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Dragoslav Stepanovic - Manchester City FC - Biography 1979/80-1980/81

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 06 October 1979

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      Left Back
      Monday, 30 August 1948
      Rekovac, Yugoslavia
  • Manchester City FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 18th August 1979 in a 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace (Aged: 30)
    • Club Career
      14 League apps (+1 as sub)

Dragoslav STEPANOVIC - Manchester City FC - Biography 1979/80-1980/81

When City's 1979/80 season commenced with a goalless home draw with Crystal Palace on August 18th, the side contained four players making their first team debuts. These were the homegrown Tommy Caton and new signings Steve MacKenzie, Michael Robinson and Dragoslav Stepanovic. The Yugoslav left-back was the subject of a £140, 000 signing from German side Wormatia Worms four days before the start of the season, and came with considerable experience of European football and the small matter of 44 international caps. He played in the opening ten (four wins, four defeats and two draws) games of what proved to be a difficult and stuttering season, one that saw Malcolm Allison's sweeping changes and City finish 17th. Three more League games followed at the end of November (one win and two more defeats) before a combination of Willie Donachie, Paul Power and Nicky Reid took possession of the number three shirt. Stepanovic was a calm, cultured player but one who always seemed to struggle with the faster pace of the English game and would make just one more senior appearance in the 1980/81 season. That too proved less than successful as newly-promoted Sunderland left Maine Road with both points courtesy of an easy 4-0 win in only the second game. He played the majority of games for City's Central League side in the remainder of his time spent with the club and was eventually released by Bond in July 1981. His brief City career consisted of 18/1 League and Cup games and he returned to the Bundesliga and Wormatia Worms where he'd eventually become coach. (Ian Penney - author of The Legends of Manchester City)