Newsletter #1925

One of the unusual aspects of recent times has been the increasing frequency of ‘the most important game in our history’… It was almost a weekly event in the run up to the title for example.

I’m not suggesting tonight’s game is that. However, in its broadest context it is probably vying for a position in the top 10 in many regards.

I sadly, won’t be there (Dad, give them a cheer from me please!) but it will be a packed stadium for what could be a classic night of European football. Genuinely, genuinely exciting.

I would pass comment on the Villa game. Words fail however!

Anyway… Onwards and upwards… Let’s remember Bert and Uwe Rösler’s Granddad and give Pep and his boys a night they won’t forget in a hurry!

NEXT GAME: 2 October, Bayern Munich, Etihad Stadium, 19:45 GMT


I have not much to say (and I know it is early days), but despite last week, I am not convinced about the managerial change as yet. One point from nine away from home is poor bearing in mind the teams played.

It seems to me that too many City supporters on here, and on blogs, have forgotten Mancini and what he did for the club far too easily. It is obviously academic but I doubt whether a team under his control would have conceded the lead and especially a point in the circumstances of today’s match at Villa Park. The defence just seems to get the jitters. Are we missing the likes of the much maligned Gareth Barry (and de Jong before that), sitting protecting the back four?

Don’t get me wrong – I want to be proved wrong!

Teams like Cardiff, Hull, Stoke and Villa are going to put pressure on us by chasing and harrying because they don’t have enough quality to play us off the park, so when we get ahead by just the odd goal we have to stay ahead even if this means adopting a defensive strategy. The team’s dominant play in the three previous matches resulted in twelve scored with one against but there are always times in a season when the goals do not come despite the possession and then it is time, not necessarily to park the bus, but perhaps to be slightly less offensive minded. Navas for Nasri at 2-1 today might be a case in point?

It is scant consolation that West Brom took all three points at Stretford.

Good for a laugh though!

Graham Stephenson <graham_7979(at)>


Well the match against the Rags was satisfying but I can understand Steve O’Brien’s feelings as that is just what I felt like last week (I did not watch the last few races!) because of the result of another sporting event in which a NZ team lost when they seemingly had it in the bag; I can relate it to City being 0-6 up against the Rags with 5 minutes to go and plus “Fergie” time and seeing them lose 7-6!

Wigan result was nice to read about but have not seen anything of that match here in the country of the “Long White Cloud” but looking forward this afternoon (our Sunday) to watching the Villa match. However, that brings me to the feeling I have that we in NZ could have done without the entrepreneurs and geeks thinking they should have a share of any “profit” there may be in showing Premier League matches to the NZ TV/Internet viewers! Anyway, in a few hours I get to watch the AB’s in Argentina so here’s to a win against the Pumas but after last week’s happenings with an NZ sporting team I shall just keep my fingers crossed but at least last week the girls of the NZ football team won a tournament in Switzerland!

There was asked in a recent MCIVTA a question about City’s emblem (eagle etc.); did I miss the answer? If no answer has been forthcoming so far could Gary James give an answer please?

Trevor Bevan <mate.bevan(at)>


Phil Telford <telfordpnt(at)>

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