12th February 2023. With the weekly rail strikes putting paid to the train to Manchester (AGAIN !) and a gig back in Sheffield last Sunday evening, I found myself needing a safe parking space for a quick getaway after the City v Villa match (helpfully rearranged to 16:30). I picked somewhere just off Oldham Road… Continue reading A QUICK GETAWAY FROM NEWTON HEATH
HE’S (NOT) MISSED A SURE SHOT
22nd January 2023. Last night (24th) I saw cycling based indie noise merchants The Delgados at Sheffield Leadmill. It was one of the great gigs, I guess, and I say that as someone who detests the idea of bands reuniting to play stuff written 25 years ago. If Oasis or The Smiths reformed in my… Continue reading HE’S (NOT) MISSED A SURE SHOT
BACK ON TRACK IN MANCHESTER
19th January 2023. I’ve been sharing a £299 season ticket for City with the boys this season. That’s £15.74 a game to watch what was the best team in the League till we sold our best players to Arsenal as some sort of North-South levelling up. James has been more than me, and seen City… Continue reading BACK ON TRACK IN MANCHESTER
BACK IN MANCHESTER; BEER, CURRY AND V.A.R.
Today’s Word Press post idea – “Tell us one thing you hope never say about you“. Tricky one. How about “He’s that bloke who thought he’d completed the Beer Guide but missed one out, never knew there were TWO (2) pubs called the Globe in Marylebone“. 5th November 2022. The obligatory map. Yes, back in… Continue reading BACK IN MANCHESTER; BEER, CURRY AND V.A.R.
MANCHESTER IS BLUE
You thought I’d forgotten, didn’t you ? 22 May 2022. The day we stopped the Scouse winning the league, to the jubilation of the rest of England (Liverpool is a separate country).. Colin would have been proud. I nearly didn’t go the Villa game; I’ve been too nervous of late and Matt and James have… Continue reading MANCHESTER IS BLUE
SUNSET OVER MANCHESTER
Wednesday night is football night in Manchester, unless you play in Trafford in which case it’s Thursdays. I treated Mrs RM to a stopover in Eccles (I know, I know, I spoil her) on our way to Wales, combining City v Brighton, a haircut at top barbers Maclure’s and a Northern Quarter curry. Life gets… Continue reading SUNSET OVER MANCHESTER
“We never win at home and we never win away…”
Still 90 minutes till the late kick-off at the Etihad; the weather in Manchester had improved since I’d arrived (funny that) as I left the Lass O’ Gowrie for student-land. There are approximately 37,577 different routes to take to get to the Etihad, and I chose the one that went past the famous Vimto statue.… Continue reading “We never win at home and we never win away…”
Wednesday night is football night in Manchester, as Matt finds himself with three (3) tickets for the hospitality suite at the Etihad. Don’t ask how. Barbers keep secrets. So I get to leave my usual seat in the top tier of Colin Bell stand and join the prawn cocktail plastics in the posh bit of… Continue reading CORPORATE HOSPITALITY
PIE & PINT & THREE (3) POINTS
Right there. That’s my next avatar. Perhaps I’ve used it already. But which pub am I passing, Dave ? THAT is the question. Here’s another clue; Two pints before a game is never a good idea, I detest those people who go to the loo during a match, so I head for the Etihad, only… Continue reading PIE & PINT & THREE (3) POINTS
PSG ARE IN TOWN. I’M IN SWINTON.
I stayed in Manchester (well, Eccles) on Wednesday night, the night that Messi, Neymar and Mbappé came to town. But I didn’t watch City put the moneybags French in their place, instead letting Matt and James have the two tickets my season ticket allows me. I’ve seen Messi three times anyway, and I’d rather have… Continue reading PSG ARE IN TOWN. I’M IN SWINTON.