Sunday, 29 June 2008

The Boys in Blue.. And Red and Black

At least we know the club is heading in the right direction. At least the club are listening to popular opinion.

Nah! - I'm not so naive to believe that the club have the fans' wishes at heart. They are far too interested in fleecing more and more money out of us to help pay for Brazilian superstars. But at least they are yielding to the pressure of the supporters, who are sick of wearing (and buying) every colour in the spectrum instead of our traditional strips.

We have had to put up with all manner of football kits.... Yellow and black in '99, just yellow, purple, black, navy, pink with blue spots (OK not pink with blue spots but that's only because we wouldn't buy it).

Now it seems that the club are adopting the more traditional approach. The following taken from the club's website. With apologies if this seems like an advertisement - it's not.....

Manchester City FC is proud to unveil its new home and away kits for the forthcoming 2008-09 season, in association with Official Club Sponsor, Thomas Cook, and Official Sportswear Partner, le coq sportif.

This year’s strips are a return to tradition, with a home kit of sky blue and white and the popular red and black stripes for the away shirt, first introduced by Malcolm Allison in 1968 and worn for many of the Club’s victorious domestic and European cup campaigns of the late 60s and early 70s.

The new shirts are again amongst the most competitively priced in the Premier League, with prices held from last year at £30 for adults and just £19 for juniors.
Orders will be taken for the home shirt, from 8am this morning (Friday), exclusively at the official online City Store

The home strip will be launched at the City Stores at the City of Manchester Stadium and the Arndale Centre, central Manchester, on Saturday 19 July. Those ordering online before the launch deadline will receive their shirts on Friday 18 July.
Please note, following customer feedback on last season’s kits, the sizing guide has been revised and
all strips are a more generous fit than in previous years.

The away strip, whose black and red stripes are reminiscent of this year’s Thomas Cook Trophy opponents AC Milan, will be available to order online from Monday 21 July.
Thomas Cook branded third kit and training wear will be available later this summer.

So, not only does it seem that the fans of the red and black stripes have been noticed by those who market the kits, They also do fat bastard sizes too.
Works for me..........

Saturday, 21 June 2008

eds update

This week
Fixtures came out on Monday. Villa away first game then West ‘am at home, Sunderland away etc. Only one mid-week fixture before Christmas, that’s the revenge game at ‘Boro.
Only one London game pre-Christmas, that’s Fulham, all the rest (plus Portsmouth) in the New Year, West Ham, Arsenal, Chelsea. Spurs.
Uefa cup draw is still awaited, Friday June the 27th – why such a late draw date? But news filtering through of a few friendlies. The Swiss games are now off, Mark wants to take the boys to a training camp in Germany, so good to see him stamp his authority on City straight away. We were warned that they were tentative fixtures only. Then we’ve got Hamburg on July 26th, Stockport on August 22nd, both away, and A.C.Milan (not Inter) on the 9th August for the Thomas (Garry?) Cook Trophy.
Whilst we’re on the subject of Cook, he’s brought in ex West Ham and Leicester guru Paul Aldridge as probable Chief Operating Officer. Nice work if you can get it. Maybe he can relieve your Ed of being unofficial and unpaid spokesmen/apologist for the club in the media, and kick some tabloid arse.

The ManuMirror carried on its anti City stuff with a piss take of what the new badge may look like, and 3 Ronaldo articles in The Guardian today!.
We’re still chasing the usual targets, Jo, Ronaldinho (are we wasting our time?) etc. but Arshavin must have just added £10m to his fee after tonight’s performance v Holland. Ince has gone to Blackburn, so they should be happy, Scolari to Chelsea who’s told Ronaldo to go to Real. The media darling has now turned into the biggest twat on the planet partic after his Euro tantrums and failure. I love it!
In the Euros Vedran Corluka’s Croatia went out tragically to Turkey, so no more City (or united) involvement.

On the KK front, Burfie’s sent in his ‘Class Of’ review which is brilliant so the zine’s shaping up nicely, deadline is asap but week commencing June 30th.
Also we’re getting your stories in for the next KK special on City v the rest and have now got Rotherham, Leeds, Sunderland, Grimsby, and a few others in so far. Drop us a line if you fancy it, and we’ll let you know what we’re after, generally quirky, hairy, scary, funny, peculiar, or just plain interesting experiences home or away.

So, let’s look forward to some definite signings, and as far as the Eds are concerned we’re off for a couple of days in Spain, by invitation, from one of the City supporters club branches over there, and then we’ll be knuckling down to produce KK161, by which time we hope there’s lots more to report.

Cheers, Dave

Sunday, 15 June 2008

eds update

This week (or talking bollocks as per some postings on the message boards!)

Obviously a quieter week than last week. It was the start of the Euro championship with a few City players involved – Corluka for Croatia, great win over Germany, Fernandes for Switzerland, Isaksson (I want away) for Sweden, Samaras for Greece. Hey there was a surprise, Van horse scoring an offside goal for Holland!.
Looks like, after Preston police turned us down, we’re heading for Barnsley in the Uefa home leg, not the most accessible place. Whilst we await the draw on June 27th, we wonder what attendance we’d get at say Oldham or Stockport - Bolton already ruled out which is a shame. Huddersfield would be better than Barnsley surely and Blackburn would have been interesting?!. Your thoughts?
Biggest news was Ali Mac going after 12 years. Not a surprise really, no doubt we’ll get views on that from our financial experts in the next KK. Paul Tyrrell could be next and I bet Sara’s bum’s probably twitching a bit.
Talks are now ongoing with Dunney, and Elano and Johnson’s lifestyle’s are being examined by the manager which could explain a lot about last seasons second half collapse. Paul Dickov’s definitely going, but Corradi could be on his way back, and Sun should be off. Well he was sent off for China when he wasn’t even on the pitch!
Targets are still Jo, Ronaldinho (is he fit?) Santa Cruz, Samba, Podolski, Sidwell, but paper talk so far.
City have announced details of their Swiss tour starting on July 8th in Luzern, then two days later it’s Basle (the brushers!) The tournament in Majorca is now on hold, and Inter Milan could be visiting for the Tomas Cook trophy.
Elsewhere looks like Scolari’s going to Chelsea, Ronaldo to Madrid, big Sam or Ince to Blackburn. David Bernstein is the new Chairman of Wembley Stadium (gissa job!) and up in Newcastle Joey’s gonna have to take a pay cut!

Next seasons fixtures should be out on Monday June 16th and the season kicks off on August 16th

On the front cover of KK 160 we suggested that Dr Thaksin should confirm his commitment to the Blues this summer. So far he’s done that. New manager, new Chief Exec., money for transfers, vision for the future of the club etc.
So the new issue - KK 161 is coming along nicely. So far in the can we’ve got How was it - the last few games of the season, Phil Neale’s review of 80/81’s bad start to that season, Alex Deane’s Greatest Club in the world, Jon Contrill’s Summertime Blues, Nigel Morris’s last season reflection. Views from Alan Rowbotham, Mike Donaldson’s One night in Bangkok and Tony Petrie’s 86/87 season review.
To come are all the usual favourites. Hopefully something on the Euro’s, message board review, and Sven v Hughes if you fancy it. Deadline is the end of June, and whilst we await details of friendlies and the UEFA games we anticipate being out early to mid July. Betcha can’t wait!

Cheers Dave

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Arty City

Those who use a PC at work will know this feeling.... You've not much work on. The boss is out or looking the other way. None of your mates have signed in to MSN and you can't go on facebook because the company has blocked such sites because it doesn't like "social networking". So you try t'internet in the hope that you'll find some news on City's latest signings.

Not much in the way of signings. No Ronaldinho. No Jo. No Podolski. But all is not lost.... Bernado Corradi is back to save the day!!

You trawl through "NewsNow" looking for interesting headlines which are slightly different to the usual tripe. You usually get 50 variations of the same theme!

Sometimes, though, you stumble upon a little gem. One that you spend many hours of your working day staring at, eyes agog. A tiny tear in the corner of your eye. Here, in I could look out from the top of the Kippax over Moss Side. I saw the goals by kinky and Uwe, The Blue Moon Chippy, the ballet on ice and Bert Trautman pulling off a cracker.

Richard Tucker, an excellent photographer and artist has dedicated a whole section of his site to Manchester City, past and present. He has kindly given permission for us to reproduce some of his work on our site. I'm certainly keeping his pages bookmarked as a favourite and you'll see some of his work on this site from time to time.


If anybody from work is reading this... I don't really surf the net and go on MSN during work time - honest! I'm totally dedicated to my job!

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Eds update

This week
Just another of those Manchester City weeks we’ve got used to over the years. Sven was finally fired off and spent no time in getting fixed up with Mexico, taking a £1.25 M pay off plus a £500K bonus for taking us into Europe even though ‘Senior power brokers’ at the cub wanted to contest his bonus as "we’re in Europe due to tackling fairly’" Wow no wonder ‘power brokers’ get paid so much.
Anyway my big fear about sacking Sven was that we’d cock up and get the 2008 equivalent of Alan Ball, but incredibly we moved swiftly and snapped up the hottest young Prem manager around in Mark Hughes. Rag connection – true but we were soon happy with Cole and Schmeichel once they were Blues, and I remember a rag saying to me when they signed Law “funny how you boo a player one season, then cheer him the next” Funny that if the rags nick one of ours they see it as sticking two fingers up to us. But when we nick one of theirs we get all self righteous about it. Anyway, they’ve just unveiled a statue of Best, Law and Charlton (“they could have given me more hair!”) and Eddie Large has just e-mailed to say “they’ve got four statues at O/T and two of them are City players”!!!

So our new boy Garry Cook (“you have to be good to work for Nike” – Carin Bowman at the Liverpool game) has latched on to my “typical City, let’s change it” and it looks like that’s happening and Thaksin is showing the commitment required also.
Initial targets are Bentley, Jo, Santa De La Cruz and erm Ronaldinho who ‘s not been fit for ages. Contracts need sorting with Dunne, Hart, Ireland, Johnson (who’s head needs sorting too), whilst the dead wood of Samaras, Bianchi etc etc still linger.
Ali Mac has suddenly elevated (since his Knighthood, obviously) into “one of the best and toughest contract bargainers (just ask Danny Mills, Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Joey Barton, Richard Dunne, Michael Ball!!!) in the business and is being head hunted by a few clubs – Fulham, Arsenal, Liverpool etc. – we’re told.
Hughes has brought his backroom staff with him, so that’s cost us a packet, and Fazack and Steele have left the building.

The ManU/AEG Mirror has sunk to it’s usual depths of City reporting and have had to be sent a short sharp e-mail again for their sins, but I doubt if it will make any difference.
So there we go, the Foo Foo’s have been at COMS this week, Joe Hart nearly had his cap taken off him due to the possibility of England v T and T being expunged from the records due to overuse of subs., and Euro 2008 has kicked off
Good article by Paul Wilson in todays Observer on Mark Hughes
So, exciting times, let’s see what next week will bring eh……….

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Eds update

This week
The Observer had an interesting interview with Bilic, who seems to be a bit of a character and is lead guitarist and singer in his own rock band so he’ll do for me. Except for the fact that Mark Hughes is in the frame, who would have been my choice last year, as everybody is/was aware, (considering the personal insults and abuse I got from some on the message boards.
I had a busy day on Monday with radio and Tv interviews (and I don’t get a penny in case you’re wondering!) plus having a chat with Liverpool fans who are developing a Supporters Trust, on my time as Fan on the Board) giving my very own personal opinion. I’ve texted a few KK’ers with the following response :- ;

1) I really don’t want Hughes, he’s a rag through and through. Reminds me of when we went for Brian Kidd DAFT. LD
2) Tell that bastard club that if Mark Hughes becomes our manager I won’t be the only one surrendering my season ticket.
3) Followed by : Jesus Dave he SCREAMS united AND he’s up Taggart’s arse NI
4) OK for me at least he won’t tolerate players knocking off with 6 weeks to go. CK
5) Why not, probably the best Welsh manager in the world. TP
6) F in dirty Hughes. No way. He’s using us as a stepping stone to the scum. He’s been good for Blackburn but can’t compare to Sven. It’s a travesty replacing Sven he performed a miracle and Shinawatra should clear off. He’s a maniac. As for Hughes we don’t want him and his dirty style of play nor to be a stepping stone to Old Trafford . NG
7) Not really but who else. F.E.
8) In preference to Keane. But I do want us to play with style and panache. To be honest he would have been my choice last summer. He will have learnt from Taggart though I thought that about Frank Clark and Cloughie. Bet he won’t let the players piss him about. - PB
9) 4 getting his connections it could have been worse? Think Sven quite happy 4 pay off and disappear. More to it than we know methinks! CTWD SR
10) Not really CB
11) No – DO
12) Afraid so. Shame about Sven but onwards and upwards – SH
13) Yes. Although an ex red rather him than Scolari, Zico or Grant . Can’t think of other viable options – although I believe Sven is available”! – KP
14) No – only because if he is good he’ll become united’s manager – GJ
15) Yes. Proven in the Prem. Team well organised decent eye 4 a player – CS
16) No. He wouldn’t know entertaining football if it bit him on the arse – GI (Ed – this is the same person who reckoned Bianchi was a better player than Santa de La Cruz, after our defeat at Blackburn last season!!)
17) Yes – JB
18) Forget Allardyce even though he’s phoned for job! Grant Scolari or Zico on list if Chelsea want Hughes. I’d prefer Welsh red – IB

So there you go. If you sort the paranoid, emotional, biased, prejudiced, knee jerk reactions from the well balanced you’ll conclude that he’’ll be a good choice! Well that’s my interpretation and I’m sticking to it. Sven’s now gone, we backed him all the way despite initial misgivings about it being short term etc.. Long live the new manager.
Ps Congrats to Joe Hart on his England appearance, Though he did look a bit dodgy!

Monday, 2 June 2008

From the City Web Site just a few minutes ago

Sven-Goran Eriksson and Manchester City Football Club have parted company by mutual consent, the Club announces today. Chief Executive, Alistair Mackintosh said, “The Board of Directors and all at Manchester City would like to thank Sven for his efforts and contributions throughout the season and we wish him all the best for the future. Sven remains a friend of the Club.” Sven Goran Eriksson added, “I have enjoyed my time at Manchester City very much indeed and in particular, I would like to thank the fans, players and staff for their amazing support over the season. I wish the Club, and everyone associated with it, much success in the coming years.” And there's more

Blackburn Rovers have released the following statement today...

Blackburn Rovers can confirm that they have received an approach from Manchester City for permission to talk to Mark Hughes with regard to him becoming their manager. Mark has made it clear to the Board he would like the opportunity to talk to Manchester City. In view of this the Board have decided reluctantly to give permission subject to terms and conditions acceptable to Blackburn Rovers being agreed with Manchester City in advance. The club will not be making any further comment at this stage.
Am I alone in thinking that this is the beginning of the end?