Saturday, 31 December 2011

New Year’s Eve
Don’t know about you but I found it to be a bit parky at West Brom. – “well it is the highest ground in the League” the Blue Vic said, so I don’t know how Stu Brennan reckoned it was a “barmy afternoon” in his report.
As usual I got moved on by the stewards before the game, but thanks to Phil B, and later another Blue I was able to pass a couple of tickets on to Sean R’s mate and Sir Howard Davies’s son George. So all set – we were on row ZZ right at the top (ZeeZeeTop – geddit?!)
Couple of early chances for Albion, some for us, Silva’s the easiest. Was Mario’s goal really offside? But it finished 0-0, these things happen but the worry was that the rags won 5-0, needless to say Wigan had a player sent off for nothing. Time refs learned the difference between a flailing arm and an elbow.
Not a bad day today – rags beat Blackburn 7-0 last year so we were worried they’d repeat it but no – 3-2 to the Rovers – ‘Kean in’ I say. Spurs drew at Swansea and Chelsea lost at home to a Stephen Ireland inspired (at last) Villa. Liverpool beat Newcastle last night with Gerrard returning and Carroll waiting to hit form. Tomorrow we’re up to Sunderland, here’s the It’s A Fix extract : GAME 19) SATURDAY JANUARY 1ST SUNDERLAND (AWAY) KO 3PM
Promoted in 2007, so this is their 5th season in the Prem. (this time!) Last Pot F A Cup 1973. Most recent connections : Niall Quinn, Marlon Fulop. 121st league meeting
Last season : At the SOL in August 2010 we battered them in the first half, Carlos missing a sitter, but faded in the second when Darren Bent scored a 93rd minute dodgy penalty to deny us a point at least. Crowd was 38, 610 with 2,629 Blues.
At COMS in April it was a 5-0 City win, goals coming thick and fast from Johnson (9),Tevez (15pen), Silva (63), Vieira (67), and Ya-Ya (73) Crowd was 44,197 with 1896 Mackems. You’d have thought that they’d sack Bruce their and then.
This season so far : They’re in 15th place with 18points from 18 games and 2 wins 3 draws and 3 losses at home.
In the Carling Cup they went out 1-0 at Brighton in the 2nd round aet.
In the FA Cup they’ve drawn Peterborough away.
Our form at Sunderland : Three wins, a draw and a loss in the last five visits.
Comment : Despite having a Blue as Chairman, how could you expect a club to succeed managed by (twice) and playing so many Fergie flops? We were hoping that they’d sack Bruce after we’ve given them a good hiding today but they’ve jumped the gun and appointed ex Blue O’Neill (in his book he reckoned City went down in the season he played for us – another myth I’m afraid) as a two fingers to Villa for nicking Bent no doubt. So they’re revitalised with new manager syndrome and form has improved but the points are there for us, surely.
Oh, and they’re sponsored by Tombola, those of the most annoying adverts in the middle of Emmerdale.
Groundwise: We opened up the S.O.L. in August ’97, in front of 38,827, the start of our relegation season to the third, losing 3-1 (Kinky pen). Since then they’ve increased the capacity and 47,475 watched the 2000 game. We’ll be in the Metro FM South Stand, tickets are £29.
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Capacity : 48,300 (3,000 for City)
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WTWTWShite : Avd 13,601 in 86/87, and this season their average home att. is 37,742.
Away Day Zines : A Love Supreme, The Wearside Roar.
Sat Nav : SR5 1SU
Pubs/Parking : Plenty of pubs near the ground, but parking, like most of these new grounds, and getting away not good.
Have a great new Year’s Eve and Day
Dave

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Christmas Day

Christmas Day then and no doubt we’ve all opened our presents. Jason Manford book for me plus Tony Iommi’s Iron Man, a jumper, miniature bottle of Bailey’s and a Cinephone card, with more to come, so quite good so far, nothing like dropping a few hints. Good excuse to play on grandson’s toy guitar too!
Forgot to mention that we dropped some Us and Them book’s off at Hale Bookshop too, and there’s a nice review in this months Programme Monthly though they’ve forgotten to put in the address from where to purchase it!
Also Amazon has it down as being temporarilily out of stock so we're trying to sort that one out as we've a few hundred here at KK Towers!
The Ad on this blog also needs updating!
Tomorrow we’re off to West Brom. where despite a bad Christmas against them in 1967 we went on to win the title. I listened to the Boxing Day game on the radio, which was torture – “it’s Manchester City on the ball, oops Albion have scored, where did that one come from?” Then “City on the attack, and the ball is in the back of the net, no it’s kicked off the line….” Heart atta ck stuff as we lost 3-2, then on the Saturday we lost 2-0 with Tony ‘Bomber' Brown’ scoring a belter for them. 44,897 at Albion and 45, 754 at Maine Road.
Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK193 :

18) MONDAY DECEMBER 26TH WEST BROM (AWAY) KO 3PM
The Baggies celebrate their second season in the Prem (this time) Trophyless now since winning the F A Cup in 1968, Recent connection none really since the days of Owen, Barnes, etc. 129th League meeting
Last season : We played them three times, twice 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, to goals in the 55th and 57th minute. Crowd was 10,418 with 1380 Blues. We made amends though in November when two goals from Mario (20, 26) who was later sent off, clinched the win. They also finished with ten men. Crowd was 23,013 with 1880 Blues.
At COMS in February it was a 3-0 City win, Carlos getting a hat-trick with goals in the 17th pen, 22nd, and 36th pen minutes. Crowd was 46,846 with 2244 Baggies.
This season so far : They’re in 10th place with 21 points from 17 games and 2 wins 1 draw and 4 losses at home. They’re doing better away, winning their last two at Newcastle and Blackburn than at home, where they’ve lost the last two v Spurs and Wigan. So a tricky one as they try and get back to winning ways at home.
In the Carling Cup they won at Birmingham 4-1 but lost at Everton 2-1 in the 4th round.
In the FA Cup they’ve drawn Cardiff at home.
Our League form down there picked up with last season’s win, following three losses, 1-2, 0-2, 1-2. after the 2-1 win in 2002/03.
Comment : An indifferent season so far for Woy’s boys. Like most Prem clubs though, on their day they can give anyone a game especially at home in the tight, compact and atmospheric Hawthorns. Another win for our boys? Oh yes.
Ground is the same as on our last visit, plenty of local car parks and it’s dead handy to the M5 from the A41.
Past visits have been uncomfortable with over officious stewards, and long queues at the few opened turnstiles. City fans were still made to walk all round the ground to get back to the cars parked on the main stand side. Bit different from COMS, where away fans get priority.
Tickets are £40
Post code is : B71 4LF
WWTWTWShite? Crowds were down to an average of 9,134 in 1986/87, this season they’re averaging 24,788.

The Hawthorns capacity: 28,003 (1500? For City)

Then later this week on Thursday night we’ve got a night at The Etihad for City’s FPA with Pete MaClaine and the Clan performing. Friday it’s a Programme Fair at the Cresta Court Hotel Alty from 11am, Hope to sell a few books, and pick up a few progs!
Enjoy the rest of Christmas and have a great day tomorrow
Dave

Friday, 23 December 2011

GFriday

Friday
Busy week for us delivering the Us and Them book to Thackerays in Denton, Simply Books in Bramhall and another twenty to Waterstones in Stockport.
Wednesday night it was Stoke at home on a fine dry one and it was an unexpected stroll to win 3-0, we really are that good these days. Mince pies were handed round tonight and everyone was in jovial mood. Rags won 5-0 at Fulham though so hot on our tails.
Hansen is now in trouble with his references to coloureds, Terry awaits trial and Suarez is banned for 8 matches. Liverpool just don’t get it do they? Text from a Liverpool fan : Breaking News : The FA have handed Andy Carroll an eight game run in the Liverpool first team. The club are set to appeal. But before we start gloating about cheat Suarez missing the City games just remember that Carroll ALWAYS scores against us. OK he didn’t in the last game but came mighty close near the end.
Can we at KK wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
Cheers
Dave

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Wednesday

Wednesday
Fantastic game and result v Arsenal. Funniest moment was everyone joining in with the Gary Neville chant, even though he’s been fairly generous towards us in his punditry. Sammy Nasri, labelled a flop in the manumirror was named motmatch though one or two others had great games too, Zab particularly – model pro.

Tonight it’s Stoke at home, here’s the it’s A Fix extract :
17) WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 21ST STOKE (HOME) KO 7.45PM
Stoke are now into their 4th Prem league season. Last, and only trophy was the League Cup in 1972. Recent connections are Carlo Nash and Glen Whelan, plus superb radio summariser Nigel Gleghorn, City one week, Stoke the next, won’t know who to support! It’s the 85th league meeting.
Last season : At The Britannia in November, with the snow all around it was a 1-1 draw. Micah scored in the 81st minute but with the game wrapped up we gifted them an equaliser in the 90th by Etherington. Joe’s hands being cold. Crowd was 27,405 with 2,836 perishin’ Blues.
Then it was, unforgettably, the FA Cup final in May. City ran out 1-0 winners with Ya-Ya’s goal in the 74th minute ending 35 years of hurt in front of 88,643.
Just a few days after the final we played them at COMS winning comfortably 3-0 with Carlos (14, 65) and Joleon (53) scoring the goals. The cup wasn’t paraded with respect to the Stokies, tho not many turned up understandably. Crowd was 45,103 as we eased into 3rd place.
This season so far : They’re currently in 8th place with 24 points from 16 games and 3 wins 1 draw and 4 losses away from home.
In the Carling Cup they beat Spurs at home 7-6 on pens after 0-0, but went out to Liverpool at home 2-1.
In Europa they’re doing well, seeing off Hadjuk Split, FC Thun, Macc tel Aviv, drawn twice 1-1 with Dynamo Kiev and have beaten Besiktas 2-1 at home.
In the FA Cup they’ve drawn Gillingham away.
Our form in Manc v Stoke : They’ve had only one win here in the last 8 league meetings, 1-0 in 97/98, whilst City have won the other 7, so it’s looking good.
Comment : They’ve added Peter Crouch to their squad so it looks like more of the same up and under. European adventures seems to have affected their form in the Prem but as seen against the rags and at Everton they’re quite capable of pulling off good results and they’ve a score to settle. Tony Pulis came out of last season’s fixtures with a lot of dignity and a few off the field bridges were built, but 3 points is another must have.
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 8,288 in 1985/86, and their current home average is 27,193.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Saturday thoughts

Saturday Thoughts
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!
Dave

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Tuesday

Chelsea - gave this one a miss – doing the fanzine, tickets too expensive, difficult to park, live on telly etc etc.
Guess you all saw it – early goal, tearing them apart, penalty not given, chances scorned, Chelsea gradually got back into it, cross to Sturridge not cut out, cross from Sturridge not cut out 1-1. Silly little fouls given away, Ya Ya not punished, crying out for changes, Clichy sent off, penalty for ball to hand, lost 2-1, Cole gloating in the tunnel after the game.
A few years ago they were beating us 6-0 and now they were relieved to hear the final whistle. So only two points clear at the top. A year or so ago you’d think the wheels might be falling off, but now we think we’ll bounce back quickly. Don’t we?
Bring on Arsenal.
Anyway I’m pleased to say that issue 193 is at the printers. Every new issue I wonder what everyone’s gonna find to say in the next one, and all the contributors inevitably come up trumps, which they’ve done yet again this time.
It’s A4 48 pages with a colour front and back cover showing what a wonderful year 2011 has been for us.
This issue includes stuff on the record debt and FFP, 92/83 season review, late goals, Gary Speed, Napoli, Max Woosnam story, tributes to Blues Dot Hill and Colin Brinkley RIP, Us and Them book advert, 35 year book advert (bigger than Us and Them advert, how magnanimous is that!) and all the usual magnificent regulars – Ged, Burf., Neil, Gene, Uncle Ryan, Shell, Paul, Tony, David, Sean, Bryan, Tom, Richard, Simon etc…
It sells at just £2.50 (unbeatable value) is on sale at Aleef (corner of Cross Street and Market Street from Friday afternoon, and can also be purchased for £3.50 (inc P & P) from King Of The Kippax, 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN 7 2HL.
Tomorrow I’m off to Media City to chat to a group of BBC people on credibility, so knees are quaking already – how credible is that?
As for the Us and Them book it’s going into Waterstones Stockport tomorrow afternoon all being well, otherwise you can send off to KOTK with a cheque for £18 inc P and P
Cheers
Dave

Monday, 12 December 2011

Well we went out of the Champs league and now drop into Europa. Chance tonight to bounce back, here’s the It’s a fix update :
15) MONDAY DECEMBER 12TH CHELSEA AWAY KO 8 PM
Moved to the dreaded Monday night for TV.
Promoted in 1988/89 (with us) and despite being as daft a club as us until the Harding and Abramovich money came in they‘ve been ever present in the Prem and have picked up a host of trophies missing out only on the European Cup/Champions League. This is the 133rd League meeting. Most recent connection is Danny Sturridge, transferred for a pittance cos we couldn’t handle him.
Last season at COMS in September City registered a 1-0 win, Chelsea’s first defeat, King Carlos netting after 59 minutes. Crowd was 47,203 with 2,844 Chelski
At The Bridge in March it was a disappointing 2-0 loss. Luiz putting them ahead (79), and Ramires clinching it (90) at the death. Crowd was 41,741, with 1452 City.
This season so far they’re in 4th place with 28 points from 14 games.
In the Carling Cup they went out to Liverpool.
In the Chimps league they’re through to the knockout stage and in the FA Cup they’re at home to Pompey.
Our form at the Bridge : Only 2 wins (4-2 in 1992/93, and 2009/10) otherwise it’s been 9 defeats and 3 draws.
Stamford Bridge capacity : 42,420 (1,472 for City)
Comment : Another new manager for Chelsea, but despite playing well it’s been 4 defeats so far in the Prem and Torres hasn’t done much since he stopped dyeing his hair. Never to be underestimated though. Their move from the Bridge has been blocked so far by fans’ groups and Terry has got himself in a mess again with his alleged racist comment slur. All a bit of a pickle which we must take advantage of, though Drogba looks dangerous.
Groundwise: We’re in the Shed Stand behind the goal, ticket prices are hefty again.
WWTWTWShite? Crowds were down to an average of 12,672 in 1992/93 and this season’s average home attendance is 41,611.
Away Day Zines: The Chelsea Independent, The Westander, Cockney Rebel, Curious Blue, Mathew Harding’s Blue and White Army, Carefree (all as far as we know)
Sat Nav is : SW6 1HS.
Parking is difficult and expensive so the best bet is probably to park up and come in by tube.

Pleased to say that KK 193 is at the printers, more on that shortly
Dave

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Tuesday
So to Norwich, and another minutes silence/applause for Gary Speed RIP, following the ones at Liverpool and Arsenal. I must admit to becoming uneasy about this. I don’t want to sound unsympathetic or callous as it is a great loss for someone so young and talented, but to put it into perspective we didn’t have a one for Bobby Johnstone, all those years ago, and he was our player, and didn’t take his own life.
Well, after the first half hour or so, it turned out to be the usual comfy win v The Canaries. Rags won 1-0 again and the papers were full of boring, boring united headlines or maybe not. Well not.
I took a few books to the game but the rain hampered proceedings. Currently I’m trying to get it into Waterstones and the City store but at the moment it’s direct sales from KK Towers or outside COMS, or from Karl’s stall behind the store I’m afraid. I’ve sent more copies out to contributors and subscribers and I’ve had a terrific response so far.
Tomorrow it is, of course, Bayern Munich, and here’s the it’s A Fix extract : GAME 14A) WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7TH BAYERN MUNICH (HOME) EUROPEAN CHAMPS LEAGUE GROUP MATCH 6 KO 7.45 PM
(History reviewed in KK 190)
So far they’ve amassed 13 points to top the group and it’s a must win for City. We then need to hope for a miracle at Villarreal though you would expect them not to want to lose every game, show some pride, and get a result. Unlikely but you never know.
It’s the biggest game we’ve had at the Etihad/COMS and what an occasion. Away fans could be housed on the 3rd tier of the East stand experimentally again, so we’ll see how that works.
Over in Germany, of course we had that 2-0 loss, although we should have had two penalties early doors and that would have made a massive difference. Goals came from Gomez on 38 and 45 minutes and it could have been worse. Well it did get worse as Carlos refused to come on and his never ending saga drags on and on. Crowd was 66,000 with 2905 Blues high up in ye gods.
So far this season they’re still in top but only 1 point clear of Dortmund. Indeed they’ve had a couple of set backs losing to Dortmund and Muntz but bounced back 4-1 against Werder Bremen at weekend. Danger men are Gomez, Ribery and Robben plus they might have ex Blues Boateng and Van Basten in their line up. Let’s make it a great occasion and a vital 3 points or at the very least a prestigious win.
Dave
PS – KK 192 has virtually sold out.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Friday

Friday
What a great result at The Emirates. They had a banner declaring “You can’t buy success” – well Aguero’s goal proved that - yes you can!
Tomorrow it’s Norwich, here’s the It’s a Fix extract :
GAME 14) SATURDAY DECEMBER 3RD NORWICH (HOME) KO 3PM
First season back in the Prem. Last trophies - the League Cup in 1962 and 1985. Recent connection : Lee Croft. 49th league meeting. Stephen Fry’s a director.
So they’re back for the first time since 2005 when they went down with Crystal Palace and Southampton. It’s been a rocky road but after losing their first home game 7-1 at home to Colchester in League One they poached manager Paul Lambert from ‘the U’s’ and gained back to back promotions to the Premiership.
Last league meetings were in season 2004/05, City drawing 1-1 at Coms, Flood (11) opening for City and Francis (46) equalising for Norwich. Crowd was 42,803 with 1888 Canaries, and winning 3-2 at Carrow Road after being 2 goals down and Delia doing her infamous “let’s be having you” speech after a drop too much cherry, presumably. Dean Ashton (12) and McKenzie (15) opened for Norwich and Sibierski (24) and Foweler (37, 90) clinched it for City. Crowd was 24,302 with 1159 Blues.
This season so far, they’re in 10th place with 16 points from 13 games and 1 win 2 draws and 3 losses away from home.
In the Carling Cup they got a bit of a spanking losing 4-0 at home to MK Dons.
Form at home to Norwich : they’ve only managed 2 league wins in Manc (2-0 in 1964/65 and 2-1 in 1997/98) Otherwise it’s been 17 wins and 6 draws in the 25 meetings for the Blues.
Comment : We’ve always enjoyed good results against the Canaries even when we were shite so you’d expect us to pick up the 3 points today and continue our winning ways. They’ve been playing open attractive football which should suit us too, but have a match winner in Pilkington, (ex Ath Colls?) but not today. We keep waiting for the banana skin but Norwich’s away form espesh at City don’t look likely that it’ll be today!
WWTWTWShite? Averaged 13,750 in 1968/69 so not bad, and this season it’s 26,276.

Pleased to say that I’ve posted out the first batch of ‘Us and Them’ books, and also a reminder to you all that the deadline for the next KOTK, number 193 is next Tuesday.

Cheers
Dave