Category archives: City Chat

High fives as City secure the future

Manchester City begin their quest for back-to-back Premier League titles with something of a parliamentary air ringing in their ears. The slogan ‘5 more years’ is the ever popular mantra when a UK Government is seeking a second term in office. The 60 month tenure is all the rage on the sky blue side of Manchester this week, as one by one, City’s superstars sign up to sustain & enhance […]

Wembley tribute for ‘Gentleman Joe’

If Manchester City’s greatest ever manager were still with us we’d be celebrating his 100th birthday this Saturday. Sadly, Joe Mercer died on August 9th, 1990, ironically the same date as he had entered the world, 76 years earlier. Joe was the embodiment of everything and anything good about football and it’s befitting of his memory that the two clubs he served with the most distinction, throughout a glittering playing […]

Let's be Frank...

When David Villa and Frank Lampard signed up for New York City there was always a sneaking suspicion that one, or both, could find themselves wearing the sky blue of Manchester City, before heading off to the Big Apple. Villa fresh from Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title would have slipped in effortlessly with Manuel Pellegrini’s style, and would have been reunited with David Silva, his Spanish international and ex-Valencia team […]

City’s domestic dilemma

Manchester City’s defence of their second Premier League title in three years is hampered by two great lengths of red tape – the dubious Financial Fair Play regulations and the eminently more laudable ruling on ‘home-grown’ players. The hypocrisy, corrupt practices and self serving sentiments of FFP have been well documented, as has the fact that if City are to comply with their FFP punishment, their net transfer spending is […]

Le Grand Départ – will Yaya be on his bike this summer?

As the 101st Tour de France arrives in Yorkshire, there’s consternation on the other side of the Pennines that Manchester City’s very own ‘Toure de Force’ could yet be peddling his talents on the other side of the Channel when the new season kicks off. City’s Ivorian colossus, Yaya, and his notorious representative Dmitri Seluk, have seemingly been orchestrating a media campaign to help engineer a money-spinning move away from […]

Fatuous fraud Platini – FFP!

UEFA bureaucrats – the money men who regulate European football and, fair to say, a right set of continental bankers – have battered the newly crowned Champions of England into submission…or have they? At first glance Manchester City have incurred the wrath of the despot Michel Platini and had their backside spanked. Much to the delight of the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid, even those Euro competition non-starters […]

Paranoia...or are the pundits really out to 'get' City?

Football is a game all about opinions, or so we’re told.  It’s argued that if you take away the controversy surrounding the flashpoints – the penalty appeal, the handball, the diving – you rip the heart out of the most popular team sport on the planet. In an age of wall-to-wall football coverage, where social media gives everybody a chance and a channel to have their views ‘heard’, there are […]

The dark unseen side of El Barca

Whether it’s breathtaking architectural masterpieces courtesy of Antoni Gaudi, a rousing pop opera song from Freddie Mercury & Montserat Caballe or Lionel Messi and the Nou Camp, Barcelona is an iconic city, revered the world over. As the capital of Catalonia it is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and sports cultural centres. It’s played host to an Olympic Games, it has a beautiful beachfront and enjoys […]

Armani code spells freedom for Mr Man City

Justice has finally prevailed for a Manchester City fan falsely accused of a crime in the impoverished African backwater of Sierra Leone. Armani Sheku Kamara – known as ‘Mr Man City’ – in the country, was the victim of maliciously trumped up charges in relation to receiving stolen goods. He made the first of almost a dozen court appearances last summer and his ordeal had dragged on for eight months, […]

City prepare to breeze in on double cup glory

It’s an ill wind that could ultimately prove beneficial for Manchester City after last night’s encounter with Sunderland turned into a stormy affair without the flashing of any red or yellow cards. With 100mph winds uprooting City’s classy programme vendor booths and generally wreaking havoc, it was completely the right decision to call off the game. However, as one of many who travelled from long distance I would question the […]