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It Was Thirteen Years Ago Today

'Where were you when you were shit?!' shrieked thousands of rival fans at City's long suffering support last season. Time for a reminder of precisely where...

'Down Among The Dead Men' as it was summed up in Mark Hodkinson's brilliant account of a season in the third tier of English football.

Sunday 30th May 1999 and one Paul Dickov scored arguably the most important goal in Manchester City's history. Sergio Aguero certainly runs him close now in legendary status but without Bobbit, City would never ever have stood a chance of becoming English Champions again.

Arch rag but alright geezer Ian Brown once said 'not in this lifetime' of a Stone Roses reunion. Taggart said similar of a Manchester power shift. Now both are realised in the same year. File under we're not really here!

Drop us a line at VMC with your memories of that amazing day at old Wembley...

I Am The Resurrection




UPCOMING FIXTURES:
all times East Manchester

Fri 27 July Arsenal, Birds Nest Stadium, Beijing, Friendly
Su 12 August, Chelsea, Villa Park, Community Shield
Sa 18 August, To Be Confirmed, PL

PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES:

The 2012/13 Premier League season will kick off on Saturday, 18th August 2012. The Fixtures will be announced on Monday, 18th June, with the first set of television picks selected approximately 2-3 weeks later.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES:

The draw for the 2012/13 Champions League Group Stage will take place in Monaco on Thursday, 30th August. The opening round of games will kick off in the week commencing Monday, 17th September.






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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 30 2012

Time: 7:22PM

Your Comments

To support Manchester City is to believe that God might have trouble running things on this planet, but he's in control of the next world. He has to be. The Devil rules this world and always will, because his team are Manchester United, and they are world famous and monolithic. Manchester City, who's name travels the world about as well as Gracie Fields or Pulp, are on the side of the angels; the poor, sapped, unfortunate angels who still believe in quaint antiquated notions of earthly good. To support Manchester City is to accept with heroic willingness the dead-flat that the universe is cold and hostile, and nothing good will become of it. To support City is to tackle head on the crushing pointlessness of existence and to attempt to make something of it. It is hard work. So why do it? Because somehow this seems ultimately more dignified and fulfilling than taking the easy way out and supporting the lulling and obnoxious United. To support United is too easy. It's convenience supporting. It makes life too easy. There is no challenge. It is a cowardly form of escapism, a sell-out to the forces of evil. United fans have no soul and will spend their eternity neck deep in boiling vomit. City fans retain their soul and will spend their eternity forever reliving the moment their team beat Newcastle 4-3 away from home to win the League Championship in 1968, beating United into second place. Surely we will have such eternal bliss again, for why do we spend so much time suffering in this life watching our team climb to the summit only so that we can watch them dive, dive, dive to their pitiless bottom of the heap while United, of Manchester, but nothing really to do with it, float every more triumphantly skywards? Heartless United are the incarnation of shamelessness and to support them is heroism in a can. Cavalier City, however awry their football, however dire their straits, glow with something mystical and transcendental. City have soul. United do not. When they are great again, City will have shown that they are worth their extraordinary fans. To this day these fans will walk a million miles for one of Joe Mercer's smiles. They'll sing a million songs waiting for some new Mercer-like magic. Because they are City, and Christ do they know they're born. Paul Morley November 1998
StuMCFC
Re-spect as ever to Paul Morley. Spot on.
Johnny Baguette
i know where i was 13 years ago, and can go further back too but,I was there at Wembley when 'Bobbit' scored THAT goal, i had the same feeling in the QPR match when we were 2-1 down. that Typical City feeling we have all had at some point supporting City, AND then MIGHTY Bobbit scored with 2 minutes to go and you just knew we were going to win, as all the fight that Gillingham had drained out of the players, THAT SAME FEELING Occured on that last day with Dzeko's, goal, you just knew we would get that 3rd, and History happened again, 2late goals and 2 trophies Won(Ok 1 proper Cup, but on the 1999 Wembley day out you still collect a cup) every team has a hatred of the Rags, and can understand why sometimes, and it is not in last 25 years that it has sprung up either, they have always had that Arrogance even when Liverpool were winning everything in sight,and for some reason City was the 'likeable' other team, but i have a feeling that will change soon.i am just glad i have seen City lift the title and put the skids under the Rags, and give a wake up call to the rest of the league, cos this City side is here to stay, and i think it is all down to that Paul Dickov goal cos if that shot, did not go in i dread to think where we would be now?probably playing that Part time Manure team in the Blue Square league most probably!!! so Arise SIR PAUL DICKOV..... or it should be, for his brilliant contribution to English Football and MCFC IN PARTICULAR.
cityman51
"Surely we will have such eternal bliss again". PM called it in 1998 :)
rojo2010
When Asaba scored the second for Gillingham, I kicked the seat stanchion in front of me. To this day, if City aren't playing well, that toe aches, particularly on those cold winter nights. Thankfully, it didn't ache too much this season!
fifthcolumnblue
Those were the days when SAF lent us Terry Cooke who was a bit player at he Swamp. It was like a millionaire discarding his cigar butt to a tramp but the tramp rose from the gutter and smoked a vintage Cuban last week and blew the smoke in SAFs face. That is an analogy of what City fan have had to suffer and was why most of us who had been at the Gillingham game and at league games v York and Oxford, cried with tears of joy and redemption when we won the title. One just hopes the evil empire of the Glazer owned United will continue to crumble and that City will reign supreme and stay honest to its roots and it's values.
Wswilly3
 

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