Monday, 26 July 2010

Leeds

Thanks for that Tony. I wasn't chasing Denis but the ref , a Mr D. Martin from Scunthorpe who gave Leeds two penalties in the last ten minutes and failed to give City one when Charlton handled in the box!

Denis Law Debut for Manchester City

For those who haven't seen it, I have posted a brief clip of Denis Law's debut game for City on YouTube. The game was played in March 1960 at Elland Road and resulted in a 3-4 defeat for City, Law scoring and making a goal. I could swear that the young lad chasing after Law to get his autograph is a young Dave Wallace.

The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mhA4zjx3v4

Saturday, 24 July 2010

This week

This week
Paul Hince in the MUEN penned his latest ‘I love Fergie column’ by suggesting that the senile old sod would be the best man to manage England. Well, last time he managed an International team, Scotland, if I remember right, he disregarded the captain (Alan Hansen) of the double winning team (Liverpool) and the Scots were dumped unceremoniously out of the World Cup (or was it the Euro Championship?) Anyway they were shit, and Fergie was a crap International manager. I was going to write to the MUEN in this respect but they haven’t printed my last two letters on the feisty and fearless silly rag, Diane Cook’s columns so decided not to bother.
Malaysia has now cottoned on that the rags are in league with the devil and banned rag shirts. No further comment necessary!
Well we’re still chasing a few players – Milner in particular, but should we pay more than £18M for him and allow Villa to strengthen their squad with two or three additions? I don’t think so.
Looks like the Kolarov deal is done so there's another decent looking signing. I see we lost to Sporting Lisbon last night. You can trot out the old clich├ęs and excuses but if we are ever to get into a winning frame of mind we should be doing our best to get results in such games, even with a below strength, not yet fit squad, or am I being picky?
Thursday we attended the funeral of City legend, both on the playing, coaching and scouting staff of Ken Barnes. It was a packed gathering with lots of star names past and present, a fitting tribute to one City's and the games great characters, which should be reflected in KK 180. If you’ve any Ken memories send em in please, but quickly.
So how’s it coming along, KK180? Very nicely thank you very much.
We’ve stuff on the defence of Bernard Halford, Colin looks at the rest of the Prem, we’ve articles on the players, plenty on the World Cup, 80/81 season, Summer 'City World' diary, How Was It, It’s A Fix, Desert Dispatch, Ged Sound Off, Jim Whitworth, Tangled Up In Blue, Nicky Weaver interview, the Mad Hatter, Tony Petrie’s thoughts (including a cracking photo of Rooney, Points of Blue, Trautmann book review and lots more. Hopefully we’ll hit the streets for the Valencia (stick yer head between yer knees and whistle up yer Barcelona) friendly game.
Cheers for now- Dave

Sunday, 18 July 2010

This week

This week
No new signings, unless you count Platt and Lombardo, further to Toure, Boateng and Silva, though we’ve re-signed Stuart Taylor!. Lots of rumours, so many that we’ll wait and see what transpires. What and who else do we need? Always worth a bit of speculation, over to you!
Kids school concert nights this week and I can’t resist giving a mention for grandson and big Blue Joe, now eleven. On a recent school trip wearing his City shirt it was spat on by a bitter ragboy. I won’t expand but he sorted it! Something we’ve all had to get used to over the years from the despicables.
Anyway it was rock night and an incredible 70 pupils performed, singing and playing in separate bands to the likes of Bon Jovi , La’s etc. Joe played lead guitar on Highway to Hell – no granddad influence here, just the Westleigh teachers tuition and coaching who have to be commended.
Thursday night I was invited to the launch of the new kit in town. We seem to accept these days that there’ll be a new kit or two each year so over to those who want to buy them. Certainly my youngest son is always happy to get the latest.
Sad news was, of course, the passing of Ken Barnes, a player from my era. It was always a pleasure to watch Ken play and later to talk to him on various occasions. He did a first class scouting job for City later and will be sadly missed. RIP.
It was a rainy night in Manchester (not Georgia!) There was a good crowd present including Badly Drawn Boy, Mark E Smith and, I’m told, Adio off Kid British, and the Doves. We were given a sneak preview of the soon to be released City film, Blue Moon Rising. A bunch of mad Blues being followed over last season. One said “my priorities are City, beer and women, which is why I’m still single!” Another received a text from his City daft mate which just said ‘City!’ So we look forward to the release in August some time.
As for the kit it’s been difficult to follow last years. The gorgeous colour, so envied by other clubs, and goalies even, just look at those who use it as a second kit (and didn’t Forlan shine in the World Cup wearing the sky blue, lesson there somewhere) has been retained. Main difference is the collar or lack of it and I’m not sure how this will look when the polo necked undershirts are donned in the winter, by the big soft sods. Socks revert back to sky blue with maroon tops as worn in the famous pics of Colin Bell and Franny Lee etc in the good old days. Second strip is now navy blue, to reflect the dark side of the moon, we’re told. Not sure about the stripey socks though. One particular feature was inside the collar, a mini City scarf. Cracking idea but would look great outside the collar. Maybe next year eh?
We then repaired to Thomas’s restaurant on Thomas Street, where we were wined and dined, and I enjoyed the company of Alan Galley, Steve the Blue Vic, and Kevin Parker. All in all a brill night. Thanks to City and Umbro.
So the boys are in the US of A (and that’s not the other side of Atherton!) So are the rags. Hmm wasn’t David Gill pooh poohing Chelsea’s visit there a couple of seasons ago as the USA was not a big market interest to them?Glazers rule – OK.
We kicked off with a 3-0 win over Portland Timbers, (I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK) Willie Donachie’s old club if I remember right, which is good as we usually just piss about in pre season friendlies. Jo got on the team sheet, so he’s still hanging on in there. We did a review of City’s American tours in KK 19, so here’s another one to add to that list.
Still tracking the grounds for ‘Us and Them’ and I’m pleased to say we’re getting there. Thanks here to Tony and Neil for your help. Foreign grounds are a bugger though with those running tracks round the pitch!
So there we go for this week, not long now is it? Bring it on!
Dave

Monday, 12 July 2010

Monday

Monday
On behalf of KOTK we did give a donation to the Chris Sievey fund, and I attended the tribute evening last Thursday which gave him a decent send off.
I have noted the Beatles debate on the blog fellas, and (at Tony’s request) would add the following: I first saw them on ITV in about September 1962 when they did ‘Love Me Do’ brilliantly (with John on the mouth organ) on Gay Byrne’s early evening show (Scene at 6.30/People and Places?)
After that it was the Orbison (pindrop)/Beatles (bedlam)/Gerry and the Pacemakers show in 1963 – just after ‘From Me to You’ had gone top.
They changed social attitudes in this country, but you know what? None of them could kick a ball!
So what’s been happening? World Cup’s over and what a job Howard Webb had refereeing THAT match. Thought he should have sent Nige off and how did he miss the corner when a goal kick was given and Spain scored shortly afterwards? Otherwise the old Steve Parish joke is relevant “The referee ruined the game by blowing up for EVERY foul” Love it.
Here at KK We’re trying desperately to finish the ‘Us and Them’
I’m struggling with a few European ground diagrams – Fenerbahce (1968), Airdrie (1970’s), Bologna (!970’s), Borussia M (1970’s), Linfield (1970) Gornik (1970), Honved (1970), Lierse (1969/70), Schalke (1970), Standard Liege (1970’s), Streymur (2008), and Widzew Lodz (1970’s). Anyone ideas – not much found on the net so far.
Just a reminder – next deadline is July 26th – plenty stuff in already for KK 180, usual format for the first of the season, let us know if you’re planning anything, look forward to it
Cheers
Dave

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Ha-Ha

Thanks to "Blue Manc" who texted this in to the Daily Star this morning:
Manchester City still have Boetang, Silva and De-Jong representing them in the World Cup. Whereas Manchester United just have Howard Webb. Apologies if everyone else has seen this but I do tend to lag behind the rest of the world. I only found out John Lennon had left Cynthia last week.