Eric was interviewed in Leaders We Deserve some years ago. It was at a time when supporting City was a burden to be carried. Eric was recovering from an era of successive relegations from the Premiership and then the championship. The joy of recovery was tinged with bad memories.
Then it all changed
In the early hours of Monday morning, [14th May 2012] having joined in the first night of celebrations over City’s greatest triumph, he went to bed a contented man.
His worse nightmare
But even at the moment of City’s greatest success, his worse nightmare began. Looking gaunt, he describes his nightly torments:
“I’m back watching the QPR game. We are well in control but not winning. Then Barton gets sent off. They are down to ten men. Even we can’t lose it now. The dream’s so life-like. I’m Pozning with glee.[The Poznan: Curious City celebration, involving synchronized jumping up and down].
Then they break away and score. We are going to lose. In my dream the whole stadium is full of jeering Reds. [gleeful United fans].
Then they score again. We go behind. The Reds are cheering.
We pour back at them. Wave after wave it was. But whatever we do, the goalie pulls off miracle save after save. Now it’s extra time. Only one minute! [here as elsewhere, Eric’s dream is a distortion of reality]. The Etiad [stadium] changes colour from blue to red. The whole sky goes red. The cheering and jeering is dreadful.
I wake up covered in sweat. I can’t believe it’s a dream.
Yesterday I went over to the celebrations at Albert Square. Fantastic. But after when I got home and got to bed, it was that same nightmare. Nothing changed. United win out again.”
True fans have to suffer
A truly sad tale. We send Eric our congratulations and condolences. True fans have to suffer. But not like this.