Off to the Irish Centre, Cheetham Hill, tonight where Joe O’Neill’s doing a presentation on his book re the Manchester Martyrs – 8pm if you fancy it.
Then tomorrow it is of course shit or bust v Chelsea. Here’s the It’s a Fix extract from KK195 :
GAME 29) WEDNESDAY MARCH 20TH : CHELSEA (HOME) KO 7.45PM
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 134thl league meeting. Most recent connection is Danny Sturridge.
At the Bridge in December we suffered our first defeat. Mario (2) opened, Clattenburg missed a blatant penalty on Silva, but after playing superbly we conceded to Meireles (34) then degenerated into sloppiness, Clichy being sent off and Lescott conceding a ball to hand penalty which Clattenburg fell over himself he was that eager to award it. Lampard (83) converted. Crowd was 41,730 with 1,458 City.
This season so far they’re in 5th place with 49 points from 28 games and 5 wins 5 draws and 4 defeats away from home.
In the Carling Cup they beat Fulham at home in the 3rd rd 4-3 on pens after 0-0, Everton away 2-1 aet in the 4th, but lost at home to Liverpool 2-0 in the 5th rd
In the Chimps league they’ve beaten Bayern Lev 4-1 on agg, Valencia 4-1 on agg, Genk 6-1 on agg, and surprisingly overcame Napoli 1-3 away and 4-1 home aet with a tremendous fight back at the Bridge and face Benfica in the next round.
In the FA Cup they beat Pompey 4-0 at home in the 3rd rd, QPR 1-0 away in the 4th rd drew 1-1 with Birmingham at home in the 5th rd. and won 2-0 away, and have just beaten Leicester 5-2 in the 6th round to face Bolton or Spurs in the semi-final. Not bad for a club in crisis.
At home to Chelsea : Last season at COMS in September 2010 City registered a 1-0 win, Chelsea’s first defeat of the season, Tevez (59) Crowd was 47,203 with 2,844 Chelski
This was our second consecutive win and only our 3rd in 16 meetings since 1991.
Comment : Not quite the season they expected under new manager AVB and turmoil over the latest Terry alleged misdemeanour. AVB went after the defeat at West Brom where Sturridge missed sitters and probably cost him his job (as did Howard Webb in their game v the rags). Roberto de Matteo, failed Albion manager, ironically took over and needless to say they‘ve had a resurgence under his management. Just before they play us, inevitably, with Torres even, starting to score. They’re fighting for 3rd or 4th place so this will be our biggest test of the season, another one, and we daren’t fail. Tevez could be on the bench and you fancy an El Cid type moment to redeem him in the eyes of the fans and put us back on track.
We need revenge for our Clattenburg motivated defeat there and our improved home form against them indicates we can get a result. We must.
WWTWTWShite? Crowds were down to an average of 12,672 in 1982/83 and this season’s average home attendance is 41,591.