Up for the Cup

Still luxuriating in the afterglow of City's emphatic win last night. I know it's far to early in the season to predict anything but if I recollect correctly, last time we were two nil up at home to Liverpool, it was them that added a third, not us. It is the beginning of a very football dominated week for Manchester

but taking a longer term-perspective, Manchester City's two home games have rather less significance than the visit of another team - inspectors from FIFA, here to scrutinise England's 2018 World Cup bid. A successful World Cup bid, and I hope it is successful, would mean a major financial committment for the Council, and Manchester's love of football alone is not enough to justify that expenditure. Munich reckon they benefitted economically to the tune of £80m from hosting group games in the 2006 World Cup. That translates to a lot of jobs and a lot of exposure. A successful England bid would see even more group games in Manchester, would further cement our world-wide reputation as one of the best cities in the world for world class sport, and would be a major economic boost. We also have a track record of delivery, not only but especially the Commonwealth Games. We promised then a world-class event and real local benefits with no increase in Council Tax or cuts in services to pay for it. We delivered on that and can promise the same if the World Cup comes to Manchester. Sporting and organisational excellence coupled with jobs for Manchester people at a cost we can afford.

There are 10 responses to “Up for the Cup”

  1. Marc Hudson Says:

    I know what the two Olympic bids and the Commonwealth Games meant to the "rebirth" of Manchester, but, to paraphrase Reverend Lovejoy's wife from the Simpsons, "won't someone think of the carbon". By 2018, even the UNFCCC will have gotten around to sorting out some international aviation emissions apportionment (i.e. there will be some sharing out between departure and destination countries of the greenhouse gas release from each and every jet). And Manchester will have to take its share of the visitors' travel emissions. And that will make hitting the 41% reduction target in the "Manchester Uncertain Future document" (the Manchester Climate Change Action Plan) even more difficult to achieve. So, should the England bid be successful, it will be very very interesting to see if Manchester City Council acknowledges this, or just says "well, the ground operations at Manchester Airport are zero carbon, so that's alright then. And we'll have hydrogen planes by 2050."

  2. Concerned Says:

    Does the Leader not know the difference between too and to?

  3. maria Says:

    It was a great win and the last time city beat Liverpool my sister was in labour! However, the city of Liverpool has faced some challenging times and still manages like mancunians to keep looking forward and continuing to believe in the city where they live. How are the local government cuts effecting the working people of this great city? Will we continue to play on the international stage as a city of urban modernity, with culture, passion and the stone roses ride out this recession. Lots of people have little time for politically active individual but a great deal of support was given to you. I hope that you will continue to believe and be committed to liberal socialism principles. Sometimes things are just right or wrong don't you think? Anyway up the blues and lets hope Man City owners will invest in this proud and angsty metropolitan city.

  4. Richard Leese Says:

    and two!

  5. Sally Says:

    While prestige events do bring some benefits in regards to the economy, the investment needed to realise these cost cannot in the present environment be justified. The expectations over the benefits of the CG in 2006 did not actually materialise and some of the benefits to places like East Manchester have been due to other factors such as Long Term regeneration plans.

  6. Mr X Says:

    The CG was in 2002 - time flies. Given that the stadiums and transport systems are already in place investment will be relatively light; certainly when matched against the benefits to the economy. Fingers crossed the bid is successful.

  7. Richard Leese Says:

    Sorry Sally but in the current economic environment we can't afford not to continue investing in the city's future and the Commonwealth Games are a good precedent because not only did they exceed expectations in every way, they were also a core part of that long-term regeneration strategy for East Manchester ( which is still only half way through ).

  8. Bill Raymond Says:

    The opium is round....
    And yes Marc, commitment to a total carbon footprint does mean the city has to take seriously the emissions from such events. Take a leaf out of Hugo Chávez's book and start thinking in terms of 'endogenous development' - i.e. developing a just, sustainable and prosperous life for all in Manchester without external investment, maximising our own incredible resources. Not easy but definitely possible and the only certain way to a future.

  9. Steve Says:

    Richard, like most City fans your optimism shines brightly; let's hope it's not misplaced when it comes to the 2018 bid. I have read people's comments about regeneration, carbon emissions and even your use of prepositions, so I thought I'd add something different. What was fantastic about Euro 1996 was the vibe it brought to the city. I was lucky enough to attend two games at Old Trafford and it was surreal and splendid that my local was rammed with Croatian supporters. Castlefield was alive during this period and Manchester's contribution to the tournament was excellent as befits Britain's premier sporting city. You can't or at least shouldnt host an event that does not benefit the wider community and the 2002 Games did this. However, we should also remember the civic pride, emotional wellbeing and downright brilliance of Manchester being at the centre of the world's sporting stage and if we are successful with the 2018 bid we will once again be in the spotlight.

  10. Pete from Manchester Says:

    Am I right in thinking the leader was born and brought up in Mansfield, Notts? I thought all City fans were died-in-the-wool Mancunians - unlike all those 'glory-seeking United fans'. What's wrong with following the stags? Or does the leader have two loves? Just one love for me - born in Manchester, live in Manchester, support United!