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Farewell to the Moston Menace

Manchester City’s decision to allow Ishmael Miller to turn his season long loan to West Bromwich Albion into a permanent transfer (for £900,000 potentially rising to £1.4m) was good news for the Midlands side, for whom Miller has played an important part in their attempt to return to the Premier League, but as a City fan it left me with a tinge of regret.The explosion of Micah Richards onto the national scene around a year ago had pundits raving about his physique, but Miller’s is arguably even more impressive:

Moston Menace

Unlike Richards, at 6’3″ Miller is tall as well as fast and strong. Not many defenders would fancy stopping him, and his record for the Baggies this season (10 goals in 24 games) would suggest that not many of them have been successful. Indeed, it was Miller’s physique and his scoring record at City that won him the nickname within the club of ‘The Moston Menace’, after the north Manchester district from which he hails.

In fact, this is really the reason I was sad to see the back of him. I don’t remember any players in recent memory who had a nickname that was based on where they were from rather than on their name. Richard Dunne may be a rock at the heart of the City back four, and a big part in our success this season, but ‘Dunney’ is hardly the most inspiring handle.

In this age when even players who come through academies are from all over the country or even the world, a player turning out for his local team is a rarity to be cherished, in the Premier League at least. Miller wasn’t even the only Mancunian in the City first team; Michael Johnson is from Urmston and although Nedum Onuoha was born in Nigeria he was raised just a couple of miles from Maine Road; I think what really got me about Miller was that nickname. It sounded like a throw back to another age.

“Miller for City… running down the wing…The Moston Menace has it…shoots…another goal for City! The Moston Menace scores and the City fans throw their flat caps in the air!”

What might have been…a man can dream.

Harry.

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D-DAY FOR TRANSFERS: LIVE!!!

THE LATEST NEWS ON THIS, THE FINAL DAY OF THE WINTER TRANSFER WINDOW, IS THAT NOTHING HAS YET HAPPENED FOR PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS.

AND ANTHONY ELDING STILL REMAINS AT STOCKPORT.

STAY TUNED FOR ANY RAPID DEVELOPMENTS ON THIS CRUCIAL DAY.

STOP PRESS! I OBVIOUSLY MISSED JAMIE’S IMMENSELY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT RIQUELME! FAST PACED IS THE 31ST!

And, it’s also my birthday.

Update: 15.38pm

Jari Litmanen has gone to Fulham from Malmo on loan; Roy Carroll has left Rangers (and the slim chance of getting a sport of European football this season) for Derby County for an undisclosed fee, and Man City’s Ousmane Dabo has joined Lazio for an undisclosed fee, too.

THE THIRTY-SIX YEAR OLD LITMANEN TO LEAD THE FIGHTBACK FOR FULHAM. God, and I was actually quite optimistic for them when they grabbed Hodgson.

Saying that, Hodgson’s shrewd when he wants to be, and would have seen Litmanen’s capabilities after managing Finland. Malmo and Hodgson must still be on good terms as well, and the loan makes sense for Malmo as the Swedish season doesn’t start until April. Still, Litmanen has only managed ten games for them since 2006. It’ll be interesting to see whether the gamble pays off for Hodgson and Fulham.

Update: 11.45 pm

Oh! Not long now! And blow me down! Anthony Elding’s only signed for LEEDS UNITED! That came out of the blue! And the man that usually causes most of the speculation around this time in Jermaine Defoe has actually moved! To Portsmouth! Oh, this is intense! Whether it’ll outweigh the £12m Middlesbrough have paid for Brazilian Afonso Alves is yet to be revealed. Exclamation marks!!!

David.

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Tough decision

It seems likely that Dundee United skipper Barry Robson is going to be on the move today. United have confirmed that they have accepted £1 million-plus bids from Celtic and Nottingham Forest. That’s SPL champions, and champions league knockout stage qualifiers, Celtic. And League One play-off prospects Nottingham Forest.

So now Robson just has to choose where to make that next career step. Boy do I not envy him this decision! Anyone reckon he’s asked for thinking time?

Jamie.

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In a nutshell

Here it is – the nutterdom of transfer deadline day summed up to perfection. Taken from the BBC’s transfer deadline day live text commentary :

“Juan Roman Riquelme has just arrived at John Lennon airport to be met by Everton chief exec Keith Wyness.”

Expect more like this over the coming hours.

Jamie.

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