Friday, 28 March 2008

It's A Fix

Birmingham were formed as Small Heath (nicknamed first as The Heathens), in 1875 and joined Div 2 in 1892/3. Ups and throughout including a stint in the 3rd. Finally made it back to the Prem.
F.A. Cup runners up in 1931 and 1956 (to us, yesss!!!), European Fairs Cup runners up in 1960 and ’61. League Cup winners in ’63, runners up in 2001.
Some names/connections : Small Heath, Blues, Zulus, David Sullivan, David Gold, Karen Brady, Jasper Carrott
Nigel Gleghorn, Alex (The King) Harley, Ray Ranson, Roy Warhurst, Trevor Francis, Ron Saunders, John Bond, Steve Fleet, Tony Coton, Mark Ward, Paul Moulden, Tony Towers, David Seaman ….

Ali McCleish’s squad includes : Maik Taylor, Ridgewell, Jaidi, Kelly, Johnson, Muamba, Murphy, Larsson, Forssell, McFadden, De Ridder, Doyle, Zirate, Queudrua, Nafti, Schmitz, O’Connor, Jerome, McSheffrey, Parnaby, Kingson, Kapo, Martin Taylor

This season so far : At COMS in October we scraped a 1-0 win, Elano scoring in the 37th minute in front of 45,688 including 2,513 Zulus in their 25th re-union of old gits who could still ‘do it’
Since then they ‘ve replaced manager Steve Bruce with Ali McCleish and currently they’re in 17th position with 27 points from 31 games and 4 wins (including a 4-1 thumping of Spurs) 6 draws and 5 defeats at home.

Our form at St. Andrews : Last meeting was in season 05/06 in August when we won 2-1 after going a goal down to Nicky Dirtybutt with Barton and Cole doing it for us. We used to struggle down there but since 1986 in the 10 meetings we’ve won 6 and lost 4.
Best win 5-1 win in ’32, 4-1 win in ’78, 3-0 in ’88. 1-0 win in FAC 6 ’55 and 58,000…
Worst defeat : Losing 5-0 FAC5 1947, 6-0 LC5 ’63, 6-1in ’59, 4-1 72/73, 4-0 ‘74/75. Not winning from 46/47 to 77/78, 18 games! – and then winning 2 on the trot.
Post war attendances : – 58,000 in F.A.Cup 6 in 1955, lowest :8,014 in ’88.
Other moments: Obviously the ’56 FA Cup final and the 3-1 win, Johnstone, Dyson, Hayes and Bert’s broken neck!

Groundwise: No changes since our last visit, tho’ they want to up the capacity to 50,000 – stop sniggering!. We’ll be in the right half of the latest stand they’ve built, behind the goal at the railway end, where it rains in through the gap. They’ll be singing ‘Keep right on..’, just like Dave Ewing did to them at Wembley in ’56, but we can also outdo ‘em with ‘Blue Moon’ Keep your wits about you too.

Comment : Another team battling against the drop, will we have the heart for it ? We have a good record v Brum recently so at least that favours well
STATS: 58 pre-war and 71 post-war make it our 130th league meeting, and down there, post-war, it’s:-
Played: 35 – Won 8 Drawn 7 and lost 20.
Last Att: 23,366 (1622 City – price war, and £36 today don’t look good)
Their current av home att : 26, 215
Where were they when they were shite? – Av 7,030 in 90/91!
Away Day Zines: Wake Up Blue, Blue News, The Penguin , The Small Heathen, The Zulu,.

Steve P’s Route: By car from North – exit M6 at J6 (Spaghetti junction, s/p A38(M) Birmingham E and central, A38 B’ham NE, Lichfield). When road divides keep right (s/p B’ham east and
central) onto the Aston Expressway (s/p Convention Centre, Nat Indoor Arena Ring Road). After 1.1 miles exit expressway. At r/about turn left (s/p ring road east, Solihull A41, Coventry A45) onto the Dartmouth Middleway. After 0.5 miles, at Ashted r/about, go straight on (s/p Ring Road, Solihull A41) into Lawley Middleway . Straight over next r/about after 0.2 miles (s/p Middle Ring Road E, A4540, Coventry A45). Under two railway bridges, and after 0.3 miles at next r/about (Garrison Circus), start thinking about parking – at the r/about it’s left into Garrison Lane, straight on to the Bordesley Circus r/about and left into B4128 Coventry Road towards ground (on left) ..
Pubs: None recommended near the ground, but there is a handy McDonalds!Parking: Car parks near the ground or on the street

Eds Update

Ed’s Uodate
Bolton away had nothing much to recommend it. Ticket prices at £36 for those with the most loyalty points, then £28 on the lower tier and even a pay gate on the day. What a club this is. On top of that it was cold, the footy was poor, and there was an altercation in the seats near us between Blues which required Police intervention. So it was good to get home at half five-ish.
United beat a ten man Liverpool team at O/T – how much longer can this bias go on? Paul Hince penned another article on why Wes Brown should sign his contract ‘cos he comes from a poor background just like Hince himself?!
In the week we had under 21 Internationals Hart, and Onuoha on duty at Molineux v Poland 0-0, and Sun, Benjani and Caicedo finally arrived back to join the rest of our Internationals, Corluka, Petrov, Castillo and Fernandezs. So with Hamann a possibility, Johnson fit after a chest infection, and Elano in the running we could have a decent squad out at Birmingham, with alternatives for Plan B on the bench?

Friday, 21 March 2008

It's A Fix

Chelsea Beat Villa 3-2 in the Youth Cup semi, so it's the Londoners we face in the Fianal, first leg down there, seconf at COMS...It's A Fix,,,,,,,

31) SATURDAY MARCH 22ND : BOLTON (AWAY)

Formed in 1874, founder members of the Football League in 1888/89, ups and downs until 34/35, stayed in top flight until 63/64 then down to Div 4 and back up to the Prem. for a season, up in 2001and steady since then.
4 times F.A. Cup winners (‘23,’26,’29,’58)

Some names/connections : Lofthouse, Hartle, Banks, Worthington, …Peter Kay, Vernon Kay, Dave Spikey, Lowry painting…Francis Lee, Freddie Hill, Wyn Davies, Billy
McAdams, Paul Warhurst, Tony Henry, Neil McNab, Jamie Pollock, Nicolas Anelka

Ex Blue Gary Megson’s squad includes : Jasskelainen, A O’Brian, Cahill, Campo (Marx!), Gardner, Steinsson, Nolan, McCann, Davies, Diouf, Taylor, Giannakopoulo, Al Habsi, Meite, J. O’Brien, Rasiak, Cohen, Samuel, Helgusson, Teymourian, Hunt, Vaz Te, Alonso, Braaten, Guthrie…
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This season so far : Two victories for us so far over the Trotters this season. In the Carling in October over there we had a stuffy 1-0 win with a late dubious penalty stuck away by Elano. Then at COMS in December we won 4-2. Biianchi opening after 7 minutes then going 2-1 down by half time, but storming back with three, Michalik (OG) 48 mins then 2 late ones by Vassell and Etuhu in the 87th and 90th minutes. 40,506 with 1986 unhappy Wanderers.
Currently they’re in 18th spot with 25 points from 30 games and 5 wins 4 draws and 6 losses at home, so deep in trouble. They inexplicably played a reserve team at Sporting Lisbon and went out of UEFA, then lost at Wigan (a 6 pointer) and at the swamp, although they had decisions go against them (surprise, surprise)

Reebok stadium, Capacity : 28,723 (2,700 for City)

Our form at Bolton : Last season we managed a 0-0 draw. Generally just the odd win at Burnden over the years. At the Reebok we’ve won a few, 1-0 in 2000, 3-1 in 2004, 1-0 in 2005, and this season in the Carling making it 4 wins (and a draw) out of the last seven games there, so not bad.
Post war attendances have ranged between 14,456 in ’65 to 43,706 in ’56.
Best win : 5-0 FA Cup in 5th round 1937 Worst defeat : 5-0 in 1922.

Groundwise : No change to the Reebok, and we’ll be behind the goal.They’re playing silly buggers with the tickets again, £36 upper tier, £28 lower but only when the upper’s sold out, so they can fuck right off. You’ll get a better view of the ball in the upper tier though!.

Comment : Always a toughie, and they’ll be battling away, time we battled a bit, but the win over Spurs has lifted spirits and Petrov should be back.
Hope not to see that fat bastard (and I don’t mean Allardyce!) running down the touchline if they score..
Stats : 48 pre-war and 55 post make it 103 league meeting and over there it’s :played 27 won 7 drawn 4 lost 16
Last Att ; 22,334 (1,512 Blues, ticket boycott, which has had no effect on today apparently) 15,510 (5,281 sell out of Blues tickets) in the C Cup.
Their current av home att : 19,997
Away day zines : The Wanderer (?)

Steve P’s Routemaster : M61 to jn 6 (ground is visible and signposted from the motorway) then A6027 to the ground. Away fans car park on site.
Horwich Parkway station 5 mins walk from the ground: £3 return from Manchester. 2 trains an hour from Piccadilly (11.30, past the hour) or Oxford Road (15, 33,), takes half an hour. Back from Horwich at 17 03, 17 30, 18 03. (May be some extras changing at Bo;ton on match day.)
Parking/car parks: £3 here and there, £6 last year at the ground and we raced away afterwards! Pubs : Shut to City fans still, on police advice, before and after. Plenty in Horwich though- Beehive, Bromilow Arms, Horwich

Eds update

Spurs home, we had a depleted squad, they had Robbie Keane back, we hadn’t beaten them in ages but we had the Dunney monster back as we predicted pre-match ‘cos a little matter of 9 stitches in his leg wasn’t going to keep him out was it? No!
So, a 4pm kick off on a Sunday, and a new KOTK out on the street, number 159, and we were all set, even the rain kept off – just.
Charlie had another of his momentary lapses and Keane, who else, notched in what looked like it was going to be another of those days. Stevie I equalised, with a hint of offside? Well at least he didn’t dive for a free kick then handball it in from an offside position like down at the Lane for their first in December.
Ramos, inexplicably took Keane off, we got the winner from a corner thundered in by Nedum “when was the last time we scored from a corner?” “Spurs away last December, wasn’t it, Bianchi?”
Time for a Berbatov theatrical Ronaldo style dive, then a disallowed Spurs goal, linesman flag up well before it went in, causing much merriment amongst Blues until well after the final whistle and that was that. So good to ‘do’ them at last and the stewards even let us out of the East car park onto Ashton New Road at the end of the game so perfect.
Frankie’s presence had ‘tightened the bolts’ and we await substantial funds to be made available in the summer for Sven, don’t we? Anyway, off to Bolton tomorrow with a spring in our step!

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Goals

Hello there.

This is just a quick plea to any City fans reading this. I'm the person responsible for
these videos and I'm going to remake them at the end of the current season, adding this season's goals too.

I'm adding some new categories, too. All I want from you is some suggestions for City's best: goals from midfield, team goals, goals that took three, four, five shots to finally go in, or toe pokes from the last 10 years (seasons 98/99 - 07/08).

It would certainly help my compilation and help to make sure I don't miss out some good goals.

Thanks.

David Mooney

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Hart for England

It would appear that the new England boss (despite all the hype before he was appointed) is not going to be much different. Not long ago, I read that Joe Hart was being seriously considered for an England cap. However thanks to Ben Foster's incredible display against the mass ranks of mighty Derby County, a team who have troubled opposing goalkeepers fourteen times in the league this season, he is being tipped for an international call up ahead of Hart. Nothing changes, Hart has been in tremendous for all season and has played around twenty league games. Foster has played three times in minor games for the reds but he has leapt to the front of the queue. Does anybody remember Gary Lineker missing a penalty for England in his last international game? That goal would have equalled Bobby Charlton's England goal scoring record. Lineker was hauled off by Taylor and was never again given the opportunity to play and score that one more goal, yet Beckham will be given his run out for his 100th cap in some meaningless friendly, despite playing the occasional match in the American equivalent of the Unibond League for the last year. I really don't know why the FA bothers paying so much for a manager when the only required qualification is to be able to recognise which English players play for the big four and pick them.

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Eds update/it's a fix

Ed’s Update : :
Busy week at KK Towers as we were getting KK 159 to the printers. But in the line of duty this caused us to miss the Youth teams success in getting to the Final again.
Tomorrow we’ve got Spurs and we could do with a performance, here’s the low down : .

Spurs, Formed 1882, joined league in 1908/09, various ups/downs but ever present in the top flight since 1950 except for one season in 1977/78.
Twice division 1 champs, 8 times F.A. Cup winners, doing the double in ’61, 4 times league cup winners, Euro C W Cup winners 1963, UEFA cup winners (’72,’84)
Some names/connections : Chas’n’Dave, Dixon of Dock Green, Peter Cook, Warren Mitchell, The Dave Clark Five- and so sad to hear that keyboard player and lead singer Mike Smith has just died after years in hospital after being paralysed in a fall ….Chris Jones, Bert Sproston, Paul Walsh, Michael Brown…

Juande Ramos’s squad includes : Cerny, Dawson, Kaboul, King, Hutton, Jenas, Huddlestone, Chimbonda, Lennon, Malbranque, Berbatov, Keane, Robinson, Lee, Taarabt, Boateng, Rocha, Tainio, Bent, O’Hara, Gilberto, Woodgate, Zokora, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Gunter…

This season so far : We lost 2-1 at WHL in December to a Chimbonda (scoring an offside/handball) goal in the 44 th minute, Bianchi equalising in the 61st minute with a great header. Then Ireland was sent off and they promptly got the winner through Defoe in the 83rd minute. Crowd was 35,646 with 2,508 Blues.
They also knocked us out of the Carling Cup at COMS 2-0 through Defoe and Malbranque in the 5th and 83rd minute (again) despite having Zokora sent off early doors.
Currently they’re in 11th spot with 32 points from 27 games with 2 wins 6 draws and 6 losses away from home. They’ went out of the cup to united at O/T in the 4th round but reached Wembley with a resounding 5-1 second leg win over Arsenal.at WHL in the Carling Cup and have just beaten Chelsea 2-1 in the final to lift their first trophy in 9 years. In UEFA though they’ve gone out on penalties at PSV.
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Our form at home to Spurs : Last season we went down 2-1 to goals by Davenport and Huddlestone in the 16th and 24th minutes. Joey B pulled one back in the 64th but we couldn’t get the draw.
We had some big wins, 5-1 in ‘58 and ’59, a 6-2 in ‘62 and the other ‘ballet on ice’ game in ’68 4-1. They won only once between ’68 and ’81, but since that great win in 95/96 5-2, our last home win it’s been 5 losses and 2 draws.
Post war attendances here have ranged between 10,841 in 53/54 to 50,576 in the F.A.Cup 4, same season!

Biggest games : have been the ’56 semi which we won at Villa Park 1-0, and the ’81 Cup Final which we lost 3-2 after a replay.

Comment : They’re on the up under Ramos, and have some dangerous players, you know who they are. We can give ‘em 3 nil up and you f**ked it up, as much as we like, but they still remember that bloody Villa goal. Time to lay the bogey City.

And if they chant “you’ve never won eff all” come back at them with the City classic “We’ve won the league, we’ve won the cup etc etc…..”

Stats : 40 pre-war and 89 post make it our 130th league meeting and P/war in Manc it’s :
Played: 44 won 19 drawn 11 lost 14
Last pot : Carling Cup 2008
Last Attendance : 39,825 (2292 Spuds) C C Cup : 38,564 (2,780)
Their current home average : 35,877
WWTWRWShite : Averaged 20,859 in 85/86 so not bad

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Old Blue Eyes Is (coming) Back

I read that Frank is on his way back to "tighten the bolts". What's he going to do, play up front with Benjani? With the transfer window closed, all that can be done now is ask the players to relax and see if we can make 6th place, although even that looks unlikely to win a UEFA Cup place. It must have been an eye opener of a season for Frank and Sven - welcome to the crazy world that is Manchester City. The fact is that despite heavy investment, the same old failings have let us down, we have dropped points to teams such as Wigan(4), Fulham(2), Reading(3), Blackburn(5) and Derby(2). We even lost at Tottenham whilst they were going through a terrible run of results. Are Everton really that much better than us that they can "double" us? The two wins against United were heaven, but we threw away our best chance in forty five years of winning the FA Cup, not through a few balloons, but because of the same lackluster performance that we have all seen far too many times before. Loathe him though you might, why is it that United can buy players such as the ladyboy or Tevez under for £10 million and end up with world beaters, whilst whoever we buy for whatever fee we pay, end up looking sh*te? After 46 years, I have got used to it, but Frank MUST be questioning why, after spending so much money, are we heading for a 9th or 10th place finish. How long before he gets bored with spending millions for no reward?

Friday, 7 March 2008

it's a fix

29) SATURDAY MARCH 8TH : READING (AWAY)

Saturday 3pm kick off so far ……

Formed in 1871, joined div 3 south in 1921/22, and generally a lower division club until making it to the Prem in 05/06..

Some names/connections : Uri Geller, Trevor Morley, Shaun Goater, Dave Bacuzzi, Steve Coppell

Steve (boo) Coppell’s squad includes: Hahnemann, Cisse, Ingimarsson, Shorey, Hunt, Harper, Murty, Convey, Doyle, Kitson, Oster, Federici, De La Cruz, Lita, Long, Rosenior, Matejovsky, Bennett, Sonko, Gunnarsson, Kebe, Duberry, Little, Bikey, Fae

This season so far : At COMS in November Martin Petrov put us ahead in the 11th minute but we fell away and they equalised in the 43rd through Harper. It looked like our 100% home record was going to go but Stevie Ireland popped up to crack in a 90th minute winner for the boys in Blue.
They’re out of all cups – Coppell, and Kitson, said they weren’t interested in them anyway and currently they’re hovering in the relegation zone in 18th place with 25 points from 28 games with 6 wins 1 draw and 7 losses at home, but have just won at ‘Boro.1-0.

Our form at Reading : Last season we lost 1-0 to an Ingimarsson goal in the 23rd minute, and Dabo was sent off, in front of 24,092 with 2,096 Blues on a warm September evening.
Attendances have ranged from 9,967 L/C 93/94 to 25,658 F.A Cup 1968 :
Biggest wins : 7-0 F.A.Cup 1968 Biggest loss : 0-3 in 97/98 (City under Steve Coppell)

Groundwise : 9 seasons now in their new home and Elm Park is a long forgotten memory.
We’re in the Fosters Lager South stand, well half of it. at £32.

Madejski Stadium, Capacity ; 24,200 (2,100 for City)

Comment ; Another game we can win. Their fans gave then good support last season, but where were they when they were shite, and will Hunt get sent off?.

Stats ; We’ve played ‘em 14 times now in the league and down there it’s :
Played 7 won 2 drawn 1 lost 4
Last pot : Simod cup 1988.
Last Att : 24,092 (2,096 Blues)
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 3,459 in 74/75
Their average home att. this season : 23,464
Away day Zines: Not aware of any.
Steve’s Routemaster : M6, M5, M42, M40, leave M40 at jn 9, A34 to M4, then east on M4 to Reading (jn. 11). Left (signed Reading) and stadium is ½ mile on left.

Public transport: Virgin Advance tickets from Piccadilly to Reading still available at £19.50 each was last time we looked – £19.50 on the 08 24 from Piccadilly with a change at Birmingham, or £25 on the 09 24 direct due Reading 12 39 (or first class with free snacks / drinks for £29); return 18 10, arrive Piccadilly 22 00. Bus 79 (£4 return) runs from the station to the stadium (and leaves from near the away end afterwards) – the bus company say 75 minutes to get back to the station is plenty of time to get back to the station (but away fans causing trouble on buses before the game may find no buses back!).

Note: Putting the zine together this weekend so last chance to get them articles in and we're up to 31 pages so far!