Busy one. Blackburn was pure entertainment. Thankfully, for the first time in weeks it didn’t rain so we had a good selling day with KK 195, and the (only) 3-0 win made it a great day all round.
We managed to get all the subscriptions off by Monday dinnertime so if you’ve not got yours get in touch.
Sunday the rags scraped a last minute winner at Norwich, Arsenal beat Spurs, and Liverpool won the League Cup. This was very annoying. By losing to them in the semi we’ve allowed them lift off. First trophy in 7 years, back in Europe, which means they can buy more players and will be a bigger threat next season. Sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture and we should be taking seriously the pot count – Community Shield, Carling Cup, FA Cup, Europa Cup. Whilst the League title is the big one we could surely have managed one more game, the Carling Cup final, if only to stop Liverpool re-establishing themselves.
Wednesday night it was Dennis Tueart at the Swinton branch which went down brilliantly. We already had an interview with Dennis in the can so hopefully that will appear in the next KK. Must say that Dennis wasn’t happy with Steve Heald’s comments in his ‘So far So good’ article on page 29, so some placating had to be done by the Ed.
England lost in Fergie time to Holland on the same night – 3-2 with a sprinkling of City players. Stuart Pearce? Can’t look at him without thinking of that stupid decision not to allow Micah to play in the first leg of the Youth Cup final a few years ago. Another little trophy we tossed away. Ironic that he’s recalled Micah to the England team.
Popped into Waterstone in the Trafford centre. No ‘Us and Them’ books on the shelves – apparently they sold out and have forgot to order more! So a bit more chasing required. No response from Kitbag re getting it into the City shops yet either, despite a gentle reminder a few weeks ago. Soul of the club? Losing it more like?
Last night it was the debate on fans being treated like hooligans at the Etihad where I met up with Colin Savage who will do a review for the next KK. Some powerful stuff was aired and it will make interesting reading.
I was hoping to catch Paul Toovey’s talk on his book of early City days at the Warrington branch last night but the debate went on too long so missed out.
Today I’m meeting a Dutch journalist re City then it’s the foreign ownership debate at the Town Hall.
Tomorrow it is of course Bolton, and Spurs must beat united.
Here’s the it’s a Fix extract from KK 195 :
GAME 27) SATURDAY MARCH 3RD : BOLTON (HOME) KO 3PM
Now in their 11th Prem season, last trophy the F. A. Cup in 1958 beating united comfortably 2-0. Recent connections : Martin Petrov, Dedryk Boyata. 112TH LG meeting
At the Reebok in August they gave us a good run for our money but we finished up with a 3-2 win. Silva (26) and Barry (37) put us 2 up then Klasnic (39) pulled one back before Dzeko (47) put us out of reach despite Davies (63) giving us a nervy last half hour. Crowd was 24,273 with 4,846 Blues
This season so far : They’re currently in 19th place with 20 points from 26 games and 4 wins 0 draws and 9 losses away from home.
In the Carling Cup they beat Macclesfield 2-1 at home in the 2nd round then Villa away in the 3rd 2-0, but lost 2-1 at Arsenal in the 4th.
In the FA Cup they drew 2-2 at Macclesfield in the 3rd round winning the replay 2-0, then won 2-1 at home to Swansea in the 4th and beat Millwall away 2-0 in the 5th round. They face Stevenage or more likely Spurs away in the 6th round.
At home to Bolton : At COMS in December last year (2010) 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. Last season’s win meant we’d won the last four, they’ve not scored in the last three, but prior to those they’d had three consecutive wins.
Comment : It’s been a tough one for the Trotters. Fergie flop Eagles has fallen foul of the law and Ricketts is the latest (after Evans, Park and Schmeichel) to tell us that we won’t win the title.
Owen Coyle has been talking a good talk but some Wanderers fans on Radio Manc. are beginning to wonder. 3 points a must.
City Square hosts a Q and A session after the game with Patrick Vieira.
WWTWTWShite : Their crowds were down to an average of 4,847 in 85/86, and this season’s average is 23,539.