Entries by Andy

PREVIEW: City v Bristol C

And so another season ends. If it feels it’s going to end limply with a dead rubber, let’s see the positives in that. At times this season, just taking our bid to stay in the Championship to the final day would have seemed acceptable; to have had safety assured months ago and even have the […]

EFL explain City’s “family excellence” award

The Football League were recently criticised for awarding Hull City — who don’t offer concessions to children (or anyone) — a “family excellence” award. We asked them to justify this, and enquired whether being informed about City’s explicitly anti-family policies would cause the award to be revoked. Here’s their response: The EFL’s Family Excellence Scheme, […]

Things We Think We Think #332

1. The Wigan match superficially resembled its predecessor in many ways: trailing at the interval to ostensibly inferior opposition, only to emerge the victors. But the parallels are imprecise. City powered their way to an assured victory against Reading, but rather laboured to the same outcome against the Latics. But for a late winner from […]

Happy “No to Hull Tigers” Day

Doesn’t time in football race by? For today is the fifth anniversary of the Football Association very wisely rejecting (for the first, but most important time) Assem Allam’s attempt to change our name to Hull Tigers. This is a significantly reduced football club now; the Allam family’s response has been annually gutting the playing squad […]

PREVIEW: City v Birmingham

City’s flirtation with the play-off race has oscillated more wildly between on and off than the most plainly ill-starred celebrity romance; off after the Brentford humping, but following the midweek win over Millwall, we’re back on. Right? Probably wrong. A scrappy 2-1 win over a struggling side won’t paper over the cracks revealed three days […]

PREVIEW: Brentford v City

To Brentford! And a game between two resolutely midtable sides for whom time to mount a large burst into the top six has almost expired. City, four points ahead of the Bees, have a smaller gap to close and are probably already in possession of enough points for safety, while Brentford need just a few […]

PREVIEW: Derby v City

In February 2008, City travelled to West Brom. Win that, we counselled ourselves, and this play-off push might actually be a real thing. It isn’t easy to perfectly recollect one’s decade-old thoughts, but that seems close enough to the 2008 reality. In February 2019, City travel to Derby. Win that, we tell ourselves…and then find […]

City draw Millwall in the Cup

The Football Association Challenge Cup has reached the stage where it incorporates City and other top-two-tier teams — but it doesn’t seem especially pleased to see us, vomiting an away tie at Millwall in our direction. As draws go, being obliged to travel to a club in the same division as you is decidedly uninspiring, […]

NOSTALGIA: ten years on from THAT win

How we’ve enjoyed the various reminisces today about what happened ten years ago: THAT win against Arsenal. Rather than attempt our own retrospective, here’s how we viewed the biggest shock in the history of the Premier League at the time, with the match report we wrote the following day. We’ve had worse days on the […]