Author Profile: Howard Hockin

City Killing Football – All Over Again

City Killing Football – All Over Again

As Brad Pitt might say, it was “inevitable”. Manchester City have moved quickly (for once) and tied up the majority of their summer transfer business with six weeks of the window remaining, replacing two departed strikers with 2 new additions, whilst...read more »

Football Is Not A Matter Of Life or Death

Football Is Not A Matter Of Life or Death

There is a famous quote about football to which the title of this blog refers - so famous I don't even need to re-quote Bill Shankly. He may well have said it tongue-in-cheek of course but this weekend reiterated that...read more »

The Psychology of a Transfer Saga

The Psychology of a Transfer Saga

  There was a good article by Nick Miller last week on football365.com about the fevered sense of hope/anticipation/expectation from Manchester United fans over the possible signing of Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona. A footballer with relatively little top-level experience and thus...read more »

Pellegrini’s 1st Press Conference, South Africa and CityLive

Pellegrini’s 1st Press Conference, South Africa and CityLive

So on a seemingly random day in July, Manchester City’s new manager Manuel Pellegrini held his first press conference, an opportunity for the new man to sit through thirty minutes of bone-headed pea-brained questions that brought no insight into anything...read more »

Blue Tinted Specs: Whatever Happened To One Of Sven’s Stars?

Blue Tinted Specs: Whatever Happened To One Of Sven’s Stars?

Picture the scene: It’s a Monday afternoon, this Manchester City fan and his Wolves supporting friend are sitting down for a nice, gentle game or ten of FIFA. Now, to ask me to play as City and him as Wolves...read more »

Journalist Q & A: Mark Ogden (Telegraph), Oliver Kay (Times) and Daniel Taylor (Guardian)

Journalist Q & A: Mark Ogden (Telegraph), Oliver Kay (Times) and Daniel Taylor (Guardian)

As the 2012/13 season drew to a close, I sent a few questions out on a number of topics to a few journalists whose email addresses I had successfully guessed.  Thanks to Mark Ogden (Daily Telegraph Northern Football Correspondent), Oliver Kay...read more »

City’s Media Presence

City’s Media Presence

This week, the excellent InsideCity video series continued with a clip following Manuel Pellegrini around as he spent his first day at City, beginning with the moment he left the airport. Whilst very little of any note actually happened, it was...read more »

Manchester City: Transfer Speculation

Manchester City: Transfer Speculation

With the Isco transfer saga still fresh in many a disappointed City fan’s mind (alleviated slightly by a lively performance for Spain by Jesus Navas last week), the latest batch of transfer gossip in the national newspapers has caused wailing...read more »

Carlos Tevez – The Longest Goodbye

Carlos Tevez – The Longest Goodbye

And so the class of 2012 loses another pupil. The one who wouldn’t conform, was passionate about his beliefs, but a bit of a slow learner. The rebel and the truant. He stood up to the big boys across the...read more »