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MP is Minister of Defence for a day

The 170th Manchester derby was a dull affair, even lacking the gloss of a blue and red paint drying competition, bereft of any deft finishing strokes. Grey, drab colourless, the 0-0 stalemate did however reveal that Manuel Pellegrini is prepared to dip into a more varied pallete when looking at the bigger picture. The Chilean ‘Engineer’ has built his managerial reputation on producing masterpieces of attacking football, with City outscoring […]

City figuring out 50th Manchester derby win

Manchester City’s most recent Premier League outings have resulted in landslide victories of 6-1 and 5-1 – score lines that resonate well beyond wins over Newcastle United and Bournemouth. Of course, the figures also add up to City’s biggest ever league wins over their hated foe from Trafford Borough – 1-6 on January 23rd, 1926, more recently the famous ‘Sick Swan’ on October 23rd, 2011 – both on enemy territory, […]

The life of Citizen Riley

Manchester City kick off their Premier League campaign at The Hawthorns with the 2,700-strong travelling support hoping City will bounce the Boing Boing Baggies and bag three precious points. The new season sees a record 40,000+ season ticket holders at an impressively expanded Etihad Stadium, now boasting a 55,000 capacity. On the expectation of glories still to come, City’s support base continues to grow exponentially, aided by the City Group’s […]

City are all out of GAS - Man Utd 4 Man City 2

There once lived a very clever man who was nicknamed the Engineer. His real name was Manuel and he made ‘machines’ – but not just any old machines – Manuel’s machines won cups and were acclaimed as Champions. He was a scholar and a gentleman. He travelled to different continents and often he created machines where the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. He forged a good […]

Beat the Reds and City can still give Chelsea the blues! Man Utd v Man City

As Manchester City target a fourth consecutive derby day victory at Old Trafford this Sunday they could yet beat Chelsea to coveted silverware this season. After 6-1, 2-1 and 3-0 wins over Manure at The Swamp, City know that doing the league double over their despised foe will just about represent the highlight of a bewilderingly disappointing season. Sadly for Manuel Pellegrini and his underachieving squad, the only way City […]

City succeed in 'derby day' spat - Man City 1 Man Utd 0

Sizzling Sergio Aguero’s 10th goal of the season consigned the most expensive ever starting XI in Premier League history to a well deserved defeat. Oh the sweet sweet irony that, after all the jibes and the hideous hypocrisy that spews forth from The Swamp about youth development and creating, rather than buying top class players, Louis’ Gaalactico’s came up short at the Etihad. Manchester United would never seek to buy […]

Sky Blue redemption - Man City v Man Utd

Halloween came early to the Etihad this week with a horrific display of premature capitulation as Newcastle United shot two rounds of live ammunition past Willy, dumping a bunch of Manchester City wonkers out of the League Cup. Under fire Manuel Pellegrini must now stiffen City’s resolve, light the sky blue touch paper and orchestrate a pyrotechnical pulverization of Manchester United. There can be no better way to illuminate City’s […]

3 is City's magic number - MAN UTD 0 MAN CITY 3

He declined the invitation – he had no desire to acknowledge the fans. Anyway, his hands were pre-occupied with his face buried deep within. Nonetheless the chorus boomed out unabated: ‘Moysey, Moysey give us a wave, Moysey give us a wave…’ as the bank of 3,000 visiting fans gave it LARGE to ‘The Chosen One’. It was bad enough seeing the last vestiges of fight and pride dissipate from his […]

City to chip away Chelsea’s advantage - MAN UTD v MAN CITY

If you’re an optimist having ‘games in hand’ is as good as having I.O.U notes – it’s only a matter of time before you call them in – money in the bank so to speak or, more appropriately, points in the bag. With a three game ‘advantage’ on Chelsea and having played two games less than Liverpool and Arsenal, it’s time for Manchester City to start ‘cashing in their chips’ […]

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 […]