Tag: Manchester City

The Manchester Derby: A Tale Of Two Masks

As the supporters of football clubs, there are two masks that we are required to keep about our person at all times. One of these masks is practical. It’s the mask that prioritises league position over everything else. It’s the mask that accepts the limitations of the clubs that we support. The other is that with which we are more familiar from the media representation of supporters. This is the emotional side, the side that refuses to listen to reason or moderations when we’re watching our team play, the side that brings out our inner child in the name...

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The FA Cup (Briefly?) Shines Again

Taking the world’s oldest football tournament and smacking it over the head with a rubber chicken has become something of a national sport in itself in recent times. With the FA broadly as silent as ever and no sophisticated media machine drip, drip, dripping us into believing that This Is Important, it’s become a punching bag, a useful outlet onto which anybody with an opinion, regardless of its value, can express their hopes or fears for The State Of Things. Time does move on. We can all agree on this. But while many, many people are satisfied to look...

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Video of the Day: Arsenal vs Manchester City, February 1971

The race for those Champions League places is looking rather congested with just a couple of games of the season to go, but we’ll have a better idea of whether there’s likely to be a great deal of excitement on the matter this afternoon, when Manchester City play Arsenal at The City¬† of Manchester Stadium. With Manchester United having won at Norwich City yesterday afternoon, City now need a win against Arsenal in order to further advance their case to not drop into the Europa League next season, and with the Champions League now something of a memory and...

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Video of the Day: Southampton vs Manchester City, April 1983

On their day, there were few more thrilling football teams to watch during the early 1980s than Lawrie McMenemy’s Southampton. A team that once featured five England captains in one team played European football and finished the 1983/84 season as runners-up to the exceptional Liverpool team of the era following promotion to the First Division in 1978 and were capable of playing wonderful attacking football. For today’s video, we’ve pulled out an entertaining match against Manchester City from April 1983. City were in free-fall at the time, tumbling towards a first relegation from the First Division in two decades...

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The Champions League: Manchester City vs Real Madrid, Live!

Good evening everybody, and welcome to our coverage of this evening’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg between Manchester City and Real Madrid. New money versus old money. Middle-Eastern oil barons versus a club so much of the establishment that they have the Spanish word for “Royal” in their name. If you want an idea of the extent to which this is a clash of the arrivistes and the old guard, consider this somewhat extraordinary comparison – this is Manchester City’s first appearance at this stage of the Champions League or European Cup whereas, by contrast, Real Madrid have...

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