City Blogger: Season Review Part I
- 27 May 2014 11:11
- Posted by @MCFC
Our group of official fan bloggers have the final say on the 2013/14 season...
It might seem unusual to describe a season in which the team lifted two trophies as understated, yet as City dazzled towards Premier League and Capital One Cup success, there was a somewhat under-the-radar feel to the achievement. As Liverpool and Chelsea received praise aplenty for their attacking fluency and defensive sturdiness respectively, City, perhaps out of the spotlight, managed to combine the two to thrilling effect. It was pulsating to watch.
Manuel Pellegrini deserves great credit for unifying the squad, creating harmony and providing his players with the freedom to express themselves. By supplying goals and excitement galore, they didn’t disappoint.
In amidst the justified praise from all quarters for our creative stars, it shouldn’t be overlooked just how special Fernandinho was throughout his debut season. It was his dynamic and selfless presence, shielding the defence and prompting attacks, which enabled the others to flourish ahead of him. He typified the spirit that flows through the club.
The challenge to retain the Premier League title next season and build on these successes is evident, and with the hunger, determination and quality that courses through Manchester City nowadays, the future is unbelievably bright.
For me, 2013/2014 will forever be the season I left my job, packed my bags and traveled the world in search of Manchester City supporter clubs. It feels like only days ago I stepped nervously into Lucky Bar at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and 18th Street in Washington DC, to watch Manchester City lose 3-2 to Cardiff City.
Next came a 0-0 draw to Stoke in New York City, followed by a loss to Chelsea in Dallas and another loss to Chelsea, this time with my butt firmly planted in a seat at the Etihad. For much of this season it looked as though this campaign would be one of transition; time to get used to our new manager, make sure we qualified for Europe, lift a cup or two perhaps, but surely by late February the league title seemed all but destined for London or the Merseyside.
Then came an impressive ten-man away win against Hull (in Reykjavik), a massive derby win (in Abu Dhabi) and finally, after a little help from our friends, the league was within sight and we clinched our second title in three years here at home (in Toronto).
The 2013/2014 campaign was also the season I got the nod from City to write a monthly blog for my fellow Blues, about any topic I chose — and they really did let me write about anything; car thefts, dreamscapes, ice hockey, you name it, City were always supportive of my sideways look at football. It has been an honour writing for you and writing alongside my seven incredibly talented colleagues. I hope you will continue to read my musings next season when Pride In Travel, my journey exploring how the world is celebrating Manchester City, is finally released. Until then have a wonderful summer, basking in the warmth and knowledge that we are Champions once more!
I’m dedicating my season review to my MCFC Family. As I mentioned in my last blog, my season culminated in coordinating a group of 35 City supporters from Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Hollywood and Toronto to attend the last match of the season. We met en masse the day before to do the stadium tour at the Etihad and that evening we had a great dinner with members of the Jersey Blues, thanks to Mick Heald from Jersey who visited us in Chicago last year.
A huge thanks also to Mike Bowden from the Hazel Grove Blues who invited us to join them at Mary D’s before the match, where we sang our hearts out and had the great honour of ringing Helen’s bell. It was the perfect warm up to being at the match in person and seeing our team lift the trophy.
Walking around Manchester that weekend was nothing short of magical. Bumping into Blues that I’ve traded tweets or emails with (particularly Jurgen from Belgium and Steven from Alabama in the City Store on Market Street) was great and really solidified my notion of an MCFC Family.
Next stop for me will be seeing City play Liverpool in New York at the end of July with the Blues from the Mad Hatter as well as supporters from Austin, Dallas, Nashville, New Orleans and Washington DC. The MCFC Family keeps on growing - and hopefully we’ll be back at the Etihad for another game or two next season.
I would like to sign off my stint by stating that it has been an absolute pleasure to write for the greatest club in the world. Being a blue blogger has been thoroughly enjoyable, from venting my football insights, to being propositioned by an older women on Facebook, after my Maine Road piece. City is a club of loyal, humble and funny individuals and this has been reflected in the group that have been writing this season.
Here’s to a blue future, many more trophies and another easy 6 points from United next season. MCFC.OK