Category archives: City Chat

Man City fan fights for freedom in Freetown

Corrupt, incorrect or just plain incompetent – there’s something decidedly not right with what appears to be a judicial witch hunt against a prominent Manchester City supporter in Sierra Leone. Ongoing criminal proceedings against City fan Armani Sheku Kamara through the courts of the impoverished African country, means Read But Never Red has to tread carefully when reporting what appears to be a miscarriage of justice just waiting to happen. […]

MCFC ‘Teenage Kicks’ from ‘86

They’d grown older, perhaps more weary but they were most definitely remembered, and with great affection and more than a hint of nostalgia.‘They’ were the class of 1986, the young bucks under the tutelage of an old ‘Book’ who had shone through during some of Manchester City’s darker days – they were the FA Youth Cup winning team, who’d delivered silverware to Maine Road in a unique fashion. At a […]

Why blog in a world of keyboard warriors?

Read But Never Red has won through to the Finals of the National Blogging Awards 2013. It is the only Manchester City blog in the Best #Male category and faces stern competition from bigger, more established blogs, from both Manchester United & Arsenal. This article seeks to understand why anyone would want to spend time writing a football blog, irrespective of whether they be Blues, Reds, Whites, Stripes, Hoops you […]

MCFC youth talent burned bright...with no money in sight!

As the modern day multi-millionaires of Manchester City hang their heads in shame after the dim showing at Sunderland, the bright lights of a spendthrift bygone City age will power up the wattage and celebrate a success of 27 years past. Relegation was no stranger to City during the 1980s as the club yo-yoed between the top two tiers of English football. Financial self destruction, an alarming capacity to snatch defeat from […]

Motivations & malice at Manchester City

It used to be that a good education was built on a foundation of ‘3 Rs’ – reading, writing and arithmetic. Fast forward to the contemporary world of social media and the everyday lot of the football blogger and an intriguing trio of ‘Ms’  confront every aspiring scribe each time he – or she – addresses their keyboard. Football writing used to be the exclusive domain of the sports journalist […]

Manchester City have no history...oh really?

‘You don’t have any history…’ is one of the most ‘popular’ taunts  levelled  at Manchester City since Sheikh Mansour took control  in 2008. It’s a ridiculous criticism spat out by illogical, bone-headed, super shallow individuals who support City’s rivals – an assertion based on a dual foundation of pride in their own club’s past achievements, but more significantly, a fear of City’s future achievements. The Oxford English Dictionary defines HISTORY […]

Fortifying the future at Fortress Etihad

Manchester City’s transformation into one of Europe’s biggest and most prestigious clubs continues with the Etihad set to become the second largest stadium in the Premier League. A public consultation exercise showing proposals to expand the present 48,000 capacity to beyond 60,000, concluded yesterday, with City set to reveal their preferred option next week. The comprehensive approach by the club has sought to address a host of topics, not least, […]

City’s South American conundrum

Literally as close as A to B, sharing a tiny border crossing and producing world class footballers, Argentina and Brazil have a profound influence on the fortunes – or misfortunes – of Manchester City. Like chalk and cheese, City’s Argentine imports have generally been A+ achievers whereas the Boys from Brazil have struggled to hit the dizzy heights of a B-minus, more often than not amounting to nothing more than […]

Cheeky Chappy!

Ask any Manchester City fan the highlight of the past 20 years and virtually 99% would say the Aguerooooooooo moment, when Sergio so memorably made City the Champions of England after 44 barren years. But, if you ask Les Chapman, City’s Kit Manager you’ll get a heartfelt response from a man more readily renowned for being the club’s joker in the pack, with his trademark perennial smile. “It has to […]

Team GB will always be a golden hero

Gareth Barry’s reluctant departure from Manchester City was confirmed with just minutes remaining before the transfer window slammed shut last night. Having revealed to Read But Never Red last week that he was leaving the Etihad for Everton after four very successful seasons, Gareth’s Goodison move finally came through as the Toffees chewed up the deadline day headlines. City’s midfield general will be joining Wigan’s James McCarthy and Chelsea’s Romalu […]