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Video Exclusive: Sergio Aguero signs for Manchester City as fans share their reactions

 2 Comments- Add comment Written on 28-Jul-2011 by malcylon

 

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Sergio Aguero became Manchester City’s club record signing and emerged after signing his contract to an excited crowd of supporters at the Etihad stadium yesterday.  MCFCfans caught the mood with exclusive footage of Kun making a point of dealing with every single request from fans to sign autographs and take pictures, with two delightful junior Blues over the moon at securing his signature.

  Sergio has his picture taken with a junior Blue

City fans demonstrated their excellent command of Spanish, though Sergio was clearly briefed to not respond to questions. However, when City fan Norman Burkitt asked,"how are you?" in Spanish, a smiling Sergio replied, "bien!"  Life-long City fan Burkitt is now on his way to Dublin hoping to see Sergio play for the first time in a City shirt, whilst his daughter Jasmine appears in the BBC3 documentary series,"Small Teen Bigger World," on Monday at 9pm.

Aguero remarked on his Twitter feed some last night,"I'm already a City player. I'm happy to be in this club and in this town. Thank you all for the welcome and the reception!!!"

Comment below with your ideas for a Kun chant !!

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The MCFC Global FA Cup Viewing Guide

 0 Comments- Add comment Written on 12-May-2011 by malcylon

The Ultimate MCFC FA Cup Final Viewing Guide

In two days we aim to produce the ultimate Global FA Cup Final Viewing Guide for Manchester City fans all over the world, including pubs, bars, parties and roundabouts for those actually going to the match.

COME ON THEN BLUES GET YOUR PUBS AND MEETUPS ON HERE!!

London

The Green Man – Dagmar Avenue, Wembley, HA9 8DF (Wembley Park / Wembley Central / Wembley Stadium Rail)

If you are planning to go to the match then this boozer will be bouncing before kick off.   Once again designated as a Manchester City pub, it will open from 9.30am with food, beer garden, marquees, and portaloos all available. Numbers in the car park are being restricted by the police this time and the doors will close once the quota is reached.  So get there early!

The Roundabout – near the Green Man on Empire Way (A479)

No it isn’t a pub, it is literally a roundabout!  A bloke called Kevin Beresford published a book called “Roundabouts of Great Britain” in 2004 after getting mailbag full of people’s favourite roundabouts.  Surely if he published it now City fans would vote the roundabout at Wembley as their No.1.  There are so many fans planning to base themselves here that you’ll probably have to get there early as well!

The Greyhound – 324 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA9 6LL (Wembley Stadium Rail / Wembley Central)

Not reported as the most desirable of boozers but got a vote of confidence for Blues atmosphere before the semi-final.

The City Pride – 28 Farringdon Lane, EC1R 3AN (Farringdon)

Tony (aka Tueartsboots) is working with the landlord to open the pub early for  pre-match build up and set it up for a post-match drink-up afterwards.  The City Pride has fast become the Blues base for London-based City fans with regular attendances of over 50 or so for big games.  Expect it to be rammed for this one. It has a large downstairs  with several plasma screens (inc at the bar as you wait for your pint) and good-sized upstairs as well. Definitely a good one to go to if you don’t have a ticket.

The Railway – corner of West End Lane and Broadhurst Gardens (right next to West Hampstead tube)

This is a well-trodden pre-Wembley boozer at one of the key outposts slightly off the beaten.  Right next to West Hampstead tube, it is just 15 mins away on the Jubilee line to Wembley Park.  The duty manager was convinced it would be Red for the Semi-Final.  How wrong he was.  It was jam-packed with Blues before and after the match with a cracking atmosphere. It will be Blue again.

Manchester

City Square – City of Manchester Stadium

A lot of fans were frustrated at the box office falling over themselves to sell tickets for City Square when they couldn’t get through to buy the actual match tickets.  But this is a leading option if you’re staying in Manchester.

There are loads of other options so please could Blues who know of at least 30+ fans meeting up to watch the game in a boozer write in rather than us listing out every boozer in town!

Perth, Australia

Blues seeking a boozer – get in touch

Brussels, Belgium

The 6 Nations Bar, 48-50 Rue Gretry, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

New York, USA

The Mad Hatter Saloon & Beer Garden – 360 Third Ave

The only place to be in New York for the final.  Even Garry Cooke has been here before.

Now let's get the rest of the world sorted!!

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The MCFC Global FA Cup Viewing Guide

 1 Comment- Add comment Written on 06-May-2011 by malcylon

  The Roundabout is a hot favourite for the Final !!

We have made it to the FA Cup Final!  What a feeling it was to beat United in the Semi.  One of the best games I have ever been to as a City fan.  There is just that nagging feeling now though.  Stoke is a big ask and it never feels great to be the favourite as a City fan.  But that won’t stop an unprecedented pre- and post-match party as the City giddy-o-meter explodes past the red zone.

MCFCfans returns setting itself the one week challenge of producing the most comprehensive MCFC Global FA Cup Final viewing guide incorporating research from everywhere and feedback from readers.  Let’s hear it from fans going to the match and from around the world planning to watch on TV in order to create the best blue-bouncing atmosphere across the globe.  Put your pubs, bars, underground parties, and (hopefully) after-match celebration ideas down by commenting on this article or by going to our FA Cup Final page here.

This FA Cup Final will again produce the good-humoured MCFC way to party, so now is the chance to nail all of the plans being made after the Semi was such a success.  One of the biggest differences with the final would appear to be the large number of fans that will actually stay in London this time, which should make for a great after-match drink up whatever the result.

We’ll update the list below on a daily basis next week with all of your feedback coming in.

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London

The Green Man – Dagmar Avenue, Wembley, HA9 8DF (Wembley Park / Wembley Central / Wembley Stadium Rail)

If you are planning to go to the match then this boozer will be bouncing before kick off.   Once again designated as a Manchester City pub, it will open from 9.30am with food, beer garden, marquees, and portaloos all available. Numbers in the car park are being restricted by the police this time and the doors will close once the quota is reached.  So get there early!

The Roundabout – near the Green Man on Empire Way (A479) – can someone confirm?

No it isn’t a pub, it is literally a roundabout!  A bloke called Kevin Beresford published a book called “Roundabouts of Great Britain” in 2004 after getting mailbag full of people’s favourite roundabouts.  Surely if he published it now City fans would vote the roundabout at Wembley as their No.1.  There are so many fans planning to base themselves here that you’ll probably have to get there early as well!

The Greyhound – 324 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA9 6LL (Wembley Stadium Rail / Wembley Central)

Not reported as the most desirable of boozers but got a vote of confidence for Blues atmosphere before the semi-final.

The City Pride – 28 Farringdon Lane, EC1R 3AN (Farringdon)

Tony (aka Tueartsboots) is working with the landlord to open the pub early for  pre-match build up and set it up for a post-match drink-up afterwards.  The City Pride has fast become the Blues base for London-based City fans with regular attendances of over 50 or so for big games.  Expect it to be rammed for this one. It has a large downstairs  with several plasma screens (inc at the bar as you wait for your pint) and good-sized upstairs as well. Definitely a good one to go to if you don’t have a ticket.

The Railway – corner of West End Lane and Broadhurst Gardens (right next to West Hampstead tube)

This is a well-trodden pre-Wembley boozer at one of the key outposts slightly off the beaten.  Right next to West Hampstead tube, it is just 15 mins away on the Jubilee line to Wembley Park.  The duty manager was convinced it would be Red for the Semi-Final.  How wrong he was.  It was jam-packed with Blues before and after the match with a cracking atmosphere. It will be Blue again.

Manchester

City Square – City of Manchester Stadium

A lot of fans were frustrated at the box office falling over themselves to sell tickets for City Square when they couldn’t get through to buy the actual match tickets.  But this is a leading option if you’re staying in Manchester.

There are loads of other options so please could Blues who know of at least 30+ fans meeting up to watch the game in a boozer write in rather than us listing out every boozer in town!

Perth, Australia

Blues seeking a boozer – get in touch

Brussels, Belgium

Blues known to be getting together here – pub TBC

New York, USA

The Mad Hatter Saloon & Beer Garden – 360 Third Ave

The only place to be in New York for the final.  Even Garry Cooke has been here before.

Now let's get the rest of the world sorted!!

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We're not really here - the psychology of a City fan

 6 Comments- Add comment Written on 17-Jan-2010 by malcylon

No. 4 - We're not really here

Do you ever ask yourself, what will it be like if and when we start winning trophies?  An entire generation of City fans look forward to the moment when City lift their next trophy.  The Carling Cup is a mere three games away.  But do you think that younger City fans are ready to experience winning?!

This is another video that caught our eye for a low amount of views even though it's an interesting video.  Professor Cary Cooper talks about the psychology of City fans with a video that contains some great footage of the stands at Maine Road.  This one deserves more than the 2,954 views it has had so far so we've put it in at No.4 in the MCFCfans video chart. 


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The Last Days of Maine Road

 0 Comments- Add comment Written on 16-Jan-2010 by malcylon

A high new entry at No.5

After a long spell of peace and quiet on the blog, we return after a poor performance against Everton.  A job done by Everton who outplayed us for most of the game, certainly after the first 20 minutes. 

MCFCfans begins a series featuring our top 5 Manchester City videos with a favourite that is so well put together it’s a great surprise it sits quietly in YouTube with only 9,300 or so views. It's an emotional video that seems fitting after the defeat today...how easy it is to forget those days gone by.

The cracking backing music is brilliantly worked against images that reflect the cult following of Manchester City.  It's an awesome capture of a special moment in City history.  What a great club it is we support.  Enjoy!

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City rock on after Pompey win

 0 Comments- Add comment Written on 31-Aug-2009 by malcylon

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    City forced to defend early in the first half

A well-deserved one-nil victory (City Official Match Report) but an expensive three points for my wallet!  The foundations of my goal-fest prediction were all there.  But when I turned up and realised we were to be playing in white I thought the entire strategy might be undone.  I’m a strong believer in third kits being a bad omen.

I’ll exchange a dent in the wallet for three points any day.  City dominated for a lot of the game but it's fair to say Pompey gave us some cause for concern in various areas.  It was a great atmosphere and we roll on unbeaten in the league, unbeaten away from home, the only side to have not conceded a goal.  As one fan bellowed out in reply to Pompey’s cheating chant aimed at Adebayor, “Same old City, always winning!”  Yeah, steady on...

Any fans who weren’t at the game will know better as it was televised on Sky, but I hear the disallowed goal should have stood on the grounds that Barry was offside and not Richards.  Was Barry interfering with play?  There were also two big penalty shouts.  I thought both were penalties, but the Tevez penalty shout was probably the most blatant I have ever seen.  Again Sky may have already proven me wrong.  Either way, had a couple of all of those chances gone in the 3-0 correct score and total goals call might have looked a little more sensible.  I hope readers didn’t wager too much on similar outcomes. I heard one fan on the way out say he had Adebayor to score first and City 3-0.  Gutted.

Adebayor's goal brought about rapturous scenes in the City end with Adebayor's newly adapted song being bellowed out to a silent Pompey crowd (see home page for video).  If Adebayor can keep up the steady trickle of goals then our away form might just continue.

As it was many City fans were sweating like Aussies in a spelling test for a period during the second half when Pompey pressed for an equaliser.  Shay Given’s call for composure in seeing games out was not entirely heeded, as the gut instinct for many City players is still to rampage up the pitch in search of another goal late on.  But the 1-0 held and City fans celebrated to avoid the riot that would have unfolded had Pompey equalised after the Tevez penalty shout.

 

 City fans celebrate the final whistle...let the good times roll!

With readers having watched the game on television it leaves me to point out a few subtle nuances picked up in the terrace.  Firstly, the terrace banter is getting better and better.  The production line of imaginative and humorous songs that used to be the reserve of standing in the Kippax is on its’ way back.  If you’ve not been to an away game yet this season then I can highly recommend it.

On the player front Tevez looked a bit tired as the game neared the end.  More match fitness is required.  I guess I have to break my protective silence on Wayne Bridge as well.  He must close down potential crosses quicker than he does, or at all.  If we’re vulnerable anywhere it is down the flanks.  Finally, an observation on Petrov.  I spotted it at the Blackburn game and noticed it again at half-time at Portsmouth. His body language seems to be saying, “what am I doing here,” like he would be more interested staying at home pairing his socks up.  Head down and no enthusiasm.  I hope I’m wrong and he wins a place to prove his attacking worth.

After the international break, City have two huge games in the form of Arsenal at home and United away.  The Chairman’s recent interview with the official site suggested the Sheikh could be in town soon. Arsenal at home would represent a fine way to greet an adoring and grateful City faithful.

Bring ‘em on!

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Manchester City could fatten your wallet today

 0 Comments- Add comment Written on 30-Aug-2009 by malcylon

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  The Grand Master Plan takes shape

Firstly, a warm welcome to all of the new members of MCFCfans, supporters of Manchester City from all over the world who have been signing up to be a part of a growing global City community.   There are many great City fan blogs, and it is the sign of a club with real heart and substance that we should be blessed with so many not-for-profit, well-respected, unofficial sites. 

The form book certainly reads in City’s favour today.   WWWWW, our form back to the Celtic friendly, is not a sight we have seen for a while.  Added to this is the fact that City has not conceded a goal in the last four games.  There are certainly some small issues around the edges about one aspect or another of the team, but I would take that start any season.

As Hughes himself has confessed, Pompey presents a somewhat unpredictable challenge.   Playing a struggling team away from home, that has just had a major organisational change, is always perilous.  In the spirit of light-hearted banter, I think that predicting a tight affair today is the easy option.  City should trounce Portsmouth today, make no bones about it.   Pompey’s new owner has yet to make an impact at Pompey, and it could be said he needs to prove himself after his outbursts during the City takeover.  A lot of quality has left the club and not a lot has come back in the other direction.

There were several aspects that impressed me watching City from the stand on Thursday evening.   The one that really stood out though, was the condition of the players.   Very few players looked to be lacking match fitness even though we’re at the start of the season.  When a ball was being chased by any City player, it was chased with a burst of pace that demonstrated a rigorous pre-season training routine.  No longer does Stephen Ireland look like the only player who can run for 90 minutes. 

Stephen Ireland’s description in the Telegraph yesterday about a walk in the hotel grounds with Micah and Nedum was enlightening. “We were on a walk at the hotel, me and Micah and Nedum.  And we were just saying – Richard Dunne had just left, just before we went on our walk – and we were saying there’s just three of us left, this is mental you know.”  It’s happened so fast and yet, so far at least, the manner of the execution of the plan has been excellent.

It’s not difficult to pick out the new players who have made an impact so far.  All of them.  Adebayor is scoring and has slotted in nicely up front.  Barry’s command of midfield is a cut above, although there is more to be done to gel the midfield together.   Tevez showed signs of real class on Thursday night. His vision and ability to join up passages of play is something akin to a chess player.  Toure and Lescott looked relatively assured.  The niggling wing-back concerns persist, and there is a real need to find a way to get the best out of Robinho as the formation takes shape. But these niggles take time.

This is a team that is enjoying playing football together as the grand master plan is implemented.  There is a real buzz around the club and the players are feeding from it.  The feel good factor could create a big result today.  The betting certainly indicates a strong City showing (Betfair:  City 1.59 – 1.6, Pompey 7.0-7.2, Draw 4.2-4.3 @ 09.57am, 30th Aug).  So I’m long total goals, but have capped my correct score optimism at 3-0 to City (Betfair:  13.5-14.0). 

Let’s hear a big noise in the 2,000 strong away end today Blues:  COME ON CITY !!!

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