Sunday, 29 March 2009

Manchester club destroying football - part three

Best prepare ourselves for some more of those "Manchester club is destroying Football" headlines. I read today in the Make it up as you go along, better known as the News of the World, that Manchester United were planning to pay Ronaldo £200.000 per week, to ensure that Real Madrid do not succeed with their £100 million transfer swoop on the player this summer.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

this week

This week:
Sunderland, and yet another perishin’ day. The mornings ManuMirror had some no-mark ex rag and now Sunderland player Phil Bardsley stating the absolute obvious yet again “It’s not as easy as just throwing money at it” Well, well, fucking well, we’ve never seen that one before have we? Time the Mirror got a new theme. How about Oliver Holt say, penning an article on how Ferguson has failed Ronaldo and Rooney by indulging them in their despicable antics – or is he still lying low after insisting that Fergie should retire a good few years ago?
Well we got a 1-0 win. It should have been more and their bloke was a bit unlucky to be sent off but at least we won against ten men for a change.
Sorry to hear of Ken Barnes' injury on the eve of his 80th birthday, but good to see that Bert was over to wish him many happy returns. Pity they can’t spell his name right in the MEN. Amateurs.
International week so no game this weekend. Robinho ‘s been accused of taking drugs by that tosspot Pele, who’s on the Viagra. Now denied of course. ManuMirror had Robbie's fee down as exhorbitant - it only applies to us doesn't it? N o one else has paid a fee in that vicinity before have they? Bollocks. So we’re hoping for injury free returns for our boys before we face the Arse next week. Meanwhile the club have slashed prices for the Hamburg home tie and Blues are scampering to get tickets for the away leg.
We’ll be putting KK 169 together over the next week or so, but owing to the complexities of Easter, it means that deadline day is next Thursday April 2nd and we’ll probably be at the printers for Hamburg away and Fulham home, aiming to be out on the streets for Hamburg home and the issue lasting until the Derby.
All contributions welcome!
Dave

Saturday, 21 March 2009

this week

This week
Well, our Youths murdered Arsenal in the first half but it all fell apart in the second and we lost 2-1. Still, another leg to go at so you never know.
Aalborg then. Early start and flight over with no complications. What a lovely place Aalborg is with its bars, cafes and restaurants to meet fellow Blues. Cold night. Plan A was to get an early goal and coast it, but we opted for plan B which was, of course, in true City style, concede two late goals then extra time and penalties. So asll you can say is, well done to Shay, Ched, SWP, Elano and Dunney for staying strong and putting us through. Got back to bed at 3.45 am so it was a complete 24 hour day. Hamburg next, tough draw but good trip again, and either our name’s on the cup or we’ve used up all our luck by now!
Today the rags let us down by losing at Fulham, ungraciously, as you’d expect, with two players being sent off disgracefully. So Fulham stay above us with 40 points. Spurs win over Chelsea also meant that they go above us too.
Tomorrow it’s Sunderland and here’s the It’s a Fix extract :
This season so far: At the Stadium Of Light in August we registered our one and only away win, so far, with the 3-0 drubbing. Ireland notching the first just before half time, then Shaunny getting two on his return in the 50th and 58th minute, when it looked like we had lift off under Hughes. Still, it helped to get Keane sacked!
Currently they’re in 14th spot with 32 points from 29 games and 3 wins 5 draws and 6 losses away from home.
They went out of the Carling Cup at home to Blackburn 2-1, and in the F.A. Cup away also to Blackburn 2-1.

Our form in Manc v S/land: Last season at COMS in November we won 1-0 with a Stephen Ireland 66th minute strike in front of 40,038 (2,416 Mackems). We’ve won the last 4 in Manc against them, and overall the last 7, also Hughes has a 100% record against them as a manager with 5 wins.

Comment : This is a must win game. Another one! We’ve a decent recent record against Sunderland, and though they’ll bring a large and vocal support which is as loyal as they come we must do the business. Ben Haim is ineligible for them but Ferdinand is back (how many of the fuckers are they in that family?) Bridge, Ireland and Kompany could be doubtful and how much Thursdays exertions took out of the team remains to be seen, though on that score Robinho should be fresh and whilst he’s due a couple of goals this may not be the foregone conclusion we’re hoping for. First (and only?) chance of a double this season, so fingers crossed.

STATS:- 62 pre-war and 53 post-war make it our 116th league meeting, and in Manc post-war it’s:-
Played 26 Won 17 Drawn 3 lost 6 (last in 97/980-1).
Their current average home att: 39,420
Wwtwtwshite? – Av 13,601 in 86/87.
Dave

Friday, 20 March 2009

Phew!!

We made it - just, but what a crap performance. For 85 minutes Aalborg looked like Chesterfield and City were playing like they do when they play lower level opposition. The first Aalborg goal should not have stood as the forward controlled it with his hand, but they were denied a clear penalty a few minutes earlier. In extra time though, City were clueless and kept punting the ball out of defence to players only they could see. In extra time Aalborg suddenly looked like Real Madrid and really should have won it. I was fearing the worst at this point and imagined all the headlines the next day. However, once it went to penalties, I knew they had blown their chance and that we'd win the penalty shoot out. I was brave enough to say as much to my fellow watchers. Maybe, just maybe our name is on the cup, but we can't hope to be as lucky in future, there are no crap teams left now. I was happy that Galatasary went out, it would be no fun for whichever side made it to the final if they had to play them on home soil.
Just heard we are playing hamburg. Didn't we last play them in a friendly under KK in 2002?

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

this week

This week
Chelsea and a good run down (cheers Ian) As expected moved on by the stewards to the road half a mile away from the away turnstiles so pretty slow selling, but at least a few Chelsea fans bought and no abuse this year.
Not much to say about the game, no goal again. Sold a few zines at half time dodging the CCTV cameras, and finished off at the end. Had to hang about for a while after the game which was a bit of an experience watching the autograph hunters dashing about. City players and manager seemed pretty decent about it. Spotted Peter Bonetti, who gets smaller and smaller. Finally Peter Cezh came out, elegantly carrying his kid on one arm and carrier bag on the other followed by two empty handed women, his missus and presumably her mate. There were about 5 or 6 wanting his autograph but he refused “what do you want me to do” he whined? “throw the baby on the floor” Footballers stagger you sometimes and Cezh was no exception tonight, mustt've been that kick on the head. He could have just put his bag down and signed a few autographs for a few minutes. Not much to ask, was it?,
Tonight it’s the first leg of the Youth Cup semi - final v Arsenal, at COMS, 7pm kick off. Give our boys your support.
Tomorrow we’re off to Aalborg with our two goal lead. Anything can happen with City but you’d expect us to grab an early goal then give them one in the last minute to go through 3-1 say, on aggregate. Let’s hope so, no excuse not to progress. Draw’s on Friday lunchtime Neil Shaw informs us.
Here’s the It’s a Fix extract : Aalborg is in the middle of Denmark, north of Copenhagen. It’s a fairly short flight over and the main attraction is the ‘Jomtru Ane Gade’ a street supposedly lined with fantastic bars and restaurants. John Utzon who designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge is from Aalborg and there’s an exhibition centre on the edge of the city celebrating his work. There’s also the De Danske Spritfabrikker’s distillery famous for its akvavit, the local version of Schnappes (according to the City Mag!)
The original ground, built in 1920 was named the Aalborg Stadium but burned down in 1960. It is now named The Energi Nord Arena and holds 13,800 normally but only 10,800 for European games. Tickets are £40, and we've sold the 900 allocation..
Have a good day.
Dave

Priorites!

Mark Hughes was interviewed in the Daily Express today. Nothing unusual in that you may say, but it was the topic that he was asked to comment on that has upset me. MH was asked if he thought United could recover from their 1-4 defeat at home to Liverpool. Hughes said "It will certainly have focused United's minds, to be honest you could argue that it is the worst thing Liverpool could have done to them because the manager will be looking for an immediate reaction"
I accept that the interview had a link in that Hughes was a member of the last United team to have been beaten 1-4 at home, however MH must be careful not to get sucked in to the red media machine. There is enough (positive) stuff printed in the newspapers every day about United, I don't particularly want to hear the manager of Manchester City giving his opinions on Manchester United unless its before a derby day and he is commenting on the game.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

This week

This week
Well we got the result against Aalborg, and have to be satisfied with a 2-0, though we should have gone all out for more, even though that was a stonewall pen on Robbie at the end of the first half.
Looking at the other fixtures, our 24,502 attendance was very poor compared with Hamburg’s 50,000, PSG’s 35,000 and Bremen’s 30,116. Still some decent teams left to face if we don’t cock up the second leg. Serious stuff now, and this is our best chance of reaching a semi-final, final, trophy even for years so let’s make sure we’re totally focused.
Good to see the rags lose 4-1 at home to ‘Pool today, blimey City have given the scousers tougher games this season.
Wigan and Fulham’s away wins have dropped us to tenth place and tomorrow it’s the formidable task of Chelsea away. Here’s the it’s a fix extract :

This season so far : At COMS in September it was an euphoric start for Robinho with his free kick in the 14th minute, but after that Chelsea took control scoring through Carvalho in the 17th, Lampard in the 53rd and Anelka in the 70th to complete a convincing 3-1 win, when they looked like Champions.
Currently though they’re in 3rd place with 58 points from 28 games and 7 wins 5 draws and 2 losses at home. They went out of the Carling Cup at home to Burnley, and face Arsenal in the semi-final. In the Champs league they took a 1-0 lead to Juventus, where they drew 2-2 to go through.

Our form at the Bridge : Last season it was that October 6-0 thrashing, the goals coming from Essien after 16, Drogba, 31 and 56, Cole 60, Kalou 75, and even Shevchenko got in on the act in the 90th minute. Crowd was 41,832 with 1,457 Blues, but we did have the last laugh winning the Youth Cup, and they won fuck all!
Otherwise our last win was in 92/93 4-2, since then it’s been 7 defeats, 3 draws, last in 04/05, and we haven’t scored there for 6 games?
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Stamford Bridge Capacity : 42,420 (1,472 for City)
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Comment: Not quite what they expected under big Phil who was fired, and their home form has been patchy to say the least with shock draws to the likes of Burnley, who eventually won on pens and Southend in the Cups. Different kettle under Guus though and it looks a bit scary, but at the very least we want a goal and a point…….please.

Groundwise: Once second only to Maine Road, with a record attendance of 82,905. The Bridge is pretty well complete now. We’re in the Shed Stand behind the goal, no doubt ticket prices are up around £47 – outrageous!
Stewards: Stop us selling outside and inside, so we’ll be ducking and diving with KK 168 so look out for us, and we usually get abuse off Chelsea fans so not a nice selling place.

Stats: 40 pre-war and 87 post-war, make it our 128th league meeting, and at The Bridge, post-war it’s:
Played 43 Won 9 Drawn 12 Lost 22.
Their current home average att: 41,508
Where were they when they were shite? 8,858 v us in 88/89! Averaged 12,673 in ‘82/83.
Away Day Zines: The Chelsea Independent, The Westander, Cockney Rebel, Curious Blue, Mathew Harding’s Blue and White Army, Carefree (all as far as we know)
The Steve Parish Routemaster :
M6 to jn 4, M42 to jn 3A (or M6 toll to M42), then M40 to jn 1A for M25 (direction Heathrow), M25 to next junction 15, M4 for London (W). At end of M4 continue to A4 round Chiswick roundabout onto Great West Road and over Hammersmith Flyover, then turn right at second set of lights (B317 North End
Road), cross A3218 Lillis Road, left at Fulham Broadway to A304 Fulham Road.
Stamford Bridge on left. On street parking horrendous.
Park up and come in by tube: KK usually recommends parking at Greenford station (just off the A40) and using the Central line. Alternatives would be Ealing Broadway or Ealing Common then District Line to Fulham Broadway changing at Earls Court, or using M1 to one of several stations in North London.
Trains Manchester to London: Cheap tickets could still be available, otherwise Saver return (any train). Then Victoria Line from Euston to Victoria, then District Line to Fulham Broadway
Sat Nav: SW6 1HS

Friday, 13 March 2009

How many Turkish lira is there to the £?

Congratulations on another good European performance, the job is half done and we must be confident on progressing to the next round. With AC Milan and the other British teams out, we have every chance of reaching the final. However, can I issue a word of warning to the players. Try and avoid any talk of winning the UEFA Cup, avoid interviews in the newspapers such as Stephen Ireland today telling the MEN that "City can go all the way" or Mark Hughes stating "We can win it" All this talk does is put extra pressure on us and is tempting fate to slap us down again. Let's just carry on doing what we have done to date and quietly continue taking each game as it comes and keep our mouths shut. Also, I saw this small snippet from the Daily Express today that pins the current world recession (are we allowed to call it that now, or are we supposed to continue calling it the credit crunch) firmly at the door of MUFC. Well, at least their sponsors, AIG. I wouldn't be suprised if those "spiv dealers" that the report mentions were Wayne Rooney, Martin Edwards and Fergie as all three have been interviewed by the police at some time.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

this week

Firstly, well done to the youth team in scraping past a physical Norwich team, 1-0 to reach a 2 legged semi-final against Arsenal.
So no game for our big boys on Saturday, so we should be nice and fresh and rarin to go against Aalborg tonight. here's the lowdown :

A group of English engineers, who built the Jutland railway system, were responsible for the establishment of Aalborg Boldspilklub in 1885. A man called Nick was the Founding President of the club. The club began life with cricket, not football. Initially, it was named Aalborg Cricketklub and changed its name to Aalborg Boldklub (Aalborg Ballclub) in 1899. Certain amateur players began playing football in 1902, and this grew to be a major sport in the club. Ultimately, the name was changed to Aalborg Boldspilklub af 1885 in 1906.

They were in the top flight from 1928 until 1947, came back up in 1963 winning the cup in 1966 and 1970. They were down in 1972, 1978 and 1981 to 1986. Since then they turned professional in 1987 and won the title three times, in 1994/95, 1998/99 under Hans Backe and 2007/08 under Bruce Rioch.

Colours are red and white stripes with white shorts so no need for either club to change although their normal away strip is all black but all brown in Europe, ugh!

After 18 games this season Aalborg are in 5th place with 26 points and 7 wins 5 draws and 6 losses. They are 6 points below 4th place F.C. Midjylland and 14 points below leaders F. C. Copenhagen.
In the Champions league they beat Celtic on aggregate, drawing 0-0 at Parkhead and winning at home, lost to united 3-0 at home, drew 2-2 away, and lost to Villareal 6-3 away and drew 2-2 at home, finishing 3rd in group E 5 points ahead of Celtic! Dropping into UEFA they beat a weakened Deportivo La Coruna side 3-0 at home and 3-1 away.

Major European achievement was draws with Sampdoria 2-2 away, 0-0 home to become the first Danish team to knock out an Italian team, in 2007/08, Anderlecht, Porto and Auxerre appear to be their other biggest European successes. Let’s hope that City don't allow them to add to that list. City did play Aalborgand Aallorg on tour in Denmark in 1949 winning 5-1.
Danger men include Luton Shelton centre forward who scored Sheffield United’s first goal with the balloons in the 4th round cup game last season and Brazilian forward CACA.
Current coach is Magnus Pehrsson who took over from an interim manager after Bruce Rioch left.
So let's hope for a decent crowd and backing, and a good performance to take a few goals over to Denmark next week, and a clean sheet. Don't forget that KK 168 will be making its first appearance so look out for it
Cheers, Dave ((and Tony Petrie)

Monday, 9 March 2009

Will Football Just Hurry Up And Die, Already?!

Since the first destruction of football when Thaksin Shinawatra took over Manchester City, and the subsequent second destruction of football when Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan bought the club from him, I am genuinely confused as to when this country’s national sport (not queuing, drinking or moaning about the weather) was actually going to disappear down the Manchester City shaped black hole.

Sven-Göran Eriksson became manager in the summer of 2007, and immediately set about spending some money to improve the quality of City’s squad. But, for a former England manager to not buy any English players was, apparently, criminal. Nevermind that Stewart Downing was, at the time, three times the price, yet a quarter of the player that Martin Petrov is. Nevermind that he regularly included Englishmen in the squad, anyway. That was all conveniently overlooked.

And now the same is being said of Mark Hughes. Manchester City’s new found wealth will, at some point soon, I’m assured, destroy football. And English football, at that, because, as we all know, before City got money the Premiership had only one or two foreign players.

What about the youngsters? Well, with City’s money, they must all be out of the door to be immediately replaced by multi-million pound stars, mustn’t they?

Well, no. Five of City’s regular starting eleven this season has graduated from the academy, four of them English. Add to that the infrequent appearance of Danny Sturridge and the regular contributions from Hart earlier this season (who will learn from Shay Given, incidentally) and, suddenly, this notion of football’s last days becomes daft.

And, if City apparently have a lot to answer for, why don’t Arsenal? Their academy produces a lot of excellent players, but how many of them have represented England? And how many of them have represented other countries? Aren’t they endangering the English game?

Apparently not.

It seems Manchester City has become an easy target for any ignorant, ill-informed individual to insist incessantly they’re interminably impairing football. And I’m sorry for the alliteration, but the constant chronic crying is starting to do my suede in.

Take a look at the Youth Cup. Manchester City won last season’s, beating Chelsea in the final. Nothing was said about the lack of English players in the team for the runners up, nor the potential English talent in the victorious team. And City’s academy, this season, face Arsenal (March 18 for the first leg at home) for a place in the final for the second year running.

In the last England squad, Manchester City had more players feature than Arsenal (none), Liverpool (none) and Manchester United (two). And they had the same number of call-ups as Chelsea (three). And over the last ten years or so, those four clubs have spent much, much more than City have.

So, this impending doom of football caused by the club I support had better come soon, because I’m getting pretty hacked off with having to defend our corner. Especially when we’re being attacked for doing something that hasn’t happened yet and, something, I guarantee, will never happen.

Now, move along. Nothing to see here.

David Mooney

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Villa

Villa's last promotion was in 1987/88 and they’ve been in the Prem ever since. Last F. A. Cup 1957 beat rags, Title 1982, Euro Cup 1983, League Cup 1996

Most recent connection : Darius Vassell
Big Name supporter : Nigel Kennedy

Ex Blue Martin O’Neill’s squad includes : Friedel, Knight, Davies, L.Young, Barry, Petrov, Cuellar, A.Young, Heskey, Agboniahor, Milner, Carew, Reo-Coker,
Ins : Heskey from Wigan for £3.5M
Outs : Routledge to QPR for £600K,

This season so far : First game of the season we went down 4-2 at Villa Park, goals coming in the 47th minute via Carew, then Elano equalised from the spot in the 63rd but further defensive errors gifted Agboniahor his hat trick in a horrendous 7 minute spell between the 68th and 75th minute, before Corluka tapped in his one and only goal for the club in the 89th minute. Crowd was 39,995 including 2,932 Blues.
Currently they’re in 4th place with 52 points from 27 games and 10 wins 0 draws and 3 losses away from home. They went out of the League Cup at home to QPR, and in the F. A. Cup they lost to Everton away in the 5th round, and in UEFA they’ve gone out to CSKA Moscow, in a gamble to clinch a Champions League spot.

Our form in Manc v Villa : Last season we did the business at COMS in September, Michael Johnson scoring a beauty (those were the days!) to clinch the 1-0 win. 38,363 (2,148 Villa, who sang some very entertaining songs to no avail)
Five wins out of the last six for us plus the 2006 F. A. Cup replay, their only win coming in 2006/07 2-0, so pretty impressive for us.

Comment : Owner Randy Lerner’s patience with Martin O’Neill is finally paying off with the Villa getting up there where they, and us, and others should be. They look likely to finish off the season strongly but are faltering a little, so tonight, for starters it would be good to sing “shit on the Villa”, let’s hope so, even though we could be missing a few players.
Stats: 58 pre-war and 81 post, make it our 140th league meeting and in Manc P/W it’s:-
Played 40 Won 18 Drawn 11 (last in ’95) Lost 11.
WWTWTWShite? – Averaged 15,237 in 85/86
Their current home average att : 39,512

Note that it's the last chance to buy the current KOTK number 167, and we're putting together KK 168 at this very moment so if you've got anything send it in asap please!
Cheers, Dave

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

This week

This week – opted to go down to London on the Saturday by kind invitation of Blues Raymond and Christine. Thought we’d have to suffer convoys of rags going down to Wembley but didn’t see a one, which just proves where they all come from.
Fine day on the Sunday, and West Ham’s a decent place to visit these days. Did a swap with their zine Over Land and Sea, number 456, so it must come out every home game. A5 and £2.50, included interviews with Hammers manager and players after the mid week ‘Boro away Cup replay, so pretty swift off the mark. They’re pretty miffed about Bellamy leaving (but happy with the £12M?) Bernard Manning (jr) said hello outside, and we agreed that as Chairman (still?) of Radcliffe Borough F.C. he should get Danny Boyle out on the pitch with his Oscar! Plenty of away turnstiles so minimum queues – West Brom take note. As for the game we missed chances, West Ham were poor, we were powder puff, Micah, Bellamy and Robinho went off, there was a return for Val, Hughes thought it was a good performance – really, and we now sweat for a vital result on Wednesday. Down the road Ronaldo cried Wolf once too often and was booked for diving, and O’Shea should have been sent off. How long can this continue, everyone in the whole country is sick of it.
Finally we’re doing the zine this week so if you’ve got anything to send in, thoughts on the next manager etc!? - we could do with it asap please.
Dave

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Murder he Wrote


Did anybody else see this in the News of the World from today? United players are now bumping off ex City stars it seems