Monday, 16 January 2012

Hoping to get the zine to the printers today but struggling with the front cover. Rags have caught us up but Spurs slipped up against Wolves.
Tonight it’s Wigan at the JJB, here’s the it’s a fix up date

Promoted in 2005, so in their 7th Prem season, and were League Cup runners up in 2006.
Most recent connection is Michael Brown and this is the 16th League meeting (plus the two play off semis).
It’s our second return game of the season further to the 3-0 win at the Etihad in September, courtesy of an Aguero hat-trick (13,63,69). Crowd was 46,509 with 1122 pie eaters.
Our form at Wigan : At the DW in September 2010 we managed a 2-0 win with goals from Tevez (43) and Ya Ya Toure (70). Crowd was 15,525 with 4,481 Blues.
This season so far they’re in 20th place with 15 points from 20 games and 1 win 4 draws and 5 losses at home.
In the Carling Cup they lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace in the 2nd round.
In the FA Cup they went out at Swindon.
Our form at Wigan, in the last 8 meetings we’ve won 2 (1-0 in 1998/99, 2-0 last) drawn 3 including the 2nd div play off, and lost 3.
Comment : It’s been a real struggle for the Latics and you wonder if Martinez now regrets not moving to Villa in the close season. Just when we finally start beating them they decide to take the drop, and so it will be a shame if they do as it’s also a local trip, allowing us big support even on a Monday night on TV. Don’t write em off yet though, a win would take them out of the relegation places, and they can pull off surprises, but we need to get back on track after two (cup) defeats .
Groundwise it’s still the same, and with tickets at a reasonable price (?) we should sell out in the south stand behind the goal, so home from home.
There are plenty of on site car parks, but it’s slow getting away. Pubs include The Red Robin near the away end, and there’s a Beer Keller type marquee under the North stand for about 400 so first in first served. Away day zine is The Mudhutter.
Post code is : WN5 0UZ
WWTWTWShite? Crowds were down to an average of 2,758 in 1989/90, and current home average is a paltry 17,661.
DW Stadium Capacity : 25,000 (5,000 for City)

On Wednesday I’m doing a talk on the Us and Them book at Swinton Supporters club – at Clifton Cricket ground, on the A666 (I think) Manchester Road, Clifton, sat nav M27 6PD. Doors open at 7.30PM. Hope to see you there spesh if any contributors can make it at this short notice.


  1. Don't know about anyone else, but I am struggling again to post on the board. I can post a new topic, but it is very eratic as to when and which post's it will allow me to comment on. Anyway, fingers crossed for tonight. I can see one of two scenarios by Sunday. We will win tonight, beat Spurs and the reds will lose to Arsenal leaving us six points ahead of them. OR we will lose or draw tonight and lose to Spurs. Obviously we all hope that it's the former. I have a feeling in my water that this could be the turning point of the season - for better or worse.

  2. Big game tonight. I forgot to set the PVR so I hope the Canadian Sportsnet channel re-shows the game later. A morale boosting win would be nice but I suspect Wigan will be well up for this game and will make that tough.

  3. The win is all that matters after the recent struggles ( for points not overall performances ) and gives us valuable breathing space. Very pleased for Edin and Zab as skipper a nice touch. I was also glad to see Nedum ( highlighted by Joe after the game on Sky ), who I feel could still be very useful to us.
    As things stand, a draw would not be a disaster against Spurs when you look at the 5 games after this weekend for us, utd and spuds. It's quite possible ( even likely ) that we could win all 5 and utd and spurs drop quite a few points each.

  4. I'm having the same problems as Tony with the Blog. Hopefully this will post.

    I thought it was typical of many away performances, where we have a good first half but then appear to be half-asleep at the start of the 2nd, giving the initiative and hope to the home team. I thought Barry had a fabulous game last night. Silva showed flashes of his best but is still looking a little sluggish overall. Milner was poor for a change.

    Great to see Dzeko return to form in time for Spurs but what about that 'backpass' at the end of Aguero's dribble OMG!!!

    Just what has happend to DeJong? He was was brought on to protect the lead but was so woeful it could easily have had the opposite effect.

    Finally I wish Mancini hadn't waved the imaginary red. It's just given the media another excuse to have a go, which Talksport in particular have seized upon with typical relish.