Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New year

Villa, well that was pretty good, and with a little bit of luck for a change. Rags drew at Brum with a late Bowyer goal which they thought was a foul/offside/handball which makes it all the more satisfying. Arse drew at Wigan but Spurs and Chelsea both won. Interesting, very interesting…..
Tomorrow it’s Blackpool, here’s the it’s a Fix extract :
GAME 21) SATURDAY JANUARY 1ST : BLACKPOOL (HOME) KO 3PM

First season back in the top flight since 1971. Last trophy was the F. A. Cup in 1953, recent connections include Andy Morrison, Paul Stewart and Trevor Sinclair. This is the 58th league meeting.

Ian Holloway’s squad includes Gilks, Cathcart, Evatt, Eardley, Adam, Crainey, Taylor-Fletcher, Sylvestre, Harewood, Phillips, Varney, Basham, Euell, DJ Campbell, Kingston, Keinan, Southern, Ormerod….

This season so far, at Bloomfield Road it was a 3-2 City win. 0-0 at half time and a game of one half, Tevez (67) opening with Harewood equalising (78) Tevez again (79) before they’d drawn breath and Silva (90) clinching it though not before we’d given away a late Taylor-Fletcher goal in the 3rd minute of stoppage time. Crowd was 16,116 with 2242 Blues.
Currently they’re in 8th place with 25 points from 17 games and 4 wins 2 draws and 4 losses away from home, having just beaten Stoke, and Sunderland.
In the Carling Cup they went out 3-2 in the 2nd rd at MK Dons, and in the F. A. Cup 3rd rd they’re away at Southampton.

Last league meeting at City was 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. After the two consecutive league wins in 66/67 (1-0) and 70/71 (2-0) it’s been mainly Cup games with City winning 3-0 in 78/79 Lg Cup, 3-1 in 84/85, 2-1 home in 87/88 F.A Cup, but winning 1-0 in 97/98 and losing 4-2 on pens to go out of the Lg Cup.

As everyone’s relegation favourites they’re doing remarkably well and have put in refreshing performances.
However, no time for sentiment today and time to ram, entertaining but rag sychphant Holloway’s words (City have no history) down his throat again. Baldrick has just been on the box saying he wouldn’t like to be City’s manager with all the problems that the money brings. Don’t worry about it Ian!

Their crowds were down to an average of 3,002 for Division Four ‘Pool in 1982/83, and this season’s it’s 15,795.

Have a great night tonight, New year's Eve and a Happy New Year

Monday, 27 December 2010

Boxing Clever

Boxing Clever
Good trip up to Newcastle yesterday, and thanks to Steve the Blue Vic for doing the driving owing to my gammy leg and severe cold! Son and his mate somehow wangled a box. What a start eh? But after that we coasted and got a bit sloppy. Why wasn’t the foul on Joe Hart for their goal highlighted on MOTD?
Anyway, it was a good result to put us back on track whilst those gloating Everton fans who come on here were without a game when they were on a run of one win in seven. Our boys may wear snoods, but we do know how to stage a football match in adverse conditions unlike at the archaic Goodison where they’ve never even heard of plumbers. Pathetic.
Tomorrow it’s Villa, here’s the It’s A Fix extract : GAME 20) TUESDAY DECEMBER 28TH : VILLA (HOME) KO 3PM

They’ve been in the Prem ever since 1988. Last Pot, League Cup 1996. Most recent connections : Richard Dunne, Stephen Ireland, Gareth Barry, James Milner. 42nd League meeting.

Gerrard Houllier/Martin O’Neill brought in Stephen Ireland, and sent out Bouma, Harewood, O’Halloran, Marshall, Dyer, Shorey (£1.5M), and Milner £20*M) to add to the squad of, Friedel, Dunne, Collins, Cuellar, L.Young, Bannan, Clarke, Warnock, A.Young, Albrighton, Agbonlahor, Carew, Downing, Heskey, Delph, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Beye….

Last season, at Villa, on a Monday October night, it was a 1-1 draw with Dunney (15), inevitably, scoring from a header for Villa. City equalised through Bellers (67), the Blues taking a good point off their 4th place rivals. Crowd was 37,924 with 2,874 City. It was, however, the start of our seven consecutive Prem league draws.
At Coms it was a 3-1 win, in May with Carew (16) opening for Villa with Tevez (41p), Adebayor (43) and Bellamy (89) settling it for City. Crowd was 47,302 with 2698 Villans. The win set us up nicely for the Wednesday showdown with Spurs which fell into the ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show’ category, so familiar to City fans.

This season so far they’re currently in 15h place with 20 points from 18 games and 1 win 1 draw and 6 losses away from home, and have just lost at home to Spurs.
They went out of The Europa Cup to Rapid Vienna again, and have just lost at Birmingham in the Carling Cup. In the F. A. Cup they face Sheffield United away in the 3rd rd.

In Manchester, generally, results have favoured City at home in the Prem. Out of the last thirteen meetings Villa have won only 2, (2-0 in 06/07 and 3-1 in 00/01) City winning 9 with 2 draws, and long may it continue.

Owner Randy Lerner has pumped the money in previously with little media criticism, but things seem to be tighter now, maybe the cause of O’Neill’s departure. Houllier has rather surprisingly come in and Villa are thus in transition but are looking to beat relegation rather than finish in the top four. Ireland’s out of favour and so is Dunney so no triumphant return for those two
Our good home record against them would indicate nothing but a home win, and a few goals.

Wind Ups : You can’t beat the old “Shit on the Villa”
Their crowds averaged 15,237 in 85/86, and current home average att is 37,455.
Dave

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Boxing Day

Off we go to Newcastle at the half way stage of the season, here’s the It ‘s a fix extract :

19) SUNDAY DECEMBER 26TH (BOXING DAY) : NEWCASTLE (AWAY) KO 3PM

Ooooh we’re half way there, oooh livin’ on a prayer….

Trophyless since the 1969 Inter Cities Fairs Cup win. Recent connections are Joey Barton, Shay Given. This is the 150th League meeting.

Chris Hughton, now Alan Pardew’s squad includes Taylor, Ameobi, Barton, Smith (boo), Harper, Nolan, Routledge, and danger man Andy Carroll. Perch, Gosling, Campbell, Tiote, Ben Arfa (injured)

This season so far : At COMS in October it was a 2-1 City win, Tevez opening in the 18th with a (what they thought was a dubious) penalty, but not me. Gutierrez equalised in the 24th, and AJ came on to get the winner in the 75th. Also they should have had a pen, but Joe would have saved it anyway! The game became notorious for the tackle by NDG on Ben Arfa, which wasn’t punished at the game, being an accident, or retrospectively, but caused a load of unprecedented media criticism led by Stan Collymore on Talksport afterwards.
They’re currently in 8th spot with 22 points from 17 games and 3 wins 3 draws and 3 defeats at home.
In the Carling Cup they went out 4-0 at home to Arsenal, in the 4th round and face Stevenage away in the 3rd round of the F. A. Cup.

Up there our last meeting was in season 2008/09 where on an October Monday night we managed a ‘Desmond’, Robinho (16P) when Beye was sent off, another decision they’re still moaning about. He got man and ball, get over it. Then Ameobi (44) equalised and Dunney (63) potted an OG before Stevie Ireland (86) saved our blushes. 45,908 (1359 Blues)
Prior to that draw, since our promotion in 2003, we’d won the last two and lost the previous four.
Usual wind up which really gets up their nose is “where were you….” Though the cheeky sods now sing it back to us?
Crowds averaged 16,001 in 1980/81 and are currently 45,458.

St. James’ Park Capacity : 52,387 (3,000 for City)

Groundwise: No change to the magnificent, but lop-sided St James’s Park since our last visit, but we’re now housed in the other corner where you’ll still need oxygen to reach the top tier. Tickets are £35.
They’re having a topsy turvy season so far with decent wins at Arsenal and at home to Sunderland 5-1, losses at home to Blackpool and a 3-0 defeat at West Brom.
They’ve just sacked Hughton and brought in Pardew, beating Liverpool at home 3-1 with the crowd up by 5,000 on their average.
So which Newcastle and City teams will turn up today? It was reasonably tight at COMS but we’re stronger now and the points should be there for the taking. Most memorable Boxing Day meeting was the 4-0 Colin Bell comeback game in 1977 at Maine Road, a repeat scoreline would be nice. City fans to turn up as Blue Santa’s? Maybe….

Away day Zines: The Mag – swaps with KOTK – very profession, and sells loads as does True Faith, and Talk Of The Tyne.
Sat Nav : NE1 4ST
Plenty of pubs, on street parking and local car parks
Merry Christmas everybody

gambaru

Again a comment from an anonymous person. I was just responding to one of the daily jibes aimed at City by the manumirror and whoever they've asked about us being mercenaries, not gelling, spending money etc. Obviously we would prefer to win things with our successful youth team of a couple of years ago but that's not possible in the Prem. not even for everton who bought Cahill from Millwall duidn't they?
As for humble pie, I'm completely baffled on this one - as according to many, certainly in the media, we've nowt to be humbled about (and I don't eat mince pies!).....yet.
Dave

Friday, 24 December 2010

I don't like Mondays

I Don’t like Mondays
Cast your mind back to Christmas 1981 with City poised to go top of Division One, but losing at home to Sunderland 3-2. Next game was away at Liverpool, won 3-1, then we beat Wolves 2-1 at home on December 28th to actually go top!
So here we were in 2010, and it was oh so cold. News came over goodly that Tevez had withdrawn his transfer request. So what was all that about then?
We arrived late as the traffic was bad, and JLS were on at the MEN Arena! Managed to get KK 184 out for the game, but before I’d managed a sip of me Bovril that man Cahill put them ahead. Well you’d never expect him to score against us would you? It finished up at 2-1 to Everton who take great delight in continuing to beat us. Tim Cahill in the manumirror was quoted as preferring the Everton model where David Moyes has “brought sustained success to Goodison Park by bringing through youngsters and developing his squad” So, after how many years, he’s developed them into, erm 14 th place. Wow.
It was the Blue Tuesday Christmas Party and we all had a good time eating Katy’s cakes and bantering about the Blues. It was especially good to welcome back Wayne Norris on a visit from his current home in Oz. It was Wayne who made the Blue Santa uniform that I wore for many years at Junior Blues and supporters clubs.

Interesting to note that ex Blues Chairman David Bernstein is now the head of the F.A. sure ly a good move.
So, the daughter has just arrived from South Wales, and I’ve had to suffer some gentle stick from Everton supporting son-in-law Brian. To redress the balance somewhat I’m teaching baby Isaac to say C-I-T-Y but he’s a bit slow, being only 4 months old, but we’ll get there!
Anyway, have a Merry Christmas everyone, from Dave , Sue and all at KOTK, let’s hope we can emulate 1981 in the next week but finish off the season more healthily (oh for goals from mid field and maybe even a header!)

Monday, 20 December 2010

Nio history

NO HISTORY?
Worth a mention that in December 1981 we beat Liverpool away 3-1 then Wolves at home 2-1 to go TOP OF THE LEAGUE ON DECEMBER 28TH!

Also, forgot to mention that Sam Wallace (no relation) was very complimentary about City on Soccer Supplement whilst Ollie Holt was still bleating on about us sacking Hughes!

This week

This week
Thursday, we took a weakened team to Turin, and came away with a creditable draw, though we should have had a couple of stonewall penalties. It was an early start, for a 6.45pm flight and a pleasant day was spent in the grand city of Turin. All went smoothly, with an impressive Police escort to the ground. We were searched three times on entry to the ground and had to show our tickets with our names on the back and our passports. Toilets consisted of Portaloos! Good turnout of around 1500 Blues in a crowd of only 7,000, (Juve fans aren’t too keen on going to Torino’s ground) who had an entertaining time. Pre match music included AC/DC’s Thunderstruck, yup, that old chestnut of mine. Everybody’s doing it now and City could have been first if Chris Bird had been a bit more ‘with it’ all those years ago when I handed him the tape. Still, you couldn’t expect the club to take notice of their unfavourite fanzine editor could you? Pah…. There was, inevitably, a 1985 banner “don’t they know that wasn’t us” said Neil. We were swiftly back to the airport where the plane wings were de-iced before take off, and sounds like we were a bit lucky there as the team who were flying out a little later were held back until Friday morning due to the Arctic conditions. It was all very low key with the Police, and it was good to meet up with Neil Shaw, Sean Riley and many other familiar and solid Blues.
Turns out Juve couldn’t go through even with a win as they’d lost out on head to heads with Poznan.
Friday was the draw for the round of 32, then 16, and we’ve got Aris Thessaloniki then possibly Besiktas or Dynamo Kiev.

On a snowy Saturday the ’big four’ games were off, so they’ll be getting into a fixture pile up which is good for us! Fleetwood Town played their game at home but Blackpool’s was off again. Luton’ s game started but was abandoned, shades and shudders of 1961!
Ipswich beat Leicester and Sven reckons they’re not good on snow – so let’s hope it snows on January 9th!

Todays manumirror has Moyes having no sympathy for City over Tevez, as this is what we did to them over Lescott. My Everton supporting son-in-law reckons that Lescott was shite in the latter half of the season before we signed him and that they were laughing all the way to the bank when the transfer went through, so Moyes should be a happy man. Judging by the number of appearances Lescott has made for us it was a shrewd bit of business by Moyes.
Michael Calvin was at it again. He did a piece on Busby and Ferguson, but didn’t mention how Busby was nurtured by City, indeed being persuaded not to emigrate by the Blues before being turned into a successful half back. Then he had to throw in City jibes re us being a pantomime over the Tevez situation. United weren’t a panto over the Rooney gate though, oh no. Just fuck off.
Stevie Ireland has contravened his confidentiality agreement with City by blabbing off so loses part of his payment. Prick.
Tomorrow night it’s Everton, here’s the It’s A Fix extract :

GAME 18) MONDAY DECEMBER 20TH : EVERTON (HOME) KO 8PM
Ever present in the top flight since 1954, last pot the F A Cup in 1995, 155th Lg meeting, recent connection Joleon Lescott (oh dear!).
David Moyes’ brought in Silva, Mucha, Beckford, Gueye for £500K and out went Nash, Gosling, Rudd, Jutkiewicz, Perlin, Yobo for nothing to add to the existing squad (boo) of Howard, Distin, Jagielka, Neville, Heiringa, Arteta, Coleman, Pienaar, Yakubu, Cahill, Rodwell, Saha, Antichebe, Fellaini, Osman etc….
Last season at Goodison we went down 2-0 Pienaar (36) and Saha (pen 45) doing the damage before 37, 378 rabid Evertonians and 2626 unhappy Blues.
At COMS in March they completed the double with another 2-0 win, Cahill (33) and Arteta (85) scoring in front of 45,708 and 2846 scousers.
Currently this season they’re in 15th spot with 18 points from 17 games and 1 win 5 draws and 2 losses away from home.
They went out of the Carling Cup in the third round at Brentford 4-3 on pens after drawing 1-1 aet.
Since our promotion in 2002, at home to Everton we’ve won 4 and lost 4 including the last three. Time for a win again in what will no doubt be another grudge match.
Don’t forget that they had a millionaire chairman in the 60’s but no-one said they’d ruined the game having such an advantage at that time. They had a poor start to this season, but are, as expected and needless to say picking up a little bit, but we need to avenge recent results particularly last seasons double over us. We go top if we win, what more incentive do you need? Let’s hope Carlos gets a good reception to help him see sense and change his mind.
Always well supported, average crowds were down to a commendable low of 19,343 in 1983/84 season, and their current average is 37,505.

KK 184 should be out on the streets all being well!

Cheers
Dave

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Wednesday

West Ham, thanks to Sean for stepping into the breach and selling some KK’s for us down there. Brilliant performance from the lads (watched on son’s computer) in the 3-1 win. We had the usual lively and enjoyable evening at the Merseyside Branch of the Supporters Club Christmas ‘Do’ and special thanks to Tony Ralls for the invitation. Lots of money raised in the auction for charity.
We heard that Carlos has put in a transfer request whilst we were there. General feeling is that the club should do all they can, within reason, to keep him. But if not, get top price and top class replacements. Anyway I’ve just read the interview in the City mag, and, as you’d expect with an official mag, everything is fine and dandy, so nothing to worry about!
It’s all very baffling so we just await events.

Michael Calvin’s article in the Sunday manumirror was on Balotelli’s tantrums and he has a point, but does anyone remember any similar articles on ladyboy Ronaldo, now officially the most annoying player in World football? No, thought not! Ollie Holt thinks that cos we sacked Mark Hughes , who’s doing so well at Fulham, we shouldn’t complain about Tevez wanted to go with time left on his contract. Erm, I don’t think that’s the issue here.

Well we were joint top until the rags beat Arsenal. Anyone seen anything about Ferdinand’s Kung Fu kick, or does that one not count? No wonder everyone hates them.
Spurs and Chelsea drew, so we’re now in 3rd place but we’re 5 points clear of Spurs in 5th, so the top four is a real possibility if we can carry on like this.

Andy Mitten in his MUEN column reckoned that united played very well in their two European Cup (flukes) successses and went one better saying that 6,000 rags fans travelled the 200 miles to West Ham for the recent Cup tie. I think there's a nought too many in that mileage, don't you?
Hey and Blackburn have sacked Big, daft, miserable Sam. Ha!

Tomorrow we’re off to Italy, here’s the updated It’s A Fix extract :
GAME 17A) THURSDAY DECEMBER 16TH : JUVENTUS (AWAY) GROUP A GAME 6 KO 7PM
Turin is in the North West corner of Italy, near to the Alps, population 900,000 but over 2M including the surrounding district. It’s famous for the Turin Shroud, and the motor industry, Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo being based there.
It’s a cultural city and if we’re allowed, there should be a few decent sights to see. No doubt we’ll have to be a bit wary though as the residents are still unimpressed with English soccer fans, and we should respect them for that.
It’s the return game with Juve after the disappointing 1-1 draw at COMS in September when they looked pretty useful. Iaquinta (10) opened for them with Adam Johnson equalising (37) for the Blues in front of 35,212 with only 641 Juve fans present.
So far in the group stage they’ve also drawn their other four games, to put them third in the group with 5 points, and home gates have been poor. We’re top with 10 points, Poznan are second with 8, and you can see them beating Salzburg, so whilst a draw might do, a win would be nice. Juve have only a slender chance of progress and depend on a win v City and Poznan losing, and need to make up a couple of goals.
In the Italian Serie A, Buffon, Del Piero, (Noel G’s mate) Chiellini, Krasic, Aguilani and top scorer Quagliarella are currently 2nd in the table after 16 games having 30 points with 8 wins 6 draws and 2 losses only 6 points behind leaders AC Milan. They’ve just beaten Lazio 2-1 and are on a good run of 3 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 games. They once, in 1905/06, had a President called Albert Dick, better to shout “you’re Chairman’s a dick”, than Swales Out” eh?

Juventus vacated the old Stadio (Municipale ‘Benito Mussolini’) Communale, built in 1934, original capacity 70,000, (which would have been down to 50,000 if seats had been installed), rather surprisingly Simon Inglis (Football Grounds of Europe) reckoned, as it could have been possible to remove the running track and excavate to form a lower tier, as per Florence, Porto and Valencia.
However, they moved to a new stadium, Delle Alpi built for the 1990 World Cup, capacity 60,000 with 55,000 seats, though this has now been vacated as it’s been demolished and a new stadium, capacity surprisingly only 41,000 is being built, to be ready in 2011/2112.
So they are now temporarily back in the old ground, renamed the Stadio Olimpico, sharing with Torino, where the capacity is reduced to 27,944. Strange for a club boasting the highest level of support in Italy and worldwide.
This is the ground where we played in the first round of the UEFA Cup in 1976/77, since then they’ve installed seats and it now has a roof you’ll be pleased to know!.

Stadio Olimpico (1976/77 vintage) Capacity : 27,944 (1400 for City)

So with a bit of luck it’ll be a relaxing trip for us for a change and hopefully the lads will put in a performance and it’ll all go swimmingly.

I can confirm that KK 184 is at the printers, so thanks to everyone who’s contributed, and we’ll keep you posted on when it’s likely to hit the streets.
Cheers, Dave

Friday, 10 December 2010

this week

This week
Hughton out at Newcy, like I said “What club would sack their manager after beating their local rivals 5-1….!” Pardew in – bring back Big Sam. Fergie out!

It was the Swinton Branch supporters club meeting on Wednesday, with the always entertaining Alex Williams from CITC holding court with tales of yore and the current situation at City.
There was also a Christmas quiz with easy questions like : Which Christmas tradition did Sir Henry Cole introduce in 1843 (I still don’t know the answer!)
Clair MacKinnon is the contact on e-mail at : clair.mackinnon@hotmail.co.uk

Tomorrow it’s West Ham of course, which we’re giving a miss as it’s the Merseyside branch Christmas party and we’re also off to Turin on Thursday. Sean Riley is stepping into the breach for us with possibly Halifax Steve aiding sales of KK 183. So be nice. A point or three will mean that Bobby Manc will overhaul Hughes' last years tally at this stage and the decision will be vindicated...C'mon you Blues.....

Next GAME 17) SATURDAY DECEMBER 11TH : WEST HAM (AWAY) KO 3PM
Now into their sixth Prem season this time. Last pot the F. A. Cup in 1980, recent connection : Craig Bellamy. 83rd Lg Meeting.

Avram Grant brought in Hitzisberger, Barrera, Piquionne, Ben Haim, Obinna, Reid for approx £5M and out went Franco, Payne, N’Gala, Diamanti for £1.8M to add to the existing squad of Green, Da Costa, Upson, Jacobsen, Parker, Noble, Gabiddon, Behrami, Cole, Dyer, Spector etc…..
Last season at COMS in September it was a 3-1 City win, with goals from Tevez (5, 61) and Petrov (32) with Cole replying (24). Crowd was 42,745 with 1100 ‘ammers only.
At the Boleyn on the last day of the season it was a lacklustre 1-1 draw with SWP (21) equalising Boa Morte’s opener (17) Crowd was 34,989.
Currently they’re in bottom spot with 12 points from 16 games and 2 wins 3 draws and 3 losses at home.
In the Carling Cup they murdered united at home in the 5th round, 4-0, and face Birmingham in the semi-finals

Wins down there have been rare recently, in fact just the one, 2-0 on the opening day of the season in 07/08. Otherwise it’s been 6 losses and two draws (0-0 in 02/03, and 1-1 last season) in the Prem.

Upton Park /Boleyn Ground: Capacity : 35,146 (3,000 ? for Cit

Same again at Upton Park. We’re in the left hand side of the Centenary stand (looking at the pitch!) no sign yet of the chicken run stand to our left being replaced, and they’re battling with Spurs re moving to the Olympic Stadium

They’re having a difficult season, but must be buoyed at home with the win over the rags. Nevertheless we must take advantage, on this big weekend when we can close the gap on the top three who play each other plus Spurs. No Tevez thanks to that dick of a ref last week, so time for others to notch some goals, and please don't let the Manchester City Benevolent Society turn up…..

Crowds were down to a commendable average of 17,679 in 55/56, and their current average is 33,762
On the Terraces, Over Land and Sea, Knees Up Mother Brown are the away day zines, as far as I'm aware.
Pubs could be tricky, The Boleyn Tavern, Millers Well, Denmark Arms. Parking is on the streets and it’s always a bugger to get away from!
Sat Nav : E13 9AZ

We’re putting together KK184 this weekend and I’m pleased to say that everyone has come up with the goods, and it looks like it’s up to the usual high standard. We’re currently checking, editing, finding pics, doing cartoons etc and it’s a pity that it will be at the printers whilst we face Juve and Everton. With a bit of luck the front cover can be a VERY positive one, and won’t look daft when we come out at Newcastle on Boxing day all being well.
Thanks to everyone then.
Dave
PS All 1400 tickets sold out for Arsenal already we took 3,000 last year. Anyone miss out, anyone any views?

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

newcastle

what sort of football club would sack its manager after beating their local rivals 5-1?

Monday, 6 December 2010

this week

This week
Well it was all about the training ground bust up between Boateng and Balotelli in the press. Tedious.
Great display against stuffy Bolton again (Son's girlfriend thinks Coyle looks like an ugly George Clooney!) but at least we didn’t give a pen away in the last minute like that time when we also hit the woodwork half a dozen times. Today only twice. Carlos did it again, surely we must find someone else to score goals as well, Joe had some dodgy moments, and the Carlos/Mancini spat at the end didn’t help our cause.
Kammy, on tv, reckoned that the linesman was ‘spot on’ disallowing our perfectly good second goal and Kolarov’s sending off was right too.
Didn’t hear it but Neil Ashton of the NOTW on talkshite was, apparently on about us imploding again. Now I don’t want to worry you but Neil’s dad is a massive Blue and Neil’s a very honest sort of chap so there could be some truth in it. Hopefully not.
Not a bad weekend with the rags chickening out at Blackpool cos of the cold and Chelsea and Spurs only drawing whilst the Arse, sadly, won.
With a game to go Bob has hit Hughes' 29 points after 17 games target so anything at West Ham will mean the decision to install Bob is vindicated!?
Just a point here that the deadline for KK 184 is due on Wednesday and stuff is rolling in so we aim to be at the printers before Juventus and out at Newcastle on Boxing Day. The Santa run went well although not shown on TV and there’s rumour that Blues will turn up in Geordieland suitably attired. Just as I was, what, 15 years or so ago?!
Dave

Friday, 3 December 2010

this week

This week
Just sent Neil Young’s zine off to him with a best wishes card from all at KK and will be in touch with Alex Channon soon to see how we can help.
Well we got the message that we’d get in free for the Salzburg game if we signed up for the Santa run. Blue Santa’s, whatever will the marketing people think up next?
That was very cold on Wednesday, perishin’ in fact. Comfortable win for the boys and the Poznan result meant we’d qualified as expected for the knock out stages. Two goals for Mario. Have you ever seen anyone run like that before? Not me either.
Needless to say, we lost the World Cup bid to Russia, and talking about fixes here’s the It’s A Fix extract for tomorrows game number 16 in the Prem :
SATURDAY DECEMBER 4TH : BOLTON (HOME) KO 3PM (Wow!)
Now in their tenth Prem season, last trophy the F. A. Cup in 1958 beating united comfortably 2-0. Recent connection Martin Petrov, 109TH LG Meeting
Owen Coyle’s brought in Petrov, Blake, Alonso, Klasnic, Eaves, Moreno, for next to nothing, and out have gone Vaz Te, Harsanyi, Habsi, Basham, for also next to nothing, to add to the existing squad of Jaaskelainen, Cahill, Knight, Steinsson, Robinson, Muamba, Lee, Holden, K.Davies, Elmander, Gardner, Ricketts etc…..
Last season at Bolton, goals from Tevez (28,77) and Richards (45) gave us a 3-3 draw, Bolton’s goals coming from Klasnic (11, 53) and Cahill (43). Clattenburke was responsible for the most ridiculous sending off ever seen on a football pitch since Kevin Horlock at Bournemouth, when he dismissed Craig Bellamy for supposedly diving.
Crowd was 22,735 with 4,634 Blues.
At COMS in February it was a 2-0 win, Tevez (pen 31) and Adebayor (73) doing the biz. In front of 42,016 with, don’t laugh, 985 Trotters.
They’re currently in 6th place with 23 points from 15 games and 2 wins 4 draws and 1 loss away from home.
In the Carling Cup they lost 1-0 at Burnley in the 3rd round.
At home to Bolton, last season’s win meant we’d won the last three, but prior to those they’d had three consecutive wins.
Their fans expected a different style under nice guy and impressive Owen Coyle than Gary Megson and they’ve not been disappointed. He kept them up last season and they’ve had some impressive performances this, particularly against the rags and to Spurs when Martin’s smartly taken goal finished them off. They’re breathing down our necks in 6th place at the moment, and it promises to be an enthralling encounter, which is fine provided we win.
Wind ups are … small town in Bury…who the eff is Amir Khan… come in a taxi....
Their crowds were down to an average of 4,847 in 85/86, and currently stand at 21,801.
Hope it gets warmer, Dave