In January 2009, Manchester City made the amusing, audacious and ultimately un-successful bid to sign Kaka from AC Milan for a reported £91m, only to sign the less-glamorous, loud mouth, troublemaker, Craig Bellamy.
So why am I writing about this now…
Well, shortly after this comical event, I went out into Manchester ahead of the game with a group of lads, including fellow red @pablo_burt, for a few drinks to settle the nerves and warm our vocal chords.
We got into the ground and met up with my wife at the back of the Stretford End at our usual seats. She didn’t waste any time in showing her disappointment at the state we were both in, swaying all over the place, giggling like school kids and singing our hearts out.
As the game progressed we carried on singing, whilst trying to make up new songs. We got some giggles and some funny looks from the people around us as we slurred through our repertoire.
Our moment of genius came when we came up with “they wanted Kaka, but got Bellamy” *repeat*. However, it wasn’t at the time that our songwriting skills were truly appreciated as only a few people started to join in.
A couple of months later I went to meet someone in the Bishops Blaize ahead of another game and could not believe my ears as I walked through the doors. The whole pub was bouncing up and down, beer going everywhere, singing the song that we had released to the world inside Old Trafford earlier in the year.
Now I’m no Pete Boyle, I certainly don’t have a list of United songs lined up, but I’m definitely proud of that drunken day where we decided to mock our bitter rivals with our new song and for it to be sung nowadays in and around Old Trafford on match days.