Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Massive Sydney Blues Weekend Part I: Blackburn v Manchester City

Manchester City started the season with a 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers, courtesy of goals to Emmanuel Adebayor and Stephen Ireland. Well that's the match report out of the way, now let's talk about our night!

Firstly, the attendance was fantastic. It seems every time we see at least one new face, and that's the way we have to grow. So to those to made their debut — I've already forgotten your names because I was kinda drunk — but thank you for coming nonetheless and hope to see you again soon.

Early on in the night we presented Gerard from Cheers with his shirt. He was so impressed by our gesture that he presented us $50 worth of beer vouchers in return, so many thanks to him for that. Assisted by the extra beverages, the night didn't wind up until well into the morning, as a few stayed back to take great pleasure in Arsenal tearing Everton a new one.

For those that missed it, the certificate said the following:
The Sydney Blues branch of the MCFC Supporters Club would like to present this 2009-10 City home shirt to Cheers Bar, as a small token of our appreciation.

The live screening of matches is an integral part of the Sydney Blues setup, and is only made possible thanks to the assistance of Cheers. So we would like to personally thank the management, bar staff, and security personnel for making us feel welcome each week and for tolerating our (occasional) rowdy behaviour.

We look forward to many more nights out at Cheers Bar this season and in the following years.

Here's a couple of the photos from the night — the rest can be found on Facebook.

The Burnley fan club (the Sydney Clarets?) make an appearance.

Gerard receives his shirt and nicely presented certificate of appreciation.

Pre-game schooners upstairs.

...and post game. A few people on struggle-street.

However, this was only half-time as far as the weekend was concerned. The boys had to back up the next morning for the Supporters Club Six-a-side Tournament... unfortunately, I missed out, but Brendo was there to comment on the day.

Thanks to everyone who made the trek to Cheers, and hopefully we can welcome even more new faces next match.

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