Friday, 3 April 2009

this week

This week
International week and most of our boys were on duty – Dunney scoring an early header for ROI, and Fernandez notching one for Switzerland. Craig Bellamy injured playing for Wales, Robinho for Brazil, brief England appearance for SWP and question marks over Bojinov, maybe.
KK 169 is coming along nicely. We’ve done an interview with Mark Radcliffe re his new book recently, and yesterday Big Bob the Blue gave us a guided tour round Risley, where everyone was most courteous.
Tomorrow it’s Arsenal, an early sell out, but we’ve managed to get hold of a couple of tickets. Here’s the It’s A Fix extract :
This season so far : At COMS in November we won 3-0 with goals from Ireland (45) Robinho (56) Sturridge (90 pen) in front of 44,878 (2,842 Arses)
Currently they’re in 4th position with 55 points from 30 games and 8 wins 5 draws and 2 losses at home.
They (their youth team) went out of the Carling Cup at Burnley, and in the FA Cup semi final they face Chelsea. In the Euro Chams Cup they beat Roma, on the pitch and are in the quarter finals.

Our form at Arsenal : Last season it was the customary 1-0 loss in August, though we put in a good performance but with decisions going against us, and Kasper saved a penalty. Crowd was 60,114 (2,990 Blues)
We won 3-2 in ’75, but since the 0-0 in 93/94, we've lost 6, drawn 1-1 in ’05 and lost the last three

Groundwise : It’s our third visit to the Emirates, not as good as Eastlands but not bad. We were in the lower tier and the view wasn’t great last season. Stewards stopped us selling after the game so eyes peeled for your KK’s. Tickets are £32.50, and they sold out quickly, wonder what allocation was requested?
Comment: A graveyard but now their injured players are back their home form has improved so a possibility for a point or three looks ominous. But we have to do something there at some point so why not today?
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Emirates Stadium Capacity : 61,000 (3,000 for City)
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Stats : 54 pre-war and 97 post make it our 152nd league meeting, and down there post war it’s ;
Played 48 won 4 (’54/555, ’/63, ’71/72, 75/76) drawn 13 lost 31.
Last pot : FA Cup 2005 (beat rags on pens)
WWTWTW Shite : Averaged 23,824 in ‘84/85
Their current home average att: 60,022
Away Day Zines : The Gooner; The North Bank, Highbury High, Up the Arse, Arsenal Mania

The Steve P Routemaster : M6, M1 to jn 2, take A1 Great North Way, then follow signs for Central London onto A406 North Circular, then across A598, then bear right to A1 Falloden Way, continuing along Lyttelton Road, Aylmer Road, and Archway Road then Holloway Road. After passing under the railway bridge by Holloway Road tube station, turn left into A103 Hornsey Road and the Emirates Stadium is on the right. Away end, as at City, is the south-east corner (Drayton Park). Residents-only parking all round.
Park and Ride: Holloway Road tube station is shut for matches; use Arsenal (Piccadilly line) as before. M25 jn 24 then A111 to Cockfosters or Southgate Big car park at Cockfosters station.
From central London by public transport, you can arrive at Drayton Park from Moorgate or Old Street but the last train back is 21 49. Otherwise use Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line) or Arsenal.
Pubs : The Drayton Arms, Drayton Park; White Swan 251-256 Upper Street; Tommy Flynn’s, Holloway Road.

1 comment:

  1. I see Mark Lawrenson (who is not a bad judge) has this down as a home banker, with Arsenal using it as a warm up game for their Champions League game next week,if the players read these predictions it may wind them up,or maybe not. Without Robinho we may stand a chance. COME ON YOU BLUES.

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