It’s a good time to be a Blue. The Premier League is rising in reputation within the US and Canada, and Manchester City are dominating the league of late. If you have all of a sudden discovered your self rooting for City, and even in the event you’ve been cheering on the Blues alone, it is best to undoubtedly take the time to fund your native Manchester City Official Supporters Club.
Every Monday we characteristic one other OSC from throughout North America. Today we spend a while with Bernadette “Berny” Gilbey, Chairman of Hollywood MCFC in Los Angeles, CA. So with out additional delay, let’s get to know Hollywood MCFC.
Bitter and Blue: How did Hollywood MCFC get its begin?
Hollywood MCFC: Summer of 2011 City got here to play in Los Angeles towards the LA Galaxy and a number of us went from by no means operating throughout one other blue on the market to all of a sudden seeing a sea of them! I chatted to a couple that had been seated subsequent to me and in line on the concession stand and located that many had been visiting from England. As the 2011/12 season began and City began selecting up momentum I used to be getting out to look at extra matches however nonetheless discovered myself being the one sky blue dot on the venue. As May thirteenth was approaching I went on to Blue Moon Forum to see if there have been another followers that couldn’t stand the concept of watching this alone. It wasn’t lengthy earlier than a plan to fulfill up at The Fox & Hounds in Studio City was shaped. There had been simply 4 of us and one QPR fan there. As the entire matches had been on we had one small TV within the nook of this little alcove that we needed to share with the Rangers followers who had been in from watching their match earlier. Things appeared so dire for a second there however everyone knows how that day ended. This bar is a shared venue with a number of different golf equipment and EVERYONE was watching our match by the tip of it. Perhaps it was the trauma bonding from the morning however that was the day our OSC began. Over the summer season we saved in contact and obtained the paperwork in to turn into an official membership. That first season it was a little bit of a battle to get folks to the early matches however it wasn’t lengthy earlier than all of the blues got here out of the woodwork. 10 years on we’re going sturdy and getting larger each season.
BnB: What is the most effective factor about being a member of your membership?
HMCFC: Watching the matches collectively and assembly folks from throughout Los Angeles. This is a tricky city to fulfill folks in and the members of our group have grown to be good pals. This city can usually make newcomers really feel disconnected and in the event you’re new on the town to have the ability to stroll in to a room filled with those who you already know you share a minimum of one factor in widespread with is a superb feeling. Everyone is welcome, LA is a scorching spot for holidays so we do get a number of touring followers as nicely.
BnB: What is your favourite reminiscence your membership has made collectively?
HMCFC: Besides 93:20 the most effective reminiscence we have now is the 2017 pleasant towards Real Madrid. It was on the Coliseum and we introduced an enormous group someplace close to 170 folks to the match. Some of our members haven’t made a visit to Manchester but and having the ability to see the crew play in Los Angeles was implausible. We had been making a lot noise the reps from City got here as much as thank us for the assist and different blues from all around the stadium had been attempting to crash our part. After the match a couple of of us had been invited to fulfill the crew as they left, it was only a nice day throughout.
BnB: Where can City followers discover you on matchday?
HMCFC: You can discover Hollywood MCFC on the Fox & Hounds in Studio City. This is a legendary soccer venue and lots of golf equipment collect there. It is close to not possible to get a bar to open for these actually early matches however the Fox & Hounds has been doing this for years. Some of our long run members have been watching there lengthy earlier than our membership got here to existence.
Thanks as soon as once more to Berny for taking the time to talk. You can comply with @HollywoodMCFC on Twitter to maintain up with all the most recent from the membership. And in the event you’re in Los Angeles on matchday, you’ll want to pop in to The Fox and Hounds.