|Big Ben and London Eye in the distance|
I have been asked by countless people how I settled on City as my team. For starters, their stadium back when I first started following them was Maine Road which I liked because I was born in Maine. Their color team color was sky blue which was the same as my college color. But more importantly they were the "other" team from Manchester, the little guy in town going up the bigger Manchester United (at least until the Sheik bought the club).
Back in the summer of 2010 I was lucky enough to fly up to Harrison, NJ to see Manchester City play the Red Bulls as part of the New York Football Challenge. Although City lost the match it was still the fulfillment of a life-long goal of being able to see my team play live and in-person.
In the back of my mind I had always hoped of making a trip to Manchester to see City play at the Etihad Stadium. Just such an opportunity presented itself when my friend Michael, a life-long City fan, decided to skip Atlantic City and Las Vegas and do his bachelor party in Manchester. After working some extra hours and getting the blessing from my wife I was in for the trip of a lifetime and it didn't disappoint.
My buddy Brian and I flew into London bright and early on Thursday morning and were welcomed by perfectly clear, blue skies with the sun streaming down across the capital. This was my second trip to England, my first being when I was a child, but it was Brian's first so we dropped our bags and hit the sights like proper tourists.
|"The George" est. 1542|
|Piccadilly Station, Manchester|
at The Wellington
The rest of the night was spent dining locally around the hotel and heading out to the adjacent casino though most of the group decided to turn-in early due to the jetlag. But not me, I was too excited to sleep, because I knew that tomorrow was match day, the fulfillment of a dream...
Check back here on Monday Morning for Part 2 on my trip England!