Friday, September 18, 2009

The Manchester Derby - The Crown & Lion Sunday 20th Sept K.O. 4.30pm

The inane, whisky-fuelled ramblings emanating from a press room in deepest darkest Stretford can mean only one thing: Yes, it's time for the 152nd Manchester Derby.

Clearly a fan of irony, Taggart McRasher opted to use his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon to rant and rave for the 764th time about a club he apparently doesn't care about, turning a putrid shade of purple as he once again stamped his feet over the topic of THAT poster. Our "small club, small mentality" certainly seems to be getting right up Ol' Baconchops' shiny red nose ahead of what is one of the most eagerly awaited Manchester Derbies of the last 35 years.

City will of course be missing Emanuel Adebayor for this one after he was a rather naughty boy in the mauling of Arsenal last week. Robinho is still injured and perennial treatment room inhabitant Roque Santa Cruz remains several weeks away from full fitness. Depending on who you believe, Carlos Tevez may or may not play, whilst Benjani's magic shoulder is definitely ruled out through injury. Meanwhile, united will be without the tackling expertise of Paul Scholes, whilst Wobblygob Ferdinand is doubtful.

Kick-off is at 4.30pm (UAE) and the match will be shown live with English commentary at the Crown & Lion in Tecom's Byblos Hotel. The exact timing of the Eid holiday remains unclear, but if all goes to plan, the more thirsty members of mcfcUAE will be in there from 1.30pm for a liquid lunch.

Come on down; it's sure to be a cracker.


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