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When it comes to cheating you have to hand it to VAR

Pyrotechnics, blaring music, and boundless optimism was in abundance at the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City set out on their ‘home’ campaign to win a third consecutive Premier League title. By the conclusion of an incredibly controversial game, we had ‘fireworks’, a crescendo of boos and a storm of cynicism enveloping the home of the Champions of English football. City had faced up to a force – an ‘opponent’ […]

Getting to grips with the fabric of Manchester City, Floyd Mayweather Jr & Lewis Hamilton

When Madonna sang about, ‘Living in a material world…’ way back in 1984, she obviously didn’t have Autograph Art in mind. But, as far as the Manchester-based sports memorabilia company are concerned, the ‘Queen of Pop’ was ahead of her time and inadvertently on song, with their new and exciting ‘material’ concept. Widely acknowledged as being among the country’s elite suppliers and specialist framers of items from the worlds of […]

Why City are once again the favourites of 'neutral' fans

It’s an alien concept to a whole generation of Manchester City supporters to think City were once – by and large – the nation’s favourite ‘second team’, the one for which opposition fans had a bit of a ‘soft spot’. It stemmed from always being in the shadow of the loathed neighbours from Trafford Borough. City were the antithesis of Fergie’s arrogant, big spenders who dominated English football. The levels […]

Ravenous City put Premier League three-peat on the menu

‘Have the lambs stopped screaming?’ It’s a chilling line delivered by serial killer Hannibal ‘The Cannibal’ Lecter in the famous 1991 Hollywood thriller, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’. Fast forward 28 years and a similar question could be asked of the red Merseyside-dominated media mafia, ‘Have the Scousers stopped bleating?’ In the way that Sir Anthony Hopkins’ human flesh-eating character would skin, butcher and devour his victims, Pep Guardiola’s back-to-back […]

Quadruple push is just the ticket for City fans

It’s quite bizarre how the self righteous, downright envious supporters, of City’s rivals have perversely sought the moral high ground in relation to the Sky Blues travelling support at Wembley today. Yes, it’s more than likely City have not sold their full allocation of tickets when they face Brighton in the FA Cup Semi Final. Prices range from £30-£120 at the so called ‘Home of English Football’. The game comes […]

Sterling effort to remember a Wembley winning City Blue

Until Yaya Toure hit the winner against Manchester United in the 2011 FA Cup Semi Final, my brother, John Bookbinder, was the last player to score a winning goal for Manchester City at Wembley. Until Raheem Sterling scored the winning penalty in this season’s League Cup Final against Chelsea, John Bookbinder was the last English player to score a winning goal for Manchester City at Wembley. So, as City prepare […]

City are ready to battle opponents both on and off the field

It appears to be only a matter of time before FIFA announce a transfer ban on Manchester City. Rumours abound that football’s ultra corrupt global governing body, is ready to fire the opening shots, in what appears to be a concerted campaign to damage the Abu Dhabi-owned Champions of England. Whether there’s any substance for FIFA aggression, in relation to City breaching rules on youth player recruitment, remains to be […]

City must fight till the end…and win

With Manchester City seemingly under investigation by everybody apart from fictional sleuths Inspector Clouseau, Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, there’s never been a more apt moment for the Sky Blues to apply their modern day mantra of ‘Fight Till The End’. For the conspiracy theorists who believe everybody is ‘out to get City’, it won’t come as any great surprise that the world and his wife have suddenly emerged from the […]

Top quality Manchester City signings

After three wins and a draw from Manchester City’s opening games, Pep Guardiola is, quite rightly, not phased that his all conquering Centurions are ‘languishing’ in fourth place in the Premier League. Unbeaten and unbothered, City’s Catalan genius, said the season doesn’t ‘get going properly’ until after the first international break of the season, with Fulham next up at the Etihad. It looks as if all of those on international […]

'It's Coming home'...but will City be 'home' for Mahrez and Jorginho?

It’s ‘Coming Home’ isn’t it? We’ll all know soon enough. It could end in tears, disappointment and recriminations on Wednesday night. It shouldn’t because England are undoubtedly better than Croatia. If all goes to plan, that pits the Three Lions up against either Belgium or France for the biggest prize in football. Who, in their right mind or wildest dreams, would ever have thought Gareth Southgate’s team would be within […]

Why City?

With Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Manchester City justifiably laying claim to being the finest ever Champions of the Premier League, it’s worth looking at why City fans are just that…City fans. In this age of social media where #footballbanter can easily and regrettably escalate into online abuse, some of the milder insults hurled in the direction of many a Manchester City fan is to label them as a ‘Plastic’ or a […]

City 3 Liverpool 0...when it comes to Premier League titles

Pep Guardiola would never compromise his principles and park the proverbial bus, but a baying mob of Scouse scum made doubly sure it was never going to be an option. The pre-match attack on City’s team coach – which rendered it non-operational – will be viewed as a victory by loutish Liverpool fans and, who’s to say, probably by many associated with Liverpool FC past and present? It certainly served […]