Manchester City and Me


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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8 Responses

  1. Manacle says:

    I’m not sure why City’s wealthy owners are bad …but when other clubs punch/punched far above their weight due to wealthy owners it was ok (Blackburn, Middlesbrough, Fulham, Wigan, Villa, West Ham, Leeds, Portsmouth etc)

    Perhaps its ok to have wealthy owners as long as you don’t challenge for the major honours.

    Sadly the only way to break the G14 cartel with all their Champions League wealth is to have a wealthy owner.

    Have fun at Raith,I’m off to Wembley to support City.

  2. Gavin says:

    “I’m not sure why City’s wealthy owners are bad …but when other clubs punch/punched far above their weight due to wealthy owners it was ok”

    I didn’t mean to imply any such thing. As I say, it’s a personal decision for me and others can make their own decisions, including fans of other clubs. There’s at least one club in that list that I think I wouldn’t be able to support under its current ownership, but by and large I don’t know enough about the circumstances to guess what I would have thought.

    That said, I don’t really accept the analogy anyway. There’sbeen a step-change to the current Premier League model of teams become playthings for people seeking international publicity. I’d argue the funding models at City and Chelsea, in particular, differ in principle and not just in degree from anything that’s gone before.

  3. Craig Burley says:

    If it’s a purely personal decision then why parade it in public? Odd choice. Still, enjoy Raith, it’s good to have a club to support.

    One final piece of advice, from a lover of American sport where these things have been a public obsession for some time – ignore how much a footballer is paid, and any discussion of it. It only leads to heartache.

  4. Andy says:

    I kind of get where you’re coming from, but it also seems a bit reactionary. A club is more than its owners and players, after all. But then, I dunno. There’s so much at play. The identity politics of club allegiance are mind-boggling.

  5. I agree, I don’t see how it can be that much fun supporting City anymore. How it can be that exciting when you buy a new player knowing you can buy just about anyone, and if they do win a trophy there will not be the same dubilation as everyone will just think….they bought it.

  6. Orleans joe says:

    A lot of grandstanding here. Fact is, you grew apart from the club you used to support, it happens.

    What made me laugh is thaksin was your final straw. How magnanimous of you.

  7. Micky F says:

    The only way to prevent clubs spending their way to success like this is of course to have a salary cap and a maximum squad size. Of course this will never happen as the big clubs will never allow it to happen, the FA has created a ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ which just like Dr Frankenstein it can no longer control.

    I say good on Gavin for having the brains and guts to say no to this mindless greed unlike a lot of the posters who have commented on here.

  8. dundeebarry says:

    Morals go right out the window in the face of a shot at glory. City have lived in the doldrums and United’s shadow for so long that Hitler could’ve risen from the dead and invested Nazi gold into the club and 99% of the fans would be Seig Heiling all the way to Wembley. Same goes for any club and any support, it’s not just a City thing.

    I’m going to be a swine here, Gavin, and ask if you think you’d maintain as strong a stance on the matter had distance not played such a big part in getting to see/support your team? Perhaps it was an easier call to make from afar?

    For what it’s worth I admire your stance on the matter. I bet you’re one of the few who hold it. Good article, I look forward to reading more of your stuff in the future.

    Oh aye, and good luck to the bold Raith Rovers in the title run in!

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