Newsletter #891

After a fortnight’s break we return this weekend to face Arsenal, with the news that Schmeichel and Berkovic are doubtful and Distin suspended.

Tonight sees Don’s news round-up of all happenings City side, and a bit on the other side that has caused great amusement this week. We’ve also opinion and requests as usual.

Next game: Arsenal, home, 3pm Saturday 22 February 2003
Countdown: 80 days to go


General News

Good Friday TV: City’s Good Friday clash with Spurs had been selected for TV coverage by Sky. The game had already been brought forward 24 hours to Friday April 18, and will now be shown on Sky’s pay-per-view service. Kick-off is still 3.00pm. The last time City left White Hart Lane with maximum points was in the old First Division in October 1991 when they won 1-0, Michael Hughes had a storming game and Niall Quinn scored the winner. I know, ’cause I was there.

Can We Fix It? Yes We Can! The M.E.N. contained a double page spread of the imposing structure that is the City of Manchester Stadium. The fourth side of seating is all but complete, so the stadium is beginning to look like a real football ground. Chairman David Bernstein was pictured in a hard hat, looking like an extra from “Bob the Builder”, and pronounced himself to be pleased with the progress made. “It’s just fantastic… I feel so proud,” said Bernstein. “Although I love everything about Maine Road because of the nostalgia, you can see now how wise our fans were in recognising this concept and voting for the move. I can’t wait for the first match. This is the first time I have seen the stadium totally enclosed. It’s bang on target for our opening game in August.” Bernstein added: “This is our moment. The manager and team are in place. There is a feeling that we have this opportunity, that’s why we’ve pushed hard to strengthen the squad. Everyone recognises this chance to succeed might not come again.” According to the newspaper, the ground will boast 68 corporate boxes (all sold), six restaurants, and the board room, Mancunian Suite, Legends Lounge, Commonwealth Suite, 1894 Club and Citizens Restaurant. Other special features include a cr