Manchester City Premier League preview 2014/15

Three days and counting. After the supposed pinnacle of world football has passed by this summer with just a restrained flicker of personal interest, the real thing is once again upon us. The World Cup is about patriotism and over-eulogistic pundits, corruption, play-acting and, in the end… victory through German proficiency. The Premier League replaces patriotism with history, eulogy with reality, corruption and play-acting with fairness and passion and, in the end… another Manchester City victory. If only all of that were true. Continue reading

Moyes, Fergie and United’s so-called philosophy

The simple fact is, Moyes was out of his depth. A decent manager, a nice enough bloke, but the ‘transitional phase’ excuse was really no excuse at all for what were such lacklustre performances. Other managers brought in a year ago (Pellegrini and Martinez for example) have been busy building their own teams, but none have had such a catastrophically negative effect as Moyes. As for Manchester United’s so called philosophy…

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The times they are a-changin’. Oh yes, it’s a bit good being a Manchester City fan at the moment, dare I say it’s never been so good. Talk of the quadruple has been making headlines, and whilst the days of ‘typical City’ are long gone, my hopes and wishes are still restricted to one trophy this year – the Premier League – I’d settle for that even with a defeat in the Capital One Final. Dreaming of four is just folly. We do seem a little invincible at the moment though with the ‘we’ll score more than you’ philosophy working rather well, proven again today when we gave plucky Watford a two goal half-time lead in the FA Cup. Whilst I’d like to go on about City’s attacking delights I must stop there. I wanted to write about our ‘noisy neighbours’…

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As much as I’m enjoying watching City play this…

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Moyes, Fergie and United’s so-called philosophy

The times they are a-changin’. Oh yes, it’s a bit good being a Manchester City fan at the moment, dare I say it’s never been so good. Talk of the quadruple has been making headlines, and whilst the days of ‘typical City’ are long gone, my hopes and wishes are still restricted to one trophy this year – the Premier League – I’d settle for that even with a defeat in the Capital One Final. Dreaming of four is just folly. We do seem a little invincible at the moment though with the ‘we’ll score more than you’ philosophy working rather well, proven again today when we gave plucky Watford a two goal half-time lead in the FA Cup. Whilst I’d like to go on about City’s attacking delights I must stop there. I wanted to write about our ‘noisy neighbours’… Continue reading

‘Yid Army’ and the race-hate debate

Several decades ago when racism wasn’t just rife, it was accepted as normal and served up as part of the Saturday night family entertainment TV package, the term ‘Yids’ – a race-hate term used against Jews – was adopted by the supporters of Tottenham Hotspur FC. Why? Well, as part of the ‘banter’ (abuse) thrown between fans at the time, opposing fans, London clubs mainly, would use the term against Spurs supporters whose fanbase has historically strong roots within the Jewish community (a rough estimate is that 5% of Spurs fans are Jewish). In retaliation to this Spurs fans became the ‘Yid Army’, using the term as a ‘defence mechanism’ and to unite their fans, mocking those who used it against them. Continue reading

Manchester City Premier League preview 2013/14

In many ways football is like popular music – it was at its best in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It has become an increasingly frustrating sport to follow, full of cheats, play-actors and money-grabbers, not to mention a corrupt governing body. But hey, there’s still plenty to love as players return with their topped-up tans, fresh ink and trend-setting hairdos to inspire a generation. But, as mediocre as our national team are, our Premier League is the most exciting and most watched in the world. Why? Hmm… money mainly. There are no wealthier owners than EPL owners, and we (for Manchester City have belonged to me since 1973) certainly have our fair share of reddies. For those who don’t know about our esteemed royal financiers, here’s some iffy wiki words about them. Continue reading

Grazie Mancini, bienvenida Pellegrini

I first started supporting Manchester City in 1973 when I was 7 years old. Why? Honestly? I liked the colour of the kit, my dad supported Liverpool, my brother, Leeds, and I already had the awareness and common sense not to support Manchester United. During the 1970s everything about the club oozed quality – the support, the manager, the stadium and the players. I became an official ‘Junior Blue’ and my framed certificate still follows me to this day. My favourite player? As a kid in the park or playground I was Peter Barnes, although in reality I was more of a Glenn Hoddle. Town team captain, me. Continue reading

Thanks for the memories, Mario

So, Mario Balotelli is no longer a Manchester City player. Since his arrival in England in August 2010 ‘Super Mario’ has become a cult figure, displaying with aplomb all the attributes required to enable a modern day footballer to acquire such a tag. Now, I’ve been a City fan since becoming a Junior Blue in 1973, so have been watching with great interest the media infatuation with the now AC Milan player. I guess I’d better have a reason for writing this particular blog, other than it just being topical and about Manchester City, so let’s make it about this: Am I glad that Mario Balotelli is no longer a Manchester City player? Continue reading

Ricky Hatton – No fit state

Boxing comebacks, more often than not, are destined to fail, usually due to one of two things; the boxer is either no longer good enough or he is simply doing it for the money. However, when former two-time Champion Ricky Hatton announced his comeback on 14 September, a whole range of factors could have been cited. Three and a half years of battling against alcohol and drug addiction, family and relationship torment plus a fear of being a ‘failure’ have eaten away at him, culminating into a deep, life-threatening depression. Continue reading

Chelsea fail and Benitez cannot win

So I’ve just watched my team draw 1-1 with Real Madrid, a result which sees us drop out of the Champions League at the group stage for the second successive season. Manchester City have spent £875 billion on new players since the Abu Dhabi Group raided the loose change in their piggy bank in 2008. Surely we should be winning the Champions League by now. This is just not good enough. Sack Mancini now. Sack the board now. Bring back Maine Road. Alan Ball for manager. Continue reading