MAN CITY FAN’S VIEW: He gave us our greatest memory ever … nothing in all my years supporting City has ever come close to the ecstasy of the ‘Aguero moment’
- The ‘Aguero moment’ will be the greatest memory ever of any Manchester City fan
- Going from despair to joy in a matter of minutes was like never before
- The prolific striker has been a joy to watch at the club for the past 10 years
- After his departure has been confirmed, I pray that he can win the Champions League with us
With three minutes of stoppage time to go, I had made the decision to pack my City scarf and plan my escape from the Etihad to Piccadilly station in Manchester and the train back to London before United fans had time to complete the to take to the streets to celebrate seizing the title.
Then Edin Dzeko scored to make it 2-2 against 10-player QPR, and I told myself that in the last few minutes we would probably have another goal-scoring chance to win the match – and City’s first league title since 1968. What I didn’t expected was that we would take such a chance and win a title that, just minutes earlier, we seemed destined to lose with all the inevitable jibes of ‘typical City’.
From a feeling of utter depression – let’s not forget it was just a football game – to completing euphoria in three minutes is quite a journey of emotions.
Sergio’s ‘Aguero moment’ will long be remembered as the greatest memory of Manchester City fans
I’ve been a City fan since my dad first took me to Maine Road in 1972 and never, watching several hundred of their games since then, have I ever come close to the ecstasy of watching the ‘Aguero moment ‘.
Barely a decade earlier, we were in the third tier of English football, and I was there when the not-so-powerful Wycombe Wanderers completed a historic league double on Maine Road. There were many more indignities at the hands of York City, Lincoln City and Bury before the renaissance with Sergio Aguero really kicked off on that unforgettable day in May 2012.
The irony is that he could have easily gotten a penalty after a brutal, late challenge from a QPR defender before firing Mario Ballotelli’s through ball to make Premier League history. Who knows what would have happened if punishment had been given? Not that I would have known in my seat on the other side of the floor – a chair I call my ‘Aguero chair’ because I will forever remember the moment I saw that goal go in and hurt 40 years of red did disappear on the other side of Manchester and a new era was born. I still have that seat and will be back next season, if the Covid restrictions allow.
The Argentinian scored a stoppage time winner to secure the Premier League title in 2011/12
Agüero is City’s record scorer whose brilliance for 10 seasons is a joy to watch.
There was an absolute pandemonium in the stadium after his goal entered – fans hugged complete strangers from different rows back like long-lost friends. Tears everywhere I looked.
Few people are away from the red half of Manchester and perhaps some Arsenal fans of the older generation will argue that this was the biggest moment in Premier League history in terms of drama. To do it in ‘Fergie time’ it got even sweeter.
After gazing defeat in the face, Aguero lifted fans from desperation to sheer ecstasy
With Sergio leaving at the end of the season, I dream he has made one last piece of history: playing a part in City’s winning the Champions League.
They were dreams that, along with tens of thousands of other City fans, kept me on the third level in the dark days of the 1998-1999 season.
Thanks for all the great memories, Sergio. Give us one more. You, more than all the brilliant stars of the past decade – David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, etc. – have made a once-long-suffering City supporter very happy.
It is the best of the many memories the Argentinian has given over the past 10 years