Monday, 26 September 2011

Monday

Monday
Quatar are now going to buy the rags. They’d better get rid of the devil on the badge then.
Olly Holt in the manumirror condemned united fans for their nasty response to Torres’s miss on Saturday, then blotted his copybook by saying he was ‘with’ Cantona and his kung fu kick at Palace. Olly conveniently forgets that the Frenchman was sent off for a dirty, snidy, sneaky foul and deserved to be given stick as he walked back to the dressing room in supposed disgrace.
Plans for the Etihad campus have now been unveiled and they do look fine on the face of it. Any signs of the museum being reinstated?
Picked up the latest Manc mag – superbly produced but there’s a pic of Bert talking to Frank Swift in 1962 which ain’t bad as Frank died at Munich in 1958. Proof read for f*cks sake.
So to Everton, and the usual claptrap about their superior spirit, and doing it the right way etc although I don’t think many of their fans will go along with it for much longer as the protests start in earnest, though the apologists are out for Kenwright.
We knew it would be tight and that Moyes’ Everton spirit would manifest in his team trying to kick us off the park, still it is a man’s game.
Couldn’t make out the chants but we got “you’re just a shit man united” which is a bit rich when they fielded three ex rags. What a bummer it was to see Neville go off before the end so we couldn’t give it him back for a change, all that usual strutting round kissing his badge etc.
“Empty seats” was another one, irony from scousers eh? Our attendance was about 12,000 more than their average. There was no “you’ve never won f*ck all” this time though!
Anyway good subs from Roberto, I didn’t agree with either of them to be honest – thought we should’ve brought Carlos on, but there you go. Both Mario and Milner scored, so Mancini was well vindicated. As for the Cahill foul and getting himself injured I couldn’t see how Moyes thought that Kompany “did him”. So lots of moaning from Everton but even my Everton supporting son in law who I took to the game accepted that the better team won.
In the programme there’s a pic of KOTK contributor Jim Whitworth looking as barmy as his articles and how appropriate appearing in today’s programme as his son’s a ‘bin dipper’. So a good day all round for Jim, and City.
We sold out of KK’s unless Aleef’s got any left. One home game to sell for KK 189, and 4 for 190 – even though it rained at all the games. So selling days off at Munich and Blackburn. I’m still busy editing the book, hope to finish it before embarking on the next zine which we’ll start next week, so copy required for KK191 by a week tomorrow please.
Packed the lad off with his mates to Manc Airport early this morning – they’re taking the Zurich route to Munich and we’re off tomorrow for the day. Here’s the It’s A Fix extract : Game 6A) WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH BAYERN MUNICH (AWAY) CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE MATCH 2 KO 7.45PM
Bayern, The FCB, The Bavarians, The Reds, or FC Hollywood are also a sports club, and the most successful football team in Germany with 22 titles, 15 Cups, 4 European Cups, I Cup Winners’ Cup and 1 Uefa Cup.
Don’t let that worry you though, as they finished 3rd in the Bundesliga last season and whilst winners in 2010, Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund have beaten them to the title in the last three seasons.
The club was founded by members of a gymnastics club and eleven footballers in 1900. They played in the regional leagues but the advent of Nazism put an abrupt end to their development. The president and the coach, were both Jewish and left the country. Many others in the club were also purged, and Bayern were taunted as the “Jew’s club”.
Post war they struggled and were saved from bankruptcy at the end of the 50’s by manufacturer Roland Endler when it was OK to have a rich benefactor and there was no FFP. In 1963 the Bundesliga was formed but Bayern were denied entry as Munich 1860 (famous for the 1965 European Cup Winners’ Cup defeat to West Ham at Wembley) went up from the Oberliga south as champions and two teams from the same city could not be allowed.
They were promoted two years later with the likes of Beckenbauer, Muller and Maier, and success continued throughout the decades to the present. They were once though defeated at home by Norwich City in 1993/94 in the Uefa Cup second round who remain the only English team to beat them in the Olympic Stadium. Bayern also let down the whole of world football by losing late on to united in the 1999 European Cup final, but gained revenge in 2010 by knocking the rags out in the quarter final.
They moved to the Allianz Arena, located on the northern outskirts of the city in 2005, and the ground is shared with Munich 1860. It has a capacity of 69, 901 with 3,000 standing. The outside of the stadium is lit red for Bayern games, (their colours are all red) Blue for 1860 games and white for international games.
They are a well supported club in Germany, home games are generally sold out as is their away allocation.
Bayern also have a well-organised ultra scene with no less than eight crews, one of which is called the Red Munichs ’89, make of that what you will.
TSV Munich 1860 were their main rivals and were the more successful club in the 1960’s with basically a working class support but are now in the second division. Just like we did for our now despicable neighbours Bayern have repeatedly supported 1860 in times of financial disarray.
SpVgg Unterhaching are the third club, based in the southern outskirts of Munich and play in the third Liga. In 2000 they played in the Bundesliga and helped Bayern win the title by beating Bayer Leverkusen in the final match.
Bayern Munich is run by a joint stock company but has many sponsors including Adidas and Audi who respectively paid approximately £150M towards the Allianz Arena, not yet investigated by FFP of course!
Current players include Neuer, Van Buyten, Boateng (both well known to City), Ribery (unhappy at being in the same group as City), Muller, Schweisteiger and Jupp Heynckes is the coach in his second stint.
Karl Heinz Rumenigge is an important figure at the club and he doesn’t like City! This season they’ve started impressively with 6 straight wins and beat Villarreal 2-0 away in the first Euro Champs League game.
The City of Munich has a rich and colourful history but was notorious for being the headquarters of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party. Indeed Dachau the first concentration camp was built just ten miles north of the City. However there will be much to do and see for City fans who make the journey especially as it’s the Octoberfest and hopefully we’ll register a good result in what looks like one of our biggest challenges to date.
The teams have met just the once previously, in a friendly in Munich in 1953/54 which resulted in a 3-3 draw. Bert didn’t get a very good write up in the German press but he thought they were miffed that he hadn’t signed for Schalke at the time! Enjoy the day.
Dave

Friday, 23 September 2011

Friday

Friday
Wow that was some rain on Wednesday night. Comfy win for the boys, good debut for Owen, and into the hat for tomorrow dinnertime’s draw. Then we’ve got Everton, here’s the It’s a Fix extract :
GAME 6) SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH EVERTON (HOME) KO 12.45PM
Ever present in the top flight since 1954, last pot the F A Cup in 1995, 157th Lg meeting, recent connection Joleon Lescott (show em your medal, Joleon!).
Last season they finished in 7th place with 54 points and 4 wins 8 draws and 7 losses at home. At COMS it was a 2-1 loss on a freezing cold December night. Cahill opened the scoring (4) just for a change and Baines added a second (19) whilst we were down to ten men – Zab off the field for treatment. A Jagielka own goal looked to give us a chance of a result but despite a battering the score remained at 2-1 to the visitors. Ya-Ya Toure was also sent off. Crowd was 45,028 with 2815 Blue scouse.
Over at Goodison in May, City put on a scintillating performance, totally dominating and going ahead via Ya-Ya Toure (28) but missing chances. Somehow Everton responded with two goals from Distin (65) and Osman (71) to take the points again in a 2-1 win. Crowd was 37,351 with 2812 City
This season so far, they’re in 7th place with 7 points from 4 games.
In the Carling Cup they beat Sheff Utd 3-1, and WBA both at home – Albion 2-1 aet – let’s hope it burned them out a bit.
Our form at home to Everton : Since our promotion in 2002, at home to Everton we’ve won 4 and lost 5 including the last four. Time for a win again in what will no doubt be another grudge match.
Comment : Bloody Everton. We give em 6 points every season,£20 odd million for Lescott and they still win f*ck all. Not only that but they did us a favour by losing at home to Reading, our next opponents, in the FA Cup 5th round.
Nothing much happened in the summer with few signings and Arteta being the biggest transfer out, but they hung on to Ridgewell, Neville (!) and their new superkid Barkley.
Some of their fans reckon they prefer it that way as opposed to City spending millions but it’s wearing a bit thin now, and ironically they’re on the March for the first time since the Kendall out campaign in the early 80’s!
Anyway, whilst they usually beat us by the odd goal, when we DO win it’s usually by 4 or 5, so time for sweet revenge City.
WWTWTWShite? Always well supported, average crowds were down to a commendable low of 19,343 in 1983/84 season, and last season averaged 35,890

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Tuesday

Tuesday
After the wake up call v Napoli it was down to Fulham and what a friendly place it is. On the way down Owen Coyle was on the radio reflecting on incidents which just sum the rags up. Last season no fuss by Bolton re Stewart Holden being put out of the game for months by Johnny Evans' tackle, and no apology. This season merciless stick from rags on twitter/facebook etc to Kevin Davies and his missus after Kevin’s tackle on Cleverly, which he apologised for.
No wonder everyone hates ‘em.
Nice day in London and the steward (Number 032) on the megaphone welcomed us to the “exciting game at London’s oldest club between Fulham and Manchester City”. After I had a quiet chat in his ear he added “and you can buy your fanzines and programmes here too” Makes a change from being moved on!
We sold out of those we took and went into the ground just as the rain came down.
Total domination in the first half but only one goal – just like against Wigan. Mark Schwarzer, Fulham goalie, turned down by City on Bernard Halford’s advice when Mark was still in Oz, spent half time practising, but to no avail, as Edin’s brilliant headed knock down was stroked home by Aguero. So 2-0 up against bottom of the table, but no mugs Fulham and what did we do? Take notice of the previous couple of times we’ve been 2 up against them and either drawn or lost, or take our foot off the pedal and go into sloppy mode. You got it. Micah’s foul throw led to their first, and Dzeko who keeps telling us he doesn’t get fouls against him in England like he did in Germany, fell for it literally as they scored the equaliser. Worry is that when other teams are dominating – Everton second half last season, rags in Community Shield, Napoli and Fulham in the second half Roberto doesn’t change things. No plan B? So, our first points dropped or thrown away. These are the games we need to win as points against the tougher teams – Everton, united, Arsenal, Liverpool etc. will be harder to pick up. Another wake up call then, erm shouldn’t we take notice of wake up calls?. Tough guy Fulham fan after the game reckons we’ll win the title next year and wished us well for the rest of the season. Nice, and well done Blues for prompting this reaction from home fans. Over at the Lane Adebayor scored 2 to make it 3 in two games. Will he soon fade or will Harry get the best out of him? Bellamy lost the ball to gift Spurs a goal!
Listened to Blue Tuesday tonight, which was disappointing. Any City fan who is critical is labelled as a united fan. Sorry but Sunday’s performance WAS typical City, you can’t get away from it. Fanzine of the airwaves? Apologists for the club more like. Jim Melrose did add a touch of reality though.
Tomorrow it’s Brum in the Carling Cup. Here’s the It’s A Fix extract : GAME 5A) WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST : BIRMINGHAM (HOME) CARLING CUP RD 3 KO 7.45 PM
It’s the FA Cup holders versus the Carling Cup holders, you can’t ask for a better tie than that. Birmingham won their first trophy since 1963 with that last gasp win over Arsenal in the final, and we followed up with our first trophy, the FA Cup in 35 years. The fortunes of both clubs differed dramatically after their respective finals with Brum hitting poor form and being relegated in 18th position with 39 points, whilst City hit top form and moved up to third place (joint second) with 71 points.
Worse was to come for Brum when their owner was arrested and is on bail, they lost their manager to arch rivals Villa, and some of their best players departed.
It still riles though that City couldn’t beat them last season with a 0-0 draw at home and a Desmond at St Andrews.
In the Carling Cup though there’s been just the two meetings. Birmingham won 6-0 at home in the 5th round of 1962/63 but City gained revenge by winning 6-0 in the 3rd rd of 2001/02 at home.
Generally City have been a bit of a bogey team to Brum at home and the Brummies haven’t won in Manc since 1997/98 1-0 since when it’s been 7 wins and 2 draws for us in the league.
Chris Hughton’s taken over as manager and in the league after 6 games they’re 14th but have just lost 4-1 at Southampton.
In the Europa cup they’re through to a group with Maribor, Brugge, and Braga, who they’ve just lost 3-1 to at home.
Whilst Roberto won’t put out his strongest team it surely won’t be as weak as last season at West Brom and we should win in a competition we should do well in again.
Dave

Saturday, 17 September 2011

PS

PS – Forgot to mention the EDS game versus Barca – a 2-1 loss in an interesting game at the elusive Hyde ground with impossible parking!
Also we’ll be taking some KK 189’s to Fulham for those southern based Blues who missed out at Spurs.
See you there
Dave

Friday

Friday
Napoli, and our first entry into the Champions League, which is strange as united are still quoted as winning it 3 times and Liverpool 5, Neil Shaw told me outside the ground. So another episode in the media’s ‘no history’ campaign. Not much mention of us winning in Europe after just two seasons either, a feat Busby only achieved after twelve!
Picked up a ticket for grandson Joe in the day, did an interview with Mateus, a journo for the German ‘Stern (?) magazine ’ then it was off to the match. Quite a few Napoli ‘fans’ looking a bit sinister outside the ground were rounded up by the cops with dogs and herded into the away end enclosure.
We didn’t have our normal seats owing to ‘UEFA rules’ so it was a surprise to find ordinary City fans sat in them? Big queues at the ticket office for Blues who weren’t allowed in despite bona fide tickets that wouldn’t work on the night, so overall a bit of a cock up.
As for the game, well pretty exciting. Their fans were aggressively noisy as you’d expect and we were a little subdued, to be honest. A goal down and it didn’t look like we’d make the breakthrough and I thought Roberto should’ve changed it earlier. Anyway Kolarov’s free kick sprung us back into life but we just couldn’t finish it. So we had to settle for a draw, and in a way that was Ok. Return leg will be interesting and their Chairman is the latest to have a pop at us for spending money. What have Napoli won in the last twenty years?
Dave Billington was spot on by the way.
So to Fulham on Sunday, here’s the it’s a Fix extract :
5) SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH FULHAM (AWAY) KO 3PM (Put back to Sunday owing to Europa game)
They were promoted in 1999 so are in their 13th season in the Prem., have never won eff all, but were Europa Cup finalists in 2010, 53rd Lg meeting, recent connection Mark Hughes!
Last season they finished up comfortably in 8th place with 49 points and 8 wins 7 draws and 4 losses at home.
At the Cottage in November City put on one of the best away displays in years winning 4-1. Goals coming from Tevez (6, 56) Zabaleta (32) and Ya-Ya Toure (35) Gera pulled one back for Fulham in the 70 th but the last 20 minutes were played out goalless. Crowd was 25,694 with 1715 Blues.
At COMS however, in February, it was the usual tale of City going a goal up through Balotelli (26) then conceding a Duff (literally) equaliser in the 48th minute and that’s how it stayed disappointingly. Crowd was 43,077 with 482 Cottagers.
This season so far : They’re in 16th place with 1 point from 3 games.
In the Carling Cup they play Chelsea away in the 3rd round.
In Europa, via the fair play situation, they won through to the group stage and drew 1-1 with Twente on Thursday night.
Our form at Fulham: We’ve generally done OK. Last season’s win made it just the one defeat (2-1 in 05/06) in the last nine visits, all in the Prem.
Groundwise: No change to The Cottage in its pleasant setting, and there’s also plenty of pubs, bars and eating places to savour, round and about
Again we get a good sized area in the temporary stand next to the neutral section – with its cute pillars, and squash coming out, but the street parking’s been cocked up and the £49 pricing will again put Blues off.

Craven Cottage Capacity : 26,000 (1800 for City)

Comment : Mark Hughes left for pastures new which didn’t materialise and nice guy Martin Jol took over as manager. They did a little bit of summer strengthening with Riise and Kasami amongst others coming in but lost Gera, Kamara, and Greening etc. Hopefully this can be another good performance for the Blues on the banks of the Thames. Look out for the Jacko statue!
WWTWTWShite? Crowds were down to an average of 4,057 in 90/91, and last season averaged 25,007
There’s Only One F in Fulham (very good), is the main away day zine.
Sat. Nav : SW6 6HH

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Tuesday

Tuesday
Another great day on Saturday apart from you know what!
Tomorrow in the Champs League it’s Napoli and it’s really exciting to be in the big league after the silly Europa Cup competition. Here’s the It’s a Fix extract :
4A) WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH : NAPOLI (HOME) CHAMPS LG GROUP STAGE MATCH 1
The sky blue shirts are not the only things we have in common as their history reads similar to ours (pre Sheik Mansour) They don’t, however, have such obnoxious neighbours as the rags, and the Quality Street Gang don’t come anywhere near to matching the Camorra.
Napoli were founded in 1904 by English sailors and a group of Neopolitans. The club name was shortened to Naples FC in 1906 and they played in sky blue and navy blue striped shirts with black shorts.
In 1926 the club name was changed to AC Napoli, and sky blue or azure shirts adopted. After a stint in Serie A they were relegated in 1942 and after promotion were involved in a bribery scandal and relegated. They moved to their third ground Stadio San Paulo in 1959 and had a further name change in 1964. They performed well, won the Anglo Italian League Cup in 1976, and in 1984 signed Maradona, Aguero’s father-in-law, from Barca going on to win not only the league in 1987, the first southern based team to do so, but also the Cup. the UEFA Cup in 1989 and clinched their second title in 1990. After Argentina lost in the Final to Italy, Maradona was banned for failing a drug test when he tested positively for use of cocaine. Napoli won the Italian Cup for the third time but then went into decline, being relegated to the third tier, losing players such as Gianfranco Zola, but with crowds of up to 50,000 then being declared bankrupt. They were reformed and made it back to Serie A where they now remain. In 2010/11 they finished third to enter the European Champions League directly.
Napoli are the 4th best supported club in Italy and have a worldwide fanbase of around 5/6M. Their fans have a fierce reputation and there were nasty incidents when
they played Liverpool last season in the Europa Cup.
More of that in a future issue when City play them in the
return leg which is on November 22nd. It’s our first test in the Chimps League, but against a team Roberto knows well, so you’d expect a decent result.
Only meeting of the teams previously was in a friendly at Napoli in 1978/79 which City lost 1-2.
Dave

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Saturday

Saturday
Wigan today after the Garry Cook bombshell, or not.
Better the devil you know and all that but anyway that is that, move on. Your views invited.
Typical City. Still the daftest club. Maybe the new CEO will improve the club’s relations with the press, and address some of the annoying issues – loyalty points anyone? Who knows?
Here’s the It’s a fix extract from KK 190 out today (already at Aleef in town)
4) SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH : WIGAN (HOME) KO 3PM
Promoted in 2005, so in their 7th Prem season. This is the 15th League meeting.
Last season : They stayed up on the last day of the season with a win at demoralised Cup finalists Stoke City, finishing 16th with 42 points and 4 wins 7 draws and 8 losses away from home.
At the JD in September it was a 2-0 City win with goals from Tevez (43) and Ya-Ya Toure (70) in front of a crowd of only 15,525 with 4,481 Blues.
At COMS in March it was a 1-0 City win, David Silva netting after 38 minutes with a shot that squirmed under Al Habsi. Crowd was 44,864 with 654 pie-eaters. Cleverly did f*ck all, and Wigan nearly stole a draw near the end.
This season so far : They’ve drawn at home with Norwich, beaten QPR and drawn at Swansea so are currently in 8th place with 5 points from 3 games.
In the Carling Cup they play at Crystal Palace in the 2nd round, game being postponed at first due to the riots.
Our form at home to Wigan : After a couple of 1-0 defeats we’ve managed a draw and three wins in recent years so things have been picking up.
Comment : Nice guy Roberto Martinez showed tremendous loyalty to chairman Dave Whelan and Wigan by staying put in the summer and he gets the admiration of everyone for doing so. Main buys included Al Habsi, Albert Crusat, Patrick van Aanholt, and Shaun Moloney, but they lost Charles N’Zogbia and others to surely leave them weakened.
This really should be a home banker
WWTWTWShite? Crowds were down to an average of 2,758 in 1989/90, and last season averaged a paltry 16,812.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Thursday

Thursday
Well the shit’s hit the fan again. Just as we got the latest zine off to the printers the story broke about Cook’s e-mail.
I’m, still trying to get my head round this one. Mrs Onuoha has always been brilliant with Sue and I, even giving us complimentary tickets which we’ve passed on to grateful Blues at various away games, Burnley in particular. We had a nice chat recently at a wedding where Nedum was best man, and she seemed to be coping as well as to be expected with her condition.
It’s very surprising that the e-mail has come to light now eleven months later than it was first sent, and the media are always ready to pounce on anything anti City whilst letting our rag neighbours off scot free with anything detrimental about them. Best recent example was that story about the rag bar in Thailand and Bryan Robson’s involvement. Seen any “sack him” articles? No, me neither. I don’t think Nedum, a true Blue through and through, who wants to stay at City, has been treated particularly well, (despite his outburst on Sky that time) but this won’t help his cause.
As for Garry Cook he’s well thought of by the supporters clubs, and despite a few gaffes has helped project the club into the 21st century. The issue seems to be whether he’s lied about the sending of the e-mail. If he has is it a sackable offence? Bill Clinton survived his “I never had sexual relations with that woman” statement, so I expect Cook to survive and continue his good work, but he’s got a bit of making up and apologising to do with the Onuoha’s, whether he sent the e-mail or not.
Having said all that it’s still baffling and I’ll try and find out the full story in the next couple of days.
I broke the habit of a lifetime yesterday and bought the Sun. Ian Wright has written the worst anti City article I’ve ever seen, on the subject, and whilst he’s obviously got an axe to grind regarding Shaun, he’s gone completely over the top in this instance, and should never show his face anywhere ever again. Contrast that with the Martin Samuel piece in the Mail.
Anyway we are pleased to announce that King Of the Kippax fanzine number 190, should hit the outlet at Aleef (Corner of Cross Street/Market Street) tomorrow (Friday, our 44th wedding anniversary) and the streets at the Wigan and subsequent games. Turns out that KK 189 sold out at Aleef a couple of weeks ago, and we weren’t informed, so we’ve a few left if anyone wants to pick any up from us on Saturday or by contacting us so we can post out.
KK190 is a 48 page A4 issue with a front cover showing the Etihad City plane and a crafty caption : They came, they saw, they sponsored.
It sells at just £2.50 and can also be purchased for £3.50 from King Of The Kiippax, 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN 7 2HL..
This issue contains a review of Lakey’s book, debut days, goodbye to SWP, comings and goings, City in Europe, City finances, match previews and reviews, cartoons, pics and comment on all things Blue, plus the odd pop at the dirty, filthy, despicable, nasty rags.
Thanks, as always, to all contributors, subscribers, and Blues for your continued support
Great turnout at Swinton /Clifton last night where the guests were Fred Eyre, who did an entertaining and informative Q and A session, de Niro (Bill) who recalled his participation in the trawler twelve trip to the Faroes, and Danny who does the fanzone on Sky and at City.
It was especially good to see Fred up and (almost) running again after his recent illness. He’ll be back on Radio Manc for the Fulham game.
Regards
Dave

Monday, 5 September 2011

KK KOmpetition

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Thursday, 1 September 2011


Napoli vs Manchester City FC -
One night stopover.1 Night Stopover.Outbound - Monday 21st November - 7am Approx.Direct flight to Naples On arrival we will transfer to Sorrento where we will stay at the 5* Hilton Palace you will have the remainder of the day and evening at your own leisure. Match Day, we will leave Sorrento and go direct to the Napoli Stadium, departure time TBA. After the game we will go direct to the Airport and take our flight back to Manchester arriving approx 02-00hrs. £349.00.00 per person based on twin shared accomadation inc. cont breakfastAll transfers included - Airport - Hotel - Stadium - Airport Single room supplement £45.00 per person per night Minimum of £150 non refundable deposit per person to secure your place. Balance due by 21st October. Available to book from 10:00am on Friday 2nd Septemberonline at http://www.sportoptions.com Call Manchester - 01925 755 222 London - 0207 935 6129 Please note that this package does not include a match ticket.
WHY NO DAY TRIP? AFTER RECENT EVENTS WITH FOOTBALL FANS IN NAPLES, WE ARE SURE THAT A DAY TRIP WILL BE TAKEN TO A HOLDING AREA OF THE AUTHORITIES CHOICE, WITH NO OPTION TO LEAVE THAT AREA.WHY NOT STAY IN NAPLES? LAST SEASON, SEVERAL SUPPORTERS WERE ATTACKED AND STABBED IN THE CENTRE OF NAPLES WHILST VISITING WATCHING THEIR TEAM, AND WE FEEL SORRENTO WILL BE A MORE RELAXED AND SAFER OPTION.

I might add that visiting Italy last year we found Sorrento to be beuatiful and Naples, quite frankly, a bit of a dump, though there are obviously nice areas.
Dave


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Loyalty

DEAR KK,
Loyalty, loaded, or both?
On the umpteenth of May, at the dawn of the day, seasoncard details came my way.
Had heard about changes via the networks and chats a few days before, on and around the Stoke Premiership game. I’d long expected that the bringing of success to City would understandably see some financial bars being raised, along with creeping corporatism, so was prepared to some extent, but still felt somewhat nauseous at the general tone of things and my immediate reactions may be summarised thus:
Bollocks to the attempts to create elitist categories of loyalty! As a Blue, you are loyal, to the extent that your lifestyle, employment, income, wealth, health and love for the club enables you to be. Each and every Blue believe they’re City’s number one fan. Now we’re classed, caste, ranked and shuffled, invited or excluded. The former egalitarian system of basically building on loyalty points – faults, but few - made sense. Now we’re encouraged to scramble over each other.
Not sure that I’m sorry that I don’t meet some ‘Super Blue’ category, nor that the club couldn’t delve and research to determine my loyalty as a season ticket holder since it was introduced for the Kippax in the early 1970’s. But then again, to paraphrase Groucho Marx I’m not necessarily inclined to join a ‘club’ that would want me as a member anyway!’
“Your loyalty counts double” is the platinum tag line but there’s something unsettling about being bribed or fast tracked into extra or add-on loyalty, possibly at odds with your actual fan history and commitments. As to the teasing temptations of privilege in the Superbia class – could it be a reflection of the intertwined corporate and political ideology of our times :- the cash-rich and time-rich get even more rewarded. (Admittedly the club’s invitation letter is at pains to points out increases are in line with inflation etc etc but in the absence of RPI/CPI research effort, I’m not sure they are in line with average income increase, whether one’s waged, unwaged or on a pension) “Like a peerage, Sir or Madam? Party bungs accepted” “Psst …tickle your loyalty glands? Ok – that’s £2,500 dearie!” “Direct debits? - That’ll do nicely sir”
No, the privilege is not that of loyalty in membership categories, but that of the owners, executives and administrators who’ve had the privilege in the first place to buy into a unique and special club long nurtured by such loyal fans.
Rob Dunford