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When it comes to cheating you have to hand it to VAR

Pyrotechnics, blaring music, and boundless optimism was in abundance at the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City set out on their ‘home’ campaign to win a third consecutive Premier League title. By the conclusion of an incredibly controversial game, we had ‘fireworks’, a crescendo of boos and a storm of cynicism enveloping the home of the Champions of English football. City had faced up to a force – an ‘opponent’ […]

Getting to grips with the fabric of Manchester City, Floyd Mayweather Jr & Lewis Hamilton

When Madonna sang about, ‘Living in a material world…’ way back in 1984, she obviously didn’t have Autograph Art in mind. But, as far as the Manchester-based sports memorabilia company are concerned, the ‘Queen of Pop’ was ahead of her time and inadvertently on song, with their new and exciting ‘material’ concept. Widely acknowledged as being among the country’s elite suppliers and specialist framers of items from the worlds of […]

Ravenous City put Premier League three-peat on the menu

‘Have the lambs stopped screaming?’ It’s a chilling line delivered by serial killer Hannibal ‘The Cannibal’ Lecter in the famous 1991 Hollywood thriller, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’. Fast forward 28 years and a similar question could be asked of the red Merseyside-dominated media mafia, ‘Have the Scousers stopped bleating?’ In the way that Sir Anthony Hopkins’ human flesh-eating character would skin, butcher and devour his victims, Pep Guardiola’s back-to-back […]

Quadruple push is just the ticket for City fans

It’s quite bizarre how the self righteous, downright envious supporters, of City’s rivals have perversely sought the moral high ground in relation to the Sky Blues travelling support at Wembley today. Yes, it’s more than likely City have not sold their full allocation of tickets when they face Brighton in the FA Cup Semi Final. Prices range from £30-£120 at the so called ‘Home of English Football’. The game comes […]

Sterling effort to remember a Wembley winning City Blue

Until Yaya Toure hit the winner against Manchester United in the 2011 FA Cup Semi Final, my brother, John Bookbinder, was the last player to score a winning goal for Manchester City at Wembley. Until Raheem Sterling scored the winning penalty in this season’s League Cup Final against Chelsea, John Bookbinder was the last English player to score a winning goal for Manchester City at Wembley. So, as City prepare […]

Will 20 be plenty for pragmatic Pep?

With more records on the go than the vinyl section at HMV, Manchester City aren’t interested in ‘singles’ they only do ‘LPs’  – long plays – and they insist on playing them right until the very end. Of recent times it’s been DJ ‘Worth Every Pound’ Sterling mixing it on the decks, getting in the groove and leaving City’s opponents in a right old spin. As resident host of City’s […]

Pep's sky blue statistics don’t lie

As the adrenalin surge subsides following Manchester City’s sublime storming of Stamford Bridge, let’s park the superlatives, any hint of hyperbole and focus on ice cold sky blue statistics. In a nutshell Raheem Sterling is Top of The League (it has a certain agreeable ring) along with the rest of his team mates, with 19 points from a possible 21. It would surely have been seven wins out of seven […]

‘Mad Bob’ lets City take the fall for successful deception

With more than a whiff of déjà vu Manchester City kicked off their Premier League campaign at the Etihad, victims of woeful refereeing and wayward finishing. A stunning strike by Raheem Sterling gave City a deserved equaliser after battling against Everton – more appropriately called the Travelling Toffee Troupe – as befitted their theatrical offerings on the night. Any thespian worth his salt would’ve been clapping in the wings at the antics of […]

A Different Corner could be music to City’s ears

Manchester City’s new season kicks off in less than 24 hours away to Brighton after a summer dominated by the ‘T’ word – transfers. But how about we move away from the relentless rumours and speculation surrounding all the ins and outs at the Etihad and look at another ‘T’ word – tactics. Pep Guardiola is undoubtedly a football genius, a tactical innovator second-to-none and technical master of the tiki-taka […]

City’s ‘Best Ever’ is simply magical

El Mago, Merlin, The Magician – David Silva is all of these and more – but it was Pep Guardiola who astonished Manchester City fans by pulling the proverbial rabbit out of the hat against Crystal Palace. The City boss created his own illusion of smoke and mirrors when The Wizard from Gran Canaria suddenly appeared on the team sheet…as if by magic. Silva, City’s most influential player and, in […]