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from Zani: Paul Gallagher on Manchester City

LONDON - Sunday 13th March 2012 is a day that will live as long in the memory as the past 46 years have. My football club, Manchester City, have finally landed the biggest prize in English football ' THE PREMIER TITLE'. For as long as I can remember we have been the club that cocked things up.
Up until last season, when we won the FA Cup, the last thing we had won was the League Cup in 1976 and the odd promotion after being relegated back and forward from the top league.
Even in 1999 when we won the League Two play off final, when we came back from the dead against Gillingham, nothing compared to this.
As a Manchester City fan I have been to some duff grounds. I can recall Crewe, Stockport, Huddersfield, Barnsley, Notts County, Wycombe, Stockport, and Lincoln amongst several of the lower ones.
I recall losing the Full Members Cup Final to Chelsea in 1986 at Wembley 5-4 after being 5-1 down.
Too little too late.
This is Manchester City.
Perennial failures.
I have watched and hidden after our city rivals Manchester United have won trophy after trophy in my lifetime.
As their glory hunting fans from all points of the globe have sniggered at my support for my club.
But as a City fan, you never wane, call it blind faith or stupidity, there is just something about that club that's in my bones.
I was locked inside Maine Road in 1981 after City drew 0-0 with Stoke City. I was 15. I had collapsed in the kippax, I've no idea why, and was carted to the St Johns Ambulance on the other side of the ground to get aid.
I was given Bovril and met the then manager John Bond. I was left there in the empty stadium to make my own way out of the ground and make the 4-mile walk home.
I finally escaped through an unlocked gate in between the main stand and the north stand.
I got into my bed at midnight and into school the next day, to tell my tale
I must admit that on Sunday at 91 minutes, for the first time 1-2 down at home to QPR in the final game of the season, I got nervous.
I don't usually get nervous, I berate fellow City fans for flapping when we play United or are in a big game.
What if we didn't score?
What if that undeserving club from across the city got their hands on their 20th league title – oh my life would be unbearable all summer and beyond, the texts from rival fans were hitting my phone, twitter, facebook, email, life was going horribly wrong – again.
And then.
Edin Dzeko scored to make it 2-2, get another, quick.
Then time stopped.
The final whistle.
Cue the tears 44 years of being laughed at, ridiculed.
I cried, and I am not one bit ashamed to say so, I still have tears in my eyes.
You see no matter what happens from here on in, we did it, we won, my team, Manchester City won the Premier League in the last minute, in the last game, with the last attack of the match.
You can throw what you want at us, the money, the Arabs, the ground, the players, the manager, but one thing never changes – the fans will always be there right to the end.
May the force ALWAYS be with you.

Paul Gallagher
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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates


30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel


16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.


new tour


3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)

8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


Noel Gallagher solo gigography, and Low Lying Turds tour dates

(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)



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