320th Barclays Premier League appearance against Southampton on 11 May 2003.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when a 38-year-old Danish goalkeeper opted to join Manchester United's cross-city rivals