Chelsea v City: Born and Bred Part I
- 13 April 2013 09:15
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
City's social media man Chris Nield prepares for a day out at Wembley with the Bredbury Blues...
"An important part of my role as Social Media Executive at City is to engage and converse with our fantastic supporters both at home and worldwide. However, this mainly takes place in relative comfort from behind a desk where, thanks to the internet, our supporters in even the remotest parts of the globe can be reached quite effortlessly by firing off a quick email or tweet.
I was delighted, therefore, to be assigned the task of travelling to Wembley with a group of City fans for tomorrow’s semi final showdown with Chelsea in order to witness, indulge in and share all the camaraderie, character and fervour of a proper away day.
Formed and lead by the inimitable and highly respected Ian ‘Arnie’ Arnfield, the Bredbury and South Manchester Blues have been in existence since 1999 (a year forever etched into the club’s history, of course). The group now boasts in excess of 600 members and is proudly recognised as the biggest travelling supporters club connected with Manchester City. I am honoured to be travelling with them.
As we saw in yesterday’s call-out on Twitter, every City fan attending Sunday’s game (or indeed any match featuring our beloved Blues) will have their own story to tell. There’s something intoxicatingly beautiful about hearing about peoples’ personal rituals when it comes to journeying to football matches and it’s these tales that I hope to share throughout my day with the Bredbury Blues.
From the bleary-eyed 6am start to the fist-in-the-air sing-alongs as we approach Wembley Way; win, lose or draw it will be a magical day.
You can follow mine and the Bredbury Blues’ Wembley trip on the official MCFC Twitter feed throughout the day on Sunday.
Don’t forget to share your day, too, using the hashtag #cityatwembley and we will be RTiing as many of you as we can."