Monday, 28 February 2011

Dynamo Kiev

Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City
UEFA Europa League - Last 16 Knockout Stage
Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine.
Thursday 10th March 2011
Manchester City - One Night Trip.
Depart Manchester 10th March 2011 at approx. 06:00hrs – DAY OF THE GAME.
Flights direct to Kiev,
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Friday 11th March 2011 – Depart approx. 16:00hrs local time
Price - £330.00 per person based on twin share
Single room supplement of £35.00 pppn.
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Saturday, 26 February 2011

Saturday

Aris – according to Alan Nixon in the manumirror, despite the money we’ve spent we couldn’t raise a team, so it was a pleasant surprise when a pretty well full strength City team turned up with a full substitutes bench too. What is it with these journalists? I did an interview for Swedish tv on the Tuesday and the whole angle was about how long would these recently bought foreigners stay at the club. I didn’t fall for it and pointed out that in the fifties we had a German goalie, a Welsh captain, Scottish centre half, ROI winger, Scottish inside forward, and Welsh winger in our Cup Final tea m! Those were the days. Anyway, we saw off Aris convincingly, very impressive and entertaining including the colourful away support.
Liverpool got through and face Braga in the next round whilst we have possibly the toughest fixture of the lot with Dynamo Kiev – and we’re still in the F. A. Cup!
Manumirror’s comment on the game? We’ve not got many youth team players coming through.
I’m pleased to say that we picked up KK 186 from the printers, delivered to Aleef, and all the subscriptions are now in the post. The Post Office have excelled again, having put the price up to 81p they now don’t do a stamp to suit so I’ve had to stick on 3 stamps per envelope to make up the correct postage! Tossers.
Tomorrow it’s Fulham. Can we continue the good home form. Should do, here’s the It’s a fix extract :

GAME 28) SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28TH FULHAM (HOME) K.O. 3PM
They’re in their 10th season in the Prem., have never won eff all, but were Europa Cup finalists last year, 52nd. Lg meeting, recent connection Mark Hughes!
This season so far they’re in 12th place with 31 points from 27 games and 1 win 7 draws and 5 defeats away from home.
In the F.A. Cup they whipped in form Spurs 4-0 but have just lost 1-0 to Bolton at home in the 5th round.
Down at The Cottage in November we produced one of our best ever away performances winning 4-1 with goals from Tevez (6, 56) Zabaleta (32) and Ya ya Toure (35) with Gera scoring for them (70) to give us a slight unfounded worry. Crowd was 25,694 with 1715 Blues.
At home to Fulham : Last season at Coms in October we went 2-0 up through Lescott (54) and Petrov (60), then, naturally let them come back to draw 2-2 through Duff (62) and Dempsey (68). Crowd was 44,906, with only 595 Cottagers. In the 8 Prem. games we’ve won 2, drawn 3 and lost 3 at COMS.
They don’t travel well, and under Hughes have become something of draw specialists, not unlike his time at City. HOWEVER, their form at COMS is not bad, and whilst they’re capable of pulling off the odd shock result, with the likes of Johnson, Duff, Dempsey, Gera, Gudjohnsen and Zamora up front and with Sidwell plus old man Murphy pulling the strings, you never know, but you can’t see anything other than a City win. Please?
The referee is Peter Walton, one of those who’s probably won the title for the rags.
We’re on 49 points from 27 games btw (not 39 games as per my editorial, don’t know where that came from!?)
Crowds were down to an average of 4,057 in 90/91, and this season stand at 24,998
Dave

Thursday, 24 February 2011

New issue

It's the last chance to pick up KK 185 at tonight's game at home to Aristotle Onassis, as, thanks to a super human effort from all comcerned, we hope to pick up number 186 from the printers tomorrow, Friday, and pop it into the outlet at Aleef kiosk on the corner of Market Street and Cross Street, just a few yards away from The City Store.
Front cover hits on the True Grit film out soon, cos we reckon we'll need plenty of that with the upcoming fixtures, giving us games twice a week all being well until the end of the season.
This issue, is the best we've done (since the last one!) and includes Neil Young tributes, Seven ages of a fan, Showbiz X1, match previews and reviews, Blue Moon Rising DVD review, City World - all the whacky goings on at our crazy, hazy, mazy, sexy, club, Cup or Champs League, or both?, Points of Blue minutes (next meeting imminent) January departures, and much more from the true Blue regulars, plus all the usual cartoons and pics.
It's £2.50 and will be on sale, wind, rain, sleet, snow or (unusually) shine at the Fulham and future games in our quest for a top four place and the F.A and Europa Cups.
It can also be bought from 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs WN7 2 HL, cheque or Porder for £3.40 including P and P. Lots do so why not you?

Tonight sees the return match with Aris at Coms with the tie poised at 0-0 and no question of it being a formality, as this is City remember! Still, we should be confident after Sunday's 5-0 drubbing of Notts 'rag' County, so let's hope that Roberto puts out a decent team so that we do the business, although the manumirror claims we can't field a team?
Dave

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Saturday night

Saturday night
Interesting week. City’s draw in Salonika could make it a tricky one on Thursday. Barca passed the Arse to death but lost to a bit of cut and thrust. Spurs won in Milan.
No shocks today in the Cup and the rags’ second squad are no better than ours.
Chelsea threw it away.
Tomorrow we’ve got Notts County at home. Surely we won’t cock it up? Looking forward to seeing Mario strut his stuff, and we don’t usually lose replays.
My lad and his lady have just got back from the Shaun Ryder gig at the Academy. It was cancelled due to medical reasons. I did warn him. Never trust a rag, son. He didn’t listen! Perhaps he will now!
Dave

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday Afternoon
So many re-runs of Rooney’s fluke meant extended reflections and analysis on the derby. Forgot to mention that while we were stood on the forecourt two foreign lads, just flown in from Bahrein, wearing green and yellow scarves, approached us asking if we wanted to exchange united tickets for the ones they had in the City end? Figure that one out? I was very polite and told them to ditch their scarves and go in and support City.
My son thought we should have really gone for it after our goal when we had the rags rocking instead of doing the stupid Ole thing where we pass it about and the kick it into touch or give it the opposition. We did it at Notts too, it drives me daft, cut it out.
Fulham nearly beat Chelsea last night missing a last minute penalty after being under the cosh all game, so we’re still in 3rd place, but a game ahead.
Neil Young’s funeral today but we couldn’t make it unfortunately, so will send flowers and a donation.
Later we play Aris, it's on ITV 4 at 5pm.
Here’s the It’s a Fix extract:

GAME 27A) TUESDAY FEBRUARY 15TH ARIS THESSALONIKI (AWAY) K.O. 5PM UK 7Pm Greece

Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC and is located in the North East of Greece (why aye man). It is the second largest city in Greece, and the capital of the region of Macedonia with a population of around 400,000, but up to 1M including the surrounding area.
It is a port, classed as the hippest city in Greece, and is a tourist destination, with many attractions.

Aris, were formed in 1914 by a group of 22 young friends in a (Costa!?) coffee bar in the Votsi area.
The name Aris is from the God of war, the nickname inspired by the two Balkan wars of 1912/13 when Greece fought against the Otterman empire.
In Greek mythology Aris was a deity who was in conflict with Hercules, the mythological character after which Aris’s rival football team Iraklis, was named. In the beginning the club was based on a ground near the Arch and tomb of Galerius, but after the accession of two minor football clubs in 1919 and 1921, the club’s base was moved to the less romantically sounding Flemming Street. Aris first played in one of the three minor leagues, the Macedonian league and they won 14 titles until 1959 when the united First Division was created. During that time they won three play off titles including their last in 1946 during the Greek civil war.
The club moved to its new ground, named after a player, Kleanthis (sounds like part of the female anatomy!) Vikelides in 1951, in the Harilaou area of the city. They currently play in yellow and black in the 22,800 capacity ground, though they are looking to move to a more modern ground soon.
Aris managed European qualification in the 1960’s, losing to Chelsea and Ipswich but once beating Hibernian 6-0 but losing 1-9 to Ujpest. They won the Greek Cup in 1970, Wilf McGuinness managed them from 1971 to 1973, and then in 1980 they eliminated Benfica and Perugia, before going out to St Etienne. However the club declined in the 1980’s, hit financial trouble and were relegated briefly in 1997 and 2005. in recent years after the creation of a Friends Club, where supporters buy shares and vote on the President and other issues, fortunes have improved and they’ve finished Greek Cup runners up four times and have been handily placed in the League.
In the Europa Cup in 2010 they eliminated Jagiellonia Bialystok and Austria Vien in the preliminary stages and in the Group stage beat holders Atletico Madrid, then Rosenburg on aggregate but finished second after losing out to Bayer Leverkusen, to face City.
They are rated 97th in the UEFA team rankings, one place ahead of Lech Poznan!
Youtube showed that a hot reception awaits City fans and 25,000 Aris fans reportedly descended on Athens for the game v Panathinaikos, so expect a decent away support at Eastlands.
In their domestic season so far they’re currently 10th, but their manager Hector Kuoer has left, They’ve got ex Blue Nery Castillo on loan, beat AEK in Athens 2-1 at the weekend and haven’t lost at home in Europe in 40 years…yet.
So the Blues need to bounce back after Saturdays disappointment and put in a good performance to ensure an Eastlands formality next week and progression to the next round.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

I don't Loke mondays

I don’t like Mondays (when we've lost a derby)
Friday night we were at Waterstones on Deansgate for Gary James’s talk on Manchester football where I was asked to do an interview for Sky. Usually these last about ten minutes and they show about ten seconds, usually the most embarrassing bits!
Had to leave early though as it was also the Supporters Club Neil Young Tribute night at COMS. Fred Eyre gave a short eulogy for Neil remembering Neil’s first words after they trooped off the field after a schoolboy match, Neil and Fred on opposite sides. “I’m a City fan, are you?”
Gary Owen was MC and Steve Daley the speaker, referred to Gary as Joe Pasquale’s love child!! It was a great night, Steve was very entertaining and self deprecating and the meal and the company, we were on the Maine Road F.C. table, were great.
Then it was an early start for the derby. Took grandson Joe so he could have it confirmed what a detestable place it is to visit. He wasn’t disappointed. Someone cut me up on Chester Road, unintentionally, but we motored on, parked up off Talbot Road and walked to the ground from the Warwick Road end without incident. Had a laugh with a few Blues, John Rowan, Roland Griffin and co on the forecourt, at what a grotesque sight the place and people are, then in we went.
Savouring the atmosphere I then spotted my ugly mug on the telly. Couldn’t hear a thing so don’t know how it went and, naturally, no-one in the family saw it, but no doubt it’ll be all over the message boards? Maybe not.
Bloody hell. that’s the best I’ve seen us play there. Last year it was 7 minutes of added time which did us, then the missile throwing at the league cup semi, and this time it was Rooney’s fluke. We’ve had to suffer Villa’s goal for 30 years and we’ll now get this for the next thirty. Cruelty personified.
Good drive home, there quicker than from COMS, and a morbid evening endured. I’m with Jeff Hill on this one.
Spurs won at Sunderland so now the 4th place spot is looking dodgy unless we buck our ideas up.
At the mo at KOTK we're busy getting the ‘Us and Them’ book finalised and we’re getting articles in for the next KK, deadline this Wednesday please.
Dave

Friday, 11 February 2011

Friday on my mind

Friday on my mind…..
Todays Manumirror has Charlton telling us he once sat next to the Sheik and they talked about united. Well he did play for them and you wouldn’t expect them to talk about the price of Cup final tickets would you?
The MEN printed a letter (not mine about that prick David May) from a supposed County fan who didn’t have the balls to give his name saying we’ve lost our sense of humour because when he says our team are shit he gets abuse. Wel that’s unexpected. Not long ago County fans were on GMR taking the piss because they’d won and we’d lost. Pretty quiet now though eh?

Here’s the it’s a Fix extract for tomorrow :

GAME 26) SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12TH UNITED (AWAY) KO 12.45pm

Prem. division regulars, last pot Carling Cup 2010 (wow), recent connection Carlos Tevez, this is the 144th league meeting.

This season so far they’re currently in top spot with 54 points from 25 games with 12 wins 1 draw and 0 defeats at home.
Things are still looking good for Fergie with his multi million pound squad and his chosen referees. Not playing as well as previously but just beaten at Wolves to show that without the help of the usual dubious refereeing decisions they’re just average. If the right decisions had been made at Fulham, Blackpool and WBA to name but three they’d be 9 points worse off.
At COMS on a November Wednesday night it was a 0-0 bore draw in front of 47, 228 with 2617 rags.
In the Carling Cup they went out 4-0 at West Ham in the 5th round, and play Marseille in the round of 16 in the Chimps league. In the F. A. Cup they beat Liverpool 1-0 at home in the 3rd round with a dodgy penalty and Gerrard sent off and have beaten Southampton in the 4th round, and face …….Crawley Town at home in the 5th round. I’m not joking.

Our form at the Liverpool Warehouse in Trafford? Last season it was a 4-3 defeat for the Blues, on a September Sunday which we won’t dwell on too much as everyone knows what happened. Crowd was 75,066 with 3,051 impeccables.
Then in the Carling Cup semi second leg it was the 3-1 loss, again, we know how they did it. Crowd was 74,576 with 8,944 impeccables.
In our last 9 Prem visits we’ve won 1 drawn 4 lost 4.

So we should go there with our strongest team in years and it should be one of the best derbies though we do have to face their eleven plus subs, the referee, linesmen and now even the 4th official. No wonder everyone hates them . We must win.
I'm taking the grandson just to compound how horrible it is there and to show him why everyone hates them?
Whenever Tevez gets the ball it’ll be “Fergie, Fergie sign him up. He once said that united don’t boo the players they’ve sold on but that’s just another bit of Fergie/rag shite, we’ve become so accustomed to over the years.
Groundwise, the record attendance is still 76,962 for the Wolves v Grimsby semi-final in 1939. It’s uglyville, but we make it beautiful in our corner between the main and north stand with the sky blue, so long may it continue! They don’t have spirals so it’ll be up the steps for us, how old fashioned and quaint is that?
They once proudly went 37 YEARS without winning a trophy, remind them. 37 YEARS.
Crowds were down to an average of 11,685 in 1930/31, and the current average is 74,927. so that's 60,000 plus gloryseekers.
Away Day Zines ; united We Stand, Red Issue, Red News
Pubs/parking/route : You know the drill by now?!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

don't do it

Don't want to worry you Tony but i did Day after Day by Badfinger on karaoke the other night. The two guys also wrote Without You, Neilson's big hit (played at Bramall Lane in 1972, bloody 3-3, after 2-0 up, cost us the title) They never got a penny either then later they both hung themselves (separately). Be careful!!!
Dave

this week

This week
West Brom was a wet one, worst rain we’ve ever had at Eastlands.
Good performance from the lads, poignant tributes to Neil Young, and some comedy from the grandma and subsequent chants. Thought Roberto should have freshened things up earlier in the second half but we’d settle for 3-0 I suppose. Don’t think we chanted “getting sacked in the morning” but that’s what happened to Di Matteo, poor sod.
Strange goings on round and about. Newcastle’s come back with Joey B looking a snip at £7M and the rags losing, though we were hoping to be the first, but will settle for being the second to beat them, referee permitting.
Revitalised Liverpool won at Chelsea and could now be our biggest threat for the Europa Cup. Damn.
England have just beaten Denmark, something rotten there! Three City players in the squad whilst Fergie won’t let his players play for their country. No wonder evertone hates them….
Elsewhere David Silva, I’m told, got Spain’s winner
Did you spot the netting in front of the England fans? Brought back a few memories but no spiderman!
This week we’ve got Gary James’s talk on Friday night at Waterstones on Deansgate (rags 35 year celebration is cancelled) followed by the supporters club Neil Young tribute night at COMS. Then we visit the cesspit to pull 3 points back on the rags.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

This week

The week
First I was put in my place at Notts. when I said that Jamie Pollock’s “holocaust of a decision” comment was at Derby in the league cup, when it was, in fact at Notts County. Is this right?

Transfer deadline day came and went despite our shortcomings and lack of cover in certain positions. Felt a twinge of jealousy at Liverpool selling flop Torres and buying Suirez and Carroll. Danny Sturridge went on loan to Bolton - wonder what Gene Laschuk will make of that in the next issue?

We were down in Wales and Everton supporting son in law showed me an email from someone inside the scouse club saying that it is imploding – so all that stuff about them being the role model etc was all baloney. Certainly their lack of buys in the window hasn’t gone down well. We’ll see.

Birmingham was a big, big disappointment, but again the number of cards we get as opposed to the opposition remains baffling. MOTD failed to show our pen appeal for handball – and theirs (Kolarov) for that matter, Kolarov’s free kick though was incredible. Thought their programme was really jazzy and good piece by Ric Turner of the Blue Moon website.

United’s David May announced that their do on Feb 11th will be to celebrate City’s 35 trophyless years. It’s on the same night as City’s Neil Young tribute night. The gulf in class between the two clubs has never been greater.

Gary Neville ‘s retired and has now achieved Sainthood. Is this the same bloke that was regularly warned by the authorities about his despicable behaviour in front of opposition fans? Surely not.

Saddest news of all was Neil Young’s passing, and it will be an emotional time at COMS today. Our condolencies go to Carmen and the family. I got to know Neil quite well in recent years. He was a genuine Blue and decent fellow, and it is so sad he’s gone at such a tender age. RIP mate you’ll be sadly missed.

There's been much interest in the media re City and in particular the 'Poznan' cele bration. I've been pestered by Israeli radio, 5Live, and Birmingham radio, where Trish, a Brummie City fan was very good to KOTK whose hubby reads it from cover to cover then reads it again, apparently. Trish is in the exexc bit today and is going to get them to do 'the Poznan'

So, after a week where all our rivals won and we didn’t, we are now looking over our shoulders at Spurs and 4th place, so today’s game is massive and Albion are no pushovers for us. Only a win will do. Here’s the It’s A Fix update/extract :

GAME 25) SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5TH : WEST BROM (HOME) K.O. 3PM

Another Premiership yo-yo team, last trophy the F. A. Cup in 1968, recent connection Ishmael Miller (now out on loan?), and it’s the 128th League meeting.

This season so far they’re in 16th place with 26 points from 24 games and 2 wins 2 draws and 8 defeats away from home.
After some bright early results Roberto Di Matteo’s merry men have found the going tough. We’ve played them twice already, both at The Hawthorns. First in the Carling Cup third round in September when, with a very young team, and despite Jo putting us one up (19) we lost 2-1. Crowd was 10,418 with 1380 Blues. They went on to beat Leicester away but went out at Ipswich. We made amends though in November when two goals from Balotelli (20, 26) who was later sent off, clinched the win. They also finished with ten men. Crowd was 23,013 with 1880 Blues.
In the F. A. Cup their poor form continued with a 1-0 defeat in the 3rd rd at Reading.

We last met at COMS in April ’09 just after Hamburg home when we won 4-2 with goals from Robinho (8), Onuoha (21), Elano (P56) and Sturridge (90). Brunt replying twice for Albion (37, 54) Crowd was 40,072 with 1769 Baggies.
Prior to that it was 8 wins, 4 draws 1 loss (1-2 in 02/03),
Once again it’s a game which on current form should give us all three points
Crowds were down to an average of 9,134 in 1986/87, this season they’re averaging 23,442
Dave
PS : Tony can you help out Jeff Hill please, my knowledge is as basic as Jeff's!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Manchester Football

MANCHESTER FOOTBALL TALK, Q&A & BOOK SIGNING

If you're short of something to do the night before the derby then you might be interested in the event I'm doing at Waterstones Deansgate at 6pm on Friday 11th February.Basically, I'll be talking, doing a Q&A and signing copies of my books.

The talk will take a look at the Twists & Turns of Manchester football including stories about the 1904 FA Cup success and its long term significance to Manchester; the Bribe Scandal and what that did to City & Utd; the Manchester Central Story; and the transformation of City during recent seasons and its possible long term impact; plus much more. I'll also give a few details on my current projects - of enormous interest hopefully to City fans.Tickets cost £3 and are redeemable against any of my books on sale at Waterstones (they will have "Manchester A Football History", "Joe Mercer, OBE: Football With A Smile" and may even have the last few copies of "The Big Book Of City" available). So if you're thinking of buying a book you may as well spend an enjoyable time listening to stories of how the Manchester game developed; its significance etc. If you've ever heard me interviewed or attended one of my previous talks (such as the Manchester Histories Festival at Manchester Town Hall; Manchester Central at Urbis; Joe Mercer at Goodison Park; or various supporters clubs) then you'll know that this should be a great event.Tickets must be obtained from Waterstones.If you want to know more about my books or want to check the event details, take a look at www.manchesterfootball.org or "James Ward Publishing" on Facebook.

Thanks, Gary James
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Is this okay? I've attached a scan of the cover of MAFH if you need it.

Thanks,

Gary

Neil Young RIP

Just heard that Neil Young has died, very sad news.