Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Family for derby

ITV are looking to film a City family, dad, mum, kids, grandkids maybe, on the build up to the derby. If you know of anyone please get in touch with the Ed as soon as possible please.
Cheers
Dave

Monday, 29 March 2010

Stuff

Tony, don't feel guilty about your original post - I've just remembered that in Everton's zine WSAG they had an article slagging off City, fair enough if that's what they think. If I come across it I'll send it on but we're in turmoil decorating at the mo.
Also Newcastle have had a similar article but I generally tend to disregard such stuff as they're usually inaccurate and off the mark - a la the recent Everton postings, though they were a trifle more personally insulting. Well done guys for showing them up, and why don't scousers have proper or surnames?
Anyway it is Wigan tonight and despite our spending, wages, history, celebrity fans etc. we still see it as a possible banana skin. How arrogant is that?!
Dave

Sunday, 28 March 2010

This weekend

This weekend
Just a final point on Everton - my Toffees supporting son-in-law reckons that they are a better team without Rooney, and he was glad to see Lescott go as he was “crap in the second half of last season” I went along to watch Maine Road F.C., hello to Reddish Blues Stan,Gary, Dave Miller, and our very own Colin Nicholls and Colin Broadbent. Road lost 2-1 to Colne in a poor game.

So, results weren’t too good, Spurs winning, Liverpool winning so far, though Villa lost heavily, and possible threat Everton only drew at Wolves, who we beat 3-0. How did Vidic get away with that elbow at Bolton, and why was it not even picked up on MOTD? I wonder?

So, Wigan tomorrow night and here’s the It’s A Fix extract:
Last promotion 2005, a fantastic achievement, Lg Cup R/Up in 2005/06. Most recent connections: Antoine Sibierski, Michael Brown. Big name supporters? George Formby (deceased) 12th league meeting
Roberto Martinez’s squad includes : Kirkland, Caldwell, Bramble, Scharner, Melchiot, Thomas, Diame, Figueroa, Rodallega, N’Zogbia, Scotland, Moses, Koumas..
This season so far : At the JJB in October it was a 1-1 draw. Wigan went ahead through N’Zogbia on the stroke of half time and City equalised through Petrov just after the break. Zabaleta was sent off. Crowd was 20,005 with 4631 Blues.
Currently they’re 16th with 31 points from 31 games and 3 wins 2 draws and 10 losses away from home.
Our form in Manc v Wigan : At COMS last January it was a Zabaleta goal which clinched the welcome 1-0 win, the first in 9 Prem meetings. Crowd was 41,262 (2,411 Piepeople)
Comment : They’re a bit of an enigma really, losing to the rags then beating Chelsea, and Liverpool, so anything can happen, except we’re due another win.
Wind Ups : Where are you now you are shit
WWYWYW Shite : Well supported in the non – league days, but down to an average of 2,758 in season 89/90.
Their current average home attendance : 18,097 (20,447 highest so far)

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Everton

Sorry, I meant one trophy in 23 years. Anyone for the Kendall Out petition (10,000 and still counting!), or fancy setting fire to the opposition coach in order to stay up?
Dave

Everton

Everton, wow what a response from the anonymous toffee fans (not usually acceptable on this blog). Why do fans of other clubs want to come on to a City blog? Would any of us dream of going onto another club’s blog? Well not me for sure.
Anyway it was nice to have a warmer night for selling and we did OK.
As for the game, a few poor refereeing decisions, a few poor performances, naivety and dosiness for their goals but overall I thought we were a bit unlucky. Like I’ve said, the game should have been played months ago and that’s another issue.
Still, it must be great to be an Everton fan these days. One trophy in 25 years, none whilst under Moyes’ tenure, what a great manager he is. How far did they get in Europa? How far in the Carling? How far in the F. A. Cup?
A crumbling ground – Watford have built more stands than they have. No buyer or new ground on the horizon. Still, a double over City constitutes a great season, the sooner we get back to putting 5 past them the better. Obviously the Prem is crap, no question, but spare us your bile/bitter crap and get back to your own blogs/message boards and gloat in your mis-placed glory.
Don’t forget that the editor’s word is final and no further messages or correspondence will be entered into!
Dave

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

this week

This week
Firstly an apology for the ‘massive attack’ video bar put on by a typical united fan re MFV. I’ve not read it as it’s been removed but I understand how offensive it was and thanks for the response. I’ll talk to Chris, our blog guru, about it and keep you posted.

Fulham away, and the manumirror dragged out Dickson Etuhu this time in their series of ‘players who never want to play for City’. Apparently he wouldn’t trade European glory nights like Thursdays win over Juventus for City. Well, if he’d stayed at City, European glory nights could’ve been Dickson’s LAST season!
Good run down to the idyllic setting of Craven Cottage on a fine day as usual down there. Always interesting selling outside. Stewards left us alone and just one little altercation with a copper “I won’t tell you again, move down the road” “ Why? I sell here every year” “Because I say so, and I’m here every week”!
No bother. We were on the back row of the stand ‘entertained’ by a group of Blues in front of us who were having an enjoyable time, bouncing around, singing songs, breaking wind, and taking the piss out of unsuspecting neutral fans nearby. "My dad reads KK, but as you know kids don't read" "I know, that's why we put in cartoons!"
Two nil up at half time, surely this time we weren’t going to do our usual? Well we nearly did but got away with it, thankfully, though we did spurn a few chances.
Rags beat Liverpool so that keeps the scousers down a little and tonight it’s a crucial game against Everton at home.
Here’s the It’s A Fix extract : Their last promotion was in 1954, since then they’ve won the title 4 times, the cup 3 times, last in 1995, their last trophy and the European Cup Winners Cup once.
154th league meeting.
Most recent connection : Joleon Lescott, Big name supporter : Freddie Starr. 152nd league meeting
David Moyes’ squad includes : Howard (boo), Heitinga, Distin, Neville (double boo), Rodwell, Osman, Arteta, Donovan (?), Pienaar, Yakubu, Jagielka, Cahill, Senderos.
This season so far : Over at Goodison in January they gave us a 2-0 battering and it could have been more. Pienaar scored from a free kick in the 36th minute, and we gave away a soft stupid penalty just before half time which Saha tucked away.
They’re currently on the up with wins v us, Chelsea and united plus have just hammered Hull 5-1, so not a good time to play them. It would’ve been better earlier in the season.
They’re currently in 8th place with 45 points from 30 games and 3 wins 4 draws and 7 losses away from home. They’ve just gone out of the Europa Cup to Sporting Lisbon.
Our form at home to Everton : Last season at COMS in December they stole all three points with a last minute headed goal from a corner needlessly given away by Dunney. 41,344 (2,846 Toffees)
Since our promotion in 2002 we’ve won 4 and lost 3 including the last two. Time for a win again in what will no doubt be another grudge match, though Lescott's out injured, which we must make to our advantage.
Comment : Check out Tony Petrie's message on the blog.
Wind Ups : Usual anti-scouse and Moyes stuff.
Wwtwtwshite : Averaged 19,343 in 1983/84 season
Their current average home attendance : 36,567

Monday, 22 March 2010

City Massive Attack!!

Sorry I feel like Mr Angry the Daily Mail reader here but I just had to comment on this. I happened to click on one of the video clips that are at the side of the blog and noticed one called Massive City Attack. Having not seen it before I was absolutely stunned to see it was a 52 second video clip making fun of Mark Foe's death by heart attack. It can only be described as abusive, racist rubbish that I realise is still all around us, but I didn't expect to see it on the City Blog. Clearly produced by the sick mind of a rag, I can't imagine what it's doing on the blog unless it's been included to show us what a sick bunch of cunts some of them are.

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.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Burfield's form guide

FORM GUIDE (Prior to Sunderland) , JB's which has just missed KK178 :

A quick look at the race for 4th spot. City and Spurs occupy the box positions at this point, but both have tough looking run ins, whilst Liverpool and Villa seem to have a string of relatively simple looking fixtures. If I was a gambling man, I’d have my money riding on Martin O’Neill’s men, if only cos they seem best able to kick sand in the faces of the lesser teams at the moment, but in all honesty it’s tighter than a duck’s chuff!
The form guide kicks off at home to Bolton, where in similar vein to the previous match at Eastlands against Portsmouth, City got away with a 2-0 win having played pretty poorly and, with Vieira, Barry and De Jong all deployed in the engine room, having provided about as much entertainment as a Nigel Mansell Q&A on the relative slip differentials of slick and wet weather tyres.
Whatever, this Tuesday night snoozeathon, was then rendered a positive cracker by what followed. Yup, the footballing equivalent of having your eyes pecked out by birds and molten steel poured into the sockets, a visit to Joke City. My feelings about this club and its management team are made pretty clear in my piece. The beautiful game reduced to farce. In all honesty you might as well dispense with the football altogether, and decide the outcome via a pre-match ‘throw out’, ie give Rory Delap 20 attempts to torpedo the ball straight into the opposition net via a deflection off any one of half a dozen strategically placed, giant, Easter Island statues, and if he succeeds, call it a home win, if he fails call it an away win, and we can all go home.
Anyway, a crap scuffle of a game predictably ensued, that seemed to have swung in our favour when Faye was sent off for a cynical professional foul on Adebayor, only for Shay Given, who I am becoming less and less convinced is the best all round keeper at the club (the top shot stopper unquestionably, but not a patch on young Harty when it comes to commanding his area), to drop a ricket by allowing Glenn Whelan’s long range toe bunger to elude him and squirm in. Gaz Baz equalised late on, but even then it needed an extremely generous intervention from Alan Wiley to stop us from going under to a Delap/Shawcross long throw combination in stoppage time. By the way, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Zonal marking has worked pretty well under Mancini, except for when we’ve played dead ball specialist opposition. Fellaini filled his boots when we allowed him to take unimpeded 20 yard run ups to get above our defence at Goodison Park, and Stoke took similar advantage, getting the first touch on virtually every ball that was slung in. Modifying the system when we play these hulking brutes is a must in future, or we’ll never beat them.
After the game, the snide Pulis made enough of a song and dance to alert Sky TV to the possibility of getting Patrick Vieira banned for the cup replay, and whilst this probably did us an inadvertent favour in terms of temporarily preventing Mancini from fielding that disastrously slow, immobile and utterly unadventurous midfield trio of De Jong, Gaz Baz and Fat Pat in the league again for a while, it didn’t help us in the cup, the Stoke boss having correctly realised that in a football free scrap on a subutteo sized pitch, Vieira might be a key player for us.
Liverpool were up next in the league, and again the game is pretty much covered above, but beforehand we had to endure Fleet Street’s latest attempts to portray us as a club in crisis, the tabloids gleefully reporting that Bellamy had had a huge row with the manager and been ordered not to return for 3 months. If news of this ‘bust up’ was based on fact, RM wasn’t letting on, and His Craigness received a standing ovation when he came on as sub against the Scousers just 2 days later!
As to the game itself, well the lowest number of shots ever recorded in the Premiership (3 each) was the not unsurprising result of both teams matching 9 defenders up against one isolated forward. The Blues to their credit at least tried to win the match, but with King Carlos away on paternity leave, we never looked like ruffling Rafa’s uncompromising back four, or should that be eight?!
And on the subject of Carlos Tevez, I won’t lie to you, I was extremely twitchy whilst he was away, and did ponder the motivation for his absence and whether days might turn into weeks. In this regard, nervous City fans were not aided and abetted by a typically shambolic string of City press calls on the subject. One was all it needed, right at the start: ‘Carlos’s wife flew back to Argentina for a short visit, but went into premature labour. The baby’s now in intensive care and Carlos will remain there with his family until the nipper is out of danger’. Easy peasy, no?! It would have ended all the speculation about whether or not his wife flew back there on purpose to give birth and whether CT had any right to expect extended leave as a result, it would have told us how ill the baby was (it was over a week before it was made clear just how sick she actually was), it would have helped us appreciate why Carlos, like any parent, was determined to stay in Argentina, and it would have nipped in the bud, the press’s concerted attempts to create a rift between player and club. As it was instead, Mancini was embarrassingly forced to concede that he didn’t know where his player was, how long he would be gone, and, highlighting the danger of attempting to field questions in a language with which he is not yet fully conversant, it would have prevented him mishearing the word ‘order’ as ‘hope’, when asked ‘Have you ordered him back?’, and giving the hack concerned fresh ammo by answering ‘Yes…I ‘ope to ‘ave ‘im back .’ Do we employ a professional public relations advisor or what?!
Whatever, Tevez was again missing for our second visit to the land that time forgot, and again his absence was keenly felt. Yours truly caught the game online on ITV.com - sitting in a cramped computer room on a shit office chair, peering at a 17’ screen with two farting boys either side of me, makes me hope fervently that it is not an experiment that ITV will repeat any time soon – and for an hour or so, we looked a half decent side. Alas the game hinged on the ridiculous red card shown to Adebayor, forcing a reshuffle that saw the excellent Zabaleta drop out of midfield, and a collapse ensue as a result. When Faye was sent off in the league fixture, it made little difference, as the Stoke masterplan of launching the ball towards the corners to try and force throw ins remained unaffected. By contrast, with Ade gone, we had no-one to hold the ball up and no-one to help out either. An unconvincing flap from Given and four of the most limp wristed tackles you will ever see shortly after and it was Goodnight Vienna. With the exception of Stephen Ireland, who seems to have completely lost his zip (one wonders if there is some underlying medical issue), we played pretty well, but failed to take several first half chances and paid the price as a result.
Lastly then, there loomed a visit to that unhappiest of Manchester City hunting grounds, Stamford Bridge, and wouldn’t you know it, with the world and his wife expecting a thumping accompanied by goals for both John Terry and Daniel Sturridge, we came away with a four star win, gave both of our aforementioned bete noirs untold abuse, and all in all had ourselves a real good time. Only City, eh?! Truth be told, for 40 minutes, we did sod all, but once the ponderousness of the Chelsea rearguard had been exposed, we took them apart with ease.
Man of the Match was Carlos Tevez who never gave the wonderfully flummoxed Mr Terry a moment’s peace, closely followed by any one of Bellamy, De Jong, Zabaleta and the excellent Joleon Lescott. Apologies are in order from yours truly to our record defensive signing, as he’s really running into some form now, but in my defence, I did say that he would probably do a good job with a proper old fashioned, tall centre half alongside him, and on that score, Vincent Kompany has fitted the bill beautifully. The only dud at the Bridge, was probably Micah Richards, on a par with the stegosaurus in terms of his brain to body mass ratio. If he showed Nicolas Anelka inside onto his stronger (nay only), foot, once, he did it a dozen times. However, as Micah’s been in reasonable form otherwise, it would be churlish to castigate him for what we hope will prove a temporary blip. Oh, and finally then, maximum respec’ to Paul Lake, sat half a dozen seats or so to my left, and revelling in our victory like a good ‘un. Blue to the core and an absolute City legend.
Eleven matches to go, and it’s ours for the taking. After a horrendously negative and unconvincing start, there have been signs in the last 2 or 3 games that Mancini is starting to get the balance right. Beating Villa and Spurs are musts, but before then, consolidation in the form of a win at Sunderland is imperative. Onwards and upwards!

this week

This week
Sunderland, made the mistake of staying on the 50mph A1 instead of taking the A19 route. Nice day up there until the rains came down. We had a reduced allocation, so strange to see a pay turnstile, with a ‘reserved section’ at the front, which we went in, and got pissed wet through!
First half woeful. Second, the Miami Beach Boys, Bridge, SWP, and Micah came off and Roque, Vieira and Adam J came on and we were unlucky not to win. Craig Gordon playing us on his own, and what a beauty from Adam to pinch a goal in stoppage time. Bugger to get away from the ground but happy with a point.

We await news of the £1B investment planned for in and around Eastlands. Obviously one of the reasons the Arabs bought in to City was the availability of the land for re-development. I bet the council were rubbing their eyes in disbelief at their luck in this respect.

Managed to get KK178 off to the printers on Tuesday. Had to whittle it down from 52 to 48 pages and I now face the wrath of Burfield for having to omit his form guide. I’ll stick it on the blog though!
So thanks to everyone again. Some good stuff including : Blueprint for Football; Don Revie; Referees; A Bridge too Far; Gloryhunting, some great cartoons, and all the regulars. Should be out at weekend. How about this little snippet from TUIBlue, on the possibility of the rags going under :
Surely, my Blue friend suggested, I don’t want them to disappear?
I gave this due consideration for an entire millisecond and then responded. Did I want them to disappear? That’s not the half of it. I want their ground razed and the earth beneath it ploughed up, so that not a single stone is left upon another. I want it saturated in Agent Orange. I want a hundred megaton hydrogen bomb dropped on it. I want everything that remains on the site to a depth of ten miles carted away and scattered to the four corners of the earth. I want every communications medium ransacked and all mention of them expunged. I want it as if they had never existed. Their legacy will be a swathe of poisoned land, a wound on the body of the earth, a scar on nature’s face. That’s what I and any reasonable person wants – and I’ll f**king throttle whoever says different.

Both Liverpool and Villa have caught up with us this week, and what about Steven Gerrard eh? The Sky 4 mafia kicks in again, disgraceful
Cheers
Dave!

Sunday, 14 March 2010

this weekend

This weekend
Big Bob’s just been round to collect some KK177’s for Risley, so a big hello to all Blues and genuine footy fans in there.

Roberto (no scarf!) was seen at Old Trafford for their game v Milan, and I’m sure he now understands that the Italian slow build up and lack of pace is not the way in the Prem.

The manumirror omitted to include Billy Macs 11 goals in 10 consecutive games in 1957 in their Jermaine Defoe piece. No history? No wonder when it’s continually airbrushed out. Oh and the Burf’s pointed out that because of City, Brian reade reckons Chester have gone bust. The cost of three of our players going to Miami could have saved them apparently. No other players from any other club went anywhere ever did they? We’re richer than your club Brian (Liverpool) get over it.
Today Steve Bruce tells us “we’ll never overtake united” and “we’ve always been in their shadow” I don’t think so.
Anyway, off to Sunderland in a mo, a lovely Mothers Day treat for Sue.
Here’s the It’s A Fix extract : Promoted in 2007, so this is their third season in the Prem. (this time!) Last Pot F.A. Cup 1973. Most recent connection : Benjani. High Profile supporter : Steve Cram. 118th League meeting
Steve Bruce’s squad includes : Fulop, Turner, Da Silva, Bardsley, Cana, Richardson (boo), McCartney, Malbranque (boo), Bent, Jones, Reid, Carson, Ferdinand, Zenden, Kilgallon, Hutton, Cattermole, Henderson, Benjani, Mensah
This season so far : At COMS in December it was that bizarre day when Hughes was fired before/during or after the game which City won 4-3. We went two up through Santa Cruz and Tevez with a pen, our first of the season in the 4th and 12th minutes. They pulled them back with goals in the 16th and 24th minutes by Mensah and Henderson. Bellamy made it 3-2 at the break, they equalised again in the 62nd minute through Jones but Santa made it 4-3 in the 69th minute before Turner was sent off for them after elbowing Barry which was an obscene decision according to Bruce. A typical day in the life of Manchester City. Crowd was 44,735 with 2,696 Mackems
Currently they’re in 14th place with 30 points from 28 games and 6 wins 6 draws and 2 losses at home.
In the Carling they went out to Villa 3-1 at home on pens after 0-0 in the 4th round.
In the F. A. Cup they went out at Pompey 2-1 in the 4th round.
Our form at Sunderland : Last season at the Stadium Of Light in August we registered our one and only away win, until Everton in April, 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! 46,797 (2,095 Blues)
This gave us our third win in the last three visits.
Comment : Looked to be in for a good season but hit the rocks recently. Will Benjani come back to haunt us? Surely not. With a bit of luck our good form up there will continue. They’ve just ended a bad run by tonking Bolton 4-0, playing football instead of high ball, so that should suit us fine. Spurs’ win yesterday means we need the points to stay up there. Let’s do it.
Wind Ups : Steve Bruce is, of course, still, The Elephant Man!
Groundwise: We opened up the S.O.L. in August ’97, in front of 38,827, the start of our relegation season to the third, losing 3-1 (Kinky pen). Since then they’ve increased the capacity and 47,475 watched the 2000 game. We’ll be in the Metro FM South Stand, allocation cut as we stood up last season, just like their own fans did. Tickets are £ 27.00.
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WWTWTWShite : Avd 13,601 in 86/87
Last season’s average home att: 43,344
Away Day Zines : A Love Supreme, The Wearside Roar – selling KK is tricky so please watch out for us.
Steve P’s Route: M62/M60 to M1/A1 North exiting at jn 65 (after Washington services) bear right onto A194 (M) to end of motorway and right onto A184 through East Boldon to A1018 towards Sunderland. If you’re early enough you can park on or just off the A1018 (Newcastle Road) – if parking restrictions haven’t changed.
There’s also a park and ride for the Metro at East Boldon - £2.70 for the day return fare to the Stadium of Light or St. Peter’s.
Public transport : Train from £44.50 advance or £61.90 anytime off peak return
Pubs/Parking : Plenty of pubs near the ground, but parking, like all these new grounds, not good.
Dave

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

this week

This week
No game of course so the Chelsea euphoria is fading somewhat.
We’ve had the Internationals with our England boys doing well. Robinho starred for Brazil, and Nige broke a Bolton player’s leg, which was a bit naughty.
Otherwise we had to settle for watching weekend games on the box – Pompey v Birmingham, Pompey doing us a favour so that we can still face Brum at home on Cup semi final weekend. Villa won at Reading and Spurs have a home replay with Fulham. So that could affect their top 4 aspirations.
Papers have been full, as you know, of Johno’s latest supposed misdemeanour, and Carlos has been in the news for courting a glamour model. Bridge, SWP (of the girlie boots) and bling boy Micah have been photographed in Miami with a bevy of beauties. All good clean living family boys of course! Wigan did us a favour beating a woeful Liverpool and Sunderland thrashed Bolton 4-0, changing their style to a footballing one as opposed to the high ball and Bent is on form, just before they and he meet us!
Thanks for the response to the help request on the 1969/70 cup games, particularly Neil Bailey, and the Us v Them book is just about ready for proof reading. Anyone go to Bolgna in ’70 or Darwen in 1898! Thought not! Anyway thanks to all contributors.
We’re currently putting together KK 178, and tons of stuff is being formatted. Thanks to everyone for hitting the deadline, even Burfield managed it at the last minute, at his third attempt! So it’s looking good.
Dave

And they say there's nothing much on TV

Don't miss Manchester United night on ITV1 this evening. It starts at
5.00pm with The Alan Titchmarsh show. Alan's guests are The Right Honorable Jack Straw MP, the Swiss philosopher Albert Hoffman and country singer Dolly Parton. In the programme, Titchmarsh asks his guests the tricky question, name your all time great Manchester United side.
6.00pm Regional news, where you can find out the latest from Old Trafford, before tonight's big clash against AC Milan, including footage of the United team queuing to board the team bus.
6.30pm, ITV News, all the news from around the world including the latest from Old Trafford on United's Champions League game against AC Milan who include former Mancheter United and England star, David Beckham in their ranks.
7.00pm Emmerdale. Cain and the rest of the Dingles argue as to where they should go and watch the Champions League fixture between Manchester United and former United player David Beckham's AC Milan, meanwhile Ashley holds a special service to pray for a Manchester United victory in their Champions League game against AC Milan.
7.30pm Full uninterupted (apart from the adverts) coverage of United's game against AC Milan. There is a break for the news at 10.00pm, but straight afterwards at
10.30pm Highlights of the evenings Champions League fixtures, including Manchester United vs. AC Milan.
11.35pm Cops with Cameras. Greater Manchester Police allow us behind the scenes at how their officers use cameras to help police the 75000 crowd present at Old Trafford to watch Manchester United play AC Milan in the Champions League clash.
12.25am Cinema Watch with Steve Scott. Steve reviews all the films that have featured Manchester United, including Looking for Eric, Best and Shrek.
1.20am Loose Women. Colleen Rooney and Posh Spice are the studio guests answering questions on how their men fared in the evenings Champions League game between Manchester United and AC Milan.
2.00 Close
5.00am - 8.00am Morning News. A look at all the early morning news including the Prime Minister's visit to Helmand province in Afghanistan where he can be seen talking to a cross section of troops on the governments Afghan strategy and answering questions on last nights Champions League game between Manchester United and AC Milan.
OK so it's a slow morning and I made some of them up, but the programmes between 7.30 to 11.35 are genuine.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Help

We need some help!
Some professional friends of KK’s are putting together a book on City’s cup runs of 69/70 and are looking for fan's experiences. If you’ve got any stories, match reports etc please get in touch. Here’s the list :

FA CUP 1969
3 : Jan 24 : Luton home
4 : Jan 26 : Newcastle away
4R : Jan 29 : “ “ home
5 : Feb 24 : Blackburn away
6 : March 1 : Spurs home
SF : March 22 : Everton (Villa Park)
F : April 26 : Leicester (Wembley)

LEAGUE CUP 1969/70
2 : Sept 3 : Southport away
3 : Sept 24 : Liverpool home
4 : Oct 14th : Everton home
5 : Oct 29 : QPR home
SF 1 : D 3 : M. Utd home
SF 2 : D17 : M. Utd away
F : M7 : WBA (Wembley)

EURO CUP WINNERS CUP 1969/70
1.1 : Sept 17 : A. Bilbao away
1.2 : Oct 1 : A Bilbao home
2.1 : Nov 2 : Lierse away
2.2 : Nov 26 : Lierse home
3.1 : Mar 4 : A.Coimbra away
3.2 : Mar 18 : A. Coimbra home
SF 1: April 1 : Schalke away
SF 2 : April 15 : Schalke home
F : April 29 : Gornik (Vienna)

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

weekend

This weekend
First I forgot to mention that Colin Savage admitted that he got mixed up about Martin Samuel, he is indeed a West Ham fan.
Chelsea away, 12.45pm kick off, and like I said, we were giving it a miss, so settled down to watch it on the box. Interesting, very interesting. You all know what went on so it was a pleasure to ram everything back down Chelea’s throats, the best way to do it and most un City like. Fantastic, and cheers also to friends Joe and Dolly who finally managed an away game when it didn’t rain and we won!
Bugger, I was there the last time we won, and also for Paul Dickov’s goal and I’ve just realised that the last time I caught the ball in the crowd was at Chelsea in a mid-week game in the 90’s (not West Ham in 1987) when I threw it back to a very aggressive Sinclair. 'Proud of our history' banner made me smile. Fair enough but what had Chelsea won before 1955? Nowt!
Carling Cup Final and Dennis Tueart’s goal in 1976 was voted the best ever in the League Cup. At the last P.O.B. meeting I suggested that both he and Don Revie should be considered for the Hall of Fame. Any thoughts? Rags won it of course, by default as usual, and the Cup was presented to them full of bottles, coins, missiles, darts and golf balls, just so they felt at home. Well it was in London!
Amongst other things that need clearing up are, and you guys have touched on:
1) Why is a light brush off, like Adebayor’s at Stoke, treated the same as a deliberate elbow, like Evra’s at Wembley (no booking? Or sending off?)
2) Why is a straight red a 3 match ban (or 4 in our case with Adebayor!) and a double yellow, the latter which should have been a straight red, as per Ballack, a one match ban?
3) Why didn’t Vidic get booked or sent off? Not good enough to say “well he plays for the rags”
4) Ryan Shawcross – as the mobster Jimmy Cagney’s played and his mum said in that film when he was dying on the steps –“he’s a gooda boy, not a badda boy” – bollocks – whilst I’m sure he didn’t mean to do real damage with his tackle on Ramsay - if anyone deserved sending off it was him, schooled in the rag tradition. Good to note that Stokies couldn’t keep up the booing and whistling for the whole 90 minutes v Arsenal
We’ll ask the Blue Vic. about some of the above, shame he doesn’t read or come on the blog!?
So, no match this weekend, and whilst official deadline for KK 178 is a week on Tuesday (and I daren’t risk the wrath of late contributors again) the earlier we get stuff now, and it’s already coming in, the better. Thanks
Dave