Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tuesday :

Bayern tomorrow, here's the It's A Fix extract from KK217 :


4A) WEDNESDEAY SEPTMBER17TH CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP MATCH ONE : BAYERN MUNICH (AWAY) KO 7.45PM

Bayern, The FCB, The Bavarians, The Reds, or FC Hollywood are also a sports club, and the most successful football team in Germany.
The club was founded  by members of a gymnastics club and eleven footballers in 1900. They played in the regional leagues but the advent of Nazism put an abrupt end to their development. The president and the coach, were both Jewish and left the country. Many others in the club were also purged, and Bayern were taunted as the “Jew’s club”.
Post war they struggled and were saved from bankruptcy at the end of the 50’s by manufacturer Roland Endler when it was OK to have a rich benefactor.
In 1963 the Bundesliga was formed and Bayern were
promoted two years later with the likes of Beckenbauer, Muller and Maier, and success continued throughout the decades to the present.

They moved to the Allianz Arena, located on the northern outskirts of the city in 2005, and the ground is shared with Munich 1860. European capacity 71,137, with 3,000 for City
Bayern Munich is run by a joint stock company  but has many sponsors including Adidas and Audi who respectively paid approximately £150M towards the Allianz Arena, not yet investigated by FFP of course!

Prior to the recent games the teams met just the once previously, in a friendly in Munich in 1953/54 which resulted in a 3-3 draw. 

The teams first met competitively in the group stage of the Champions League in September 2011
We lost 2-0 in the Allianz Arena, on a night best  remembered for the Tevez incident, and the two penalties we were denied.
We beat a weakened Bayern team 2-0 in the return.

Last season we lost 3-1 (Negredo) at home (45,021 with 2,529 Munichs) but won 3-2 (Silva, Kolarov & Milner) in Munich in a game where another goal would have seen us top the group. Crowd was 68,000 with 3,414 Blues.
The teams must be sick of the sight of each other by now and we even played them in a friendly last season losing 2-1 in the Allianz.

Last season they won the title at a canter with 7 games left and also won the Cup, but went out 5-0 on aggregate to Real Madrid in the Chimps league.
This season after 3 games they’re in 2nd place with 7 points from 2 wins and a draw, Bayer are top with 7 points also.

Comment : We know all about Bayern Munich by now and they will be formidable opponents                                               
, but we’ve shown we can match them though that was mainly in ‘dead rubber games’ They continue to poach the best of German footballers from other clubs and have added Lewandowski and Pepe Reina to their already formidable squad of Neuer, Robben, Muller, Ribery, Gotze, Lahna, Schweinsteiger etc but they do have Jerome Boateng!
News is that Rubery is out and Robben could be out. Jovetic and Fernando are out for us plus Zab is suspended.
 A draw at least would be nice.

Todays Lpool/manumirror has an anti City article by Dave Kydd – more on that tomorrow.
Dave


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Monday night

Monday night
Had a blinkin hypo in the middle of Thursday night, then had to go to the docs on Friday morning at her previous
request and she asked me the same questions as the week before, finishing with “How’s your memory”  - which I found to be a bit ironic!
So it was a tiring drive down to London but arrived at teatime.
Wanted a lie in on the Saturday morning but having offered it to Ged, the Blue Vic and Sean who all declined did an interview with Talksport at 7.15am. Would’ve predicted a ‘Desmond’ but forgot!
Drove to Cockfosters but the car park was full so stuck it in a church yard and hoped for the best. Tube to Arsenal, sold a few KK217’s and chatted to fellow Blues. Entered the Emirates just as the booing started for the BT Sports team including daft sod Ian Wright who thought it was amusing to point out Paul Scholes who was called a wanker by City fans but no missiles were thrown at him as he exited the tunnel below us. Shaky start but soon we went a goal up. Clattenburke blew for City fouls but not Arsenals and of course delighted in booking our players, but not theirs.
Second half they equalised, could ‘ve been a foul on Serge, then they went 2-1 up after a blatant push by Welbeck on Vinny in the box, how the Clitt missed that I don’t know, but then……..remember Skrtel at Liverpool last season?
We showed real character then, equalising, then hitting the post twice plus having a goal disallowed before full time.
Fans ‘mingled’ after the game without any bother, we caught the tube back to Cockfosters, chatted to Rochdale’s finest, Tony Dempsey at the station, and his mates, car still there, and had a steady drive home.
Chelsea won again with a Costa hat-trick though surely he should have been sent off before his first for flooring that Swansea player?
Rags beat a poor QPR team with their newly acquired mercenaries/galacticos.
So a decent start to the week for us, despite the MUEN not printing my Art Garfunkel letter in the  postbag! Leslie Holt it’s all yours!!

Dave

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Thursday

Thursday night
Picked up KK217 from the printers today and delivered to Aleef on the High Street and on the corner of Cross Street and Market Street plus the National Football museum.
All sold out of KK216 apart from 2 at the High Street shop because they forgot to put them on the shelf again, and had them under the counter! Can’t get the staff eh!
So, off to Londinium tomorrow, in order to make sure we make the kick off on Saturday. Daughter house sitting and making use of our telly on Saturday to watch the match.
Will be getting the subs sorted out on Sunday then. Here’s the Arse preview from Kk217 :

4) SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH ARSENAL (AWAY) KO 12.45PM

Ever present in the top division since 1919 when they cheated their way up from division 2 finishing 5th.
Last pot FA Cup 2014, Recent connections Gael Clichy,   Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna. There’s been 172nd league meetings, so this is the 173rd.

Some celeb fans: Bradley Walsh,  Piers twat Morgan, Johnny Rotten, Ray Davies, Roger Daltry, Colin Firth, Tony Hadley, Alan Davies, Joe Swift, Alistair McGowan, Jack Whitehall, KK subscribers Rog and Mo Hewlett

This season so far : In the Community Shield it was that woeful 3-0 defeat. Their goals came from Cazoria (21), Ramsey (42), and a pearler from Giroud (60) as we held our heads in our hands and waited for the avalanche which fortunately never came!
Crowd was 71, 523.
They’re in 7th place with 5 points after 3 games with 1 win 0 draws and 0 losses at home.
They’ve beaten Palace 2-1 at home, drawn 2-2 at Everton and 1-1 at Leicester…….
In the Champs league qualifier they’ve scraped through 1-0 on aggregate against Besiktas. In the group stage they’ve drawn Borussia Dortmund, Anderlecht, and Galataseray.
In the Capital One Cup they’ve drawn feeder club Saints at home.

Last season : At The Etihad in December it was that fantastic 6-3 City win. Aguero opened (14), Walcott equalised (31), then Negredo (39) and Fernandinho (50) made it 3-1. Walcott made it 3-2 (63) but Silva (66) then Fernandinho (88) made it 5-2. Mertesacker (90+3) made it 5-3 but Toure (90 +5) finished em off with a penalty and Wenger thought we were lucky!
Crowd was 47,229 with 2820 Arses:

At The Emirates in March it was a 1-1 draw, City went ahead after dominating through Silva (18), but let Arsenal back in it through Flamini (53)  and we were relieved to hang on for the precious point. Crowd was 60,060 with 2,934 Blues.

Our form at Arsenal: Last season’s draw made it
for City : DWLDD plus we had a 1-0 win in the League Cup a couple of seasons ago.

Groundwise: We’ll be in the usual corner, but a decent allocation at least. Tickets are half price, thanks to our club £32/£13.62/£12

Capacity : 60,355 with 3,000 for City

Main transfers in: Sanchez  30M, Chambers £12M, Debuchy £10M, Ospina £3M, Welbeck £16M.
Outs : Vermaelen £15M, Djourou, Sagna, Fabianski, Bendtner,

Comment:  Very disappointed with Wenger’s continuous whinging about City’s finances. He’s become the most bitter, spiteful and jealous one of the lot, almost surpassing the rags. Fine when they were sticking 4 or 5 past us but not so much now we’re a threat. They are, however,  a pretty tidy team these days and Olly Giroud’s injury forced them into buying Welbeck from the rags, who should fit in well with their style of play. So they’ve gone from a team full of French players to a team bristling with mainly poached English ones. Time for Nasri to step up in a big test for us.
WWTWTWShite: Averaged 23,824 in 1985, and it was  60,013 last season.
Pubs/parking : Usual pub is The Drayton Arms. Parking is crap as they ridiculously rebuilt the ground in London.
Sat Nav : N5 1BU
C’mon City
Dave
Re FFP - better idea would be to kidnap  Platini if he comes!


Wednesday

Whilst England were beating Norway and Switzerland, and Platini was giving our UEFA fine to the rags (did they get it whilst not being in Europe?) and company, thanks to our intrepid contributors, we were able to put Kk217 together  and get it to the printers.
It should therefore be in the usual outlets by the weekend and on sale at the Arse game provided we don’t oversleep.
It’s A4, a whopping 52 pages and has a colour front cover with arch villain Platini giving City the V’s with appropriate captions.,
It includes all the regulars plus John Harding interview further to his Football Wizard book update, book reviews, City World diary, Mario, Gerrard, Ukrainian football, Prem league predictions, Transfer ins and outs, Stasteside Blues, and Arsenal arses (Wilson and Wenger)
It’s £3 and can also be bought direct from 25,Holdenbrook Close, Leigh. Lancs, WN 7 2HL for £4.20.

Anyone got any views on an FFP protest at the Roma home game?

Dave and Sue


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Spike's Bayern Trip

Bayern Munich v Man City, Munich, Wednesday 17th September

Day Trip

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Monday

Monday
Stoke, and everything looked rosy after the Liverpool win, against a Stoke side who hadn’t won here for ages hadn’t even scored a goal against us and hadn’t yet won a game.
I changed pitch to near the Mercedes garage and bumped into many old friends and ex working colleagues. Amazingly it kept fine and I felt a bit hot in my big coat. News came through that the rags had scraped  a draw at Burnley. Pretty lethargic display from our lads and for the second time in a week we conceded a goal from our corner.
“We played as though we had one eye on an important mid-week European game” I was told after the game as the rains came and I was glad of my big coat. And “The Engineer got that one wrong with his team selection”
Papers were full of how fitting the win was for Mark Hughes after his ‘brutal sacking’ by City, and how many ex united players were involved. Now I have no problem with Hughes, I supported him as City manager, but let’s face it we’ve won two Prem titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup and one Charity Shield since he left. This was also his first win against City since he left, being in charge of Fulham, QPR, and Stoke.
Funnily enough, no mention of ex City players Trippier and Mee in Burnley’s magnificent performance v the rags.
Transfer deadline’s come and gone and Micah’s off to Fiorentina, with Huws to Wigan, Guidetti to Celtic on loan, whilst Negredo’s off to Valencia. Why when united have apparently gazumped us over Falcau?
Total excitement over the money spent in this window contrasting with how we ruined the game a few years ago!
Hypocrits
KK217 deadline is also upon us and loads of stuff in already!

Dave

Friday, 29 August 2014

Friday

Friday
News is that Platini won’t challenge Blatter for the head of FIFA so he’ll retain his position. Is this the best we can do at the top level of football – a pair of complete crooked and total clowns?
Look at that Chimps league draw, compared with Chelsea who finished 3rd last season. Total farce.
Anyway tomorrow it’s Stoke at home, might try the Mercedes pitch to take the place of young Steve and Andy, please no rain for once! Here’s the it’s A fix extract from KK216, note the date correction!

1)SATURDAY AUGUST 30TH STOKE (HOME) KO 3PM
Now in their 7th Prem season. Last and only trophy the League Cup in 1972, 91st league meeting. Recent connections : Glen Whelan, Mark Hughes, Stevie Ireland

Some celeb fans : Nick Hancock, Aha, Dominic Cork, Julian Clary, Frank Bough, Slash, Jeremy Paul

This season so far : They’ve lost at home to Villa 1-0, and drawn at Hull 1-1.
In the Capital One Cup they beat pompey 3-0 at home.

Last season :They finished in 9th place with 50 points and 3 wins 5 draws and 11 losses away from home
In the Capital One Cup they lost 2-0 at home to the rags in the 5th rd.
In the FA Cup they lost 1-0 at Chelsea in the 4th rd

At The Britannia in September it was that 0-0 draw Crowd was 25,052  with 2,869 Blues.
At The Etihad in February it was a 1-0 City win, Yaya
scoring in the 70th minute. Crowd was 47,038 with 1,352 Stokies

League form at home to Stoke : They’ve had only one win in the last 11 league visits, 1-0 in 97/98, whilst City have won the other 10
For City it’s : WWWWWWWWWWL

Transfers so far: Etherington, Knightly, Agudelo have departed and Bardsley (boo), Sidwell, Biram and Teixeira have come in.

Comment : None of Mark Hughes’ teams, QPR, Fulham, Stoke have beaten us since he left, and considering our home form against them you can’t see that changing today.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 8, 288 in 85/86 and last season it was 26,137.

Dave


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Tuesday/ Wednesday

Tuesday/Wednesday
So to the night we’ve all been waiting for. It started to rain as we parked up and never stopped. All our invalids turned up so full marks to our sellers for braving the elements though sales were hit by the weather.
Don’t talk to me about ice bucket challenges – we all suffer that at virtually every game!
Interesting to view the changes to the South stand and the second tier balcony wall adverts. Most distracting and why adverts in red at kick off? No banners either now which is a shame.
A bit ironic that when I first visited Maine Road in the 50’s it was one of the few grounds that sported adverts on the stands.
Intriguing game – Jovetic brilliant, as were all our boys, but disappointing that we did one of our daft corners that led to the Liverpool breakaway then Demichelis was outmuscled by Sturridge of all people which led to their consolation goal.
Liverpool fans sang songs to the tune of Rivers of Babylon and Fields of Athenry – whatever happened to She loves you? We played Hey Jude at the end, a bit of a strange choice under the circumstances. Glad we didn’t sink to their (and Stoke’s level) and boo every touch of their players.
Did you have a pang seeing Mario with the Liverpool mafia? Me too.
Watched the game on TV when we got home and the Liverpool love in continued – totally biased by Smith and Tyler (I think) so good to give em their cum uppance.
Oh and apparently we defended our title poorly in 2012/13, finishing a lowly 2nd!
Rags have broken the bank today – someone tell me how this FFP thing is supposed to work? They lost 4-0 to MK Dons tonight. It’s the draw for the next round tomorrow night and Thursday it’s the Chimps league draw, rags aren’t in either!!!! Exciting times for us Blues
Dave



Saturday, 23 August 2014

saturday

SATURDAY
Interesting week with Dzeko, who we’d written off a year ago, but who’s bucked his ideas up and now looks good value for his new deal, and we’re getting them all sorted.

Mario to Liverpool, and wouldn’t it be orrible if he went there and did well. Not sure what his disciplinary record has been at Milan, but just like Joey Barton before him, the red mist will undoubtedly descend  again at some point.
Went down to the ground today to hopefully pick up the Manchester City, A Backpass Through History book but they didn’t stock it in the shop.
Had a wander round to try and suss out our selling points at the South stand. As I’ve said previously Andy and Steve have now retired, Peter’s not too well and neither is Tom, but hopefully they’ll both be OK for Monday night. If anyone out there fancies doing an hour before the game it will be appreciated.
Not much progress apparent on the South stand since last week so not sure how it will fill up.
Safe standing looks like a real possibility now, so maybe we won’t need to do anything with the North stand.
Malky MacKay had been bantering by text we’re informed and is in all sorts of trouble – I thought banter was a two way thing to qualify. We await further developments. Oh and van Gaalling reckoned he was the King of Manchester. Erm no, Stretford maybe but Manchester never. He did make me laugh though when he said he was a nice man.
Liverpool then, our fiercest rivals, and here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK216 -

1)MONDAY AUGUST 25TH LIVERPOOL (HOME) KO 8.00 PM
Last promotion was in 1962, since when they’ve won the lot but no title since 1990 (who’d’ve thought we’d win it twice before them?) Recent connections : Kolo Toure, Daniel Sturridge. 157th league meeting.

Some celeb fans: John Bishop, Ricky Tomlinson, Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie, Cilla Black, Samuel L Jackson, Ian Beale (Eastenders), Daniel Craig, Mike Myers,

Last season : They had the title sown up, the shirts printed, and the parade organised – flying high in April, shot down in May, but that’s life!
They finished 2nd with 84 points and 10 wins 5 draws and 4 losses away from home.
In the Capital One Cup they lost 1-0 at the Swamp to the rags in the 4th round.
In the FA Cup they lost unluckily 2-1 at Arsenal in the 5th rd.

At the Etihad in December it was a 2-1 City win. Coutinho (24) opened for the moaning scousers but Kompany (31) and the Beast (45) won it for us, as unusually we didn’t score at the North stand in the second half. Crowd was 47,351 with 2,726 red scouse.
At Anfield in April, it was that heartbreaking 3-2 loss as Liverpool took the title, prematurely, and Rodgers became manager of the year/decade..
Liverpool went 2 up through Sterling (6) and Skrtel (26), but City came back through Silva (57) and Johnson (OG 62) Coutinho (77) clinched it after a Vinny slice. Henderson was sent off near the end and the crowd
was 44,601

We also played em in a friendly in the USA in a 2-2 draw but we lost out on penalties. After which, Rodgers was named manager of the season for 2014/15
Transfers so far : Alberto, Ngoo, Sama and Suarez have gone and Lambert, Lallana, Can, Marquilla, Moreno, Origi, and Markovic, approx. £70M spent. .
This season so far : They had a narrow win over Saints, their feeder team, 2-1 at Anfield.
League form at City : In the last 8 games we’ve won 3 drawn 4 and lost just once : WDWWDLDD

Comment :. Despite the apologists (Reade, Dalglish, Dunn etc) coming out in force they finally got shut of Suarez. Plenty of new signings, but will they gel? Their despicable behaviour at last year’s game may have repercussions today, and whilst the Stevie Gerrard song will get an airing, hopefully it won’t come back to bite us in the bum!
Justice for the 96. Still.

Wwtwtwshite : Av’d 22,742 in 31/32, and last season it was 44,668.


Dave

Monday, 18 August 2014

Monday, monday

Monday
Saturday was a good start, what with all the newspaper coverage and hype over the summer about the football genius and maestro that is van Gaalling and the anticipated 5-0 thrashing of Swansea turned into a 2-1 defeat . Oops.
Arsenal scraped past Palace in the last minute so it looks like there’ll be no easy games in the Prem again this season.
Early start for Newcastle, picking up the Blue Vic and grandson Joe before shooting off over the M62, M1, and A1.
As is his want the Vic scrutinized KK216 for mistakes, and spotted the wrong date for the Stoke game (which I already knew about) reckoned I’d got the WWW etc wrong but he’d got the sequence starting at the wrong time but then shrieked with delight when he thought that TIB had got it wrong with the statement that a draw would’ve done for Liverpool v Chelsea!
I’ll have to work that one out. 1 point more would have meant that 2 points more v Palace could’ve won them the title by a point whatever we did, I think. I’ll e-mail him with the news!
Anyway, after stopping off at Durham services, and spotting a bloke looking like Charles Manson, I parked up in a multi story car park, 12th floor cos I couldn’t reverse into a spot on the ground level, and we had a coffee in the usual bar.
F*ck me if it didn’t happen again. “OK if we sit here ladies?” “Sorry, we’re saving them for someone in the queue” So we scrunched up a bit. Geordie asked us how many we were going to win by. Oooooh don’t! Drank up and left  and guess what? No queue, and therefore no-one to sit in the reserved seats! Fancy.
Walked up to the ground and there was Charles Manson, filming for Sky. Adge told us that there’d been a big smash on the A1and Blues were being held up for hours. Hope all were OK and no Blues involved. “Champions, you’re having a laugh” sang the daft Geordie boys.
Good turnout for our lads, silence for the two Geordies  killed in the MH17 plane crash impeccably observed, and a good performance from the lads even if we did ride our luck a bit.
Good run home, 2 pasties, 2 hot drinks and a bag of chips bought at Wetherby services for under a tenner, and arrived back in good time. Dropped the Vic off in Warrington, then joe as Real XS radio played, appropriately, Hey Joe by Jimi H, and I was informed that as he improvised on tracks, Jimi’s stuff is tricky to play on the guitar!
Burnley v Chelsea tonight, come on you Clarets.

Dave

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Saturday

SATURDAY
Really enjoyed City live on Thursday night. Just finished the questionnaire which omits the question : who did you attend with, and if you’re an OAP there isn’t a postcode for where you work!!
Never mind.
Strangely the L/P/manumirror has an article by Scholes having a pop at the rags. Lovely, that should endear him to united fans.
Big day today at Wallace Towers – joint birthday party for grandkids Isaac, 4, and Laura (nearly)  1. Bouncy castle in place.
Tomorrow it’s the big kick off, and we’re off to windy Newcastle. Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK216:

1)     SUNDAY AUGUST 17TH : NEWCASTLE (AWAY) KO 4PM

Fourth season back in the Prem. Last pot the 1969 Inter Cities Fairs Cup, recent connection is Shay Given, and this is the 157th league meeting.

Some celeb fans : Robson Jerome, Tony Blair, Ant and Dec, Sting, Jimmy Nail, Brian Johnson, Mark Knopfler, Paul Collingwood, Steve Harmison

Last season : They finished in 10th place with 49 points and 8 home wins 3 draws and 8 losses.

At the Etihad : It was a great 4-0 home win at the start of the season on a Monday night. Goals came from Silva (6), Aguero (22), Toure (50) Nasri (75) Crowd was 46,842 with 1,574 Geordies.
At Newcastle : It was a 2-0 City win in January. Dzeko opened (8) and Negredo (90+5)  clinched it after a very nervy performance when they had what looked like a decent goal chalked off. Crowd was 49,423 with 2,497 Blues.

In the Capital One Cup : In the 4th round they lost to us 2-0 aet. It was an incredibly boring game and the goals didn’t arrive until the 99th and 105th minute through Negredo and Dzeko. Crowd was 33, 846 with 2,507 Blues
In the FA Cup : They lost at home to Cardiff in the 3rd rd

Our League form at Newcastle : 6 wins and 1 draw in the last 7 games.
For City : WWWWDWW

Transfers so far: Newton, Gosling, Ameobi, and Richards have left and Perez, Colback, deJong, Jammaat, Riviera, Ferreyra, Barlow, Lascelles,  and Cabella have come in.

Comment: We can’t keep beating them can we? But we need to! Fans are still discontented with the Ashley and Wonga situation but at least they’ve made a few signings this summer. What will Pardew think of the fuckin old c*nt after he won two trophies last season? Humble pie young man, and no head butts please!
Last Saturday’s reserve team performance wasn’t inspiring and whilst our big guns should be back, match fitness is in question. Only a win will do.
Respect and condolencies to the friends and family of Liam Sweeney and John Alder who lost their lives in the MH17 plane crash whilst on their way to watch Newcastle in New Zealand in the summer tour. RIP.

St James Park : Capacity : 52,387 (2,500 initially for City)

Tickets : £TBC

Groundwise : No surprise, we’ll still be in the top tier of level 7 of the Sir John Hall stand high up behind the goal. No flares or smoke bombs please.
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 16,001 in 1980/81 and last season it was 50,395. Incredible.
Pubs/parking: Plenty of pubs, on street parking and local car parks
Away day zines : True Faith, Talk of the Tyne, Black and White Mad. Sadly, The Mag has gone digital.
Sat Nav : NE1 4ST



Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wednesday

Wednesday
I was made up on Monday when RealXS Radio played MyXS selection from 2pm til 3pm. They played 11 of my selections, and all were part of my karaoke repertoire as I do believe “you gotta sing the songs!”
They included (skip this bit if you like) 1) Thunderstruck (AC/DC) 2) The One I love (REM) 3) Here I Go again (Whitesnake, slow version) 4) Feel Like Makin Love (Bad Company) 5) Jump (van Halen) 6) Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd) 7) Poison (Alice Cooper) 8) Since You’ve Bin Gone (Rainbow) 9) Wind Of Change (Scorpions) 10) Don’t  Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult) 11) The Passenger (Iggy Pop)

Having put me down as being from Manchester not Leigh in my recent letter, the MEN couldn’t even get my name right in Tuesday night’s away days guide!

Last night it was the launch of Richard Edghill’s book (in conjunction with Dante Friend) at The Etihad, and also a chance to view the South Stand developments from the inside, and progress didn’t look too good to me to be honest.

We’ve signed Mangala at last for £32M – a record for a defender further to the £30M the rags paid for Ferdinand in 2002, in the days before they bought the league, supposedly! What would that fee be worth now?

Vinny was asked on Sky what he thought of the rags appointing Shrek as captain and he replied majestically “I couldn’t care less”
David Silva has signed a new 5 year deal which is great news.
Tomorrow it’s City Live at Manchester Central, which we’re all looking forward too very muchly. See you there!

Dave

Monday, 11 August 2014

Monday
Five of us set off for London on Saturday morning in good spirits.
LP/Manu mirror back page story of Rodwell telling young English players not to come to City.
Reasonable journey down arriving at Greenford at about half three.
Sue and I caught the tube to Marble Arch, and after ploughing our way through the Gaza protesters met up with friends Raymond and Chrissie at Churchills for afternoon tea, but we just missed Sunday Supplement presenter Neil Ashton!
Back at the Premier Inn we chatted to fellow Blues, including ,Steve and disabled son Luke who were making their first visit to Wembley.
I also made one of my classic faux paux – lad in a Foreigner T shirt “I went to the same concert mate and met the band backstage at The Apollo” – “I didn’t” he said it’s just a T shirt my dad gave me”!
Oops, this ranked with congratulating a lad once on holiday in a City shirt who replied “Oh I don’t support them, I just like the shirt”
Plus confronting two Goths in Argos wearing Iron Maiden T shirts and quoting the lines from 666 The Number of the Beast! They hadn’t a clue and I didn’t half feel daft. So I should know better!
Still, I did beat the grandson at Pool. Twice!!
Sunday papers featured Nasri stories which were guaranteed to get him booed by Arse fans. Wembley then and we parked up in the green car park. Weather stayed fine and we did our meeting and greeting on Wembley way whilst selling a few KK216’s, So hello again to everybody. Team selection filled me with dread. Poor turnout from City fans and an absolutely awful performance. Sort we were used to years ago but totally unacceptable these days. And we brought  Scott Sinclair on near the end to confound us even more.
Getting away from Wembley was the predictable nightmare which surely Brent council should sort out.
Otherwise it was a good trip.
Some consolation MIGHT BE that they beat us 3-1 in a pre season friendly last year too, so Vinny will have to repeat that speech at City Live on Thursday. We need to get our players back and fit for Newcastle on Sunday otherwise we’re going to have as bad a start away from home as last season and that just won’t do.
Sort it Manuel
Dave
PS Don’t forget to tune in to RealXS Radio, 106.1FM for my song selection at 2pm today!



Ged Sounds off :


Ged's view on last season and thoughts foe this season: 

Last Season: Well we won the Premier League and the League Cup, and progressed to the CL knock-out stage so we’re pretty much delighted. However some fans think we missed the chance of a domestic treble by playing a weakened side against Wigan in the FAC quarter final due to having one eye on the uphill task in the second leg against Barcelona.
Overall it was a very entertaining season with goals flying in all over the place leading to us being top scorers in the Prem, ending with 102 just one behind Chelsea’s record. A record we would surely have broken had we kept Aguero and Jovetic fit all season.
Highlights of the season (other than several high-scoring victories) were the pair of hammerings handed out to “The Chosen One” and his clowns, comfortably beating Chelsea in the cup not long after they’d won at our place in the PL and the magnificent win at Goodison which effectively wrapped up the title.

Pre-season has been the usual waste of time with a defeat and win in Scotland followed by a tournament in America. The highlight was a 5-1 victory over Milan but it’s hard to evaluate these fixtures as several first-team regulars were still on the beach due to extended World Cup duty.

Transfers haven’t been too exciting with no “marquee signings” and we didn’t lose anybody we expected to keep. Jack Rodwell’s move to Sunderland was a bit of a surprise simply because we got money for a player injured for much of the time since we signed him.
Frank Lampard has arrived on loan which is supposed to be a way to keep him fit for the MLS season, but I’m sure he’ll be asked to pull a few strings in midfield if the injury pixie strikes again.

Players to watch this season: The usual suspects I suppose; Aguero, Yaya, Silva, Kompany and Hart. They are the spine of the team and according to the statisticians we had them on the pitch together for less than 450 minutes in the league all season. The choice is predictable of course but these are all great players and therefore “ones to watch”. And I have to mention our unsung (by the media) hero Pablo Zabaletta, a man who is happy to run through brick walls for the club.
As for unknown youngsters I’ll suggest Bruno Zuculini an Argentinean midfielder and Kelechi Iheanachi a Nigerian striker, both of whom played in the American tournament. They look good prospects and while Zuculini may be in the squad Iheanachi is likely to be loaned out to gain experience assuming we can get a work permit.

Expectations for this season: Nobody really knows. We’ve strengthened the squad if not the first eleven, and most of our title-rivals have done likewise. Liverpool played fourteen fewer games last season so it will be interesting to see whether the return to Europe takes its toll. Similarly will the lack of European football (and the sacking of the Chosen One – by the club that always gives managers time) allow our ridiculous neighbours to push for a return to the top four?
Most fans I speak to see retaining the title as the prime ambition, but we know the club wants success in the CL. We think we’ll be in pot 2 and know that even if we avoid one of the big guns (we’ve face Bayern Munich twice, Real Madrid and Dortmund in our four groups to date) we’ll have to win our group to avoid a tricky tie in the last sixteen.
Pellegrini has set the bar high by winning two trophies in his first season.
Let’s hope he can win at least one other in his second.

Ged Isaacs – Contributor to King of the Kippax.