On this September 12 date exactly 50 years ago today, Linfield played our final game ahead of the huge European Cup Winners Cup first round, first leg tie 4 days later against the reigning cup holders, Manchester City at their Maine Rd home.
The game on this date 50 years ago today was far from ideal preparation for the daunting task that lay ahead, as Linfield went down 5-0 at home to Ballymena United in an Ulster Cup game at Windsor Park.
The Linfield team line up was - Humphreys, Fraser, Patterson, Sinclair, McAllister, Bowyer, Hamilton, Magee, Millen, Scott (McAteer) and Cathcart.
In spite of this reverse, Linfield were to perform heroically in Manchester a few days later.
Linfield had won the 8 previous Ulster Cup games and were to win 9 in total out of the 11 games to win the competition which kick started the domestic season.