1 day to go
OK let’s put things into perspective. Since our last title in 1968 we’ve:
Won 2 FA Cups, once runners up, 2 League cups, once runners up, 1 European Cup Winner’s Cup, once Division 1 runners up.
Been relegated 5 times
Been promoted 5 times
A word of warning to QPR, we’ve relegated, or played already relegated teams 5 times.
Best last days :
1972 beat Derby the eventual Champions at M/Rd
1974 beat united at O/T who were relegated
1977 beat Coventry away to make runners up
1985 beat Charlton 5-1 at home and were promoted
1989 drew 1-1 at Bradford and were promoted
1999 beat Gillingham in the play off final and were promoted
2000 beat Blackburn away and were promoted
2002 beat Portsmouth home and were promoted
2011 won the FA Cup, then beat Bolton to go 3rd.
So even when we were ‘Typical City’ we’ve done the business, on the up, more often than not, in fact every time we’ve needed to, so I don’t see any difference tomorrow.
Yesterday Teddy Sheringham was at it with the usual “united will win it” shite, and David Sadler reckons we’ve bought the league.
Manumirror ran a story about Ya Ya wanting to go back to Barcelona at some point, but Derek McGovern kept up his usual humour in his betting column, never afraid to have a pop at easy target united. Fergie reckons that as Aberdeen once beat Real Madrid in the 80’s that QPR could do it tomorrow which will destroy City. Who’s cracking up ?
There’s still a dearth of stories of how Sunderland are going to upset the applecart v the rags.
Here’s a new song
We always win at home and we always win away
We won last week and we’ll win today
We don’t give a fuck cos we’re all pissed up
MCFC – OK!
Went down to The Etihad today – you have to do these things dontcha! Pretty quiet actually, sold out of scarves in the shop, only ones left are £30! Honest!!
Here’s the It’s A Fix update : GAME 38) SUNDAY MAY 13Th : QPR (HOME) KO 3PM
First season back in the Prem. and they’ve found it tough. Last, and only trophy was the League Cup in 1967, oh Rodney, Rodney….most recent connections are Mark Hughes, Nedum Onuoha, SWP and Joey Barton. 42nd league meeting.
This season so far : Down there on Bonfire night it was a 3-2 jittery City win. Boothroyd opened (28), Dzeko equalised (43), Silva (53) put us in front but Helgusson levelled again (69) before Ya Ya clinched it (74) with a great header. Crowd was a very, very hostile 18,076 with 3,026 Blues. They booed our every touch and refused to throw the ball back at throw ins.
Currently they’re in 17h place with 37 points from 37 games and 3 wins 2 draws and 12 losses away from home, the 3rd worst record away in the league.
In the Carling Cup they lost 0-2 at home to Rochdale, Steven Eyre’s finest result.
In the FA Cup they drew at MK Dons 1-1 but won the replay 1-0 going out to Chelsea 0-1 at home.
Our form at home to QPR : Post war they never managed a win in the first 15 visits with 10 losses and 5 draws then won 3-2 in 94/95, lost 2-0 in 95/96 and won 3-0 in the last match of the season in 96/97. Then it was a 2-2 draw in 97/98 courtesy of Jamie Pollock’s incredibly ridiculous own goal, and a 3-1 win in 99/2000 which makes it 3 wins 1 draw and 1 loss in their last 5 visits which is a bit scary.
Comment : Mark Hughes took over from Neil Warnock but hasn’t really pulled up any trees so far but is looking forward to stopping City winning the title. Some strengthening was made in the January window with Zamora and Nedum coming in. They need a point to be safe but if Bolton don’t win at Stoke then they are safe and we can look forward to forking out our £50 odd quids at their place again next season.
Let’s see them quaking in their boots at our team and our support and there is only one possible outcome – a win for the Blues and the title. C’mon City.
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 5,670 in 1964/65, and this season it’s around 17,178.
United play Sunderland with all their ex united players, away, KO same time, BUT with Martin O’Neill in charge. What snidey tricks they’ll get up to is anyone’s guess – trying to delay the kick off, getting players sent off and diving for penalties. Even so they might get a draw.
Signing off now, won’t blog again until …….enjoy the day – hope for a repeat of 1985 – and let our ex Blues be gracious in defeat, as they’ve all been part of the Blue Moon Rising.