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Delusions of Grandeur – Manchester City to increase stadium capacity

August 19, 2009


There’s a little white lie that has been spreading across Britain for the past 30 years or so..

That is, that in the City of Manchester itself, that the Blue half outweighs the Red half.

It is simply not true.

Now once upon a time the split between the two supports local fanbase was close in numbers. City’s only boasts against their glamorous neighbours from Stretford was that in Manchester itself there are more City fans than there are United – that United’s fanbase is made up of pompous Southerners with Cockney accents, and half of Asia. That they [United] did not represent a true Manchester and that, as Maine Road was more central than Old Trafford, that this point had some Mancunian spiritual significance. It was clutching at straws really…then some Arabs came along.

Rumours are abound that City’s squillionaire rich owners are planing on redeveloping their Eastlands standium into a 60,000 capacity monster stadium, equipped with fully functioning ‘sports village’. It seems that the Abu Dhabi United men think that their significant transfer kitty will magic brand new City fans out of the woodwork. That if they are really going to become “global players” that they need the stadium to prove this (see “Newcastle United” at this point please) They are wrong.

City are without doubt one of the best supported teams in England, ranking around 10th in many Internet polls. However, even with all the millions spent and the Adebayors and the Tevez thefts, their first home game of the season IS STILL NOT SOLD OUT! That’s right. Even with the injection of the glamour drug that City fans have craved all their lives, they still can’t fill their stadium. What does this prove?

It proves that for now, the myth that “City are a massive club” as many Bitter Blues have bragged for years, are more like a well supported team locally like Newcastle or Leeds. There was a very excited breaking news report from Eastlands a couple of weeks ago declaring “City fans queue around the block just to watch first training session” The truth was about 5000 actually turned out.

City’s owners need to realise that they need a trophy or three first before they start to talk of big stadia. And that filling the stadium they already have this season, for EVERY HOME GAME,  is a little more important than sports village ideas. We wait to see whats next on the menu.



4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2009 11:34 am

    didnt they just built that stadium? tsk.

  2. August 19, 2009 11:41 am

    yep..and it doesnt even belong to them..belongs to the local council

  3. Philgatt permalink
    August 19, 2009 12:09 pm

    If they do eventually fill a 60,000 stadium, will they all be from Manchester? I doubt that very much.

    Watch the panic set in at the tail-end of the season, especially if they’re struggling to make the top 6, never mind the top 4.

  4. Bluuuuuuuuu permalink
    August 20, 2009 4:59 pm

    Not bitter much are you?

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