Posted: 4/18/2010


      It was a sunny day in North Yorkshire and I had been to a an International Food Festival in the town square of Ripon, an historic town with the smallest cathedral in England, and a town  crier who says Oh Ye!, Oh Ye! as he rings his brass bell to all who are around daily at 9.00pm. There were stalls selling Polish, German, Dutch, Belgian, Spanish and Turkish cuisine, and I bought a Turkish lamb, sort of stew with spices wrapped in a pancake.

     I then rode in my chauffeur driven Rolls-Royce( WELL,actually it was on the upper deck of the No.36 bus with luxurious leather seats), to Harrogate, the upmarket spa town. The road was lined with beautiful rows of pale yellow, gold and white daffodils for miles and miles and on the outskirts of Harrogate I spotted a sign outside a pub, The Caro Beagle, saying SKY TV LIVE in 3D. I got off at the next stop and walked back to the pub, paid 1.00 for a pair of 3D glasses, bought a Kopparberg rasberry/lime cider and settled in to watch the lunch time Manchester Derby.

      What a derby it turned out to be! United had been knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich, and were behind Chelsea in their quest to retain their EPL title and a record breaking fourth in a row. In form City with Carlos Tevez, were hoping to win and take the coveted 4th place  and a Champions League spot for the first time.  The City of Manchester Stadium was packed with red and sky blue bedecked fans.

      It was Fergie Time, with the wise knight keeping his ageing but experienced old timers on the field for the full ninety minutes: Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. Well, in fact it was 92 minutes and 43 seconds when the 35 year old red headed Scholes effortlessly directed his header past Shay Given to give the Reds 3 valuable points and hope. His astonished winner was within 24 hours of him signing an extension to his Old Trafford contract.

      Francis 'Fannie' Lee, a legend with City in the past and a former owner, stated that he thinks that Scholes was the very best player EVER to play for Manchester United. Roberto Mancini will have to wait yet another season, if he is kept on by Sheikh Mansour and his 200 million squad. Tevez was suffocated by Jonny Evans and Nermanja Vidic, and the hard working tricky winger Craig Bellamy got more and more frustrated as the game progressed. 

     Watching the players walk onto the filed with my 3D glasses they almost brushed past me and I worried that if I got any closer I would be kicked into touch by Vidic or Neville. It was a splendid experience. The glasses are hard wearing, you get to keep them and I look forward to more such matches. Vincent Kompany raked his studs down the back of Wayne Rooney's Achilles and retribution followed with interest.  After 74 minutes Berbatov replaced Rooney but the Bulgarian was ineffective.

     Later in the day there was more good news for the red half of Manchester when Tottenham beat leaders Chelsea 2-1 at White Hart Lane, who only got a consolation goal in the final minute from Frank Lampard and by that time John Terry was getting an early bath for two yellow cards. Gareth Bale,the up and coming Welsh star, scored a second splendid goal in a week.

    Spurs had beaten Arsenal in mid week and their next stop is a crunch game at Old Trafford. In possibley the most incredible turn around in the history of the EPL, lowly Wigan came from behind to score 3 late goals and defeat Arsenal 3-2 on Sunday and end their slim title hopes.