‘You don’t have any history…’ is one of the most ‘popular’ taunts levelled at Manchester City since Sheikh Mansour took control in 2008.
It’s a ridiculous criticism spat out by illogical, bone-headed, super shallow individuals who support City’s rivals – an assertion based on a dual foundation of pride in their own club’s past achievements, but more significantly, a fear of City’s future achievements.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines HISTORY as follows:
History n. pl- -ries 1. (record or account of) past events & developments 2. study of these 3. record of someone’s past…
The septic sneers that have abounded since City won the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League title in 2012, speak volumes of those spewing their misguided bile in the direction of the incumbents of the Etihad Stadium.
It oozes envy and jealousy of what is to come for City, as well as perpetuating a sense of City’s detractors living in the past and feasting off former glories.When these types of so-called ‘fans’ bleat about a lack of history they reveal their true colours as their insincerity and ignorance screams ‘ GLORYHUNTER’! When they speak of history they mean winning things.
When a Manchester City fan refers to history they relate to decades of disappointment and under achievement. They do so in a fashion that transforms abject capitulation in the face of adversity into a perverse badge of honour.
Those that ‘…were there when we were sh*t…’ i.e. standing on the terraces at Lincoln, Wycombe and York, grab the moral high ground now that Manchester City are back in vogue.
The old guard treat a new generation of City fans with a degree of suspicion and contempt, especially when the social media networks whir into negative kneejerk reactionary mode after an unexpected City reversal or draw.
Be be they old or new, jubilant or jaundiced, glass half full or glass half empty – they are ALL City fans and, as such, all should have an interest in a publication that offers irrefutable proof that Manchester City does indeed have a long history – some illustrious, some not – but nonetheless, intriguing and addictive if you’re a True Blue.
Entitled ‘Manchester – The City Years’ and written by highly respected City author and historian, Gary James, this football treasure chest is THE definitive book for anyone wanting to chart the highs and lows, and lower still, of ‘The best team in the land and all the world…’
Produced in the wake of that glorious Sunday afternoon on May 13th 2012 , when Sergio banished the derogatory term ‘Typical City’ to the dustbin, Gary spent an astonishing 25 years researching the fortunes – and misfortunes – of City from the mid-18th century right through to the pulsating heart-stopping climax of that never-to-be equalled, title winning crescendo.
It’s a compliment rather than a criticism when I say it isn’t bedtime reading, but only on the basis that at more than 600 pages long and in a comparatively small font, it’d probably be wrist breaking if lying in slumber before slipping off into the land of Zzzzzz’s.
What it is is the most comprehensive commentary, awash with facts, figures and analysis that tells the reader EVERYTHING worth knowing about Manchester City Football Club.
It’s a history (there’s that word again) that goes hand in glove with the origins of the City of Manchester itself. Not Trafford, not Salford, not London not Malaysia no – MANCHESTER.
Gary’s incredibly meticulous research and eye for detail has this scribe in veritable awe. It’s a tome that, quite rightly, is the jewel in the crown of any Manchester City book collection – mine included.Having purchased the book I contacted Gary on Twitter and, as Read But Never Red began to gain credibility in the world of football blogs, I promised to write and publish a review.
To my pleasant surprise, Gary seemed to think a Read But Never Red review was worth having…but it’s taken a while to go from front to back! It’s a hefty volume – literally – but a giant of a book –metaphorically.
We’ve still to have all the fun of the fireworks on November 5th, so it might seem a tad premature to start talking about Christmas wish and gift lists, BUT if you’re a true blue you must have this book.
Equally, if you’ve only recently gravitated to the blue side of Manchester in the wake of the Sheikh’s shake-up of City’s football destiny, then buy it and get up to scratch with everything you never knew about everything Sky Blue.
Manchester – The City Years – written by Gary James & published by JAMES WARD
Follow Gary on twitter: @garyjameswriter or Facebook.com/garyjames4
By David Walker www.readbutneverred.com @djwskyblu
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