Captain of Manchester City aged just twenty-one, and on the brink of England fame and glory, Paul Lake had the world at his feet until fate delivered him a devastating blow.
The legendary label owner and ex-manager of The Libertines, Primal Scream and Oasis weighs into Cameron’s Britain, Britpop and why he loves Instagram…
They may have been the height of culinary sophistication elsewhere in the UK during the 1970s but prawn cocktails only reached some parts of Wales recently. If only they hadn’t.
Unbelievably it’s been three years since Speedo ended his life, I wrote this at the time as a tribute to the kid at my school everyone wanted to be…
As Norwich take on Man City today, a City fan recalls his love for the team which toppled the German giants in ’93
They’ve been around since 1998 and released over 10 brilliant albums. So why has no one heard of The Wave Pictures?
Strictly is back, and while it may portray itself as a light-hearted alternative to the X Factor, the truth is, it’s every bit as cynical.
It’s my girlfriend’s birthday and I’m about to face head on the perils of falconry.
If England U21s have any chance of winning the Euros, they need to match the spirit of ’84.
Know for having an incredible voice and bashing the paparazzi over the head, we speak to Charlotte Church on how she avoided becoming a Welsh Lindsay Lohan…
God knows what prompted the left-back to set off on a mazy run the length of the pitch, but the subsequent pitch invasion after he scored one of the greatest ever FA cup goals was historic…
I expected to be weeping at this, but the I draw the line at crying over cartoons, especially ones that force feed the schmaltz…
He came, he saw, he conquered – a final farewell to the former Manchester City firework that ignited the English skies in a sea of blue.
Although on the surface the story of Michael Johnson carries but one truth – the waste of a promising career – there is another that is far more pertinent than any tutting and clucking…
Christmas and Football, two wonderful events… so why does it go so, so wrong when they collide?
United again left it late to claim all three points, sinking City hearts in the process. But they manage to snatch it at the death so many times that I’m now immune to disappointment…
The latest furore regarding the t-shirt ‘scandal’ is completely unfounded. We should not let a small minority discount the brilliant efforts from the majority to eradicate racism from football…
The Royal Premiere (yep, we still do them) of Skyfall was last night, and the film and girls have been lauded. But come on, it’s about time the franchise looked further afield for the women who get to bump uglies with Daniel Craig…
After the surge of National Pride following the success of the Olympics, why have we transformed into blubbing nervous wrecks for the Paralympics?
The news that the marauding Irishman has been diagnosed with bowel cancer stopped me in my tracks. When I was a kid I fell in love with his elegance, breaking a cardinal rule of football fandom in the process…
First he tried telling us that he had a young team, then he said United don’t do un-ethical transfers. Now he claims the Glazers are great. Is Fergie cracking up?
The likes of Gerrard and Terry are getting all of the praise, but Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott’s contribution has been hugely underrated. Here’s why…
Former Manchester City Striker ‘Lee Won Pen’ Proves That Diving Has Never Been Far From English Football
You often hear that diving wasn’t prevalent in English football in years gone by. But ex-Manchester City forward Franny Lee and his love of hitting the turf certainly prove this myth false…
Manchester City’s miraculous late finish to secure the title wasn’t just an incredible event in itself, nor a statement for the future – it also laid many ghosts to rest.
He’s been in talks with Valencia but now it seems a straight fight between Chelsea and Real Madrid for this energetic right-back…
City’s victory over Newcastle was a professional performance that has seen many say the title-race is over. But there is still a chance for that all to change on the final day of the season…
During their mid-season stumble much was made in the press about Manchester City’s supposed lack of a winning mentality in comparison to Man United. The events of the last few weeks have surely put paid to that theory…
Chelsea might have rode their luck at times last night, but Di Matteo has shown that he is a shrewd tactician. But will he get the credit he deserves?
This was written just before one of Andy Murray’s regular failures at Wimbledon, but is still as applicable to the French Open that he’s currently competing in…
The flying French fullback has expressed an interest in replacing Evra at Manchester United – here’s why he’s just the man for the job.
Manchester United have joined the race for the free-scoring Brazilian, here’s the facts, figures, strengths and weaknesses of the man from Internacional…
A goal down with half an hour to play in a must-win encounter is a time for heroes. Manchester City settled for a traitorous villain seeking redemption.
Disgusted by the Sun once again showing their true colours the Daisy Cutter website wrote an open letter late Saturday evening. The letter has since gone viral and if you haven’t already read it you really should.
A near-miracle comeback shouldn’t disguise the fact that Manchester City are struggling at present. Once running away with it have they now hit the proverbial ‘wall’?
He’s a hero for all true Blues and hard as nails, but Craig Bellamy would give him sleepless nights…
It may feel like dating Vince Vaughn after Brad Pitt, but Mancini needs to take Porto seriously tonight. Here’s why…
After being sacked by QPR Colin is back at Leeds United. These five insane rants show that, whatever fans may think, it’s not going to be dull at Elland Road…
After weeks of bar room speculation, rumour, counter-rumour and acres of made-up porkies in the press it’s finally here. The gloriously-insane last minute horse trading known to one and all as transfer deadline day.
Moussa Sow has today said that it would be ‘a dream to play in front of the Kop…’ With Liverpool stuttering in front of goal, they should snap him up…
Forget the sending-off and return of the Ginger Prince, United’s second-half capitulation proved that they are a million miles away from from former glories…
Chelsea’s Fernando Torres’ days look numbered at the Bridge while Manchester City’s rebel-in-exile Carlos Tevez will surely be moved on. Can two birds be killed with one stone here?
It was all too easy for the pass-masters Manchester City as they tick-tocked their way to the Christmas number one slot. Where was the bullying Stoke City of old?
A harmless couple of hours watching a few panel shows used to be a guilty pleasure. That was until the same familiar faces started appearing in every single one cashing cheques their mouths cannot cash.
Manchester City v Arsenal was a game that neither side could afford to lose. So often such mutual desperation results in a boring stalemate. On this occasion it was a pulsating end-to-end thriller.
The Champions League draw has been made for the last 16 and has thrown up two mouth-watering English/Italian affairs. Arsenal vs AC Milan and Chelsea vs Napoli. Bring them on.
A cool, understated watch partly designed by Sebastian Vettel and built to evoke Formula 1 racing? Yeah, go on then.
The Europa Cup draw for the final 32 has not exactly been kind of the remaining English sides. Manchester United, Manchester City and Stoke City all face extremely tough opponents as the maligned tournament bares its teeth.
Chelsea v Manchester City was a heavyweight title fight refereed by a pompous pygmy but ultimately it was the most stylish bruiser of them all who won out.
The media’s attempts to create another golden age for Manchester United is coming unstuck. A young, inexperienced side in transition? Not true. They’re just no longer a formidable force.
It’s do or die for Manchester City tonight against a superb Bayern Munich side. If results go their way it’s the knock-out stages of the Champion’s League. If they don’t its numerous dates with a stalker with acne.
This morning, after a long battle with illness, the great Socrates passed away, in 1982 he made me stare saucer-eyed at the television set in pyjama-clad wonderment.
Manchester City and Norwich City both endured tumultuous times to reach the top and are kindred spirits in their love of mercurial good football. They should be the best of friends. Let’s have it.
Jason Manford is a natural born comic who has just made hundreds of thousands of strangers piss themselves laughing on a nationwide sell-out tour that finishes this evening…
It was the proverbial game of two halves for the Carling Cup quarter final between Arsenal and Manchester City. Though neither were particularly entertaining.
The outcome of a top six battle at Anfield is anyone’s guess but there are certain things we can predict from Liverpool v Manchester City. Let’s hope it’s not Dirk Kuyt’s sex face.
The Manchester City tunnel cam is a regular feature found on their official website and is a must-see for every football fan regardless of club affiliation. It’s reality tv at its finest.
In a must-not-lose situation Manchester City lost their recent magic in intimidating Naples and are now fighting for their lives in a group of death.
Martin Scorsese’s brutal but sumptuous masterpiece Raging Bull turned thirty-one this year. Though many boxing films have since attempted to take it on toe-to-toe none have ever quite gone the distance.
It’s first v third this Saturday at the Etihad as Manchester City take on Newcastle United. Both are unbeaten but something has to break. Unless it’s a draw of course.
With the club is long-term financial plight Everton supporters are planning a further protest march ahead of this Saturday’s game against Wolves. Ignored by the local press the heartbeat of a great club are demanding to be heard.
Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli is the mad genius who is good at darts, has an allergy to grass and can’t be relied to buy a hoover from John Lewis.
Wales’ transformation into a stylish passing side of genuine promise can be credited to the brave decisions of a rookie gaffer and a young Arsenal maestro who represents his country’s future.
Anger towards poppy-burning protesters is one thing but when they become the main issue aren’t we giving such people exactly what they want? Division and hatred instead of dignified remembrance.
We’ve all seen them, the player so scared of using their weaker foot that they twist and contort their bodies into hideous positions. This lot are some of the worst…
Some say reformed hard man, others say born-and-bred thug. All we know is that Joey Barton looks like a 1940′s spiv and is embrrassingly bad at cheating.
For the first time this season Manchester City had to dig for victory and show they had the resolve to go with the fantasty football. They passed the Loftus Road test. Just.
Newcastle United are currently confounding all expectations and pulling up trees in the top four but it can surely only be a matter of time before it all falls apart. He is why it more than likely will.
From replacing Pele in America to that overhead kick ex-Sunderland, Manchester City, New York Cosmos and England legend Dennis Tueart looks back on a fascinating and unique career.
A must-win away game to Villarreal became a walk in the park for Manchester City. But was it due to their continued excellence or their hosts’ all-too-easy surrender?
With forty-five goals in fifteen games Manchester City are running riot this term, scoring for fun and playing sublime football to boot. So much for the boring tag.
An intriguing rematch played out only three days after a one-sided Carling Cup clash was unfortunately dominated by a whistle-happy weirdo who probably once had posters of Clive Thomas on his bedroom wall.
Last night’s Carling Cup clash between Manchester City and Wolves gave Mancini an opportunity to assess his 18 year old midfielder Abdul Razak – whose size, mobility and of course nationality have led to comparisons with the Chelsea enforcer.
Forever trailing behind it’s bigger, shinier cousins the Carling Cup is in dire need of a tranformation. Or at the very least a subtle nip-and-tuck. Here’s how it could be achieved.
A 6-1 routing of Manchester United in their own back yard confirmed that City aren’t just a collective of individual superstars – they’re a genuine force to be reckoned with. The revolution will be televised.
While half the country goes nuts trying to secure tickets for next summer’s Stone Roses reunion the other half might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Read on, ride on.
With a five-yard prod Sergio Aguero brought uncontained delirium to the Etihad Stadium last night and kept Manchester City’s Champions League dream well and truly alive. Here’s why it was far more than ‘just’ a match-winner.
Manchester City soared to the Premier League summit and did so in some style, not that the BBC cared to notice, concentrating their coverage on an entirely fictionalised account of the ‘mad, bad’ Balotelli.
A returning player set on revenge is always a nightmare for any club. This Saturday Manchester City have three such disgruntled ex-employees to contend with ahead of a critical season-defining week.
England take on Montenegro tonight requiring only a point to guarantee automatic qualification to Euro 2012. Let’s hope Fabio Capello doesn’t revert back to the missionary 4-4-2 for the campaign’s climax.
It’s essential reading every day and I can’t help revisiting it 20 times a day. For a football fan, Newsnow is the most moreish site on the internet and a hell of a lot better than Ceefax.
Sixteen year old French sensation M’Baye Niang has been linked with a string of interested clubs but it’s Arsenal who currently lead the chase. Could he represent a bright future at the Emirates after a dismal start?
Project Manchester City was brutally exposed last night for still being a work in progress by the dazzling Germans. But all the drama was occurring in the dug-out.
Despite Everton parking the bus for ninety minutes in this grudge match the right team won and the hex is finally broken for Manchester City. No amount of post-match trouble-making from Moyes can change that.
At times this season Pep Guardiola has sent Barcelona out in a 1-5-3-1 formation, but is this a visionary approach, a cyclical tactical change or simply rooted in the days when teams set up with one centre back and two wing-halves?
The Law of Manchester City states that when the sky is perfect blue along must come a shower. With beatable Fulham next up this fan is looking to the heavens with suspicion.
The past few years has been a surreal fairytale for Manchester City fans and last night was the start of an important new chapter.
The gaffe-prone ex CEO was certainly the architect of his own downfall, but the ex-England striker took what appears to be more than a passing interest in the furore, and he wasn’t the only one…
Despite the international break it has been a typically volatile week for Manchester City in the press, but can they put broken hands and dodgy emails behind them to sort out the sturdy Wigan Athletic this weekend?
A lacklustre England performance is normally the cue for national outrage and derision. But with Capello finally allowing his players to express themselves maybe we should put such criticism on hold for once.
Wenger’s eleventh hour swoop for Everton’s Mikel Arteta finally brought some optimism to despondent Gooners. But what if the Spaniard’s arrival signals more than just a cause for cheer? What if he’s an improvement on their departed idol Fabregas?
After failing to oust the superior Joe Hart for the England jersey Ben Foster threw a ridiculous strop last May and ‘retired’. But now that his country needs him on the bench v Bulgaria shouldn’t he reconsider?
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Manchester United have thundered in an astonishing twenty-four goals between them in the past three days. There is only one way to find out who’s best and it’s not the method Harry Hill employs.
With twelve goals in their opening three matches Manchester City have come out flying, playing the kind of fantasy football a fantasy budget merits. Meanwhile all is not right down the Lane…
Gwyneth Paltrow is a mung-bean loving, straight-laced wretch of a woman. So why the hell do I love her so?
Seven goals in two games and sitting pretty at the top of the league is cause enough for celebration, but it was the manner of yesterday’s win that really excites this Manchester City fan.
Wigan Athletic have offered a trial to an eighteen year old unknown who has yet to kick a ball professionally. So why are the fans so excited?
A half-hour masterclass from Kun Aguero should rightly be savoured but the hour of toil that preceded it mustn’t be overlooked as Manchester City struggled to break down the impressive Premier League debutants Swansea.
If the on-off transfer saga of the summer is ever resolved Wesley Sneijder would surely light up Old Trafford. But could he become a Manchester United legend? Can he walk in the footprints of giants…
Called up after 45 minutes of football? Nonsense. But he’s not the first Manchester United player to have picked up caps simple because who he plays for…
From the humour to the music, the politics, the football and the clothes: Manchester is the greatest city in the world. Carlos Tevez wants to leave having played for both Manchester United and Manchester City – he clearly doesn’t know what he’s missing.
A darling of the Football Manager faithful, Miralem Pjanic could be an affordable and like-for-like replacement for Tottenham Hotspur if Modric joins Chelsea…
With no major championships these were supposed to be a quiet few months. A chance to unwind and switch off. But football never sleeps and the lessons keep coming.
After a relatively quiet summer suddenly Manchester City are flexing their spending power and bringing one of the world’s most exciting talents to the Premier League. You’re welcome.
To any Manchester City supporter Manchester United’s Roy Keane is the devil incarnate. A glorified thug who epimitomized everything that was detestable about their hated rivals. But can there also be respect there too?
Everton’s last signing – excluding loans and free transfers – was over one year and ten months ago. How long until the toffee men buy new blood?
Following Carlos Tevez’s latest public statement declaring his desire to leave Manchester City a blue writes says bon voyage to the littlest hobo with the scruples of a prairie dog…
Manchester City have been unusually quiet on the transfer front until the recent news that they could sign Clichy and Nasri from Arsenal. These two purchases could now mean they are ready to overhaul Manchester United…
Manchester City legend Mike Doyle sadly passed away yesterday. A hard man who never shirked a challenge, he represented a by-gone era when players were fans in shirts.
A look at Manchester City’s youth set-up and their five most promising prospects.
The England Under 21s recently disappointed in Denmark but there’s a new extraordinarily talented batch ready to show disillusioned fans that it’s not yet time to stop supporting the Three Lions.
England have produced a series of limp, turgid, and uninspiring displays at the Under-21 Euros. And there is only one man to blame…
The Shadow Line finishes tonight at BBC Two at 9pm, if there is one thing you do this weekend, watch the whole series on the iPlayer, it’s the best thing on TV…
Despite the result it was boys against babies last night, but in attempting to go 442 against 433, Pearce got it wrong from the off.
These are bleak football-free times ahead. With the season now officially concluded our only sporting morphine will consist of a scowling Scotsman doing quite well at Wimbledon until he inevitably succumbs to Nadal, and laughing at the daftly-dressed Henriettas at Royal Ascot.