I thought I'd wait until you'd all calmed down a bit before posting my congratulations !
I'm really genuinely happy you've won the title. I'm especially happy for all the City fans I've known over the years who've experienced the good times and the bad - and for a club the size of City there's been a lot of relatively bad times.
I'm a Port Vale fan so I know more than most what it's like to wait a long time between successes (and even then our successes are on a fairly small scale).
I've always had a soft spot for City and I couldn't really say exactly why. Years ago if Vale weren't at home on the same Saturday as City I would make the trip to Maine Road, easily done from (at that time) Longport station at the north end of Stoke or by car as I got older. I always felt welcome at City and never felt I couldn't openly say I was a Vale fan who had just come along to see City play. Although we were a million miles apart and City fans must have thought they'd never play Vale in a league match there wasn't any obnoxious piss taking, just humourous banter, not like the superior attitude you get from Tarquin who lives in Hertfordshire on his annual trip to Old Trafford (he's always been a red, you know. Not because he's a glory hunting arsehole, it's because of family connections - his grandad passed through Piccadilly station during WW2). It's not Man Utd I can't do with so much, just the turds who support them.
Anyway, unbelievably for me, Vale and City actually did end up in the same division for a few seasons in the 90's, coincidentally at the same time I was working in Manchester in a factory on the east side out towards the M60. The overwhelming majority of people in the factory were City fans, as you'd expect, with a mix of Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport fans and even a couple of Stoke and Vale fans. The football discussions were great and the City fans only reinforced my view that they were genuine footy fans who knew the game and, whilst being part of a big club, weren't disparaging or disrespectful to fans of smaller clubs who could never realistically hold the same dreams and hopes City fans could.
That's an endearing quality and one you should try and hold on to now you've finally reached the promised land. It'll be difficult as you should have more and more success and you too will start to attract the Tarquins from Hertfordshire but I just hope you don't get swamped with them like your Salford neighbours.
Some people, particularly those with a drinker's conk and an ageing brain pickled in whisky, will say that City have bought the title. Well, who hasn't in the past 20+ years and, more importantly, who wouldn't if they could? I sure as hell wouldn't feel any less happy if a mega rich owner funded the Vale to the Premier League title. I'd be over the moon just to get back to the Championship!
Finally, congratulations once again. Like Blackpool getting to the Prem (and hopefully getting back?) City, even with your sugar daddy, winning the league after so many years is a breath of fresh air to all the real football fans who follow their teams week in and week out knowing that the major trophies are nearly always going to go to the TV 'fan' funded corporate brand clubs like ManUre, Arsehole and Chelski. We all know what the wait's like but we don't know what the success is like and we're all a bit jealous of how you must be feeling right now!
Don't change - just stay as proper football fans, as City fans, the big club the fans of smaller clubs can identify with.
And TONY MARTIN if you're still out there I hope the pain of the last 44 years evaporated for you on Sunday afternoon!
Thank you for that mate! My first ever game was City v Port Vale at Maine Road when I was 5. That was only 13 years ago it's amazing to think of the disparity between our two clubs nowadays. I hate the thought of us one day monopolising football for years the way the rags have done. Every true football fan deserves to feel the way us Blues felt on Sunday, and I genuinely hope that other clubs like yours one day get a crack at success.