Newsletter #819

First of all, many thanks to Paul for stepping in last week and providing both news summary and newsletter.

A fairly lightweight issue tonight sees opinion on World Cup action, a few requests and another good Why Blue.

And as Justin Arthur commented last week on the dilemma of willing a Red to score, so long as Mr Beckham and Co. are wearing the England shirt, they can have my full support 🙂 Roll on Wednesday!

Next game: to be announced


Having watched Foe play for Cameroon I think he would be a good asset to the team; our current midfield looks a little lightweight and Foe would definitely add some size. He’s 6’2 and built like a brick $#$$ house.

Although I was impressed by Holland in the game against Cameroon, I think Foe would be a better asset to the current team.

Paul Faulkner, Colorado Blue (


I agree with the article about Baggio. It would be tremendous to have him alongside Berkovic and Benarbia. Not only that, but it would extend our midfield religious capabilities; we could boast about having a Buddhist as well.

Joe O’Brien (


Having seen Friday night’s ‘Have I Got News For you?’ we were most impressed by Paul Merton’s knowledge of Bert Trautmann’s famous 1956 FA Cup Final injury. Is Paul a Blue? Is this the BBC’s attempt to balance out the support for the ‘other side’ by Angus Deayton?

It was also interesting to see Peter Bonetti (and others) on the Footballers’ Weakest link – look what I’ve had to resort to watching with no midweek commentaries to listen to on my PC!

CTID, Sarah Longshaw (


Hello everyone. This will be a very special season for lots of “lasers”. This will be a season for the fans around the world, with the only possibility to watch the loved ones on TV! As I said before last season, “I’d rather be in Division 1 with KK than in the Premiership with JR”.

With all due respect to Mr Royle, I have to quote Mr Steve Roughsedge: “We may not make it, but it sure will be fun!”

With love to y’all – F in Sweden (a special hello goes out to all my Wolves friends in Stockholm).

Fredrik Teurnell (


Can anyone tell me if DVD’s are like video and I need a NTFS version for the USA?

Paul Faulkner – Colorado Blue (


I was just wondering if there are any Blues exiled in the Suffolk area planning on making the trek to see City take on Hamburg? Is there a consensus of what the best route is from sunny Suffolk?

Dave Robinson (


It all began around 1977. Being a young kid in Ireland, the only English teams I was really aware of were the reds of Liverpool and Manchester, which the whole world seemed to support. There were a few notable exceptions, my cousin (Leeds) and his mates. One Halloween staying with said cousin, I was dressing up as a burglar – mother’s tights over my head, big sack with “SWAG” written on it, and not being able to find a top with arrows we plumped for a red and black striped football top owned by the boy next door. I asked him what team this was and he told me Manchester City and of course being very young and naïve I replied “Don’t you mean United?”. This was my first introduction and certainly raised my awareness of the side, looking out for results on the videprinter from then on.

By 1986 I was in love with all things Manchester, The Smiths, The Fall, James, and my sister was already there at University. I visited her a number of times although still never got to a match. Her boyfriend at the time was a Trotters fan so I ended up in Burnden Park once or twice, but it was enough to give me the bug for English football. My local team Derry City were getting phenomenal crowds of 11,000 at the time when the usual attendance in the league of Ireland was 2,000.

Two years later I was in Manchester myself living beside Whitworth Park. Me and my house mates headed off to Maine Road at the earliest opportunity to watch City get thumped by Chelsea and it was love at first sight. I spent the next 6 happy years of my life living in rented hovels in Rusholme and Moss Side just so I could be near the altar I worshipped at. I worked in a city pub up beside the MRI which, although owned and run by Reds, was overrun with Blues daily and the self-effacing humour was something that struck a chord and has stuck with me since.

The Reidy years were great, finishing above United in 1991 and who can forget the 5-1? I moved back to Ireland in 1994 but still make a few games a year. Last year was tough with all the television time and quality football but only on ITV Digital, which wasn’t available here. Now we’ve been promoted to Sky, City owe me a few spectacular games on the box, particularly as they cancelled the Irish tour.

Sean Cassidy (

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