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MAN CITY v WIGAN - It's 'pieback' time

Rather like a Manchester Piccadilly tannoy announcement it’ll be a case of ‘All Change…’ at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City seek payback against the upstarts who deprived them of FA Cup Final glory a mere 136 days ago. Is it me, or am I not alone in feeling that horrible wet May afternoon at Wembley seems an age ago? Time has healed the wounds and all but banished that […]


There was a time when the only reason Manchester City fans had to go to Wembley was to see a rock concert, a world title fight, the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final, an American Football match-up…almost anything other than watch their team contest major honours. Well not any more. The adage that he who laughs last, laughs longest – as opposed to didn’t get the joke in the first place […]

SWANSEA v MAN CITY - Mancini on song for grand finale

Take a retrospective look at the end of the season and one can only hope this proved to be a battle of the domestic cup winners – Swansea with their Capital One trophy and City, proud six-times FA Cup victors. For Roberto Mancini’s men it should read ‘Capital Punishment’ Cup after their ignominious exit from the competition in a horror showing against Aston Villa – one of a few too […]

MAN CITY v WIGAN - Dress rehearsal? No, this is real life

There’s something strangely familiar about Wigan’s visit to the Etihad, reflective of well established recent end-of-season trends. For the third consecutive season Manchester City will be battling for silverware, whereas the visitors will slip ‘into character’ for their traditional Harry Houdini escapology act at the foot of the Premier League. Oh yes, and then there’s the small matter of the 2013 FA Cup Final. It’s a tad quirky that Roberto […]