Category archives: City Chat

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 […]

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 […]