City Blogger: Christmas Dinner
- 24 December 2013 10:04
- Posted by @BlueWolf1894
Christmas means a lot of many things to a lot of different people, but the cornerstone of the day is Christmas Dinner. Let us all gather round and celebrate a Manchester City Christmas Dinner:
Everybody likes a good stuffing, yes? Just go ask Manchester United. But they aren’t the only ones who have been on the end of a good stuffing from us; Spurs, Huddersfield, Norwich, Liverpool (Stanley, that is), Blackburn, Torquay, Sheffield United, Swindon, the list is endless.
Sadly, we, ourselves, have also been stuffed on several occasions …
We’ve had plenty of turkeys at City, in fact one needn’t look too far into our past for the 8-1 mauling at the hands of Middlesbrough in May of 2008. It was said – although certainly never proven – that the players were to go on strike because of the impending removal of Sven-Göran Erikson, but he in turn insisted that the team shouldn’t ever do this; one wonders what the scoreline would have been had they actually gone through with their rumoured strike.
Of course, 8-1 isn’t our biggest turkey of a match as that prize goes to Everton, who on the 3rd of September 1906 (a Monday if you’re interested) beat us rather emphatically 1-9. Two days earlier (a Saturday, if you’re keeping up), we lost 1-4 to Woolwich Arsenal and ended the game with only six players on the pitch with five passing out from heat exhaustion.
Sprouts: oft shunned, but a necessity, and a Christmas law.
“What does James Milner actually do?” is a question asked by many opposition fans. But they don’t know James like we know James (hi, James!); his work ethic is unquestionable, and he gives us a sense of security in midfield. He just goes about his job quietly and efficiently, shifting the ball to those who are able to stick it in the back of the net, and on occasion getting one himself. In short: he is a necessity, and not just for Christmas.
At the moment, everything is indeed ‘all gravy’. Currently in third place in the Premier League, and awaiting to start the round of 16 in the Champion’s League. However, there have been plenty of times when things have not been ‘all gravy’.
The 2006-07 season saw us score not one goal at home after New Year’s Day, and this was also the season that saw Ben Thatcher attempt to decapitate Portsmouth’s Pedro Mendes, resulting in a club six-match ban and a FA eight-match ban.
At the end of this somewhat awful season, Thaksin Shinawatra, who obviously had no love for gravy, turned up with £81.6m that he had found lying around somewhere.
Rich? Like our owners? – Boozy? Like the squad of the 1980’s? – Deep? Like the playing style of the team under Stuart Pearce? – Fruity? Like Stephen Ireland’s pink bedroom? – Pudding? Like … I think I’ll leave it there.
We’ve been lucky to have had some crackers at the club, most notably Roque Santa Cruz’s other-half, Giselle Tavarelli, but there have been plenty of others though.
Kinkladze’s goal v Southampton on the 16th of March 1996 was undoubtedly a cracker, as too was the seemingly impossible 13-second goal from Jesus Navas v Spurs last month. Another notable cracker was on the 9th November 2002, day of the very last derby match to be played at Maine Road, and witnessing Shaun Goater’s 100th goal to end the match 3-1 to City (in a sort of low-fat stuffing manner). And of course the Champion’s League match in Bavaria, which saw us come from 2-0 down and win the match, the first time this has ever happened in the Champion’s League.
Have a very Merry Christmas, Blues – here’s to Boxing Day and the Yaya/Kolo song with Liverpool fans.