Friday, 26 February 2010

Stoke and stuff

Stoke and stuff
Not a peep from our club after Pulis’s words in the press about how badly they’re done to by referees (a man or two sent off every match).
So, thanks to Shay's daft clearance which led to their equaliser at COMS it was off to Stoke again. M6 was surprisingly clear and we learned our lesson, unlike Ged, (though he won’t contribute to the KK blog!) and parked on the right which meant an easier getaway, after extra time and probably penalties.
Roberto shook it up a little, and Ned finally got on the pitch. The Britannia disproves the theory that all seaters led to little atmosphere in modern grounds, but booing and whistling all match?
As you know we dominated for the first half hour but couldn’t take advantage. Pulis sent on his subs and Kitson scored, taking out Bridge and Kompany, but we equalised straight away, Ade and Bellamy making up for his earlier miss. Bennett, (was he influenced by Pulis’s press statements?) then sent off Ade, having his best game for weeks, for ‘violent conduct’ ridiculous, and he now gets a 4 match ban which, surprise, surprise, City aren’t contesting, or even making strong press statements about. Let’s roll over and have our bellies tickled eh? Bennett then missed the sandwich/elbow on Bellamy. Extra time and came the moment, the Delap throw in. I can vouch that the ball was greasy because I received it in the crowd and threw it back – first time since West Ham in ’87 when I threw it to Mark Ward from whose corner they scored their second to put us down. Sorry. So how is the towel situation allowed? Is a towel part of the game like the referee, goalposts, corner flags etc? Why can’t we put a man in front of Delap? Why can’t the subs warm up in front of him? Oops Shay comes out and misses it completely, 2-1. we had no trouble last year with Joe in goal for Delap’s throws, and it still pisses me off that I was shouted down on Blue Tuesday that time by Nigel Gleghorn and Paul Lake amongst others, for suggesting that Shay should dominate his area more, and we should maybe bring Joe Hart back.
Then, astoundingly, we let Stoke score a proper goal, Tuncay turning Zab and SWP whose half attempts at tackling left him free to score.
And that was that. We couldn’t even keep it going for another week and that lot on Sunday are going to delight in updating their banner at Wembley.
I didn’t think I’d be too bothered about going out as Chelsea away would be a big ask, as they say, but I really didn’t want us going out at Stoke of all places. OK we were a bit unlucky, but it is 34 years now, and we can’t keep using that excuse.
Garry Cook should get everyone together and examine how we handled this whole situation both on and off the pitch because until we stop being nicey fuckin nicey, and I don’t mean turning into the rags, we’re gonna continue to win fuck all.
I don’t even feel better about getting that off me chest.
To other things.
Everton re-arranged date Neil. Steve P has been onto the club re dates for this game to no avail. We’ve managed to put it off until they’ve hit form and no explanation has been forthcoming. We now have Spurs and probably Birmingham to sort out. Is ‘Hall Of Fame’ ex secretary Bernard Halford still drawing a wage at City, and if so why, and what is he doing?
Carlos Tevez – can’t make my mind up on this one though I hear the situation was a tricky one. (Sue wasn’t impressed by my statement that women have babies and men play football!) I believe his lady wanted to have the baby in Argentina and needed caring for by her personal doctor over there. Again, no proper explanation from the club, and as Carlos has bust a gut for City I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Wayne Bridge. I’m still confused. Even more so after watching him run 50 yards with the ball across the pitch at Stoke because he can’t kick it with his right foot.
Terry is a complete shit. Did he move in on Wayne’s woman, after they’d split, or was it going on whilst they were together? Whatever, as I’ve said before pretty despicable by Terry and I can understand Wayne not wanting to be anywhere near him in the England squad.
Chelsea tomorrow, and despite everything we need to pull ourselves together, and put in a performance. Mancini’s under pressure, which is a bit harsh I feel, but maybe we ‘ll do better against a top club. Sturridge may play for them and it begs the question as to why Cassell and company couldn’t sort him at City.
Early kick off, ticket prices, saving it for the cup game (ha!) on TV etc, so I’m giving it a miss. Full marks to Blues making the effort, let’s hope you’re rewarded.
Here’s the It’s A fix extract :
Last promotion : Came up with us in 88/89, and stayed ever since, winning everything except the Champions League. You can't but success, or history, apparently! Most recent connections : Danny Sturridge. Big name supporter : Sir Richard Attenborough. 130TH League meeting.

Carlo Ancellotti’s squad includes : Hilario (Czech, injured) Terry (boo), Essien, Cole A (injured) and J, Lampard, Drogba, Ballack, Carvalho, Malouda, Ivanovic, Anelka, Bosingwa, Alex, Mikel, Sturridge….,

This season so far : At COMS in December an Adebayor own goal put them one up in the 8th minute but he made amends in the 37th to level. Then Carlos made it 2-1 in the 56th, leaving it to Shay to clinch all three points with a late penalty save from Lampard.
They’re currently 1st with 61 points from 27 games and 12 wins 1 draw and 0 losses at home.
They’ve just lost 2-1 at Inter Milan in Europe, went out of the Carling Cup at Blackburn, and play Stoke, not us, next week at home in the F. A. Cup 6th round.

Our form at the Bridge : Last March, it was a 1-0 win for the Londoners courtesy of Essien (18) although it was a mystery as to how City kept it to only one! (41,819; 1,515 City) Otherwise our last win was in 92/93 4-2, since then it’s been 8 defeats, 3 draws, last in 04/05, and we haven’t scored there for 7 games?
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Stamford Bridge Capacity : 42,420 (1,472 for City)
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Comment: They’re doing OK under Ancellotti, and it will be interesting to see how Roberto does against his old Milan adversary.
The press have been stoking up the Team Bridge situation so it could be a grudge match. Time we got a goal or a point or a win here.

Wind Ups : Where were you….

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. Bastards. another reason not to go!

Their current home average att: 41,408
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 : As if it’s not bad enough travelling to London, the kick off’s been brought forward to 12.45pm for TV.
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.
Parking is difficult and expensive so the best bet is probably to 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.
Sat Nav: SW6 1HS
Trains M/C to London : Piccadilly to Euston with Virgin, £66.20 off-peak return. Advance tickets leaving very early, straight back from £27/£39 Victoria Line from Euston to Victoria, then District line to Fulham Broadway

Final thought – wouldn’t it be ironic if Dunney lifts the Carling Cup (he’d better!) and Joe the F. A. Cup!

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Today

Today
Liverpool home and a decent point in my view considering ‘Pool’s negative and physical approach. Mascherano and Kuyt were at it again in the press with their “you can’t buy history crap” – “how many cups did we win before their first” asked Ged? None? No. One? No. Two? No. Three? Yes three. I still can’t understand this hypocrisy. I was pleased for their fans at their euphoria when the yanks moved in, and doubly so when Dubai were on their horizon, so I don’t understand why they’re not happy for us now. Or maybe I do. Jealousy pure and simple.
Mascherano? Video evidence? Thought not. Why are our club not pushing for it?
The manumirror dragged up last summers Fergie story of how we will never be like them. Fine, there is no way we EVER want to be like them. And as for the Sunderland story from the 50’s why has that one cropped up again? Like I said before, what relevance has that got to do with 2010? None at all.
Anyway, off to Stoke in a minute to clinch a mouth watering 6th round tie at Chelsea. The pansies have been stoking it up how we‘ll be scared to death tonight. Dream on. Let’s hope for big and loud Blues support to lift the lads to a comfy win.
M6 was full of 50mph crap last week and down to single lanes on the way home, so could be late getting to bed spesh if it goes to extra time and pens, but we should do it in the 90 minutes. See you there!
Dave

Can Anyone Help

I used to have on video, Colin Shindler's Manchester United - Ruined my Life, the TV programme, not the book. Unfortunately, it seems to have been lost and I would really like a replacement. Does anyone have a decent copy either on video that I can transfer to DVD or ideally one already on DVD. I will gladly pay for postage costs etc.

Friday, 19 February 2010

this weekend

This weekend
So Vieira’s out for three games? Did Whelan get a retrospective yellow for his ankle tapping of Vieira? No, and have you ever read such whining from Pulis? Obviously a ploy to get Tuesday’s ref on their side even more than Wiley was last Tuesday. Anyway, Liverpool up next and here’s the It’s a Fix extract :
Their last promotion was in 1962, since when they’ve won the lot but no title since 1990, and their last pot was the F. A. Cup in 2006. Most recent connections : (uncle) Albert Riera, Craig Bellamy (bet they wish they still had him!) Big name supporter : Elvis Costello. 148 th League meeting.

Rafael Benitez squad includes : Reina, Carragher, Skirtel, Mascherano, Riera, Torres, Kuyt, Benayoun (Alice Cooper lookalike) Cavalieri, Babel, Gerrard, Agger (dooo doo doo), Ngog, Kyrgiakos, Lucas, Insua, Rodriguez

This season so far : Over in Merseyside in November it was a ‘Desmond’. Skirtel put them in front on 50 mins, Adebayor nodded one in on 69 mins, after Hughes brought on Tevez. Then Ireland notched the likely winner after 76 mins after which we promptly fell asleep and let them equalise through Benayoun a minute later. 44,164 (2964 Blues)
They’re currently in 5th place with 44 points from 26 games and 4 wins 3 draws and 6 losses away from home. In the Carling they went out to Arsenal. Then to Reading in the F. A. Cup, and in Europe the poor dears have had to drop into the farcical Europa Cup, talk about the big four being favoured. They’ve just scraped a 1-0 win over Unirea Urziceni at Anfield with a late Ngog goal in an unimpressive display.

Our form at home to Liverpool : Last season at COMS in October City went two up through Ireland (18) and Garrido (41). ‘Pool pulled one back through Torres (55), then Zabaleta was red carded for a challenge on Alonso. Torres got his second (73), Skirtel should have been sent off for kicking Jo in the back and was then stretchered off injured. Kuyt, who’d slagged us off midweek inevitably got their winner in the last minute, which was cruel considering our first half performance. (47,280; 2846 Scouse)
Our form in Manc since our promotion in 2003 is : Played: 6 Won 1 (1-0 5 years ago) Drawn 3 Lost 3

Comment : Dodgy season so far, but getting better. American owners under pressure to pull out. Rafa under pressure to resign, though getting good support from fans. Gerrard’s back but Torres could still be injured, but they’ve started to put results together but just slipped out of the top four. So up to us to come good in a big test.
Incidentally, twenty years after Hillsborough the Inquiry is finally underway and it could take two years. Would’ve been simpler if the culprits had just come clean and admitted the failings.

Wind Ups: Fat Spanish waiter…getting sacked in the morning (we hope!)….

Wwtwtwshite : Av’d 22,742 in 31/32
Their current home average attendance : 43, 277

Thursday, 18 February 2010

sjoke

Didn't Stoke have Icelandic owners a couple of years ago, or was that before you supported them Paul? Pre-Prem you got average gates of 8,000, and even City (the only one) have won a trophy since (and before) you. As for Stoke being MEN all I can recall is players being carried off and going down like ninepins in the recent games against City. Bring it on.

stoke

Stoke away – reasonable trip down the M6 on yet another cold night. Don’t think we sold out of tickets and fans seemed a bit down. Had a chat with the cops who didn’t have much idea about the half time incidents, but told us that 3,000 united fans arrived at kick off last season without tickets and were all sent packing.
Wondered what all the booing was about until I saw the Vieira incident again. Wrong, but still didn’t do Whelan much harm did it?. Wiley gave them every decision going first half – second he waved play on after Ade was brought down then changed his mind when the linesman flagged.
Bad clearance from Johnson led to their goal which Given should have stopped, and inevitably it was City old boy Whelan who scored. At least we kept going and Barry’s persistence paid off to make it one all. “We can win this “ said the bloke next to us. “we can lose it too” said Steve P. Five minutes of extra time and guess what? Our penchant for letting in last minute goals kicked in but luckily it was disallowed, Shawcross all over Given – similar foul to that given earlier by Ade on their goalie, and Shay was obstructed for every one of their throws and corners.
So the point takes us up to 4th, still with a (tough) game in hand, and with Carlos and maybe Bellers back for Sunday’s showdown let’s, including myself, be a bit more positive. There, that should put the mockers on it!
Dave

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

nigel morris on Robinho

Nigel's article missed the last deadline - here's his thoughts on Robinho's departure : So Robinho’s gone. Back to Brazil, only this time with City’s permission, for once. I certainly won’t miss him.
There’s absolutely no doubt the lad has an enormous talent. On a few occasions he even let us catch glimpses of it. The trouble was all the baggage that came with it. It started with the small matter of forgetting who it was he had just signed for. Easy mistake to make I suppose, but ask yourself this. If someone offered you a job on £160k a week and you only had to work once, or maybe twice a week, for about an hour and a half at a time, with a fifteen minute break do you think you might just remember the name of the company you now worked for?
Next, it was the little statement of defiance in the way he dressed. The rest of the squad was expected to wear a tie with their club suit, but our man decided he was such a big star he didn’t have to bother. Well, OK, probably not so much of a deal, but would it really have hurt him to show a little bit of respect? I don’t think Colin Bell had too much problem looking like an ambassador for the club rather than a silly juvenile.
Still, he did start to score goals for us. For a while. Of course that fact gave him licence to be in a Leeds night-club in the early hours getting up to whatever it was that led to accusations of sexual assault. It was nice to have that one associated with our great club, wasn’t it? City immediately threw enough money at legal talents to make it go away. How well we all remember Robinho’s proclamations of gratitude for the way the club had supported him through his nightmare. Don’t you? Well, he probably thought it anyway.
It was about this time that he decided he didn’t really do away games. Especially in winter. Well, for just £160k a week, you can’t expect much.
How we thrilled to his skill and trickery as he shimmied back to Brazil every so often to “sort out family business”. His deftness of touch was surpassed only by Mark Hughes’s creativity in explaining to the press how, actually, he had in fact given permission. It was all just a misunderstanding. A breakdown in translation. Either that, or we were treated to the “We’ve had a word and the matter is now sorted” routine. Keep the peace.
Serious sulks broke out when we shipped out his equally piss-poor mate, Jo. What a serious waste of money he was. Whoever decided he was a footballer must have had a passionate interest in cricket. You could see a mile off he was a total duffer. On the odd occasion he turned out for us he drifted well away from the action. Frequently to be seen wandering about near the wing, well away from anyone who might kick him. Shipped off to Everton, where he immediately began telling anyone who would listen how much he hated it at City and life was much better at Everton, where they really understood him. Well, eventually of course, he was right, they did understand him. That’s why he’s not there any more.
Anyway, back to Robinho. His toys went well out of the pram as soon as Jo had been moved out on loan, and when City had the temerity to ship out Elano, well, that was it. Down tools.
Of course, he did thrill us once more with his exquisite goal at Scunthorpe, but other than that, his only contribution was that of a bit of dressing room unrest.
Now he’s at Santos, having arrived in a helicopter and then scored a winning goal. What does he do? He starts bleating about how he is so happy to have escaped his nightmare at CIty. So exactly what nightmare was that Robbie? Did we keep forgetting to pay you all the money you were entitled to under your contract? Did we expect you to train in some crap facility? Did we do anything that it would be unreasonable for an employer to do?
The nightmare, actually is ours in that having willingly entered into a deal to apply his skills, week in, week out in return for a ludicrous amount of money, it was Robinho who decided not to keep his end of the bargain.
No doubt he will also expect City to go on paying all or part of his wages for the remainder of the contract or at least until a compromise deal is agreed. I bet he won’t say that since he didn’t deliver his end of the deal, he doesn’t expect to be paid. He won’t care either that our chances of recouping £32.5m for him are about as good as Michael Johnson’s are of winning the “Slimmer of the Year” award.
Can you imagine any other walk of life where you could be employed on an extremely good salary, even compared to your peers in the same line of business, but you could routinely fail to deliver and still expect to be paid? Can you imagine being in a job where you could sulk with your employers because they asked you to do things you didn’t particularly want to do? He’s going on now about how he wasn’t always happy and didn’t like being asked to run and run during a game.
Pass the sick bag, mother.
Will he come back in the summer? I really hope not, and I hope City will have learnt their lesson. A £32.5m error. Sure, he gave us some publicity and it was good, initially to be able to think we had actually signed a genuine world superstar. On the other hand, to be a superstar at anything, you actually have to achieve something, and he hasn’t, and with that attitude, he won’t. He couldn’t hack it in Spain and he couldn’t hack it in England. Now he’s gone back to Santos, a club he originally left in acrimonious circumstances. How long will it be before he is explaining to the media what he doesn’t like about being there? Eventually no doubt he’ll end up playing in the K-League or similar. Grumbling and warming a bench.
Nigel Morris

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

uncle ryan

Some gentle humour from Uncle Ryan :

Footie on the telly Dear Uncle Ryan,
There’s too much football on the telly. I think the people who run football are trying to take over TV.
(Football widow, Manchester)
If that were true, imagine who could be presenting the channels:
Betting Channel: Michael Owen & Steve Claridge
Boxing Channel: Stevie Gerrard & Joey Barton
Horror Channel: Phil & Gary Neville
Fashion Channel: Roberto Mancini
Money Channel: Sheikh Mansour
History Channel: Malcolm Glazer
Men & motors: Maurizio Gaudino
Comedy Channel: Garry Cook
Adult Channel: John Terry

Aliens/life on other planets Dear Uncle Ryan,
Thanks to new satellite and computer technology, scientists (and bookmakers) believe it’s when, rather than if, we detect life forms on other planets.
(Prof. Steven Barking-Mad, Cambridge)
Dear Professor,
Here’s what the great and good of football may or may not say on this historical development:
Garry Cook: I think we should beam our club logo, plus those of our sponsors, of course, into space so as to raise intergalactic awareness of the club product environment.
Tony Pulis: who needs rockets? I can get Rory Delap to chuck a satellite into space.
Andy Gray: Space exploration has been undermined by City’s big spending.
Roy Keane: NASA have been totally unprofessional in the way they’ve gone about the search.
Stan Collymore: one noight, I went out with a pair of binoculars. I was told that this car park was a great location for stargazing, loik. Well, that’s what I said to the Old Bill.
Roman Abramovich: Other worlds? I’ve already bought them.
Karen Brady: If we find alien life, I’ll rename the team West Ham Galactic.
Gary Neville: I am sure the aliens will all be united fans.
Sam Allardyce: I can’t see these alien guys being of much use. For a start, we won’t get work permits for them. Also, their average height is between three and four foot. They won’t be much cop in the air, will they?
Jose Mourinho: It doesn’t change anything. I am still the centre of the universe.
Carlos Tevez: some aliens are short and squat with long dark hair and misshapen heads.
Sven: one race of aliens are called the Nordics. They look Scandinavian and have boundless energy, especially in the bedroom. Well, er..
David Moyes: some of u-, er, these aliens are shape-shifting lizards. They look human, but when rattled, their skin becomes scaly, their eyes bulge and they start to hiss.
Steven Ireland: a couple of years ago, one alien set up home on my head. He gave me superhuman powers and a dodgy pair of underpants. He’s gone now. So have the powers. Still got the pants, though.
Mick McCarthy: frankly, do I look as if I care?
Fleet street football journalist: these aliens. They come over here. They take our women and pinch our jobs. Send them back! That’s what I say! Up the reds!
Eric Cantona: when ze seagulls follow ze UFO, it is because zey sink zat sardines will be sreeuwn into ze Sea of Tranquility.
Arsene Wenger: I have never seen an extraterrestrial.

Monday, 15 February 2010

this week

This week : Forgot to mention there was a POB meeting last week. good turnout lots to discuss, official minutes awaited.

We all bust a gut to get KK177 to the printers last week to be out for the home game with Stoke. My hunch was if Spurs beat Bolton, and City go out or we’re away (at Chelsea) that would’ve meant one home selling day Liverpool, and maybe a run of 5 away games on the trot – Stoke (FA Cup replay), Chelsea, Chelsea (F.A. Cup ) Sunderland, Fulham. Good planning eh?
So it was a disappointment all round. A cold, cold day again, poor crowd, 28,000 – late kick off, on TV, ticket prices fairly high on Stoke’s insistence, and folk who used to stop and chat and buy a zine walking past without a wink or a nod. Depressing.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, we had the game. Started brightly, then faded with some appalling passing. Funny how Stoke were supposed to kick us off the park yet it was they who had men injured. It looked promising at 1-0 then it all went to pot culminating in Shay’s pathetic clearance into Delap area touch and the inevitable. Joe dealt well with the throws last season. I was shouted down by Lakey and Gleghorn on Blue Tuesday that time for having the temerity to suggest that Shay should come out for crosses now and again. Does his shot stopping compensate?
I sat there wondering what I was doing there. Barry nearly nodded in the winner but we now have to face two trips to Stoke and maybe two to Chelsea. What a draw that was.
So, off to Stoke tomorrow with batteries recharged. We’ll miss Tevez but Johnson’s back and we still should have too much for them. Here’s the It’s a fix extract :
Into their second Prem season, and their one and only trophy was the League Cup in 1972 when they beat Chelsea 2-1. Most recent connections : Glen Whelan, Peter Reid. Big name supporter : Nick Hancock. 82nd league meeting.

Tony Pulis’s (Two nil up and he f**ked it up) squad includes : Sorenson, Wilkinson, Ab Faye, Diao, Delap, Collins, Huth, Shawcross, Lawrence, Fuller, Whitehead, Etherington, Beattie, Simonsen, Tuncay, Higginbotham (boo) Whelan, Kitson…

This season so far : At COMS in December it was Roberto’s first game in charge and we strolled to a comfortable 2-0 win. Petrov opened the scoring on 28 minutes and Tevez finished ‘em off on the stroke of half time, in front of 47,325 with 2,844 Stokies. Obviously we've just had the cup game. Nuff said!
Currently they’re in 11th place with 29 points from 23 games and 6 wins 3 draws and 3 losses at home.
In the Carling they went out 4-0 at Portsmouth in the 4th round.
In the F.A. Cup they’ve beaten York City 3-1 at home in the 3rd and Arsenal 3-1 at home in the 4th round
Our form in Stoke : Last season in January it was a 1-0 loss with Beattie getting their goal just on half time. Delap was sent off for a vicious foul on SWP which seemed to affect our little maestro who was retrospectively banned on video evidence for a few games owing to a mild retaliation. 27,236 (2,818 City)
Prior to that we’d won 3 and lost 3.

Comment : Could be another double on the cards. It’s a pretty intimidating atmosphere there at the moment and Delap’s throws are tricky, so keep the throws down to a minimum in the danger areas City. A moral;e boosting win is much needed.

Wind Ups : There’s only one City plus pansy Potters and Stoke you’re a F**kin joke (pity that Manc rhyymes with Wank!) .

WwtwtwShite : Averaged 8,288 in 1985/86
Their current home average attendance : 27, 027

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The Britannia Stadium Capacity : 28,218 (2,800 for City)

Groundwise : We’ll get half of the stand behind the goal. Last season at half time there was lots of bottle and bin throwing by Blues for some reason and the cops with dogs came in. Surprised therefore to hear that it is still going on at other games and culminated in the death of a Blackburn fan recently when a bin hit him on the head. Why have they still got bins instead of the plastic bags utilised elsewhere? I’ll hopefully have a chat with the cops to try and clarify the situation.
Away day zine : The Oatcake (buy it if you can)

Steve Parish route: M6 to jn 16, then A500, under the new flyover junctions, then left onto A50 (signed Uttoxeter) and first exit left and back on other side for the stadium. In previous years, away fans have been directed to Trentham and the A5035 entrance to the ground. (Leave M6 at jn 15, at the roundabout take A519 right, then left at lights (B5038 Whitmore Road) down to A34 and turn right, then left at roundabout on A5035, road to stadium on left after about a mile.
Parking : Plenty of car parks round and about
Sat Nav : Mathews Way ST4 4EG
Public transport : Off peak day returns from Piccadilly to Stoke from £8.90 (limited trains) to £12.90.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

this week

This week
Well we managed to get the zine off to the printers last Monday (sorry to Phil, Mike, Nigel and Robert who missed the deadline – we’ll try and put parts of their articles on the blog) and picked it up yesterday than delivered to the outlets, Aleef and Urbis. Tried to get it publicised on Mcivta but for some reason it didn’t appear?!
It’s the Everybody Hurts special, A4 48 pages £2.50, with stuff on the derby semis (Tony – the MEN didn’t print my request for the last 40 minutes of the game to be replayed with NO home fans in O/T, further to the missile throwing incident at 0-0 which changed the game!) It includes the usual regulars, stuff on united’s finances and the situation at Notts County plus the 1989/90 second part of the season review, and much more on City.

Bolton home, and another perishin’ night. Not very inspiring but a much needed win and great home debut for Adan Johnson, after the defeat at Hull. And as already discussed other results went reasonably well, Liverpool losing at Arsenal, Spurs at Wolves, and Villa drew with the dirty rags (Nani sent off). So, all of a sudden it’s all on again. Today it’s the F. A. Cup 5th round v Stoke, here’s the It’s a Fix extract : Ironic that we play Stoke twice within a few days, and if there’s a replay……

We’ve met previously in five rounds :
1911 1st round 2-1 home : 29,000
1928 5th round 0-1 home : 73,668
1934 6th round 1-0 home : 84,569 (still the highest gate outside Wembley)
1973 3rd round 3-2 home : 38,648
1976 4th round 0-1 away : 38,072
Going through three times.

Home form v Stoke is : They’ve had only one win here in the last 8 meetings, 1-0 in 97/98, whilst City have won the other 7, so it’s looking good, though it is the cup.

Recent previous 5th rounds include :
06/07 Preston away 3-1 : 18,890
05/06 Villa away 1-1 : 23,847; home replay 2-1: 33,006
03/04 united away 2-4 : 67,228
00/01 Liverpool away 2-4 : 36,531
Going through twice.

Draw : Chelsea v Cardiff; Derby v Birmingham; Reading v West Brom; Saints v Pompey; Bolton v Spurs; Fulham v Notts County; Palace v Villa.

Friday, 12 February 2010

Bridge of Sighs

I see that Ashley Cole is likely to miss the World Cup, leaving Wayne Bridge as the obvious choice as his replacement. However today the newspapers are concerned that he and Terry wont be able to play together and suggested possible alternatives - to playing Bridge! So let's get this straight. JT shags Mrs Bridge and Mr Bridge has to miss out on a World Cup trip because of it. Oh and whilst I'm on my soapbox. JT is sacked as England captain because he had an affair so he is replaced by Rio Ferdinand but it's OK because his only misdemenours include missing a drugs test and leaving a big question mark as to whether or not he was guilty and being recently banned for four games for giving an opponent a forearm smash in the penalty box. What great role models our footballers are and what a strange country we live in.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Blackburn/Stoke

Regarding your comments Neil, both united and City fans were doing this last season at half time. For some reason bottles and bins were flying, it was a very dangerous situation and there were kids there who were extremely frightened and worried. I'm surprised to hear that this is still happenimng almost a year on and if action had been taken - they're very quick to stop us selling zines at theses places - then that Blackburn lad may still be alive. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends but you can't help thinking that it could have been avoided. We are at Stoke next week and I'll talk to the cops
Dave

Sunday, 7 February 2010

stuff

Paul Heaton's deffo Sheff United - replied to the poster as I couldn't get on the net yesterday before Hull.
I though that Samuel was West Ham - he looks like a Hammer but Colin Savage who'd been in conversation with him after Colin's Daily Mail article on Shindler told me he was Arsenal. Kevin Cummins last week confirmed he was West Ham and this morning's programme seemed to confirm it too. Sorry about that, I'll admonish Colin accordingly next time I see him
Dave

Friday, 5 February 2010

tomorrow

Tomorrow we’re off to Hull so here’s the It’s a fix extract :
Were promoted in 2008, so in their second Premiership season. Most recent connection : Geovanni, Brian Horton. Big name supporter : Paul Heaton. John Prescott? 16th league meeting

Phil Brown’s squad includes : Myhill, Gardner, McShane, Zayette, Dawson, Mouyokolo, Fagan, Boateng, Hunt, Cairney, Altidore, Kilbane, Zaki, Geovanni, Barmby, Duke, Mendy, Vennegoor of Hesselink, …

This season so far : At the end of November we played out that 1-1 draw at COMS. SWP opened the scoring on half time, and Bullard equalised from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute.
Cue a re-enactment of the Phil Brown half time on the pitch team dressing down from last season. Very funny (?). A real sickener. Crowd was 46,382 with 2,358 Tigers.
They’re currently in 18th spot with 21 points from 24 games and 4 wins 4 draws and 3 losses at home.
In the Carling Cup they went out 4-0 at home to Everton in the 3rd round. In the F. A. Cup 3rd round they lost 4-0 at Wigan.
Our form in Hull : Last season, at the KC on a cold November day it was a disappointing 2-2 draw. We went behind to a Cousins goal (15) Stevie Ireland equalised (37) then put us ahead on the stroke of half time. But a Kompany OG in the 60th levelled and that’s the way it stayed (24,902; 2472 Blues).
Overall we’ve played 7 times in the league in Hull winning one (2-1 in 1909/10), drawing 3 and losing 3.
Comment : They’re continuing to struggle, look a good bet for the drop, but gave a good account in the home mid week game v Chelsea so will be up for it v City. Dangerous at set pieces, but no Bullard so that’s a relief!. Will we see Johnson, or Bridge? Wouldn’t it be nice to get a win and celebrate our goals with a piss take of theirs at COMS?

Wind Ups : There’s only one City…going down…

Groundwise : No change to the Kingston (do they sing Kingston Town?) Communications Stadium, where we’ll take up part of the stand behind the goal.
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Kingston Communications Stadium Capacity : 25,504 (2,500 for City)
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Their current average home attendance ; 24,089
WWTWTWshite: Averaged 3,993 in 1981/82
Away day Zine ; There was one on sale last year so look out for it
Steve P’s routemaster : M62 all the way, which leads straight onto the A63. Continue on the A63 under the Humber Bridge. The road continues into the A63 Clive Sullivan Way. Don’t take A1166 slip road, but after that as the road sweeps left away from the river, turn off onto the slip road just before the fly-over, sign-posted 'Local Traffic/Infirmary' and for KC Stadium. At the roundabout, take the second exit "Rawling Way". At the next main set of traffic lights (and with the Hospital in front of you), take a left turn onto A1105 Anlaby Road. Continue over the fly-over. At the foot of the fly-over, take a right turn into Walton Street. The Walton Street car park next to the stadium is located just over half way down this street after the Sports Arena. There’s also a car park at Smith & Nephew on Rawling Way, ten minutes walk from the ground, maybe handy for a smart getaway.
Sat Nav : HU3 6HU

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Michael Owen

I see that the manumirror have annonuced (in a small paragraph) that the rags will not be renewing Michael Owen's contract at the end of the season. So what happened to all the 'Fergie doesn't make many mistakes' and 'he'll prove to be better than Tevez' type shite that was peddled at the start of the season and by those clowns on red Wednesday a few weeks ago? Anyway doesn't look like he'll be off to the World Cup and well done Michael for writing yourself out of the Liverpool Hall Of Fame.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

this week

This week
Livewire AC/DC were tremendous on the Saturday night at Bolton. Couldn’t get tickets this last time for the real deal as all the Johnny Cum lately’s have latched on, so a good second best..
Portsmouth, was a bit flat but after the missilegate defeat at the swamp we were happy to get the three points. Not without a few scares though, but as we well know, teams at the bottom get no luck and it DOESN’T even itself out over the season.. Good to see Ade back and notching a goal too but Bobby Manc must get him in the middle and away from the wing. Remember that Cloughie documentary when he shouted at Francis “I don’t pay you to be out on the fuckin wing, get in that box. Lesson to learn.
Transfer window’s closed and we’ve signed Johnson, a good prospect from ‘Boro. Robinho’s gone to Santos on loan and Benjani’s off to Sunderland on loan. Why can’t we get fees for our players? Mealy mouthed write up in the manumirror on the Pompey game by David McDonnell. Meanwhile the Terry debate hots up.
We’re on with KK 177 now, having brought the deadline date forward owing to playing Stoke at home in the F. A. Cup and stuff is already coming in. And hey fellas – what’s wrong with 4th place AND the F. A. Cup, but if it has to be a choice then it’s the Cup for me. I thank you!
Dave