Manchester City should not celebrate just yet. Neither of the previous teams to win 14 straight games went on to lift the title

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog

When Manchester City beat Swansea 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium last week, they booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals. They also became record breakers into the bargain. It was their 15th straight win, a record for a top-flight club, and one that took them past the previous mark of 14 consecutive wins, which was set by Preston in the 1891-92 season and then equalled by Arsenal in 1987-88.

Surprisingly, neither Preston nor Arsenal won a trophy in their record seasons. Preston were pipped to the league title by a remarkable Sunderland team who won all of their home matches and did not draw a game all season. And, 95 years later, Arsenal, who promised so much when they went on their 14-game winning run in the autumn of 1987, had to settle for a sixth-place finish in the league and a set of losers’ medals at the League Cup final.

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