Forty-four years since their last major league title, City were crowned champions of England in 2012 for only the 3rd time in their history, pipping local rivals Manchester United on goal difference in the process.
In 1999 they won a far less coveted trophy awarded for winning the Division Two promotion play-off final and thus propelling the club back up to the ‘heights’ of English football’s 2nd tier.
At almost exactly the same time, the aforementioned local rivals were completing an unprecedented treble of the English Title & Cup as well as being crowned champions of Europe.
Without City’s 99 victory, it is highly likely that 2012 triumph would never have happened. Modern City may be light years away from the humble outfit of the late ’90s, but there are plenty of parallels to be drawn alongside all of the contrasts.
This book captures the dramas and the emotion produced by the two winning squads with both seasons culminating in unbelievable climaxes, as witnessed through the eyes of two lifelong City fans, 40 something Will and nephew Martyn, 17 years his junior.
Feel their hopes, fears, nerves, disappointment, resignation, exultation and final momentous relief.
Available from Amazon as an ebook or paperback, ‘This is How it Feels to be City’ can be enjoyed by lovers of all sport, illustrating as it does the experience of living the highs & lows of the game, together with a demonstration of the unwavering partisan loyalty that supporting any team in any sport entails.