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The Great Debate: 33 Years & City Are Still Here

Vital Manchester City newbie, mplctid sent us the following article.

I have the challenge of having a best friend who supports the dark side, the vocal minority of Greater Manchester, worse so his dad's a blue and so was he until some terrible time early in the 1980's when he lost the faith.

The un-named friend once commented to me, 'why do I see so many City fans around where I live, sporting their colours?' It's who we are I replied.

'We are proud to be Blues; it's a sense of identity and more importantly a badge of honour. You need to understand,'I added, 'we are proud to have been the silent majority in Manchester.'

Throughout all of that lot's media adulation and silverware accumulation we have been supporting City, sometimes out of nothing but pure bloody mindedness.

Manchester is a unique City, one that admires the underdog, one that cocks it's nose at the arrogant, so difficult times lie ahead as we look to balance our surely guaranteed successes, while retaining our identity and it's to this we need to welcome on board those attracted by the future successes by reflecting and celebrating those hollow difficult years when we were always there and experienced years of lows lightened by the sporadic highs of a 5-1 or a 10-1 or a 2-2 comeback in extra time.

It's who City are and we wouldn't have had it any other way.


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Writer: mplctid  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 10 2009

Time: 7:57PM

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Still be here in 133 years. Luckily none of us is going to have to wait that long. P.S. What are we going to do with THAT banner when it's time to get rid? Perhaps a poll is in the offing...
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10/09/2009 23:17:00

" difficult times lie ahead as we look to balance our surely guaranteed successes..." Nothing's guaranteed in football, mate! I'd have thought you City fans would have known that better than most!
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10/09/2009 23:49:00

I all do know that we have more fans in Manchester than you do right? You had no fans until these Arab guys came in. Now you're actually beginning to sell your season tickets! Good for you.....
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11/09/2009 03:33:00

No wonder rags vital is such a rubbish site. Their only member is over here posting comments on VMC.
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11/09/2009 05:18:00

FU- How many of Utd season ticket holders are actually from Manchester? Every game at the swamp has a lot of flags from around the world suggesting their not from Manchester. Have you got any evidence to back up your claim?
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11/09/2009 10:02:00

To be blue, to be blue, to be blue...
Johnny Baguette
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11/09/2009 19:03:00

FU, I do believe you post more on this site than on yours, are you the friend referred to in the article?
Buzz Lightyear
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12/09/2009 07:32:00

33 years is a long time by anyoneís standards, in football terms it has felt like an eternity to me as it has to most of the Manchester City faithful. The wait has obviously felt even longer because of the success those that live down the road have had. I never thought I would see the day though when the fans of united would become jealous of City and I never imagined it would take place before we had even won something. That in its self made me think, why are so many united fan's constantly homing in on each and every one of our comment websites. I know they like to have their fun once in a while and they like to try and provoke a reaction, but the constant and unwelcome growing attention we are receiving from them is for me starting to look like something beyond a health competitive interest, it has taken on the definite look of mindless frenzied attacks. Let me try and put a better handle on what Iím saying. We all expect the taunts and jibs around derby time and we all enjoy it to a large degree the build up to winning or losing bragging rights is almost as important as the match itself. We all know the Monday morning harmless banter exchanged after the weekend s games and by each side, itís what all rival clubs do, itís got to be done and it is more often than not just done for a laugh. However the recent takeover at City along with Cityís new found strength in the world football arena has definitely rattled the cages of our across City rivals. They just canít stop trying to embrace what is happening to us, yes most of them are just trying to put us down in some way but now I get a growing sense that itís being done more out some commonly felt insecurity and panic amongst them, to be truthful it has many similarities to penis envy theyíve noticed ours as being bigger than theirs and they just canít get over it the shock has scared them and so they canít leave us alone. They are so upset now they have found out that they are no longer the cock of the neighbourhood (pardon the expression) they are turning almost rabid and so much so the mere sight of anything remotely City immediately bringing on their next abusive nervous fit. When I look back over the last couple of seasons I think I can pin down the exact moment this Jekyll and Hyde transformation started. Everyone and I mean everyone remembers the Robinho signing; it has to go down as the most exciting transfer window events in many, many a season, well I really believe that was the catalyst. On that last day of the transfer window when united were picking up Berbaflop from Manchester Airport and as they patted each other on the back at the thought that they had once again out done City. Well for me that was when the thunder struck, that was the moment the earthís magnetic football poles switched and the flash brought with it Cityís trump card the last minute explosive signing of Robinho. For me this was when the magic happened, the magic that is, that made every single united fan feel a sudden and incredible heart dropping sense of being put right back in their rightful places and they didnít like it one bit knowing the spotlight no longer wanted or needed united it had no interest in them or Berbatov. The media spotlight had moved away from them and now wanted all things City. Iím convinced it was this incredible show of intent when most united fans realised City had pulled a fast one on them rather than the other way around. That signing of Robinho signalled that a new force, a more powerful force had entered the transfer/football arena. It didnít just put them in our shade it locked them in and threw away the key, quite simply that was also the moment when ĎThe Mad Panic Envy Virusí entered their blood stream. Talk about having the rug pulled out from under you, this has to be the event that triggered their rather pathetic invasion of everything remotely City related. I canít help but think some of them actually would now prefer to be us, I find it hard to interpret their behaviour in any other way, they really do go out of their way to be with us at all times they have to be there in the same chat rooms seeking our attention constantly like groupies. They truly have become City stalkers. They are obsessed with City there is no other way of putting it. What on earth will they be like when we actually do win something? I donít know about anyone else but thatís how they appear to me at the present time, letís just thank our lucky stars that we have never had to sink to such a low level in order to pursue a constant child like desire for glory and attention.
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