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Why Garry Cook Should be Praised and not Ridiculed

23 Jun

It’s not often I’m provoked in writing an article based on what is produced in a paper. Occasionally, there might be a piece (normally by the pathetic Tony Cascarino) that slates City and so angers me into a response. But I’m writing this article as a sort of follow up to a fantastic interview I read in the Independent by Nick Szczepanik. It wasn’t even mainly focussed on City: instead, it was about Brentford’s new manager, and former City legend, Uwe Rösler.

In particular, it was a quote by the German that struck me and led me to write this. Questioned whether the character of the club had changed since Sheikh Mansour took over, Rösler said ”I have to say the new owners are very interested in keeping the tradition and history of the club. They looked after my family when we moved over, helped us out with schools – after all these years and with a lot of people in charge who never saw me play.”

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POLL: Were City Right to Release Vieira?

16 Jun

The official list of players released by Premier League clubs was revealed today and the name of Patrick Vieira stood out. A five time FA Cup winner over the course of his career and a fatherly influence in the City dressing room, many felt that the Frenchman was worth another year, possibly as a player/coach.

This is still an option, as we may sign him up for next season despite letting him go, as happened with Stuart Taylor a couple of seasons ago, but the likelihood is that Vieira has played his final match for the Blues. A respected figure around the club, he is no longer a force on the pitch, often bypassed by pacy, direct sides, but his experience is invaluable and I would have offered him one more year.

But what do you think?


23 Apr

Another very short article just to highlight my favourite entries from Tuesday’s Mario Balotelli caption competition. There were some fantastic entries, and my favourite three are below the picture. So thanks to everyone who came up with suggestions!

What a winker! Mario Balotelli succeeds in winding up Rio Ferdiannd

In third place was Josh Davies, who made reference to the fact that Ferdinand’s daughter was born earlier in the day – Balotelli: “hey Rio, your daughter has a real look of John Terry, you know?”

In second was Max Davies, with this very clever caption – “In the blink of an eye United’s treble hopes are gone”

And in first place, showing that City fans’ sense of humour remains firmly intact, is Rees – Balotelli: Right got my aim sorted, now where’s my darts?


19 Apr

As a Wembley winning special treat, here is a caption competition. So please post your captions below as a comment. Make me laugh and the best three will be highlighted in the next few days on the blog. But please keep it clean!

What a winker! Mario Balotelli succeeds in winding up Rio Ferdiannd

Adam Johnson, James Milner and Gary Lineker in Cancer Research Campaign

28 Mar

ON 15th February 2011, football legend Gary Lineker and his actress and model wife Danielle, are asking the British public to send a message to a loved one, via a personalised video starring them both, to spot cancer early for Cancer Research UK’s ‘Do Me A Favour’ campaign –

The short videos that Gary (age 50) and Danielle (age 31) have created ask the public to encourage their parents, friends, older loved ones or colleagues to ‘Do Me a Favour’ and go to the doctor if they’re concerned that something isn’t quite right with their health.  The videos are quick and easy to personalise and can be sent securely on email or shared through social media. During 2011 more celebrity pairings will be taking part in the campaign.

When cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, the chances of successful treatment are higher and it is estimated that earlier diagnosis and treatment could mean up to 10,000 fewer cancer deaths each year. Nearly 300,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer this year and taking part in this campaign will help to spread the word about spotting cancer early.

Gary says: “I’m not overjoyed about turning 50 but despite the wrinkles and grey hair, I am lucky that I am healthy and still pretty much my playing weight. This campaign is about giving the people you care about a nudge and reminding them that if they’re worried about their health in any way then they should go to the doctor, otherwise it will just nag away.  It might also be getting worse in that period of time so please do listen to Cancer Research UK and go and get it checked out.”

Danielle says: “Being part of ’Do Me A Favour’ means a lot to me. My grandmother died of cancer at 60 and I feel that if she had got herself checked out sooner, her survival chances could have been better. So, for me to be involved in this is just great. I want to try and bring home the message to get checked out if you think something isn’t quite right.”

Cancer Research UK is determined to tackle the problem of late diagnosis of cancer and along with the Department of Health, is committed to the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI), which was set up to improve cancer outcomes in England.

NAEDI aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and encourage people to get them checked out sooner rather than later, and support primary health care professionals to diagnose cancer earlier, including improving access to diagnostic tests. Early diagnosis is key to boosting cancer survival.

So do your loved ones a favour, go to and personalise a message from Gary Lineker to help spot cancer early!

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