Category archives: City Chat

Gone, going & going nowhere – resurgent City are on the way back

It was ‘all go’ at the Etihad Stadium – Super Frankie Lampard was going west, ‘Jimmy’ Milner was going east (down the East Lancs Road to be precise) and, quite astonishingly, Yaya Toure was going nowhere! With the Runners-up slot safely secured for the second time in three seasons, Manchester City were going for a sixth win on the spin, a clean sheet so Joe Hart could grab another Golden […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

City can’t be ignored – especially with two ‘Elephants in the room’

Having an ‘Elephant in the room’ would usually mean an incredibly awkward situation, a source of embarrassment that is simply taboo or one that could trigger an argument. The metaphorical idiom refers to an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed, a major problem or risk that no one wants to discuss…so surely having TWO elephants in the room would spell double trouble for Manuel Pellegrini – wouldn’t it? […]

Mind the gap...

Space was the ‘Final Frontier’ for Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise as they vowed to ‘boldly go where no man has gone before…’ The cult science fiction TV series of the late 1960s and early 70’s swept all before it and now, here in 2015, another Captain whose surname begins with ‘K’ has some spatial issues to address, if he wishes to enter previously […]

Pride In Travel - Sky blue heavenly reading

As Manchester City’s travelling support gear up for a third instalment of Champions League déjà vu and another trip to the Nou Camp, one man has been broadening his sky blue horizons… way beyond Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow and Barcelona. Whereas so many of City’s away fans feel a certain sense of disappointment that 75% of this season’s European excursions have turned out to be a ‘been there – got […]

The stuff of Manchester City legends...

Legend n 1 traditional story or myth, 2 famous person or event, 3 stories about such a person The Oxford Dictionary defines the word legend as all of the above, and Manchester City have succeeded in providing a perfect blend of the three definitions with a new and enthralling insight into the club’s past, present and future. City have taken giant strides on the pitch in recent times capturing Premier […]