Tuktuk Day 123


Manchester City

There is only one place to be today – the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, home of Manchester City FC. They have done it AGAIN! Yes, for the fourth season on the row, they have taken the Premier League title. Congratulations. After university I lived literally 100 yards (if that!) from Maine Rd, their old stadium and I often used to watch them in the 80s. Remember those were the days when it was shillings to get in and I could afford to go to City one week and United the next. I have seen some great players there and some fantastic matches without ever becoming a City fan. I remember my first Manchester “derby” there, Glynn Pardoe’s testimonial in probably 1978.

A lot has been said about the financial irregularities at City and whilst I suppose there is no smoke without fire, I have no knowledge whatsoever about their guilt. What I cannot accept is that Nottingham Forest and Everton can be dealt with quickly but the cases against City seem to drag on and on and nobody has any idea if/when/how we will learn their fate. One the basis that English Law says innocent until proven guilty I suppose we just have to accept that they have won the title. Presumably they could equally be stripped of it…who knows?

What we do know is that from a footballing perspective they were the best team, won the most points and when Liverpool drifted away in the last ten games, I knew there was only one winner. It would be wrong of me not to send my best wishes to Jurgen Klopp as he leaves Anfield. In nine years he has turned the club around and left it in a fantastic position for his successor. Impressive!

My tuktuk digital tour pushes on and I still have Bristol City & Rovers and Birmingham in my sights but in the meantime, kindly remember that the purpose of this 90 day challenge is to raise funds for my local club, FC Deportivo Galicia and an equal amount for Prostate Cancer. As always, I hope that you are all enjoying the tour of the UK and that you will consider a donation to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK 

If everybody chipped in with just £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity could continue their great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can.

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