Busy weekend starting on Friday, picking up the zines, dropping them off at the outlets, popping into The Etihad to arrange for the spreading of Colin Brinkley’s ashes in the memorial garden on Saturday then meeting up with Kevin Parker in Manc who’d arranged something special for Colin’s wife Margaret who’d come over from Spain and Colin’s son Adrian who’d come from Australia. So Saturday we attended the ceremony, which was obviously a sad, touching, and poignant occasion for big Blue and friend Colin.
Sunday dawned and the usual pre derby nerves but I wasn’t unduly worried about getting a result. It just about stayed fine, but again Roberto surprised and disappointed us by selecting Mario (though I thought he did OK) ahead of Carlos (WTF) and preferring Nasty and even Kolo ahead of Lescott. Baffling, yet again.
Good postings on the blog fellas.
Two down by half time, no booking for Rooney, Vinny off injured, rags goal disallowed (about time!) great fightback by the boys, only one winner until…. Clichy and Joe dithered, free kick awarded (just like at the swamp for the 4-3) “Defend like your lives depend on it” F*ckinell City, not again, not yet again”
When will we ever learn to defend set pieces? Joe, sort the wall out.
Rio was struck by a coin at the end of the game, out of order, and a fan ran on to confront him, ushered away by Joe.
I was interviewed by Chris Wheeler of the Mail. I told him about the great atmosphere and great game, thrown away by City. How the rags celebrations were understandable, but how they celebrate with aggression (check out Rio’s expression), how their club does not know how to behave, as opposed to City who celebrate with joy.
I told him of how Malcolm used to go on the pitch at O/T in the 60’s before derbies, go over to the Stretford End and give them the V’s. So it’s always been hyped up. As for the coin throwing, out of order and the culprit should be found and banned using CCTV. No to fences or mesh or anything. Same punishment as the rags doled out for the coin throwing incident on Garrido that time, the fan who ran on to confront Bellamy and the missile throwing at Bellamy in the League Cup semi-final. Did we ever get an apology? I was disappointed we sank to their level. And no, it won’t ever get as bad as united v Liverpool cos we, as they keep reminding us, will never be their biggest rivals. We’ll wait to see what gets printed….
Serious questions need to be asked of Roberto now, and I believe the owners and management are ruthless, so we need to see an improvement soon, starting on Saturday……..