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Tea and sympathy from a Manchester City fan

9 years ago

As I have said before on your site, I take no pleasure as a Manchester City fan in beating certain teams; Newcastle, West Ham and Portsmouth.

What do they have in common ? Top top fans…

I am never the neutral when watching you guys play against anyone (except us).

It was a bad day at the office though, Shearer was angry as was Keegan, whom I see in my village now and then.  I am guessing he would have been 1% happy and 99% sad with Saturday’s result, 3.5 years with us but he still bleeds Scouse red and a Black & White core.  You forget he’s a Yorkshireman.

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And please for the sake of football sort out the tumour that is Ashley. I’ll send you some meeting notes from our Captain Combover (Swales era) and then the Forward (then downward) with Franny (Lee) era then Division 3. The defeat at York City, the pitch invasion at Lincoln (cold sweat).

There are two challenges to FFP in March in the European Court (not by Man City) by two smaller Belgian clubs who have attracted interest from investors who want to put money into the clubs. FFP means the investments will fail.

If these FFP challenges win then fill yer boots, get Ashley off to Glasgow to flog shell suits on the Gorbals, then get a proper investor.

A trip down memory lane for you, from our fanzine.

‘18 years ago in 1995/96, Kevin Keegan’s exciting Newcastle side played brilliant football and led the table for a long time, and sadly blew away a ten point lead.

Not that we had any time to feel sad for the Geordies. We had plenty of our own problems as Alan Ball haplessly and cack-handedly wrecked Manchester City with some terrible man management, the appalling treatment of Tony Coton and Peter Beagrie, clueless tactics and disastrous signings like Gerry Creaney, and even worse sales like the wonderful Paul Walsh.

After undeservedly gaining a point in our first game against Tottenham, City lost the next eight league games (one of which was a 3-1 defeat after Newcastle ran rings round us at St James’s Park) and the rest of the season was spent trying to catch up.

We didn’t win our first league game until we beat Bolton 1-0 in November and despite showing decent form in the second half of the season, including a memorable 3-3 draw at home to Newcastle (Quinn 2, Rosler 1! ) when we were denied victory by a late Philippe Albert goal.

We went down after a 2-2 draw against a disinterested Liverpool on the last day. That agonising, gut-wrenching last day when Alan Ball heard the wrong score at our relegation rivals and told Steve Lomas to take the ball to the corner flag to waste time to secure a draw. It was a crushing, painful relegation, which was the prelude to an accelerated decline in Manchester City’s fortunes in the late 1990s.’

How times have changed. Now it is City running rings round Newcastle, playing brilliant, skilful football.

Despite having a decent spell in the late 90s, and Bobby Robson and Alan Pardew doing well more recently, Newcastle have never quite reached those heights again, and now they are under the stewardship of Mike Ashley who is only bothered about making money from the TV deals and keeping them in the top flight.

The immoral zero-hours contracts that Ashley is so keen on at Sports Direct, are virtually applied to Newcastle’s players in the Cups with their managers basically briefed to field weakened teams!

It must be very dispiriting for Geordies to put up with that, and several conversations I have had with them have backed this up.

Good luck with the rest of the season, well done for beating us in the Cup – BTW – You deserved it, you showed up, we didn’t. The bollocking for that was served up on Saturday teatime when half your players were still on the bus at 6pm…


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