First a point about the rags 34/35 year flag at the Swamp.
Arsenal’s Gooner fanzine had a back page with Spurs 49 years since their last league title, even though Spurs have won a few cups in the meantime. I did comment on this blog that the rags would do the same with their flag until we won the Prem. However, that’s all well and good for a fanzine, but could you imagine a dignified and classy club like Arsenal allowing such a flag to be displayed at The Emirates? We should treat the rag flag with the contempt that it deserves as it shows the rags up to be the small minded back street shit on the shirtlap type outfit that they are, and always will be, despite the media hype about them being something else.
Anyway, Thursday was intriguing, Joe Hart worrying, and lots of intelligent posts on the blog, and one or two new posters, who we welcome, cheers to Guardi and company.
Europa, and a bit of a gaffe in the MEN saying we only had one solitary title. No wonder others think we have no history when slips like this are made in our local rag. Regarding the result of Lech Poznan 2 Salzburg 0, it looks like the Austrians are the group’s fall guys, so we can only hope that they can get some results from their other games except against us, of course. Lech are a bit of an unknown quantity but if we can do well against them, and we need to, we should progress.
Round and about there’s plenty of good teams left in the competition, so you could say we’d’ve been better off in the Carling than this marathon trog. As for it being either 4th spot or bust …..why not 4th AND a trophy? We were the first club to do it so why not do it again?
Loss of £121M loss reported so brace yourself for the usual Sunday tabloid rubbish we’ve become accustomed to.
Sven looks to be on his way to Leicester. How does he do it?
Tomorrow it’s Newcastle, here’s the It’s a Fix extract :
7) SUNDAY OCTOBER 3RD NEWCASTLE (HOME) KO 1.30PM
They’re back from their gap year, winning promotion at the first attempt somewhat surprisingly considering the Cityesque turmoil the club was in. So they’re back where they belong, but remain trophyless since the 1969 Inter Cities Fairs Cup win. Recent connections Shay Given, Joey B., James Milner. This is the 149th League meeting.
Chris Hughton has spent nothing bringing in Perch, Gosling, Campbell, Tiote, Ben Arfa on frees or loans, whilst recouping nothing on Butt, Lua-Lua and a couple of others. Squad includes Taylor, Ameobi, Barton (boo?), Smith (double boo), Harper, Nolan, Routledge, and Andy Carroll.
Last meetings were in season 2008/09 where on an October Monday night on Tyneside, we managed a ‘Desmond’, Robinho putting us ahead from the penalty spot in the 16th minute when Beye was sent off, a decision they’re still moaning about. Get over it. Then we had some kami-kazi defending gifting Ameobi the equaliser just before half time, then in the 63rd Dunney continued the buffoonery with an own goal and it was left to Stevie Ireland to save our blushes in the 86th minute. 45,908 (1359 Blues)
At COMS on a January Wednesday it was a 2-1 win with goals from SWP in the 17th, Bellamy in the 77th, with a Bridge blooper allowing Carroll to convert the cross in the 81st minute to make us sweat after coasting through the game. Crowd was 42,289 with 1840 Geordies.
After six games they’re 10th in the table with 7 points, and one win one draw one loss away from home and mixed results.
In the Carling Cup they won at Chelsea in the last round and face Arsenal at home in the 4th round.
At home to Newcastle, we’ve lost only once (0-1 in 00/01) in the last 11 meetings.
They’re still feeling their way in the Prem. but look to be making a decent fist of it, though our strong home form against them should see us through. Andy Carroll is the danger man and I was shouted down when I suggested we should sign him up before the transfer deadline (Jo, Santa Cruz, Adebayor swap plus cash?!)! Ben Arfa could be tricky too.
Usual wind up which really gets up their nose is “where were you….”
Crowds averaged 16,001 in 1980/81 and are currently 45,019, which is what you’d expect from a one city club! Last season it was 43,388.
Just a reminder that it’s KK 182 deadline day on Tuesday October 5th with lots of stuff coming in. It’s the derby issue so lots of rag bashing stuff needed to complement the Manchester derby compendium I’m working on, three pages so far! Van de Vaart scored 2 for Spurs today. Why didn’t we sign him?
C'mon you Blues