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Mystic Rab

Mind you it didn’t take any clairvoyance or the deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes to predict in September 2008 that Manchester City would buy the English Premiership.

Leaving the big bucks issue aside for a moment, yesterday’s events were just as about as dramatic and exciting as it is possible for football to get.

When Manchester United finished their game at Sunderland with a 1-0 victory they were champions elect. However two goals from Manchester City in their match against QPR in the 2nd and 4th minutes of injury time meant that the flag flew across Manchester for City’s first top league triumph since 1968 and only the third in their history.

My father in law was a great City fan and yesterday was the third anniversary of his death. He would often tell of City’s 1968 triumph at St James Park Newcastle and how he ended up on the pitch at the end of the game.

How could anyone explain to those City fans celebrating the triumph of guys like Francis Lee, Colin Bell, Mike Sumerbee, Alan Oakes and Joe Corrigan, the footballing environment in which City would enjoy their next triumph?

And that one of their star players would rejoice in the name Yaya Touré?

Fergie was briefly gracious in his praise in an after match interview but couldn’t resist a wee barb in mentioning that the City victory yesterday was against ten men for much of the game. He then went on a rant about United’s history and how City’s didn’t compare and how it would take a century for them to match United.

A great, great football manager but not someone I would ever have any ambition of meeting. No matter how he tries, he comes over as a mean spirited old sod.