Pep Guardiola guided his Manchester City side to their first trophy of his reign at the weekend. A poor performance from Arsenal, meant City hardly had to get out of second gear. Over 80,000 people were at Wembley Stadium, with millions more watching around the world.
The appetite for English football around the globe is growing, as is the following for City. Spreading out with sister clubs, and strategic partnerships, Manchester City have fans far and wide. I decided, after Sunday’s victory, to reach out to a few of these fans and find out what they thought of the win.
I wanted to know why they followed City, what they thought of the season so far and what were their expectations going forward. Here’s what I got back:
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Paul (Auckland, New Zealand)
I’m from Manchester but live in Auckland, New Zealand these days. I planned to sleep through it as kick off was at 5am Monday morning, and I need sleep. But due to being ill I followed it on the BBC in bed whilst the Mrs slept next to me.
Across the water, in Australia, was Tony.
Tony (Geraldton, Australia):
I watched it with my son who is a United fan. Been a fan for over fifty years and seen three home games this season. Best team I have seen in my life time and Kevin De Bruyne has the chance of taking over king Colin’s mantle if he continues to shine for a few more years.
I agree with Tony on the De Bruyne comment but, like many others, had questions about how his son was a red! Luckily for us, he answered that when questioned also:
Very good question, which I have been asked many times, I’m a failure as a father is the only thing I can say.
Don’t be too hard on yourself Tony, good parents allow their children to make their own mistakes, if not how would they learn?
Finally, I returned to England where Martin had this to say.
I watched it on TV with my son in our lounge. I’ve been following City since 1964 when my dad and Uncle took me to my first game. We were in the depths of the old Second Division with George Poyser as manager. Obviously in the days before Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison.
I thought City were pretty nervous in the first half and could easily have gone behind. In the second half, we were a lot better but not as good as we have been, but regardless I’m over the moon with the result. Hopefully the first of many trophies for City under Pep.
The season has gone incredibly well, I’m struggling to believe it at times. I’m probably part of the generation that helped coin the phrase “typical City”. After years of disappointment after the late Sixties/early Seventies, I still pinch myself to believe how well we’re are doing. A big thanks must go to Sheikh Mansour for the vision he has for the club and the cash to help make it come true
I think Martin said it best. For City fans who have followed the side for any amount of time, the memories were mostly painful. Typical City was a phrase used more often than we’d like, and more often in a negative light.
Thanks should go to the players, Pep and the coaching staff of course. Although, Sheikh Mansour should also be given a heartfelt thank you. Not only has he seen our club come to where it is now, he has also built up the surrounding areas.