Alan Murray has little time for suggestions that Sunday’s Captial One Cup victory lacks status for the Manchester City faithful.
Alan was one of six members of the English club’s supporters’ branch based in Portadown who made the weekend trip to Wembley Stadium.
He considers the celebrations alongside anything in recent seasons since City’s transformation into a financial superpower.
Goals by Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas helped City turn the tables on a 1-0 deficit and secure a first trophy of the season.
“I went over with Jim Dunlop, Gary Winter, Ryan Winter, Ashley Rutherford and David Rutherford from the Portadown branch,” said Alan.
“Most of us can remember the ups and downs over the past decades supporting City so no-one was taking anything for granted on Sunday or looking down on the cup.
“Every trophy counts and in football you never know what will happen or when something will change.
“Over the past few seasons we have had members watch City win different cups and, of course, the league but this club can put you through hell so you learn to value the good times.
“I remember going over years back and following the team down the divisions facing times like watching three scoreless draws inside a week.
“Now success has maybe attracted a new kind of fan impatient if we do not go out and score in the first few minutes but most still remember the rough times.
“True fans of all ages are grateful for any success and you take what you can when you can.
“Since the money has allowed us to attract so many world-class players the football has been unreal and we have had tears of joy at days like the league title.
“We may not have played that well against Sunderland but it says a lot about the mentality of the squad and the individual ability that we got over the line.
“Our seats were right behind the net for every goal but at the time you couldn’t appreciate how special the strike was by Yaya to get us back into it from 1-0 down.
“Samir’s looked great live and to score twice inside a minute or so just completely altered the match.
“Credit to Sunderland and we stayed behind to applaud the club and fans as it was a brilliant atmosphere over the whole weekend.
“The fans, the drama and the highs and lows are what football is all about for me.”
Members of the Portadown club based at Chambers Park have travelled around Europe as well as England cheering on City, with newcomers always welcome to attend a meeting.
“We had guys over in Germany when City beat Bayern Munich 3-2 and that was an amazing ground and brilliant performance,” said Alan. “Three are heading out to Barcelona for the away leg of the Champions’ League match and we have a good reputation within the Manchester City Supporters’ Club family for acting in the correct manner.
“We welcome new members to our meetings on the first Monday of every month from 8 o’clock or for further information contact me on 07732011664 or visit our website.”