Would you ever consider marrying an Ipswich Town supporter? Possibly, I suppose. But luckily for us, Mrs P and I are both City through and through so that issue has never concerned us.
So spare a thought for Sean and Debbie Tilsley, who live a few doors away from us in the city.
Sean is a rabid Man United supporter while Debbie follows Man City to the nth degree – and then some.
‘Matchday is bloody dreadful – we temporarily hate each other”, said Debbie. “The Saturday night ritual of Match of the Day is awful; we squabble all night after watching it. You’d have to be here now to appreciate it’.
Debbie is a Norwich girl – but she loves sitting in with the Citizens at Carrow Road whenever she can acquire a ticket. She wouldn’t join in with our lot for free – and oh boy does this lady have some cred. When it comes to Man City, she’s electric.
‘Sitting in with the Man City fans was bloody brilliant. We were singing non-stop and I learned a couple of new songs. I felt I’d live forever – and I’ve been to Wembley a couple of times as well with my dad.
‘Sure I’m a Norwich girl but my grandfather’s brother Arthur Lees played for Man City and Stockport County. It’s my heritage.
‘I’ve not been to the Etihad, but I went to Maine Road against Norwich – we won of course’.
It was the day we lost 5-1 and Mario Balotelli famously scored with his shoulder to make us look completely daft.
Very shortly afterwards Debbie, a partner at John Lewis [who don’t sell cigarettes and alcohol] held a door open for the incoming John Ruddy, saying: “Mind you don’t miss it”.
So after I laughed gently at Debbie’s black humour, we thought about a few of the Man City players and this was her verdict:
Vincent Kompany: ‘So hard to replace. He won us the title when he scored against Leicester. Probably the first one on my wonderwall. He’s founded a charity for the homeless and done so much to support it. I really rate him in every way.’
Kevin de Bruyne: Debbie and I (and even Sean) agreed he is a superb footballer. End of, really.
David Silva: ‘Ah! He was absolutely exceptional last season. Supersonic’.
Sergio Aguero: ‘He’s no hogger, he’s very reliable. He is Man City for me’. At this point Sean says something obscene, but it was quite funny.
Who has Debbie admired over the years? Shaun Wright-Phillips, Niall Quinn and Bermuda’s very own Shaun Goater.
We both agreed that having a striker known as “the goat” was in common with both our clubs in the respect of Goater and Teemu Pukki, and of course Hucks and Dave Phillips both played for an City before they tipped up on our doorstep.
So what does Debbie think of Norwich City?
‘I admire you. You’ve not sold the young ones, but your defence will let you down time and again. You make silly, costly mistakes. Strengthen that department in January and you should stay up’.
And as for Saturday’s score Debbie said: ‘5-0 Man City. Deffo’.
I’d love to think she’s wrong but… you know what I mean.
It’s Sean’s turn to help us out with an MFW preview before we play Man Utd.
As long as they haven’t torn off each other’s heads of course.
In the spirit of Debbie, Sean’s and my own love of Oasis with their Man City connection, there are five references to the band in this article.
Can you spot them all?