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Post by Swanhends Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:02 pm

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When the roof collapsed at Ardwick Boxing Club it looked like a knockout blow had landed on the historic stable.

But thanks to the generosity of kind-hearted bosses at Manchester City, the 114-year-old institution is about to drag itself from the canvas and roar back into life.

Coach Ian Harrison had feared the worst when lead thieves prompted the collapse at their already-dilapidated gym on Palmerston Street.

It had only just been given the green light to reopen after flooding wreaked havoc last winter.

With no money to pay for a new home he was faced with delivering the heartbreaking news to 20 young fighters that they would have to find somewhere else to train.

But City chiefs heard of the club's plight and leapt into action - finding them a new home at a former church on Bosworth Street in the shadows of their own stadium.

And their generosity did not end there. They made the boxing club the first winners of the new Connell Awards, named after the family that founded City and aimed at helping sports clubs in east Manchester, and handed them a cheque for new gear.

Blues staff were also drafted in to spend a day working at the new site and club sponsors were called upon to donate equipment.

As though that was not enough 52-year-old Ian, and ardent United fan, says Blues officials have promised they can move to the club's new planned world-leading training facility when it opens.

He said: "In June the roof fell in and hurt one of the cleaners and they closed the place down.

"I was ferrying the lads to a friend's gym in Droylsden but it wasn't looking good.

"Then City stepped in and they have helped us no end. They gave us the first Connell Award, found this place and brought in staff, painters and builders to help.

"We've got Buckinghams contractors putting some showers in at the moment and we hope to be open before the end of the month. We are hoping to hold an open day in December and get Amir Khan and Ricky Hatton here.

"Already we have been inundated with calls from kids asking us when we are opening.

"We are going to be here rent free for the next three years and then City have said we can move to their new training complex.

"They have been brilliant."

Despite a big helping hand from the Blues Ian says he is not changing his football allegiances.

He joked: "When I went down to pick up the award I met Noel Gallagher and Patrick Vieira and they were calling me a dirty Red. But I'm not changing – especially after what happened in the derby."

Greatest club of all times??? :dance:
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:07 pm

City are just like Rich, Handsome and Talented people ( funnily enough they are all those things)

They are misunderstood.......

All they are doing are trying the help the world by making football interesting and stop Barca winning everything every year.

I commend them :coffee:
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Post by Guest Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:21 pm

City are Ashton Cutcher of football

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Post by Vibe Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:21 pm

Buying sympathy...
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Post by Swanhends Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:55 pm

City are the hero Manchester deserves, but not the one it needs right now...and so they'll hunt him, because they can take it. Because they're not a hero. They're a silent guardian, a watchful protector...a dark knight.
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Post by The Messiah Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:58 pm

Bayern Munich also saved 1860 Munich one of their rivals from going into liquidation.

Just saying.

I totally respect City, they have something to show for their big spending, unlike some football club that I know...lolz
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Post by FennecFox7 Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:30 am

Idrisozet wrote:Bayern Munich also saved 1860 Munich one of their rivals from going into liquidation.

Just saying.

I totally respect City, they have something to show for their big spending, unlike some football club that I know...lolz
http://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/real-madrid-play-charity-game-lorca-victims-1634701
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Post by Rossoneri Ninja Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:13 am

bhends wrote:City are the hero Manchester deserves, but not the one it needs right now...and so they'll hunt him, because they can take it. Because they're not a hero. They're a silent guardian, a watchful protector...a dark knight.

I lol'd :lol!:
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Post by kiranr Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:17 am

bhends wrote:City are the hero Manchester deserves, but not the one it needs right now...and so they'll hunt him, because they can take it. Because they're not a hero. They're a silent guardian, a watchful protector...a dark knight.

I suppose that makes United Two-Face. Fitting.
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Post by Zealous Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:29 am

I can honestly say that City feel more like a football club here. United give off the vide of an attraction for tourists.

Besides United's stadium is in Salford so technically there is only one club in Manchester banana
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Post by Lex Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:48 am

This is the bit where everyone starts positing links to charitable acts their clubs have done in the past

Don't fight it, just do it
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Post by chemicalboy99 Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:22 pm

VibeTribe wrote:Buying sympathy...



Making a difference...
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Post by SoloInter Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:11 pm

i ve always been a Serie A fan and i never got so attracted to the primer league like am now; all thanks to Man city sexy football.
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Post by che Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:12 pm

public relations 101:

if everyone in a country hates you, you have to do charity to look respectable and caring
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Post by Mamad Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:16 pm

Mes que un club :coffee:
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Post by BarrileteCosmico Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:27 pm

Mamad wrote:Mes que un club :coffee:

Damn, you stole my line, I was about to do the same Razz
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Post by RED Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:00 pm

Zealous wrote:I can honestly say that City feel more like a football club here. United give off the vide of an attraction for tourists.

Besides United's stadium is in Salford so technically there is only one club in Manchester banana

United put Manchester on the map and made the city famous around the world. Go to anywhere in the world and say your from manchester, they will immediately say aaah "manchester United". So in a sense, United has done more for the city of Manchester than City will ever do in terms of tourism, charity, global appeal etc.

United are the pride of Manchester.
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Post by LeVersacci Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:06 pm

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