Category archives: City Chat

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 […]

It's up to you now...Special Agent GB

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s cunning plan to finally see the sky blues snare six points from age old nemesis Everton, in a single season, swung into action late last night. The Chilean supremo launched a dramatic covert operation placing one of his key men behind enemy lines, as Special Agent GB was dropped into an unsuspecting Goodison Park. Pellegrini has craftily concealed his intentions in recent days by praising […]

Monday night tribute to City legend Bert

A capacity Etihad Stadium crowd will be salivating with eager anticipation when Manchester City kick-off their 2013/14 campaign against Newcastle United on Monday night. Expectations are justifiably high, but before the 45,000 or so home fans begin their appreciation of the likes of new boys, Fernandinho, Jovetic, Navas and Negredo they will reflect on the contribution of one of City’s first ever foreign imports – the truly unique and now […]

Well...would you trust your MP?

Who do we tend to distrust the most in life? Used car salesmen, estate agents, politicians…? During times of economic hardship, pay freezes and bleak employment prospects you would expect the democratically elected members of Parliament (MPs) to lead by example – the powerbrokers of Westminster to let their actions rather than their words do the talking – so what do they do – they recommend awarding themselves an inflation […]

GETTING A KICK FROM CUP SUCCESS – YOUNG BLUE & TRUE

It was 1986 – 10 years had elapsed since Manchester City had last landed any significant silverware. Little did the Sky Blue faithful know that their beloved City – having endured a trophy-less decade- still had another quarter-of-a-century of their 35-year sentence to serve, before their heroes were once again to sit down and feast at English football’s top table. When a Roberto Mancini led galaxy of stars, drawn from […]