Back from Lisbon safe and sound. Another great trip clocked up. As usual more memorable for the camaraderie than the game which Neil’s description fits perfectly. Boring, boring City…we’ll score when we want. Yes and No!
We met up with comedy duo Steve and Ian again, finally met up with long time KK contributor (and now Lisbon resident) Simon Curtis, enjoyed the splendours of Lisbon, the sunshine, and for the first time ever were serenaded by a spaced out lad with a didgery- do.
Good craic with Lisbon fans who don’t like united but love City and Oasis. The stadium was great, with a Lidl’s and cinema, and I particularly liked the multi-coloured seats which made it look full even when empty. We’ve a lot to learn.
Game showed that whilst Edin continues to struggle, and his reported remarks fired up Sporting before the game, (and they booed him off) we’re probably going to need Carlos for the Prem., and on reflection we’ve all forgotten that the game was already lost in Munich when he was asked to come on.
All went well on Spike’s trip, brilliantly organised, until we arrived back at the ‘World’s best airport’ along with a flight from the far east. No automatic passport control centres open, and only a couple of desks open so it was a long wait to get through and you had to feel for those with young kids who’d had just had an eight hour flight. Complaints procedure in progress…..
So off we go to Swansea, in another vital match. Here’s the It’s A fix extract from KK 195 :
GAME 28) SUNDAY MARCH 11TH : SWANSEA (AWAY) KO 2PM
The Swans are back in the top flight for the first time since 1983, when they dropped out alongside our very own Manchester City.
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.
At The Etihad in August on the opening day of our season on a Monday night it was a 4-0 win for the Blues. New boys Swansea played well until Dzeko opened the scoring (57) then debut boy Sergio Aguero (68) made it 2, Silva added the third (71) and Aguero completed the rout (90) with a pearler to cap a fine debut. Best since Trevor F in 1981 at Stoke, probably. Crowd was 46,802 with 2785 Jacks.
This season so far : They’re currently in 14th place with 33 points after 27 games and 5 win 6 draws and 2 losses at home.
In the Carling Cup they lost in the 2nd rd 3-1 at Shrewsbury
In the FA Cup they won 4-2 at Barnsley in the 3rd rd but went out 2-1 at Bolton in the 4th.
Form at Swansea : 3 meetings pre-war with 1 City win and 2 losses. Post war it’s been 3 wins including the 2-0 on our last visit in 1983/84, 1 draw and 3 losses
Comment : Splendid recovery for The Swans from near oblivion a few years ago with the help of ex player Mel Nurse and part ownership of the club by a fans trust. They’re not making a bad job of it in the Prem particularly at home with only two losses so far, but form has waned a little recently (no win since mid December). We know what we must do and a point or preferably three would be good, to improve on our recent poor away form. Danny Graham wants to sock it to us so he’s the man to watch, with Sinclair, tho’ our Vinny’s out for a couple of weeks.
Groundwise : We had a good couple of weeks on the Gower for last year’s holiday. I sussed out the Liberty Stadium, a new ground for City, but it, and the club shop was shut owing to refurbishment! It’s on a big retail park so plenty to do when we visit, and if you get chance to spend time on the Mumbles and the Gower I’d recommend it. Take your brolly and your mack!
Tickets are £35
There’s no parking at the ground so it looks like a park and ride situation.
The Liberty Stadium : Capacity : 20,500 (2000 for City)
WWTWTWshite : Averaged 3,367 in 1991/92, and this season it’s 19,930.
Post Code : SA1 2FA