Tag: Manchester City

No Need For Further Hysteria Over Rio Ferdinand

Thirty minutes after kick-off in this afternoon’s Manchester derby, the individual responsible for controlling the Greater Manchester Police’s Twitter account noted that, “Man arrested outside stadium on suspicion of ticket touting. Brings total arrests for today’s football operation so far to… one!” It was, perhaps, a little on the optimistic side to hope that this would be the grand total for the day, but the headlines tomorrow morning will likely be mostly concerned with the incidents at the end of the ninety minutes at The City of Manchester Stadium than anything that happened on the pitch during a match which took a while to warm up but ended with the shower of fireworks that is starting to become customary when these two current titans of the Premier League meet up. The most photographed young man of the day was probably the lone pitch invader, who ran onto the pitch to remonstrate about something with somebody presumably at full-time. This particular boy can expect punishment on three different levels. Firstly, he can expect some sort of sanction from the police for his encroachment. Secondly, it seems inconceivable that he will be seeing any more football at The City of Manchester Stadium in the foreseeable future. A lengthy ban, surely, awaits him. Thirdly, he can probably anticipate considerable ridicule for the head-wear that he was wearing, a baby blue woollen effort...

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Why Money Negates Luck For Manchester City This Season

Luck, of course, is the one currency that denies analysis in modern football. The rub of the green doesn’t necessarily follow patterns, no matter how much pundits try to claim that it “evens itself out over the course of a season”, and both good luck and bad luck can manifest themselves at the most opportune of moments. Last night at The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester Citys luck ran dry. A perfectly good goal denied for one of the more mysteriously raised linesmans flags of the season so far and a shout for a penalty kick in stoppage time that was met by the referees whistle blowing for full-time rather than a penalty kick are the sort of factors in the ebb and flow of a football match that all the money in the world cannot take care of. Yet the fact of the matter remains that Manchester City remain in serious danger of not qualifying for the next round of the Champions League on account of their own sloppiness rather than these ill-advised refereeing decisions. Any viewing of their record in this years competition can only look at their overall performance in this years competition so far and consider that focusing on the micro rather than the macro would be a refusal to address the problems that the team has had on the pitch so far this season....

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100 Owners: Number 83 – Peter Swales (Manchester City)

On the fifth of May 1996, Manchester City drew at home against Liverpool and kissed goodbye to their Premier League status. It was the third time that the club had been relegated from the top division of English football in the previous thirteen years, but this was different – the beginning of the darkest period in the clubs history, a four year spell of misery and anger which saw it drop two divisions before fighting its way back to the top flight. Before the kick-off that day, however, the crowd at Maine Road fell silent to remember a man who came to embody the two decades of decline that had preceded that win or bust game. Peter Swales didn’t live to see his clubs fall from grace. Three days earlier, Swales, reportedly a man left broken by the coup which had ousted him from the clubs boardroom two and a half years earlier, had died at home from a heart attack at just sixty-three years of age. Peter Swales ticked many boxes that led to ridicule on the Kippax terrace during his final years with the club. A self-made Manchester businessman once described by former manager Malcolm Allison as “a little man with a scrape-over hairdo and a blazer with an England crest on it”, he had become the target of one of the most sustained campaigns of its...

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The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Manchester City

History, as every third-rate writer already knows, has a tendency to be written by the victors. In amongst the hysteria that accompanied the absurdly tight finish to last years Premier League season, it was perhaps forgotten amongst the celebrations and tears just how close Manchester City came to what surely would have had to be regarded as the failure of not winning the Premier League championship. No-one of the blue persuasion in Manchester probably cared that much at the time. Football may be considered a results business, but it is also an area which excels in providing snapshots mental images for preservation in our memories, and few of these from last season will prove to be more indelible than that of Sergio Aguero forcing the ball into the Queens Park Rangers goal through what seemed at the time like some sheer force of will to snatch the title from the grasp of Manchester United at the very last possible minute. Similarly clichéed is the notion of the “difficult second season.” Winning a title, we are sometimes told, is the easy bit. It’s defending it which proves to be trickier, apparently. Such arguments tend to overlook the psychological hurdle that is overcome with a first league championship win for a long time, as well as the effect that such a win may have upon their opponents. Teams playing against Manchester...

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Match Of The Past: Manchester City

Premier League champions Manchester City haven’t, as we all know, always had things as good as they do now. The history of the club is, however, dotted with some great wins and this mornings Match Of The Past goes back in time to the years between 1956 and 1989 to replay six of them for you. Our first match is the 1956 FA Cup Final, played at Wembley against Birmingham City. We then head for their championship season of 1967/68 and a match against Tottenham Hotspur played at a snowy Maine Road – a match that became known as the ‘Ballet On Ice’. City couldn’t retain their league title the following year, but they did win the FA Cup in 1969 and this allowed them entry into the European Cup Winners Cup, and our next match is the final of that competition against Gornik Zabrze in Vienna. Next up sees City back at Wembley to play Newcastle United in the final of the 1976 League Cup. The years after this were years of decline for the club, but they did pull off an outstanding performance against a Liverpool team which ended the season as champions at Anfield during the 1981/82 season, and our final match is one that will probably already be very familiar to City supporters – the home match against Manchester United from September 1989. You can...

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