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.

55,000 and rising - the expanded Etihad Stadium. Courtesy@MCFC

55,000 and rising – the expanded Etihad Stadium. Courtesy@MCFC

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 global reach via New York City, Melbourne and Yokohama.

Closer to home, the Sky Blues faithful have always been a passionate, resilient, some might say, masochistic bunch, weathering life in the third tier of English football, but still averaging gates of 28,000 at dear old Maine Road.

Rising high - The new extended South Stand at City's Etihad Stadium. Courtesy@MCFC

Rising high – The new extended South Stand at City’s Etihad Stadium. Courtesy@MCFC

Even the most jaundiced Swamp dweller from Trafford Borough would be hard pressed not to acknowledge the staying power of the devoted followers of their hated noisy neighbours.

In fairness every club has its share of ‘superfans’ – those valiant individuals who somehow defy the odds to attend virtually every game, both home and away.

Manchester City is blessed with many of this persuasion and, on the dawn of the new season, Read But Never Red has singled out Sean Riley as a shining example of what being a ‘True Blue’ entails.

The life of Riley - Superfan Sean is closing in on his 2,000th Manchester City match.

The life of Riley – Superfan Sean is closing in on his 2,000th Manchester City match. Courtesy Mark Williamson Photography.

How many City fans can lay claim to the sublime feelings of witnessing a City win at Old Trafford and seeing United relegated at their first ever live game?

Sean Riley is a man who wears such a badge of honour. The Denis Law Back Heel Derby on 27th April, 1974, was how life as a Manchester City fan began for young Citizen Riley at the tender age of just nine-years old.

After such giddy beginnings he could hardly have envisaged what was to come riding the Manchester City rollercoaster – complete with dizzying highs and gut-churning lows.

Backheel of the Law - Denis sends United hurtling towards relegation, as seen by a 9-year old Sean Riley at his first ever City game.

Backheel of the Law – Denis sends United hurtling towards relegation, as seen by a 9-year old Sean Riley at his first ever City game.

Passionate, articulate, knowledgeable – he’d scoff, self effacingly at being labelled intelligent – Sean is the embodiment of all that’s best about being a City fan.

Now closing in on attending 2,000 City matches since that most memorable of debuts at The Swamp, he’s convinced the best is yet to come.

Only the distasteful combination of Russian racists and UEFA incompetency has stood in the way of Sean witnessing, first hand, every City game since April 1989.

When UEFA ordered the malevolent Muscovites of CSKA to play their Champions League home tie against City behind closed doors last winter, it brought to an end a run of 1,258 consecutive games for Sean, spanning 25 years & 6 months.

Russian sabotage - the racists of CSKA Moscow & bureaucrats of UEFA combined to thwart Sean's run of 1.258 consecutive City matches.

Russian sabotage – the racists of CSKA Moscow & bureaucrats of UEFA combined to thwart Sean’s run of 1.258 consecutive City matches.

He’d managed to overcome previous bans on away fans by going ‘covert’ at Luton, Millwall and Manchester United, but he’d have to have been Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible movie character, Ethan Hunt, to fulfil the Moscow assignment.

The missed game is a topic of obvious irritation, but he is philosophical about his addiction to City and refreshingly magnanimous towards those who aren’t such prolific match-goers.

“I’m extremely honoured to have earned the privilege to go to close to 2,000 City games in my life, with hopefully many more to come.

“ I’ve been incredibly fortunate in that I’ve enjoyed good health and held decent jobs, but any City fan who goes, as and when they can, is every bit as much a fan in my eyes.”

Eternally grateful - Sean, like all City fans, is delighted with City's fortunes under the ownership of Shiekh Mansour.

Eternally grateful – Sean, like all City fans, is delighted with City’s fortunes under the ownership of Shiekh Mansour.

Like any City supporter with even half a brain cell, Sean is eternally grateful for the transformation in the club’s fortunes since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover in September 2008.

Naturally, the Aguerrooo Moment on that fateful day in May 2012, is etched indelibly into his memory palace, but Sean goes all the way back to 1976 for what he describes as the ‘defining moment in his footballing life.’

Blue Hue - Sergio served up the greatest moment in Man City history with his 93:20 winner against QPR back in 2012. Courtesy@MCFC

Blue Hue – Sergio served up the greatest moment in Man City history with his 93:20 winner against QPR back in 2012. Courtesy@MCFC

Dennis Tueart’s spectacular match winner in the League Cup Final against Newcastle had the same effect on a 10-year old Riley, as Sergio’s 93.20 strike against QPR did on a new generation of Blues.

“Dennis was, and will always remain, my footballing idol. All our current stars, the likes of Sergio, David Silva, Zaba, Yaya, Vinny – all will rightly take their place in the Hall of Fame, but I’m a Tueart man…that overhead kick meant so much on that day at Wembley…I can’t really put it into words.”

When you ask about the highlights of following City, you quickly cotton on that Sean’s love for his club is matched only by his loathing for what he describes as ‘That lot, down the road.’

Sean's defining moment in his lifelong support of City - Dennis Tueart's winner at Wembley in 1976.

Sean’s defining moment in his lifelong support of City – Dennis Tueart’s winner at Wembley in 1976.

He’s the off the pitch equivalent of the fabled Mike Doyle, City’s warhorse defender, the most decorated medal winner in the club’s history– a fixture of the Mercer-Allison era – who loved nothing more than antagonising the Trafford troglodytes.

“I cherish every Manchester Derby win as though it were my last. They’ve had the upper hand for decades, but now we’re starting to re-dress the balance, and not before time.”

The scoreboard says it all!

The scoreboard says it all!

He cites the 6-1 win at Old Trafford and the 5-1 Maine Road drubbings of Manure as holding extra special significance, but adds: “Don’t forget the night we pummelled them 4-0 on our way to that League Cup Final in 1976 – it could have been 10 that night as well, men against boys in front of 50,182 on Moss Side.

“Up until recently I hated going to Old Trafford, but our win in 2008 – the 50th Munich Anniversary derby – was a standout moment. To be amongst ‘The Impeccables’ (the 3,000 City fans who observed the one minute silence in immaculate fashion) and then to go on and win 2-1, well and truly p*ssed on their parade.”

And, as much as he would like City to emulate United’s track record of titles and cups, he wants the club to do it the ‘right way’.

Religious experience - The Bishop gave Sean and all City supporters a slice of sky blue heaven when City thumped United 5-1 in 1989.

Religious experience – The Bishop gave Sean and all City supporters a slice of sky blue heaven when City thumped United 5-1 in 1989.

He says the win at all costs mentality clubs – no names needed – tend to be unpleasant on and off the pitch – with no class or etiquette and a distinct lack of decorum.

“The difference between us and them is we know how to enjoy and celebrate success, whilst showing humility and respect to others.

“The media worship at the altar of all things United and the graceless manner in which they achieved everything (note the past tense.)

“Our fans have built a reputation for being fair minded and for having a great sense of humour in the face of adversity. I hope and pray our pursuit of honours and glory doesn’t come at a price, one where we lose our perspective.

Impeccable & Victorious - Sean was among the 3,000 City fans who witnessed a City win at Old Trafford for the first time in 34 years.

Impeccable & Victorious – Sean was among the 3,000 City fans who witnessed a City win at Old Trafford for the first time in 34 years.

“If the day comes when we end up like the crowd down the road, then I’d seriously consider if I wanted to remain part of it. I always want City to win, but only by fair means. “

Of course the 1-0 FA Cup semi final win over United paved the way for City’s first major trophy in 35-years, beating Stoke 1-0 in the 2011 Final – a pivotal moment and the foundation stone for success under the Abu Dhabi ownership.

The famous old cup competition also gives rise to one of Sean’s most cherished nights when, from 3-0 down and a man sent off at half time, Kevin Keegan’s City pulled off a spectacular 4-3 3rd Round Replay win against Tottenham.

Roy of the Rovers stuff - Jon Macken celebrates City's winner in their spectacular 4-3 comeback at Spurs.

Roy of the Rovers stuff – Jon Macken celebrates City’s winner in their spectacular 4-3 comeback at Spurs.

“That comeback at White Hart Lane encapsulated the full spectrum of what it’s like to be a City fan. Some Blues were singing ‘We’re gonna win 4-3’ at the interval and somebody actually had a bet on it! Real Roy of the Rovers stuff.”

 He cherishes many of the European trips, albeit the results haven’t always worked out as City would have wished.

Two occasions stand out, firstly the trip to the Faroes after City had sneaked in through the catflap of the backdoor to the pre-qualifiers of the Europa League via the Fair Play route under Sven Goran Eriksson!

Surreal - The one word that Sean uses to describe his trip to see City against EB Streymur in the Faroe Islands.

Surreal – The one word that Sean uses to describe his trip to see City against EB Streymur in the Faroe Islands.

Sean uses one word for the whole experience ‘surreal’.

When pressed for his best European night, he plumps for the 3-2 Champions League win away to Bayern Munich in December 2013.

“We went 2-0 down inside seven minutes and the effort and application shown by the team that night was just outstanding, against a team who hardly ever lose at home.”

Finest hour -  Sean picks City's win at Bayern Munich in 2013 as his European highlight. James Milner scored City's third in the 3-2 Champions League victory.

Finest hour – Sean picks City’s win at Bayern Munich in 2013 as his European highlight. James Milner scored City’s third in the 3-2 Champions League victory.

Equally he looks back on the past ‘fortysomething’ years with a huge degree of affection, notwithstanding the ‘Typical City’ tag, where you could bet your bottom dollar City would somehow contrive to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory…with alarming regularity.

There were glorious failures such as losing out to Liverpool by a point for the League title in 1976/77 – a season when City were deprived of an injured Colin Bell. Had ‘Nijinsky’ been fit, City would have romped past Bob Paisley’s famous winners.

The euphoria of that spectacular 4-3 win at Spurs went some way to healing the hurt of City’s defeat in the replay of the Centenary Cup Final in 1981. City went down 3-2 to Tottenham on a Thursday night at Wembley, five days after dominating the initial 1-1 draw.

Thursday night heartbreak - City lost the 1981 FA Cup Final 3-2 to Spurs and Sean bunked off school to go to Wembley.

Thursday night heartbreak – City lost the 1981 FA Cup Final 3-2 to Spurs and Sean bunked off school to go to Wembley.

Still at school, Sean along with half of his class went off sick on the Thursday, arriving back in Manchester at 4am Friday. The next day the bleary-eyed and disgruntled Sean and his mates all received detention.

Another Wembley defeat – losing the 1974 League Cup Final against Wolves – had him in tears, but it was all part of the enriching pursuit of supporting City.

The various relegations – right down to the third tier of English football – the old Second Division – have given Sean plenty of scope to visit some of the minnows of the domestic game, including Lincoln, Wycombe and York.

Tears of despair - City lost the 1974 League Cup Final to Wolves 2-1 - cue a crying Sean Riley.

Tears of despair – City lost the 1974 League Cup Final to Wolves 2-1 – cue a crying Sean Riley.

He’s even turned up at the wrong stadium a couple of times!

“Our first visit to Boothferry Park in Hull saw us go to one of the rugby grounds. We saw floodlights and assumed we were there, only for it to be Hull Kingston Rovers or Hull RFC – to this day I still can’t remember.

“Likewise on a trip to Cambridge. Initially we rolled up at Cambridge City’s place before dashing over a farmer’s field to Abbey Stadium. The farmer’s cabbage crop took a bit of a pasting.”

Blue Blood - Doyle & Riley shared a common loathing of the Trafford troglodytes.

Blue Blood – Doyle & Riley shared a common loathing of the Trafford troglodytes.

He cites a self deprecating sense of humour, especially on away days, as one of the key elements of the City support.

‘Humour has been a critical component in our ability to survive the decades of disappointment and under achievement. It’s part of our DNA and we have to retain it – it helps you come to terms with things when they don’t go your way.

“The same goes for the old songs, some which might not even make much sense to a new generation of fans – they provide a certain balance and proportion.

It should've been 10 - City fans delight as City hit half-a-dozen at The Swamp.

It should’ve been 10 – City fans delight as City hit half-a-dozen at The Swamp.

“Away at Bramall Lane one year, we were getting thumped and the Sheffield United Kop were chanting ‘We hate Wednesday!’ 5,000 Blues instantly responded with ‘We hate Saturday!’

“Of course that was before Sky and BT had us playing all over the place to accommodate their Sunday, Monday and midweek schedules.”

The romantic streak in him laments the passing of Maine Road and the true family feeling associated with City of old.

First impressions - Sean will never forget his first ever City game.

First impressions – Sean will never forget his first ever City game.

“I do miss the old days at times. I’d jump at the opportunity to go back to Maine Road, but that’s my heart speaking, not my head. I realise we had to move on to achieve what we’re doing now.

“I just hope the Club continues to be sympathetic to its core fan base. A club – any club – is nothing without its fans, and our owners would do well to remember this as they take City onto greater heights.”

One man & his flag - Sean has been a City standard bearer for more than 40 years.

One man & his flag – Sean has been a City standard bearer for more than 40 years. Courtesy Mark Williamson Photography.

Come Monday night, Sean will be at West Bromwich Albion, with the same dream in his heart as that of a nine year old boy, who gloried in seeing the Blue Moon set over the Dark Side. He won’t however, be standing alone.

 

By David Walker

Behind every great man is a great woman. On that basis this article is dedicated to Jane Riley – described by Sean as ‘the best wife in the world, a Moston girl and a true blue’ – who herself has followed City, home & away for many seasons.

www.readbutneverred.com @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu

39 Comments

  1. August 9, 2015  7:30 pm by Doug Henshaw Reply

    Sean I salute you sir what a man, what a loyal fan. Hope the people at City get to read this Dave & honour the man.

    • August 9, 2015  8:25 pm by David Walker Reply

      He's a top man and it was a real pleasure to write an article where I didn't have to have a pop at a referee, Mourinho, Brenda, Whinger etc. Sean did all the Manure baiting all by himself...apart from calling them Manure - that's still my job ;-)

  2. August 9, 2015  7:32 pm by NHJ Reply

    Always love reading about the people and the personalities that make City.

    What a wonderful read about a wonderful human being!

    • August 9, 2015  8:28 pm by David Walker Reply

      I first met Sean when we were both lined up by BBC 5 Live to comment on Garry Cook's doomed pursuit of Kaka in the early days of Sheikh Mansour's reign at the Etihad. We couldn't decide who had the best face for radio. Smashing bloke and one man you'd want in your trench on MCFC Away Days - one thing's for sure - he'll always be there.

  3. August 9, 2015  8:29 pm by Kev Simmonds Reply

    I'm not a blue, nor from Mcr, but got to know Sean on yet another of his trips watching England away.

    He's a gent, a top bloke and a role model for any football fan.

    • August 9, 2015  8:47 pm by David Walker Reply

      He certainly is Kev - a fine ambassador on all of those fronts and more. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  5. August 9, 2015  9:20 pm by The Truth Reply

    Typical England flag-bearing moustachioed Bertie who gives us a bad name. The sight of all these St George's cross merchants at our ground is embarrassing - you would never see that at Anfield or OT. Kind of sums up the xenophobic nature of a lot of blues and is a sad and depressing indictment to this day. Also if he's such a big fan why does the already hanging flag have the shitty new badge on it and not the old one that everybody loves.

    Why spoil an otherwise decent article with immature and unfunny jibes like "Manure" - just don't waste your time, simply "Man U" would be a subtle enough put down.

    • August 10, 2015  12:28 am by David Walker Reply

      And this from someone who has the moniker of 'The Truth' and calls himself 'bigboydanny' - all a bit rich! What's the problem with the Cross of St George, why is it embarrassing? Xenophobic - why? Do you know Sean Riley - that's a rhetorical question, because you obviously don't! Immature and unfunny - I've been called worse, I can live with that 'bigboy'! Thanks for reading and commenting - don't you just love freedom of speech?

    • August 10, 2015  4:40 pm by Jan Reply

      To "The Truth" You dont know Sean, who I might add I do. Nicer guy you could ever meet and for your information the reason his flag has the new badge on is whilst following his team in Russia the other year (when he could go) he was beaten black and blue by Russian fans who mugged him and nicked his old flag. As for it being the Red Cross of St George. Well the Scots have their Blue one and the Welsh their Green Dragon so what exactly is the problem with the English Flag! Sean is an Englishman and proud of it! What flag is he supposed to display as an Englishman? Keep up the good work Sean we are all proud of your achievement here's to the next 2000 I say!

      • August 11, 2015  12:53 am by David Walker Reply

        Nicely put Jan. Nothing wrong with patriotism. I think old 'TT' needs to have a capital 'I' inbetween his moniker, it'd be a lot closer to the real truth ;-)

  6. August 9, 2015  10:55 pm by Sharon Riley Reply

    From a very proud sister he deserves all these lovely messages and his lovely wife jane xx

  7. August 9, 2015  11:45 pm by Simon Wilson Reply

    Well you've kicked the season off in grand style; a lovely tribute to a super fan. Let us hope City can do the same.

  8. August 10, 2015  7:23 am by GeorgeInIsrael Reply

    So I got up this morning, found the lucky pants, put on a sky blue shirt for work, but what confirmed it was really a match day was reading your blog, which has become part of my match day routine. I'm looking forward to reading your comments and opinions again this season. Maybe, with a bit of luck, Maccabi Tel Aviv will get through to the CL group stages and will be in City's group and I can get to meet up with some of you here in the Holy Land!

    I take my hat off to Sean Riley. I started going to see City as an 8 year old, about 10 years before him, but even had I stayed in the UK I don't think I would have even come close to that number of games. Obviously, the true hero in that story is his wife. I would like to share some of my own experiences that Sean's stories reminded me of. I wasn't at that game in 1974, but I was lucky enough to celebrate my 14th birthday in Stretford on March 28th, 1970, when Mike Doyle scored the winning goal in front of the Stretford End. I was also at the swamp the next season in December 1970 when a certain hard drinking, womanising Irishman broke Glyn Pardoe's leg. To this day, i don't understand why he wasn't sent off. By the time the 1981 cup final came round, I was living in London. I didn't go to the first game (my dad went with my kid brother (who still has the family season tickets)), but went to the reply with a couple of Arsenal fans. Every time there was a possibility that the cameras were pointed our way, the two girls (who must have been about my age) behind me ducked down. Why didn't they want to be seen on the television? Because, like Sean, they had pulled a sickie, and didn't want to risk their boss seeing them :-)

    • August 10, 2015  9:36 am by David Walker Reply

      Thanks George - very kind of you and great comments. Happy Blue Monday? Get back to me at 22.00hrs BST and I'll give you an answer. As for Maccabi Tel Aviv v City, could I beat the rush and book the Master Bedroom with en-suite and sun terrace for Mrs W and myself. Sean and Jane can have the box room ;-)

      • August 10, 2015  10:24 am by GeorgeInIsrael Reply

        22.00 BST is midnight here. As soon as the final whistle blows, I'm off to bed.

        The master bedroom doesn't have an en-suite or sun terrace, and is also 7 miles from the sea!

        • August 10, 2015  11:40 am by David Walker Reply

          Depending on if and when City play Maccabi...you have time to move George, or at least build an extension. C'mon fella, put some effort into it! ;-)

  9. August 10, 2015  1:01 pm by The Truth Reply

    Wears an England hat and carries a St Gerorge's flag when he knows he's going to be interviewed about City? Obv. that type of Bertie who puts country before club. What's wrong with the St George's flag? Is that a serious question from an "award winning journalist"? Every connotation of that flag is negative. It has no place in club football especially in this day and age. Redolent of the right-wing fraternity still apparent at City - Royalist/loyalist twats singing songs that are 30 years out of date minimum. We'll never be a big club whilst we wield this crap - as I said before would you ever see that on the Kop or Srretford End. Really presents us as Mickey Mouse and it's a trait that's been picked up by opposition fans. Everything should be City. England obsession is a southern preoccupation that the southern based media pedal and indoctrinate fans with. I and most proper fans couldn't give one fuck about England. I'd rather our Women's team won a game or our youth teams than England winning the World Cup.

    Don't doubt he's a top fella but hate the representation.

    • August 11, 2015  12:47 am by David Walker Reply

      Do you know something 'BigBoyDanny' or whatever your name is, you've had your say and the more you spew out your misguided crap, the more it becomes apparent that you cannot be a City fan. On the off chance that you are then...Jeez, who needs enemies with friends like you? A City fan would never refer to a fellow Blue as a 'Bertie' and neither would they keep banging on about the Stretford End or The Kop. Who gives a sh*t about red terrain? As Buzz Lightyear once observed of Woody 'You are a sad strange little man.' The Truth ;-) #MyArse

  10. August 10, 2015  1:52 pm by Pete lynch Reply

    Great read David, boy have we missed your class updates

    • August 11, 2015  12:48 am by David Walker Reply

      Cheers Pete - after the night we've just experienced at WBA we could yet make all the MCFC media haters hate us just a little bit more. Actions speak louder than words.

  11. August 10, 2015  3:34 pm by Philip Entwistle Reply

    Great read Dave, nice of you to highlight SEan as one of the 'faithful' that follow City not only through thick and thin, but Home and Away as well.
    We all now of countless Seans through association and meeting up in which ever pub they frequent, one such is Wilson Pratt: aka 'Jocky' who has the distinction of being the only recognised City fan to get into the game in Moscow, dressed as a photographer, but paying £80 for the privilege.
    Long may these fans continue and carry are good name throughout there travels as true embassadors of Manchester City.
    KTF

    • August 11, 2015  12:51 am by David Walker Reply

      Gotta love the diehards -it's not just Royalty who have 'blue blood' coursing through their veins. Massive respect to these City fans, but the beauty of it with Sean is that he doesn't regard himself as any better or any worse than any other City supporter.

  12. August 10, 2015  7:01 pm by Greg Upton Reply

    I know Sean and I am proud to say that I have known him for years. A really good and genuine guy, who like the fabled England and Fulham fan, Alex"The Traveller" Ferguson shows non of the pomposity that many fans would expect given his dedication to following his club and country. Indeed, the dignified manner in which Sean presents himself, is actually part of the reason that I still like City despite the act of daylight robbery carried out in the transfer of Delph (the irony not being lost on us that 17 minutes into his debut, Judas was replaced by Jesus)! As for the assertion that Sean is a country before club man, whilst we still catch up down at Wembley, Sean's loyalty to City means that his away trips with England are now more sparse than previously. I'd stick to telling "The Truth" that you know rather than making cliched and uninformed guesses.

    • August 11, 2015  12:57 am by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Greg. I hadn't picked up on the Jesus for Judas line before - thank God we haven't got Moses on a season long loan from Chelsea :-) Nice to hear yet ANOTHER endorsement of Sean Riley. To tell you the truth I think old 'TT' is a bit of a wind up merchant. No harm done - we'll see if we can get him some new crayons.

  13. August 11, 2015  11:35 am by Shahyad Shahir Reply

    Hi David. Great blog. Would you be able to reply to my email as i'd like to discuss potential partnership opportunity with a top brand. Kind regards. Shahyad

  14. August 11, 2015  5:21 pm by Sean Riley Reply

    Firstly, a big thanks to David for showing a keen interest in my passion for our beloved Club, and the very kind compliments paid by fellow supporters (City and other Clubs), some of whom I know, and consider very good friends (especially my wife and family lol!). It's great when people take the time and trouble to post their comments, their memories, I'm interested in what every fan thinks, good or otherwise, which leads me nicely on to the 'Bertie' tag. Personally, I smell a rat, and this little fishy refuses to bite! Of course the truth may prove otherwise, but people without an agenda tend to be visible, and declare their own allegiance without hesitation. For the record, my oldest pal, Bradley Powell, is a staunch red, and proud of it, and we share the banter about City and United today, like we did when were playing football on the junior school playground all those years ago. (He was Gordon Hill and I was Dennis Tueart naturally, but we were both Clive Lloyd at cricket!). One of his leg pulls was to constantly remind me that although we weren't successful during the lean spells at Maine Road, we could console ourselves we had the biggest floodlight pylons in the league......:-). Anyway enough of my ramblings! I look forward to our esteemed editors next piece, and wish everyone good health and happiness, we're only here once, make the most of it! :-) #footballfamily

    • August 11, 2015  9:00 pm by David Walker Reply

      Cheers Sean - it was my pleasure and obviously struck a chord with RBNR readers. If you want a ghostwriter for that book, you already know where I can be found. Nice to see you at WBA last night and let me know when the big 2,000 is imminent. I know a very good cake maker - and a fellow blue at that - to mark the occasion.

  15. August 11, 2015  11:01 pm by The Truth Reply

    Using the word "Bertie" is about taking ownership of one of utd's favourite jibes - it thereby loses its potency. I don't expect you to be on my wavelength until you've read further than the sports pages. However when people match the definition it's my obligation and any city fan's obligation to highlight this as it's frankly embarrassing and does the club and fans no favours.

    I can't believe somebody earnestly used the phrase "football family" without any hint of irony.

    My God kids your naivety is frightening.

    Leave the England shit at home; use our old crest; and support Manchester City Football Club with style and dignity and never leave the ground early. Is it really that hard to ask?

    • August 12, 2015  12:45 pm by David Walker Reply

      Quite happy not to be on your wavelength - thanks very much. Anyway, I think we're done on the topic, you've had your say and it's getting just a tad boring now. I'd better go and broaden my obviously very narrow reading range - I wonder if I can acquire back copies of the Beano or perhaps a copy of what must be one of your all-time favourites, 'Snotty & Supercilious Weekly' - clearly a superior read. Cheers TT - it's been a blast.

    • August 16, 2015  1:07 pm by Sean Riley Reply

      Not sure I want to be on your wavelength if I'm honest, as stated, if you didn't have an agenda against certain 'types' of Blues, then you wouldn't hide behind the moniker of 'the truth'. The 'England shit' comment is an interesting one, there's a lot of assumptions on your part, and by making it, it's certainly controversial, and kind of goes against the higher moral ground you obviously want all City supporters to be on. With reference to the Club Crests, again you appear to dictate what City fans should or shouldn't display. ANY City club crest is fine by me, and no doubt many others. Further more, if it happens to be on the Flag of St. George (Manchester has always been in England to the best of my knowledge), or any other country for that matter, bring it on. City has always prided itself on welcoming fans without prejudice, long may it continue. I'll leave it there for now, and if you didn't realise I was only seeing if you would bite with reference to my comments about Bertie, maybe you're not quite as smart as you think you are.......#footballfamily :-)

      • August 17, 2015  8:59 am by David Walker Reply

        Nice one Sean. Take the initials from The Truth and adapt - TT = Total Tit/Twit/Twat - the choice is yours ;-)

  16. August 13, 2015  3:07 am by Simon Wilson Reply

    Wavelength? How about planet? Angry in Canada. The Truth is a funny name as he is clueless. Sorry David as you said the topic was closed.

    • August 13, 2015  9:42 am by David Walker Reply

      Remember the daft chant that some of us (!) used to do as kids when someone was caught out in the school playground telling 'fibs' 'Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire...' It might not be too far away from The Truth. Anyway fella, thanks for commenting, but we're giving this idiot more oxygen than he deserves. Chapter closed.

  17. May 1, 2018  5:25 pm by Martinmoumn Reply

    Hi All im rookie here. Good article! Thx! Love your stories!

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