This post from Dave Thomas of "A Kick up the Rs" fanzine to the QPR Yahoo Groups list yesterday may interest you. Dave now lives in Bolton by the way!
United fans are Chelsea fans and City fans are QPR fans.
I know they have millions to play with, but City do far more for the community than United. The Hyde story is worth checking out if you can.
When my Christina's Dad was fit and able, he followed City all over. In later years, as his health gradually deteriorated, they would watch games on Sky. He was called Stanley and was born in Collyhurst, the same as Stan Bowles. He was great character, who during the war was Monty's
driver (I bet you didn't even know Monty played golf!). He was also best friend of Les Dawson, and best man at his wedding. Most importantly, he was Christina's Dad - and she misses him terribly still.
When he died, the funeral went past the Etihad. He had been to a match there once - just the once, but they treated him with the utmost care and attention. When the cortege went past the stadium, with Manchester City spelled out in flowers, plenty of folk touched their caps as an acknowledgement of respect - just like in the old days.
I wrote to City, by email. I asked if they could perhaps mention his passing in the programme. I asked if Bernard Halford (City's Daphne Biggs) could be informed of Stan's death. City replied, literally,
within minutes - and with a message back from Bernard. They also said they would put it in the programme - and they'd also include him in their role of honour at the end of the calendar year when they have a
minute's silence for and a roll-call of all those supporters who've they lost in the past year. It's an annual thing at City, apparently.
I am not saying that United wouldn't have done the same, (why not - Ed!) but I have my doubts. As Peter says, City fans are generally okay, while you have to live here to appreciate quite how blinkered and objectionable United fans are generally.
Which is why I hope we are 0-0 with two minutes to go, and Stoke have just added a third without reply. We then gift City the softest of soft goals, while doing a Peter Crouch yesterday - i.e, looking as if we are
really trying but not really. We then unfurl our banner that says:
'That one's for you, Ashley Young - diving cheat".
By the way, message to the Venky's: So you didn't know about relegation?
Well, you do now...