England 0 Montenegro (or Macedonia in the MEN) 0, not very inspiring, but our boys came out unscathed and a bright performance from AJ apart from the final ball. Today the Arse won, rags drew (very funny though I’ve not seen it yet) and Chelsea drew. So it’s wide open at the top if we can do something tomorrow.
Sad week of course with Big Mal bowing out. I was on holiday in Devon in 1965 visiting Sue’s relatives and her uncle said to me “you’ve got old big head at City next season” and it sounded promising. Thanks for the tributes coming into the blog. 83 wasn’t a bad age considering his lifestyle, and as Bernard M. observed “ just think what he’d have been like with two f*ckin’ lungs!” Steve Mingle will be doing a tribute for the next zine, but please keep yours coming.
We’ve just posted all the KK 182 subscriptions out and tomorrow it’ll be on sale at Blackpool. Here’s the it’s A Fix extract :
8) SUNDAY OCTOBER 17TH : BLACKPOOL (AWAY) KO 4PM
They’re back in the top flight for the first time since 1971, almost a forty years absence, and a situation no one could really have envisaged, apart from, maybe, Ian Holloway, as they swept aside Forest and Cardiff in the play-offs. Last trophy was the F. A. Cup in 1953, recent connections include Andy Morrison, Paul Stewart and Trevor Sinclair. This is the 57th league meeting.
Ian Holloway brought in Cathcart, Sylvestre, Grandin, Martin, Harewood, Keinan, Varney, Basham, Phillips, DJ Campbell for possibly under £1M and out went others either released or on frees.
Squad also includes Euell, Ormerod, Gilks etc…..
Last league meetings were in season 1998/99, in the third tier when a remarkable 32,134 turned up at Maine Road in the first game of the season to see a 3-0 City win. Over at Bloomfield Road it was a 0-0 draw. There’s also been a few Cup encounters since their demise in 1971 and it’s been mixed fortunes for the Blues, going out of the F. A Cup 2-1 away in 1984, then winning through 2-1 at home after a 1-1 draw away in 1988. League Cup encounters have seen wins in this period twice (1978/79 3rd rd 1-1 away, 3-0 home; 1984/85 2nd rd 7-3 on aggregate) but losing the latest in 1997/98 1st rd 1-1 on aggregate but 2-4 on pens) Happy Days!
There’s also been a couple of friendlies, enjoyed by Blues fans as a day out by the seaside, though you’d never fancy a swim in the murky depths.
After 7 games this season they’re in an incredible 9th place with 10 points, but no wins one draw and one loss at home, their wins coming at Wigan, Newcastle and Liverpool!!
In the Carling Cup they went out 3-2 in the 2nd rd at MK Dons.
Capacity : 16,000 (For City TBC, but not enough)
Our form at Blackpool before that 0-0 draw in 1998/99 wasn’t bad and stands at 5 wins, 8 draws and 4 losses post war in the 17 League meetings.
Obviously they’ll be desperate for their first home win just as we should be to collect another three points. Ian Holloway came out and said on telly that we’d no history – I did write to him (no reply) so feel free to sing “we’ve won the League etc. etc. to him if you like.
Thankfully the ground has been updated since our last visit with three new stands plus a temporary one for us (well we did dismantle the old one once!) with plenty of roof supports to block the view a bit. Tickets, though, are a whopping £39, but can you really blame them for trying to cash in when you consider the capacity of their ground?
Obviously, Blackpool is probably the best away trip of the lot, and for many Blues was their first real away game, certainly for me it was a very special day way back on the 19th October 1957 when we clocked up a 5-2 win against Stanley and the boys. Tangerines against Sky Blues, traditional and classy colours. Let’s hope for more of the same today please. Loads of pubs, car parks, fresh air and fun, then….behave….
Post code is FY 1 6 JJ
Their crowds were down to an average of 3,002 for Division Four ‘Pool in 1982/83, and this season’s it’s 15,715.