Posts Tagged ‘man city’

Any other neutrals supporting man city?

May 17, 2019

I have a friend who’s a crystal palace fan. He said he’s going to support man city in the FA Cup final. One of his reasons is because Harry the Hornet (the watford mascot) once mimicked Wilfried Zaha diving. It strikes me as an out there reason. It also strikes me that there won’t be many other neutrals who’ll be supporting city, are you one?


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He’ll be the Delph of me

July 30, 2015

Hola. Hope you are well.

For a couple of days, I praised Fabian Delph for turning down Man City to stay at Aston Villa. After all it was playing regularly for Villa that helped Delph to get into the England team, whereas at City, I couldn’t see him as being anything other than a bit part player.

A few days later Delph had a change of mind and joined Man City, making me look silly (sillier than usual). One of the reasons for the u-turn was a chat with Micah Richards, who apparently described Man City as ‘the best club in the world’. I’m not sure if this is the best way for Micah to gain favour with the supporters of his new club… Aston Villa.

Another transfer I didn’t quite get was Asmir Begovic going from the No1 at Stoke to play second fiddle to Courtois at Chelsea. Even if his time at Stoke was coming to an end, surely he could have gone to a club where he’d get more than a handful of games. Perhaps he knows something I don’t (he wouldn’t be the first).

Til next time, be nice to each other.


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Is 3 too young to be a jinx?

February 1, 2015

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Some people think the FA Cup has lost some of its magic. I’m not sure doing the draw part way through The One Show will reverse this perception. It did however make me wonder which other programmes the BBC could do the draw in. Maybe EastEnders, or University Challenge. Feel free to let me know of your suggestions, via the Comments button or on Twitter @viewfromthetrev

My other halve’s dad, a Man City fan and season ticket holder has started taking his 3 year old daughter to the games. So far she’s seen City draw 3-3 with Burnley and lose 2-0 to Arsenal. I’m starting to think she may be a jinx. Is 3 years of age too early to tell someone they can’t go to the football because they bring bad luck?

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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Has Frank Lampard tarnished his Chelsea legacy?

August 6, 2014

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I feel a bit sorry for Frank Lampard. The reason being that some Chelsea fans have turned on him and all because he’s signed for Man City for 5 months. Some believe that this has tarnished his Chelsea legacy?

This seems a bit harsh to me, firstly Frank Lampard will always be associated with Chelsea, he’s their current top scorer and all his successes have come with Chelsea.

Secondly, he’s only on loan at Man City and only because he doesn’t start with New York City FC til March.

What did people want him to do in these 5 months? He’s a footballer he needs to play football the part owners of New York are the owners of Man City so this would seem to be the obvious solution. Or would these people have preferred to see Frank employed by Man City to sell the hot dogs?

Til next time, stay safe!



A Yaya Diet

May 22, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

It’s already proved to be a fun close season. For example, two days after the Premier League ended and 2 managers had already been sacked, Pepe Mel and Tim Sherwood.

Sam Allardyce survived the chop at West Ham but had to agree to play attractive football and employ an attacking coach.

Samir Nasri’s missus didn’t take his exclusion from the French World Cup squad well, taking to twitter to have a go at the manager Didier Deschamps and France as a nation. Feel free to let me know when your other-half had a go at your boss, or perhaps you were the one having a go at your partner’s boss. Let me know via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

Better than the above story, comes via Nasri’s Man City team-mate Yaya Toure, who between him and his agent didn’t feel the club made a big enough fuss of his 31st birthday (a big birthday in any man’s life). Some might say being paid £220 000 a week would be appreciation enough. If all this is just an attempt to force a transfer, then it has to be the lamest excuse ever. Feel free to let me know your weakest excuse for getting out of something.

With all this going on there’s been some time left for some actual football, with Arsenal winning the FA Cup. In the build up I learnt that Arsene Wenger still eats like a player, that’s why there’s not an ounce of fat on him. Having watched the final, I don’t think Steve Bruce has committed to the same diet.

Til next time, stay safe!


Squat dogs and pub quizzes

March 20, 2014

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Last week, me and my mate Prong2 (from the 3Prong Attack radio show) decided we’d watch the Barcelona v Man City game. Of the two possible drinking places we chose the pub furthest away because it has commentary.

I was running late, having tried to fit too many times things into too short a time but when I got to the pub there was only a blue screen on the TV and not football as the satellite wasn’t picking up the signal.

Prong2 in my absence had befriended one of those overly friendly people who looked like he could quite easily and quickly become aggressive. Also roaming the pub was a squat dog that looked like it could quite easily and quickly become aggressive. We decided to go to the bar without sound.

When we got to this bar, they were showing the football but also had a pub quiz (bar quiz) on, this was not conducive to watching the game. As there are not many pubs in the area that show football, we gave up on watching the game and went elsewhere for a drink.

Feel free to let me know when things have conspired to make you miss a game. You can contact me via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

Til next time, stay safe!



Every loser wins

July 9, 2011

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So much has happened since my last post, so I’m just  going to run through some of them.

On my last post, Alex McLeish was on the verge of becoming the new Aston Villa boss, well we obviously now know that it actually happened.  What I didn’t like was all these pundits, ex players and even Alex Ferguson telling Villa fans that they should give McLeish a chance. The way I see it, if Aston Villa fans are peeved about the appointment I think it’s well within their rights. Afterall I’ve never seen Mr Ferguson on  the Holte End. What does seem odd, is the fact that the Villa board chose not to appoint Steve McClaren because they were aware the fans were against it but instead chose the manager of their bitterest rivals, the manager who had just been relegated with their bitterest rivals, cos in no way would the Villa fans object to that.

Michael Owen’s horse Brown Panther won a race at Ascot (see here) and afterwards Michael shed a few tears on TV, ironically making him look like a loser. If the horse’s career should in any way follow Michael’s it will have a bright start, maybe become a national hero and then end up as a bit part in Alex Ferguson’s collection of horses.

Liverpool missed out on long-term target Sylvian Marveaux, who ended up moving to Newcastle on a free, after allegedly failing a medical at Liverpool. But Liverpool fans needn’t worry, the way things are going at Anfield I’m sure in 12 months time they will have secured his services for a cut price £30m.

England’s under 21’s crashed out of the Euro Championships, after a dire tournament, where they failed to get out of the group, or win a game, or have any coherent game plan. If Stuart Pearce’s job is to prepare the u-21 players for life in the full England team then he is doing a fantastic job. That must be why the FA were so happy to reward him with a new two-year contract.

I’ve never been to  Glastonbury and probably never will as I’m not sure all that camping and mud is my sort of thing but this year’s Glastonbury did lead to an unlikely meeting, that of Morrissey and Joey Barton. I asked my friend (and writer) HP Tinker, who knows more about these things, “What have they got in common?” He said, “They both love Morrissey”, which probably accurately sums up their relationship.

Apparently Barcelona are 450m Euros in debt, but they needn’t worry as their President Sandro Rosell has a solution. He’s basically going to scrap bodyguards and to only photocopy things in black and white and not colour. I’m no financial expert but that should do the trick. Having said that they are still linked with £30m plus moves for Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez. I suspect that’s a lot of black and white photocopies.

I ended up playing 11-a-side football a couple of weeks ago. I can’t remember the previous time I played 11-a-side and afterwards I realised why I hadn’t played for so long, as it was hard work. I ended up feeling stiff for days after. It was my own fault as my cool down involved sitting around talking about how difficult it was before going to a pub for a pint. Normally when something is so difficult my natural instinct is to avoid doing that thing again. So it might surprise you, because it certainly surprises me, that I will be back playing 11-a-side later today.

And Finally… Emmanuel Adebayor is not happy about having to train with the Man City reserves. On his reported £175 000 a week wages, I’d be happy training with the refuge collectors. (No disrespect to the refuge collectors at Carrington).

Til next time, stay safe!

Snood wearing Prima Donnas

December 22, 2010


Hola. Hope you are well and gearing up for Christmas.

I’m not one to exaggerate but I think I’m writing this despite the onset of Swine Flu. Although as a trouper I will battle on without moaning.

It seems a lot of things have happened since my last blog post, mainly involving managers.

Firstly, Mike Ashley in his wisdom decided to sack Chris Hughton and replace him with Alan Pardew. I’ve still not found a man, woman, child, animal or alien who thinks this was a good idea. I heard a report saying Pardew’s first job was to convince the players he was the right man for the job. I would have thought his first job would have been to convince himself, he’s the right man for the job.

Having said that it’s funny how quickly things change in modern football, as illustrated by Pardew’s first game in charge against Liverpool. At the start of the game Roy Hodgson must have looked over to the opposition dug out and thought it’s nice to be facing a manager more hated by his own fans than he is. By the end of the game and Newcastle’s 3-1 victory, Alan Pardew must have looked over at Roy Hodgson and thought it’s nice to see a manager more hated by his own fans than me.

Another manager in the news was Sam Allardyce, who got the boot from Blackburn. I’m not a big fan of Big Sam, but I was surprised when he go the heave-ho. Some of Sam’s fans in the media and Mr Ferguson tried to make out that this decision shows the Indian chicken people running Blackburn don’t know anything about football or running a club. Maybe just maybe, if you’d just invested your hard earnt money in a football club then you wouldn’t want the brand of football Big Sam serves up.

Another manager I have sympathy with is Roberto Mancini. For starters, the view of Man City seems to change game by game. If they win, they are potential Premiership winners, if they lose, they are a bunch of snood wearing prima donnas, surely the truth is somewhere in between these two extremes. Another reason I feel sorry for Mancini is because he has to deal with snood wearing prima donnas, the likes of Tevez, Balotelli, Yaya Toure etc… Ive not seen as  many toys thrown out of the pram at Eastlands since I was last at a toy throwing out of a pram convention. City don’t need a manager, they need Supernanny. I for one would like to see Carlos Tevez on the naughty step.

The last manager I’d like to talk about is Rafa Benitez. I’m a big fan of Rafa, but I also realise he’s a little bonkers. With Inter struggling in the league, they go and win the World Club Championship. At this point, most managers would enjoy the victory, maybe use it to lift moral, Rafa on the other hand decides this is the perfect time to give his boss an ultimatum of back me or sack me. At the time of writing it looks like Inter president Massimo Moratti will choose the latter option.

And Finally….All that is left to say is, I hope you all have great Christmas and New Year and thanks for your support throughout the year!

Til next time, stay safe!

which pr*ck scheduled a game for a friday

September 2, 2010

sony walkman


Hola. Hope you are well. 

I’m going to start with a couple of apologies. Firstly in my last post I may have suggested that Monica Mint, the prostitute allegedly linked with Peter Crouch was Spanish, when in fact she is actually Algerian. I sincerely hope I haven’t ruined her reputation. 

My second apology is for taking ages to do a new post, I’m not sure where time goes. I’ve been busy (for me) and then I did some shows at the Edinburgh Festival (see here) and then I had to catch up after going to the Edinburgh festival. 

So this is the first post since the start of the Premiership season, which gives me the chance to look at how my Premiership predictions (as first mentioned in the previous post) are getting on. The first thing to note is that, I think we all felt it would be a massive effort for Stoke to finish the season as Champions, but it will be even more incredible after the start they’ve made. But I still have hope that they can do it, especially as they managed to sign Jermaine Pennant and re-sign Salif Diao just before deadline day. These two could be the signings that are going to propel Stoke to Premiership glory, or not. Wigan on the other hand started off as if they were trying to finish in19th place. It’s bad enough losing to Blackpool 4-0 on the opening day, but when you make Marlon Harewood look like Lionel Messi, you know it might be a long hard season. (Yep, I know Wigan just beat Spurs 1-0 at White Hart Lane, it’s things like this, why I should post more regularly) 

Probably the most intriguing transfer that took place in the Summer window was Craig Bellamy going on a season long loan to Cardiff. On the face of it, it did seem a little unfair to the other Championship teams, as Man City are still paying the majority of his wages. Meaning Cardiff get a Premiership quality player for next to no outlay. I think in the spirit of fairness, Man City should have been made to send all their fringe players out to championship clubs. I could just see Robinho being more than happy to turn out for Scunthorpe

One other player on the move in this window was Javier Mascherano from Liverpool to Barcelona. One of his last acts as a Liverpool player was to pull out of the game against Man City. It’s claimed that he didn’t want to play because he wasn’t in the ‘right mental state’. I think the next time you pull a sickie you should use that as your excuse, feel free to let us know how that goes. Let’s face it, if it were law that we had to be in the right mental state (and physical state) before we could work, I imagine half the British workforce would be off every day. 

And Finally…. which pr*ck has scheduled the Euro qualifier between Eng and Bulgaria for a Friday? One thing we know abt football is that it is played on a Saturday and Wednesday. And on a Sunday. And Monday and a Tuesday. And sometimes on a Thurs, if you’re lucky enough to be in the Europa League. But never on a Friday. This is why when asked a couple of weeks ago, could I make a meeting this Friday, I said Yes. Only to discover this clashes with the game. But not to worry as I have a cunning plan, I will take my cassette/radio Walkman and keep in touch with the game that way. And before you ask, yes I do have a Walkman, and yes I do know it’s not 1984. Just get over it, you Ipod loving …. 

Til next time, stay safe!