Friday night and Newcastle
Jonny Evans was the latest rag to have a go. Apparently if we don’t win the title this year we’ll fade away just like when Liverpool finished second a few years ago. Keep believing the hype Jonny, no-one else does. Tosser.
Spent all day Wednesday chatting to Gary James and looking through my memorabilia stuff some of which Gary will be using in his forthcoming book as advertised in KK196.
Gary’s doing a piece on KOTK in the QPR programme hopefully, so there’s something else to look forward to (or not!)
So after the euphoria of Monday night, and don’t forget a couple of weeks ago we were dreading them fluking the title here so that didn’t happen, and we’ve got the Manc bragging rights whatever happens.
Newcastle mean while are getting cocky after the win at worn out Chelsea with Cisse’s goals. Everyone is warning us that it won’t be easy as if we hadn’t already figured that. Well it won’t be easy for Newcatle either. Newcy v City is always a big game for me as I came in at the 1955 cup Final. There’s been some great tussles over the years. 1968 is the one though. United beat them 6-1 at the swamp the week before the game and the headline was “this team won’t beat the new Champions” The game itself was a nerve shredder from start to finish but we got there in the end. I remember giving Les Lloyd a big kiss and a hug after the game. Les is on the back row of our team second from the right on page 11of the Ua and Them book. I've never seen him since, can't understand why!.
Let’s hope for a similar result on Sunday and that Swansea don’t lie down at the cesspit and concede too many goals. Here’s the it’s A Fix extract :
37) SUNDAY MAY 6Th NEWCASTLE (AWAY) KO 1.30 PM
Put back to the Sunday so as not to clash with the Cup Final, unlike last season.
Second season back in the Prem. Last, and only pot since they beat us in the FA Cup final in 1955 is the 1969 Inter Cities Fairs Cup. They moan about getting to Cup Finals and having to play the top team unlike us and Stoke. Well boys, to get to the Cup final praps you have to play the top team in the semi-final and beat them. Recent connection is Shay Given. This is the 152nd League meeting.
This season so far : At the Etihad in November it was a 3-1 win for City, Balotelli (41 pen) Richards (44) Aguero (72pen) with Gosling getting a consolation goal for Newcastle in the 89th minute. Crowd was 47,408 with only 1685 Geordies (where were you….).
Currently they’re a magnificent 5th in the table with 65 points from 35 games and 11 wins 5 draws and 2 losses at home and are certs to be in Europe next season, maybe even the Champs league much to Robbie Savage’s dismay, and possibly ours!
In the Carling Cup they beat Scunthorpe 2-1 aet away, then Forest away aet 4-3, but lost at Blackburn 3-4 aet
In the FA Cup they beat Blackburn 2-1 at home but lost 0-1 away at Brighton.
Our form at Newcastle : Up there last season in late December it was a 3-1 City win, Barry (2) and Tevez (5) giving us a good start but Carroll netting (72) giving us the jitters until Carlos made it 3-1 ( 81) Crowd was 51, 635 with 2,808 Blues.
Prior to the 2-2 draw in 09/10, since our promotion in 2003, we’d won the last two and lost the previous four. So in the last 4 we’ve won 3 and drawn one.
Usual wind up (and they brought f*ck all to The Etihad) which really gets up their nose is “where were you….” Though the cheeky sods now sing it back to us? And we WERE here! A new one is “There’s only one St James’ Park – Exeter!” Or how about “There’s only one Magpies – Notts County!”
Comment: They are still the surprise team of the season, Alan Pardew, a flop at West Ham, Charlton and Southampton is doing an amazing job and has made some shrewd buys. Cisse (as suggested as a City target by Concannon in a previous KK) is class, Ben Arfa too after recovering from Nige’s tackle and Demba Ba are the danger men and Krol looks solid in goal. Who’s their Chief scout? Ex Blueman Graham Carr, father of Alan but don’t hold it against him! They took 4 points off the rags and were unlucky at O/T when united scored from a free kick that never was to draw 1-1
Memories of the last game of the season there in 1968, when we took the title 4-3 are still fresh in many Blues minds , but all we can ask for today is 100% effort and a great game of football, hopefullya win against the Prem’s current form team. We must grab the lifeline and we must be the 12th man. Bring the noise.
Sports Direct Arena (St. James’ Park)
Capacity : 52,387 (3,000 for City)
Groundwise: No change to the magnificent, but lop-sided St James’s Park since our last visit, we’re housed in the corner of the Sir John Hall Stand, Level 7, where you’ll still need oxygen to reach that level. Tickets are £42.
WWTWTWShite? Crowds averaged 16,001 in 1980/81 and are up to 49,660 this.
Away day Zines: The Mag – swaps with KOTK – very profession, and sells loads as does True Faith, and Talk Of The Tyne.
Sat Nav : NE1 4ST
Plenty of pubs, on street parking and local car parks.
The rags play Swansea at the Swamp 4PM KO I think
Apparently theree is a big problem wih Amazon at the moment so the KK197 e-zine won't be up until next week which is very disappointing after all the work put in to convert it.. So apologies for that, sorry, out of our hands