Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Maine Road Blues

Our third entry for Fringe 2013 holds out the possibility for fun and controversy in more or less equal measure. A multi-media exploration of what Maine Road meant to Manchester City supporters - Maine Road Blues - will be at the United Reformed Church umpteen times between 3-14 July.

City's last season at Maine Road was 2002/2003 and I saw the game against Arsenal which City lost 1-5 (going 4-0 down in the first 20 minutes). That came a week after seeing Arsenal knock United out of the cup at Old Trafford. Arsenal scored with a flukey deflection and Ryan Giggs missed an open goal and my daughter joined in all the rude chants about Gary Neville. Two great days out.

I am, of course, painfully aware that since then things Arsenal/Manchester have tipped dramatically in the other direction and that this Sunday City are hoping to take three points at the 'Emirates' (I prefer Ashburton Grove but the people that live there won't stump up £10m a year for the stadium naming rights). I gather hundres of City fans won't pay £62 for a seat to see the game. Can't say I blame them. For those that take an interest in these things it will be worth looking out for the attendance figure. It is usually 60,024 - or similar - at the Emirates. Should be more like 59,224 on Sunday.

Whoops - forgot this was a Fringe blog. Sorry. Won't mention football again (unless Arsenal manage improbably to win their next 6 matches and somehow look like saving another 'disappointing' season).