This started out as a response to a Manchester City fan who goes by the name of ‘It’s Grim Oop North’. He deserved one because his mature opinions are highly respected when compared to the many inane ones that often come in by cretins from all clubs – including our own! It was instigated by a recent article written on Truly Reds comparing the goal scoring exploits of Dimitar Berbatov with those of Carlos Tevez this season. Both the article Barbatov or Tevez? Give me Berba anytime and the responses it generated from City fans can be found HERE
The first thing that offended Manchester City fans should do is to read the article again. They will see that it was aimed at the many UNITED own fans who want to see the back of Berbatov. So why compare his stats with a Manchester City player instead of someone else you may ask? Simple, the two of them played together at Old Trafford, they are joint Premier League top goalscorers with one game remaining and similar transfer fees – or at least fees in kind, were paid for them. Is it not sensible to compare their goalscoring efforts this season? If that sounds too simplistic and hard to believe by City fans tough luck as it’s no skin off my nose.
Then we come to the matter of “Tags” which my friend Grim – sorry pal, ‘It’s Grim Oop North’ is simply too much of a mouthful, believes the Man City tag was used in order to invite City fans to comment. Like everyone else, those fans are welcome to submit sensible comments but that was certainly not the reason for using them.
Forgive me if I’m wrong but my understanding is that tags for clubs, football grounds and players which are mentioned in an article should always be tagged because they are what’s used by most people when doing searches.
The article will then be included in any search engine results – at least that’s what was explained to me. Nothing at all to do with it appearing on the Manchester City NewsNow page. A perfect example is something I wrote just a couple of days ago with a headline of “United record 19 saluted at Liverpool“ and using tags which included Anfield and Liverpool . The article DID NOT appear on the Liverpool NewsNow page because that’s not the way their system works. That same thing happened many times in the past.
And finally, Truly Reds will never deny that it’s biased towards Manchester United, what club blog isn’t? Anyone who spends much of their spare time writing about the club they support must necessarily have a biased passion. It does not mean however that some objectivity is not aimed for within that bias. If you want to know the truth – and if you even care, I was pleased for City to win an FA Cup during the year that their last Cup winning goalscorer Neil Young passed away.
So please, be adult about what you read and do not look for anything in between the lines which were never there.
Are some fans unreasonably sensitive about their own clubs?
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