Formed in 1880, joined Div 2 in 1907/08. Ups and downs between 2nd and 3rd before making the 1st Div in 48/49 (3 seasons) and 58/59. After going down in 67/68 (a very good year) they came up from the 4th in 96/97 when Al Fayed took over and made it to the Prem in 2001. No honours but F A Cup finalists in 1975.
Some names/connections : George Cohen, Bobby Moore, George Best, Jimmy Hill. Johnny Haynes, Tommy Trinder, Ray Brooks, Wolfie Smith, Al Fayed, Kevin Keegan, Rodney Marsh, Kit Symons, Chris Coleman, Gordon Davies, Andy Cole, Michael Brown
Roy Hodgson’s squad includes : Keller (another bald American goalie), Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Murphy, Andreasen, Stalteri, Bullard, McBride, Johnson, Davies, Niemi, Leijer, Volz, Bouazza, Stefanovic, Healy, Baird, Kamara, Nevland, Seol, Bocanegra, Dempsey, Litmanen, Christanval, Omozusi, Elliott
This season so far : Down by the river on a pleasant September afternoon we played out a 3-3 draw. 1-0 down. after 13 minutes, Petrov equalising then we went 2-1 down just after half time with Mpenza equalising then Petrov scoring what should have been the winner in the 60th minute but Murphy squaring it on 75 minutes. 24,674 (2330 Blues) as we maintained second spot. Sanchez went and Roy H took over.
Currently they’re down amongst the deadmen in 19th place with 27 points from 35 games and 1 win (first in ages at Reading) 7 draws and 9 losses away from home. .
Our form at home to Fulham ; Last season we had an easy 3-1 win with 2 goals from Corradi, and 1 from Barton, with John pulling one back for them.
Their 2-1 win in 2005/06 was their only win in their last 7 visits..
P/W attendances have ranged from 12,789 (62/63) to 49,449 (46/47).
Best wins 4-0 in 46/47 and 99/2000, 5-1 in 67/68.
Worst defeats : 3-2 losses in 62/63 and 84/85.
Comment : Sadly, it looks like they’re going to take the drop, ending a 7 year stint in The Prem., which is a shame as The Cottage is a pleasant place to visit, and it’s usually an entertaining game. Hopefully The Manchester City Benevolent Society won’t kick in and we’ll take all three points to end the home season on a high and put the KOTK team in good spirit for an end of season bash.
Last week they lost at home to Liverpool and we had that great win against Portsmouth, let’s hope we get the same amount of space today.
Last home game of the season used to conclude with a traditional pitch invasion, but those days like many others seem to be over, sadly...
Stats : 8 pre-war and 37 post make it our 46rd league meeting and in Manc it’s:
Played : 22 won 14 drawn 4 lost 4
Last pot : None
Last Att : 35,776 (509 Cottagers)
Their current average home attendance : 23,385 :
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 4,057 in 90/91