Category archives: City Chat

Clattenburg & Co living the life of Riley

Mike Riley was one of the highest profile referees of his generation. He was also one of the worst. As the boss of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) Riley has shown himself to be an even bigger pillock & failure off the field…no mean feat. He and his colleagues continue to plunge new depths of incompetence on a breathtaking scale week in and week out. Yes, being a referee […]

Fraudulent Manchester City signings!

The January transfer window remains open for a few more days, but will Manchester City splash the cash to help land silverware on four fronts…or will they wait for Pep Guardiola’s arrival, before embarking on an unprecedented summer spending spree? Manuel Pellegrini’s squad has been riddled with injuries this season, and yet they’re just three points off the top of the Premier League, one win away from a League Cup […]

Summer sizzler leaves City’s rivals in the cold

Superbia in Proelio – just about every Manchester City fan can master at least the one Latin phrase – Pride in Battle. On the basis of a sizzling summer of transfer deals, maybe City fans should add another to their bi-lingual repertoire – Professionales in Negotium – Professional in Business. While Chelsea’s Roman roubles were falling on stony ground at Goodison Park, Arsenal were restricting themselves to just one £11m […]

Emotional rollercoaster as City go for record-breaking 10/10 wins

As Manchester City go for a record-breaking 10th win on the spin against Watford this Saturday it heralds a three-day rollercoaster ride of emotions. The man who took me to my first ever City game died on August 30th, 19 years ago, I married the love of my life on August 31st, 30 years ago and the most amazing moment of all occurred on September 1st, 26 years ago, with the […]

The life of Citizen Riley

Manchester City kick off their Premier League campaign at The Hawthorns with the 2,700-strong travelling support hoping City will bounce the Boing Boing Baggies and bag three precious points. The new season sees a record 40,000+ season ticket holders at an impressively expanded Etihad Stadium, now boasting a 55,000 capacity. On the expectation of glories still to come, City’s support base continues to grow exponentially, aided by the City Group’s […]

City’s transfer window is a real pain...so far!

With the summer window open for another 50 days, it would be presumptuous to say Manchester City’s transfer strategy was intrinsically flawed – but it could certainly do with a kick start. City’s season opener away to WBA is a mere four weeks away and there’s still no tangible evidence of the ‘high quality’ signings promised by Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. The well respected and much admired Khaldoon, is not […]

Milner moved for medals…not Bosman millions – allegedly!

‘We want you to stay, we want you to stay, Jimmy Milner, we want you to stay…’ Well, that chant from the Etihad masses went down a storm, didn’t it? The truth was James Milner was never going to extend his five year contract at Manchester City – a deal, albeit a verbal agreement with Brenda’s bunch – had been in place for months, well before his move to Anfield […]

‘Good’ is judged bad & ugly by idiotic UEFA

When UEFA’s General Secretary, Gianni Infantino claimed: “We always said we want investors in football, but good investors…” it made many wonder what European football’s governing body defined as ‘good’? The bald-headed Infantino, a familiar figure at the laborious and protracted Champions League draws every August, made the bizarre proclamation as UEFA once again oozed hypocrisy, using their Financial Fair Play (FFP) to discriminate against Manchester City. Among the dictionary […]

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 […]