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Man City and Man United have come together to donate £100k to food banks

What a brilliant gesture!

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Manchester’s two biggest football teams have put aside their rivalry and come together to raise money for those who need it.

Football is currently postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and City and United have been using the time to do some good in the community.

The two clubs are donating £100,000 to food banks in Manchester – which are under additional pressure due to the COVID-19 outbreak – to help vulnerable people in these incredibly difficult times.


Manchester City and Manchester United said in a joint statement: “We are proud of the role our supporters play in helping local food banks and recognise the increased strain likely to be placed on these charities by the impact of coronavirus.

“At a time of challenge for our community, we are pleased to come together with our fans to help vulnerable members of society in a City United.”

Each club is donating £50,000 to the Trussell Trust, which supports a network of over 1,200 food banks in the UK, with 19 around Greater Manchester.


Rachel Macklin, the Trussell Trust’s senior operations manager, said: “As the coronavirus pandemic develops, more people than ever may need help from food banks across our network.

“This situation presents a huge additional pressure on already overstretched resources. We may start to see a reduction in food donations and volunteers may become unavailable if they are in the at-risk categories or are self-isolating.”

If you’d like to get involved, both Man City and Man United fan groups are still fundraising donations for food banks – or you can head to the Trussell Trust directly here.

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Man United’s Mary Earps named Women’s Footballer of the Year 2023

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England and Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps has been named the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.

Earps, 30, made history as the first goalkeeper to receive the award.

Speaking to BBC Sport, she said: “I am truly honoured. To be the first keeper to get their hands on the award is truly special and I am incredibly grateful.”

Fans voted on the BBC Sport website after five players were shortlisted for the award. A panel of experts made up of journalists, administrators, players and coaches from around the world chose Earps as one of those shortlisted.

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Rumours were already circulating online that the Lioness goalie stood a good chance of winning the award after a stellar year playing for club and country.

She kept 14 clean sheets for Man United during the season 2022-23 – a WSL record – which earned the club their highest finish in the league, in second place.

Earps won the Golden Glove as England made it to the World Cup Final in August this year, though the Lionesses lost 1-0 to Spain despite Earps saving a second-half penalty. She also came fifth place in the Ballon d’Or.

In second place for the Footballer of the Year Award came Spain midfielder Aitana Bonmati, followed by Chelsea forward Sam Kerr, in third place.

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Earps has also been making an impact off the pitch as well as on. This year she called out England’s kit manufacturer Nike for not producing replicas of her shirt for fans and aspiring female footballers to be able to buy.

In her speech, Earps continued: “To be honest, I thought Bonmati might take it. I mean, what a player.

“There has been a lot that has happened this year. Obviously, we’ve had the World Cup. We’ve had everything that’s gone on with the goalkeeper shirts. 

“I’ve had the whole goalkeeper union behind me, it seemed like. Not even just that, just incredible support from the public and many people.

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“Last year was an incredible season for United. I think it’s been an incredible year, an incredible couple of years. I’m just trying to make the most of everything really.”

Two months after the World Cup had concluded, Nike produced the replica shirts and put them on sale. Within hours they sold out prompting Earps to thank her fans for all their support over social media.

England boss Sarina Wiegman congratulated Earps winning the award in a video, saying: “Hi Mary, here I go again. I can congratulate you again with the award for women’s world footballer of the year.

“Congratulations, but you’re not done yet. You have to keep going – get some more. Enjoy this award.”

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After a two-year absence from the sport between November 2019 and September 2021, Earps considered retiring from football. But instead she has gone on to prove herself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

She added: “I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, the sort of things I went through, but I try to use my story as a beacon of hope for people – to show that there are better days coming.

“You just have to keep going and keep fighting. That looks very different to different people – everyone has their own battles and their own stories.

“I think what is incredible is how many people have reached out to me and shared their own stories through that. It’s been really great. Long may it continue.”

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Manchester City announce new six-part documentary following historic treble win

You can follow the Blues through their journey to winning the treble

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Treble winners Manchester City have announced a new six-part documentary chronicling their three-cup victories.

City fans will be able to relive their team through their epic season of 2022/23 which saw them take home the treble, marking a historic achievement for the club.

Following the last documentary for Amazon Prime All or Nothing, the Blue’s new documentary will be called Together: Treble Winners, and will document behind the scenes footage of how events unfolded leading to City successfully achieving ‘football immortality by winning the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup’.

The Manchester City website reads: “It [The treble] was a truly historic achievement and to celebrate, our acclaimed fly-on-the-wall documentary Together is returning to provide an exclusive look behind the scenes of our Treble-winning campaign.

“The six-part docuseries, currently in production, will offer fans the complete inside story of City’s greatest-ever season, with unseen footage charting the immersive journey our players and staff experienced en route to securing football’s Holy Grail.

“This is the story of a season like no other, as City once again stunned the world with the brilliance of our football.”

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This statement might not go down so well with United fans who won the treble back in 1998/99 and may argue that theirs was ‘a season like no other’.

Either way, football fans who appreciate the game generally can simply watch the docuseries and get to find out what Pep said to players in team talks and all the dressing room antics that went on between teammates and backroom staff.

As for its release date and further details we will have to be patient just a little longer as Man City have only announced the new in-house production by City Studios will be ‘coming soon’, and that it is currently still in the production process.

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What will the club have in-store for next season, which starts tomorrow, Friday August 11th?

Perhaps the ambitious bunch will take home all four trophies and win a quadruple? It’s a crazy thought but perhaps the Blues might be the ones to do it. 

Let’s see how this season plays out…

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Man United lose 3-1 to Wrexham during preseason tour in America

United’s pre-season friendly ended in defeat to Wrexham with their captain sent off

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Manchester United lost 3-1 to Wrexham, in a game which saw striker Paul Mullin taken to hospital after a nasty clash with United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop.

In a friendly in San Diego, Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham bounced back from the worrying injury blow securing their victory with headers from Elliot Lee, Aaron Hayden and Sam Dalby.

Manager Phil Parkinson later revealed Mullin suffered a punctured lung as their star player received oxygen before being forced off.

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Just before the break the Red Devils pulled it back with Marc Jurado scoring to close the gap to 2-1, leaving United on the heels of the Welsh side.

Then just two minutes into the second half, United captain Dan Gore was shown a straight red card for a studs-up challenge leaving them with 10 men.

It seemed a fair decision at first look, but replays suggested the straight dismissal was harsh, and Gore appeared devastated as he left the pitch.

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Any glimmer of hope that the Red Devils could get back into the game was looking dim following the sending off, and Wrexham made the most of their one man advantage.

Substitute Sam Dalby wrapped up the victory for Wrexham, as they secured their first ever Snapdragon Cup.

Meanwhile, it turned out to be a disappointing night for United’s youngsters, missing their opportunity to impress manager Erik ten Hag.

United’s first team will be back on Wednesday night as they take on Spanish side Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly.

Rob McElhenney, who was in attendance at the Snapdragon Stadium — which saw a record capacity — couldn’t hide his delight at the win.

But like all Wrexham fans, he will be hoping Mullin’s injury is not too serious with the new season just around the corner.

 

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