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Origin Of A Manchester City Fan

As a Man City supporter, have you ever been confronted by a fellow fan and told 'you weren't born in Manchester so you've no right to support the club'?

Anyone who has been subjected to the bigoted insult usually takes the verbal diarrhoea with a pinch of salt - don't they?

On my daily internet surf, I found two Manchester City fan website forums debating the very subject. In essence, one or two of the xenophobic posters were, like the Australian Heavy Metal group AC/DC sung way back in the 80's, 'Shot Down In Flames'.

I for one was not born in Manchester but in nearby Warrington. Did I have any choice of where I was born? - No. Do I still live in the North-West of England? - No I don't. Therefore, to some I wouldn't even qualify as a Blue.

The Metropolitan Boroughs of Manchester consist of the City of Manchester, Stockport, Tameside, Oldham, Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Wigan, City of Salford and Old Trafford. I wonder how many of those teenage low intellectual posters, who, to my mind posted the aforementioned have ever ventured outside their own street, never mind the Boroughs.

I for one couldn't careless who says this and who says that. In fact, the thought of a small-minded spot infected ASBO ridden twit actually having the patience and intellect, oh, and the ability to read this, warms my heart.

Now, what was I saying.....

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 7 2008

Time: 8:54PM

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Why should anyone say you shouldn't be supporting Man City? You cannot exactly be classed as 'glory hunters' especially with the numpties you have just down the road.
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07/07/2008 21:12:00

All blues welcome in my eyes! As dazza71 rightly states, it can hardly be classed as taking the easy option. The minute you commit, you're consigning yourself to grey hairs, sleepless nights, occasion highs, and endless lows (hopefully about to change!!). It's never dull though, and that's the attraction!!!
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07/07/2008 21:27:00

Compared to Manure..i like love Man Cityyyyyyy
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07/07/2008 22:35:00

I was born in Cheshire, and now live in Kent, and I'm a seasoncard holder. My reply to anyone who were to question my right to support City, would be that when we were in the 2nd division, I made a 500 mile round trip to Maine rd for every home match, and whilst an average gate of 28,000 is superb for that league, it still meant that there were 6,000 'locals' who couldn't be arsed!
Ghost of 76
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07/07/2008 23:01:00

Well I'm from Ireland and I am certainly no glory-hunter, supporting City through the lows of the lower leagues. I spend a fortune every year travelling over to as many games as I can afford and also on merchandise... Yes people may say that I am not from Manchester, but it certainly doesn't mean my love for the club is less, if anything flights, hotels, tickets etc it proves my support of the club. Anyway, premiership football is global, and money from all over the world is only good news for any club. I have never had anyone from Manchester saying that I have no right to support the sky blues and would be very disappointed to hear that... Anyway, to the season ahead... I'm soooo looking forward to it, I think Hughes will be a success, last season we lacked goals, especially in the disappointing second half, and it is worth noting that most of Hughes' previous strikers score 20 goals plus. Top six finish, maybe even challenge Liverpool for fourth spot, it's certainly possible if we can repeat last season's start. Come on City!!!!
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08/07/2008 00:58:00

I'm from Chester, does that make me less of a man?
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08/07/2008 00:59:00

I was born in Old Trafford, that is just off Chorlton Road, I don't know if it is now classed as O.T. Went to every home game and a lot of away games between 1947-65. Including queuing all night at Maine Road for a ticket for the '55 Final. Moved away from the area and spent a lot of time away overseas on business so missed watching until 1994 missing all the glory years of the late '60's and early '70's. During my travels met loads of so called Rag supporters who didn't even know where O.T. was. I now make a 130 mile round trip to see every home game with my concession ticket. Does this not make me a true Blue being born a few hundred yards outside the City boundry as it was then.
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08/07/2008 08:05:00

Not a Mancunian either, born in Stockport, brought up in Marple, now live like alphie 130 miles away, no-one has ever challenged my right to be a blue. Seen us win almost every trophy going except the Premier and the Europeon cup. I love the club and it makes no difference where you come from when you pick your team no matter where you are in the world, you are just stuck with it.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/07/2008 10:40:00

Buzz, not having a go mate but I was born at Stepping Hill in Stockport, went to school in Stockport, live, eat and drink in Stockport, work in Stockport and guess what? I support Stockport County. Can you see how most County fans see people with the same background as me who support City or United are glory hunters.

Anyway, like your input on the site. Just wish the Vital County site had more people contributing.
Kid Charlemagne
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08/07/2008 10:51:00

Hope is wasn't the next bed KC. Glory hunting as a City fan, you can't accuse any City fan of that. Went to County on Friday nights, when they played,at home, and City on Saturday, but then they stopped and City had already got my heart. i still follow County on paper as I do most of the local teams and am always glad when they win.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/07/2008 14:02:00

Nice to hear Buzz! I have no problem with City fans or United fans coming to EP (as long as they don't wear their colours which I would find a p*ss take). When it comes to supporting County or City, and lets say you were born in Edgeley then choosing City still smells of glory to me!
Kid Charlemagne
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08/07/2008 16:10:00

I was born in Suffolk but moved to Manchester when I was 5. My first football match my Dad took me to was City v Plymouth Argyle in the old 2nd Division when I was 6 and I was hooked from then (he wasn't a City fan but wanted me and my brother to experience a real football experience). I regard myself as Mancunian as my 'formative' years were spent in Burnage. It's not really about where you're from but about making an intelligent, informed decision and forming an identity with a club rather than choosing those who are winning.......
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08/07/2008 17:34:00

KC, just as an example, I support Lancashire Cricket team, should I support Cheshire,in the minor counties or am I gory seeking there as well, but I do take your point. glory seeking in the second division when I started supporting city in 65(well actually going to see them play live) supported them since I was a kid.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/07/2008 18:43:00

It's all relative Buzz. Anyway, I am going to get a name haunting your site. Will get back to the tumbleweed over at Vital Stockport....
Kid Charlemagne
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08/07/2008 20:18:00

You and your fellow Stockport County fans are always welcome KC.
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08/07/2008 20:28:00

Have a good season KC
Buzz Lightyear
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08/07/2008 21:51:00

You too Buzz (cant believe I just wrote that)... oh and make sure your club keeps its hands of our emerging bunch of youngsters. I know you have a great production line of talent but I think we are going to set the pace in L1!
Kid Charlemagne
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09/07/2008 08:02:00

I am always pleased when we can loan ours out to help our local teams ie Logan to county, but was not happy when he was recalled and not used, especially when County needed him at the time.Unfortunately County are a selling club and if they unearth a good youth player then the big boys are going to snap them up, but they should pay a fair price and not try to steal them.
Buzz Lightyear
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09/07/2008 10:12:00

Your club is where your heart is, some people rightly get pizzed off with the plastic supporters of Manyoo and CSKAhelsea. Seeing grown men walking around Torquay and Newquay sporting the latest fashion item irks people beyond belief.
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10/07/2008 20:22:00


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