Calsopsie85 wrote: ↑Fri May 19, 2023 11:27 am
I'm a lifelong Manchester City fan on 37 years but was buzzing to see you reach the final last night. I've got some great memories of visiting Upton Park over the years it was mine and my mates favourite ground to visit whenever the fixtures were released we'd always look out for West Ham Away. My mate sadly passed away not long after our last visit together to Upton Park and it was an F.A Cup 3rd round game that was Felipe Caicedo debut for us and it ended 0-0. ……….
My story mirrors yours. My friend was a lifelong City fan, supporting them through thin and thin. He watched them plummet through the divisions, and became seriously ill, such that I had to push him to the pub in his wheelchair to watch the Lge 1 playoff final vs Gillingham. 2-0 down in the 89th minute, he wanted to go home, but something made me tell him to see it through to the final whistle, and you’ll all know they scored two quick goals and eventually won on penalties. He had a remission and had a few more years that saw their return to the top flight, came to City games at UP, regretted them leaving Maine Road with move to the Etihad where we saw one last game together as his illness returned, which he couldn’t beat a second time. My last picture with him has him in his tee shirt with two Subbuteo figures. The light blue one says “Manchester”. The red one says “Tourists”. And that sums up the old school City fans.
City fans of a certain age are proper supporters like us, not trophy hunters. They are just lucky enough to have had a pot of gold drop into their laps and I don’t begrudge them that one bit. I cheer their success every season and know somewhere my mate is enjoying it.
I thought City’s performance on Wednesday, the first half especially, was a thing of sheer beauty, I can’t remember when I have seen better, given the quality of the opposition. As good as they are with the ball, it was how they went about getting it back that impressed me, given that it was Real Madrid.
I am desperate for us to win in Prague, but fully behind City to pick up their first CL.
Best of luck and thanks for the good wishes.
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