The Alan Ball era

manimanc

Well-Known Member
Joined
26 Jul 2010
Messages
26,889
Location
breaking into heaven.....
Ball wasn't first choice though.

It makes me fucking laugh how so many City fans hold Horton in such high regard. I like the bloke and backed him to the hilt when he was here. I never went down the "Brian Who" road that some fans did when he was appointed (partly because I knew exactly who he was unlike some). But the fact is that he had what effectively amounted to a decent few months in his time with us plus a largely unremarkable managerial career before and after his City tenure, and was doing nothing at Oxford to warrant getting the City job when he was offered it. In fact, his most notable moment at Oxford was some years previous when he booted the visitors dressing room door off it's hinges at Maine Road after we scored 2 very late goals to beat them 2-1! Also, while I appreciate that he speaks well of us to this day, his co-commentary on the Gillingham play-off game in the 1998/99 season review video somewhat bizarrely has a pro-Gillingham slant to it. Why that is I don't know but City didn't include the Sky commentary on the video presumably for copyright reasons so we ended up with some bloke I've never heard of along with Horton. Maybe it was from some Kent radio station which would go some way to explaining the bias.
I thought he was buzzing when we scored, he kept saying I told you it wasn't over.
 

Sky Blue Thinking

Well-Known Member
Joined
27 Jul 2014
Messages
1,286
Location
Prestwich
Team supported
City
Bit off topic here but you got my old memories going. I seem to remember under Swales a few years before, reading a big headlined double page spread on the 3rd to last & 2nd to last pages of the evening news that we had all but signed Geoff Thomas from palace for 750,000 & Swales was quoting it was the start of City being back in to the "upper echolons of the 1st division". Of course the transfer didnt happen for whatever reason but my point is it was just one car crash after another. I remember it being news a priest singing, "we want swales out" in the old platt lane end. Then all our hopes of a bright future shattered before "forward with franny" even got going. Unrecognisable from what we have been watching the last 20 odd years.
Wasnt Geoff a boyhood blue who was going to walk to Maine Road to sign for us, before getting tired in the midlands and signing for Wolves who were then a 2nd tier team. He was also then hampered by injuries whilst at Wolves.
 
Last edited:

Didsbury Dave

Well-Known Member
Joined
1 Feb 2007
Messages
34,589
Ball wasn't first choice though.

It makes me fucking laugh how so many City fans hold Horton in such high regard. I like the bloke and backed him to the hilt when he was here. I never went down the "Brian Who" road that some fans did when he was appointed (partly because I knew exactly who he was unlike some). But the fact is that he had what effectively amounted to a decent few months in his time with us plus a largely unremarkable managerial career before and after his City tenure, and was doing nothing at Oxford to warrant getting the City job when he was offered it. In fact, his most notable moment at Oxford was some years previous when he booted the visitors dressing room door off it's hinges at Maine Road after we scored 2 very late goals to beat them 2-1! Also, while I appreciate that he speaks well of us to this day, his co-commentary on the Gillingham play-off game in the 1998/99 season review video somewhat bizarrely has a pro-Gillingham slant to it. Why that is I don't know but City didn't include the Sky commentary on the video presumably for copyright reasons so we ended up with some bloke I've never heard of along with Horton. Maybe it was from some Kent radio station which would go some way to explaining the bias.
That commentary with Horton was indeed for their local TV.

“It’s not over. I said that” literally 3 minute after he said “That’s Gillingham in division one”
 

Don't have an account?

Register now!
Top
  AdBlock Detected
Bluemoon relies on advertising to pay our hosting fees. Please support the site by disabling your ad blocking software to help keep the forum sustainable. Thanks.