City are about to prove my prediction 100 per cent right

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At the start of the season I said Manchester City would win the Premier League.

I would be lying if I said that I had not wavered in my belief at various times over the past eight or nine months.

There was the Carlos Tevez affair, the Mario Balotelli affairs, the return of Paul Scholes across the city.

But it now appears that my first thoughts on the title race will be correct.

Sir Alex Ferguson virtually pleaded with Mark Hughes to make sure his QPR side are ready for action when they visit the Etihad Stadium next Sunday.

That would surely have been a given.

Had the game against City been at Loftus Road I might have been concerned, but Rangers’ away form is so wretched that they have no chance of denying Roberto Mancini’s team and, in any case, the Londoners may need a point to be certain of staying up, but they are safe anyway thanks to a Bolton side that is heading down.

The thing about City’s title triumph is that it is likely to be the first of many.

They say the first is the hardest and when you have waited since 1968 it must be even harder to get over the line.

Mancini deserves great credit for what he is about to achieve at a club, let’s not forget, that not that long ago played Halifax Town in an FA Cup first round tie.

Hereford United joined Halifax Town when they became the latest team to be relegated from the Football League for a second time.

And it happened despite a 3-2 win in their final game of the campaign at Edgar Street.

Hereford and the Shaymen have met a couple of times in crucial matches down the years.

Firstly back in 1993 when the Bulls finally confirmed Town’s first relegation with a 1-0 win at the Shay.

And in 2006 the Shaymen were around 12 minutes away from a return to the Football League when they were pegged back by Hereford in the Conference play off final at Leicester City.

The Bulls levelled and went on to win the game in extra time.

Strangely enough I could find no one at the Shay on Sunday who was sorry to see Hereford back down in the non League ranks again.

I would like to wish Steve Perryman a speedy recovery from the emergency heart surgery he underwent following Exeter City’s game with Sheffield United at the weekend.

The Grecians’ director of football was a familiar figure at the back of the old wooden stand at St James Park whenever Halifax visited Devon, even if he seemed a little bonkers as he urged the home fans to back the team.

Despite playing most of his football at the highest level with Tottenham and playing for his county on one occasion, he was a passionate supporter of the game lower down the pyramid.