First of all I have to explain my reasons for selecting David White as my first blog in this series. Well it is pretty simple really, he was my first ever City hero. With myself being born in the early 80s David was naturally my first favourite player due to his incredible ability to entertain, take players on and most importantly score goals. I remember him fondly charging up and down that right wing instilling fear into opposition full backs. I am now going to take a little time to have a detailed look at David White and his City career.
David was born in my hometown of Urmston, Manchester on 30th October 1967 and joined City’s so called “golden generation” youth setup when he reached the age of 18. David caught the eye of City scouts whilst playing for Salford Boys and the rest was history. David went on to make his full debut in a 1 – 0 defeat to Luton Town on Saturday 27th September 1986 at the age of 18 years old. After his debut White went on to play every single game bar 1 up until 1988 mainly down the right wing but was occasionally used as a striker.
Whites darkest days at City were to be experienced during the season of 1986-87 when City were relegated from the top division and during the following season with White scoring 13 goals City still failed to attain promotion to the First Division. The 1988-89 season was to bring more luck for White as he scored 6 goals to help City on their way to finish as runners up in Division 2 and securing promotion back to the top league in English football. David was to continue his fine goal scoring form from the right wing scoring 8 goals in 89/90 and 16 goals in 90/91. During this time White had the pleasure of linking up with the likes of Quinn, Lake, Hinchcliffe and Stewart. However the most notable on pitch relationship came between himself and Niall Quinn with White often being the provider of killer crosses for Quinn to put his large frame on the end of.
In the season of 1992/93 came the formation of the Premier League and City were to have a very successful season under the guidance of Peter Reid and finish 5th. During this season David cemented his growing reputation in English football by scoring a personal best 18 goals and subsequently was rewarded with his full international debut for England against Spain. Unfortunately for David his debut didn’t go as expected and he taken an onslaught from the British media post match and subsequently his form taken a nose dive with Davids confidence shattered.
Due to mismanagement at City under the Peter Swales era City were strapped for cash and ended up selling David to Leeds United. This was the end of his fabulous City career after making 343 appearances and scoring 96 goals. Things didn’t go well for David at Leeds and spent much of the time injured, he later went on to play for Sheffield United before retiring from football in 1997.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank David for his time at City as for me he was a truly magnificent player who always left you on the edge of your seat. My fondest memory of him came in the 10 – 1 destruction of Huddesfeild Town on 7th November 1987 scoring a hat trick and making many assists. I think it is safe to say that is a day that many a City fan will remember fondly and will engrave in our memory fine moments that David White experienced in a City shirt.
I decided to compare last season with this season and whilst there have been some indifferent results, I feel that we have made progress.
After five games in the 2009/10 season we were in 4th place and then dropped down the table and stayed out of the Champions league positions until games 32 and 33 when we held fourth place.
And the rest as they say is ‘history’ as a poor display gave Spurs the final Champions League place.
After five games in the 2010/11 season we were in 4th place and have stayed in the top 4 since so that is 25 games in the Champions League places.
After 30 games we have the same number of points at this stage of the season as last (53) but as we all know, there have been some unexpected results this season particularly from the teams coming up from the Championship.
The winners of the league this year will probably win it with the lowest points score in a decade which in 2001 was 80 points when Man Utd won the title.
So have we made progress? Bearing in mind the amount of money that has been spent on assembling this squad then perhaps not, but in regards to the league position we definitely have.
I can’t remember the last time that we were in the top 4 of the Premier League (Division 1) for a run of 25 games and there is no reason why we shouldn’t still be in the top four at the end of the season.
We should perhaps note that Roberto Mancini has not had the opportunity to play his first choice eleven on a regular basis, and I’m not sure that he knows what his best starting eleven is!
Look on the positive side, in the last ten years we have been worried about relegation and have lost the battle when ‘we were too good to go down’ or we have seen mid-table mediocrity with nothing to play for.
This year like last, we are heading towards the end of the season with Champions League Football a distinct possibility in 2011/12 and with it perhaps new faces coming into the club as the project moves up a gear.
However, ‘typical City’ do have a habit of shooting themselves in the foot so the next eight games are going to be very stressful indeed.
Keep the faith, there is a blue moon rising.
The result at Stamford Bridge was disappointing but it was far from a humiliating defeat, yet whilst I browse the forums this morning this game seems to have been the straw that broke the camels back for many fans. I have seen some interesting comments on various forums this morning and I must say that I struggle to disagree with alot that has been said. The following post of mancityfanst.net I though was particularly thought provoking.
This is a quote from a poster named KinkyKinkladze
“I’ve seen us regress in playing style since Mancini came in, and for what, a similar points projection to what Hughes was taking us on. Mancini was meant to be somebody who could bring us on to the next level, take us somewhere we had always dreamed about. Yet here we are, struggling to put performances in against lesser teams and then bottling it every time we play one of the supposed big clubs. And the only difference I can see between us now and through our previous manager is that we’re ****ing horrible to watch now yet still stumble on flattering to deceive and with a stronger bed of players.
Somebody said it perfectly in another thread and it’s something that has been bugging me for the best part of a year, since the run in disappointment to last season – watching us is a chore now. I no longer wake up thinking “awesome, we’ve got a game today, can we catch up with those ahead of us”. Now I get anxious every time we have a game, now I spend more time worrying about what those below us are going to do. It reminds me of the days of hoping Coventry or Soton won’t win so we can stay above the relegation zone. Mancini has brought me a fear of losing that he has brought to the club as a whole.
I don’t see anything working for us. We’re tighter at the back and that is something I’ll give Mancini some credit for. But we’re fucking dross to watch now, yet with a group of players that logistically should be good enough to take on the best around.
You’ll all bite my head off for this. But I’ve never felt this depressed about watching City. Ever. Not even when Phil Neal was taking the piss.
I should be ecstatic about our day out at Wembley. But because of Mancini and the way he has us playing, I am fearful of what will happen. My gut instinct tells me we’ll turn up and do fuck all for 80 minutes and then lose to a sloppy goal or two. And only then will he decide to go for it. This should be the greatest day in my generation’s history (after 99), and instead the thought of that upcoming game fills me with nothing but trepidation and fear. I remember when supporting City was fun and no matter who we were up against, I knew we would always have a chance of doing something against the opposition. I don’t have the feeling now, and I haven’t since the moment Mancini stepped foot inside the club.
Excuse the badly written post, I’ve had a couple of sherbets to settle the anger so my thoughts are all over the place. But I really cannot take any more of this clown’s input. He’s destroying my club.”
To be fair KinkyKladze seems to raise some very good points, like for like this seasons points tally is no better than last years yet we have invested a considerable sum in playing staff over the last 12 months. In fact it could be argued that our best performers this year have been indeed players bought by Mark Hughes rather than by Mancini. I would say that the mainstay of our squad consists of Kompany, De Jong, Silva and Tevez however only one of those was signed by Mancini himself. The brand of football on show is indeed also not as palatable as under the previous manager, it seems that even though we have one of the most expensively assembled forward lines the Premiership has ever seen that we still seem happy to play with a 5 man midfield with one up top even when playing the likes of W.B.A. or Sunderland. What is more disappointing for me is that when we play the traditional top 4 teams that we seem happy to setup for a draw in the hope of nicking all 3 points by a counter attack but despite our inability to see this through minus a bit of luck at Arsenal Mancini still thinks that this is the best policy. I am convinced that had we gone for the jugular in the games we have played for a draw then we would have picked up more points than we have along the way, yes we might have taken a few heavy defeats but at least we would have tried. Lets look at the results Vs our 4 main rivals so far. :-
14 Aug 2010 – Spurs Vs City 0 – 0
25 Sep 2010 – City Vs Chelsea 1 – 0
24 Oct 2010 – City Vs Arsenal 0 – 3
10 Nov 2010- City Vs Man Utd 0 – 0
05 Jan 2011 – Arsenal Vs City 0 – 0
12 Feb 2011 – Man Utd Vs City 2 – 1
20 Mar 2011 – Chelsea Vs City 2 – 0
As can be seen so far we have only picked up 6 points out of a possible 21 against the sides we should be competing with. For me this is unacceptable if we believe that we have a realistic chance of challenging the top 4, would we really have lost any more points than we already have by trying to win? My opinion is that we wouldn’t in fact I believe that we would have gained more. Mancini could in my opinion be forgiven for playing dull football had we been picking up the points but we haven’t, therefore why put the fans through unpalatable football if we are not actually achieving what we set out to do? Only Mancini has the answer to that one.
Next is a quote from our very own Blue On Blue
“So Mancini went out for a draw AGAIN..
and we got done over, well that was a big surprise !
Were out of the Europa,
4th place is now looking more unlikely by the week
and were probably going to get embarrassed at Wembley..
Not looking too good is it, the biggest problem for me is if we don’t get 4th we wont be in Europe and that means we’d be less likely to get Mourinho, we need 4th more than we need anything at the moment.
As for Dzeko he’s a fantastic player, he just being badly managed like the rest of the players.
He can only deal with what he is provided with, problem is he is given the ball so seldom, he’s got to the point where he’s in shock when he actually gets it !
He’s literally having the confidence kicked out of him.
Sorry to point out the obvious but you don’t become the highest scorer in the Bundesliga because your a load of rubbish.
The Bundesliga is the closest league in Europe to the Prem, so i don’t buy the argument that their football is of lesser quality either.
Again I believe a very good point has been raised about Mancini with his use of Edin Dzeko. Mancini doesn’t really have any excuses here as it was his signing yet thus far Mancini has failed to play Edin in his strongest position. Correct me if I am wrong but so far Edin has only ever played as a lone striker or has been pushed out wide whilst the team plays with no natural width. For me this goes against every natural strength Edin has, no he should not be playing with his back to goal and no he should not be being used for link up play. This guy has scored goal after goal in the German league through playing off wide support and being in the position to face the goal. City fans seem to be getting a little inpatient with Edin yet I think that is a little unfair. If we played with two up front and some natural width on the midfield then I believe Edin would start scoring for fun, it is obvious the man would benefit from crossed balls into the box and he has a poachers instinct about him, he needs defenders on the back foot rather than trying to create space for others. For me Mancini has shown a complete lack of understanding of how Edin likes to play either that or he is too stubborn to change his system to suit his own players better.
We are now at a cross roads, we could finish in the top 4 walk away with Champions League qualification and potentially win the FA Cup; that would be a fantastic season. However on the other hand if we keep playing like we do we could end up slipping out of the top 4 and being knocked out by our neighbours; disaster. I just hope we can now turn a corner and come through with the former rather than the latter.
That’s all for today from a deflated blue, in the words of D:Ream – “Things can only get better”
We are 3/4′s of the way through the season so players should be starting to understand each other, but no surprises we’re still passing the ball around at a snail’s pace. It has made City predictable, easy to defend against and lethargic.
It’s the Serie A, Italian way. Everyone goes on about how great the Italian league is defensively. Is it bollocks. The reason you don’t get many goals is because it takes 15 minutes to start an attack to finishing it.
I’ve defended Mancini to the hilt, and given him support, but there doesn’t seem to be a solution. When I think next week, next week we’ll see an increase in tempo. But next week comes and goes and I’m left baffled.
We have aspirations of being a Barca, but while we do set up in a very similar style to Barca, we are nothing short of a poor man’s copycat, a pub team based on Barcelona if you like, and that’s all down to the boring brand of football we are being served up.
No wonder Serie A just dropped to the 4th league in Europe, anyone who watches Serie A will realise just how painful watching this league is. It’s where skilful players go for an easy time of it and a nice little payday. Take Ibra, Robinho, Eto’o, and Dinho as examples. An average league with average players, who are allowed to look good because of the time given to them.
We’re not in Serie A, and while Serie A continues to fall behind the modern day revolution of football, City and the way they are playing will join them.
Evolve Roberto, increase the tempo, and turn it up a notch or 3, because the way you have us playing will win us nothing in the future, no matter how much money you spend.