Author archives: David Walker

Guardiola’s Groundhog Day

Pre-match it was puzzling and potentially perplexing. City’s starting XI suggested an uncharacteristically cautious – almost negative – approach from the Catalan genius. Whatever misgivings soon gave way to the usual sentiments of ‘In Pep We Trust’. As fans and mere mortals, who were we to question the thinking of the club’s most successful manager? Post match it was painful and, with the benefit of hindsight, predictable that a master […]

Adios El Mago - City's finest

Jordan Henderson winning the Footballer of the Year Award makes it all the more staggering, outrageous, pathetic – at this point you can choose your own adjectives – that David Silva has won next to no personal awards in his decade in the Premier League. It isn’t intended as a pop at the Liverpool captain’s achievement – as subjective as it is since it’s voted on by football ‘journalists’, the […]

Manchester City deserve a level playing field...don't they?

The polarization of Manchester City hit new heights and plumbed unchartered depths following the club’s win at the Court of Arbitration for Sport – CAS – and the overturning of the two year Champions League ban imposed by UEFA. At one end of the spectrum you’ll find words such as ‘totally exonerated’, ‘innocent’ and ‘vindicated’ – at the other, you have ‘got away with it’, ‘technically guilty’ and ‘pyrrhic victory’. […]

It might be football…but not as we know it

English football’s so-called ‘leaders’ are desperate to complete the 2019/20 season behind closed doors – irrespective of the Coronavirus – but at what cost? As far as the likes of Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke are concerned, that cost is measurable by one overriding factor – avoiding the risk of repaying hundreds of millions of pounds to broadcasters, including Sky, BT and Qatar-based, […]

City’s actions speak louder than poisonous prose and a malicious media

This brief article is not about any kind of pathetic, petty point scoring. It’s just a few hundred words about perspective and priorities, as the Coronavirus sweeps across the face of the earth, squeezing the life out of thousands upon thousands of victims. As the pandemic gathers pace we’re all having to adjust to a ‘new normal’ in our daily routines. Football, like many aspects of our lives, has to […]

Watch it. Drink it in…and then spit it in the faces of the City haters

“I swear you’ll never see anything like this ever again, so watch it, drink it in…” Every Manchester City fan will readily identify with those words, taken from an iconic moment in football history, arguably – no, indisputably – THE best ever for a City supporter. Martin Tyler’s commentary is etched indelibly into football folklore. Incredible, unbelievable beyond their wildest imaginings – 93:20 AGUEROOOO – City grabbed the title on […]

City lost but nobody died at the Etihad

The legendary Bill Shankly is accredited as saying: “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it’s much more serious than that.” Whether his words were ironic or sincere, it’s still a great quote from the ex-Liverpool manager but, either way, they don’t stack up in reality. When Anthony Martial put Manchester United 2-0 up against Manchester City […]

Don’t look back in anger – sometimes it’s easier said than done…

Noel Gallagher created it, Oasis conquered the world with it and Manchester City’s long suffering, but always resilient, supporters adopted and adapted it! Don’t Look Back in Anger is one of the most incredible and enduring rock ‘anthems’ of modern times and now, 23 years after it hit the Number One slot, it’s the title of a book written by City fans for City fans. The description ‘by the fans […]

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 […]