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Royal visit for City Blue

It’s not every day that royalty drops in for ‘elevenses’ – but that’s exactly what happened when a King came calling on ailing Manchester City fan, Philip Entwistle. Phil (63), who is fighting what will ultimately be a losing battle against lung cancer, welcomed ‘King’ Colin Bell and City’s perennial Joker in the Pack, Les Chapman, into his Nelson home for a nostalgic chat of a lifetime. A season ticket […]

Emotional rollercoaster as City go for record-breaking 10/10 wins

As Manchester City go for a record-breaking 10th win on the spin against Watford this Saturday it heralds a three-day rollercoaster ride of emotions. The man who took me to my first ever City game died on August 30th, 19 years ago, I married the love of my life on August 31st, 30 years ago and the most amazing moment of all occurred on September 1st, 26 years ago, with the […]

Pellegrini to blow away windbag Wenger and Hurricane Bertha

It used to be called the Charity Shield with match receipts from the traditional season curtain-raiser of Champions and FA Cup victors going to worthy causes. Manchester City and Arsenal will contest the re-named ‘Community’ Shield – very apt given the distinct lack of anything even remotely charitable emanating from the meanie-mouthed Arsene ‘Whinger’ Wenger, whenever City are the topic of conversation. The Arsenal boss just can’t help himself when […]

Wembley tribute for ‘Gentleman Joe’

If Manchester City’s greatest ever manager were still with us we’d be celebrating his 100th birthday this Saturday. Sadly, Joe Mercer died on August 9th, 1990, ironically the same date as he had entered the world, 76 years earlier. Joe was the embodiment of everything and anything good about football and it’s befitting of his memory that the two clubs he served with the most distinction, throughout a glittering playing […]

Ding Dong - Retro shirt competition rings Philip's bell

Manchester City supporter Philip Entwistle is the proud owner of a Retro 1972 City home shirt – complete with the iconic No 8 of Colin The King – after winning our ‘1968 title winning’ competition in conjunction with Campo Retro . Philip from Burnley – a season ticket holder since 1980 who sits in the Colin Bell Lower Level at the Etihad – correctly told us that it was Joe Mercer who […]