Newsletter #254

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Just a short issue due to party time on Thursday! Still, although there’s little news, there’s plenty of interesting stuff, including concrete confirmation of the Corgi Model, information on the rights issue, internet footie, humour, and a Why Blue.

Next issue is Monday 16th December.

Next game, Oldham Athletic away, Saturday 21st December 1996

NEWS – BROWN/TSKHADADZE

Michael Brown’s exile from the first team squad has been ended by Phil Neal, who has included him in his plans for the Christmas fixtures. Brown hasn’t started a first team game since his contract dispute with the club over the summer and in training was a pale shadow of the player who made a big impact last season. Following a heart-to-heart with Phil Neal, Brown’s attitude is reported to have improved, his reserve team performances have been encouraging and he now looks set to return to the first team.

Georgian skipper Kakhaber Tskhadadze is reported to be very angry at the way he has been treated by City. After a deal was agreed between the Blues and his former club Eintracht Frankfurt, Tskhadadze left the German club and waited for his work permit to be granted. He had played in 70% of Georgia’s recent games, 5% short of the number needed to qualify for a work permit but says that he had been assured by Francis Lee beforehand that the work permit would not be a problem. The player is now without a club and if what he says is true, I can fully understand him being very annoyed at the way he has been treated. Georgia play another international soon, so it’s possible that his percentage of games played may increase to 75%; I wonder if City will then re-apply for a work permit, or even if he’d still want to come?

Paul Howarth (paul@city-fan.org)

NEWS – VARIOUS

City have made a third offer for Barnet ‘keeper Maik Taylor, thought to be in excess of £1 million. Barnet are reluctant to sell him but the player is very keen to join City according to a report in the MEN. Taylor is 6’5″, 25 years old and was born in Germany. He has been at Barnet for about a year after joining them from Farnborough Town.

An announcement regarding Michael Frontzeck is expected soon; I don’t know what it’s about so I can’t elaborate.

City’s youth team mimicked their first team counterparts by throwing away a two goal lead at home to Walsall in the F.A. Youth Cup on Wednesday night. City were cruising through goals by David Wills (lovely curling effort from 20 yards) and captain Jeff Whitley (deflected drive from edge of area) and at that stage the visitors’ ‘keeper was simply keeping the score down as the Blues peppered his goal with shots. Walsall pulled a goal back just before half time when they penetrated City’s defence for the first time but their equaliser 15 minutes from time was down to a goalkeeping error which would have embarrassed Andy Dibble. City’s custodian Michael Brown tried to save a corner but only managed to drop the ball right in front of a Walsall player who couldn’t believe his luck and set up a tap-in for a teammate. City could well win the replay but I can’t see us going a great deal further in this competition.

City have been allocated 1,500 tickets for the Cup tie at Brentford and they will go on sale on Saturday 21st December. Both seats and standing places are available.

The Mole

RIGHTS ISSUE

I am only going on what I have read in MCIVTA, but I may be able to help clarify what is going on at City with regards to the Rights Issue. I shall try to post another article next week, aimed at small shareholders to let them know what to expect. There will be a request for money in the New Year but also there may be an chance for more subscribers to become shareholders.

A Rights Issue is when a company raises money by issuing new shares to existing holders in direct proportion to their existing holding – e.g. 1 new share at 80 pence for every two shares held. This is the cheapest way to raise capital, and to many shareholders it can appear to be bad news, because to retain their level of holding in the company, they have to stump up more money.

To ensure that all the money required is received, the issue is usually underwritten, with underwriters buying all new shares that existing holders do not wish to take up. When the underwriting is done by an individual, rather than a merchant bank, it is frequently a device to take control of the company with the connivance of other shareholders who will not take up their rights.

For City, this means that the £10 million is guaranteed, because over 50% of the shareholders, Boler FHL etc. will have agreed to vote for the issue at the EGM, and the issue is underwritten. It means that for Boler, Wardle etc. to increase their holdings some existing large shareholders – Swales, Greenalls, FHL? have agreed not to take up their rights.

Although the mood at the AGM seems not to have latched onto it, I think that the rights issue itself is very good news. Boler, Wardle etc, are putting in the cheapest money we can get, and they are literally banking upon City succeeding. I would like to know more about the “company reserves rising by £15 million”, and “bonus issue of shares upon promotion”, but it sounds like it could be another £5 million in loans to reduce external debt, being converted to shares when promotion arises. If so, it means that an extra £5 million will not have to be repaid, and the new investors get in even deeper – this is a big guess – more information would be useful.

Unlike a £70 million buyout by an outsider, who might tire of us, the club is now effectively owned by three or four players with multi million pound stakes. Their current investment must be in the order of £20 million. They know that money is dead money until we compete at the highest level. Once in the Premier, they will in order to keep their percentages have to invest heavily once again. Their rewards when we become successful in Europe will be huge – Edwards’ remaining 20% stake in the Rags is worth £60 million, Boler s 50% stake in a City of the future could be worth over £100 million.

I think last week was a very good one for City, but there again with City you never know.

I could really do with some figures from the company accounts – number of shares in issue, significant holders’ percentages etc.

Martin J Beckett (martinjb@cdrompub.demon.co.uk)

INTERNET FOOTIE

The game’s still on, the pitch is booked, the opposition is… Owls, Arse and Rags. Owls and Arse have been quiet but the Rags have again launched a last minute appeal for players! So the match goes ahead on Sunday. Even if you don’t want to play then you could always come along and support the Blues.

At the time of writing this message I’ve had 14 positive replies, so we should be able to field a full strength team (well at least an 11-a-side team), many thanks to those who have offered their services and Paul who’s offered to possibly run the line. A few more bodies would be appreciated in case of injuries and to further strengthen the team.

A plea: do we have any reasonable goalies out there who would volunteer to be the Internet Blues’ custodian? If not I’ll continue the rôle and try to play through the pain barrier, damaged finger and all.

Another plea: is anyone willing to referee a game? You don’t have to be qualified but it would be helpful to have some knowledge of the game (well more than Ellery at least).

Once more many thanks to those wanting to play.

I’m on Holiday Thursday (Xmas shopping) so further offers won’t be acknowledged ’til Friday.

Martin Ford (MFORD@fs1.li.umist.ac.uk)

MODEL – YES!

In response to Peter Utratny, yes there may be other versions of the model – Corgi tend to go in for lots of variants of the same model. However, I must insist that the model, that is now sitting on the desk in front of me, is of Manchester City (I had to go back and buy it). I cite the following:

  1. The model’s destination board says “Manchester City”
  2. A newspaper board is strapped to the front of the bus that says “Welcome Home City”
  3. The coach is definitely in Finglands’ livery.
  4. When viewed under normal lighting the scarves are a dark burgundy colour [not claret)
  5. A leaflet accompanies the model that explains about Finglands’ long association with the Blues.

When I have the time, I’ll scan in an image and mail it to Svenn in sunny (well not so sunny at this time of year, pretty dark in fact) Tromsø.

P.S. I’ve just read what I’ve just written, and the thought has just crossed my mind that I may be a terribly sad person.

Blue and not needing glasses, Richard Mottershead (richard@ftp.com)

FREE TICKETS!

I came across this on another team’s list and thought it deserved a wider audience.

The Latics may be forced to rethink their plan to give free tickets to youngsters ahead of unattractive home fixtures in a bid to win over new fans.

The first half against Portsmouth was so poor that some of the youngsters were asking to be let out of the ground when the game was just 15 minutes old. They took the stewards by surprise and they estimated that 20+ had left before the 15 minute mark, and more than 200 by the time the gates were opened at their customary time nearer the end of the match.

The Latics’ safety officer, Frank Carlisle, said it followed the pattern of the previous two home games against Reading and Southend. Droves of youngsters also left those games and it would appear unlikely that they can be turned into paying customers in the future, which was exactly the point of the exercise.

For the three fixtures, officials had given away 21,000 tickets which would have cost £105,000 to buy, in the hope that the kids would be so excited by what they saw that they’d pay to come back for more.

Of the 21.000 tickets dished out, 5600 were actually used and 18 youngsters were ejected on Saturday for unruly behaviour, following the 7 ejected during the Reading match and 12 against Southend.

Former police chief Carlisle admitted that the attention span of some of the ‘visitors’ had proved to be very short. While the attempt to attract new fans has to be applauded, and the attendance figures have looked marginally better as a result, the long-term benefit to the club is likely to be minimal. I wonder if anyone has considered having a winning team as a possibility?

Ralph Sheppard, Palmerston North (get your atlases out for the lads), New Zealand (R.P.Sheppard@massey.ac.nz)

FRANNIE’S MONEY

To answer Ian Kay’s recent question, Franny said he’d put more money into the club than had ever been put in before. He didn’t state an exact figure (to my knowledge). This quote was recently repeated during a special radio programme on GMR, which examined City’s problems over the past 6 years.

Charles Pollitt (CPOLLITT@fs2.scg.man.ac.uk)

BIZARRE?

Can anyone explain the following bizarre phenomenon?

For the first time in my life I find myself rooting for United against foreign teams in a European score, instead of becoming an instant Fenabache/Rapid Vienna/Juventas fan for a night.

Is this likely to be a reflection on my disillusionment with the team’s current predicament, or am I just losing it?

Any suggestions as to how I can cure this highly distressing mental illness would be most welcome. As would suggestions as to how you spell Fenabache.

Dan Nunn, Exeter Uni… (D.J.Nunn@exeter.ac.uk)

CHEEK!

Did anyone else think that

  1. BBC had a nerve using Wonderwall to promote the Newcastle Metz game.
  2. That ITV had a *****ing nerve inviting a certain short ginger hairedsqueaky voiced individual to give his opinions…

Funny business footie, isn’t it?

With regard to 1), Yes, but not half as much a nerve as ITV had advertising the Rags’ EC games with:

  1. Showing them scoring lots of goals (they didn’t, and don’t!)
  2. Leading the ad with the statement, “From the City that brought you Oasis.” Hope Liam saw that one …

Jeremy Poynton (jp@deadhead.geac.co.uk)

BLUE VIDEOS

After a recent trip back home I borrowed a couple of City videos from my family’s Blackley Blue household. Now every time I turn off the world service radio or switch off the Blue View page after another defeat I can cheer myself up again quickly. I’ve had them switched from PAL to the American NTSC compatible video tapes. I have the best of City on Match of the Day and the Bell, Summerbee, Lee legends video. Personally I think they are brilliant and show lots of goals I’ve never had the pleasure to see, i.e. the goals against Newcastle when we won the league and the goals that won us the Cup Winners’ Cup. A few things stood out to me in these videos:

  1. I can’t believe City were this good.
  2. the goals Neil Young scored. The guy wasbrilliant, scoring great and crucial goals almost every game. Was heunderated in his day? On this video evidence he was definitely in the sameclass as the other 3.
  3. Dreaming of having players like Oakes and Doyle again.
  4. The speed of us on the break i.e. Tueart, and lastly…
  5. The king himself… Colin Bell.

These videos sent chills down my spine and are explanations to a lot of us just why we are City fans. Being in my late twenties I can just about remember the great times but anyone younger will be quite suprised I think at the City of yesteryear. I was reading a City official handbook the other day so I’m assuming these figures are correct. Between the 66/7 season to the 73/4 season our record against the Rags in all competitions was lost 4, drew 6 and won 9! … happy days indeed. Anyway if any Blues over here want a copy of these my local video shop will do copies for about $25; both videos fit on a 3 hour tape. Drop me a line if interested. BTW ESPN 2 are showing 1 hour highlight shows of the Premier League as well as the Monday night game.

http://www2.best.com/~olivert/soccer/tv-info.html is a good page to find footy over here.

Paul Whittaker (mancity@jax-inter.net)

OPINION – FJØRTOFT

Regarding the rumour that Middlesbrough would swap Fjørtoft for Michael Brown. We do not need a player whose two foremost abilities are to run five times around the field every time he scores a goal (about three times per season), and falling down, yelling for a penalty every time someone gets near him inside the box. Don’t they have enough clowns at Maine Road already?

Jon Magnussen (jonm@leland.stanford.edu)

OPINION – MANAGER

Only 2 wins in 8 matches? That can’t be good enough for City. In fact, it is very difficult to see the benefit of having PN as our manager. For a successful defender at Liverpool, what has he done to improve our defence? And why should FL let him decide who to buy with the said £5 million available for players if he is still not convinced that PN is our man? He could just buy anyone he likes, decide they are not good enough and leave in a hurry. So where does that lead us to, £5 million poorer? Not that we have too much money to waste. So, either we offer him a contract then let him utilise the £5 million or hold back the money ’til we employ someone better.

On that someone, why not try Nevio Scala, former manager of Parma, who guided the team from an insignificant team in the Italian Serie B to a “big” team winning the UEFA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup along the way? He is now spending some time on his farm near Vicenza since he left Parma at the end of last season. Perhaps there might be some problem with culture and language in England, but in football, everyone speaks the same language once he is on the field.

Please someone… tell FHL to contact this chap if he thinks (like most other City fans) that PN is not good enough for the job.

Nizam M Idris (nizam@idea.com.sg)

OPINION – SATURDAY’S GAME

I felt quite positive about the result on Saturday until I read the various reviews and opinion in MCIVTA. This forced me to take a long, hard look at the way we played rather than just be ecstatic that we actually won while I was there!

In City’s defence though, there were times during the second half when I thought we actually played well as a team rather than just a few good individual efforts and at that point I felt quite optimistic for the future. Shame it can’t last for longer than a few minutes though.

So here are some points for you to consider / disagree with / inwardly digest:

Schwarzer: It took me a minute to work out why the City fans were booing him so loudly. When I actually bothered to read the back of my programme, I was laughing my head off. By the looks of it, I think we came off quite well: did you see his goal kicks? Christ, I thought Dibble was bad! And what was that kit he had on? What a nightmare.

Summerbee: Yes siree, good ol’ Buzzer did it again. I wouldn’t have said he’d had too bad a game if it wasn’t for the incident which happened right in front of me. Someone passed the ball to him which he could have controlled by raising his left leg. However, as he didn’t seem to want to move too much from the position he was in, his toe came just short of the ball and he watched it go out for a Bradford throw-in. Now at the time, we were actually on the attack and in their half so it might have been a good idea to get off his lazy arse and actually chase after it. But no. Consequently, half of BB in the Kippax were on their feet shouting at him (myself included, I was so mad). I also noticed that during the second half, there was a bit of a kerfuffle in the North Stand with half the fans standing up shouting at something. I couldn’t make out what, but I rang my friend after who sits there and he told me that Summerbee had been flicking the V sign at the North Stand! God, he is such a tosser! I’ve seen him do it in the Kippax before but thought it was a one-off. I don’t like shouting at individual players but this guy just asks for it. I thought he was supposed to be a professional? Makes you laugh, doesn’t it?

Bradford’s 2nd goal: Talk about celebrations! Did Bradford think they’d won the FA Cup or something? I think the entire team went over to the fans who were all going mental. I was left with the sorry sight of our team standing like scarecrows on the pitch with their heads hanging. Kit Symons tried to rally them round – by clapping his hands a few times. Wowee, bet that did wonders. I’m amazed none of the Bradford players got booked actually because they were taking the p**s ever so slightly.

Linesman’s Rug: The linesman running down the Kippax in the first half either had the most tragic haircut I’d ever seen or a disastrous wig! Lots of fun to be had there with lots of witty quips coming from the blokes behind me and my brother. We need more fun at the match, it makes it so much nicer…

Talking of which, thanks for the messages re: the band on Boxing Day. I would like to stress, so that no one is under any illusions, that the Manchester version of a Dutch-style band is a bit on the tone-deaf side. As far as I can gather, these guys are turning up with silly hats and lots of percussion and whistles and kazoos to make as much noise as possible, i.e. not on par with the controlled excellence of the Holland fans. So don’t expect an impromptu version of Blue Moon during half-time.

Right, that’s it from me for now. See you all at Oldham a week on Saturday!

Christine Haynes (Christine.Haynes@man.ac.uk)

HUMOUR – QUOTE UNQUOTE

A friend of mine at work recieved this list of classic quotes off the Leeds List. As it’s Christmas and we all need cheering up, I thought I’d better share them with you.

Here are some of the foolish things that various football commentators have uttered, and later wished they hadn’t…

“The new West Stand casts a giant shadow over the entire pitch, even on a sunny day.”

(Chris Jones, Evening Standard)

“What will you do when you leave football, Jack — will you stay in football?”

(Stuart Hall, Radio 5 Live)

“Unfortunately, we keep kicking ourselves in the foot.”

(Ray Wilkins, speaking on BBC1)

“I’ve got a gut feeling in my stomach…”

(Alan Sugar, speaking on BBC1)

“I would not say he [David Ginola] is the best left winger in the Premiership, but there are none better.”

(Ron Atkinson in a TV interview)

“Johnson has revelled in the ‘hole’ behind Dwight Yorke…”

(Carling FA Premiership WWW Page)

“An inch or two either side of the post and that would have been a goal.”

(Dave Bassett, speaking on Sky Sports)

“Both sides have scored a couple of goals, and both sides have conceded a couple of goals.”

(Peter Withe, speaking on Radio 5 Live)

“You don’t score 64 goals in 86 games at the highest level without being able to score goals.”

(Alan Green, speaking on Radio 5 Live)

“What’s it like being in Bethlehem, the place where Christmas began? I suppose it’s like seeing Ian Wright at Arsenal…”

(Simon Fanshawe, speaking on Talk Radio)

“And we all know that in football if you stand still you go backwards…”

(Peter Reid, Tyne Tees Sport Special)

“I was saying the other day, how often the most vulnerable area for goalies is between their legs…”

(Andy Gray, Sky Sports)

“The lad got over-excited when he saw the whites of the goalpost’s eyes.”

(Steve Coppell, Radio 5 Live)

“They [Røsenborg] have won 66 games, and they’ve scored in all of them.”

(Brian Moore, ITV)

“If you can’t stand the heat in the dressing-room, get out of the kitchen.”

(Terry Venables, Capital Gold)

“The lads really ran their socks into the ground.”

(Alex Ferguson)

“He [Brian Laudrup] wasn’t just facing one defender — he was facing one at the front and one at the back as well.”

(Trevor Steven, STV)

“It’s now 1-1, an exact reversal of the score on Saturday.”

(Radio 5 Live)

“…but Arsenal are quick to credit Bergkamp with laying on 75% of their nine goals.”

(Tony Gubba, BBC Match of the Day)

“…an excellent player, but he [Ian Wright] does have a black side.”

(Gary Lineker, BBC)

“We say ‘educated left foot’… of course, there are many players with educated right foots.”

(Ron Jones, Radio 5 Live)

“That’s twice now he [Terry Phelan] has got between himself and the goal.”

(Brian Marwood, Radio 5 Live)

“Mark Hughes at his very best: he loves to feel people right behind him..”

(Kevin Keegan)

“Football today, it’s like a game of chess. It’s all about money.”

(Newcastle United Fan, Radio 5 Live)

“Gary always weighed up his options, especially when he had no choice.”

(Kevin Keegan, Radio 5 Live)

“We threw our dice into the ring and turned up trumps.”

(Bruce Rioch, ITV)

“And I suppose they [Spurs] are nearer to being out of the FA Cup now than any other time since the first half of this season, when they weren’t ever in it anyway.”

(John Motson, BBC)

“… and he crosses the line with the ball almost mesmerically tied to his foot with a ball of string…”

(Ian Darke, Radio 5)

“I never make predictions and I never will.”

(Paul Gascoigne)

“And there’s Ray Clemence looking as cool as ever out in the cold.”

(Jimmy Hill)

“….and the news from Guadalajara where the temperature is 96 degrees, is that Falcao is warming up.”

(Brian Moore)

“If history is going to repeat itself I should think we can expect the same thing again.”

(Terry Venables)

“I’m not a believer in luck….. but I do believe you need it.”

(Alan Ball)

“The Uruguayans are losing no time in making a meal around the referee.”

(Mike Ingham)

“I think that was a moment of cool panic there.”

(Ron Atkinson)

“Beckenbauer really has gambled all his eggs.”

(Ron Atkinson)

“Celtic manager Davie Hay still has a fresh pair of legs up his sleeve.”

(John Greig)

“I spent four indifferent years at Goodison Park, but they were great years.”

(Martin Hodge)

“Souness gave Fleck a second chance and he grabbed it with both feet.”

(James Sanderson)

“They have missed so many chances they must be wringing their heads in shame.”

(Ron Greenwood)

“It’s headed away by John Clark, using his head.”

(Derek Rae)

“Tottenham are trying tonight to become the first London team to win this Cup. The last team to do so was the 1973 Spurs side.”

(Mike Ingham)

“He’s very fast and if he gets a yard ahead of himself nobody will catch him.”

(Bobby Robson)

“The shot from Laws was precise but wide.”

(Alan Parry)

“The game is balanced in Arsenal’s favour.”

(John Motson)

“Merseyside derbies usually last 90 minutes and I’m sure today’s won’t be any different.”

(Trevor Brooking)

“Many clubs have a question mark in the shape of an axe-head hanging over them.”

(Malcolm McDonald)

“Tottenham have impressed me. They haven’t thrown in the towel even though they have been under the gun.”

(Bobby Charlton)

“You have got to miss them to score sometimes.”

(Dave Bassett)

“Dumbarton player Steve McCahill has limped off with a badly cut forehead.”

(Tom Ferrie)

“A contract on a piece of paper, saying you want to leave, is like a piece of paper saying you want to leave.”

(John Hollins)

“And I honestly believe we can go all the way to Wembley… unless somebody knocks us out.”

(Dave Bassett)

“It was that game that put the Everton ship back on the road.”

(Alan Green)

“And Arsenal now have plenty of time to dictate the last few seconds.”

(Peter Jones)

“Bobby Robson must be thinking of throwing some fresh legs on.”

(Kevin Keegan)

“What makes this game so delightful is that when both teams get the ball they are attacking their opponents goal.”

(Jimmy Hill)

“Celtic were at one time nine points ahead, but somewhere along the road, their ship went off the rails.”

(Richard Park)

“That’s football, Mike, Northern Ireland have had several chances and haven’t scored but England have had no chances and scored twice.”

(Trevor Brooking)

“…and so they have not been able to improve their 100% record.”

(Sports Roundup)

“In terms of the Richter Scale this defeat was a force eight gale.”

(John Lyall)

“In comparison, there’s no comparison.”

(Ron Greenwood)

“I would also think that the action replay showed it to be worse than it actually was.”

(Ron Atkinson)

“Mirandinha will have more shots this afternoon than both sides put together.”

(Malcolm McDonald)

“Newcastle, of course, unbeaten in their last five wins.”

(Brian Moore)

“Football’s not like an electric light. You can’t just flick the switch and change from quick to slow.”

(John Greig)

“Certain people are for me and certain people are pro me.”

(Terry Venables)

“I’m going to make a prediction – it could go either way.”

(Ron Atkinson)

“And with 4 minutes gone, the score is already 0-0.”

(Ian Dark)

“They have got their feet on the ground and if they stay that way they will go places.”

(John Gidman)

“Being naturally right-footed he doesn’t often chance his arm with his left foot.”

(Trevor Brooking)

“Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer.”

(David Acfield)

“What I said to them at half time would be unprintable on the radio.”

(Gerry Francis)

“If we played like this every week, we wouldn’t be so inconsistant.”

(Bryan Robson 1990)

“John Harkes going to Sheffield, Wednesday.”

(New York Post (1993))

“If there weren’t such a thing as football, we’d all be frustrated footballers.”

(Mick Lyons)

“He’s one of those footballers whose brains are in his head.”

(Derek Johnstone – BBC TV Scotland 1994)

“The crowd think that Todd handled the ball…. they must have seen something that nobody else did.”

(Barry Davies 1975)

“I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel.”

(Stuart Pearce 1992)

“They compare Steve McManaman to Steve Heighway and he’s nothing like him, but I can see why – it’s because he’s a bit different.”

(Kevin Keegan)

“Glen Hoddle hasn’t been the Hoddle we know. Neither has Bryan Robson.”

(Ron Greenwood)

“There’s no way Ryan Giggs is another George Best. He’s another Ryan Giggs.”

(Denis Law)

“The only thing I have in common with George Best is that we come from the same place..play for the same club..and were discovered by the same man.”

(Norman Whiteside)

“I never comment on referees and I’m not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat.”

(Ron Atkinson 1979)

“For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip.”

(John Motson – BBC TV)

“I don’t think there is anybody bigger or smaller than Maradona.”

(Kevin Keegan)

Jimmy Hill: “Don’t sit on the fence Terry, what chance do you think Germany has got of getting through?”
Terry Venables: “I think it’s fifty – fifty”

Have a nice Christmas and New Year, Richard Mottershead (richardm@ftp.com)

WHY BLUE?

My name is Michael Murphy and I live in Cork, Ireland. I have followed the fortunes (and misfortunes) of “City” for over 30 years now. Maybe it was my youthful tendency to swim against the tide that led to my becoming a fan of the Blues. Most people I knew seemed to support that other “shower” from across the way. I knew no one who supported Man City. One of my sons has obviously been affected by my love affair with this club, he is also a keen “Blue”. It does my heart good to enter his bedroom and be unable to see the wallpaper with all the Sky Blue. Living in Ireland my opportunities to see City play “live” have been limited to a number of pre-season friendlies over here. Last year I got to one away game, but I will eventually make the long awaited trip to Maine Road for the game against Tranmere on 23/11/96. I wish it were in better times for the team but like all City fans we live in hope of better times and will stick by them forever.

Michael Murphy (cccmm4@indigo.ie)

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Ashley Birch, mcivta@tollbar.u-net.com

Newsletter #254

1996/12/11

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