Saturday, 20 March 2010

This weekend

This weekend
Hmm, Wolves drew at Villa (good to see Martin still smartin over the Vidic non sending off in the CCfinal) but Spurs won at Stoke, so a win tomorrow is vital.
Here’s the It’s a Fix extract :
Their last promotion was in 2001, so they’re in their 9th season in the Prem., but they’ve never won eff all! Most recent connections : Dickson Etuhu, Andy Cole, Michael Brown, Kevin Keegan, Ali Mac. Big name supporters : Ray Brooks, but you may spot a few more. 48th league meeting
Woy Hodgson’s squad includes : Schwarzer, Hangeland, Hughes, Baird, Shorey, Murphy, Etuhu, Gera, Davies, Zamora, Duff, Dempsey
This season so far : At COMS in September we knocked them out of the Carling Cup, 2-1 when they put out their reserves and we only overcame them in extra time! Scorers were Gera (34), Barry (52) and Toure (110). Crowd was 24,507 with 171 Cottagers.
In October in the league it was our third draw on the trot, 2-2 when we went 2 goals up through Lescott in the 54th and Petrov in the 60th only to let them draw level through Duff in the 62nd and Dempsey in the 68th. Crowd was 44,906 with 596 Cottagers.
They’re currently in 10th place with 38 points from 29 games and 9 wins (including 3-0 over the rags) 2 draws and 3 losses at home.
In the F. A. Cup they have a replay at Spurs and if they win that face Pompey in the semi-finals.
They’ve done well in the Europa Cup too, but the 3-1 loss at Juventus looked to be too much to overcome, but they did it magnificently winning 4-1, so their tails are up.
Our form at Fulham: Last season, by the riverside in December, we played out a 1-1 draw. Benjani scoring a rare City headed goal in the 6th minute, and Bullard getting their equaliser in the 27th before 24,012 (2,284 Blues) That made it just the one defeat (2-1 in 05/06) in the last seven visits, all in the Prem.
Groundwise: No change since last season to one if not THE original riverside stadiums. We get a good sized area in the temporary stand next to the neutral section – with its cute pillars, and beware of a squash coming out! £49 a ticket - £14 up on last season. Disgraceful.
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Craven Cottage Capacity : 22,000 (3,000 for City)
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Comment : Always an enjoyable trip to Fulham, with its setting in the park next to the Thames. Usually there’s a chance of a result, so fingers crossed, for a point or three. Lot’s of different accents outside (like at O/T) as the locals, neutrals, and City fans, pay to go into the neutral bit.
Sadly, they’ve cocked the parking up on the streets outside and £49 a ticket will put plenty of Blues off.
Wind Ups : You can still wave your passports at Al Fayed if you like!
Wwtwtwshite?: Averaged 4,057 in 90/91
Away Day Zines: There’s Only one F in Fulham (very good), Where Else We…
Their current average home attendance : 24,130
Sat. Nav : SW6 6HH
Pubs: South of the river – The Duke’s Head, overlooking the Thames (the pub, not his head), but 20 minutes from the ground; The Crabtree on Rainville Road, and The King’s Head on Fulham High Street.

7 comments:

  1. The first game I have missed this season, for some reason none of the links on the PC worked. Great win especially considering Spuds' win yesterday. They look like they are going to be the ones to be the main threat. Anyone have any mates down at the Fraud squad so we can see if Flash Arry can be arrested again and this time held in custody for a few months?

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  2. Good Mornong All.You will have to get a dish one day Tony.I think we could do with the whole Spurs squad getting arrested.
    It's all so easy, get the ball to Tevez,support him(and by support I don't mean Santa Cruz and Johnson stood within a yard of him on the right hand touchline with no one in the middle)and let him weave his magic. We controlled the midfield for much of the game but far too many passes going astray again,three really good chances to score or at least get a shot on target were missed by SWP RSC and De Jong. Mancini and his team went for this one ,no hint of negativity. I can't be certain from the replay but I doubt that Barry handled,although some time later Kompany did so it probably evened itself out.

    Three points in the bag "Jobs a good un" bring on the "Toffees"(mmmm toffees).

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  3. MotD replays showed that the ball struck the hand on both occasions. However neither looked intentional, yet one was given and one wasn't. Once again MotD failed to do us justice. I followed the game on sky news and according to every report that they featured we were in complete control until the last ten minutes following the penalty. We had eight shots on target and five off, yet all the programme showed were the two goals, Johnson's shot that hit the post and SWP' pathetic shot wide, which they no doubt included to make him look bad. They naturally showed each of Fulham's four shots on target though - pathetic. I was going to buy a dish, but the good Sheikh telephoned me and said not to as the club don't need the sky money and he advised me to continue watching via a grainy internet connection.

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  4. Couldn't believe that I was at the same game when MOTD2 showed their selected highlights. Forget the debatable handballs, it would have been an absolute travesty if Fulham had equalized.
    As I stated last week, City look far more purposeful and direct with Santa Cruz leading the line rather than Adebayor. The only fault was our lack of clinical finishing.

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  5. Just off the subject slightly, but something that pleased me no end this afternoon. Talk Sport ran a poll amongst its listeners as to who they would like to see finish 4th between us and Tottenham. The result was staggering, 77% wanted us to finish 4th and only 23% for Tottenham. Now either a lot of City fans listen to Talk Sport at that time, fans of all the other London clubs ganged up against Spurs or we are still everyones 2nd favourite club, despite the media trying to suggest that everyone hates us now due to our new wealth.

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  6. Hi Tony

    On a similar theme I was in a pub outside Upton Park on the opening day of the Season a couple of years ago. They were all watching Spurs v Sunderland and the place erupted when the Mackems got a last minute winner.
    Not sure why, but Spurs are the most disliked Club in London by a country mile. Personally, if we finish Fifth, I'd rather Spurs qualify than Villa or Liverpool.

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  7. I used to like Spurs until that vile verbal attack a couple of years ago on Sol Campbell,yes I know it was a minority but it still leaves a nasty aftertaste.

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