Sunday, 7 February 2016

Leicester

Leicester
News that the Chelsea Cup game is being put back to the Sunday at 4pm by the BBC. Ridiculous and the club have rightly complained, but to no avail.

Poor start to the day with Wigan’s Sam Tomkins revealing on Sky that he’s a rag. He loved Cantona kicking that Palace fan tha time. “Very rock’n’roll!” Funny how they never show the dirty, nasty, snidy foul on the Palace player which got the Frenchman sent off.
We were beaten before we started. Pellers saying that it wasn’t a title decider and if we lose there’s still a lot of games to play (or lose?)

12.45PM kick off and you know what that means? Yup - rain for the hour up to the kick off.
Usual dosy start, Yaya losing the ball which led to the foul and Huth’s goal. We then dominated, could have had a penalty, and then Pellers’ half time team talk inspired us to conceded number two as Mahrez zipped through our lunging defenders. Huth headed home number three, perched on Kolarov’s shoulders (not investigated on MOTD), and Sergio got a late consolation but if we’d shaped ourselves we could have made it a grandstand finish.
So we could’ve gone top, but are now down to 4th.
And what is Pep going to inherit?
Dave

Friday, 5 February 2016

leicester

Top of the table Leicester City are up next - an early start might catch em a bit sleepy, here's the IAF extract from KK230 -


25) SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6TH LEICESTER HOME KO 12.45PM
Turn up for the book, we usually play the rags on this day!

No History ? Formed 1884 Promoted last season in top spot. 90th league meeting. 3 times League Cup winners, 1964, 1997, 2000.Recent connection Kasper Schmeichel, Sven Goran Eriksson.

Some celeb fans - Roy Cropper, Rustie Lee, Willie Thorne, Eng. Humperdinck, Sam Bailey
Showaddywaddy,

This season so far : They’re in 1st place with 50 points from 24 games and 7 wins 4 draws and 1 loss away from home.
At the Kingpower on a late December night it was a 0-0 draw. Crowd was 32,072 with 3, 234 Blues.

In the Capital One Cup: They won 4-1 at Bury in the 3nd rd, beat West Ham 2-1 at home in the 3rd rd, but lost 5-4 on pens after 1-1 at Hull in the 4th rd.
In the FA Cup they were 2-1 ahead at Spurs in the 3rd rd. but conceded a late unlucky penalty to draw 2-2, but lost the replay.

Last season
At The Etihad on a March Wednesday night it was a 2-0 City (us) win. Silva (45) opened and Milner (88) finished em off. Crowd was 45,608 with 1,672 Foxes.

Form at home to Leicester for City: WLLLWWLD

Comment: After their 1-0 win at Spurs there wasn’t much sign of them slipping up and the 2-0 win over Liverpool confirmed it. We gave them a good game at their place and if we can repeat that, which we must, and get on the score sheet, then the 3 points in this 6 pointer should be ours, to take us top of the league.

WWTWTWShite – averaged 10,157 in 87.88 and this season it’s 31,992

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Sunderland

Sunderland
I was contacted in the morning to see if I could do a TV interview at Sunderland before kick off which I agreed to. Set off in good time in daughter Marnie’s car with the Blue Vic and stopped off at Services, partaking of a Maccies, then discovered that Ged’s crew were in KFC a few yards away, but group hugs declined.
So arrived at about half six, TV crew couldn’t make it until 7.15 which was too late so cancelled, and the wind was bitter.
First half we did OK and Sergio notched the goal nicely despite being nobbled. City fans sang Pellers’ name throughout which was touching.
Second half, oh dear. Yaya’s passing was woeful, and he became the subject of home fans jeers, it would be sad if he finishes up as a bit of a laughing stock. Joe pulled off a couple of great saves, David couldn’t get his game together, we defended well, but were na├»ve again though hung on for the draw.
How many times have we played them off the park only to lose 1-0, so nice to turn the tables.
Decent getaway, met up with Ged’s crew at Wetherby services by accident, rags coming out shouting ‘united’ at a safe distance away, no wonder everyone hates them!
Back home for a good night’s sleep.
Leicester beat Liverpool, Spurs beat Norwich, but Saints drew at the Arse.
Today’s manumirror has a big pic of Rooney with a caption of ‘Kitbag runs Man United’s on line shop’ with a brief mention of other Prem clubs including City. They don’t even try and conceal the bias.
Navas is now injured – is it one too far after Kevin being out for weeks?
BTW deadline for KK231 is next Monday Feb 8th please.

Dave  

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Pep

This is what it's like to be City
This is what it's like to be small
We've got Pep
They've got Louis van Gaal

Sadly though, I suspect there will be Pep Guardiola scarves on sale on Saturday

Cold and windy here, goodness knows what it'll be like on Wearside!

Dave

Monday, 1 February 2016

Sunderland

24) TUESDAY FEBRUARY 2nD SUNDERLAND AWAY KO 7.45 PM

No History? Formed in 1879, 6 times  First Division Champions (1892 – 1936) 2 times FA Cup winners (1937,1973) – their last pot.
128th  league meeting, recent connection : Adam Johnson, Jack Rodwell

Some celeb fans : Steve Cram, Kate Adie, Bryan Ferry, Brian Marwood, Peter O’Toole, Sugar Ray Leonard, James Bolam, Heather Mills, Tasmin Archer…

This season so far : They’re in 19th place with 21 points from 23 games and 3 wins 3 draws and 5 losses at home.
At The Etihad in December it was a 4-1 City win. Sterling (12),Toure (17), Bony (22) and de Bruyne (54) put us 4-0 up before Borini (59) netted their consolation.
Crowd was 54,523 with 1,496 Mackems.

In the Capital One Cup they beat Exeter 6-3 in the 2nd rd. but lost at home to us in the 3rd rd 4-1.
We smashed in four in the first half through Aguero (9 pen), de Bruyne (25), Mannone (33 og), Sterling (36), but we couldn’t manage a clean sheet and Toivonen (83) scored a consolation for The Mackems who claimed they were better than us in the second half!!
Crowd was 21,644 with 2,217 Blues
In the FA Cup they lost 3-1 at Arsenal in the 3rd rd.

Form at the SOL last season it was a 4-1 Wednesday night City win in December. Wickham opened (19), then City popped in 4 through Aguero (21,71) Jovetic (39) and Zab (55). Crowd was 41,152 with 1,556 Blues. That killed the bogey after 4 losses, all 1-0, in a row after a draw and 4 wins.
For City WLLLLDWWWW

Comment – They look to be grinding out the odd result under Big Sam, so whilst we’ve notched up a couple of 4-1 wins over them so far this season it promises to be a tougher proposition this time. We should surely still be too good for them, if we’re not daft and 3 points should be there for the taking. And with the news of Pep coming it should be a pretty buoyant City contingent in the away end.

WTWTWShite : Avd 13,601 in 86/87, and this season it’s 42,207

Groundwise – Stadium of Light capacity 48,300, 3,000 for City.
As usual we’ll be in the top tier behind the goal.


Parking/pubs – plenty of local pubs, street parking and car parks near city centre. Not easy to get away.
Post code – SR5 1SU

Monday

Monday
Well we didn’t get Arsenal away, we got Chelsea away, and the rags didn’t get Shrewsbury at home, they got them away to make it not quite as obvious. So, if it is so obvious, how come it’s not a fix?
So Chelsea it is the worst possible draw, where you can’t park and we’re not allowed to sell zines, plus it makes it 4 aways on the trot. Brilliant.
And the breaking news is that Pep’s put two fingers up to the rags and Chelsea, and is coming to us. Fantastic news, but let’s hope it doesn’t affect the rest of our season, unless it’s in a good way.
Dave

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sunday

Sunday
Good run down to Villa, parked up in Tesco’s, had a snack, and made our way to the ground.
Plan was to leave early at 3-0 ahead I was that confident, as we were off to S Wales to have a gloat at Evertonian son-in-law.

Bitterly cold wind so we went in early, down at the front behind the goal, with the young boys taking drugs, going mad when we scored, making me spill my hot chocolate, but worth it!
Couldn’t score in 90 minutes  in the league game and one up early doors here.
Soon after it was 2-0, just caught Raheem being floored out of the corner of my eye. Stonewall? Others thought it was soft, Kelechi also fouled but no penalty this time? (not shown on MOTD)
Great save by Willy from a Villa free kick (not shown on MOTD) then Kelech notched his third, so time to exit, as we watched the 4th go in on the telly on the concourse.
Swift getaway relying on sat nav Jane to get us to the M5 south and all went well until the Hawthorns floodlights loomed and we were stuck for half an hour while the ground and car parks emptied!! Doh.
So, we now await the 5th round draw, praying for a home one to help KK sales. S’pose the rags will get Shrewsbury at home and we’ll get the Arse away!?
Strange how Pellers knew that Kelechi would come good yet hasn’t played him as much as he should and he wasn’t even included in the Chimps League squad!
Good weekend so far, apart from all the publicity for the rags who beat the mighty but shite Derby County!
Dave
PS – didn’t have the heart to gloat to son-in-law!

Friday, 29 January 2016

Shit on the Villa

It’s Villa then, here’s the IAF extract from KK230 -

23B) SATURDAY JANUARY 30TH FA CUP 4TH ROUND VILLAS AWAY KO 3PM

Comment – As expected it was Villa who won the replay with Wycombe, 2-0 (?) at Villa Park after the  1-1 draw at Wycombe with Micah scoring and angry scenes after the game from Villa fans.
Those same fans who chant “you can stick your Sheik’s money up your arse” to us. What would those fans give for an owner like Sheikh Mansour now eh?

Villa, then and we drew 0-0 at Villa Park in November, a game we should’ve won comfortably but it was Remi Garde’s first game in charge so they were inspired by new manager syndrome.
Crowd was 36,757 with 2,918 Blues.
Our form at Villa, the draw made it for City – DWLWWLDLDWWW, so pretty impressive.
Previous F A Cup meetings
1900 1st rd 1-1 away, replay 1-3 home
1910 3rd rd 3-1 away
1915 2nd rd 1-0 home
1934 semi-final at Huddersfield 6-1
1936 6th rd 2-3 away
1995 4th rd 1-0 home
2006 5th rd 1-1 away, 2-1 home
2011 5th rd 3-0 home

So in 8 meetings we’ve won through 6 times, including the last three and lost just twice.
Additionally we’ve won all 4 semi-finals at Villa Park –
1955 1-0 v Sunderland
1956 1-0 v Spurs
1969 1-0 v Everton
1981 1-0 v Ipswich
And we also beat Chelsea 3-2 in the Community Shield in 2014.
So a pretty impressive record against the Villans, and they have struggled this season but as we saw in the league game at their place, nothing can be taken for granted without us putting the effort in.

They’re currently in bottom position in the Prem with 13 points from 23 games and 1 win, 4 draws and 6 losses at home
Recent form at Villa for City is – DWLWWDLDWWW

Villa Park, capacity is 42,602 so we’re getting  around 5,000 + tickets which looks like we’ll be  taking over the North stand behind the goal, when we can sing Wemberlee lustily, cos we’re already there in the Capital One cup final.
Parking on the streets is difficult, but there’s a local supermarket if you can squeeze in for a bite to eat, and park.
Post code is B6 6HE for the ground.

Friday


Wicked night weatherwise on Wednesday. Ashton New Road was full of scousers chanting “Oh, Manchester, is full of shit” – now they’re here it is! Very arrogant and cocky.Stuff em City.

“1-0 will do us” Pellers had said – oops a goal down after a few minutes, albeit after a foul on Sergio, not given. A few scousers in our bit jumped up and gloated so were rightly kicked out.  Good response from the Blues and a Dinho goal put us level before Sergio hit the post.
We stepped it up after the break, some good substitutions, great save by Willy who didn’t let us down on the night, then Kev scored from Raheem’s cross, but was the WHOLE of the ball over the line? Doubtful. Who cares, and a decision in our favour at last.
“After all his time wasting, just watch their goalie start rushing about like an old Charlie Chaplin film”
There was only going to be one winner and Kev’s cross was headed in superbly by Sergio, who later glanced one wide. With 5 minutes added time announced Kev was fouled (not given) and went down badly. So we finished with ten men.
A word to Jesus – when we’re running the clock down, hold on to the ball in their box DON’T backheel it and put them on the attack. And to Raheem, don’t try and dribble on the wing and lose the ball when all you need to do is boot the ball upfield and chase it.
Surely our manager should be screaming at them from the touchline to do just that?
So an awesome night City, we stayed to the end and then went to the loo, so sorry to all the regulars who missed us selling at the end in our usual spots.
Youngest son posted a selfie of himself on Facebook, smirking after our third, whilst sitting next to his Everton mates Jimmy and Teesy!!!
So we’re off to Etihad South for another Wembley trip and a chance to put one over on Liverpool for a change.
Anyone remember Tim Cahill saying a few years ago that he’d rather do things the Everton way and not the City way?
Really? Really Tim? Bollocks.
KDB now out for ten weeks, so, yes, his article saying how he rarely gets injuries has backfired. So sad.

Wonder if Martinez has owt to say about that?
Dave
PS - i thought Dzeko was shit last season, BUT we do rely too much on Sergio, and having more options up front is vital.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

So the cup scheme fiasco has backfired on City (those in the cup scheme weren't offered cheap tickets) and the club are now appealing for fans to attend the game tonight.
Praps if the club started to listen to the fans (Points of Blue anyone?) this situation wouldn't have arisen.
Still, I hope as many as possible turn up to will (y) the boys to Wembley against stuffy Liverpool. "The City(Liverpool) deserves an all scouse final!!! Says Jurgen  Why??
Dave

ooops

Just realised that i missed out the Alf Grey semi of 1981, in the Everton blog, It was a 1-0 loss at home and a magnificent 1-1 draw at Anfield, when I was sat in the main stand and told to fuck off back to Manchester in no uncertain terms by those lovable scousers!
Dave

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

must be Joe

Quite fair to play Willy in the early rounds but in a big game like the League cup semi it MUST be Joe

the Willies

Costel DID get his chance and played in the final, He was a better goalie than Willy, would we really care if he left?
Dave