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City swansong on Golden Pond

Automatic Champions League qualification secured, highest scorers and best goal difference in the division, five consecutive wins, a shoe-in for the Golden Boot Award and the Golden Glove within grasp… Manchester City are clearly a club in meltdown! Yes, City have missed out this season on the trophies that really matter, but does anyone really believe that Sheikh Mansour is going to allow his quest for football’s Holy Grail to […]

Manchester MP set to retain seat

A surge of blue swept to power taking political pollsters by surprise in last week’s General Election. Nobody saw it coming and now, another incumbent MP with a sky blue hue, is set to confound the pundits by hanging onto his seat in his Manchester marginal constituency. After months of speculation, berating from critics and trailing in the popularity stakes, it’s looking increasingly likely that Manuel Pellegrini will continue into […]

Happy Birthday to Ya...Happy Birthday to Ya...Yaya Toure!

EXCLUSIVE… It’s a case of once bitten, twice shy for cake-maker extraordinaire Lisa Smith, as she bids to make Yaya Toure’s 32nd birthday that little bit tastier. Lisa, a lifelong Manchester City fan, wasn’t leaving anything to chance after last year’s ‘CakeGate’ shenanigans – so she baked an exquisite two-and-a-half-foot high creation for the giant Ivorian. The six-tiered cake, expertly covered in sky blue and white fondant icing, comes complete […]

Same time, same place but no sense of déjà vu - Man City v QPR

Two years and 362 days ago Queen’s Park Rangers came to the Etihad Stadium, desperately seeking a result to dig themselves out of the relegation mire. Their hosts just needed to win to ensure their first ever Premier League crown and be acclaimed as Champions of England after a 44-year wait. Three years on, and both Manchester City and QPR would happily embrace the circumstances that prevailed on May 13th, […]

Never in doubt...AGUUEERRRRRRRRROOO

As Queen’s Park Rangers return to the Etihad Stadium almost three years to the day of Manchester City’s finest hour, Read But Never Red has raided the vaults to dust off the original match report from that fateful, lucky 13th day of May back in 2012. Read it ‘drink it in’…and refresh those wonderful memories. City, circa 2015, need to rediscover their thirst for glory, first by clinching this year’s runners-up […]

Terry grabs silver but Sergio is all gold - Spurs 0 Man City 1

The Sergio Show came to the capital in search of gold rather than silver…and duly gave Spurs the order of the boot. City’s Argentine super striker proved, once again, to be Tottenham’s nemesis, showing the Londoner’s defence a clean pair of heels as he sealed City’s 1-0 win – the now dethroned Champion’s eighth victory in their last nine league encounters with the not-so-hot Spurs. In one exquisite move from […]

13 days, 6 points, 5 goals & 2 places up help ease City’s pain

Realistically, Manchester City remain as Champions of England for another 48 hours or, at best, until next Sunday afternoon when the ribbons on the Premier League trophy will go a deeper shade of blue. In truth City surrendered the title to Chelsea with three abhorrent away losses at Liverpool, Burnley and Crystal Palace, prior to the derby day horror show at Old Trafford. A tidal wave of disappointment and under […]

City are all out of GAS - Man Utd 4 Man City 2

There once lived a very clever man who was nicknamed the Engineer. His real name was Manuel and he made ‘machines’ – but not just any old machines – Manuel’s machines won cups and were acclaimed as Champions. He was a scholar and a gentleman. He travelled to different continents and often he created machines where the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. He forged a good […]

Beat the Reds and City can still give Chelsea the blues! Man Utd v Man City

As Manchester City target a fourth consecutive derby day victory at Old Trafford this Sunday they could yet beat Chelsea to coveted silverware this season. After 6-1, 2-1 and 3-0 wins over Manure at The Swamp, City know that doing the league double over their despised foe will just about represent the highlight of a bewilderingly disappointing season. Sadly for Manuel Pellegrini and his underachieving squad, the only way City […]

Milestones, mishaps & 'miracles' - Man City 3 WBA 0

There was something distinctly surreal about City’s routine seasonal home win over the not-so ‘Boing Boing Baggies’. The dreaded lunchtime kick-off and the aftermath of Wednesday night’s humbling in Barcelona, meant this was always going to be an understated affair…but still, it managed to produce its fair share of shocks and surprises. A sending off with 89 seconds of kick-off is unusual, even more so when it’s the wrong player being shown […]

Brendan to City - ‘Rodger’ that!

Manuel Pellegrini can look like a dead man walking at times with his cheekbones increasingly sunken, frown lines ever more prominent and pinkish hue encompassing his piercing blue eyes. That, though, is part and parcel of the job, albeit the unflustered Chilean claims not to feel the pressure that accompanies high octane football management. You do not accept invitations from Arab Sheikhs to be the public face of one of […]

Will it be bye-bye to any of City's new buys?

The white flag of surrender hasn’t yet replaced the proud crest of Premier League Champions that flutters above the Etihad Stadium, but it can surely only be a matter of time. As a season that promised so much descends into an anxious final few weeks to cling onto an automatic Champions League qualification slot, Manuel Pellegrini is left casting around for any positives from a wholly underwhelming campaign. City’s abysmal 1-0 […]