On July 1st 2006, a young English goalkeeper by the name of Joe Hart joined Manchester City. You know the rest.
He’s been a pivotal part of the club both on and off the pitch, capturing the hearts of thousands of City fans during the process. 10 years down the line and it looks like he may have played his last game for the club and could be on the verge of departure.
In typical City fashion, Joe Hart achieved a 100% successful pass rate in what is likely to be his final game.
The love felt by City fans shone through tonight as the Blues faced FC Steaua București at home, where Joe Hart pulled on the number one shirt along with the captain’s armband.
Choruses and choruses of “don’t sell Joe Hart” could be heard around the Etihad despite the numerous empty seats, however the fans in the stadium didn’t hold back in showing their feelings towards the English keeper.
Following on from that were the chants of “City’s number one” and “stand up if you love Joe Hart”, and as much as Hart tried to hide it, he couldn’t help but applaud the fans and watch in awe.
— City Watch (@City_Watch) August 24, 2016
And of course, who could forget “Joey do the Samba”? There was one last run out for the song tonight and as always, Joe Hart politely obliged with a little samba.
Some are half and half with the decision made by Pep Guardiola about Joe Hart, but no matter what side of the debate you are on there’s no denying that Hart is a man held in high regard by Manchester City fans everywhere and the day he leaves will be a sad day. The guy shows passion every time he is on the pitch and that’s what fans love, and tonight was no less than I feel he deserves.
It was a testament to his involvement in City’s recent rise that fans stayed behind after a 1-0 win to applaud and sing the England internationals name.
All that there is left to say is… thank you and we wish you all the best.