Guest Blog: Kevin Kennedy
- 04 April 2013 14:50
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc, words from @mrkevkennedy
Former Coronation Street actor and lifelong fan Kevin Kennedy talks treading the boards, derby day and City's meteoric rise...
I don’t really get nervous on derby day if I’m going to the game but unfortunately I won’t be able to make this one as I’ll be onstage.
I actually find it more nerve-wracking if I’m following the game through little bits on television or on the web and I’ll start pacing around, so it’s going to be tough for me on Monday.
We have a good system for staying in touch with what’s happening in games taking place at the same time as the show as we have various people set in and around the stage.
Once I’m finished with a scene, one of them will come over and share the latest score with me but I’m actually hoping I might be able to watch the first-half from my dressing room on Monday as I open the show and then I get a bit of time before I’m back on.
Not all of the London crew are United fans, some are Chelsea or Arsenal fans who will be hoping that we take the three points come Monday.
On Coronation Street it was a fairly even split between red and blue and the atmosphere was always fraught when derby day was on the horizon.
Manchester derbies are notoriously unpredictable, I feel on this particular one we’ve come into a bit of form – hopefully Aguero will be able to start and Kompany is back so I think the lads may feel like they have something to prove against United.
We were desperately unlucky to lose 3-2 in the last one, we deserved to draw at least, but I have to say because of our recent form, I’m more confident than I was a month ago.
We’ve had a good season, it was always going to take time to catch up to United but last year we had a phenomenal run-in where luck was on our side and we managed it.
Last year was for every kid of a certain age who has stood at a bus stop in Manchester on their way to school with their City scarf or bag, bravely ready to take some stick – the manner of it meant that it was payback time for all of us who put up with that abuse for decades to take it off United.
I think it probably happened for us two or three years ahead of schedule. It was brilliant to do it, to break through and I think next year will be an even better season for what’s happened this time around.
Having said that, qualification for the Champions League, potentially finishing second and maybe winning the FA Cup hardly represents a failure, I think we just have to take stock and look at how far we’ve come.
Don’t forget there’s a whole generation of Blues, myself included, that went all that time without winning anything at all!
Kevin is currently starring in the Ben Elton musical, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre in London. The show will be coming to the Manchester Arena in the summer.