Category archives: City Chat

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 […]

Up close & personal at the Etihad

A walk in the park led to within inches of the hallowed Etihad turf as a fluke of good fortune befell two Manchester City fanatics and a beautiful bitch called Mollie Zaba! The chance encounter between MCFC Business Development Executive, David Smith and the husband and wife City supporters – 100 miles south of Manchester – brought them that little bit closer to the team they love, and the characters […]

Stefan swaps United for City...in a fashion

Stefan Haynes-Jones is the heartbeat of the United defence, but like most of us he dreams of wearing the sky blue of Manchester City and taking to the field on a Premier League match day. Unlike most of us, 10-year old Stefan has done just that, after winning a Manchester City Junior Cityzens competition to be the club’s official mascot, away to Arsenal earlier this month. He swapped his usual […]

City fans back legal battle against UEFA Financial Fair Play

Blue-sky thinking relates to creative ideas that are not limited by convention or current beliefs, facilitating the stripping away of barriers, overcoming obstacles and confounding conformity. It’s a derivation on a theme, but Sky-blue thinking is not a million miles removed when addressing the vagaries and rank injustice perpetrated by the ridiculously titled UEFA Financial Fair Play rules. If ever there was a contradiction in terms FFP is it. It’s […]

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 […]