Colin Bell: Dear Mr. Sexton….sign Nijinsky of Manchester City

BETWEEN 1968 and 1971, the late Dave Sexton, Chelsea’s softly-spoken and erudite manager,  received a string of letters – written with a duck-egg green Osmiroid pen – that highlighted the skills and attributes of a midfielder plying his trade with Manchester City. The young lad who wrote these testimonials was giving Sexton the benefit of […]

Dear Mr. Sexton….sign Nijinsky of Manchester City

BETWEEN 1968 and 1971, the late Dave Sexton, Chelsea’s softly-spoken and erudite manager,  received a string of letters – written with a duck-egg green Osmiroid pen – that highlighted the skills and attributes of a midfielder plying his trade with Manchester City. The young lad who wrote these testimonials was giving Sexton the benefit of […]

Manchester City 67-70 – Mercer & Allison’s alchemy

THERE HAVE been more successful Manchester City teams in recent years, and certainly more expensive, but it is unlikely that any of the 21st century City line-ups will be as loved as the side that won four trophies in three seasons between 1967-68 and 1969-70. That team was immortalised in the late James Lawton’s new […]

Manchester City’s three best teams

MANY people believe that the current Manchester City team is probably their best ever. It is certainly their most expensive and most successful although the club’s modern-day achievements are often dismissed due to the inflated investment made in the club. However, nobody can deny the quality of football being played by Pep Guardiola’s side or […]

Great Reputations: Manchester City 1967-70 – Mercer and Allison’s alchemy

THERE HAVE been more successful Manchester City teams in recent years, and certainly more expensive, but it is unlikely that any of the 21st century City line-ups will be as loved as the side that won four trophies in three seasons between 1967-68 and 1969-70. That team has been immortalised in James Lawton’s new book, […]

Football Read Review: Forever Boys by James Lawton

NICK HORNBY’s excellent book Fever Pitch gave the man on the terrace the idea that his relationship with his chosen club was in someway special and unique. Hornby’s groundbreaker spawned many imitations, resulting in minutiae-packed and myopic tales of how following Torquay United or Middlesbrough was somehow as relevant to literature as Tolstoy’s finest work. […]