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Gone in 69 minutes – back in 331 seconds!

The time stamp of 93:20 is etched indelibly into Manchester City’s history – seared into the psyche of every City fan forever and a day – never to be erased. Those four digits personify the most momentous single event of the Premier League era, but fast forward ten years from ‘Aguerooo’ and there’s another batch of numbers which will resonate long in the memory. A combination of 75:11, 77:44 and […]

'Typical City' sits well on title day deciders

So much is made of the time honoured words ‘Typical City’ – the self deprecating tag that long suffering Manchester City fans have attached to their team over the decades. It’s a reference to their club’s innate ability to seemingly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Former playing legend and later City Chairman, Francis Lee once said: “If there was a cup for cock ups, City would be perennial […]

Pep attacks with City’s defences depleted

The adage of attack being the best form of defence is one Pep Guardiola has embraced and deployed throughout his career in football management. Whereas Manchester City’s Catalan genius attributes many of his playing influences and philosophies to his mentor at Barcelona – the late great Johan Cruyff – the proverb of the ‘best defense is a good offense’ originates from 18th century American military manoeuvres – hence the transatlantic […]

City don’t want trouble - they’ll settle for just a double

Two headlines – 13 months apart – crystallise the hideous hypocrisy and blatantly biased agenda constantly directed against Manchester City. Rewind to March 3rd 2021 and, ‘Manchester City might win the quadruple – and this is not good for English football’ – it’s not exactly catchy and certainly not balanced. Fast forward to April 29th 2022 and feast your eyes on, ‘Neutrals should be cheering on Liverpool’s quadruple hunt – […]

True perfection has to be imperfect for Pep

Pep Guardiola refused to take the bait following City’s sensational 5-0 Champions League demolition of Sporting Lisbon. He’d been asked by the BT Sports reporter if his team was ‘perfect’, in the aftermath of the resounding victory in a hostile Jose Alvalade Stadium? Whilst admitting he was very happy with the win, the City boss insisted there was room for improvement – some of his players needed to do more. […]

Fastest 500 Premier League points ever, but Pep still has points to prove

Pep Guardiola will always have points to prove with his magnificent Manchester City side, despite being the fastest manager in Premier League history to amass 500 points. In a tough and bruising encounter with a Southampton team that were more sinners than saints, Pep chalked up his 500th point in just his 213th top flight game, the only downside being he couldn’t make it to 502 at St Mary’s Stadium. […]

Super Sky Blue Monday

Psychologists claim the third Monday of January is the nadir of the year for most of us. Applying a formula of bad weather, post Christmas debt, unpaid credit card bills, low motivational levels and already failed New Year’s resolutions, the boffins would have us believe that January 17th, 2022 is one of – if not the – most depressing day on the calendar. Today is supposed to be ‘Blue Monday’ […]

The team with no nine

Long before a heart condition threatened to curtail Sergio Aguero’s career, it was conventional wisdom that Manchester City required a world class replacement for their legendary striker. Plagued by injuries, the club’s all-time highest goal scorer with 260 in just 390 games (not forgetting 73 assists), was reduced to occasional cameo appearances as City cruised to their third title in just four years. Pep Guardiola’s masterly deployment of a false […]

City fans pray Lahoz doesn’t do an 'Attwell' in Porto!

It’s very rare that someone who is – at best – grossly incompetent in their job, can deliver a master class. Stuart Attwell is such a man. The only catch is that the Numpty from Nuneaton or the Wally from Warwickshire (feel free to insert your own alliterative adjective ) only excels at more of the same. Be it breathtaking ineptitude, or maybe something more sinister, Attwell managed to manipulate […]

True blue Vera – The memories live on…

Just a month shy of her 105th birthday, the wonderful lady would’ve marvelled at the sight of the fledgling superstar – 85 years her junior – smashing home Manchester City’s fourth goal at Anfield last Sunday. Vera Cohen would’ve been thrilled as Phil Foden cut inside from the right wing, shredding the last remnants of Liverpool’s ragged and demoralised defence, before unleashing an unstoppable strike past Alisson – cold feet […]