Friday, 29 October 2010


We’re off to Wolves on Saturday, here’s the it’s A Fix update : 10) SATURDAY OCTOBER 30TH WOLVES (AWAY) KO 3PM
Second season in the Prem. this time. Last pot the Lg Cup in 1980, 105th Lg meeting, recent connections Keith Curle, Mark Kennedy.
Mick’s brought in Van Damme, Fletcher, Mouyokolo, Hunt, Bent, Bia, Bujangi, Guedioura, Mancienne for around £12M, and let various players go on loan or on frees. Squad also includes Hahnemann, Craddock, Berra, Foley, Ward, Henry, Jones, Jarvis, Doyle etc.
Last season at COMS in August it was our first home game which we won unconvincingly 1-0 with a strike from Adebayor. Crowd was 47,287 (2,809 Wolves)
At Molineux however it was a very convincing late December 3-0 win with two goals from Tevez, and one from Garrido. Crowd was 28,957 with 2691 Blues along the length of the pitch, lower tier.
After 9 games they’re 19th with 6 points and 1 win, 2 draws and 1 loss at home.

Molineux : Capacity : 30,000 ( 2,700 for City)

At Molineux prior to last season it’s not been too happy a place for us. On our previous visit in 03/04 we lost 1-0 and our 2-0 win in 01/02 when we were heading for the Prem was only our first win after 4 losses and a draw. Prior to that though we’d won 3 and drawn 2.
In the Carling Cup, they’ve just played the rags in the 4th rd at the Cesspit, and went down 3-2 to a last minute goal.

Mick’s boys seem to be playing a tougher game this season but Silva, not Carlos, who’s annoyingly gone home again, will probably be targeted by Hunt and co. Otherwise we can expect a win, vital again, surely, to get us back on track………

The ground is the same as last time, completely re-developed but not as interesting as the old ground. We get half the paddock pitchside. Get your hats on ‘cos they sometimes drop stuff on us!
There’s some handy car parks nearby and you can grab a bite and a coffee at the local ASDA supermarket if you don’t fancy a pint.
Crowds were down to an average of 4,020 in 1985/86, and they currently stand at 27,702.
Away day zine is A Load Of Bull, who swap with KK, and is well worth picking up if you can.
Sat Nav is : WV1 4QR

Thursday, 28 October 2010

this week

This week,
Well we could have been a couple of goals up before Clattenburke struck. Boyata was sent off to the letter of the law – Vidic not sent off in last years Carling Cup Final as it would have been harsh to send someone off so early in such a big game, and Neville not sent off at Stoke. Plus Fabregas, should have had two yellows. MOTD continue to disappoint – not showing the big decisions. I wanted to know if the ball was out before their third but again not shown. We are still not a big four club yet decision wise although we have had some luck recently.
Over at Villa Dunney notched his 8th Prem league own goal – Dave Ewing still holds the record for us with ten, and John McTavish once scored three in four games!
Yesterday it was the funeral for Big Mal. I went along to the ground and whilst no-one knew what was happening regarding parking, timing etc it was still a moving experience as you would expect. The courtege drove slowly past the City square/Store and was applauded by the few hundred Blues lining the short route. The procession then proceeded to Southern Cemetary where Mal’s family had requested a limited attendance for mainly family, close friends and ex players. But when I saw the coverage on TV I must admit I’d wished I’d gone along.
In the evening it was a meeting of the Swinton Branch at Clifton Cricket club. A venue where I’d been humbled on too many occasions with the sound of ball hitting wickets behind me as I then trooped off back to the pavilion after yet another duck. Happy days.
Andy Morrison was the guest, and he was, as you’d expect very entertaining with tales of joining the Blues, escape from the Second, and First Divisions, and ….Stan Collymore, plus much more, but you’ll have to wait until his book comes out next April for the full stories.
So, Joe H and Adam Johnson are in trouble for hitting the bottle, Santa Cruz doesn’t think he’s had a chance – West Brom anyone - and King Carlos has gone home to see his family and have treatment on an injury. So it’s all a bit depressing. Some good news is that Balotelli could be back to being fully fit though I thought he was a bit greedy on Sunday, and that’s about it so far.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Saturday night

Saturday night
Just back from a week in South Wales, so a bit of catching up to do. Tried, and failed, to get an interview with Craig Bellamy whilst down there but we’ll try again later. Good win for the boys over Poznan, and well done Ade for his hat-trick, but David Silva put in a stupendous performance. Watched it on TV I’m ashamed to say, but hey half a dozen, maybe, home games missed in the last thirty years or so ain’t too bad is it? Thanks go to Frank, Ged, Steve, Tom, Dave, Andy and Steve Woodhouse for selling the new KK, and daughter Marnie and grandson Joe for using our tickets. Those pillars of society kerb crawler Pleat and woman basher Collymore commentated and reviewed, whilst Pat Nevin was pitchside and drooled over Silva’s performance. The week has been dominated with the rag cheap publicity stunt over Rooney, to try and get the message over that they’re a great club, which pretty well fooled everyone. Rag fans, including Eamonn Holmes were particularly vitriolic. Was this rag stunt aimed at trying to lift Rooney to get him to perform (on the pitch) again? We’ll see, but even the despicable united can’t get much lower than this. No wonder everyone hates them…… Todays results saw us stay in second place, and tomorrow we’ve got another massive test with Arsenal at home. Here’s the It’s a Fix extract :
Ever present in the top flight since 1915, last pot the F. A. Cup in 2005, 5 seasons ago, going on 6, recent connections Toure and Adebayor, 165th league meeting.
Arsene brought in Chamach, Koscieiny, Ebecilio, Squillaci for very little and out went, amongst others, Eduardo, Senderos, Silvestre, Campbell, Traore, and unlike last year when Toure and Adebayor came to us for big bucks, recouped very little. Squad also includes Almunia, Sagna, Denilson, Clichy, Song, Wilshire, Nasri, Arshavin, Rosicky, Fabianski, Eboue, Walcott, Van Persie, Bendtner, Walcott, Ramsey, etc…
Last season at COMS in September it was an unforgettable 4-2 win for the Blues, Richards, Bellers, Adeand SWP scoring for the Blues with Van Persie and Rosicky replying for the Arse. The game best remembered for Ade’s goal celebration, then later being banned for 3 games for an alleged stamp.
Crowd was 47,339 with 2,846 Arses, some of whom disgraced themselves.
As if that wasn’t seventh heaven, the Blues also knocked their young team out of the Carling Cup in December with a 3-0 home win, with goals from Teve z, SWP, and Vlad. Crowd was 46,015 with an impressive 4,787 Gooners, who behaved very nicely thank you very much!
At the Emirates in April we failed to capitalise much on Spurs loss at O/T with a dull 0-0 draw. Crowd was 60,086 with 2944 Blues.
After 8 games they’re 5th with 14 points and 1 win 2 draws and 1 loss away from home.
In the Carling Cup they won at Spurs and travel to Newcastle in the 4th round, and in the Chimps League they’re progressing well, with a big mid-week win.
At home to Arsenal there’s been 13 games in the Prem and 3 wins (1-0 in 06/07, 3-0 in 2008/09, 4-2 last season) one draw and nine losses. Three wins out of the last four at COMS and the away draw means we’re picking up against them after years of heartache. No reason why we can’t continue this way, especially if we pressurise their goalie, whether it’s Almunia or Fabrianski.
Their crowds were down to an average of 23,824 in 1985, and this season it’s 59,977.

Monday, 18 October 2010

This week

This week
Blackpoo! Don’t know about you but I’m still shellshocked. Tickets were going at hefty prices outside the ground – I was offered £120 for mine and at half time almost wished I’d taken it! I heard there were a few of their boys hovering near the away end just beforethe kick off. can anyone enlighten what went on?
Chatting to a Blue in the interval I said we had to get Silva on “not in a game like this” he said “ he’ll get knocked all over the place. “ No, we’re crying out for a footballer” and that’s the way it turned out. We were battered though and if they’d had a finisher to match ours we’d have gone down to a heavy defeat. Full marks to Blackpool then, we got out of jail. Haven’t seen the re-runs so can’t comment on the major incidents, I’m just glad we got the 3 points. We’re now getting big 4 decisions, but, as one Blue said, not the big f4 pundits yet. Grovel you bastards like you do for the rest of ‘em.
No sympathy however for Holloway, after he suggested that time that we had no history.

So, it’s Lech Poznan up next, here’s the it’s A Fix extract :
The club is named after Lech, the legendary founder of Poland. Established in 1922, as Lutnia Debiec, it’s changed it’s name several times, and from 1933 to 1934 has been closely linked to the Polish state railways, hence the nickname The Railwaymen. Doubt if they’ll sing Blue Moon though!
They joined the Polish top division in 1948, and their best eras were the early 1980’s and early 1990’s. In recent seasons though they’ve won the Cup in 2009, and the title last season, making them Polish League winners six times, the Cup five, and the Super Cup four.
Colours are blue and white stripes with blue shorts or the away strip is white shirts and blue shorts.
They’ve had a decent pedigree in the three European competitions, first playing in the UEFA Cup in 1978/79 but have never progressed too far in any competition.
This season in the Euro Champs league they won through against Inter Baku but lost 2-0 on aggregate to Sparta Prague to drop into Europa. They were winning 2-0 in Turin but Juventus came back to 3-2 then a late goal by hat-trick hero Rudpevs levelled it. They went on to win 2-0 at home v Red Bulls, after a poor first half, to top the group.
They have the strongest fan support in Poland but their local rivals are Warta Poznan who play in a different league.
A big contingent are expected to attend the COMS game with thousands of supporters travelling who will be boosted by the numbers of Polish workers in Manchester and beyond, who could be in all parts of the ground.
This season so far after 7 games they’re in 11th spot with 8 points, 11 behind the leaders Jagiellonia.
Our previous Polish opponents have been Widzew Lodz, who beat us on away goals, in the 1977/78 UEFA Cup, 3rd rd; Gornik Zabre who we beat in the 1970 Euro Cup Winners’ Cup Final 2-1, then 3-1 the following season in a play off quarter final in Copenhagen; and Groclin, who beat us on away goals in the UEFA Cup 2nd rd in 2003/04. The magnificent Kazi Deyna played for us in the late 70’s, oh and I remember Legia Warsaw giving us a 5-1 Maine Road lesson in a pre season friendly in 1980.
Verdict : obviously we need a win!!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Big Mal

Subject: RE: Malcolm Allison 1927-2010

My first meeting with Malcolm was something of a confrontation . It was the evening of Saturday, 7th October,1967 and the scene was Leeds City ( as it then was ) station . The City team were returning from Roker Park ( arguably to be our hero's nemesis some six seasons on ) and were making the last part of the journey home by coach. Then a student at Leeds University I'd alighted the same train with other like-minded lippy City fans who had been enthralled by the quality of the play that day as time after time our team intricately passed and dribbled and danced a way through the Sunderland defence , failed to score and lost to a solitary breakaway, leaving us in our Championship season with just 11 points from 11 games. Emboldened by copious amounts of the local brew and being the lippiest of the lippy throng I ran along side the mountainous Malcolm , blurting : 'When are you going to buy someone who can shoot instead of walking the ball in ? '. The glare and the stare from the giant encouraged me not to wait around for the answer. I kept on running. He had the complete answer to the charge, of course. On the Monday ( the day the breathalyser was introduced ) Francis Lee was signed.

Thirteen years later and on 'the second coming' I was to become a friend and close neighbour , and privileged to be privy to some remarkable and unforgettable escapades.

Arriving as he did with Joe Mercer when morale was at such a low ebb Malcolm Allison was the positive , inspirational ,innovative influence we all yearned for.
In my 55 seasons no individual has had a greater impact upon the on-field fortunes of Manchester City Football Club .

Phil Bellamy

Subject: RE: Malcolm Allison 1927-2010
Not a memory (I'm too young to remember when Citeh last won anything) but favourite Malcomisms are:

Ahead of his time as usual:
"Four years ago it was all Man Utd, Man Utd, Man Utd. If I mentioned Man City they laughed at me. Who's laughing now?"


"We will terrify Europe"

Never shy
"Before we won the Championship, I told the lads exactly how many goals we would score and how many points. I was exactly right. I'm brilliant!"

"I used to shout that I was the greatest coach in the world"

Malcolm introduces himself to Franny Lee
"You're not a good player. In fact, you're a bad player. But I could make you into a fair player"

On new signing Tony Coleman
"Like the nightmare of a delirious Parole Officer"

Subject: RE: Malcolm Allison 1927-2010
Mal’s best result ever !

My choice Everton away in the cup at Everton April 1966 sixth round of the cup draw after extra time

City were going for promotion from the second Everton had won the league in 1963 and had a tremendous team and were going for the league and cup, two wingers to supply the ammo for Fred Pickering and a full house. City first half and most of the second backs to the wall but could have won it towards the end and in the second half of extra time. Everton went on to win the cup.

Over to you

Raymond Ashton

Subject: Malcolm Allison 1927-2010

Sad day fellow citizens, there is a note and some great images on the club will be organising some from of official tribute.

Great days and a great hat.

RIP Malcolm.

Ajay Wiltshire

Saturday, 16 October 2010

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 :
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.

Bloomfield Road
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.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

KK 182

I'm pleased to announce that due to the continuing superhuman efforts of all contributors and those connected with KK, that issue 182 should be in the outlets at Urbis and Aleef on the corner of Cross Street and Market Street tomorrow (Friday) Subscriptions etc should be sent out over the weekend. It will also be on sale at Blackpool and at future games during October and November.
This issue has King Carlos on the front cover staring up at the Blue Moon with a wistful concern about being standing 'up front' alone (last issue had Joe Hart on the front, a theme now adopted by the superb City mag., after their gaffe of the Corrigan/Given head to head instead of the two Joe's as per KK 181!)
This issue takes in the derby )on a ridiculous Wednesday night which took the club by surprise (surprise!) and, prompted by the dreadful Manchester Compendium book we've managed to unearth about 50 facts on the despicable man u. And I've just thought of a few more already! There is also a gentle reminder that they once went 37 years without a trophy when crowds were down to 11,000, so they were hardly there.
There's also a brief review of Blue Moon Rising, (anyone see the mealy mouthed one in WSC?) the Maine Road magic show, Welsh connection, commentators, Salzburg, Nigel de Jong, season 90/91 review part 2, plus all the usual stuff, great cartoons etc., on all things Blue.
It's A4, 48 pages, and can also be obtained for £3.20 including p and p, cheques to King Of The Kippax, 25, Holdenbrook Close, leigh, Lancs WN & 2 HL
As the man says "thanks for your magnificent support"

Tuesday, 12 October 2010


Good luck to the City boys tonight. I'm pleased to say that KK 182 is at the printers and should be out for the game at Blackpool on Sunday. However a couple of articles, which should keep, had to be left over for the next issue, and this one from Howard won't be topical by then so here it is for your perusal:

During the early stages of the Manchester City v Newcastle match, Ben Arfa suffered a double break of his leg.
As a result of this, Nigel De Jong should be drummed out of the game. Not my words, but those of incisive analyst and shock-jock Stanley Collymore.
After City’s 2-1 over Newcastle, Collymore took it upon himself to launch into a personal hatchet job on De Jong. He even resorted to a photo of the tackle to try and prove his point. Yeah, that will tell us all we need to know Stan.
The problem with his approach was that it was a clean tackle. No one around me in the crowd thought it was a foul at the time. He clearly wins the ball, without showing any studs or raising a leg. The referee was fine with it. No Newcastle players complained (the most telling fact of all). And it took over 10 seconds and a foul on a City player before anyone realised Ben Arfa was injured. David Pleat thought he had dislocated his shoulder. Even Match of The Day barely mentioned it. And, for the record, Collymore saw nothing wrong with it at the time either-fancy that eh?
I’ve heard a few say that there was no need for the challenge. What? There’s no need for tackling, or to challenge for a loose ball? Let’s just ban tackling altogether, and be done with it.
Of course, we are talking about a player with a “reputation”. The simple fact is, if that challenge had been done by, for example, Gareth Barry, there’d be less uproar in the media, and Collymore et al would probably have had little to say. But it wasn’t – but what De Jong did in the World Cup Final is irrelevant, he may throw cats off bridges to wind down after matches, it doesn’t matter, he should be judged on the tackle, and the tackle alone. And it seems only those with an agenda have a problem with it. and such luminaries as Mark Ogden over at The Telegraph fell into this trap. Ogden used past discrepancies to hit back at those that have defended the De Jong tackle. They just don’t get it, do they? The same stupid argument as to why Joe Cole shouldn’t have been sent off against Arsenal, because, unlike De Jong, he “isn’t that sort of player”. It simply does not matter when assessing the Ben Arfa tackle is De Jong has broken an opposition player’s leg in the previous 25 games.
You see, it’s the ignorance of pundits who decide on consequence not actions that annoys me most. When discussing De Jong’s tackle, the broken leg is irrelevant. That is down to pure bad luck. Either it was a bad tackle or it wasn’t. As I have said before, a crude tackle can result in no injury, an innocuous challenge can rupture cruciate ligaments – that is the lottery of life. But the fact is, if Ben Arfa had sprung up uninjured, none of us would have been talking about this now. No one would be criticising De Jong. Lee Dixon would probably have used the tackle in a montage to show how he broke up play effectively. But because of a freak injury, suddenly it is decided that the tackle is now upgraded to some sort of assault. What absolute drivel.
Of course the repugnant Alan Green had to get involved and agreed with Collymore – he said the FA could now ban De Jong as he wasn’t booked at the time. Sorry to disappoint you Alan, but there will be no ban – you see the reason he wasn’t booked at the time is that he won the ball fairly, and I don’t think the FA ban players for that. I know you’re hurting at Liverpool’s spiral into oblivion, but please don’t take it out on City. And due to Sky Sports News 24-hour coverage of a waterlogged golf course in Wales, we may be spared them replaying the incident on a constant loop until the FA feel inclined to act.
Collymore’s stance is slightly more understandable. In his role on Talksport, like every other DJ on there, his job is to say something controversial or usually just plain stupid, to get calls coming in, to raise revenue (he has denied this on twitter, but either way, the shows rely on controversy and people ringing in). And he had a show on after the match, so he thought this would be a good way to get the lines buzzing.
And yet he has the nerve to criticise how others do their job - you really do have to laugh sometimes. But thankfully most City fans had better things to do than listen to his pathetic rants, and his cunning plan failed. It’s funny how Stan thought he could criticise the Match of The Day pundits when clearly so incapable of incisive analysis himself. Let’s not forget that after England’s World Cup exit, one of Stan’s solutions was that every Premiership club should have to play five attacking players every game BY LAW. And as Martin Samuel kindly pointed out, Stan’s suggestions for replacements on the Match of The Day panel just happened to consist of a group of his mates. How very convenient.
Sadly, De Jong’s national manager decided to take matters into his own hands, and remove De Jong from the Dutch squad. Funny how he didn’t take this decision after earlier controversial tackles by De Jong in his national shirt, or remove Van Bommel, the dirtiest of all Dutch players – but then, unlike Van Bommel, De Jong isn’t married to the national manager’s daughter. And adding extra pressure was the Dutch media who have long called for De Jong’s removal from the squad, as he doesn’t fit into their ethos of total football. Perhaps it’s about time they stopped living in the past.
De Jong is no saint. He plays hard, very hard, and is open to criticism, and man enough to take it. He has made some bad tackles, most notably a leg-breaking foul on Stuart Holden six months ago, he has made some mistakes, he has set his stall out as a certain type of player, and he will rise or fall by that. But please let’s not allow pre-conceived ideas of a person to cloud analysis of individual incidents on the football field. Leave that to Talksport.
Howard Hockin

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Hughes Crying Now?

Noticed this article by Mark Hughes in the Daily Mail this morning. It has already been posted on the Didsbury Blues site, they beat me to it, but for those who haven't seen it, take a look.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010


Newcastle, and pouring rain, dontcha just love these early kick offs?
I just turned round to pick up my Bovril, looked back and thought one of our boys had been felled. It was Ben Arfa and I didn’t see it. I’ve seen it since and it didn’t look that bad, but I also thought ours was a stonewall penalty – there’s to for that matter.
So the knives are out for us again, and even Newcastle are doing a u turn and bleating to the FA. If we suffer further punishment it’ll definitely be a fix. Still it was a win and I won’t add to the existing blog comments.
In the evening we went to see the Maine Road Magic Show at the Lowry which was excellent and Tony’s done a review for KK 182. On that subject thanks to all contributors for submissions and hopefully we’ll be at the printers at the weekend and out for the Blackpool game.
Tomorrow it’s Points Of Blue at Coms, time is 6.30 not 6 o clock which I put in KK 181, sorry. Some topics include the fixtures, derby game mid week, empty seats in exec areas – do they really want to clear us out of level 2 for…...empty seats? Benches on Joe M way removed, gates locked near the away end and much more. Everytone welcome.
Thursday it’s Steve Worthington at The Warrington Branch meeting at the King and Queen Padgate, starts around 8 pm.
So, as we said, we’re ploughing on with zine and it’s all hands to the pump, enjoy the international break,

Saturday, 2 October 2010


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 :

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