Saturday, December 21, 2013

Injury latest

Sergio Aguero will be out for 4 to 8 weeks, though is "improving every day",
Pellegrini said at Friday's press conference. Zabaleta has "not so big an injury"
and doctors expect him to "be back soon", in "maybe one week more".

The unlucky Jovetic, who missed the Leicester game with a stomach illness,
is still suffering a reaction but may be available next week.

Here are the details of minutes played and goals scored over the last seven

Pellegrini also revealed that he could play Clichy, Kolorov, Boyata or Milner
in the right-back position.

Predicted line-up v Fulham
Pantilimon, Clichy, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolorov, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure,
Milner, Nasri, Silva, Negredo

Bench from:
Hart, Boyata, Lescott, Garcia, Rodwell, Navas, Guidetti, Dzeko

Upcoming matches:
Thu 25 Dec (17.30) Home  v  Liverpool
Sat 28 Dec (15.00)  Home  v  Crystal Palace
Wed 1 Jan  (12:45)  Away  v  Swansea

Last chance to buy my new book in time for Christmas

It's called A Man's Game: The Birth of Mancunian Football and the Origins of Manchester
City FC (218-page paperback, published by Books & Doxey), and took me three years to
research and two more to write.

It's been one of the best-selling City books this week and I'm pleased to say it's getting very
positive feedback. You can read some of the reviews lower down the page.

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MCFC Official Programme

"An essential purchase for any fan interested in the early days of association
football in Manchester.

Old Newspaper clippings and Ordnance Survey maps from the 19th century provide
a glimpse into the past, with Keenan's considered commentary and analysis adding
fascinating insights into the formation of the club, and even the naming of Maine Road".

New light on an Old Subject 
Emeritus Professor Steve Rigby (Manchester University School of History)

Andrew Keenan manages to unearth a mass of new material about the origins of the
club and offers a number of important and original interpretations of City's genesis, in
particular challenging familiar views about the part played by St Mark's church, West
Gorton, in the club's formation.

Keenan locates the development of football in Victorian Manchester in the wider context of the city's political
and social history but his background in journalism means that the book never becomes dry or overly
academic even though it is based on original research into the primary sources.
(Steve's two-page review is in the current issue of King of the Kippax, available here.)

Brilliantly Researched & Well Worth A Read
Lee Hayes (co-owner,

This book is not just for fans of Manchester City, anybody with an interest in the
history of the beautiful game will find it to be a brilliant and interesting read.

The amount of research that has gone into the book is staggering, and is backed
up with evidence such as newspaper cuttings and old maps. As well as introducing
new evidence on some aspects of City's history it also challenges important information such as how and
when the club actually came into existence.

If you think you know all about the history of MCFC, read this book and I guarantee you will learn
something new.

Great Read
Jon Camden (assistant headteacher and history teacher)

I love social history and I love football and if, like me, you do you'll love this book.
A Man's Game is an extremely well researched, interesting read. Keenan successfully
weaves the story of the origins of Manchester City with the wider social history of
Lancashire and Manchester to produce a fresh, fast paced, and fascinating account
of the beginnings of Association Football in the North West. Sex, religion, politics and
football: a winning combination.

 I read this relatively short book cover to cover in a few hours and found it hard to put down. And no,
you don't have to be a die-hard City fan to appreciate it, I'm a South London Palace fan, this book has
a broad appeal to anyone interested in the history of football.

An Original, Well-Researched and Engaging Read
Michael Marriott (history graduate, Exeter University)

'A Man's Game' ... skilfully weaves the club's history in to Manchester's rich
socio-religious past. The author is not afraid to slaughter sacred cows; the book
reveals shocking truths about Arthur Connell, one of the Eithad's historical heroes.

What is most notable, however, is the way in which the author substantiates his arguments with an
impressive array of original contemporary sources; newspapers, correspondence and photographs
are all used to better illustrate his points. It is through this fastidious research that Andrew Keenan
succeeds in providing a more nuanced and sophisticated history of Manchester City Football Club.

                                                                                     ~ ~ ~
                         You can contact me at akeenan(at)manchesterfootballhistory(dot)com.
                                  I'm also on Twitter @mcfchistory and on Facebook here.

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