Manchester City-Manchester United: How History Has Gotten Confused

True BlueCorrespondent IJuly 12, 2010

Let me make one thing abundantly clear: I am a dyed in the wool Manchester City fan.

I always have been.

Having been born and raised in Manchester I am comfortable with my pedigree as a true City fan. 

I have never actually seen, with my own eyes, my club win a trophy.

You see, it has been a long time since that has happened, and we are never allowed to forget that are we?

Certainly not by our Traffordian footballing neighbours. They even have a banner to remind us of the fact that many years have passed since last we raised some silverware into the air at Wembley or any other venue.

Since Manchester City were bought by extremely wealthy and responsible owners, and they have set off on a period of investment, the barbs and nastiness towards fans of the club have become far more common and more aggressive.

But Manchester City fans are used to being called names and be told of the club's lack of good fortune—it's been like that for years.

In fact, it is a badge of honour for City fans to be City fans as we never were there for the trophies.

But recently, things have gone down another path, perhaps because the usual taunts no longer have any impact.

Now, fans from all across the country talk about City not "deserving" success or the influx of money, or the players whoare joining in with the City revolution.

Well, that smacks of petty jealousy of course, and matters not a jot to me or indeed to the vast majority of City fans.

But here is a bit of a lesson for all fans who are now suggesting that Manchester City have no history, and in particular for Manchester United fans who merrily use such language to attack my great club—you are both factually wrong but worse still ill-informed and ungrateful!

There are many important facts that make Manchester City one of the world's greatest clubs. I could list them all, but it would take an inordinate amount of time for me to do so, so I will cherry pick a few for you.

The highest ever attendance records outside of Wembley or Hampden Park are held by Maine Road, Manchester. Why? Because they have been one of the very best supported clubs for their entire history and it was accepted as the best and biggest club ground anywhere.

A certain Sir Matt Busby was in fact a Manchester City player and admitted to having learnt a vast amount whilst at the club.

There is, of course, the Revie Plan, which revolutinised football in England which was devised and put into practice whilst Don Revie (future Leeds and England manager) played at City.

But here are my two favourites, and the ones which I would like Manchester United supporters to take note.

This year is the 100th anniversary of Manchester United having left the city of Manchester, so it seems a little disingenuous to suggest they are really a Manchester team. After all, it's not only a couple of years now is it?

By comparison, Manchester City have never left the city of Manchester. So that surely means there is only one team in Manchester?

Now here is the real history lesson for any fan of United. It was ONLY because of Manchester City's generosity that United still exist.

After World War II, City provided massive support and the use of the country's leading club ground at a financial loss to themselves. 

Not only that, but the use of Maine Road allowed United's support to swell way beyond that which had been achieved at Old Trafford.

Manchester City lost revenue even on reserve games, which were played away from Maine Road, so that United could be accommodated.

So in very blunt, simple terms Manchester United only exist because of the neighbourly attitude of City. At the time, City were glad to help. I suspect that the same attitude would remain if the help was ever needed again.

That's because City are a great club, a classy club, and we don't talk down about our neighbours we never had. During the periods of City's dominance in Manchester footie, it was good natured banter.

Maybe it's the "Sky Generation" who create a nasty mood as they have no appreciation of the past?

But then when it comes to Sir Alex Ferguson referring to the "noisy neighbours," perhaps he too should read his history books and perhaps he would pause and wonder if a thank you from United to City wouldn't go amiss.

It seems that even Sir Alex thinks that history began when Sky arrived.

But any club should be given respect for where it has come from and what it has done.

Of course, a little more gratitude, a touch more humility, or simply an appreciation of the fact that history did not start in 1992 would be good.


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