King of the Kippax was the nickname given to Colin Bell, so named for his peerless displays of stamina, skill and selflessness in the great City side that eventually won the title at St James's Park one unforgettable afternoon in 1968. Until last season, nobody in the famous sky blue of City had emulated that feat. Now the deed has been done; thanks partly to a heroic win in Newcastle last May, the mantle of champions sits snug on the broad shoulders of the young men in blue. However, up to now, it has also sat heavily on those young shoulders in 2012.
It is a big deal. A very big deal. For opponents, for the press, for the
supporters. Everyone likes to take it out on the best team in the land.
The Kippax may have disappeared, buckled under the wrecking balls
and dynamite sticks, but St James's Park remains a bastion of proper
football support and so too do midfielders in sky blue, who do the good
name of Colin Bell and his lofty team-mates justice in this age of easy
fame and flexible morals.
On Saturday, one in particular really excelled himself.
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