City’s actions speak louder than poisonous prose and a malicious media

This brief article is not about any kind of pathetic, petty point scoring. It’s just a few hundred words about perspective and priorities, as the Coronavirus sweeps across the face of the earth, squeezing the life out of thousands upon thousands of victims.

As the pandemic gathers pace we’re all having to adjust to a ‘new normal’ in our daily routines. Football, like many aspects of our lives, has to take a back seat. No, forget the back seat – football isn’t even on the bus.

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen football pale into insignificance in recent weeks as the world adapts to a new ‘normal’.

Covid19 is everybody’s new reality, with a palpable and all-pervading fear, engulfing all facets of society. It’s a time when actions will speak louder than words – just ask Jack Grealish! It’s a time when people will be judged by their new priorities during a crisis, one unprecedented in the modern age.

It’s a time of huge uncertainty, of not knowing if, how and when what is being called ‘The Invisible Killer’, can be slain.

The one thing it most shouldn’t be is a time for avarice, malice and a ‘self, self, self’ mentality – you know the kind of shitty practices of those hoarding all the bog rolls and the hand sanitizers.

When we eventually have a vaccine to rid the world of this murderous mutation, there will be those in our communities whose hands will forever remain sullied by their contemptible self-serving greed.

Sheikh Mansour is the patron of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company – ADNEC – who own London’s ExCel Centre, now converted into NHS Nightingale Hospital to treat thousands of Covid19 patients.

Those who choose malignant and ill-judged paths – instead of walking towards those in need – will be held up to the light for scrutiny. Such a damning indictment will certainly extend to the not so beautiful aspects of football, reputed to be The Beautiful Game.

As far as our club is concerned Sheikh Mansour, Abu Dhabi and City are used to being vilified by rivals and a mass media, all too happy to peddle anti-City propaganda, irrespective of the truth. Thankfully those truths will eventually be heard, but they sure as hell are not a priority in the midst of a pandemic.

City have put the Etihad Stadium at the disposal of the NHS as the country battles to cope with the Coronavirus. Other clubs have done likewise with their stadiums up and down Britain.

In the present desperate climate of the loss of lives and anxiety caused by Covid19, City is doing its part to try and help.

I offer no spin on anything other than to state:


  • Sheikh Mansour is the patron of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company ADNEC – which own the ExCel Centre in London – now the NHS Nightingale Hospital, set up to treat Covid19 patients. As far as I am aware, the NHS is not paying ExCel for the usage of the facility.
  •  City has opened its doors and made the Etihad Stadium available to the NHS for free usage during the pandemic.
  •  Pep Guardiola has given €1m to help combat the coronavirus in Spain.
  •  City has paid all of its casual workers up to what would’ve been the end of the 2019/20 season.
  •  City are ringing elderly season ticket holders to check on their well being, with staff chatting to fans who number among those most vulnerable to the corona virus.
  •  City has contributed 50% to the £100,000 donated to help food banks in Manchester.


Hopefully the club and the playing staff will step up and do more in the coming days and weeks, as we have yet to witness the worst effects of the Coronavirus.

Sheikh Mansour has invested millions of pounds in helping regenerate parts of East Manchester as part of City’s ongoing commitment to the local community. Now our Abu Dhabi owners are helping the country try and cope with the threat posed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Yes, some City fans have been vociferous on social media, complaining about direct debits being taken for the final instalments of payment for the 2019/20 season tickets. Why? This money will be refunded or deducted off the future price of matches, if fixtures are declared null and void or, alternatively, played behind closed doors.

Yes, these are difficult times, but lest we forget City offer fans these interest free 10 month instalment plans to ease the pressure on paying to see some of the finest football in the Club’s history. Until the relevant football authorities decide if the season will be played to a conclusion, everything is up in the air.

Blue leader, Pep Guardiola, donated one million Euros to the fight against Coronavirus.

Rather than criticise one aspect of the club amidst all the good, let’s take a step back to take a measure of pride in what our club has, and is, doing during this time of crisis.


By David Walker


Dedicated to Eddie Large, a Super City Blue, who passed away today – taken by the Coronvirus. A lovely and kindly man, Eddie would have us laughing back in the days when it was so much easier to cry – the days when City really were sh*t! Thanks for the laughter through the lean years and so many tears. Hope you and Big Bernard Manning are cracking a joke or two in Sky Blue Heaven, with a dream in your hearts. RIP Eddie.

Desperately sad news today as Super Blue comedian, Eddie Large, passed away with Covid19. Tears of laughter will turn to tears of anguish at the death of such a lovely man. RIP Eddie. @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu


  1. April 2, 2020  4:40 pm by Pete Reply

    I concur with all you have said. Didn't City donate food from two cancelled matches to food banks and other worthy causes in Manchester. Sad to hear about Eddie Large...wonder if he'll be allowed to warm the bench in the big games in the sky.

    Heres hoping you and yours, the City family en masse and the whole community escape the horrors at our doors. My condolences to those not so fortunate.

    My final thought let's forget petty gripes and all get behind those that need our true support at this time.

    • April 2, 2020  4:57 pm by David Walker Reply

      Couldn't agree more - this is about fighting a common foe that doesn't differentiate between any colour or creed. However, at a time when people should unite, we are still faced with petty, pathetic individuals who continue to peddle their poison. It says so much about them at a time when decent human beings want to help safeguard lives and rid the planet of this dreadful virus. Thank you.

  2. April 2, 2020  4:41 pm by Ian Barton Reply

    Excellent piece Dave hope all well with the Walker clan.
    Sadly I had my call from the club this afternoon had hoped it was asking me to get my boots but just asking if I was well, still I can still dream. Good luck to all especially fellow Blues

    • April 2, 2020  4:48 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks fella - I didn't realise you were of an age where you'd be getting the call. I'm officially older but none the wiser today as I edge ever closer to the age group where I would qualify for a call from our beloved Blues. I hope and trust you and her Ladyship are keeping out of harm's way, and that you're managing to keep all the staff on to manage the estate. Just ensure the Butler is well versed in social distancing. Cheers, always appreciate the feedback.

  3. April 2, 2020  4:42 pm by Will Reply

    So true David. Football is irrelevant at the moment but will have a big part to play in boosting the world once all this is over. There are theories aplenty about what will happen to this and next season. I have just one guilty hope and that is that Merlin stays another season so he can bow out with the acclaim he deserves.

    • April 2, 2020  4:52 pm by David Walker Reply

      Sadly I think Merlin will 'disappear' and we may be deprived of seeing him playing competitively for City ever again. That said he will surely have his testimonial send off, having completed his 10 years with City. Football pales into insignificance in the present climate but, we will one day, all have our appetites reignited for the game, once Covid19 has been vanquished. Thanks for your comments.

  4. April 2, 2020  4:46 pm by Sheila Hamnett Reply

    As one of the elderly City season card holder I can vouch for the fact that I did receive a call from a lovely young lady who chatted with me for a while and offered me assistance if I required it. As I live alone this was a great gesture and a pleasant break. Thank you City. RIP Eddie Large a lovely man. Eccles Blue 💙

    • April 2, 2020  4:53 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Sheila - keep well and stay safe - and yes it is such sad news about Eddie.

  5. April 2, 2020  4:59 pm by Alan Davies Reply

    Well said david hopefully the truth will out eventually and
    City get the recognition th ey deserve and a fair deal from
    The press and sky tv bit I wont hold my breath RIP Eddie
    Large also all biues everywhere take care stay safe till this virus is defeated

  6. April 2, 2020  5:01 pm by David Walker Reply

    It's a blog that shouldn't have needed writing. All facets of society should be as one in these troubled times. It's not about trying to proclaim City and those associated with the club as anything extraordinary, when so many people across the spectrum, are doing their utmost to make a positive contribution. Sadly, there are groups and individuals who still spread their self serving poison They are truly hideous. Thanks for your comments.

  7. April 2, 2020  5:45 pm by Doug Henshaw Reply

    Hi David thanks again for another great article. As you rightly point out football takes a back seat at the moment. My own personal opinion is it should be cancelled completely. I'm so proud of my club despite the footballing problems and the sniping from the media and some of t the other clubs they have stood tall. Doing everything they can to help people through this crisis well done City. Take care fellow blues and stay safe all.

    • April 2, 2020  6:50 pm by David Walker Reply

      Time will tell Doug, time will tell. It's just incredibly unseemly for these clubs to be channelling their energies into this sh*t against City, when they could and should be working for the greater good, serving their communities. It takes all sorts I suppose.

  8. April 2, 2020  5:54 pm by Malcolm Reply

    As always, an excellent and insightful article David. It's a shame that as the country is uniting in its support for neighbours, friends, family, the NHS and other emergency service personnel, the leading Premier League clubs have come together to denounce City rather than using their significant financial clout to announce positive supportive measures - such as making donations to food banks, or for to be delivered to NHS staff at hospitals

    • April 2, 2020  6:52 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks MG. It says so much about those who would seek to prioritise a shameful campaign against City than focus on helping those most in need. Your comments are always appreciated.

  9. April 2, 2020  9:13 pm by Steve Barker Reply

    Great article David good to hear how both the Club and Sheikh Mansour are helping the local community the NHS and the uk to help defeat this hello hole virus.
    Sad news Eddie Large had us all in tears of.laughter RIP to a fellow Blue thoughts are with his family.
    Keep the post coming Dave love it you are helping us all survive with no football I may start knitting if we cant get a football fix soon.

    • April 2, 2020  10:14 pm by David Walker Reply

      Knitting :-) So that'll be Pearl 1 Livarpool 0. Cheers Blue and yes very sad news about Eddie.

  10. July 6, 2020  9:27 am by Jeff Impey Reply

    Hi David thanks for the posts. As a lifelong Leicester fan, I do appreciate an alternative view of another mans team and in fact life in general. I absolutely agree, RIP Eddie. A larger than life character who can only be commended for his success. Not just professionally but also in his personal life. To be married for 37 years is admirable with all of the trials and tribulations through that time, there is a certain romance in knowing her face was the last he saw when he died. This Covid thing is horrific and has caused so much anxiety & destruction, however, it will be overcome one day, or at least be “managed” in a way similar to that of HIV circa 10 years ago.

    Anyway thanks again for your insight.

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