Monday, 30 January 2012

Another Monday night

Another Monday night
Great to see the blog up and running. We’ve been away for a few days but are now back in the groove as the farce of the Premier League hots up. No – one seems to have mentioned the Kuyt spat for the throw in at Anfield, why did Alf Grey mark 2 Phil Dowd not book him?
It was a weekend off with little interest in the 5th round – though good to see the rags go out – how much did they pay for that goalie – and did you see Smalling crumble to the ground at one point? No wonder……
One day to go before the window shuts and little action taking place for us so let’s hope the current squad is up to it. Tomorrow it’s bogey ground Goodison Park we’ve to contend with, in Everton's Cup final. Here’s the It’s A Fix update :
GAME 23) TUESDAY JANUARY 31ST EVERTON (AWAY) KO 8PM
Ever present in the top flight since 1954, millionaires of the 60’s (but no complaints) last pot the F. A. Cup in 1995, 156th Lg meeting, recent connection Joleon Lescott (oh dear, show em your medal Joles!).
At the Etihad in September we finally, as you would expect, laid the Everton bogey at home winning 2-0 with goals from Balotelli (68), and Milner (89). Crowd was 47,293, with 2826 Toffees.
This season so far they’re in 14th place with 26 points from 22 games with 3 wins 3 draws and 5 losses at home.
After beating Sheff U 3-1 and WBA 2-1 both at home they went out of the Carling Cup in the 4th round 2-1 at home to Chelsea aet.
In the FA Cup they beat Tamworth at home and have just beaten Fulham at home 2-1 in the 4th round. In the 5th they face Blackpool or Sheff Wed at home
Form at Goodison : Last season in May we went down 2-1 YaYa Toure (28) opening for us as we dominated but Distin (68) then Osman (71) pulled it round for them in an astonishing result on the day. Crowd was 37,351 with 2, 812 Blues. After that we didn’t lose again in the league and domestic cups until Chelsea in December.
We used to do really well over there but since the 3-1 in 1993, it’s been 8 losses, 4 draws, and only one win (2-1 in 2008/09).
Comment : Another mediocre season so far for the Toffees and recent supporter demos indicate that all the “we’d rather do it our way (ie dilapidated stadium, no investment) than the City way” was just wishful thinking. However they always give us a game but we really do need the points tonight. Fergie flops include Howard (surely better than De Gea and Lindegaard), Neville, Saha and they’ve just signed Gibson. Landon Donovan is back and they’re also about to sign Rangers’ centre forward with the unpronounceable name.
Tonight we must scrutinise every foul or non foul, every penalty or non penalty appeal, every offside or non offside and every card or non card.
Groundwise : Whilst atmosphere can be good the place is now well past its sell by date. However, the proposed ground move was knocked back, and the only answer is to share with Liverpool! We’ll be in the Bullens again, upper (maybe) and lower, restricted views, with nothing to recommend it in the 21st century.
Wwtwtwshite : Averaged 19,343 in 1983/84 season, and their current average home attendance is : 33,406

Goodison Park : Capacity : 40,260 (1800? for City)
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Away Day Zines : When Skies Are Grey - stopped swapping with KK for some reason. Satis; Speke From The Harbour
Sat Nav : L4 4EL
Dave

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

WEDNESDAY
Beaten before we started. Last season at Anfield Mancini did the same and admitted he’d made a mistake. So what sort of a team was that he put out? Liverpool, at Anfield, are not Wolves or Birmingham or Arsenal’s 2nd team. We’ve missed a great chance to land a trophy and tonight proved we’re carrying too many passengers and the manager's team selection is suspect once again.
Dave

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Ps Cardiff's just made it - so another incentive as we always beat a City at Wembley - Birmingham, Leicester, Stoke, C'mon you Blues
Dave
Tuesday
Agree that Neville’s punditry has been Ok but when the chips are down and he can give the rags a boost over us his bias comes out - "red card for Mario" – and seeds are sown. Who was first with “he could have had his eye out”? Couldn’t have been an ex Spurs player Mabbutt, could it?
Doesn’t look like the club are contesting, which limits the forward options and as for Tevez he could have helped us to the title this year. Infuriating.
So, two games away from another trophy, and a week before our next game, we should go all out. Here’s the it’s a Fix take on Liverpool : 22A) WEDNESDAY JANUARY 25TH CCCUP SF 2ND LEG LIVERPOOL (AWAY) KO 7.45PM
So far this season :we drew at Anfield 1-1 in November, going ahead through Vinny in the 31st minute after Reina could have gone for handling the ball outside the box. Liverpool equalised immediately through a flukey own goal by Lescott from Adam’s shot. Skirtel and co then got Mario sent off and Joe Hart saved us. Silva should have wrapped it up for us at the end. Crowd was 45,071 with 2964 Blues.
At The Etihad in early January it was a comfy 3-0 win. Sergio putting us ahead in the 10th minute when his shot went under Reina. YaYa made it two in the 33rd minute with a header from a corner. Barry was sent off for very little, then Jamie made it three from the penalty spot after a tackle from Skirtel who should have walked. Crowd was 47,131 with 2685 Scouse.
In the Carling Cup semi first leg we went down 1-0 to a Gerrard penalty in the 13th minute, Agger taking a spectacular dive over Savic. Referee Lee Mason was lenient with the cards which is the sensible approach but let’s have consistency from one game to another eh? Crowd was a disappointing 36,017 (City wanted to reduce prices but ‘Pool wouldn’t let us to ensure a smaller gate) with about 6,000 scousers.
So advantage Liverpool, just like in 80/81 when we went there and murdered them but couldn’t quit do it.
History (even though we have none) has not been kind to us at Anfield with only 6 wins in the League and Cup since the war, and that’s a lot of games (1-0 in 48/49; 2-1 in 51/52; 1-0 in 52/53; 2-1 in 55/56 F A Cup 5th rd; 3-1 in 81/82; 2-1 in 02/03) It does not augur well but if this is the new City then we must go all out for a win as another trophy is a distinct possibility with Palace or Cardiff as opponents at our second home - Wembley.
They’re currently 7th in the table with 35 points from 22 games with 4 wins and 7 draws at home, and they’re on a good run at present, tho just had a bad defeat at Bolton. Too many home draws gives us hope, so let’s do em. A bit of needle has crept in with the Gerrard/Mancini spat re the imaginary cards but that should only help to fire us up. We were cheated in ’81 it mustn’t happen again.

Anfield Capacity : 45,362 (6,000 for City, let’s fill it)

Tickets are priced at : £39/£45 – hope you’ve got the dear ones! Sat Nav is L4 0TH, and the Arkles pub is usually OK for Blues.
Dave

Monday, 23 January 2012

Monday, monday

Monday Monday, can’t trust that day
The brilliant Bradley Walsh was on Soccer AM and admitted to being a Gooner. This didn’t surprise me but I’m sure I read in Buzzer’s programme column in a recent fixture v The Brummies that he was a Big Birmingham City supporter.
Blustery, rainy, day for Spurs. We had it won at 2 -0, but defensive mistakes – Dzeko, Savic and Joe boobing for their first. Lescott did a flailing arm and Mario a pirouette on that dirty little bastard Parker (who did Robinho a few years ago at West Ham) and has just been banned for, not one, not two, not three, but four games tho surely we’ll win the appeal – the FA can’t make it TOO obvious that they want the rags to win the title EVERY year. Is Bernstein on the panel?
Bugger, had to go out for a pee on 90 minutes. Me and this other guy heard the roar – “not loud enough for City” I said. The cheering Blues ran out – penalty - Joe must’ve saved it – “No it’s for us” came the word then the roar meant we’d won. Who’d be a bloody fanzine editor/seller eh? And it peed down. Typically Wenger made an astute tactical substitution at The Emirates and gifted the game to the rags. Nevill ragness came out when he said Lescott AND mario should have been sent off. Rag objectivity? No chance. No wonder everyone hates them..... Smalling‘s been tweeting “just waiting for City to crumble” – no wonder....... Do we continually slag off other teams or are we classy?
You got it.
Anyway, Wednesday looms…..
Dave

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Saturday

Saturday
The talk on my book Us and Them at Swinton supporters club branch on Wednesday at the Clifton Cricket club seemed to go down quite well and it was excellently chaired by Clair. I’m pleased to say that I sold quite a few books so the evening was an all round success so thanks to everyone.
Today I’ve been getting the subs sorted and in the mailboxes so they should arrive early next week. Norwich did well v Chelsea so we're pu lling clear. Big one tomorrow, of course, and here’s the It’s A fix extract from KK1 94 : GAME 22) SUNDAY JANUARY 22nd SPURS (HOME) KO 1.30PM
Last promotion was in 1978, since then they’ve been successful in the F. A., League and UEFA Cups, and their last pot was the League Cup in 2008. Most recent connection : Adebayor. 126TH League meeting
It’s the return game after the 5-1 win at WHL in August. It took us until the 34th minute to open the scoring through Dzeko, and he notched again in the 41st then the 55th to complete his hat-trick. Aguero made it 4-0 in the 60th, but Kaboul pulled one back for Spurs in the 68th minute, though Dzeko with his 4th put the icing on the cake with another beauty in the 90th minute to make it 5-1.
Crowd was 36,150 with 1757 Blues)
This season so far : They’re in 3rd place with 46 points from 21 games and 6 wins 2 draws and 2 losses away from home.
In the Carling Cup they went out at Stoke in the 3rd round 6-7 on pens after 0-0.
In the FA Cup they’ve beaten Cheltenham at home and face Watford away in the 4th round.
In the Europa League they went out despite a 4-0 away win at Shamrock Rovers.
Our form at home to Spurs : Last season in May it was City who took the spoils for a change with a 1-0 win courtesy of an ironic Peter Crouch own goal in the 30 th minute. Crowd was 47,069 with 2817 cocky Spuds.
Out of the 14 home games in the Prem we’ve only managed 3 wins, 5-2 in 94/95, 2-1 in 07/08, and 1-0 last season. Otherwise it’s been 9 losses and 2 draws.
Comment : Good season for Spurs again after that disappointing start with terrific performances in some games. They last won the league in 1961 (Cup too) with an expensively assembled squad which no one complained about. This season they can’t even afford Adebayor despite their exorbitant ticket prices and billionaire board members. Serious contenders for the title and it’s commendable that we’ve recently battled for 4th spot and here we both are contesting top spot. We did em here last year and battered them at The Lane (not Bridge!) so a humdinger is forecast and we must win.
No doubt they’ll trot out the “one Ricky Villa” song but always remember “3-0 up and they f*cked it up!”
Wwtwtw shite? Averaged 20,859 in 85/86, so not bad, and their current average is 36,070.
Hopefully Arsenal won’t capitulate again v the rags!
Watch out for the new KK number 194 which is on sale.
Cheers
Dave

Thursday, 19 January 2012

This week

This week
Wow what a week. Saturday night was the annual Merseyside supporters branch ‘do’ which was the usual daft fun night so thanks to all the gang and Tony Ralls for inviting us.
Monday night, after getting the zine to the printers was, of course, the Wigan game. It was perishin’ but at least you can grab a bite on the retail park. Police and stewards created a ‘sterile area’ for away fans, where no fanzine selling was allowed. Very strange. Well we won, should have got a few more and on the basis that our players are regularly sent off for next to nothing, their lad should have gone for the deliberate handball near the end when Sergio could have been through. Roberto’s imaginary card waving has been castigated so full marks to Derek McGovern in the manumirror saying it’s no different than Fergie’s watch watching, arms flapping and whatever other histrionics managers do on the touchline.
So, the 3 point margin is maintained.
And we are pleased to announce that King Of the Kippax fanzine number 194, should hit the outlet at Aleef (Corner of Cross Street/Market Street) on Friday January 20th and the selling points around the Etihad at the Spurs and subsequent games.
KK194 is a 48 page A4 issue with a front cover that suggests: ‘Keep Calm and Play Our Cards Right’ indeed this issue includes free imaginary red and yellow cards (remember the free air guitar in a recent rock magazine?)
This issue includes Quiz of the Year, If the Commons Were the Terraces, Half term report, Fergie’s Bottom part two (92/93 season), Adebayor, Winter Break, Us and Them book advert and letters, and all the usual regulars – Ged, Burf., Neil, Gene, Uncle Ryan, Shell, Paul, Tony David C ., Sean, Bryan, Tom, Richard, Simon etc…a magnificent effort all round.
It sells at just £2.50 (unbeatable value) and can also be purchased for £3.50 (inc P & P) from King Of The Kippax, 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN 7 2HL
Incidentally the Us and Them book is now available in Waterstones, Hale Book Shop, Simply Books Bramhall, Thackerays Denton, and on E-Bay and Amazon, but NOT the City stores, but go in and ask anyway to keep the pressure on! You can obtain it directly from KK at the above address for £18 including postage if you like.
Dave

Monday, 16 January 2012

Monday
Hoping to get the zine to the printers today but struggling with the front cover. Rags have caught us up but Spurs slipped up against Wolves.
Tonight it’s Wigan at the JJB, here’s the it’s a fix up date

Game 21) MONDAY JANUARY 16TH WIGAN (AWAY) KO 8PM
Promoted in 2005, so in their 7th Prem season, and were League Cup runners up in 2006.
Most recent connection is Michael Brown and this is the 16th League meeting (plus the two play off semis).
It’s our second return game of the season further to the 3-0 win at the Etihad in September, courtesy of an Aguero hat-trick (13,63,69). Crowd was 46,509 with 1122 pie eaters.
Our form at Wigan : At the DW in September 2010 we managed a 2-0 win with goals from Tevez (43) and Ya Ya Toure (70). Crowd was 15,525 with 4,481 Blues.
This season so far they’re in 20th place with 15 points from 20 games and 1 win 4 draws and 5 losses at home.
In the Carling Cup they lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace in the 2nd round.
In the FA Cup they went out at Swindon.
Our form at Wigan, in the last 8 meetings we’ve won 2 (1-0 in 1998/99, 2-0 last) drawn 3 including the 2nd div play off, and lost 3.
Comment : It’s been a real struggle for the Latics and you wonder if Martinez now regrets not moving to Villa in the close season. Just when we finally start beating them they decide to take the drop, and so it will be a shame if they do as it’s also a local trip, allowing us big support even on a Monday night on TV. Don’t write em off yet though, a win would take them out of the relegation places, and they can pull off surprises, but we need to get back on track after two (cup) defeats .
Groundwise it’s still the same, and with tickets at a reasonable price (?) we should sell out in the south stand behind the goal, so home from home.
There are plenty of on site car parks, but it’s slow getting away. Pubs include The Red Robin near the away end, and there’s a Beer Keller type marquee under the North stand for about 400 so first in first served. Away day zine is The Mudhutter.
Post code is : WN5 0UZ
WWTWTWShite? Crowds were down to an average of 2,758 in 1989/90, and current home average is a paltry 17,661.
DW Stadium Capacity : 25,000 (5,000 for City)

On Wednesday I’m doing a talk on the Us and Them book at Swinton Supporters club – at Clifton Cricket ground, on the A666 (I think) Manchester Road, Clifton, sat nav M27 6PD. Doors open at 7.30PM. Hope to see you there spesh if any contributors can make it at this short notice.
Cheers
Dave

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Saturday

Liverpool
Another drizzly night, and a poor show, not surprising after the superhuman effort on Sunday. Big talking point, apart from the lack of yellow cards to Liverpool players particularly the untouchable Gerrard, was the no foul decision on Johnson after the sending off of Kompany on Sunday. Gerrard called Mancini a hypocrite for waving an imaginary card but misses the point (as does Brian Reade in Saturday’s manumirror). That being we’ve had two players sent off against Liverpool whilst they get away with murder, and Johnson should have gone if Kompany’s really was a red. Mancini is right to be aggrieved. Dalglish, smirking, said he didn’t see it.
Alan McKinlay, also in the manumirror, said that Mancini wasn’t a tactical genius in the derby but played the second half for damage limitation. Funny that, most people thought we pushed them to the limit. Only Roy Keane agreed with him – Keane has been threatened by the manumafia of legal action if he is again critical of the club! There was also a cartoon suggesting City didn't have a legend to bring back - Arse with Henry and rags with Scholes Erm diddn't Vieira come back with us last season?
How much longer do we have to put up with this rubbish?
Dave

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Are we being Targeted?

On Sunday, Chris Foy sent Vincent Kompany off for what virtually everyone agrees was not a red card offence. Later in the match Aguero was almost decapitated by Giggs by a two footed tackle from behind that wasn't even penalised. The FA had the chance to clarify the situation by recinding Kompany's red card, but instead upheld it. Last night Glen Johnson went flying into Lescott , but fortunately didn't connect, yet again the player wasn't red or yellow carded. Today Talksport and thye newspapers are full of how it was Mancini who was in the wrong to complain and that he's losing it. This is going beyond incompetance by referees and the FA and is looking like a definite attempt at engineering by the authorities. Can we not ask for last night's tackle by Johnson to be judged in retrospect? The owners need to nip this in the bud even using legal threats if necessary, because what has happend to Kompany is a disgrace.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

GAME 20B) WEDNESDAY JANUARY 11TH LIVERPOOL (HOME) CCSF 1ST LEG KO 7.45PM
So we’re drawn out of the hat first and have the disadvantage of playing at home for the first leg. How does that work?
In the League Cup, there’s been meetings in three rounds:
1969/70 3rd rd 3-2 home
1980/81 SF 1st leg 0-1 home, 2nd leg 1-1 away
1995/96 3rd rd 0-4 away
Biggest game was the League Cup semi-final in 1980/81 when Kevin Reeves’ goal was inexplicably ruled out by referee Alf Grey and ‘Pool won the tie 2-1 on aggregate despite a tremendous performance by City at Anfield to draw 1-1.
We’ve already played em twice by now drawing 1-1 at Anfield and winning 3-0 last week so we, and they, know what to expect. Vinny’s 4 match ban has, naturally, been upheld and there’s doubts about Balotelli, Dzeko, and Silva – so will City’s derby second half team plus Barry , Hart, and Clichy be good enough? Let’s hope so, and also that Carroll doesn’t finally come good for them.
Revenge for 1981 please. Also c'mon Everton at Spurs!
Dave

Monday, 9 January 2012

Monday

Monday
Just about got over yesterdays result. We had Ya Ya and Kolo Toure (African Nations Cup? Why every two years, and why not played in the summer?) Barry, Balotelli, Dzeko all out so why reduce the experience and competitiveness by not playing Joe and Clichy?
Pre match South stand area was cut off for Blues who had to circumnavigate to get to the East and West stands but I didn’t witness the shenanighans usual on the Ashton New Road though being an afternoon kick off (not night match) helped. Superb programme produced incidentally.
Rags scored with their first attack, against the run of play, Kompany sent off, our 5th player to be sent off this season whilst other teams barely get a card. What’s going on? What a difference from the Cup game in 1955 when City players pleaded with the ref not to send off Chilton – Rooney, later Welbeck, disgracefully trying to influence the ref. Conspiracy, Nigel Gregory, reckons to balance the fact we have loads a money. Some rules need a complete overhaul.
Second goal, as already pointed out, Nige (De Jong not Gregory) should’ve done better. Third goal came from a poor clearance from Pantillimon, and there were other decisions Foy got wrong – a 2nd pen for united and Jones has soon got into the rag lying mode when he tapped his chest after blatantly handling near the end. If I remember right Foy reffed at Notts County last year and gave us eff all. Bastard.
So a reverse of the 6-1 looked possible at half time, and whilst we all tried to console ourselves with thoughts of the 4-3 at Spurs, a drubbing looked on the cards. Thankfully Bob rallied the troops, and we nearly did it, with greatr response from City fans. Not THAT bothered to go out of the Cup, as we’ve bigger fish to fry, but would have preferred to go out to anyone but them.
Losing Kompany is a massive blow, and I can’t see us winning the appeal.
Dave

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Saturday

Saturday
Deadline for KK 194 is next Tuesday. Currently we’ve got David Mooney’s quiz, Tony’s second part of 92/93 season, Points Of Blue minutes, Uncle Ryan, Steve Bagley, and Bry Duffy’s come up with the half term players report.
Tomorrow it’s the rags in the 3rd round of the Cup. Here’s the It’s A Fix extract/update :
GAME 20A) SUNDAY JANUARY 8TH FA CUP RD 3 KO 1PM
We were the 5th club to be drawn out, so with all those other possibilities, the next ball, inevitably, was that of those lovable, rascally, rags.
A shit draw for both clubs meaning that we’ll both have to field full strength teams, though last year when we played our second eleven (Leicester, Notts County) we finished up with replays, and we can ill aford those this season.
In the F.A. Cup, there’s been meetings in seven rounds (+ a preliminary round which doesn’t really count, so not included!)
1926 SF 3-0 Bramall Lane
1955 4th rd h 2-0
1970 4th rd a 0-3
1986 3rd rd a 0-1
1996 5th rd a 1-2 (Alan Wilkie giving United an outrageous penalty)
2004 5th rd a 2-4
2011SF 1-0 at Wembley
So it’s 3 wins for City and 4 for united.
Since the O/T drubbing they’ve pulled off a few boring 1-0 wins, then a couple of 5 nillers when Fulham and Wigan laid down, although the ref helped them V Wigan with a disgraceful sending off of a Wigan player. They went out of the Carling at home to Palace, and have dropped out of the Chimps League into the Europa, to face Ajax.
They’re still in second place in the Prem. despite being shite but lost at home to Blackburn and away at Newcastle – text from a rag “worse game I’ve ever seen in my life united beat themselves didn’t need any help from Newcastle” Wow, I thought they were beaten by the better team! No wonder everyone hates them!
Can they lose three in a row? Yes! Means more to them than us but we must still do it, and as previously predicted, we go into this one as firm favourites, despite no Ya-Ya? Rooney and Fergie are coming out with the usual crap with City total class as usual.
Question is – will City sink to rag levels by repeating over the speakers time and time again “Welcome to Manchester, the home of the FA Cup Winners” like they did at the swamp before the Carling Cup semi second leg, then play a naff gloating victory song at the end of the game?
Just caught the end of Soccer AM this morning, Noel G doing well as usual plus the City lads kitted out by Kitbag and publicised in the MEN. Funny how Kitbag can snap to it when they want and the MEN always happy to pick up a story but no help from either for the Us and Them book.
Dave

Friday, 6 January 2012

Just received this from Gene Laschuk in Oz, without any prompting, and no sour grapes considering that we couldn't fit his contribution in the book:

"Just wanted to quickly write and congratulate all the writers on the 'Us and Them' book which arrived in the post today. Having spent an hour or so reading it already it comes across as a must have for any serious City fan....I can't wait to delve further into it! Well done to all. Just an amazing resource really and can't imagine how long it must have taken to put together. "The Oracle" sounds like quite a piece of work, would love to set eyes on it!

In other news...big game Sunday and I was convinced we were set for victory till I heard YaYa was out....just don't understand why he can't stay for another two days. Seems a bit silly to me to say the least. But win we must, win we shall...I hope.

I've decided to give Twitter a proper run...having spent a little time trying to get my head around it, and then reading Joey Barton's....thoughts. It could be quite amusing. Have a look if interested. CTID>

Cheers

Scream in Blue (ScreaminBlueAUS)

Gene"

Friday

Friday
Liverpool was a stinker of a night, the rain was swirling into the East stand second level – give me the old Kippax roof any day! Before the game we were confronted by a group of 9 or 10 year olds chanting united – they’re obviously brainwashed at an early age in the lack of respects stakes – no wonder everyone hates them. Brilliant performance from the lads, Barry a bit unlucky maybe – Liverpool fans chanted “There’s only one Gary Ablett” – another one taken too soon.
Roberto apologised for waving an imaginary card for Skirtel – one rule for one and another for us. The amount of cards we get as opposed to the opposition is getting out of hand.
Spurs beat WBA at home, Everton lost to Bolton – nearly 30,000 there (!), and rags lost to a marvellous Newcastle, with the new Duncan Edwards notching a fine own goal. Fergie, after his rant at the ref and the pitch after Blackburn at home must’ve been told to be diplomatic after this one, but he can’t fool us. What a contrast to Redknapp who always talks sense after a game even after the farce at Stoke.
Big Sunday looms. Just seen the superb film ‘Lady’, what a story, what a conflict, what a woman, and cops in Manc will be wearing riot gear for the Sunday derby – for a footy match and not a political rally – some perspective needed..
Incidentally great to have bloggers back – don’t know what’s happened but very pleasing.
Picked up a copy of A Love Supreme, Sunderland zine up there and noticed that they’re designing 0161 the new City zine for them, not seen it yet, any thoughts?
Dave

Monday, 2 January 2012

Monday

Sunderland
Good run up as you’d expect in the Tom-mobile. Went past the A19 so we could stop at Leeming services for a cheap (£3.50 brekky)
Cold breeze at Sunderland but OK at the away end “how many are you going to put past us today?” the Sunderland fans asked. “West Brom fans said the same last Monday” I said “and look what happened there” Sky TV asked me about New Year resolutions and I told em “I want to lose a bit of weight, then watch City win the League, The Cup, The Carling Cup and the Europa Cup. I don’t think they showed the last bit – praps as well.
I thought Roberto’s team selection was fair enough – we played our strongest team at West Brom and couldn’t crack it, same again today. Robbie Savage thought that Sunderland deserved their win. Bollocks Robbie, they deserved a draw, but never a win.
“Where were you when you were shit” sang the Sunderland fans, well we’ve not heard that one before. “we were here……” but more importantly we always beat them when we were shit - from 03 to 09 it was 8 wins out of 8 – before the money came in!
Sombre journey home, crap punditry later on MOTD 2 - Dublin and Hartson - and another sleepless night – these 93rd minute losses do my head in. Still we know where the money needs spending in the January window.
So it puts extra pressure on tomorrow nights game. There’s talk about a mid season break every so often and instead we find ourselves with a heavy fixture list including 2 games in 2 days. Why didn’t the club protest?
So to Liverpool, here’s the It’s a fix extract :
GAME 20) TUESDAY JANUARY 3RD LIVERPOOL (HOME) KO 8Pm
Their last promotion was in 1962, since when they’ve won the lot but no title since 1990, and their last pot was the F A Cup in 2006. Most recent connection : Craig Bellamy. It’s the 152nd Lg meeting.
It’s the first return game of the season further to the recent 1-1 draw at Anfield. City went ahead through Kompany (31) and promptly gifted them an equaliser through a Lescott OG (33) but Silva should have clinched it before the end. Crowd was 45,071 with 2964 Blues.
This season so far : They’re in 6th place with 34 points from 19 games and 5 wins 1 draw and 3 defeats away from home.
In the Carling Cup they won away at Chelsea 2-0 in the quarter final after seeing off Exeter, Brighton and Stoke, all away, and face us next week in the semi-final 1st leg
In the FA Cup they’ve got Oldham at home, stuffy sods.
Our form at home v ‘Pool : Last season at COMS in August we battered them 3-0, with goals from Barry (14) and Tevez (52,68P) Crowd was 47,087 with 2698 scousers. Prior to that in the Prem it’s been 2 wins (94/95 2-1, 04/05 1-0), 8 draws, 3 losses.
Comment : Siege mentality is backfiring on them with the Suarez situation, but it looks like the ban won’t start until after tomorrow. Frankly I’d rather he played than Carroll who always gives us problems. They’ve improved steadily under Kenny, having ruined the game by spending millions, and they’re always difficult to play against, plus Bellers will be out to prove a point. A repeat of last season’s result wil do nicely, and is vital after the recent points losses.
Wwtwtwshite : Av’d 22,742 in 31/32, and this season it’s 44,963.