Newsletter #1443

Continuing opinion on the transfer sagas, City apparently causing problems in Switzerland with a pre-season friendly cancellation and the usual requests.

Next Game: tbc


Re: Keith Sharp’s piece in the last issue. Whilst I totally agree that Ronadinho signing would have been an absolute joke (we do not need a ludicrously overpaid show pony here thanks) I have to vehemently disagree with the fact that City’s team has by and large consists of players who play solely for the shirt and ‘want to be here’. I don’t believe this is in the main the truth.

Football is a hugely overpaid luxurious job. Money has spoilt that loyalty and romanticism. Just look at Dunne and Hart. If the club didn’t bow to their wage demands they’d be off.

That is a sad part of football. You just have to hope that when they do get their huge salaries they are willing to put the effort in. As we have witnessed you can’t even guarantee that now. There is absolutely no loyalty, it’s a tired old 70’s mentality and we just have to keep up with the Portsmouths of this world.

However, I truly believe that this year is gonna be a goody. Well done Thaksin. However, when it comes to picking players’ butt out. That’s Hughes’ job and the R scenario made you look a fool.

P.S. the new kit is awful. Lazy, uninspired design, cheap looking and ill fitting, with shorts to match. City really need to start getting it right in these fashion-led times. Spurs always seem to have good clobber as do the European teams. We are mugged every time.

Joel Perry <j.perry(at)>


“Manchester City calls off participating in the Uhrencup”

Looks like our beloved City are once again treating fans and tournament organisers with little or no respect and are now being faced with legal action following their withdrawal.

I have 2 pairs of tickets, going cheap, only £107, could be collector’s items!

Below is a statement issued by Uhrencup organisers.

“Manchester City calls off participating in the 2008 Uhrencup tournament in Grenchen! The English Premier League club has just informed the organizers of the Uhrencup, less then three weeks before it is due to start, that they have, regretfully, had to call off their participation in the tournament, citing, as reason, a change of priorities by their new trainer Mark Hughes. Uhrencup reacted promptly, tried everything in its power to persuade them to honour their original commitment but failed. Manchester City could not be moved, finding it ratter more convenient to pay the contractual fine than participating.”

“The Uhrencup finds Manchester City’s action very disappointing and totally unacceptable. It shows, considering the shortness of the notice, a complete disrespect to the organizers, the other participants and the fans. Manchester City, in failing to honour a legal contract it signed with Uhrencup as it should, has now put the tournament into some financial difficulties. For this reason, Uhrencup has contacted the European football association and looking into a possible legal action against the club.”

“Meanwhile, a frantic effort is underway to find a replacement. A difficult task, considering the little time Uhrencup has to get a good, preferably another top club, to replace Manchester City.”

“Regardless of this setback, the tournament is going full steam ahead as scheduled, and will feature the traditional four teams led by world-class clubs Borussia Dortmund, the Swiss Champions FC Basel and FC Luzern. And the validity of the Uhrencup’s tickets remains unchanged.”

From a personal view I was looking forward to the trip, hotels and tickets have been booked. Luckily I have been able to cancel the hotels. However, the match tickets is another issue, the tournament organisers are insisting the tickets are valid and I have lost over £100. Roll on 2008/09, could be my last season, fast losing faith with City and our esteemed owner!

Ian Reeves <>


The AGM of the Official Manchester City Supporters’ Club of Milton Keynes will be held on Thursday 24 July at the Windmill Pub and Restaurant at Caldecotte, Milton Keynes. The meeting will commence at 7.30pm and it is open to all members and potential members.

We will be taking advantage of the pub’s reasonable food prices and having a meal whilst discussing all things City and the AGM.

Next season’s subscriptions will be due once the AGM has taken place.

If anyone would like to attend and would like directions to the Windmill pub, please contact me on the email address below. I may be offline for a short while in July whilst I move house, in which case please contact Steve Maclean on <fruitbog(at)>.

Madeleine Hawkins – Secretary, MK MCFC OSC <madeleine.hawkins(at)>


Due to the fact that I live in Southern Germany, I would be interested to find out exactly were Mark Hughes is taking the team for their pre-season boot camp.

Does anybody have any input for me?

Thanks, Hambis <Theophanous.Hambis(at)>


Did any fellow MCIVTA’ers go to the last friendly in Hamburg a few years ago? I am after some info. Did anyone else go on the boat that was acquired by City fans? If so, can you remember who arranged it? I assume it was done by one of the fanzines and I was hoping it would be arranged again this year but I’m not sure who to contact.

Also, after the game thousands of Blues congregated in a square for a booze up and a sing song. Can anyone remember where that square was? I think it was somewhere near, or off The Reeperbahn.

Clearly it’s all a bit of a hazy blur from last time so any help will be much appreciated!

Andrew Keller <akcity(at)>

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