Sunday, 22 May 2011

Manchester City players parading ticker banner Turning back the clock: City 'reset' the ticker banner at Wembley
Manchester City's long-suffering fans waited 35 years to get the monkey off their back.
But, just when they thought it was all over, it's revealed that United's infamous "ticker banner" is to taunt them one final time.
Having mocked City's lack of silverware for more than a decade, the "35 years" banner disappeared following City's FA Cup win - much to the delight of Blues fans.
But Stretford End Flags, the independent supporters' group behind the banner, have said United fans will have the last laugh when it returns for the final game of the season.
Spokesman Andrew Kilduff said: "The banner's going back up in some form or another for the Blackpool game.
"What goes up is open to interpretation - it's going to be the same banner but it will just have something else on it," he said secretively.
"We've had suggestions to turn it to 43 which is how long since City last won the league.
"But if we do that it would just give City the motivation to win it again - and it would look a bit petty really."
'Screaming supporters' Focus on the banner has grown since Manchester City's sale in 2008 to billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour and its move into the higher echelons of the Premier League.
A mock-up of the banner at City's stadium on the 35th anniversary Before their FA Cup win, Manchester City's last trophy was the League Cup in 1976 
Their manager Roberto Mancini was aware of its significance, urging his players to "take off this banner" in the build-up to the Wembley final.
At the final whistle, exultant City players even unfurled their own ticker banner on the Wembley pitch, reset to "00".
"It clearly struck a nerve," said Mr Kilduff, 35, from Runcorn.
"There were City fans outside Wembley screaming into the TV cameras, calling for it to come down.
"To me if you're in the FA Cup Final, you've won the cup. It's not about taking a banner down at a rival football ground."
But Kevin Parker, secretary of the Manchester City Supporters' Club, said: "Our obsession was, of course, winning that trophy, irrespective of this banner.
"I'm always a bit confused why Manchester United fans don't just concentrate on their own football team.
"If I was a United fan, I wouldn't be interested in City because, speaking as a City fan, I can honestly say that I'm not interested in Manchester United at all.

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