City in the summer transfer window ?

May 26, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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What a great season, what can be said City win the FA cup and manage to take 3rd spot and avoid the Champion league play offs. City fans everywhere are still pinching themselves in disbelief.

Its summer time and that means the papers go into over drive on the transfer front. Tevez is leaving Balotelli is joining Milan and so on. Funny thing about the transfer window is nobody is going anywhere until the ink hits the paper its just that simple.

City are looking to tempt Bolton with a swap deal ?     Mancini has fallen out with Marwood and Cook over transfer policy ?  Tevez has given a radio interview in Argentina where hes proclaimed he is the second coming of Jesus Christ and will only play for Chelsea ? the last one would be the sort of made up lies you will find in the Sun and copied and repeated by Tribal. The point is were going to see  a lot of this in the coming weeks how true the rumours are is anybody’s guess.

City however are sure to sell and buy in the window (as sure as you are to get US free bets offers in your inbox). I say this because I believe that Mancini will want a squad of players who understand how important it is to have depth and quality in the squad and not complain if you are not picked every week because is a team effort. That and at present City have a load of players on loan who just weren’t needed. I should point that the  players on loan were all bought under Mark Hughes.

Adebayor on loan at Real Madrid, has made it very clear he has no intention of  a return to Manchester.  My view ?  fine stay in Spain suits you better Ade, your lazy and really don’t get the offside rule.

Wayne Bridge on loan at relegated West Ham. Wayne is a really nice bloke and has come in for stick in the past from City fans. I for one think he has a lot more to his game than he has shown us in the past. However Mancini if the papers are true doesn’t see him the plans for the future as Aston Villa look like to be a new start for Wayne.

Craig Bellamy on loan at home town Cardiff.  Bellers has said he loves playing for boyhood team Cardiff. Bellamy has tons of pace and can read a game, he can finish with a class touch, has a well noted passion in the dressing room. Craig for all the god given talent has one major problem in his fitness has problems playing a string of games that in mind hard to see  Mancini giving him the recall.

Nedum Onuoha on loan at Sunderland (Yes I know not a Hughes buy) but a quick mention.  Has it all strength, discipline, youth, Ned is a welcome addition to any Premier side. Loaned out for the season and has again proved his worth at Sunderland.  A story has been doing the rounds that City would like to use Ned on a swap, and young City starlet Boyata on a loan deal to land Gary Cahill. Bolton will have trouble holding on to defender Gary Cahill in the summer he has had a great season. Why Cahill for City ?I don’t know Kompany and Lescott have been great in recent weeks and are starting to gel.

Roque Santa Cruz – The ultimate Hughes must have.  Mark Hughes having great success with Santa Cruz at Blackburn went all out in signing him for City. £18m later for a player who was injured at the time we got Santa Cruz what followed ? No goals and more injuries. Roque is one of nicest people there is in football. Roque is a genuine bloke, has a lot of time for the supporters and the kids and should be an example to all professional footballers.  That been said its on the pitch the fans want.  He is able to spend so much time with the fans due to his injuries.

Tell us your views and predictions on the upcoming transfer window. Who will stay and who will go ?

What a week for City fans.

May 19, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Well was  a long and memorable week,  for me a long week of  travel.

First over to the Spurs game and a great goal from the very man who denied City Champions league last year. Peter your a star. With one of the teams season goals reaching forth spot out of the way, City turned all attention to the F.A. Cup final.

Off down to London with me and what a day the build up was tense as both Man City and Stoke alike wondered how the match would unfold. It was to be a Man City victory with Yaya Toure man of the day in Wembley again, one goal between the two sides was enough to lift the cup. City were the better team on the day which was pointed out by Stoke manager Tony Pulis.

Sunday seen Arsenal mauled by Aston Villa from early on in the game. Villa held out as Arsenal tried desperately in vein to get back on leveling  footing pushing City into a position of taking third spot with a win against F.A. Cup rivals Stoke City.

Flight back to Manchester for the last game of the season. City play football like their life depended on it two of the best from Tevez and they really were cracking goals, and a towering header from Lescott. Lescott has come in for flack in the past but he is getting stronger all the time and starting to look like the player he was at Everton. Was well happy that City kept a clean sheet a 3 nil up in the past City fans have watched them switch off  and give away a soft goal spoiling

City are now in 3rd spot with a point advantage on Arsenal, now lets not get carried away last game of the season both teams play away City at Bolton and Arsenal at Fulham. Fulham would never roll over would they ? Remember Hughes would have a little laugh to himself I’m sure should Arsenal finish third. City can still finish 3rd even with an Arsenal win just beat Bolton simple at that and no team Owen Coyle manages would dare take to the pitch with defeat in their mind. Comes down to Sunday.

C’mon you Blues.

Never Thought I’d See this Day

May 14, 2011 by · 7 Comments
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Article by Blue Ted

I honestly thought this day would never come.

Seeing the FA Cup finally in the possession of Manchester City is a dream I’ve held onto since I first saw City in action in 1981 against Spurs. That game was, as we all know, thirty years ago and since then, the blues have done nothing but decline, while across the road, United have done the opposite.

To endure thirty five years without a trophy is bad enough for any club of our stature, but we’ve also had to suffer while watching United win almost every trophy possible. And to cap it all, we’ve also had to battle for promotion or fight relegation on an almost regular basis. But all that hurt has now been wiped away on one glorious afternoon in the Wembley sun.

We now have the FA Cup and a Champions League place to boot, which is another step in the blue revolution. The hard work is only just beginning but the Cup will hopefully be the first of many to grace Eastlands in the coming years.

Turning to the game itself, I was particularly pleased with Mario Balotelli. Following City’s Europa League exit, I was very critical of the Italian and thought that it would be better for him to be out of the club. But today, Mario stood up to the wind up tactics of some of the Stoke players and kept his cool. There was a time when I thought he would lose it, but he showed that he could handle the situation and his back heel in the build up to the goal was superb.

As for the goal itself, I don’t think anyone would have been able to stop it. It was a bit scrappy in the stoke area but Yaya made no mistake with his left foot as he blasted the ball into the Stoke goal at the same end that he scored against United in the semi. But if there is one person who deserves all the credit he received, it is Roberto Mancini. The Italian has been the subject of increased speculation over his future, and it wasn’t long ago when fans were calling for his head. But in one season, he has taken us from perennial FA Cup losers to the trophy itself, as well as the Champions League. He has delivered on all the board’s targets set before him and he will quite rightly take the praise that will surely be delivered.

And let’s not forget one of the reasons we were at Wembley today. It would not have been possible without the huge investment in the club from Sheikh Mansour. In the years he’s been at City, the blues have climbed the table and made substantial progress already. So a huge thank you goes out to Sheikh Mansour, Khaldoon Al Muburak and ADUG for ending our pain.

But while we celebrate our win, our commiserations go out to Stoke City, who proved themselves worthy finalists, but seemed to be overawed a little by the occasion. But if one thing has been shown this season, is that the ‘big four’ monopoly has well and truly been broken. With Liverpool missing out on Champions League football again, City and Stoke contest the FA Cup Final and Birmingham winning the League Cup, the remaining trophy to crack is the League title.

And with a bit more time and investment, it won’t be long until the blues are challenging on this front to.

City stuck in the toffee

May 8, 2011 by · 6 Comments
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Well another day of throwing a game away to Everton.

Really did think City would pull it this time shows how fickle football can be. It is a massive pressure clash on Tuesday now for Spurs and City do or die time.

 Spurs got a draw which is a lot better than a win, but the  begs the question if Spurs and City draw and  Liverpool beat Fulham can Liverpool hope to clinch forth spot with the two games left ?

Citys run in is as follows,

Spurs at Home.

Stoke at Home.

Bolton away.

Liverpool’s run of form lately is impressive whatever Kenny has done its bringing the best out of them.

With Bale now a no show for Tuesdays game can City dig deep and shows us that the team can do it when it really matters,  just like they did in the semi final against Untied. Followed by the big day in London the F.A. CUP FINAL,  (I love even typing it )

Stoke had a good win against Arsenal and are looking sharper and playing more football than ever. Hard team to beat as City fans know from last season. Stoke again on the Tuesday at home really do hope City have the cup to lift that night. Away to Bolton who will be a challenge for the finale of the season

Its a long  2 weeks that will  tell  us how the cookie crumbles.

How do you think the run in will unfold ?

Final Tickets sold out, Just like 16,000 of the fans.

May 5, 2011 by · 8 Comments
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The scramble for the F.A. Cup final tickets is over as City have sold the 25,000 seats. Like wise Stoke City have sold their 25,000. For the semi final City and Untied were awarded 33,000 tickets a piece. The problem with the  final is the F.A. give out tickets to the volunteers and corporate who are awarded for their service. Many people have asked the question would it not be a bit fairer to the clubs if these seats were given to the fans of the clubs in the final ? The short answer and right answer is YES.

The charity shield is were all the freebies belong, now before I get people jumping down my neck about the people who do this, and do that, for the community. I will be the first to appalled them and say “have some free match days tickets to any club you like under the F.A. or tickets to the Charity shield for a nice day out”
Not the F.A. cup final which so many City and  Stoke fans have waited and prayed for. Its a historical day for both clubs and the fans, however a lot of the  supporters and season card holders just wont get a chance to be there you could say fair enough, but to cut by the number of tickets from  the semi final to the final is something which should be addressed by the F.A. in the future. To show I’m not bias the same can be said for Untied and Barcelona fans with the number for the biggest match in the Champions League cut right down. The top match for your choosen club and the fans cant get a fair share of the tickets makes you wonder.

I know they say its for Volunteers but the true fact is as we all know its for all the Big Wigs,  friends and families and of course the celebrities and their entourage.

We all are aware a small amount of the tickets go to real give up your free time volunteers and the rest are just given to people in the know. The glamorous faces of celebs who could barely name a handful of players from each team. Watch on match day as the cameras point out who’s there with a wack of fake tan on them. I always wonder how did you manage a ticket ? and do they even support either team?   Just go back over the years and see actors,musicians, and the hated reality faces  pop up with friends and family in toe.

I Can understand if the likes of the Gallagher brothers, Johnny Marr, Andrew Flintoff, Ricky Hatton, or in the case of famous Stoke City fans Neil Hancock, Ted Hankey and Julian Clarey as they have always been to matches over the years but Katie Price ? Sugerbabes?  Housemates from Big Brother ?  X factor runner ups ? the list goes on and on.

The questions is not how do these people get tickets, but why over the fans that truly deserve them.

A call for all City fans to Boycott Football 365.

April 26, 2011 by · 63 Comments
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After reading an attack on all City fans by a piece published by the pro Untied Football 365 I would call on all City fans to please boycott this site.

I respectfully ask all other City Blogs, fan sites, and City related media outlets to pass this message on to all the City faithful.

The artcile was written by a man who if you have a problem with his views you first must email them for approval ! surprise surprise the comments that were allowed are pro United one by the name of Scott my guess the same vile little man who has no problem with playing the injured party.

The article is about City fans who were singing about the Munich air disaster. As City fans were are all very aware of United Fans singing about Marc Vivian Foe and how these chants from both sides should not be allowed. However as in life their will always be those who disagree and see it as banter even if a little bit close to the nerve. I’m not one as its a bit disrespectful to the dead and their families. 

The fact is  Football 365 in publishing this article have gone to far in an anti City rant aimed on all City fans !!! some of the insults in the piece to me are just as low and cheap but hay its just banter ? No I believe the writer is a Man United hated filled little person who has red tinted glasses on. Yes in the piece he clearly states that Man Untied fans are not all angels but clearly does so to fell free to unleash a torrent of abuse on City fans.

Have a read to see my reasons for asking to boycott the site then free free to leave your views on the matter as a football fan with a opinion that will always be welcome here.

http://www.football365.com/mailbox/story/0,17033,8744_6897720,00.html#

Redknapp Ready To Blame Stoke Rather Than His Own Team’s Performances

April 20, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has suggested that the FA change Manchester City’s home Premier League fixture with Stoke over fears that the visitors just won’t be bothered.

The two teams were due to meet on May 14th, but now have an appointment to meet in the FA Cup Final on that day and their league fixture has been changed to take place three days later. Stoke will qualify for Europe if City win the trophy AND finish fourth, prompting fears from North London that Stoke will throw the game to help City finish in a Champions League place.

“It is a bad time to play the game. No-one would say that Stoke would go there and not try to win but I just think the whole thing would be surrounded by people looking at it and thinking what went on if they do get beat,” said Redknapp which, once translated from cockney into English read ‘if City win the cup, Stoke will screw us.’

However Redknapp swear that his fears have absolutely nothing to do with his own team’s inability to catch City despite the blues indifferent form in the league. “That fact that we have won only one in six league games has nothing to do with it,” says Redknapp, who threatened to burst a blood vessel at the very suggestion.

“In fact, City should have seen how crap my lads have been and given up a few more points. They have a better goal difference to us, so why did they then go and put five past Sunderland? They are unfair and inconsiderate. Thinking about it, they should be deducted as many points as it takes for us to overtake them without fear of them catching us. That’s how it should be”

The Spurs manager confirmed that he had spoken to the chairman about the Stoke situation, who promised that he would give the matter his immediate attention right after he had completed ‘some other more important tasks.’ When asked what date City and Stoke should meet, Redknapp replied “9th May would be ideal, to be honest. I know they play Everton two days earlier and us the following day but come on, fair’s fair. They’ve got lots of money.”

Spurs recorded their fourth draw from those six games with a 3-3 result against Arsenal, leaving City two points clear of the Londoners. Ironically, Spurs only win during their current run was a 3-2 home win over Stoke City.

On other Cup Final news, ITV have confirmed that there will be absolutely no bias in Stoke’s favour during their coverage of the FA Cup final next month. A statement from ITV read: “Although we love to see the bigger teams getting beat, especially in a Cup Final, there will be absolutely no biased reporting from our commentators or pundits, before, during or following Stoke’s magnificent and unexpected victory at Wembley next month.”

FA Cup Or Champions League Place?

April 17, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Roberto Mancini could face a tough call ahead of the FA Cup Final against Stoke City.

The blues currently occupy fourth place in the league and if they stay there, City will qualify for the Champions League. However they are only three points ahead of Spurs and the Londoners have a game in hand that could put them level on points. 

And four days before the Cup Final, the two teams clash at Eastlands, leaving Mancini with an unenviable task; choose a team to claim a Champions League spot but risk them being tired for Wembley or potentially sacrifice fourth place in pursuit of silverware?

Last Monday, Mancini left out key players such as Silva, Zabaleta, De Jong and Balotelli and were comprehensively beaten at Anfield and it was clear that his mind was more focussed on the United game than the league.

But will that be the case in May and would the fans accept it if Mancini did the same for the Spurs game but won the Cup? It would help matters if Spurs lost a couple of games and gave us a little breathing space. Hopefully Arsenal will do us a favour when the visit White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

Obviously we would like to both finish fourth and win the Cup, but if it had to be one or the other, which one would you prefer?

Let’s Go Back In Time, Rio

April 17, 2011 by · 10 Comments
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Bitter loser Rio Ferdinand has criticised City striker Mario Balotelli following the fracas at the end of Saturday’s FA Cup semi final which saw City book a return to Wembley for the FA Cup Final.

Writing on his Twitter account, Ferdinand said “If you score a goal and give a bit to opposing fans I kind of accept that. But at the final whistle, go to your fans and enjoy it, not opposing fans.”

Interesting words Rio but what a short memory you have. Let’s go back 18 months and a derby at Old Trafford. Michael Owen scores a last minute winner for United and what does Gary Neville do? Run and celebrate in front of the visiting City supporters.

And let’s not forget that the same player flashed and kissed the United badge in front of visiting Liverpool supporters after United had beaten them.

The funny thing about the whole situation is that Ferdinand acted like a child being wound up by a younger brother. He is 31, captained England and lifted every major trophy, yet he allowed himself to be wound up Mario who is really just beginning his career.

The sensible thing for Ferdinand would have been to walk away but instead showed his complete bitterness at the result by trying to land one on Mario and ended up looking a complete fool.

On another note, I must say that many of the United fans I have spoken to have been quite gracious in defeat and some are even wishing us well in the final. Obviously there are going to be those that will want to see Stoke beat us (I say this as Stoke are 5-0 up at the time of writing), as they see City wining a trophy as unthinkable.

I remember a similar situation when Leeds went head to head with United in 1992 for the league title and we were saying how United winning the league was unthinkable and that it couldn’t be allowed to happen. It didn’t that year but the following year it happened.

No doubt many of United’s hate infested blogs, you know the ones I’m referring to, will be firmly on Stoke’s side on May 14th and, although it will be a very difficult game, we will go there with the belief that the FA Cup will be in our possession by the end of the game.

What a day for City Fans.

April 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Saturday’s semi cup final against the old bitter rivals Man Untied was a day no city fan will forget any time soon. The build up around Wembley was electric. I found myself in the Green Man pub where they had a BBQ in full effect, the City faithful were singing their hearts out and we even had a good spell of the sun for a bit what more could you ask for ? 

OK maybe shorter queues for the bar, but apart from that the place was hopping great atmosphere created by great fans. As the time drew near a mass exodus from the pub and headed towards the amazing Wembley stadium singing all the way. On arrival to the stadium the number of blue shirts swelled and became a sea of blue with the odd red one wandering through a looking as out of place as a McDonald’s burger on the menu in a Michelin star restaurant. Inside the gate and it’s wide open space bars and food well over priced food!! If you don’t like Carlsberg though there is not a lot more on offer. I headed in and took my seat everyone is looking around not knowing what to except. I was sat beside father and son duo Ian and Luke Jackson from Roachdale pictured on this piece. Ian took footie mad Luke down to London to watch what has to be the biggest game for any City fan in years. The look on his face as he watched on as his City heroes battled it out on the pitch with the old enemy Untied. I got chatting to Ian and he told me how Luke is football mad and plays for Pennine Juniors Black under 7. I want to say congratulations to him as he plays up front and scored a hat trick on Thursday night gone. Luke is also at the Bolton academy. The lad eats and sleeps football.

I could bang on about what happened in the 9th minute the Ginger getting sent off  Toures goal, or the fact Ballotelli was near to starting a riot at the end of the game but this is all stuff you would have read or seen already by now. What got me was the emotion of the fans. The look on Luke’s face and his eyes as he watched on transfixed on the game. Every corner , shot, save, throw in, and of course that one goal that decided the outcome of the game.

The man sat on the other side , I’m sorry I didn’t get his name now, a total stranger just like Ian and Luke at kickoff but after going through 90 minutes like that with someone you’ve never met before changes that. They become someone you will always remember. Strangest thing to hug a total stranger in such joy and ecstasy that City can on their day provide to us mere morals. It really does make all the bad times City have put us long suffering fans through disappear in a flash. To see the look on Luke’s face at the end of the 90 mintues was as good for me as the goal and game itself. I hope for all the young and upcoming blues there are many more days like that one for the future. It’s all about the fans for me, in the long run City will win, City will lose, players, managers, owners will come and go but the fans will always be there generation after generation just like Ian and Luke and that’s what makes the club great.

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