Deryck writing up
Deryck writing up
Unfortunately my first game of the New Year ends in a draw and I think with this result any chances of winning the Premiership have disappeared. I know we lost it & won it again last season but United were not a good team last season & didn’t deserve to win it.
This season, with the addition of RvP it’s been a kick-up the backside for Rooney and they have Ferdinand & Vidic back – don’t misunderstand me, I still don’t think they are a great team but beating us didn’t help our cause.
Back to yesterday’s game, all 4 goals were crackers for one reason or another and it was quite a good game – shame about the result sort of thing. Milner was brilliant throughout the game – he’s definitely improving this season – better passing than previously. Aguero was superb in the second half – pity his Maradona run didn’t end in a goal, although his goal was brilliantly executed.
Gerrard scores that sort of goal regularly – so why do we on ever put a man on him when he gets in those sort of positions. Sturridges goal, although very well taken should never been allowed, Dzeko was clearly fouled & the referee let play continue. Liverpool are definitely getting the rub of the green with referees again. Yesterday’s referee was appalling.
Anyway enough said, here’s to beating dirty Leeds and winning the Cup again.
All the best
An excellent turnout from NES supporters club for tonight’s match Aberdeen and all points South to Edinburgh well represented, especially as so many turned out for the Spurs game less than a fortnight ago – well done.
Good to meet James Jacksons father Keith they are members of the Barrow branch but live in Aberdeenshire, we might get them transferred next season. Keith travelled down on the train with Judith and I.
Heard the news about DiMatteo getting sacked – surprised really, lets hope Chelsea are in chaos when we play them on Sunday.
Lots in this mornings papers about Mourinho shouting the odds – another good reason to beat them tonight.
Oh dear once again City in the Champions League has come to an end far too early. A very poor first half performance was changed into a good second half performance but once again too little too late. Never the less its worth pointing out that on this night 14 years ago we were playing away to Lincoln in the old 3rd division – food for thought – it’s not all bad is it?
Bumped into the Andrews family from Carnoustie in the hotel after the match and had a good chat with them until far too late. For some foolish reason I booked an early train home 0745 so it was a very early start and a rush to the station.
Met the Edwards’ from Montrose on the Aberdeen train, they have just joined the supporters club so a big welcome to them. That’s 5 from Montrose now.
Not going to Chelsea but will be in the Highland bar if anyone wants to join me on Sunday afternoon, otherwise I hope to see some of you at the Everton match.
Cheers CTID, Deryck
Would also like to welcome new members Connor and Graham from Montrose and Derek and Jonathon from St Andrews.
My first City game. City v Sunderland 6/10/2012 by Jim Stuart
A perfect game for me to see the Blues in the flesh for the first time.From the first whistle City dominated the game in a style which was much in evidence for most of last season and what a pleasure it was for me to be there to witness a brilliant team performance. All through the game I kept pinching myself to see if I was dreaming. Me? At the Etihad to see the champions? Never, but there I was watching City in awe at the sheer size of the stadium to getting to see some of the best players in the world it had to be a dream but it wasn’t it was reality and from another Kolarov rocket to Milner’s late third it was all over far too soon. I wanted to stay for more. I have the bug now that I was told I would get and I can’t wait for the Spurs game In November and hopefully many more in the future. A very special day and one which I will never forget
We traveled down to this match by plane on the Friday and here is what I learnt with regards to the travel:
Don’t trust the easy jet staff when it comes to directions for trains, we got the East Midlands train into London St Pancreas and then had to pay for this service also.
Don’t book an early flight from Gatwick if you are staying in the City Center.
Don’t go out drinking until 2AM when you need to be up at 4AM.
We stopped off in Hammersmith where I met Wayne and Brian to watch the Arsenal v Chelsea (another win for Chelsea was a shame)
Despite coming down the day before the match we were 15 minutes late for the start of the game, thanks to issues with the tube and running in the wrong direction for 5 minutes when we got out of the taxi.
Big thanks to the guy who let us jump into his taxi after I ran across the road and begged him to let us in!
Well as it happens, it worked out fairly well, we missed the Fulham goal and City were on top of the match.
We were in the neutral section and the City fans were very loud – well played lads. I’m sure this inspired the players as we watched wave after wave of attack. We seemed to be dominating possesion but lacking the penetration.
Aguero grabbed a tap in just before half time after a close range effort from Silva following good work on the wing from Tevez.
Half time came and the players were clapped off the pitch. There was a guy firing things into the crowd from a cannon and I joked there is no way he will fire it up here, but he did and it ended nicely in my arms, a fantastic catch that Hart would have been proud of. This is the second time I have caught a gift at a City match (I caught a football in Bangkok when we were beaten by Thai Allstars XI). I gave the ball to a young Thai kid in the crowd and to this day I still hope he became a City fan!
Throughout the second half City came on stronger and stronger and the fans louder and louder, even though in the neutral section you could hear the City fans giving it loads.
Dzeko was the hero once more and the chants of Edin Dzeko blasted around Crave Cottage.
We walked back to Putney Bridge singing the YaYa No Limits song and it’s only 6v1
To top it off united get beat by Spurs – City win united lose!!!
All week I had been looking forward to this match, I’d have to admit to thinking that we had won the league the week previous with our results at United (home) and Newcastle (Away).
My wife and I had been discussing the possibility as dressing as banana 1 and banana 2 for the match to add to the party atmosphere. I don’t think either of us envisaged the day ahead we were going to have.
We went to our normal seats but we couldn’t sit together, our season tickets were 2 blocks apart in East Stand Level 3 (303 and 305), so I kissed my wife and moved to my seat on the half way line.
This was the first time I had sat on this seat and said to the guy next to me, I hope this isn’t an unlucky seat.
The first half started as expected with City dominating possession and looking likely to score, you could feel the nerves around the stadium with everyone praying for a goal. After 20 minutes news came through that United had scored and that upped the tension to another level.
Zabaleta scored on the 39th minute with a bizarre goal, the enjoyment and release from all the fans was clear to see. The fans started to sing louder and we all began to believe that if we could get another that would be job done.
Then the unthinkable happened when QPR scored and then scored again after mistakes from Lescott and a goal on the counter attack. I felt tears welling up when they got the 2nd, all my hopes and dreams had been crushed. I said to myself typical bloody City always stealing defeat from the jaws of victory!
The stands began to empty and I jumped up and ran across to the seat beside Kim. Fortunately the seat behind her was available and she consoled me.
As the time progressed you could see that most had begun to believe that we had bottled it and the rags were going to win the title. We kept on having chances but couldn’t make the break through. No matter how hard we cheered and willed the players on we couldn’t get the goal which would give us a small chance of a draw being enough if United were to slip up at the Stadium of light.
I remember thinking about how I had cheered for Shuanny and Nedum when they were wearing light blue and hoping they would do us a favour, but that couldn’t happen as QPR had to win to avoid relegation. Sweep is one of my favourite players and I was asking myself how he would feel breaking the heart of the thousands who had worshiped him!
I prayed harder and harder as the time ticket away, it’s now injury time and I have lost all hope. I have never seen so many grown men in tears at one time. After all it is only football!
Balotelli came close with a powerful header which looked like with all the will in the world it would hit the back of the net. Then another corner and it”s in the back of the net a determined Dzeko smashes in a header to give us a glimmer of hope in injury time. Aguero grabs the ball and then runs to the halfway line to restart the match. QPR try to waste time and refuse to kick off then eventually the ball is back in play!
The whole crowd screaming Come on City and urging us forward, then the ball breaks to Balotelli on the edge of the box and he makes his first assist of the season to Aguerrooooooooooo.
The crowd erupts, I check the linesman and his flag is down, we have done it, City are CHAMPIONS!!
We watch the celebrations, I blast Hey Jude at the top of my lungs and then run to the clubshop to get Champions 12 on the back of my shirt.
This is how it feels to be City!! Bloody great
Storm the pitch
Preparing for the celebrations
Getting the trophy
Last 10 minutes
Best Man City and Man United fan reactions to Aguero’s title winning
Champions 12 Shirt
A good result away from home and good news with the result from O/T you should have heard the cheer when we found out the final score!
We did the business versus Wolves, should have had a hatful and obviously felt a bit sorry for them being relegated. Just got to win the last three games and keep ahead on goal difference to clinch it!
Goals from Nasri and Aguero were enough to put them to the sword
Simply wow, what a performance, the one touch passing was simply amazing, what a dream come true!
I remember my wife saying they can’t rule that out after Tevez thumped a curling bending dipping wonder strike from about 30 yards.
A Carlos Tevez hat-trick ruthlessly despatched Norwich for their second 6-1 away win this season (where was the other one)
Aguero scored twice as Norwich were swept aside for the second time this season having already lost 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium
In the process the Blues moved to within two points of United at the Barclays Premier League summit.
One of the most impressive perfromances I have seen.