UK time is: 17:13:03
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Doctors Note: For The Attention Of Colin Shindler


Dear Mr Shindler

Thank you for your recent letter in the Daily Mail, where you have very clearly laid out your concerns over your marriage of 50 years to Manchester City Football Club.

The following is in response to a highly controversial article written by a certain Mr Colin Shindler. To view what Vital Manchester City members said, click here.

Rob Clyne 2009 - aka discopants28

Whilst I sympathise with your symptoms of nostalgia, heartbreak and disillusionment, I see no reason to prescribe any medication. Instead I believe your ailment is a psychological one, which can be cured with a heavy dose of perspective.

You clearly have fond memories of your childhood, and in particular your developing love for Manchester City. This is not uncommon, in fact I too harbour a desire to once again be carried on my father's shoulders over the turnstiles at Maine Road. However it is important to understand that change is inevitable not just in football but in the world as we know it - and as we grow older, nothing is ever as good as it used to be.

Of course, the good times of the late sixties and early seventies are what permanently etched City into your heart - great players such as Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee and Tony Book the foundations of your love. And despite City's status as a top club plunging within 20 years to that of a trophyless yo-yo laughing stock, your devotion never wavered. Your affection never waned.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it did. Third division football in 1998. But still you worked hard on your marriage in these awful times, attending counselling sessions in a number of deplorable venues such as Colchester and Macclesfield. And just when your love was leaving you forever on a miserable Wembley Sunday in May 1999, a 94th minute miracle saved your marriage and you never looked back. Premier League security was ensured by 2003.

It's what happened next in City's history that has had an irreversible effect on your marriage - the sale of our club to Thaksin Shinawatra. This is where I believe you took the change too personally and perhaps lack perspective. You harshly accuse your lover of being a 'whore' when all she was trying to do was change for the better. You fail to acknowledge that our involvement with Thaksin is now a regretful period within the club, in fact he has been stripped of his life presidency.

Manchester City certainly needed to change for the better, and the Abu Dhabi United Group have allowed us to do this, but without being 'rotten at the core' as you put it. Mark Hughes and Gary Cook realise how important the fans are to the club, and the new regime are using our untold riches not just to sign incredible players but also to empower the fans.

Yes, believe it or not Mr Shindler, the new look Manchester City is all about the fans. A superb interactive website unlike any other football club's, official facebook and twitter feeds, affordable prices for the friendly against Celtic, an open training session. Manchester City are at the forefront of the digital age - an age where the modern fan keeps up to date with club news not by reading the papers, but by searching online. You may use the internet, Mr Shindler, but today's youth live the internet. The new Manchester City brand is not a soulless representation of an English football club in the far east - it's a reflection of the die hard Blues most of whom, unlike yourself, are yet to see City pick up a trophy.

Perspective, Mr Shindler. You've been fortunate enough to experience great times as a Manchester City fan. Take a look at it from a younger fan's point of view. You may not agree with the huge amounts of cash being thrown here, there and everywhere - but with two spoonfuls of perspective a day, you'll eventually find your love for City is stronger than it ever was.

Bookmark and Share






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: discopants28  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 7 2009

Time: 10:22AM

Your Comments

Top article. Furthermore, without Thanksin's filthy lucre we were sure fire relegation certs without a pot to pee in.
Johnny Baguette
Tell me Where is SWP, I have not heard anything re injury but he wasn't in the squad at rangers. Will he figure as right sided midfield?
Qld Blue
SWP's a starter, Qld. He'll be there for sure.
Johnny Baguette
Nice one. Put that in your crakc pipe and smoke it Mr Shindler, it can't addle your brains any more than they already seem to be.
fifthcolumnblue
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

The Citizens versus The Black Cats (Wednesday April 16 2014)

The Ped Report Liverpool 3-2 City (Sunday April 13 2014)

The Reds versus The Citizens (Saturday April 12 2014)

Number 13 - Lucky For Some! (Thursday April 10 2014)

The Ped Report City 4-1 Southampton (Saturday April 5 2014)

Archived Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 212
2. Skoorb 102
3. rojo2010 87
4. Buzz Lightyear 84
5. PhillyBlueMoon 80
6. Bluedub 77
7. fifthcolumnblue 73
8. citizhun 70
9. Spooks 69
10. kennyclementstache 55

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Liverpool 34 24 5 5 +51 77
2. Chelsea 34 23 6 5 +42 75
3. Man City 32 22 4 6 +54 70
4. Arsenal 34 20 7 7 +18 67
5. Everton 33 19 9 5 +22 66
6. Spurs 34 18 6 10 +0 60
7. Man Utd 33 17 6 10 +18 57

Breaking League News

Sunderland Travel To Etihad To Take On City
Sunderland : 16/04/2014 17:08:00
West Ham : 16/04/2014 16:51:00
Wonder-Kid Tracked
Fulham : 16/04/2014 16:42:00
Sturridge Will Miss Norwich Clash
Norwich : 16/04/2014 16:38:00
Time`s Up for Duff!
Fulham : 16/04/2014 16:38:00
No! Not Another One
Man Utd : 16/04/2014 16:33:00
Young Croatian on the way?
Chelsea : 16/04/2014 16:27:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Yaya Injured - Who Should Partner Fernandinho In Midfield?
Suggested By:  Gerry Gow
Javi Garcia 10%
Jimmy Milner 90%