On Thursday I gave a short chat to a smashing group of young BBC people at the swanky Media City followed by a Q and A session which went down quite well, on the subject of credibility. On arrival I was greeted by Cheadle Blue Tommy Muir who works there, and twas aken up to the seminar by Belfast girl Emma whose gran lived on the same street as my relative Sharon (married to BBC N. Ireland’s big cheese Noel – small world).
Friday it was the draw for the Europa League and we got the current holders FC Porto. This would be followed if we win by facing either Legia Warsaw or Sporting Lisbon. Don’t know about you but I dived into my Us and Them book. FC Porto first, never played competitively but friendlies played in 1980/81 away resulting in a 0-0 draw, and in the Thomas Cook Trophy in 2006/07 was a 0-1 home loss, after which we dined Thailand style in Albert Square.
Sporting Lisbon, referred to in Portugal as Sporting Club de Portugal, again just friendlies played 1980/81 won 2-1 away, 1993/94 (searching for the score) away, and 2010/11 in USA lost 2-0.
Legia Warsaw, Kazi Deyna’s old club we lost 2-1 away to in 1979/80 and 5-1 home in 1980/81. Allison’s City being given a footballing lesson, both friendlies.
Papers were full of the Micah/Mario training ground bust up, now smoothed over, then Sammy Nasri referred to as a flop in the manumirror. Not nice.
Today I arose at 7am to do an interview on 5Live at 7.50 and later found out it’s tomorrow so have to have another early start!
Then at lunchtime I met up with Blue Moon and Daisy Cutter contributor Andy Robinson for a chat on City and KOTK at a local hostelry which passed an enjoyable couple of hours.
Today Chelsea drew at Wigan, Sturridge starring again, City’s loss, couldn’t man manage him and sold on for a song, was it ever thus?
Tomorrow it Arsenal, here’s the It’s A Fix extract :
16) SUNDAY DECEMBER 18TH ARSENAL(HOME) KO 4PM
Ever present in the top flight since 1915, last pot the F. A. Cup in 2005, 7 seasons ago. Recent connections Clichy, Toure, Nasri and Adebayor, 167th league meeting.
Last season : At COMS in October it was a 3-0 Arsenal win, Nasri (20), Song (66), Bendtner (88). Boyata was sent off after 5 minutes by Clattenburg which virtually ruined the game as a spectacle. Crowd was 47,393 with 2819 Arses.
At The Emirates on my birthday last January, we ground out a 0-0 draw with Joe performing miracles in nets. Crowd was 60,085 with 1440 Blues
This season so far : They’re in 4th place with 29 points from 15 games and 3 wins 1 draw and 3 losses away from home.
In The Carling Cup it was a recent 1-0 win at The Emirates for the Blues in the quarter final, with Aguero’s late goal clinching it. Crowd was 60,028 with a magnificent 5,226 Blues.
In The Chimps League they’ve already qualified, being the first English club to do so, and now face AC Milan. In the FA Cup they’ve drawn Leeds at home.
At home to Arsenal there’s been 14 games in the Prem and 3 wins (1-0 in 06/07, 3-0 in 2008/09, 4-2 in 2009/10 season) one draw and ten losses.
Comment : Three wins out of the last five at COMS and two away draws plus the recent Carling Cup win means we’re picking up against them after years of heartache.
They’ve recovered from the O/T drubbing and are having the last laugh with progress in the Chimps league. Listen out for “Champions League you’re avin a laugh” or “Thursday nights Europa League (actually Tuesday afternoons!) whilst we regale them with feeder club stuff, and “you’ve never won f*ck all”. Future Blue Van Persie’s on fire, they’ve sorted the goalie problem and they’ve put together some impressive results to take the pressure off Wenger. Today, though, we must put the pressure on.
WWTWTWShite : Their crowds were down to an average of 23,824 in 1985, and this season it’s 59,989.
Don’t forget to pick up your brand new KK193, and pray it doesn’t rain!