May 11, 2012
A Manchester City fan caught crying when his club appeared to have blown their Premier League title chance says he is responsible for their amazing turnaround.
John Millington, 26, made headlines across the world when TV crews filmed him in tears during the Blues’ 1-0 loss at Swansea City in March.
The defeat saw rivals United take over at the top of the table by a point – a lead they would go on to stretch to eight points.
John’s fame was such that City boss Roberto Mancini pledged his team would try to win the title ‘for that guy’.
Now a dramatic change of fortunes – with six wins in nine league games – has seen the Blues enter the final weekend of the season firm favourites to land their first title for 44 years.
John, a Royal Mail worker from Droylsden, believes the team’s stunning revival is down to the galvanising effect of his outburst.
He said: “I really think it made the difference. Mancini said they had to win it for me and I think the players realised that.
“They saw me in tears and realised what it meant to all the City fans. United’s players must have seen it too and it seems to have put the pressure on them. I like to think I started the mind games back then and it seems to have done the trick.”
John is even hoping to be asked to join City’s victory parade should they beat QPR to secure the title on Sunday.
He said: “I was talking to one of my mates about it. We were wondering if Mancini would ask me to come on the bus with them or even lift the trophy on the pitch. I’ll wait for his call! As for the United fans who gave me a load of grief – well it looks like I’ll have the last laugh.
“Although, having said that, one Red who made T-shirts with me crying on them has said I can have them for free.”
Despite most pundits predicting a league title for the Blues, old habits die hard for John – who admitted to suffering pre-match nerves ahead of the weekend. He said: “I have this horrible feeling that QPR will ruin it for us with (ex-Blues) Shaun Wright-Phillips, Nedum Onuoha and Joey Barton in the team.
"One thing is for certain – whatever happens there will be tears again.”
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