Right from the outset, can I point out that I’m not a supporter of either Manchester City or Manchester United, but I still wish I had been there to sample the end of City’s game against QPR... the incredible range of emotions of those five extra minutes... and the euphoric celebrations that followed.
The winning goal scored by Sergio Aguero was wonderfully created and brilliantly finished... it was a strike that deserved to win any match, but yesterday’s prize will mean that goal will become sporting folklore in the blue half of Manchester.
The celebrations on the Etihad terraces were in stark contrast to events in Sunderland, where the Manchester United supporters believed they had pipped their rivals at the proverbial post. I must admit I did chuckle when I saw a middle-aged woman midway through a chant when the news of Aguero’s winner filtered through to Wearside...
“We love United... we do... ohhhhhhhhhhh... shit...”
Sir Alex Ferguson tried to be magnanimous in defeat, but highlighting the length of stoppage time was as churlish as it was pot and black kettle. I don’t really have much time for Ferguson... but his record as United boss is truly remarkable and there’s no doubt he is a winner... and I guess we Brits don’t always like “winners”!
The City fans wouldn’t have cared as the party got underway... it was a great day for the club, the players and their fans... I’ve heard plenty say they’ve “bought” the title... well you won’t get far in any professional team sport without spending money (and plenty of it) these days and money doesn’t always buy a great “team”... the title went to the best team – as it always does – a great end to a great season.
However, the result wasn’t the highlight of the footballing weekend... my hometown club York City defeated Newport County 2-0 to win the FA Trophy at Wembley, thanks to second half goals from Matty Blair and Lanre Oyebanjo (below)... City are back in the capital next weekend for a play-off showdown with Luton... a massive game with huge financial implications. York’s players might not collectively earn as much as any one of the Manchester City squad, but I bet their supporters had every bit as good a weekend as those in the north west... and maybe there’s even better to come... Here’s hoping!
All my own work... almost.