Swinton, Everton and Wolves
Andy Morrison was at the Swinton Branch on Wednesday, and as you’d expect he was very entertaining. We’re on with the fanzine at the mo and it looks like being a bumper issue and includes the Dennis Tueart interview we did with him on his book and all
since 1974. things City
Today’s results saw Blackburn win, Wigan lose, QPR win, Newcastle win – all of which could affect the teams we’ve yet to play.
Tomorrow the rags are at home to Everton with Fergie’s surrogate son Moyes in charge of a host of ex rag players. They haven’t won at the swamp for twenty years but want to finish above
Liverpool and get into Europe so we can but hope. Due to todays results Wolves are in a perilous position. Lescott had nice words to say about Everton and his time there plus Wolves under Terry Connor. By the time we kick off we could be 8 points behind the rags again who are surely due to play a team with 11 men, have a strong referee and don’t get any more dubious decisions. We#’ll see.
So it’s off to Wolves, here’s the it’s A Fix extract/update from KK196 :
GAME 35) SUNDAY APRIL 22ND WOLVES (AWAY) KO
Third season this time in the Prem, most recent connections are Keith Curle, Mark Kennedy, Joleon Lescott. Last pot was the Lg Cup in 1980. 112th Lg meeting
This season so far : At Molineux in October it was a 5-2 win for the Blues in the Carling Cup 4th round, a few days after the 6-1, with our million pound team! They went ahead through Milijas(18) – we chanted we’re gonna win 6-1 – as we could score when we wanted that month and goals from Johnson (37) Nasri (39), Dzeko (40, 64) Vries 0g (50) made it 5-1, O’Hara pulled another one back (65) but that was the end of the scoring. Crowd was 12,436 with 2364 Blues. Prior to that they’d beaten Millwall 5-0 at home and
4-0 away Northampton
A few days later we played our multi million pound team (according to Mick McCarthy) and won 3-1 at The Etihad with goals from Dzeko (52), Kolarov (67), Hunt made it 2-1 (75pen) when Vinny was sent off and Johnson (90) made the points safe. Crowd was 47,142 with 1587 Wolves.
Currently they’re in 20th place with 23 points from 34 games, 11 points from safety, and 3 wins 2 draws and 12 losses at home
In the FA Cup they drew 0-0 at
but lost the replay 1-0 in the 3rd round Birmingham
Our form at Molineux : Last season in October it was a 2-1 loss, City opening through Adebayor (23 penalty – the last away penalty we’ve had!!)), with Wolves equalising through Milljas (30) and going ahead through Edwards (57) Crowd was 25,971 with 2505 Blues. It was a massively disappointing performance, with strange substitutions, and on the field spats between City players which gave the press a field day, another one.
Since the 1-4 in 1999/2000 it’s been 2 wins (2-0 in 2001/02; 3-0 in 2009/10) and 2 losses (0-1 in 2003/04; and 1-2 last season – when they told us they’d prefer their team spirit to our wealth – yawn).
Comment - after staying up by the skin of their teeth last season they had a flying start but then hit the skids. Mick McCarthy was sacked after the 5-1 home loss to
West Brom where they hit the bar at 2-1 and were unlucky to concede another 3 goals. Steven Fletcher’s bagged 10 goals so far. Chairman Steve Morgan made a pigs ear of things and they finished up with Terry Connor as temp manager, with little success so far. Surely rnow elegated and it’s up to City to, sadly, put the final nail in their coffin.
Molineux Capacity : 30,000 ( 2,700 for City)
Groundwise : The ground was completely re-developed by 1993, but ambitious plans are in place to increase the capacity to 50,000, surely now on hold. First phase is the replacement of the Stan Cullis stand with a new two tier 7,700 job which we’ll get another chance to view today.
City fans will be in the lower tier of the Steve Bull stand. Tickets are £38.
There’s some handy car parks nearby and you can grab a bite at the local supermarket if you don’t fancy a pint at The Goalpost on RHS just before Wolves ground.
WWTWTWShite? Crowds averaged 4,020 in 1985/86, 25,793 this season whilst the new stand goes up.
Away day zine A Load Of Bull, who swapped with KK, was read by Robert Plant, has now disappeared which is a shame.
Sat Nav is : WV1 4QR