Touching Distance/Please Don’t Rain On Our Parade

I won’t go on too much and bore you all, I know football is not everybody’s cup of tea. But I went to the Manchester City v Aston Villa game last night at a rain lashed Etihad Stadium, Rainy Manchester definitely living up to its name. Beneath an incessant deluge City won the game 4-0, despite a very nervy first hour.

Nervy because we went into the game knowing that a win and a draw in both last night’s and this Sunday’s games will be enough to win us our second title in three years.


Fittingly it was our Ivory Coast international Yaya Touré that scored the last, milestone goal. Milestone as it was the 100th league goal of our 2013-2014 campaign. Voted the African Player of the Year for the last three consecutive seasons, the goal was also his twentieth league goal of the season, which is an astonishing return for a midfield player.


Oliver Holt, Chief Sports Writer for The Daily Mirror, described it thus:

There are few finer sights in the Premier League than Touré in full flow. He is speed and grace and power personified. He ran and ran and the Villa defenders could not get near him. He outstripped them all.

Speed and grace and power personified. Whoever said that there was no poetry in football? Another newspaper referred to him as

a destroyer with the feet of a dancer.


Catch him if you can. I would have included a clip via YouTube, but my PC still slumbers on.



In a previous post, in an attempt to capture both his strength and skill, I shared this description of Yaya:

A buffalo in ballet shoes.

What an image that conjures, eh? I’m sure he must have featured in that Kia Ora advert a few years back.

However, I will share one last image that I think succinctly illustrates City’s number 42’s playing style.


Roll on Sunday. A point is needed. Win or draw and we have won the title. But as we all know, in football anything can happen.

Please don’t let it rain on our parade.


9 thoughts on “Touching Distance/Please Don’t Rain On Our Parade

    • Me too-the sport we gave to the world and very soon the world became better at it than us 🙂
      I do believe our is the best league in the world though, for sheer pace and action.


    • Happy days indeed 🙂 all my United friends want us to win it. More out of a dislike of Liverpool than a mutual, sharing of our city.


    • It’s like nothing else on earth! And if you have been a City fan for any length of time you’ll have experienced every single emotion you possibly can while supporting a sports team. Pain, exultation, disappointment, anticipation, powerlessness, celebration…but mainly (up til the last couple of years) it has been pain and disappointment. This year is looking good for a celebration!


      • Twenty eight years I attended games before I saw us win anything! Seems like a different game now 🙂


  1. Talk about nail-biting stuff! I don’t know if I can stand to watch this weekend, although Liverpool lose on Saturday I might just peep out from between my fingers on Sunday. I love Yaya – he’s so gentle and delicate but such a massive powerhouse there’s no stopping him is there. My favourite player at the moment is Dzeko though. So underrated by always comes up with the goods when it’s needed. Like on Wednesday. Boy was it needed!


    • Dzeko gets some stick but he gets us some important goals-this last few weeks being a case in point. He never hides either-he may miss a few chances but he is always there for the next one.
      I am reasonably confident…as much as we long term City fans can be 🙂 Don’t want the drama of 2012, just a nice, leisurely 3-0 will do. Preferably with the goals all coming early in the first half. They never let me relax…ever!!!


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