Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Ha-Ha

Thanks to "Blue Manc" who texted this in to the Daily Star this morning:
Manchester City still have Boetang, Silva and De-Jong representing them in the World Cup. Whereas Manchester United just have Howard Webb. Apologies if everyone else has seen this but I do tend to lag behind the rest of the world. I only found out John Lennon had left Cynthia last week.

36 comments:

  1. I am sure MUFC.referees association will be studying Blue Manc's comments before reporting to Sir A.F for a pre-season briefing.
    It looks like we could have Boatengine and Nigel "de Jong one" in the final(don't fancy Spain too much).
    BTW.Julian got over his dad running off with a Nipponese avant garde flower arranger,the downside of which was "Paul" writing that dreadful dirge "Hey Jude" for moral support.

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  2. Hi Steve, I assume De-Yong was suspended from yesterdays game as he didn't even make the subs bench. I am in the process of drafting a nasty reply to a reporter in the Star who, yet again accuses us of destroying the English game by signing so many foreign players, which no other premiership teams do of course. Yet in another story, we are quoted as being about to sign James Milner (a British player) by paying 15 million and giving Villa, Ireland and Onuha, both British players and products from the City youth system)I loved the Beatles to death and I have to confess preffered Paul to John in my youth, although George was my very favourite Beatle as his personality seemed to mirror mine (ie the quiet man who hardly spoke) But these days I find McCartney an embarressment. His music was always, shall we say simple, but his last effort,"Dance Tonight" and the accompanying video was cringeworthy. I'll bet Ringo can't wait for Paul to choke on a vegi burger so then HE will be the last remaining Beatle and clean up on the nostalgia stakes.

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  3. Cynthia left John! God you'll be telling me that Paul is breaking it off with Jane Asher. I remember seeing the Beatles at the BBC Playhouse in Hulme late 62, early 63. Tuesday night recording of Pop North which went out on the Light Programme on Thursday hosted by Gay Byrne. Not heard from him in a while but don't tell me he went back to Ireland to become a TV chat show host. Never agonisied over the question as to who my favourite Beatle was. Saw that as a girl thing. I just loved the music.
    Is it me or is the World Cup dull? Will be glad to get back to domestic fare. Watched a programme about Puskas at some unearthly hour this morning and the footage of the European Cup final of 1960 in Glasgow was better than anything I've seen in the last 3 weeks. I can remember the evening of that game which must have kicked off about 5pm. Old, well they seemed old, men came out to play football with us kids on the bombed site which was our pitch. Entranched, excited, thrilled, whatever, but aware we had all seen something a bit special on our flicking 14 inch B/Ws. Nothing in HD to match it.
    I see Bobby has had "a short back and sides with a little bit off the top"! Why did he have to go back to Italy for a haircut?

    Roll on the new season.

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  4. Hi Tony. This whole Manchester City destroying football thing must be very boring even for the jealous masses who have used it as another stick to beat us with and is just ridiculous speculation on a par with "Rock and Roll will destroy society","travelling faster than 50 miles an hour will have dire consequences for the human body" etc.
    Paul has always interspersed works of creative genius with "cringeworthy moments" and as a youth he was my favourite but as I grew older I realised John had the greater depth.
    Jeff,I must admit to a pang of jealousy,one of the regrets of my life that I did not get the chance to see the Beatles live. I have realy enjoyed some of the games,but one Paraguay game was so mind numbing it could be used to torture prisoners.

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  5. They could show the game and play McCartney's Dance Tonight track at the same time. That should make em talk!

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  6. I have never seen Mc.Cartneys Dance tonight Tony be it can not be as bad as"Thai" pop music so maybe you should count your blessings.
    So what on earth was going on during the Spain Germany game? It became so slow at one point I thought they were all going to stop and have a chat!

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  7. Tony Petrie,!!!! Have you told Stephen Ireland he's British?? pretty sure he has an Irish passport. Oh and Boetang and Silva, weren't exactly manc players going into the tournament so to say you still have 3 players playing in the World cup reaks of despairation. Also on the home-grown player thing, Joe Hart, and Adam Johnson are the only 2 players with a sniff of first team action in the comming year(s) all the other English purchases have gone backwards severely, Barry, Bridge, Lescott, SWP. who will all most likely be sold at a loss in the comming months. But i agree this is not a profit making process and in the end the 34 year wait may end. Good luck,
    Joe, from Ireland

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  8. Everybody seems to want to catch me out. Fair enough Joe, of course Stephen Ireland is Irish, but my point was he is from the British Isles, that include the lovely Emerald Isle, at least they did when I was at school. I would have included Scotish and Welsh players if we had any as in the old days they were classesd as home bred players too. I also agree that those English players you mention have gone backwards and will find it hard to get into the side, but at least City did buy British players recently. I never made the claim to have three BRITISH players left in the World Cup, just CITY players. Anyway, United haven't even got Howard Webb left as he is unlikely to get the final.

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  9. Joe mate, aren't you being just a little too touchy?

    The corny (sorry Tony) Howard Webb joke has been doing the rounds in text/e-mail and I can't believe anyone could treat it as a desperate claim of success. Lighten up.

    Regarding Stevie Ireland, last season we were slagged by loads of pundits for leaving this home grown player out at the expense of expensive imports. These so called experts totally disregarded the fact Ireland was given innumerable opportunities, all of which he blew. OK, so Ireland isn't British but it's the home grown (which, if we were being picky, Adam Johnson is not) issue that Tony was on about.

    Not sure if your intention is to defend City's purchase of foreign players as you say our English purchases have gone severely backwards. However, I disagree with both you and Tony when you say Lescott has gone backwards. I certainly believe we paid too much for him and he was very unfortunate with two lengthy injuries, but after a settling in period he was looking a quality defender who won the fans around. Ask Didier Drogba if he'd have fancied playing against Lescott every week.

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  10. Anyway, we only have Stephen Ireland's word that he is Irish and for a man who is not sure how many grandmothers he has or even if they are alive or dead, I'm not certain I would believe him. I read this morning that Lescott is going like a bomb in training and is looking really sharp. Watch this space, well not this one obviously. Glyn, you say that the Howard Webb joke has been doing the rounds for sometime, tsk. No doubt you also knew that John had left Cynthia but didn't tell me.

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  11. I stand corrected. It has just been announced that Howard Webb IS to referee the final. Though how on earth he is going to award United a penalty in the 98th minute is beyond me!

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  12. What does tsk stand for, Tony?

    Didn't actually say "some time" but first time I received it was at the QF stage, when we had SIX players (and United still only had Webb). I'd say Tevez, RSC and Robinho could legitimately be described as City players too!

    Sorry, didn't get involved in the Beatles debate coz I was too young to remember. Aye right!

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  13. I thought Howard Webb changed his name to Cliff Richard?

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  14. Heh-Heh, tsk isn't short for anything like LOL or IMHO. It is how you would express a tut, that sound you make with your lips when something suprises you. Too young to remember The Beatles!! Bloody Hell, I am getting old.

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  15. No you are thinking of Captain Webb - the first man to swim the channel in 1880. I suppose you are too young to remember him too Glyn.

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  16. Aye you're right, Tony but my wife remembers him. When I told her what you'd said she replied "tsk! if he's referring to Matthew it wasn't 1880 it was 1875."

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  17. Couldn't resist goin on youtube for a dose of 'dance tonight' and I'm sure I saw Tony in the Jools Holland studio audience, clapping and whistling along, woo hoo.

    Quality lyrics or what. Yes, that truly is awful.

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  18. I have just watched two versions of "Dance Tonight" and quite enjoyed them, the lyrics,well not his best when he tries to be "meaningful" we get the squirm inducing "Ebony and Ivory".
    I think Neil means Clifton Webb the thirties actor.
    So what is this third place play off business about? Is anybody interested? I have often wondered.Any theories?

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  19. I owe McCartney an apology as I too went and had a look at the OFFICIAL video of Dance Tonight and it's NOT the video I had in mind. The one I remember was probably the promotional video advertising the song for TV and it featured Macca walking along the road, playing his banjo (snigger) and doing a little dance, like a leprachaun. The official vid is not too bad, but the song is crap. Let's see if we can lure Dave into this debate. 1875 eh, Dave would have just celebrated his 18th birthday. Anyone heard about the supposed swoop for Drogbah and Robinho swap for Ibravanovich or something from Barca?

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  20. Yesterday I heard United were after Schneider for £20M and this morning Talksport say we're after Drogba for £20M. Drogba is too old for such a hefty fee and surely Schneider will cost more?

    I've never liked Ibrahimovic but my Brother, who watches a lot more continental football than me, thinks he's brilliant. It was reported in the MEN that we could get him plus cash for Robinho. If that were a possibility I wouldn't mind as otherwise I can see us losing a fortune on Robinho. I also heard we're considering loaning him to Valencia for a year. Right so we just let another year of his contract expire and watch our investment dwindle further. Surely not

    Did anyone hear Harry Redknapp this morning say if we can get one or two more quality players he can see us winning the title this season?

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  21. Think I must've misread the earlier MEN article as they've just posted that we're willing to give £15M+ along with Robinho for Ibrahimovic.

    Apart from SWP to Chelsea have we EVER got the better of a transfer deal in modern times?

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  22. Quite right on both points about Drogba and Robinho. As for United's interest in various players, I have also heard that it is all smoke and mirrors to keep up the impression that they can afford to spend big. The proof will come if they actually buy anyone. Didn't hear that from Redknapp, but I did hear on the news that Spuds were going to have two shirt sponsors this year, one for their premiership games and one for their Champions League games. Considering they may not get through the qualifying round, they are being somewhat optimistic. In fact when I do tend to hear Arry being interviewed, he can't resist mentioning the fact that Spurs are in the champs league.

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  23. Last one I can remember us doing well from was Paul Stewart back in 1987. We bought him for £200.000 and sold him a year later for £1.7 million. Hard to think of any others where we have been the shaftee as opposed to the shafted party.

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  24. Tony. Until the signing of "Tevez" there seemed to be inverse correlation between the amount of money we spent on a player and his usefulness ie.the more they cost the worse they are.(with the odd exception, Shawn Goater as well as Paul stewart come to mind).
    I have watched Ibrahimovic a few times and he has tremendous ability but seems to go into sulk mode for periods in a game and then will show a flash of brilliance.I am not too certain he is what we need at this point in our development,. next season will be another tough one with every clogger and wannabee soccer superstar aiming to bring the big spending Man City down a peg or two.

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  25. True! I didn't include Goater as we didn't sell him at a profit, but let him go on a free. I remember City playing Liverpool in the FA Cup at Anfield around 2000 and losing 2-4. The Liverpool fans chanted "Who the Fu**in hell are you" when Goater came on as sub, maybe not the greatest player in the world, but a true City legend. He may have even scored in that game too.

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  26. Talksport have got their wires crossed.

    United have offered £20 for Wesley Snipes. Apparently they're assuming that most Rags will be too stupid to notice the difference.

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  27. Don't like the sound of this Balotelli but quite encouraged to read Mancini confirm his interest in Dzeko.

    He looks an exciting prospect and like he would be able to handle himself in the English game.

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  28. CITY ALERT

    If you're online now (12:43) you might wanna tune into Talksport. Adrian Durham & Alvin Martin say they'll shortly be discussing Manchester City...

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  29. Just got home and seen your message Glyn. What was the outcome of the discussion? Are we ruining the game through buying every available superstar or Barcelona cast offs - as usual?

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  30. I may be slow, but at least I'm faster than Andy Dunn in the News of the World. He must have heard the Howard Webb joke last night and repeated it in his column in the NotW, this morning. Sounded funnier when I wrote it I thought!

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  31. Hey Tony, I waited and waited and waited.

    They eventually talked about us and it pretty much amounted to us signing Robinho for massive dosh without researching his personality and then making same mistake with Silva - ie Gwilliam Ballaghe (I know that's a crap spelling) telling us he's a Canary with no language skills who will be as lost in Manchester as Robinho.

    If he's RIGHT though he's probably got a very good point!

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  32. A canary with no language skills lost in Manchester,so what we need is a parrot trainer and an A to Z. Sorry Glyn,I just couldn't resist.

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  33. A canary lost in Manchester with no langauge skills. Seems the normal profile of a Norwich fan. Or even one of those silly scarf wearers from the swamp.

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  34. Silva has played about one hours football in the world cup. Let's hope Mancini knows what he's doing. Congratulations to Spain, hopefully, Capello having seen how it's done will try and emulate. Am I right in saying that De-Jong is the first player to be a current City player and take part in the world cup final?

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  35. That tickled me, Steve.

    I think you're right re De Jong, Tony. Pity he chose to make himself public enemy No 1 though eh. City's owners seemingly had this vision of our captain, John Terry raising the World Cup. I wonder what they're making of Yahoo's current headline about Spain's victory for football and the accompanying photo of Nigel's Cantona impression?

    Kinda glad to hear we're unlikely to get Torres. I think his injury record makes him too much of a risk and I also find it hard to believe he's praised us to Silva - I've only ever read negative comments from him. Chelsea or Liverpool can have him for me.

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  36. Tony,I was going to ask you the same question about De Jong and would be very surprised if it was not the case. I think the Dutch were outplayed and just lost their heads in the end.
    Glyn I agree regarding Torres,too injury prone and the quotes attributed to him regarding City convince me we are probably better off without him.I think the suggestion that we should look more closely at the psychological profiles of players before we sign them is a valid one as we often get beaten by teams that may not be as good as us but have that mental toughness that we seem to lack at times.

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