Monday, 25 May 2015

Monday

Monday
Spotted this in yesterday’s Observer from the fans reviews of the season in the rags entry.
Best and worst away fans : Swansea always give it their all, but there was hardly a squeak from City.
This was posted by some prick called Shaun O’Donnell. Not sure where he comes from, but he obviously doesn’t go to games.
No wonder everyone hates them.

Sunday dawned a dull day after Saturdays bright sunshine when City under 21’s beat the rags 3-1 at The Academy.
However the rain kept off so Ged’s previous comment that it wouldn’t be worth doing a final zine of the season as “it might piss down” was unfounded. However, as Steve and Pete were stopped from selling by an over efficious bitch of a steward backed up by her high viz jacketed monkeys who hadn’t been briefed properly, maybe it was the right decision after all. Sadly I didn’t have the letter with me allowing us to sell as we’ve not had a problem for the past ten years or so.
Apologies therefore to anyone who missed out buying KK224.
It was a fairly relaxing match, missed chances, and Saints caught offside more than any other team I’ve ever seen at The Etihad – and they still couldn’t score!.
Good send offs for Frank, Yaya and Jimmy Milner, and also to all our friends in East stand level two, where the toffees were flowing.
Elsewhere it was Hull who took the drop, Liverpool were hit for six, Preston were promoted and Big Sam left West Ham.

Today it’s ‘Boro v Norwich. C’mon Norwich, ‘Boro might be nearer but they’ve often been our bogey team and we usually do well v Norwich and it’s a great city.
So, time for a summertime rest, enjoy, but I’m fed up already.
Missed the last few minutes of MOTD, did Sergio’s Golden Boot and Jo’e Golden Glove get a mention?
Dave


Saturday, 23 May 2015

We're not really here anymore....

Saturday
Round and about – Hansen’s back in Holby, we just need Chantelle back next, please.
Carshare’s finished, brilliant, and thankfully no apparent romance (yet) for John and thingy. She would be a mare to live with.
Believe the under 21’s beat the rags 3-1 today. Didn’t make it meself, too far to walk from the car park at the mo.
I’m told there’s absolutely no truth in the rumours about Vinny so let’s put that one to bed as it were.

Saints tomorrow and a nostalgic last day of the season, with goodbye’s to Lamps, maybe Yaya, Milner and one or two others, plus all our friends in East stand level two – We’re are not really here anymore, as we’re mostly being moved out.
A win would finish the season off nicely but Saints will be no mugs under the top Dutch manager in the Prem., who’s done a fantastic job this season under trying circumstances. A win for them would put them in for a Europa spot possibly and we’ve seen ‘em spoil the party before on last days of the season.
Sergio ‘s almost certainly getting the Golden Boot and maybe Joe will get the Golden Glove.
Mourinho is manager of the year. Fix, further proof that football is bent, endorsing that it should’ve been Pellers last year?

38) SUNDAY MAY 24TH : SAINTS (HOME) KO 3PM

Last trophy was the FA Cup in 1976 when, as a second division club, they beat red hot favourites, the rags by 1-0. Recent connection is Matt Mills. 74th League meeting.

Some celeb fans : Craig David, David Gower, David Frost, Fiona Phillips, Holly Valance

This season so far : They’re in 7th place with 60 points from 37 games with 7 wins 2 draws and 9 losses away from home.
At St Mary’s in November it was a 3-0 City win. Goals came from Toure (51) Lampard (80) and Clichy (90). Sergio was booked by the referee for being fouled in the box, Mangala was sent off and Vinny got himself injured celebrating Gael’s goal. Crowd was 30,919 with 2,489 Blues.

In the Capital One Cup they won 2-0 at Millwall in the 2nd rd, Arsenal 2-1 in the 3rd rd, and Stoke 3-2 in the 4th rd. but lost 1-0 at Sheff Utd in the 5th rd’

In the FA Cup : they won 1-0 at Ipswich in the 3rd rd but lost 3-2 at home to Palace in the 4th rd.

Our form at home to Saints :At The Etihad last April it was a 4-1 City win. Goals came from Toure (3P), Nasri (45 +1), Dzeko (45+4), and Jovetic (81) with Lambert (37P) notching for them, but Rodriguez went off injured..
Crowd was 47,009 with 1294 Saints

That made it 4 wins on the trot for us, while Saints won the previous 3 including the miserable 1-0 last game at Maine Road in 2003.
For City : WWWWLLLWDD

Comment : In the January window in came Bertrand (£10M) Elia and Djuricic, out went Cork (£3M) Hooiveld and Boruc had a
They’ve had a good season, Koeman impressing as manager, but faltered a bit after losing to us, then picked up again and they got a tidy little win at The Swamp

WWTWTWshite : Averaged 11,612 in 1955/56
and this season it’s 30,527.

As for the rest it’s Chelsea v SLand; Arsenal v WBA; Hull v ManU; Stoke v LPool.
Sadly it looks like Hull will take the drop.

Apparently Van Gaalling was cringeworthy at the rags awards evening, but rags loved him. Sad bastards

Friday, 22 May 2015

Phil on FFP

FFP – RIP (almost)

Sunday 17th May 2015
Man U qualified for the Champions League.
Oh dear thought Man U, we need quality players to compete in this elite tournament.
Sound effects:  “Ring ring”
“Hello David Gill speaking, rising star of UEFA, chief proponent, supporter and banger of the drum for Financial Fair Play to keep Citeh & PSG from doing well in the tournament, Michel Platini’s general lackey, dogsbody, tea maker and articled grease monkey, can I help you?”
“Ah Mishter Gill itsh Louis van Snarl here, we need to buy shome playersh for dee Championsh League and thish FFP might be a bit of a problem”
Monday 18th May 2015.
UEFA announce massive relaxation of the FFP rules.
These events are entirely unrelated and totally co-incidental as UEFA is an upstanding, thoroughly transparent organisation with nothing to hide. Stop laughing at the back.
There were 10 Legal Challenges - Hanging on the (courtroom) wall. And if 1 legal challenge should actually fail, they'll be....
Back when I were a lad (first game in 1973) and all the subsequent years later reading KOTK and other (ahem) fanzines accompanied by the (often) miserable experience of watching City through thin and thin, they kept me sane. Times were tough. Apart from the odd picnic day (the 5-1, League Cup 76, promotion here & there) we witnessed more false dawns than a transvestite convention.
But this week it was announced that it looks like the yoke that is FFP hanging around our neck is about to be discarded.
It has transpired that in order to spare his humiliation le grand "branleur" of European Football Monsieur Platini (translation from the French means person {usually male} who practices self-abuse) has made a statement today regarding the relaxation of the restrictions of FFP.
As former Man United executive and then chief implementer of FFP in the Premier League; Mister David Gill has begun crying into his (lite) beer. His dream of keeping City, PSG (and others) away from the top table of European Football lie in tatters. His fiendish plan HAS just like Dick Dastardly, Muttley and the entire Vulture Squadron failed to catch the pigeon UEFA have likewise failed in their attempt to implement FFP. I think Platini plays the part of Dick and Gill must be Klunk. It looks like FFP will now fart away in the breeze as a disastrous socialist experiment designed to even out the playing fields but in practice only served to cement the position of the elite and their cosy cartel. Animal farm if you will.
I never actually thought I would be happy with European Rulings interfering on matters on our Sceptic Isle (AND I am not a fan of UKIP) but I love Europe but hate Brussels, please excuse the cliché that I have shamelessly cribbed from die hard Man U fans who love united but hate the Glazers.
But finally common sense has prevailed. FFP takes it's rightful place on death row and is now selecting its last meal. We are prepared for a litany of platitudes and excuses from Monsieur P and co. FFP is now a de-clawed and toothless tiger, devoid of any venom, it is a dead parrot, bereft of life it rests in peace, it will die and go to meet its maker, FFP is an ex policy.
If you need more merriment from this the business model for the owners of Liverpool invested so heavily in the club did so on the enforcement of FFP. This has now blown a massive hole in their whole financial model, oh please stop Mr Grimsdale my ribs are hurting.
Seriously folks; Uefa president Michel Platini has revealed that rules surrounding FFP at the top level of the game will be 'eased'. I wonder if Platini's son who now works for the Qatar owned PSG has ANY influence in this decision or in fact that Man U have qualified for next year and need to spend some wonga. I suspect it is all above aboard and absolutely no shenanigans have taken place whatsoever in this entirely open and transparent process. Again, I’ve told you before stop laughing at the back, it’s your own time you’re wasting.
Teams like Manchester City and PSG, who were each handed £49m fines, for breaching spending limits last season, will be given more leeway in future. How much leeway will be decided next month.
But the pressure created by at least ten legal challenges to the validity of the rules has clearly softened Uefa's stance, when it comes to those clubs competing in European Competitions. The choice of backing down or being humiliated in the courts is clearly too much to bear for poor old Gill & Platini.
The argument is that FFP rules favour the already rich clubs, because NEW wealthy owners are (were) denied the opportunity to pump in huge sums of money in the short term. FFP was designed to level the playing field and prevent the likes of a Leeds & Portsmouth (going into administration) re-occurring but not prevent clubs running up £800m of debt in a leveraged buy out (ahem). With Sheikh Mansour and the Qatar Royal Family involved, insolvency is the least of our worries.
UEFA have finally reached the conclusion that the rest of us realised ages ago: at best, FFP is ill conceived. At worst, it is a restraint of trade and restriction of business activity and limits the ability to transfer players between clubs which is a central tenet of European Law, freedom of movement of labour, so bollox to you Monsieur P. Hoisted by your own European mutard.
Hallehluaha. This is good news for City but also for Villa, Forest, Newcastle and orrible Leeds who now can hike up their skirt, flash a bit of inner thigh, pucker up the lips, squeeze up the threpennies and attract the attention of a sugar daddy.
No longer will the investor have to break even within 3 years of trading and suffer a penalty for trying to get a business off the ground. Moaninho will no longer be able to spout his tripe about "City should be docked points". The way the media fellate him so judiciously is frankly nauseating, almost as bad as the mawkish sentimentality given to Loserpool and Brendan "jolly" Rodger coming 2nd last year. That was my favourite City chant of the season at Anfield (when we lost) – “You nearly won the league” as we tormented the bindippers.
Maybe maybe we as City fans can begin to fall back in love CL football, we are in Pot 2 (thereby avoiding Real Madrid), we will not have any sanctions, we will still have to suffer the incompetent and barmy officials, apart from the Serbian Refs. These guys are my favourite, mostly born in Belgrade in the 70s they were given Kalishnikoffs for successive birthday presents as kids and matching balaclavas as they fought the Balkan war. As tough as ar**holes they are, unless the players leg is broken in 3 places then play continues, only once a player has lost a litre of blood is the doctor allowed on the pitch. You catch my drift about playing on and giving divers short shrift.
So as we begin making arrangements for the internment of FFP a new dawn arises for City PSG and many other clubs. I can't wait to hear David Gills eulogy and frankly his BS excuses will be cranked up to eleven. I am sure they will be as weak as a coors lite shandy.

I don't think we should stop there, we should go for the jugular and sue Platini & UEFA for loss of earnings and reputation and we should do so in a European Court oh the irony...

The ONE journalist who has been banging the drum for FFP to be sent to the guillotine is Sports Writer of the Year, Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail, tricky one this I like to read his reports but not buy the vile paper, thank goodness for the internet and you can go straight to the sports section. He wrote a staggeringly well written piece on the death of FFP and it was full of “I told you so” and there are some hilarious stories about how the Milan clubs wanted FFP as did Bayern Munich and then when the Italian league went boobs upwards and the Bundesliga continues to be a 1 horse race the 2 Milans started crying to Platini to ease FFP.

UEFA the 2nd biggest joke in the world after FIFA.

Be seeing you, au revoir..

Phil Lines


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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Thursday

Thursday
Have you seen the pic on the MUEN site of Gomis’s goal at Swansea covering up the Ed with hands on head and Mrs Ed, Steve Husbands, and Sean Riley looking a bit pissed off?

Attended the Former Players Association ‘do’ on Monday night with my bro Frank.
It was to celebrate City’s number ten’s, and guest of honour, along with Asa Hartford, Shaun Goater and Uwe Rosler was 92 year old Ivor Broadis.
Ivor was before my time but Frank thinks he saw him play for England against Scotland at Hampden Park when he was stationed up there doing his National Service in the early fifties.
Ivor was well ‘with it’ and explained that he was with bomber command in the war but never dropped a bomb on Germany, which was just as well as Uwe Rosler was sat behind him and a tricky moment  was averted. Uwe’s grandfather, incidentally, was sadly lost at Stalingrad.
Congrats  to Uwe on taking the Leeds job. I’m sure the Leeds fans will love the song about his granddad, mythical or not.
Ivor also talked about Bill Shankly who took over  as manager at Carlisle when Ivor left, and my Carlisle born and bred bro in law tells me that Ivor liked the ball at his feet, (ie he was a bit lazy) and Shanks as manager would come on the tannoy pre match and talk about the opposition players -   “their number 4 is good, wish we had him “ type of stuff. A bit of a revelation in those days.

Sunderland got a point at the Arse so we’re definitely second, so well done lads for a good end of the season when it could have all faded away.

Daft letter in the MUEN from a Gerrard O’Neill re The Etihad being a clown’s ground. I’ve responded so watch out for my letter on Friday or Saturday! Or not!

What do we read in the manumirror then? Anything positive?
No.

Apparently Marcel Desailly (whoever he is) reckons Mourinho would’ve won the title with City’s squad, yeah and Pellers would’ve won the FA Cup and European Cup with Mourinho’s squad.

Brian Reade, even more bitter about Liverpool’s further demise pooh pooh’s Bony’s non celebration of his goal at Swansea, which City fans thought was pretty classy considering the fantastic reception he got from the Jacks when he came on.
Just f*ck off.

West Brom beat Chelsea, a bit late now though, and FFP is exposed as Platini’s piss take of City. Good posts fellas.
Dave


Monday, 18 May 2015

FFP

Sunday

Sunday
Arrived in plenty of time so was able to park up at Pizza Hut and partake of an early lunch. Good turnout of Blues swelled by some Ninja Turtles! Found ourselves on row B (the front row) so had a good view of the game next to intrepid KK away day reporter Sean Riley
Rumours rife about Vinny 'playing away, at home? 2-0 up "we're not going to do our usual are we Sean?” But we did, Luckily, Fabianski who had a great game v the Arse had a stinker today and we clinched it 4-2.

Listened to radio 2 on the way home and on the 9 0 clock news it was announced that United and Arsenal had drawn 1-1 to put Arsenal within 5 points of City with  a game in hand.
They failed to advise that City had beaten Swansea 4-2 away (who both Arsenal and United had lost twice to!).

Watched MOTD 2  to see if they’d highlight any of the incidents Steve highlighted on the blog , and the commentator was determined to do City down. Guess what, they didn’t show any?
And of course the goal of the season was voted for  before Joe’s 3 world classers, even though the game kicked off at 1.30pm FFS.
Paranoid? With justification.

Just a point about our failure to win the title. Chelsea won it by only losing 2 games due to the rest of the Prem not doing the biz against them. At least we’re not boring!
Dave.



38) SUNDAY MAY 24TH : SAINTS (HOME) KO 3PM

Last trophy was the FA Cup in 1976 when, as a second division club, they beat red hot favourites, the rags by 1-0. Recent connection is Matt Mills. 74th League meeting.

Some celeb fans : Craig David, David Gower, David Frost, Fiona Phillips, Holly Valance

This season so far : They’re in 8th place with 53 points from 31 games with 5 wins 4 draws and 7 losses away from home.
At St Mary’s in November it was a 3-0 City win. Goals came from Toure (51) Lampard (80) and Clichy (90). Sergio was booked by referee * for being fouled in the box, Mangala was sent off and Vinny got himself injured celebrating Gael’s goal. Crowd was 30,919 with 2,489 Blues.


Saturday, 16 May 2015

Saturday

Saturday
Papers full of Gerrard, Bale to the rags, De Gea to Real Madrid, but for City we’re off to Swansea with Bony’s return the most interesting aspect. What will the boyos make of it, mind? Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK224 :

37) SUNDAY MAY 17TH : SWANSEA (AWAY) KO 1.30PM
The Swans are now established  in the Prem. Most famous connection is Roy Paul, apart from Scott Sinclair. Last and only Pot : Capital One Cup 2013. 28th League meeting.

Some celeb fans : Catherine Zeta Jones, Dylan Thomas, Spencer Davis.

This season so far : They’re in 8th place with 56 points from 36 games and 9 wins 4 draws and 5 losses at home.
At The Etihad in November it was a 2-1 City win. Goals came from Bony (9) – sign him up, then Jovetic (19) Toure (62), crowd was 45,448 with 1436 Jacks.

In the Capital One Cup in the 2nd rd they beat Rotherham 1-0, 3rd rd  Everton 3-0 both at home, but lost unluckily at Liverpool 2-1 in the 4th round.

In the FA Cup 3rd rd it was a 2-0 win at Tranmere, then a 3-1 loss at Blackburn in the 4th rd.

Our form at Swansea : Last season at the Liberty on New Year’s Day in the pouring rain, it was a 3-2 City win. Goals came from Fernandinho (14) Toure (58) and Kolarov (66). Pantilimon (85og) and  Antichobe (90) made us sweat at the end
Crowd was 20,498 with 1000 Blues. Having hit top spot for the first time in the season we dropped to 2nd after this game!
Last season’s win made it for City : WDLWLLLDWW

Groundwise : The Liberty Stadium : Capacity ; 20,500 (2,000 for City). We’ll be behind the goal in the usual spot.
No history : I’ve written to them to correct the programme notes – United didn’t finish as runners up to us in 1937, they were 2nd from bottom and relegated - let’s see if they’ve corrected that this time!?
Tickets : TBC
Pubs/Parking : It’s a lovely part of the country close to The Gower, so well worth a weekend (if your daughter doesn’t live in nearby Newport that is!)
Plenty of decent city centre pubs, and the ground is on a retail park so parking’s OK if you fancy a snack too.

Comment : In the January window in came Naughton (£10M), Cork (£3M), Grimes (£1.75M), and Oliveira. Out went Bony (£28M) Donnelly and Richards.
Martinez, Rodgers, Laudrup and now Monk are all carrying on with the tradition of the Swansea passing game, though it was backs to the wall at the Arse last week and the smash and grab of a late Gomis goal, and a class Fabianski performance in goal. Jonjo Shelvey, Williams and Gomis all catch the eye and City will need to be at our best to collect all three points, but I’ll be happy with one, and a goal or two from Sergio to keep up the pressure for the Golden Boot..

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 3,367 in 1991/92 and this season it’s 20,366.
There’s only one City. Us. We were City long before them.
Sat Nav : SA1 2FA
For the rest it’s : WBA v Chelsea; Manu v Arsenal; LPool v Palace; Saints v Villa.


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Goin' Down to Memphis

....or some similar headline.  I know it was probably just an oversight, but one of the tabloids didn't have a story about Depay today

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Wednesday

Not seen the papers yet but I presume  Pep’s getting merciless stick for  naive tactics  v Barcelona?
Dave


Monday, 11 May 2015

Monday

Monday
Congratulations to our youngsters for winning the Cup against Porto.

United’s replacement ref for Howard Webb, Michael Oliver, reverted to type and gifted the rags a win at Palace, giving them a penalty which wasn’t and allowed Fellain’s goal to stand despite Falcao’s push on the Palace defender. He also turned down a blatant Palace penalty. Contrast this with our non decisions at Palace. This is becoming a worrying trend which must be stopped.
Not a bleat from the press re their recent latest £25M signing, pushing their recent expenditure to well beyond the £200M mark.
Early start for the QPR game. What a performance that was, spesh from Serge and Silva, and what a win, putting us back into 2nd place for the time being. So the possible meltdown hasn’t happened and credit to the club for upping the anti after the Derby defeat.

Didn’t you just know that MOTD would concentrate on QPR’s problems rather than City’s brilliance, but I did note that the sky blue ribbons are still on the Prem trophy.
Dave
PS
Come on Swansea 


Jimmy's shits

Geoff - a bit like me in 2012 then! No, I would have loved to have sang and clapped in the second half (like Schalke home in 1970) - as John Lydon says in his autobiography - winning football trophies - the euphoria doesn't last long enough,
We would still have 'done the rags' had it been 6-0, after the 8 point comeback. But OK I accept that in the end it worked out nicely, but a hell ova risk to take.
Dave

Sunday

Bastards! Why didn't they do that 3 years ago? The words Jamie Mackie still haunt me!
Dave

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Saturday

Tomorrow it’s QPR , here’s the It’s  Fix extract from KK224 :

36) SUNDAY MAY 10tH : QPR (HOME) KO 1.30PM
Back in the Prem. Last (and only) pot League Cup in 1967. Recent connections Joey Barton, SWP, Richard Dunne, Nedum Onuoha. 46th league meeting.

Some celeb fans :Bill Bailey, Pete Doherty, Glen Matlock, Martin Clunes

This season so far they’re in 19th place with 27 points from 35 games and 2 wins 1 draw and 14 losses away from home
At Loftus Road in November it was a ‘Desmond’, 2-2 in the wind and rain. Goals came from Austin (21) 3rd time lucky after one disallowed for offside and another for Joe’s double kick. Aguero (32) levelled then Demichelis (76 OG) put them back in front, which must have given Dunney a wry smile. Sergio slotted in again  (83) but we couldn’t manage an undeserved winner.. Crowd was 18,005 with 1764 Blues.

In the FA Cup 3rd rd it was a 3-0 loss to Sheff. United

In the Capital One Cup 2nd rd it was a 1-0 loss at Burton Albion.

Form at home to QPR : At The Etihad in Sept 2012 it was a 3-1 City win, YaYa (16) opened, Zamora (59) equalised, then Edin (61) and Carlos (90+2) clinched it in front of 45,579 with 1,409 R’s.
Prior to that it was THE 3-2, making it for City 3 straight wins :WWWLWD

Comment : In the January window in came Zarate and Manning, out went Mutch (£5.75M)  and Andrade. Chris Ramsay’s taken over from ‘arry and they’ve had a few decent results. Zamora and particularly Charlie Austin will be threats but some decent home results against them means a win must be on the cards.

WWTWTWShite? Averaged 5,670 in 1964/65 and currently it’s 17,805


As for the rest it’s : Chelsea v L’Pool; Arsenal v Swansea; Palace v ManU; Leicester look like beating Saints..

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

wednesday

Wednesday
Check out the Youtube BLUE MOON RISING video which features an interview with the Ed (yknow!)

Listened to the Ian Wright radio show on the way back from Spurs – City fan rang in, tongue in cheek, saying that the way to win the league was not the Chelsea way, but the last game of the season City way! Rag, with a Brummie accent, then rang in missing the point completely and claiming that the City fan was just jealous, which demonstrates the mentality of City fans. No wonder everyone hates them!

Now then wouldn’t it be nice if Liverpool win their 3 remaining games, and rags lose theirs to keep em out of the Chimps League? Unlikely but possible – looks like rags wins v ‘Pool, Spurs and City were the unexpected rather than the norm this season as they’ve now lost all three since the derby.

Watched Juve v Real last night – it reminded me of our first leg in the League Cup semi-final v the rags that time.


Dave