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Blue Moon Rising, Man City Documentary, Debuts On Fox Soccer Channel

Editor’s note: Fox Soccer Channel will air the new documentary Blue Moon Rising commercial-free on Wednesday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, with an encore presentation on Friday, May 13 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. The U.S. TV debut follows a group of Manchester City fans (including former Oasis front man Noel Gallagher), players and club executives through the 2009-10 season. The following is a review of the film from Kartik Krishnaiyer.

Blue Moon Rising will make its Fox Soccer Channel/United States TV debut on May 11th. The Endemol produced film takes viewers through a season with Manchester City Football Club through the eyes of three sets of passionate fans. The film is based around the 2009/2010 Manchester City season, a year which saw the Blues ultimately fall short of their two key goals which were to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and to play in a Wembley Final.

The filmmakers were given unprecedented access to the club and its top players. The likes of Craig Bellamy, Emmanuel Adebayor and Carlos Tevez play starring roles in the film as do several City supporters and their significant others. The other main character is “Helios,” the trusty vehicle that transports the featured City supporters across the country.

The film begins with City raising the 1976 League Cup trophy, the club’s last major honor before the 2008 takeover by Abu Dhabi based investors led by Sheik Mansour. The dilapidated training facilities and club’s difficulty meeting the wage bill were evidence of a well-supported club lacking the sort investment that was needed to sustain any level of ambition.

As the film unfolds we see incredible scenes of supporters and poignant moments such as Adebayor’s celebration after scoring versus Arsenal as well as Carlos Tevez’s spat with Gary Neville during the League Cup semifinal. But perhaps the neatest moments in the film are the reconstructions of three classic city games and the fan reactions to them: the matches featured are the 1976 League Cup final (vs Newcastle), the 1981 FA Cup Final (vs Spurs) and the 1999 Second Division Playoff Final (vs Gillingham).

We also see the fan reactions to the occasional highs and many lows of supporting City in real time. The reaction to the sacking of Mark Hughes and loss to Spurs in the Champions League decider are presented in an un-sanitized fashion. Disappointment comes with supporting City and this shines through in the film.

While the film features MCFC, it could be about any English based football club and it’s most passionate supporters. For many outside of England, this film provides a window into why the culture of English football has won the hearts of so many fans abroad, even if/when the standard of play is judged to be superior in other countries or leagues. During the course of the film, whether you support City or not, you will feel the emotions of the featured fans in their daily lives, including interacting with United fans on the job during the week, and with one another at Eastlands or on the road on matchday.

The reconstructions of historic past City games are also well worth the hour and a half sacrifice to watch the film. You get a sense from lifetime club supporters of the exhilaration of Wembley finals combined with the depths of despair that has followed City before and after those matches.

Blue Moon Rising is a must watch for any fan of English football. It debuts on Fox Soccer Channel, Wednesday May 11th at 8pm ET. Fox Soccer Channel will also show Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, May 10 at 2:30pm ET, and the FA Cup Final featuring Manchester City against Stoke City on Saturday, May 14th at 10am ET.

Kartik Krishnaiyer, who has been a Manchester City supporter for years, is the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League and a longtime contributor to EPL

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  1. Danny Godfrey

    May 13, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Danny from Blue Moon Rising here,

    Thanks to all blues for the ever supportive comments.

    Cant wait to watch Norwich v’s Noriwch in the 2011-2012 season, same colours, same accents, same scrappy play… wont know who is who!

    Harry, Harold and Eric – See you at OT next season….. no i wont cos you dont go cos your club has priced you out?

  2. Amanda

    May 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Watched the doc. Not a City supporter but I thought it was super well done. Good look for those in North America that don’t understand the hardcore devotion to sport!

  3. Anabelle

    May 11, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Watched the movie and loved it. Even though I live outside the UK, have always followed City.

    And I absolutely despise United. Everything about them is revolting.

  4. St. Louis Blue

    May 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Citeh fans in St. Louis Missouri! Cheers to FSC for airing!

  5. Dakota

    May 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Ha I dunno whatcha all are talking about, but I think it looks awesome. I cannot wait to see it

  6. Mike

    May 11, 2011 at 8:21 am

    As a City fan in the US, this will be great to see on tv. We’ve been pretty lucky that between fox soccer and espn, most of City’s games have been on tv this year. It was great to see them beat MU in the FA semifinal too. The Blue Moon is Rising my friends.

  7. Ardwickian

    May 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    This is great viewing if you love the game and want a taste of the fan culture that surrounds English Football,you will enjoy it.unlike poor little eric and harold to name two who are constantly told and i beleive that laughingly they do beleive it,that they support the biggest club in the world,When the truth is their not even the biggest club in the city they play in.

    • harold

      May 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

      Strange comment. How are you measuring “biggest club”? Most supporters in the city they both play in? Most trophies? Biggest crowds? Highest average attendance? Biggest global audience?

      Enjoy your documentary this evening featuring sad and deluded “supporters” lamenting on their clubs failure to win any trophies. I’d rather watch football

  8. Evan

    May 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Can’t wait to watch this.
    Some of the arrogance from other fans on here is quite amusing.
    It baffles me how some fans can ramble on about how city is ruining football by being rich when you have clubs like united who are hundreds of millions of pounds in debt. It’s hilarious.
    City are on the rise, and a blue moon is most definitely rising.
    See you in the Champions league next year, glory hunters!

  9. Topsy

    May 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I bet they had a job editing out all the “Munich” chants.

    • Why?

      May 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      No but they did with the Viv Foe songs. Wow what is it with the bitters tonight they seem angry!

  10. bluemoon70

    May 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    You KNOW a Blue Moon IS Rising.

    And you are afriad.

    Why else the anger for just another “small club”?

    • Eric

      May 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      No anger for a small club, only laughs and giggles at those three plastic stars on their third/fourth club badge in 25 odd years, representing…nothing. At least half of the Premier League clubs are larger and completely authentic compared to City. Heck, Norwich is a bigger club than City.

      It’s not an anger issue, it’s a placement issue. While all clubs have ambition, please know your place as a club and don’t bring your fantasies into reality.

      • MCHobbit

        May 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm

        Again . . . “know your place?”

        Only in English football . . .

        Just don’t get too comfortable resting on your laurels is all I have to say.

      • MCHobbit

        May 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm

        Oh, and if that place is Champions League football, well, then City will be there next year.

        Doubters beware.

  11. Eric

    May 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Every time I saw the commercial for this on FSC, I just laughed and changed the channel. While I do think it’s great to show a fabricated/produced/directed piece of cinema to people about the ultra-City fans (of whom make about 100), it’s a similar story for all English clubs.

    City are a small-club whose owners have spent over 500 million pounds of their own money to become competitive for, so far, ONE year. Nobody is afraid of an owner’s purchasing power, it just makes you hated for the wrong reasons.

    Winning breeds hate/jealousy/apathy. Manchester will always be red…FACT.

    • Why?

      May 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      You seem very bitter toward City why is that? There is another idiot like you on this blog called Harry, he also seems to think City have little support why is this? Are you both so stupid that you don’t know that City haven’t been out of the top supported teams in the country for many (even in the lower divs) years even though they have won fxxk all for years surely this tells you something about their fans? Oh they also hold the English record for attendance. Why are you so hostile towards them? Hmmmm strange bitter little people.

    • Harry

      May 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      So you think city have a massive support do you? Explain to me then why, in a 48000 capacity stadium, this season they had numerous crowds in excess of 20000 below capacity? Even in what is, for them, a very successful season.

      Are you so stupid that you don’t realise that not so long ago they got an attendance of just over 3000 for a home game?

      Oh and the highest ever attendance at their (old) ground was set by Manchester United. Fact.

      • Falastur

        May 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm

        Uh…guess again, Harry. United’s record attendance was set at Maine Road, which I guess is depressing enough for you. However, City’s record attendance is not only higher than that, it’s the highest home attendance in the history of English football. Get your facts right.

        • Why?

          May 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

          That correct their highest was at Maine Road against Arsenal 81,962
          which was said to include 30,000+ City fans!! lol Utd’s average attendances two years before City let them use Maine Road were 1938/39- 30,369 and 1937/38- 26,633 I’m sure you will agree truly MASSIVE!

          Why is it on every City post on here one of these fake little bitters has to try to give it out? No City fans seem to do it on Utd’s posts. What wrong with them?

      • Why?

        May 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm

        The crowds they had this season in some cup games were not much different to that of Liverpool or Villa who were the other teams in the Euorpa cup even though they had more cup games to play. So what your on about God only knows? (These teams like City do not force there fans to attend!)

        Are you so stupid that you don’t know that your club has recorded crowds at league matches below a 1000!!! As low as 500!! You’re a plastic though so you probably only think football started in the 90’s. While we are on about it let have a look at one of Utd’s attendances in the UEFA cup 92/93 v Torpedo Moscow 19,998 yes that right 19,998 even though the had won the League that Season and won cups in the previous seasons!

        Utd Season ticket holders are forced to buy the Cup games so they are guaranteed 66,000 because of this but you didn’t know that did you? Why? Because your a plastic idiot! Hey here’s what happens when the greatest club in the world (lol) doesn’t force there fans to go (league cup 2011) Man Utd V Wolves 46,083 in a ground that holds 76,000 + how can this be they’re massive!
        Funny what happens when you don’t blackmail your support into going isn’t it.

        Now for your total lie at the end or fact as you put it. The highest ever Club football attendance in England was 84,569 at Man City V Stoke in an FA cup match. The Highest at Old Trafford is 76,962 but not by Manchester United LOL it was a game between Wolves and Grimsby Hilarious! The truth is Utd never filled there ground before the 90’s unless it’s capacity was reduce massively because of re-building and I’m not sure they even did it then, it’s amazing what wining a few thing win do to attract plastics like you Harry isn’t it! These are real FACTS!
        Now go and scuttle off to that bitter little hole you crawled out of and post comments on your own adopted glory hunting team you bitter little rag LOL.

        Quick question for you one of these clubs couldn’t sell all their season tickets: Man Utd or Man City? LOL.

      • Why?

        May 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm

        By the way I don’t think City have massive support I know it. They Have not been outside the top 6 in the last eight years and out of that eight only 3 times outside the top four and they haven’t won any thing for 34 seasons!!

  12. Juan

    May 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Looks alot like Blue Revolution. Man city just keeps copying and copying chelsea

    • bluemoon70

      May 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      I suppose we should copy Wigan?

  13. Harry

    May 10, 2011 at 10:59 am

    This sounds like just the sort of documentary that will reveal to all who don’t know just who are the laughing stock of English football, and that club is Manchester City FC, the small-time club that is trying to match it’s massively bigger cross city rivals but will ultimately always fail because they don’t have the local fan base, the business acumen or the global attraction of Manchester United FC.

    A good cure for all you insomniacs out there if nothing else.

    • MCHobbit

      May 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Yes, how DARE anyone outside of the big 4 spend money.

      How DARE anyone outside fo thg big 4 apsire to win silverare on a regular basis.

      How DARE the OTHER team from Manchester hope for anything but the castoff scraps from the feast-for-one at Old Trafford.

      I’m really at a loss for the arrogance in the big 4 in English football. I cannot wait until someone – quite possibly City – turns the tables.

      • MCHobbit

        May 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

        And I can’t seem to spell worth anything today – I blame . . . me I guess, lol.

      • Harry

        May 11, 2011 at 6:44 am

        It’s not arrogance it’s FACTS.

        I welcome City spending money, I welcome City breaking the monopoly of the so-called Big 4 (who would you say they are by the way and how do you judge?) as it can only be healthy for English football as a whole but the fact remains that they will never be the worldwide phenomenon that is MUFC.

        Not arrogant – just better 🙂

    • city

      May 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      obsessed simple as …tick tock

  14. harold

    May 10, 2011 at 10:49 am

    It sounds terrible! A documentary following fans of a team that haven’t won anything in forever – who is really interested in this?

    Will they have an open top bus parade for finishing in 4th place this season?

    • Tuttle

      May 10, 2011 at 11:44 am

      As opposed to the nail biting excitement a documentary following some wealthy Man U band-wagoners desperately seeking their 12th title in 25 years would deliver?

      Will they finish first or second this year!?!? Will Biff Buckingdale get the sushi or the foi gras at halftime!?!? Will the rich gits in the box seats EVER cheer!?!?

      Riveting stuff that’d be.

      • harold

        May 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm

        Will Citeh’s ground ever be full? Will they keep a manager for longer than a season?

        You are right that predictable success is just as dull as predictable failure, my point is that with all the football being played why not show some games rather than fan documentaries? Couldn’t FSC show the playoffs? If Sky have the rights it shouldn’t take much for FSC to acquire them with them being the same entity and though the standard of lower league football isn’t as good as the Prem it has to be more interesting than watching siddy fans for 90 minutes uninterrupted by commercials!

        • Tuttle

          May 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm

          Games rather than documentaries; That I couldn’t agree with more.

  15. Chris

    May 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Looking forward to watching this and I am not even a city supporter. Hopefully this opens up doors for other great programs too be shown on FSC.

  16. Corey

    May 10, 2011 at 9:07 am

    this is effing awesome. i am so excited about this. SO EXCITED.

  17. Why?

    May 10, 2011 at 7:31 am

    ‘a year which saw the Blues ultimately fall short of their two key goals which were to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and to play in a Wembley Final.

    These were this years goals, last years were to finish in the top six:

    Here it is confirmed that in three years they want to make City a top four club, Job nearly done and right on target!

    Here it is confirmed that last years target was a top six finish and not as a lot of media reports wrongly said top fourth, and no nothing was changed later Mark Hughes simply did not look like doing this as he had many draws leading up to his sacking the target was a reasonable target that he never really looked like comfortably getting as they wanted.
    No doubt next year will be to challenge for the title not to win it but have a good go. I’m sure media sources will say the target is to win it as they have done similar every year up to now. I only take in what the City owners say as they are the only people setting these targets, not the media.

    By the way this is a great film if you want to get a feel of what it is like to be a Premier league football fan not just a City fan it is really well done, they do the tension really well. Great direction for a docu-film.

    • BBC

      May 10, 2011 at 9:48 am

      It’s just a better story for the people who think that you can’t win anything with just money if you pretend that they’re not meeting their targets. It’s revisionist journalism

  18. bluemoon70

    May 10, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I can’t wait. I’ve wanted to see this film since it was released but couldn’t find it here in the U.S. Good timing by FSC to play it right before the FA cup final on Saturday.

    • Sean

      May 10, 2011 at 10:10 am

      You could have just downloaded it off the internet…

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