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Manchester City, Welcome To The Human Race

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For the weeks preceding the Manchester derby, there were worries that some City fans would spoil the minute’s silence planned in honour of the Busby Babes. After attending plenty of Manchester derbies, I felt as though disruption to the minute’s silence could not be avoided, hearing the blue side of Manchester sing about Munich year after year. I have been called “Munich scum” by City fans more times than I care to remember, and whilst recognising the vast majority of blues are not scum bags, there are enough in the minority who I believed would spoil the day.

The season before last, I was at Old Trafford as United played out a painful 1-1 draw with City. Noel Cantwell, who captained United in the 1963 FA Cup final, as well as winning the league with us in 1965 and 1967, died two days prior to the match. The minute’s silence had to be stopped half way through, after the away section started singing Munich songs. Would this same set of fans be able to sit through silence dedicated to the Babes? I didn’t think so.

Yesterday, the referee blew the whistle to signal the end of the minute’s silence and it had been observed perfectly by the City fans. In the second half, the City fans launched the chant “There’s only one Frank Swift” which was in turn applauded by the United fans.

After the match, both City manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, and City captain, Richard Dunne, spoke out out in praise of their fans. “I would like to say a big thank you to our fans,” said Sven. “They were absolutely fantastic before the game during the minute’s silence and of course during the game.”

“Our fans were fantastic – everyone within the club knew they would be,” said Dunne. “We are very proud of them and hopefully they are very proud of our performance.”

Now, whilst I am appreciative that the City fans kept their mouths shut, I’m not too sure why they should be lavished with praise. They behaved like normal human beings. Congratulations, you’re not sickos who sing songs mocking innocent people who died. Managing to observe a minute’s silence for the sake of 23 people who lost their lives, one of whom was a legend for their own club, makes them “fantastic.” Do me a fucking favour!

The low expectations the manager and captain have of their own fans says a lot about the blues. For the captain to feel “proud” of their fans for joining the human race is quite frankly embarrassing and patronising.

On a lighter note, I hope the events of yesterday will have a positive effect on City fans in relation to Munich. A bitter in my local was hopeful that maybe we will see the despicable chants die down on derby day, but I think he is kidding himself. Saying that, I thought staying silent for one minute to remember the Babes was beyond them, so maybe there is some hope for them yet.

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. mammutly says:

    Scott, I’m beginning to respect your tenacity.
    You have not given me ‘proof’ , only what somebody said in a draft newspaper article.

  2. Quinn says:

    Okay Scott, so your gripe appears to be that Sven said

    “I would like to say a big thank you to our fans. They were absolutely fantastic before the game during the minute’s silence and of course during the game.”

    While Richard Dunne said

    “Our fans were fantastic – everyone within the club knew they would be. We are very proud of them and hopefully they are very proud of our performance.”

    I would have thought that that was pretty standard fare for club officials thanking their fans for their support during a game. Sure, Sven also acknowledges the minute’s silence, but it would have been pretty odd if he hadn’t, bearing in mind the significance of the fixture.

    So what’s your problem? You tell me, but I think it’s called psychological projection.

  3. Scott the Red says:

    For your point to have any standing, you’re suggesting a writer for The Independent completely fabricated comments from Manchester City’s chairman in his draft article. If you’re ok with that, fair do’s… but don’t come on my blog criticising people for asserting things and then claiming them to be true ;)

  4. mammutly says:

    Oh Come On Scott! I am suggesting nothing of the sort. A misquote, a quote out of context. It is not the same as saying it’s a complete fabrication.
    I could fill your blog with so called ‘quotes’ from Utd players and staff which have frequently appeared in various newspapers over the years.

  5. Salford red says:

    Mammutly, your wrong. There is no shame in this. Regardless of this post-modern free for all we live in, i believe many things in this life to be wrong. And your as wrong as it gets my bitter friend. In terms of being wrong your up there with religious fundamentalism, free-market capitlaism and the brand new heavies. What is right,however, is that myself and Scott have claimed a moral victory, against your vast media empire. A bit like that hippie couple who took on Mcdonalds and won. As for the company i keep, well your inference was right, their a bit snide. Full of “your a bastard” type chants and pre-1996 football programs; and people that sell drugs outside football grounds that do so with brazen impunity because it cannot be proven. And as for your PA, who incidently was very very wrong, go easy on him/her it is valentines day after all.

  6. mammutly says:

    Scott been selling to you then? Sounds like it. I’ll add grandiose ideation to your previously obseved attributes of paranoia and delusional thoughts.

    Me? Bitter? I’m a City supporter with good friends, some of whom happen to be Reds. I have my own business and pay my staff a pittance so that I have loads of money. I have a pretty wife and a fine house and a fast car. Life is great and i’m lovin it. I’m a working class kid from Salford who got a state funded education and used it to exploit my way to the top.I’m now expanding into eastern Europe and China and have plans of world domination. I already have options on the moon, including mining interests and also prospecting rights on large areas of south west Mars. I’m in favour of internment without trial, global warming, the extinction of non profitable species and illegal immigration.
    P.S. My P.A says allsources this centuary amount to ‘last couple of years’ plus 5 or 6.

  7. Salford red says:

    Malmulty, sorry for the delay in my reply. Emboldened by my moral victory over a man who evidently is doing allright in life, i decided to become the new poster boy for amnesty. My new job will take me all over the globe and i’m currently locked in a struggle for union rights for the proletariat of south-west mars. It’s a tough call but i’m rooming with angelena jolie, who incidently came down for breakfast the other day in a “bell better then best” t-shirt. Of course i insisited she disrobe immediately. I look forward to locking horns with you again either on the picket lines of mars, though i bet like Mr Burns you have hired monkey butlers to do your biddng, or next season where natural order of things will no doubt be resumed.

  8. mammutly says:

    I greet you newly returned from overseas. Thankyou for your reply. I was pleased to note Utd’s victory over Arsne’s Arsenal. ( That name is too rare and too coincidental to be real)
    I fear the ‘natural order of things’ may have shifted for good. It is called ‘change’ and happens everywhere all the time. It is not, as you are probably thinking, the coins what you gets back when you hands over your grubby fiver in your local after squeezing between 2 dozen City fans holding pints of bitter.
    However, no doubt they’ll be stuff to argue and debate in future anyway. At the moment I’m campaigning against the two handed tossers in landrovers who drive out of Manchester on a weekend to plow up my beautiful Peak District. They call it ‘greenlaning’. I call it Eco Terrorism. They are threatening to kill me on YouTube and me an innocent capitalist exploiter of human misery for profit. Tsk. There’s just no justice!
    Good luck with the posters – sticky business that……..(p**s poor joke)

  9. Disco3Steve says:

    Threatening to kill you!!!! Mr mammutly – I think not. Merely asking you to keep your nose out of something you do obviously do not understand – please feel free to come with us one day . . . AND I say this to you as a fellow Manchester City supporter. We definitely do NOT plow up your (actually “our” as its a National Park belonging to the public) beautiful Peak District. We take the same care of it as everyone else who avails themselves of the facilities.

  10. mammutly says:

    WOAH! Well off topic! If you think I’d mess up my brand new red and white Hummer doing that s**t, you’re a crazy man.


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