• Time, methinks, for a little review of the year.

    2011 has been great in many ways. I have spent time with old friends and made new friends. I have been to Wembley for the first (and second) time. I have seen my beloved Manchester City go from strength to strength, bring home the FA cup and fire goals, seemingly as many as they want, past almost every team they have encountered and be sitting at the top of the Premiership as we go into the new year. There’s a long way to go to the end of the season but I’m certainly enjoying it so far. Memorable highlights were beating Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, beating Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford and my first away match for years when we beat Blackburn Rovers 4-0.

    I have met up with lots of people I have talked to on Twitter and they have all been lovely, not encountered a single axe-murderer yet so I’ll carry on meeting them I think!

    My family continue to grow up and away and it’s lovely to see. My eldest daughter spent time this year as a nanny in Wales, Portugal and Sardinia before moving to Madrid to teach in a primary school there. My youngest daughter spent the summer living and working in Ibiza and my middle daughter got ill on her 6th, and possibly last, pilgrimage to Lourdes. My son also seems to have got the travel bug and went off to France on an exchange trip. I managed Anglesey and a few days in Ibiza and Dublin but I’m planning a couple of trips to Madrid very soon.

    My daughters seem settled into jobs or courses and my son is enjoying school, he also played Julius Caesar in a production in the summer and was excellent, his love of Shakespeare means he is getting very good at being killed!

    My course has been hard work but enjoyable and the end is now in sight and anyway how hard can a degree in Facebook and Twitter be?

    A good year but I can always hope for better so here’s to a great 2012 for me, my family, friends and all of you!

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  • Football 15.09.2011 No Comments

    Well, Manchester City finally got their first ever Champion’s League campaign going last night with a home game against Napoli. The stadium was buzzing with anticipation, many fans had brought their flags and inflatable bananas and the stadium itself was looking good.
    Both teams were making their Champion’s League debut and City got off to a great start. They enjoyed most of the possession and many shots but the Napoli defence looked strong and they looked dangerous on the break and that is where there their eventual goal came from. City fought back and well deserved the point gained by Kolarov’s goal. They kept battling but the elusive second goal was not to be.
    I am sure lessons will be learnt and Mancini is confident we will win in Munich. The match was a great one to watch, fast paced and entertaining. The start of what will hopefully be a long and successful spell of European football for Manchester City. Meanwhile I also hope Kolarov thinks scoring City’s first Champion’s League goal was worth the broken nose!

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  • Football 11.09.2011 No Comments

    The summer was very long without any football although I watched as much of City’s pre-season as I could on TV and made the trip to Wembley for The Community Shield. Despite losing to Utd I had a great day out and met up with some City Tweeters at The Green Man in Wembley before the match.

    The season seemed to have only just begun with a 4-0 home victory over Swansea and two away victories, 3-2 against Bolton and 5-1 against Spurs, before we got an International break. City had made a great start to the season; Dzeko scored 4 goals against Spurs, 1 against Bolton and 1 against Swansea, Aguero gave us 2 against Swansea and 1 against Spurs. Added to Silva’s against Swansea and Bolton and Gareth Barry’s at Bolton we had 12 goals in 3 games with 3 conceded.

    On Saturday we had a home match against Wigan and an opportunity to take another look at our summer signings and hopefully add to our goals tally. We were not disappointed. A hat trick from Aguero gave us three Poznan opportunities and we witnessed some beautiful football, not least from the amazing David Silva who seems to be everywhere on the pitch and linked up with Tevez and Aguero for the first goal and again with Nasri and Aguero for the second before setting up Aguero for the third. Despite Tevez failing to score from the penalty spot and Micah Richards and Vinnie Kompany being frustrated by the woodwork City demolished Wigan in style and if they can keep up this beautiful football and keep some clean sheets this is going to be a season to remember, for all the right reasons.

    This really is a good time to be a City supporter.

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