Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Lakey signings

I’m Not Really Here by the former Manchester City Player Paul Lake is the no.1 football book on Amazon and has had wonderful reviews. Paul has broadcast across National radio and of course the book has been reviewed in regional press like the Manchester Evening News. He will be signing copies of his books at several locations around Manchester in the coming weeks (please see below for dates).
Signing dates:

Saturday 3rd September
1400-1600 Formal signing at Waterstone’s Stockport
Saturday 15th October
1100 Formal signing at Simply Books, Bramhall, Stockport
Saturday 22nd October
1200 Formal signing at Costco Barton Dock, Manchester
Please see below for reviews of I’m Not Really Here:
"It's the best book I've read for a long time...beautifully, powerfully written...a must-read for any fan of football" - Oliver Holt, Daily Mirror
"A raw, sometimes unsparing and frequently moving account of how Lake's career was shipwrecked...an epic, harrowing and gripping story...an astounding football autobiography” - Daniel Taylor, The Guardian
"Lake's touching story isn't all doom and gloom - it's packed with humour and insight into the game. A superb read." - FourFourTwo magazine
"...a happy, sad, thought-provoking autobiography...a book that captures a time, a place and a club." - Michael Walker, Daily Mail
"I’m Not Really Here spares nothing in the raw details of what Lake endured. A football read even more harrowing than an England player’s World Cup diary" - Sport Magazine

‘my favourite player in those days was always Paul Lake. I used to love watching him. I don’t know what it was about him, but he was just a top footballer and cool as !**k, never any pressure on him, always knew what he was doing. He could play for us now, man’. Liam Gallagher

Paul will also be signing copies of his book at the Warrington Supporters club branch on Thursday September 1st at The Hawthorne, Orford Lane, Warrington, at 8.30 pm.
Paul has also corrected the KOTK Ed's previous post where the scout who spotted him was in fact Ted Davies not Len (both were City scouts!) - no mention of George Harrison though!

Monday, 29 August 2011


Aw Fergie thinks that the FA have got it in for them by punishing every misdemeanour that the rags commit!
According to the press, no player has ever joined a bigger club for more money in the history of the game, except when they sign for City.
Isn’t it time that some of these hacks started to earn their money by doing sensible articles?
Spurs - Watched this one in the pub in Westhoughton with stalwarts Joe and Dolly and a few Blues plus the obligatory rag and a couple of Bolton fans. A couple of early scares for us then in went the first. “Lucky” said the rag. So we greeted the next four goals with “another lucky one, you’re just a bunch of mercenaries, only here for the money, you can’t buy success, a group of individuals not a team, boring, boring City, no history type stuff” Very adult, but satisfying!
I’ve missed two City games at Spurs in the last 30 years or so. Today’s, and the 4-3 Cup win! Bugger. All those other times I’ve had Spurs fans in my face, win or lose (mainly) whilst selling the zine. “Will you ever beat the Spurs” was one particular chant. Well this win makes up for all those losses, so well done to the boys, for a fantastic performance.
Today’s manumirror was true to type. Apparently the rags, who could only manage a 3-0 HOME win over Spurs upstaged our 5-1 away win.
Ollie Holt had us down as rivalling the rags for the first time since the 60’s, another of the usual ‘no history’ type calculated errors.
Check out the seventies Ollie – City League Cup winners twice, runners up once, Euro Cup Winners’ Cup winners once, runners up in the league in 1977. Rags FA Cup winners in 1977, humiliated in 1976 and 1979. City 7 lg wins to rags 6.
Pride of place goes to David McDonnell who replaces Michael Calvin as rag c*nt and arselicker of the season so far. As John Burfield more or less said in KK 189 – the rags can’t win, or lose, anything with grace, style and dignity, it always has to be accompanied with a sneer, dig, swipe and a snarl :
Anything you can do, we can do better. Blah, blah, blah then a totally unnecessary and incorrect swipe: When City ended their 35 year wait for a trophy with victory in last season’s F A Cup United upstaged them by claiming a record 19th title the same day (he didn’t mention by a dodgy penalty) It was in fact City who upstaged them by winning the Cup AFTER the rags win at Blackburn and the City parade far upstaged that of the rags damp squib. We won’t even mention Barcelona. Still, it's what Fergie wants rags fans to read.
No wonder everyone hates them.

Sunday, 28 August 2011


So much for signing up for the cup schemes as we won’t get our seats for the Napoli and future Euro games owing to UEFA rules. I’m flattered that we should be singled out but what are these rules? Must admit we thought there’d be a catch with our new comfy seats, looks like this is it.
News is that Ade’s off to Spurs.
We’re giving it a miss today for all sorts of reasons. First time I’ve missed a league game at the Lane for about 30 years so apologies to anyone hoping to pick up a KK 189 down there. We’ve got a few left if you want to get in touch by post at the usual address.
Missed the C Cup draw but note that we've got Brum at home, so the home games are piling up already. Not compla ining though!

Spurs, is of course the BIG test of all our opening fixtures, here’s the It’s A Fix extract :
3) SUNDAY AUGUST 28TH : SPURS (AWAY) KO 1.30PM – Put back for ESPN
Last promotion was in 1978, since then they’ve been successful in the F A, League and UEFA Cups, and their last pot was the League Cup in 2008. Most recent connection : Vedran Corluka. 125TH League meeting
Last season, after their European Champs League escapade concluded with defeat to Real Madrid, and joke goalie Gomes reverting to type, Spurs’ bid for a second Champs League place tailed off and they finished 5th with 9 wins 9 draws and 1 loss at home.
At COMS in May it was City who took the spoils for a change with a 1-0 win courtesy of an ironic Peter Crouch own goal in the 30 th minute. Crowd was 47,069 with 2817 cocky Spuds.
Our form at Spurs : At the Lane on the opening day of last season in sunny August we rode our luck to clinch a 0-0 draw. Crowd was 35,928 with 2,945 Blues.
WHL used to be one of our favourite away trips, but after our 1-0 win in 91/92 we went 5 games without a win until the 2-0 in ’03. Since then we’ve had 3 draws, five 2-1 defeats, a League Cup loss and an F. A. Cup win (4-3!!).
Comment : They’ll be smarting from last seasons 4 points we took off ‘em but it’s time we won here again. Signings are Brad Friedel, and Christian Ceballos. Woodgate’s gone and but Modric is not quite off to Chelsea. They lost 3-0 at united in their first game, and have just signed Adebayor on loan but he can’t play today.
Our turn to chant : Champions League, you’re having a laugh…..in Europa they’re through to the group stage after brushing aside Hearts…..
Groundwise: No change to the Lane. After their abortive attempt to move to the site of the Olympic stadium in East London, miles away, they’ve revived the plan to redevelop the whole ground to increase the capacity to 60,000 and local properties are being bought up to accommodate.

White Hart Lane Capacity ; 36,257 (Our club have only taken up about 1800 tickets)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Where were they when they were shite? Averaged 20,859 in 85/86, so not bad.
Last seasons average home attendance : 35,680
Parking : Expensive but nearby parking at school on right, (ground on left) otherwise pot luck on side streets.
Sat Nav : N17 0AP
Pubs: The Antwerp in Church Road, The Park by the Station, The Three Compasses in Queen Street.
Good luck

Thursday, 25 August 2011

This week

This week
Bolton was interesting to say the least. We had a day in South Wales for grandson Isaac’s first birthday, and I was blackmailed by inadvertently drinking out of son-in-law’s Everton supporter’s mug. It was caught on camera! In defence though I was almost feeling a bit sorry for him after their home defeat to QPR. Good run back up, didn’t see any Blues and it was straight over to breezy Bolton for the top of the table clash with the Trotters. (Potters v Trotters in the F A Cup semi last season!)
Standing on my pitch I watched an entertaining group of drummers pass by with a risqué scantily clad lady gyrating riskily at the front. “I felt her arse” said one young Blue, inevitably I suppose. He wasn’t arrested. Spotted Tommy Booth in the exec bit behind us and eventually the “he’s here, he’s there” chant was boomed out.
We were in row Z but never touched the ball. You’d’ve thought we might at Bolton!
Good win for the boys and Bolton were fairly happy with a battling 3-2 defeat. “With a ref like that, Davies looks like a good player” we overheard some Bolton fans say! Honest!
Saw a Blue get manhandled and cuffed after the game by the Bolton over zealous Bobby’s. Completely over the top. Anyone else see it? Let us know.
Carling Cup time and Sunderland, QPR and Norwich crashed out. Draw’s on Saturday I hear.
Today’s Champs (not Chumps now!) League draw paired us with Bayern Munich (3-3 draw there in a friendly in 1953/54), Aston (!) Villareal we’ve never played, and Napoli (1-2 loss there in a friendly in 1978/79) . Could have been worse. Dates awaited before frantic bookings.
Plodding on with the editing of the Us and Them book and deadline for next zine is next Tuesday so trying to get finished before then. Stuff coming in already for KK 190 I’m pleased to say so please get cracking.
Sammy Nasri's joined us from the Arse which looks good.

Friday, 19 August 2011


Sunday it’s off to the Horwich Wind Tunnel for the top of the table clash with the Trotters. Here’s the it’s a fix extract from KK 189 :

2) SUNDAY AUGUST 21ST BOLTON (AWAY) KO 4PM - Put back for Sky TV
Now in their 11th Prem season, last trophy the F. A. Cup in 1958 beating united comfortably 2-0. Recent connections : Martin Petrov, Danny Sturridge. 111TH LG meeting
Last season : After losing the F. A. Cup semi-final 5-0 to Stoke they recovered briefly, beating Arsenal at home, but then tailed off, losing their last 5 league games and dropped to 14th place, with 10 wins 5 draws and 4 losses at home.
At COMS in December it was a 1-0 City win with Tevez scoring after 4 minutes and Kolarov getting himself sent off. Crowd was 46,860 with 2431 Trotters turning out in force for a change.
Form at Bolton : Last season in May, goals from Lescott (43) and Dzecko (62) gave the Blues a 2-0 win on a blustery day in front of 26,285 as we clinched 3rd place. Daniel Sturridge being sent off for them late on.
Prior to that it was 3 losses, 2 draws and 2 wins in the previous 7 Prem. meetings.
Comment : Again, early season games don’t always go to form. City know they’re in for a tough match but it’s winnable we need to win this type of game. They had a great start last week beating QPR at the Bush last weekend but so did City with the Swansea win by the same score. We could have both Aguero AND Tevez up front so lick yer lips for a mouth waterer eh! Sergio, apparently, was sent off on his last appearance at the Reebok for spitting, but there won't be a repeat of that today.
Bolton’s new signing is Darren Pratley, and Elmander, Sturridge and Al Habsi have all gone.
Reebok Stadium Capacity : 28,723 (5,000 for City)

Groundwise : Can there be a better setting for a football club than the Reebok, Bolton fans Brian and Larraine Wilson tell us?! Well no, not really. Familiar territory to us by now. Ticket prices seem sensible again and we’ll fill both tiers as we’ve sold out.
WWTWTWShite : Their crowds were down to an average of 4,847 in 85/86.
Last season’s average home attendance was : 22,680
Parking/car parks: £3 here and there, £6 last year at the ground and we could have raced away afterwards if we hadn’t opted for a meal on the Middlebrook!
Sat. Nav : BL6 6JW
Pubs : Shut to City fans still, on police advice, before and after. Plenty in Horwich though - Beehive, Bromilow Arms, Horwich

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Monday, Monday

Monday, Monday…..
We went for an early one to make sure there would be no traffic hitches, for just the one home game selling for KK189 – and prayed for a fine night!
Pulled up at the lights on the Lancs next to a sort of white van vehicle. Driver, looking as rough and tough as old boots, gazed across at me sat in the passenger seat with my City shirt on as I wondered whether he was blue or red. He put his head down to reveal the City crest tattooed on his head no less and we had a good laugh.
Next stop was Asda, and we bumped into the usual Brian Hince crew and exchanged pleasantries. Bloke next to me in the grub queue said “don’t give us a hammering tonight!” I shrugged. Plenty of Blues in there and a few Swansea, but there were a couple of little shits running about aged about 4 and 7 shouting united repeatedly. Whilst it called for the Fawlty Towers accidental elbow crack “sorry sonny” to the head, they were generally ignored. No wonder everyone hates them. I blame the parents!
“I only hope it’s not 4-0!" I overheard a Swans fan say. All went well with lots of encouraging comments for KK. Into the ground and wow – padded seats – I almost felt guilty for not going Platinum. Maybe next year eh? Everyone was careful to treat em with respect – no ketchup or Bovril spillages - not yet anyway.
Game’s well documented and what a debut for Aguero, brought back memories of Trev at Stoke, Bobby Owen v WBA in the Charity Shield but Ali B made his debut v Brum then scored at Coventry and helped demolish Sheff Wed 6-2. Did I read Hince right when he said Mercer and Allison signed Alan Ogley?
So a great start to the season and more good stuff to come. Naturally it rained at the end of the game but we’d sold out of all the zines we’d took, to round off a great night.

Sunday, 14 August 2011


The Prem. is back, apart from Spurs v Everton. Bolton had a good win at QPR to go top and it was good to see that Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea all dropped 2 points but the rags got all 3 at West Brom. Somehow. Tomorrow, of course, we’ve got Swansea at home – here’s the It’s a Fix extract from KK189, on sale tomorrow night :

1) MONDAY AUGUST 15TH : SWANSEA (HOME) KO 8PM - Put back to the Monday for SKY TV.
I hate these Monday night games and spare thoughts for Swansea fans who were looking forward to their first ever Premiership match and will now be totally inconvenienced. Also commiserations to KK subscriber Dave Handley who’d come over from Japan but will now miss the game. Sods
The Swans are back in the top flight for the first time since 1983, when they dropped out alongside our very own Manchester City. Since then they fell on really hard times but have bounced back up the divisions and finally made it into the Prem by beating Reading in the Play Off Final at our very own (2 out of 3 ain’t bad!) Wembley Stadium. What a game that was, the Swans or Jacks going 3 goals up in the first half then Reading pulling two back, having a goalbound shot deflected onto the post before conceding a late penalty for Swansea to win 4-2.
No trophies for Swansea and not so recent connections are The mighty Roy Paul, Vic Gomersall, Bobby Owen, Tommy Hutch and manager John Bond. Spencer Davis was born in Swansea but whether he supports them or manu is unclear, though as an Oxford Don you’d expect the former.
Last league meetings were in season 1983/84 in the Second Division when City doubled them 2-1 at Maine Road and 2-0 at the Vetch (sounds like someone’s throwing up) Field overlooked by the prison. The first goal was celebrated by Chappy and his mates who were being escorted to the City end who arrived just as the ball hit the back of Swansea’s net and joined in with the players’ celebrations on the pitch. Very funny.
Form at home to Swansea : Pretty good, actually, though we haven’t met since 1983/84. First meetings were in 1926/27 and there’s been ten meetings, all at Maine Road, with 8 City wins, one draw and one loss (2-1 in 1950/51)
Comment : Obviously they’re a bit of an unknown quantity and will be on a high for their Premiership debut, but you can’t see anything other than a City win. Summer signings are Danny Graham, Jose Moreira, and Steve Caulker. Their away form was poor last season with 11 losses.
WWTWTWshite : Averaged 3,367 in 1991/92.
Last season’s average home attendance : 15,507

us and them advert


It’s the new book - Manchester City versus every other club from season 1892/93 until 2010/11. This includes the A to Z of all the teams City have played against, including friendlies, F A Cup, League Cup, Texaco Cup, Anglo-Italian Cup, Full Members Cup, Auto Windscreen, European games, the lot. It’s more ‘story’ than statistics - though these are included in summary - there’s background info on each club, a fan’s tale for the vast majority of games, (90% new material), which are quirky, hairy, scary, funny, peculiar and, well, just interesting. There are ground diagrams, pics, caricatures and cartoons included. It looks like being hardback, about 224 pages, similar in style to the now sold out ‘Century City’ book and is in the process of final editing. It should be out probably in October and the price will probably be about £14.95 again. (contributors get a complimentary copy) If you wish to have your name in the book as a subscriber (thanks to all who’ve subscribed so far) and receive a copy at a reduced special rate (£2 off) just send in your name and address by the end of August to: ‘Us and Them’ subscription, c/o King Of the Kippax, 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN 7 2 HL. Or a phone call or e-mail will do. We don’t need any monies yet so don’t worry about that just now! Thanks KOTK.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Tuesday already

Tuesday already
Season tickets dropped through the door, in a smart gold coloured package which included sky blue bootlaces, a wrist band thing, a star pin badge, DVD, some photos and an impressive booklet including City songs – but excluding the arguably most famous one now picked up and used by most fans in the country. Know the one? Answers please, just teasing!
Saturday was on us and we headed down to the Smoke where the Blue Vic and myself took in the Brentford v Yeovil match, Uwe’s first game in charge of the Bees. The ground brought back memories of F. A. Cup and League Cup defeats, plus the abortive visit when it was called off at the last minute; seeing ex Blue, Stan the Man (Bowles) lurking in a seedy street where we parked next to a mattress on spare land, and the 1-0 F. A. Cup win when we thought that Frank Clark was our latest saviour. 1997.
Ground’s seated on two sides, with a double decker - seated top, standing bottom for the away fans behind one goal and standing for home fans on terracing behind the other, now roofed. We missed the kick off – London traffic, M25 an all that, but spotted a few Blues here and there in the ground. Brentford did well, playing decent stuff and going ahead via a penalty. Second half they scored a second in a fine move culminating in Shaleum Logan’s shot going in off the upright. So 2-0 to the Bees, Yeovil showed nothing much, and after a quick Uwe Rosler chant as he left the field in front of us, we were off to friend’s Raymond and Chrissie’s place for the evening.
Sunday morning we broke the previous routine and went for brekky to the Landmark hotel opposite Marylebone station. Very nice too. I had my City shirt on and enjoyed marching out of the hotel with the rag boys (manu were staying there!) as they walked the few yards to their coach and so I cocked up all the sycophants’ photos, snapping away as their (tainted) heroes boarded the coach.
Wembley was in sunshine, more rags than Blues (they only live round the corner) flogged a few zines, and took up our seats on the front row of the second tier again, but this time I’d remembered the KOTK flag. Reef performed their hit ‘Place your hands ’ from 1996 – I had a chat with their lead singer once when we were both in the green room before a Tony Wilson tv show in Liverpool. Disappointed that Bobby Johnstone’s disallowed goal wasn’t mentioned in Gary j in the review of the ’56 game. United’s goalie, Dave Gaskell, was 16 apparently, not 15 as I thought, and he was at todays game but didn’t drop his shorts!
Two nil up at half time, slightly fortunately perhaps and joy on the concourse. When was the last time we conceded three in the second half of a game? Erm League Cup semi at the Swamp was it? Defend like mad to prevent the first goal, control the game and lift the trophy. We were poor, looked unfit, and lethargic but held em at 2-2 somehow until our Achilles heel – the injury time goal struck. How many times? Our free kick cleared, two defenders, one to cover the other? No the dosy bastards let Nani in for the winner. Will we ever learn? Apparently not and why wasn’t Aguero brought on? Still, if Nani hadn’t scored then, we’d have had to wait for a further ten minutes or so until the rags actually got their winner.
Pretty obvious then that we need some more signings but Mancini’s record in this department has been poor so far for the money spent, and where are the young players coming through?
So a sombre journey home. Far more Blues than rags in the service station, and I was surprised to see even a few of em as far north as Oxford!
So another sleepless night (woke up at 4) nightmaring on Nani's winner. I’ve only just got over the Owen goal in the 3-4 and now this. Then I had to go on 5Live at 6.50 am – I’d agreed to cos I thought they meant ten to seven AT NIGHT! Dope. Still it was only a friendly (??!!) and we did win the big one AND our record 6-1 win in 1968 is still intact (not mentioned anywhere in the press) , though at 2-0 I thought we might beat it! Not really.

Friday, 5 August 2011


Last Friday morning we had a 9am, quite reasonable start, and were chauffeured down to Holyhead by friends Joe and Dolly to catch the mid-day packed ferry over to Dublin’s fair city.
After settling in at the hotel, we ate then ambled over to the Temple bars and enjoyed some good music in the Thunder café. I’d braced myself for the Irish Rover, Wild Rover, Seven Drunken Nights etc. but we rocked along to Crowded House, Floyd, Neil Young etc.
Saturday it was the first game at The Arriva, an impressive stadium in a strange setting where it’s not possible to walk round the ground, being hemmed in by houses and the railway line.
The ground was far from full, which was annoying, the second tier almost completely empty. There was a smattering of Blues, but plenty of Celtic fans who congregated behind the goal and in the top tier, doing the Poznan and booing Vlad Weiss mercilessly. Sergio Aguero made an appearance but didn't play and is on the bench for Sunday.
City’s team was mainly a second eleven but included Gareth Barry, SWP and Adam Johnson. 0-0 at half time, we went down for a coffee and the goofy kid with glasses informed us that “manu are better, all you’ve got is money” so naturally he got a stern lecture.
City were too powerful for Airtricity in the second half and ran out 3-0 winners comfortably.
The second game, after an impressive display of drumming from the locals was Inter v Celtic, and Inter went 2-0 up before having a player sent off. I was wondering where Robinho was, but have since been put right by manclad in that he plays for AC not Inter! We decided to leave at half time and observed a rag/Celtic fan chanting “you’ll never win f*ck all” to a Blue who ignored him completely. Didn’t they chant that at us for the past 35 years? At the station we chatted to an Irish fella who informed us he was a big manu fan. “Never mind” I said. Do these people have to pass an exam to become a rag? Do we really want to know? Can’t they just keep quiet? The Irish astound me. For such a cussed nation, it’s surely against their nature to follow the flow, although we do have good and loyal support over there.
On the Sunday we did the Dublin bus tour and arrived at The Arriva just as Celtic, 2-0 up, banged in three goals in the last few minutes.
So to the Big One. Many more Blues at this one, and some old and welcome acquantancies were spotted, plus the usual braindeads in rag shirts. No wonder.....
X factor Mary, belted a couple of songs out and I’m told I was spotted in the crowd singing along!
Plenty of Celtic fans remained, booing every move City made. Two of our goals were disallowed before Mario notched a header on half time. This was loudly booed by a Celtic fan near me, and when I asked him why he couldn’t or wouldn’t answer.
Edin stroked in another after half time and Adam J finished em off in the last minute to gain revenge for last season’s 0-3 defeat in the USA. We were then presented with the Dublin Super Cup. Very nice.
Flogged a few zines at the end of the game and was accosted by a young rag singing “united, til I die….” Which isn’t even a rag song.
So all in all a couple of satisfying results. It’s a strange competition though, and it would have been nice to put Celtic in their place with a game. If the competition survives next season it will need some revamping. Two games (out of three) in two days doesn’t inspire and the ticketing arrangements need sorting.
We had a great time though and finished off with a couple of enjoyable days in Northern Ireland.
Next up it’s the rags at Wembley, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK189 :

SHIELD K.O. 2.30 or is it 3pm ? AT WEMBLEY
It’s bloody them, again. Well they won the ‘title’ last season with a – wait for it - dodgy penalty at Blackburn, where they took 250,000 fans apparently. Ironically, this was the final straw in a season where dubious refereeing decisions for and against, off the top of my head v Fulham, Stoke, West Brom, West Ham, Villa, Arsenal etc etc gifted them at least 10 points.
They also knocked Liverpool off their perch by beating Pool’s five Euro Cups by notching their 6th European Cup by beating Barcelona in the final. Oops, still stuck on three! Even Arsenal beat Barca this season.
Fergie, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney in particular disgraced themselves last season followed closely by Camelgob’s antics. What a club. I don’t mind Giggsy to be honest, but he does sum up Manchester united. Poached deviously at an early age, claimed a goal on his debut which was actually an own goal, booed by his own fans, lauded in the media to be given a knighthood, then fell into disgrace for off the field misdemeanours of the lowest kind. Arise Sir Ryan!
JBurfield : And just to show that we’re really up to date, how about rags burning City scarves outside the City store in town. Seriously how utterly lame is that?!! If I wrote in this fanzine that I was going to go down to the united megastore with a few mates and set fire to a load of Ryan Giggs duvet covers (for an extra fiver you can get them with authentic stains now by the way) outside, I’d thoroughly deserve to be laughed off as an embarrassment. Self awareness and shame though are qualities lacking in your average rag numpty, eh?!
Whatever, form is temporary, class is permanent, right?

Latest additions to the plastics are David Hasselhoff, Brian Blessed, Bill Oddie, Neil bloody Diamond and sadly Robbie Williams who’s adopted them as his ‘fantasy team’. Twat.
In the Charity Shield it will be our 7th appearance. We lost to Arsenal 0-4 in 1935, and beat Sunderland 2-0 in 1938. We then lost 1-0 to united in 1956, Bobby Johnstone having his backheeled goal direct from a corner mysteriously disallowed. In this game, played at Maine Road as the forward thinking united didn’t have floodlights, part of which was televised, 15 year old David Gaskell came on in goal for the injured Ray Wood. In true rag tradition David disgraced himself and the club for baring his smelly, spotty, bare backside to the crowd in a later game. United fans sent death threats to Villa winger Peter MacParland prior to the 1957 Charity Shield game at O/T. No wonder everyone hates them. Moving on City recorded the highest ever score in this fixture beating West Brom 6-1 in 1968, then lost 2-1 to Leeds in 1969. Then came a couple of games where the Champs and the Cup winners couldn’t be bothered to help raise charity money and so City played and won 1-0 at Villa in 1972, but lost 1-0 at home to Burnley in 1973. So to today and the rags have spent a fortune on players this summer but are not ruining the game, oh no. Never mind, and don’t forget, “Let’s all wink at Rio, let ’s all wink at Rio….”
Hopefully today the police will have a more attentive presence on Wembley Way and in the car parks.

Wembley Stadium Capacity : 85,000 (27,500 for City)

Had a call from the manumirror re Joey Barton but didn’t give the answer they wanted so it wasn’t printed. Also had a call from the Mail on Sunday, told em I wasn’t bothered at all about the money our support and loyalty deserved, so whether that’s the angle they wanted we’ll see.