Baby Blue joins the fun in Abu Dhabi
- Thu 29 Dec 2011, 9:49AM
- Posted by Nira Abada
Three generations of a family in Abu Dhabi have become official Manchester City FC fans after four-month-old Eid Mohammed Al Mansouri was signed-up as a Sky Blue member.
The child’s father, Mohammed Al Mansouri, and grandfather, Peter Sneyd, are both City supporters and have wasted little time in making sure baby Eid follows in their footsteps.
They have made him a member of the club’s new Sky Blue membership scheme – designed exclusively for fans in the UAE – and dress him in the team’s kit as often as possible. Eid is the youngest fan involved in Sky Blue.
Eid’s father Mohammed, a 27-year-old Emirati, spoke about the family’s links with City.
“After I met and married Peter’s daughter, Yasmin, I became really interested in City as he is a huge, huge fan and spoke about the team all the time,” said Mohammed.
When Eid was born there was only going to be one club for him to support and we have even bought him a team kit to wear
“With City’s links to Abu Dhabi through the ownership I am so happy to have three generations of the family supporting them. It’s going to be an exciting season with hopefully more trophies won.”
Grandfather Peter, 69, arrived in Abu Dhabi the UAE from Manchester in 1982 to work in the oil and gas industry and has stayed ever since.
“To sit in the Abu Dhabi sunshine with my baby grandson and son-in-law dressed in City shirts and scarves is just fantastic,” he said.
“How it has all come together is unbelievable. When I arrived in Abu Dhabi nobody here had heard of the team, but since the takeover that has changed and now I have three generations of my family all becoming official City fans.
“Sky Blue membership is helping bring fans together and with the team playing so well I can only see it growing and growing.”
For anyone who lives in the UAE, Sky Blue membership is free and gets you access to the Sky Blue Fan Zones when big City MCFC games are screened at the Zayed Sports City Clubhouse, members also get discounts on trips to see the team live in action in Manchester and on official merchandising in the CityStore Abu Dhabi in Marina Mall. To see a full list of benefits and sign-up free as a Sky Blue member go to www.skyblue.mcfc.com