On This Day in Football History - 30 August: De Bruyne Joins City, Lewandowski Enters the Fray, Man Utd Run Riot

Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne joined City in 2015 | Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Remember the football season? You know, the actual football season when everything normally takes place, instead of over the summer?

Yeah, well, it's back bay-bee!

Even if it's all a bit unusual, we're about to get back in the football groove with games left, right and centre. By this point in the calendar, we'd usually be several fixture rounds deep.

Let's see what happened in years gone by, shall we?

That's right, it's On This Day in Football History time.

Manchester United Hit Five Past Newcastle (1999)

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Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke were some partnership | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Andy Cole was in fine form back in the 1999/00 season, extending Manchester United's unbeaten run in the Premier League with an absolute demolition of Newcastle at Old Trafford.

The former Magpie hit four goals past his previous employers in a comprehensive win, one that Steve Clarke would rather forget. Clarke was put in charge following the sacking of Ruud Gullit two days prior, with the Scot's maiden fixture in charge going, well, pretty terribly.

Going into the second half with the scores level at 1-1, Cole turned on the style with a second half hat-trick to take his tally on the day up to four, with Ryan Giggs rounding the win off.

Sir Bobby Robson was appointed three days later.

Sir Bobby Robson Is Sacked as Newcastle Manager (2004)

Tyneside bid farewell to a legend of the game on this day 16 years ago, as Robson was relieved of his duties as Newcastle boss four matches into the 2004/05 Premier League season.

His five-year tenure at St James' Park saw the club rescued from potential relegation, before leading the side into the Champions League. They were eliminated in the second group stage in the 2002/03 season, enjoying memorable victories over Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus, Dynamo Kiev and Feyenoord in the process.

Robson left the club in 16th place after acquiring just two points from their opening four league matches, eventually being replaced by Graeme Souness.

Spectator Plucked From Crowd Scores Winner in Scottish International Fixture (2012)

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From spectator to scorer in a matter of minutes | WOLFGANG RATTAY/Getty Images

Yes, the above is not an extensive list of typos. This actually happened.

20-year-old Sarah Crilly was watching on from the stands as Scotland took on Norway in a friendly, but with a string of injuries before and during the game, the Scots became low on numbers. So low, in fact, that they got desperate.

Receiving permission from the referee given the circumstances, Crilly (a midfielder for Hamiliton Academical at the time) was summoned to the dressing room with ten minutes to go, handed a pair of boots two sizes too big - using three pairs of socks to make them fit - and scored a last-gasp equaliser.

Some day out.

Bayern Beat Chelsea to Lift UEFA Super Cup (2013)

Winners of the Champions League, Bayern, took on winners of the Europa League, Chelsea at the Eden Arena in Prague to contest the 2013 Super Cup.

Fernando Torres handed the Blues the perfect start after eight minutes, but they were pegged back by Franck Ribery's leveler just after half time. No further goals in normal time saw the game extended for a further 30 minutes, but it only took Eden Hazard three to put Chelsea back in front.

Jose Mourinho's men were seconds away from victory, only to be denied by Javi Martinez's 121st minute equaliser. Romelu Lukaku missed the only penalty of the shootout - the first Super Cup to reach that stage - handing Die Roten victory under Pep Guardiola.

Robert Lewandowski Scores First of 246 Bayern Munich Goals (2014)

The day it all began.

An away trip at Schalke 04 in 2014 was the beginning of a rather glorious partnership between man and club. A neat give-and-go with Sebastian Rode set Robert Lewandowski up for his first goal in Bayern colours, the first of whopping 246 he's scored... so far.

That game also marked the debut of Xabi Alonso with the Bavarians, playing just one day after he put pen to paper on a contract after leaving Real Madrid.

Kevin De Bruyne Joins Manchester City (2015)

Colossal Chelsea flop Kevin De Bruyne became Manchester City's club record signing when he put pen to paper five years ago, agreeing to a six-year contract worth a whopping £55m.

A heavy summer of spending also saw the Citizens bring in Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Nicolas Otamendi, although it was the addition of the Belgian which has proven to be the most fruitful.

55 goals, 89 assists, two Premier League titles, four Carabao Cup trophies and an FA Cup later, he's done alright.

Now widely considered the finest midfielder in world football, it's fair to say it was money well spent.