Clive Allen has fond memories of his part in Manchester City's most successful spell of recent years.
In what was only one of two clubs outside London, Clive rattled home 16 goals in 31 league starts as City twice finished fifth place in the old First Division.
He was at Maine Road between 1989-1991 before moving back to the capital and West Ham.
He reflected: "I came back from my spell at Bordeaux in France to Manchester City in the top flight.
"Mel Machin took me to City and then Howard Kendall took over. He led us to fifth in my first season back, Peter Reid followed from there.I think we had what must be City's most successful period in many years.
"I was there nearly three years and in two we finished fifth in the First Division, as it was. I had a good time, really enjoyed it there.
"It was the first time I'd been out of London in England and I have fond memories of my time there. The support have to take great credit for supporting them through thick and thin.
"At that time the club was being rebuilt and there were a lot of financial problems that they've now overcome and they've gone from strength to strength.
"They have a fabulous new ground, spent a lot of money and amassed a lot of talent.
"It is a massive football club with a fervent support and I think it will be an incredible cup tie and one, with the confidence at the club at the moment, that we are capable of winning."