Saturday, 31 March 2012

Saturday
Thursday it was Bryan Robson’s turn in the muen to have a pop again telling us to stick to our principles. What the f*ck does he or any united person know about principles?
Yesterday was a busy one – dropped the Us and Them books off at Kitbag in Chadderton, picked KK196 up from the printers, dropped some off at Aleef in town, then got most of the subscriptions into the postboxes in Leigh and Culcheth (which are big enough to take A4 envelopes) in between singing Day after Day, Heart of Gold and You Got it on karaoke!
Fergie’s coming out with some vintage selective rag memory shite, also threatening us with Keano - have you ever met Andy Morrison boys!!!. No wonder everyone hates them.
He conveniently forgets that Wigan had a player sent off v rags, later rescinded. Rags won 5-0 but what score would it have been if the player had stayed on?
Newcastle’s penalty? What about the free kick that wasn’t from which the rags scored?
Fulham’s non penalty? Now am I missing something here and Sky have contributed to this but aren’t we talking about non decisions at O/T instead of the penalties the rags have been awarded? Don’t forget that West Brom were denied a nailed on pen recently.
As for City and the Balotelli non sending off it’s never been proven as a stamp, nevertheless that could have lost us 2 points, but check out all the other games previously listed in KK – united Lg and FA Cup, Bayern, Fulham, Liverpool (Lg and Lg Cup, Chelsea, West Brom, Sunderland, Wigan, Everton, Swansea, Stoke – where decisions have not gone our way – as Cityblue pointed out there’s a lot of evening up to do between now and the end of the season.
Anyway Sunderland today, here the it’s A Fix extract from KK 196 : GAME 31) SATURDAY MARCH 31ST SUNDERLAND (HOME) KO 3PM
Promoted in 2007, so this is their 5th season in the Prem. (this time!) Last Pot F A Cup 1973. Most recent connections : Martin O’Neill, Wayne Bridge, Niall Quinn, Marlon Fulop. 122nd league meeting.

This season so far at the SOL on New Years Day it was that excruciating last minute 1-0 loss after battering them all game. Dong –Won scored the offside goal in front of 40,625 with 2101 Blues in a reduced allocation.
Currently they’re in 8th place with 40 points from 30 games and 4 wins 3 draws and 8 losses away from home.
In the Carling Cup they went out 1-0 at Brighton in the 2nd round aet.
In the FA Cup they beat Peterborough away 2-0 in the 3rd round, Middlesboro in the 4th 1-1 home then 2-1 away in the replay, Arsenal 2-0 in the 5th at home and Everton away in the 6th a 1-1 draw with the replay just played which they lost 2-0. Personally I was hoping they’d get to Wembley (twice!)

At home to Sunderland At COMS last April it was a 5-0 City win, goals coming thick and fast from Johnson (9),Tevez (15pen), Silva (63), Vieira (67), and Ya-Ya (73) Crowd was 44,197 with 1896 Mackems. Which made it seven wins out of the last seven.

Comment : As we found out to our cost in January, Martin O’Neill has inspired a massive recovery and they’re no longer the pushovers of the rag manager flops Keane and Bruce. Other Fergie flops are O’Shea, Campbell and brown. Let’s hope the cup replay has taken it out of them. No Aguero though and time for the others to step up.

WTWTWShite : Avd 13,601 in 86/87, and this season their average home att. is 38,689.
Dave

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Wednesday

We're all paranoid, don't you realise it's only twenty years next week since our last penalty at the swamp - surely that's evened things out over the years.

Great stuff fellas - next issue - KK 197 - is the derby special so we want as much anti rag stuff as possible by April 17 please!!!!
Dave
Update
Stoke and what a contrast weatherwise from last season but the same result unfortunately and another 2 points lost. Particularly galling was the Stoke fans booing Silva who went down with a head injury after a forearm smash from Whitehead. Hope the player gets a retrospective ban (SWP and Adebayor both got retro bans after games at Stoke) – but doubtful as per Huth in the Cup final. So we went behind to a freak goal “the ball never touched the ground from the goalie’s kick” they said on MOTD – well it IS Stoke! They also thought that Barry should’ve given away a penalty but no witch hunt re the smash on Silva. Hmm. Tevez came on and a bloke on our row walked out as did Ena on Wednesday. Understandable but what if we all walked? They had a goal disallowed near the end, and Roberto didn’t shake hands with Pulis. Why?
The rags beat Fulham 1-0 who were denied a blatant penalty in injury time by Ashington (Bobbee Charlton) born referee Michael Oliver. It’s only a wonder Fulham finished with eleven men. Rio drivel Ferdinand apparently reckons it made up for Newcastle’s pen at O/T months ago. According to Toon fanzine ‘The Mag’ the rags that day scored from a free kick that never was and it wasn’t shown over and over on MOTD.
So the cheats go 3 points clear and there is obviously an agenda for the rags to win the title again this year so it’s going to be very difficult for us especially with the non decisions we still get.

Anyway we are pleased to announce that King Of the Kippax fanzine number 196, should hit the outlet at Aleef (Corner of Cross Street/Market Street) on Friday March 23rd and the selling points around the Etihad at the Sunderland and subsequent games. On the same day we’re delivering the ‘Us and Them’ book to Kitbag in Chadderton, so hopefully they’ll get it in the City shops before the end of the season for your holiday reading.
KK196 is a 48 page A4 issue with a front cover showing Rio Ferdinand spouting his usual drivel about City fans being glory hunters plus a suitable caption (from Neil Shaw).
This issue includes a Costel Pantilimon interview, stuff on the press and media, Nedum Onuoha, Tevez, referees, Mancini, review of the ‘Watching football is not a crime’ and the ‘Foreign ownership debates’, Manchester the City Years – information on Gary James’ new book, Us and Them book advert, Points Of Blue, tons more and all the usual regulars – Ged, Burf., Neil, Gene, Uncle Ryan, Paul, Tony, David C ., Sean, Bryan, Tom, Richard, Simon etc…


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.

Today it’s Bryan Robson’s turn in the muen to have a pop again telling us to stick to our principles. What the f*ck does he know or anu united person know about principles?
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Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and a couple of other United players have all commented to the media about the penalty that Fulham should have been given, but weren't. According to the United players, these decisions even themselves out over a season and all three have used the example of the penalty that Newcastle were awarded earlier in the season at Old Trafford as one that was given against United that shouldn't have been. The problem is that is the only decision that has gone against United that they can think of as its the only one they mention. There must have been dozens more, so in order to help out these silly gooses, I appeal to City fans to search deep and come up with a few more examples for them to use before people start coming to the conclusion that it was the only one, which is silly. I mean just off the top of my head I can think of errm... Oh! and what about........I know, there was...shit no, that was us. Come on guys, help them out!

Friday, 23 March 2012

Chelsea home and a nice fine night. City fans well up for it. After dominating we went behind to a fluke goal but rallied well, Carlos came on and got a better reception than Rooney at O/T last season when he came back disgraced and we went on to win in style. I even gave the missus a hug, amongst others when the winner went in!
So back to within a point of the rags.
Robson’s turn to have a pop yesterday, thought we’d never hear from him again after the TV exposure of his dirty dealings in the Far east (still no newspaper coverage) Ferdinand’s at it today – gloryhunting City supporters seen in Manc (not in all other parts of the country though and abroad) well – did you see any rags for months after the 6-1? No. Me neither. Fergie reckons he's up for the 'mind games' further to Vieira stating that the rags were desperate having to bring Scholes out of retirement, and a lot of rags fans would agree with that. Let it all wash over eh!

Tomorrow it’s Stoke. Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK 195 : GAME 30) SATURDAY MARCH 24TH : STOKE (AWAY) KO 5.30 PM
Stoke are now into their 4th Prem league season. Last, and only trophy was the League Cup in 1972. Recent connection is Glen Whelan, plus superb Radio Manc summariser Nigel Gleghorn. It’s the 86th league meeting.

At The Etihad in December it was a surprising 3-0 stroll. Aguero (29) opened the scoring for us, Johnson (36) added the second and Sergio (54) wrapped it up. Crowd was 46,321 with only 853 Stokies, possibly saving their money for the Europa trips where they took thousands.

This season so far they’re currently in 11th place with 37 points from 29 games and 6 wins 4 draws and 4 defeats at home.
In the Carling Cup they beat Spurs at home 7-6 on pens after 0-0 in the 3rd rd, but went out to Liverpool at home 2-1 in the 4th.
In Europa they did well, seeing off Hadjuk Split, 2-0 on agg, FC Thun 5-1 on agg; Maccabi Tel Aviv 5-1 on agg, Dynamo Kiev 2-2 on agg, Besiktas 3-3 on agg, and have just lost 1-0 at home and away to Valencia in Rd 32.
In the FA Cup they’ve beaten Gillingham 3-1 away in the 3rd rd, Derby 2-0 away in the 4th rd, Crawley away in the 5th rd., 2-0, but lost 2-1 at Liverpool in the 6th rd.

At The Britannia last season in November, with the snow all around it was a 1-1 draw. Micah scored in the 81st minute but with the game wrapped up we gifted them an equaliser in the 90th by Etherington. Joe’s hands being cold. Crowd was 27,405 with 2,836 perishin’ Blues.

Our form at Stoke : Prior to last season’s draw, we also drew 1-1 in 2009/10, lost 1-0 in 2008/09, we had the 1-0 win in 1998/99 and the 5-2 in 1997/98 end of season win, when we both went down to the old Division 3 in 1998. How times have changed for the better.
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Comment : Steady season for Stoke with a good run in the Cup and especially the Europa league, where they gained entry due to being runners up in the FA Cup and our 3rd place finish last season. Always hard to beat at the Brit especially when they’ve a full team out though it was good to see Huth (but not Crouch) finally get his cum-uppance which should have happened in the Cup Final. Why no witch hunt then? Cos it was an elbow on Mario. They’ve added Peter Crouch to their aerial bombardment this season so it won’t be pretty. Time for a win though at Stoke…..pretty or ugly please.
And don’t forget “Stoke, are still a f*cking joke” despite the Cup Final respect, and “there’s only one City, US”

Groundwise : We’ll get half of the stand behind the goal for an estimated 2,800 Blues.
Their zine is The Oatcake (buy it if you can)

The Britannia Stadium : Capacity : 28,218 (2,800 for City)

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 8,288 in 1985/86, and their current home average is 27,189.
Sat Nav : Mathews Way ST4 4EG, and there are plenty of car parks round and about, but eating and drinking places are scarce.

Finally KK 196 is coming together nicely, and we should be at the printers on Monday, ready for Sunderland on the Saturday.

Dave

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Tuesday

Tuesday
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.

Dave

Monday, 19 March 2012

Monday

Monday
Going back to last week there was a debate on Blue Tuesday about the supposed media witch hunt on City. Neil Custis of the Sun was in the studio and despite being given at least half a dozen examples of deplorable reporting (not necessarily in The Sun) including the farcical article ‘good guys (united) winning over bad guys (City)‘ after the Community Shield game was adamant that there no such situation was evident. “Something you have to put up with now being a top club". There was a very fair, and balanced recorded message by top Blue Sean Riley on the subject concluding that the media loved united because of the money generated by them. Custis resorted to insulting Sean, who was obviously not present in the studio calling his views preposterous, adding “what is this guy on” Obviously rattled. Sean’s wife Jane penned Custis this e-mail without Sean R’s knowledge :
Neil,
I thought I would drop you a line following your appearance on Blue Tuesday last night.The main reason I’m emailing is to enquire whether you regret dismissing the opinion of one of the fans interviewed (Sean Riley) as preposterous? Firstly though let me tell you one or two things about Sean Riley. He hasn't missed a City game for 23 years - and when I say a City game - I mean every game, home and away, domestic and European (I realise the European element has been in the latter years, I'll say it for you). He's articulate, knowledgeable, immensely decent, and moreover he's one of the best City fans, and people, that anyone is ever lucky enough to meet. Now to dismiss one man’s opinion as preposterous is perhaps negligible as far as alienating a readership is concerned, but unhappily, for you anyway, Sean was expressing the opinion of every City fan the world over. Implausible? Fraid not. Every City fan is indeed of the opinion that not only is there an agenda to rubbish and deride everything that Manchester City are trying to achieve, but also this agenda incorporates a manifesto to promote as much goodwill propaganda regarding Manchester United as is practicable. Now, again, you may dismiss all this as paranoia, but these are your potential consumers, and no matter what you protest to the contrary, this IS the opinion that they all hold. Manchester City are going to be a force in football, and their fans recognise this already. The media clearly don’t, so here's a radical idea - instead of bleating and protesting that the media love all things Manchester City and Mancini, why don’t you and your newspaper blaze a trail and create a new brand of media reporting, that doesn't include worshipping at the altar of Manchester United. Best regards
Jane Riley
So well done the lovely Jane. Apparently Neil has now made some sort of apology to Sean on Twitter.
In the programme I thought Custis, defended his own corner rather than relating to that of the general media, and missed the point.
Anyway, on to Thursday night and Sporting. Chatted to a couple of their fans who thought like myself that “anything could happen” “You are very strong” they said “ But we’re not playing well” I replied. I still thought we’d do it though. Sporting fans let off flares and were surrounded by stewards, and also had good chanting with their posh fans in the exec bit of the Colin Bell Stand. Annoying but impressive. The rags went out at Bilbao so a great opportunity for the Blues to put one over them and progress. Well you know the rest. So much for me going on about Johno being left out at Swansea! Two stupid goals down then great fightback which was commendable but to no avail in the end, and how their goalie got away with his disgraceful timewasting as in the first leg, doesn’t bear thinking about.
Sunday we just waited for the inevitable to happen at Wolves and we’re now 4 points adrift with a minimal goal difference. What’s the betting when we play Wolves they have new manager syndrome?
Stuff is coming in for KK 196 and it’s looking good already.
Dave
PS Looks like Jack has Jacked off, further to the responses from fellow bloggers!

Finally – our thoughts go out to Bolton player Muamba and his family and hope he makes a speedy recovery from his heart attack which evokes memories of Marc Foe and the most chilling scene I’ve ever witnessed at Maine Road - that of Paul Lake swallowing his tongue v Bradford.
Get well soon mate.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

PS

PS - my last post should have been titled 'Jack it in!'
Tonight it's Sporting again, and we need to go all out for the win, and we've got a whole week to recover before facing the rejuvinated (bugger) Chelsea
Dave
Quite frankly Mr Jack I think I’ve been fairly generous to Swansea in the preview which I’ll repeat here :
So off we go to Swansea, in another vital match. Here’s the It’s A fix extract from KK 195 :
GAME 28) SUNDAY MARCH 11TH : SWANSEA (AWAY) KO 2PM
The Swans are back in the top flight for the first time since 1983, when they dropped out alongside our very own Manchester City.
No trophies for Swansea and not so recent connections are The Mighty Roy Paul, Vic Gomersall, Bobby Owen, Tommy Hutch and manager John Bond. Spencer Davis was born in Swansea but whether he supports them or manu is unclear, though as an Oxford Don you’d expect the former.
At The Etihad in August on the opening day of our season on a Monday night it was a 4-0 win for the Blues. New boys Swansea played well until Dzeko opened the scoring (57) then debut boy Sergio Aguero (68) made it 2, Silva added the third (71) and Aguero completed the rout (90) with a pearler to cap a fine debut. Best since Trevor F in 1981 at Stoke, probably. Crowd was 46,802 with 2785 Jacks.
This season so far : They’re currently in 14th place with 33 points after 27 games and 5 win 6 draws and 2 losses at home.
In the Carling Cup they lost in the 2nd rd 3-1 at Shrewsbury
In the FA Cup they won 4-2 at Barnsley in the 3rd rd but went out 2-1 at Bolton in the 4th.
Form at Swansea : 3 meetings pre-war with 1 City win and 2 losses. Post war it’s been 3 wins including the 2-0 on our last visit in 1983/84, 1 draw and 3 losses

Comment : Splendid recovery for The Swans from near oblivion a few years ago with the help of ex player Mel Nurse and part ownership of the club by a fans trust. They’re not making a bad job of it in the Prem particularly at home with only two losses so far, but form has waned a little. We know what we must do and a point or preferably three would be good, to improve on our recent poor away form. Danny Graham wants to sock it to us so he’s the man to watch tho’ Vinny’s out for a couple of weeks.
Groundwise : We had a good couple of weeks on the Gower for last year’s holiday. I sussed out the Liberty Stadium, a new ground for City, but it, and the club shop was shut owing to refurbishment! It’s on a big retail park so plenty to do when we visit, and if you get chance to spend time on the Mumbles and the Gower I’d recommend it. Take your brolly and your mack!
Tickets are £35
There’s no parking at the ground so it looks like a park and ride situation.
The Liberty Stadium : Capacity : 20,500 (2000 for City)

WWTWTWshite : Averaged 3,367 in 1991/92, and this season it’s 19,930.
Post Code : SA1 2FA

Regarding the game I stand by my comments. Yes we were poor, and Swansea played well but the point is that if a team wants to win the title then there are times when winning ugly is acceptable.
As for standing in the rain at Carlisle, well we’ve been there too, and all the other places so you should understand our sentiments entirely. Also, with respect, Cardiff as obnoxious neighbours don’t hold a candle to the rags.
Good luck for the rest of the season, we had a nice weekend in South Wales despite the result at the Liberty.
Dave

Tuesday

Well the rags won ugly at Swansea earlier in the season and I would have been happy for us to have done the same. We may not win the title this year but by heck well be serious contenders next.
Dave

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Tuesday/Wednesday

Back now from South Wales and what a disappointment that was. Adam J didn’t play in Lisbon so despite being fresh wasn’t picked for Swansea, coming on as sub far too late. They got a dodgy pen which Joe, to his credit saved easily. We had a stonewall pen turned down, Savic made his customary boob, we had a great goal disallowed for marginal offside of Micah’s ear, and whilst we didn’t play well, and they did without threatening it was 3 points lost which we can ill afford. Meanwhile over at the swamp, West Brom had a man sent off, were denied a nailed on pen and the rags got a soft one at the death. It’s a Fix I’m afraid, 1972 all over again – we won’t get a decision for the rest of the season and I can’t see us doing it now – so we must go all out for the Europa Cup. We failed to strengthen defensively in the window and are now desperate for Tevez to come back and change things for us in the Prem. to give us a glimmer of hope.
Cups For Cock Ups?
Swansea’s programme had plenty on City – with pieces on the modern day manager, Swansea/City links, fun facts (we actually paid £53,000 for Denis Law not £45,000!) Mancini, star men, managers, City 3 united 1 in 2005 (wrong date!) previous encounters, Vic Gomersall, Kevin Reeves, and a review of the 2006 Youth Cup players by ex Blue Curtis Obeng now a Swansea player. So lot of homework done there to excuse the odd mistake.
Dave

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Saturday

Saturday
Back from Lisbon safe and sound. Another great trip clocked up. As usual more memorable for the camaraderie than the game which Neil’s description fits perfectly. Boring, boring City…we’ll score when we want. Yes and No!
We met up with comedy duo Steve and Ian again, finally met up with long time KK contributor (and now Lisbon resident) Simon Curtis, enjoyed the splendours of Lisbon, the sunshine, and for the first time ever were serenaded by a spaced out lad with a didgery- do.
Good craic with Lisbon fans who don’t like united but love City and Oasis. The stadium was great, with a Lidl’s and cinema, and I particularly liked the multi-coloured seats which made it look full even when empty. We’ve a lot to learn.
Game showed that whilst Edin continues to struggle, and his reported remarks fired up Sporting before the game, (and they booed him off) we’re probably going to need Carlos for the Prem., and on reflection we’ve all forgotten that the game was already lost in Munich when he was asked to come on.
All went well on Spike’s trip, brilliantly organised, until we arrived back at the ‘World’s best airport’ along with a flight from the far east. No automatic passport control centres open, and only a couple of desks open so it was a long wait to get through and you had to feel for those with young kids who’d had just had an eight hour flight. Complaints procedure in progress…..
So off we go to Swansea, in another vital match. Here’s the It’s A fix extract from KK 195 :
GAME 28) SUNDAY MARCH 11TH : SWANSEA (AWAY) KO 2PM
The Swans are back in the top flight for the first time since 1983, when they dropped out alongside our very own Manchester City.
No trophies for Swansea and not so recent connections are The Mighty Roy Paul, Vic Gomersall, Bobby Owen, Tommy Hutch and manager John Bond. Spencer Davis was born in Swansea but whether he supports them or manu is unclear, though as an Oxford Don you’d expect the former.
At The Etihad in August on the opening day of our season on a Monday night it was a 4-0 win for the Blues. New boys Swansea played well until Dzeko opened the scoring (57) then debut boy Sergio Aguero (68) made it 2, Silva added the third (71) and Aguero completed the rout (90) with a pearler to cap a fine debut. Best since Trevor F in 1981 at Stoke, probably. Crowd was 46,802 with 2785 Jacks.
This season so far : They’re currently in 14th place with 33 points after 27 games and 5 win 6 draws and 2 losses at home.
In the Carling Cup they lost in the 2nd rd 3-1 at Shrewsbury
In the FA Cup they won 4-2 at Barnsley in the 3rd rd but went out 2-1 at Bolton in the 4th.
Form at Swansea : 3 meetings pre-war with 1 City win and 2 losses. Post war it’s been 3 wins including the 2-0 on our last visit in 1983/84, 1 draw and 3 losses
Comment : Splendid recovery for The Swans from near oblivion a few years ago with the help of ex player Mel Nurse and part ownership of the club by a fans trust. They’re not making a bad job of it in the Prem particularly at home with only two losses so far, but form has waned a little recently (no win since mid December). We know what we must do and a point or preferably three would be good, to improve on our recent poor away form. Danny Graham wants to sock it to us so he’s the man to watch, with Sinclair, tho’ our Vinny’s out for a couple of weeks.
Groundwise : We had a good couple of weeks on the Gower for last year’s holiday. I sussed out the Liberty Stadium, a new ground for City, but it, and the club shop was shut owing to refurbishment! It’s on a big retail park so plenty to do when we visit, and if you get chance to spend time on the Mumbles and the Gower I’d recommend it. Take your brolly and your mack!
Tickets are £35
There’s no parking at the ground so it looks like a park and ride situation.
The Liberty Stadium : Capacity : 20,500 (2000 for City)

WWTWTWshite : Averaged 3,367 in 1991/92, and this season it’s 19,930.
Post Code : SA1 2FA

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Wednesday

Wednesday
Going back to weekend and it was pleasing to see my contribution to my favourite programme article – Treasure Trove – included of the 1920’s player in City colours with a little write up. Pleasingly the editors wish to follow it up with a piece on the fanzine and on the book, so things are really picking up. Also it looks like Kitbag are deeming to stock it in the City shops – in April – only 5 months after it first came out – praps I can stop moaning about it then?
Also there’s a great review of the book in Groundtastic GT 68, Spring 2012, available from Groundtastic, 21, Tiptree Grove, Wickford, Essex, SS12 9AL. Cost is £5 inc P and P (presumably).
Was it me or did Ashley Young do an aeroplane impression at WHL on Sunday after his third goal? Outrageous.
Last night Tevez played and scored in the 3-1 reserves win over Bolton. Didn’t go but it was pleasing to hear that he got a reasonable reception. Club’s choice to accept his apology so we must go along with that.
I was invited to the West Yorkshire branch last night to give a talk on the book and it was a brilliant night and great excuse to talk about City. The Arse just lost out on agg to Milan. Chelsea beat Brum so our game on Monday March 19th will be off. Will they put it forward to the Wednesday?
Thought you might be interested to know that the car park in Culcheth where the postbox is big enough to take KK subscription envelopes is that where the cops shot that bloke. So a narrow escape for your Ed.
I’ve just finished reading Jimmy ‘the weed’s’ book on the Quality Street Gang . He was a lifelong rag, so, naturally was a criminal. No wonder…..
Tonight’s MEN has a piece on De gea wanting to add another Europa league medal to the one he got playing for Atletio Madrid in 2010. Funnily enough, a certain Sergio Aguero was in the same team, but no big article on Sergio. No wonder….
Anyway, tomorrow it’s Sporting Lisbon. Here’s the It’s a F ix extract :
GAME 27A) THURSDAY MARCH 8TH : SPORTING LISBON EUROPA CUP ROUND OF 16 1ST LEG KO 6PM

‘The Lions’ (Swinton RLFC surely!) were formed in 1906 as a multi sports club and share the capital with fierce rivals Benfica.
They’ve won 18 titles and 19 Cups. They have a decent pedigree in Europe from the 1950’s winning the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963/64 most notable for losing to united at the swamp 4-1 then winning 5-0 in Lisbon before going on to beat MTK in the Final. They were also runners up in the UEFA Final in 2005 losing to CSKA Moscow.
They finished 3rd last season and results in the Europa league are : Nordsjaelland 0-0, 2-1; FC Zurich 2-0, 2-0; Lazio 2-1, 0-2; Vasui 0-1, 2-0; Legia Warsaw 2-2, 1-0. Their manager is Carbos Freitas and coach is Ricardo sa Pinto. They play in the famous green and white hoops with black shorts.
This season they’re 4th with 38 points from 21 games, 11 wins 5 draws, 5 losses 14 points behind leaders Porto, and they’ve just lost 1-0 at Vittoria Setubal.

Stadium is : Estadia Jose Alvalade : Capacity : 50,000

The ground was opened in 2004 with a friendly against united which Sporting won 3-1.
The teams have met on three occasions, in friendlies, 1980/81 2-1, 1993/94 (can anyone help?) both in Portugal and 2010/11 0-2 in the USA.
There’ll be plenty to do in Lisbon. Simon Curtis, now resident there advises : Head for Rossio Square and little street full of bars and cafes running north of square. Look out for a nice little ‘ginginha bar' on edge of square, selling local cherry liqueur in plastic cups. You can just stand outside in the sun downing the stuff. Very nice!
See you there,
Dave

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Monday
Debate at the Town Hall went quite well, though the FC United lads sat around Sue called myself, Gary and Colin, twats every time we spoke! No wonder everyone hates them!
They’re getting council grants for their new ground at Moston – I’ve written to the MEN suggesting they call it The Council House. Will it get printed?
Saturday and one of those quaint 3pm kick offs. Eric Nixon’s book comes out today (Monday) – will it get in the City store before Us and Them?
Rain just about kept off and with a weakened team we won 2-0, Mario missing chances due to his late night session on Friday morning in the Liverpool strip club it’s rumoured. Let’s hope the title doesn’t come down to goal difference instead of refs decisions.
Saturdays MEN carried the front page story of the rag assaulting his missus when he spotted the Suarez non handshake on TV – and the judge outrageously blamed the ‘Pool man for the incident. No wonder……
Sunday we needed the rags to lose at Spurs (no Bale, no Parker) but they finished up winning 3-1 – Spurs had a goal disallowed for the merest hint of handball – what was I saying about refs decisions?
So just two points in it again and they’ve got an easier run in.
Just before we could play Chelsea and they sack AVB!
This week I’m off to the West Yorkshire branch tomorrow night for a chat on the book, then it’s Sporting, and then Swansea. Busy, and happy times!
Dave

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Manchester City launch new enhanced Twitter profile page with a Patrick Vieira live Q&A streamed on twitter.com/mcfc
Legend Patrick Vieira gives fans the chance to ask questions after the Bolton match, streamed live on Twitter.
Manchester City are the first UK sports brand to stream live video through Twitter's new enhanced profile page.
Manchester City Football Development Executive and World Cup winner, Patrick Vieira is set to take part in a live Q&A with the questions coming from his Twitter followers.
After the final whistle of City’s clash this Saturday (3rd March) at the Etihad Stadium against Bolton, Patrick will appear on stage in City Square - the Club’s unique outdoor entertainment and fan zone.
Fans are being given the chance to ask their questions by simply tweeting their requests to @OfficialVieira or @MCFC, using the hashtag #askpatrick.
Supporters not on twitter need not worry, as they can also post their questions on Patrick’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/offcialvieiraThe interview will also be streamed live across:
www.facebook.com/mcfcofficial
live.mcfc.co.uk
www.youtube.com/mcfcofficial
www.facebook.com/officialvieira
http://www.espn.co.uk/football/
Commenting on the upcoming Q&A, Patrick Vieira said:
“I’m new to Twitter but have had a fantastic reception from all the fans so far and I’m really excited about this opportunity to talk to them directly. In the interview I'll be open to answering any kind of questions and will give honest and truthful answers. This is a great chance for people to ask the questions they wouldn’t normally get to pose.”
The live Q&A which starts at 5.05pm, follows on from Patricks arrival on twitter earlier this year.Patrick Vieira becomes the latest City star to join the social media phenomenon, following in the footsteps of fellow teammates: Adam Johnson @AJohno_11 , Nigel De Jong @NDJ_Official, Samir Nasri @SamNasri19 and Sergio Aguero @aguerosergiokun.
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Friday, 2 March 2012

This week

This week
Busy one. Blackburn was pure entertainment. Thankfully, for the first time in weeks it didn’t rain so we had a good selling day with KK 195, and the (only) 3-0 win made it a great day all round.
We managed to get all the subscriptions off by Monday dinnertime so if you’ve not got yours get in touch.
Sunday the rags scraped a last minute winner at Norwich, Arsenal beat Spurs, and Liverpool won the League Cup. This was very annoying. By losing to them in the semi we’ve allowed them lift off. First trophy in 7 years, back in Europe, which means they can buy more players and will be a bigger threat next season. Sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture and we should be taking seriously the pot count – Community Shield, Carling Cup, FA Cup, Europa Cup. Whilst the League title is the big one we could surely have managed one more game, the Carling Cup final, if only to stop Liverpool re-establishing themselves.
Wednesday night it was Dennis Tueart at the Swinton branch which went down brilliantly. We already had an interview with Dennis in the can so hopefully that will appear in the next KK. Must say that Dennis wasn’t happy with Steve Heald’s comments in his ‘So far So good’ article on page 29, so some placating had to be done by the Ed.
England lost in Fergie time to Holland on the same night – 3-2 with a sprinkling of City players. Stuart Pearce? Can’t look at him without thinking of that stupid decision not to allow Micah to play in the first leg of the Youth Cup final a few years ago. Another little trophy we tossed away. Ironic that he’s recalled Micah to the England team.
Popped into Waterstone in the Trafford centre. No ‘Us and Them’ books on the shelves – apparently they sold out and have forgot to order more! So a bit more chasing required. No response from Kitbag re getting it into the City shops yet either, despite a gentle reminder a few weeks ago. Soul of the club? Losing it more like?
Last night it was the debate on fans being treated like hooligans at the Etihad where I met up with Colin Savage who will do a review for the next KK. Some powerful stuff was aired and it will make interesting reading.
I was hoping to catch Paul Toovey’s talk on his book of early City days at the Warrington branch last night but the debate went on too long so missed out.
Today I’m meeting a Dutch journalist re City then it’s the foreign ownership debate at the Town Hall.
Tomorrow it is of course Bolton, and Spurs must beat united.
Here’s the it’s a Fix extract from KK 195 :
GAME 27) SATURDAY MARCH 3RD : BOLTON (HOME) KO 3PM
Now in their 11th Prem season, last trophy the F. A. Cup in 1958 beating united comfortably 2-0. Recent connections : Martin Petrov, Dedryk Boyata. 112TH LG meeting
At the Reebok in August they gave us a good run for our money but we finished up with a 3-2 win. Silva (26) and Barry (37) put us 2 up then Klasnic (39) pulled one back before Dzeko (47) put us out of reach despite Davies (63) giving us a nervy last half hour. Crowd was 24,273 with 4,846 Blues
This season so far : They’re currently in 19th place with 20 points from 26 games and 4 wins 0 draws and 9 losses away from home.
In the Carling Cup they beat Macclesfield 2-1 at home in the 2nd round then Villa away in the 3rd 2-0, but lost 2-1 at Arsenal in the 4th.
In the FA Cup they drew 2-2 at Macclesfield in the 3rd round winning the replay 2-0, then won 2-1 at home to Swansea in the 4th and beat Millwall away 2-0 in the 5th round. They face Stevenage or more likely Spurs away in the 6th round.
At home to Bolton : At COMS in December last year (2010) it was a 1-0 City win with Tevez scoring after 4 minutes and Kolarov getting himself sent off. Crowd was 46,860 with 2431 Trotters turning out in force for a change. Last season’s win meant we’d won the last four, they’ve not scored in the last three, but prior to those they’d had three consecutive wins.
Comment : It’s been a tough one for the Trotters. Fergie flop Eagles has fallen foul of the law and Ricketts is the latest (after Evans, Park and Schmeichel) to tell us that we won’t win the title.
Owen Coyle has been talking a good talk but some Wanderers fans on Radio Manc. are beginning to wonder. 3 points a must.
City Square hosts a Q and A session after the game with Patrick Vieira.
WWTWTWShite : Their crowds were down to an average of 4,847 in 85/86, and this season’s average is 23,539.