Saturday, 25 August 2012

Liverpool

2) SUNDAY AUGUST 26TH LIVERPOOL (AWAY) KO 4PM SKY


Their last promotion was in 1962, since when they’ve won the lot but no title since 1990, but their last pot was the Carling Cup in 2012. Most recent connection : Craig Bellamy, now departed. It’s the 153rd Lg meeting.

Last season in November it was a 1-1 draw at Anfield, City going ahead through Vince the Prince (31) but a Lescott deflection 2 minutes later gave ‘Pool the equaliser. Reina could’ve gone for handling the ball outside the box, and Mario was sent off for next to nothing. Joe Hart saved us. Crowd was 45,071 with 2964 Blues.

Then in early January we won 3-0 at The Etihad, Aguero (10) foxing Reina, Ya ya Toure (33) Milner (75 pen) Barry was sent off. Crowd was 47,331 (2685 red scouse).

Then in the Carling Cup semi first leg we lost 1-0 to a Gerrard penalty (13) third home game on the trot so only 36,017 there with 5,850 red scouse.

In the return leg at Anfield we went ahead through De Jong (31) but they equalised through a Gerrard pen (40) Dowd not spotting that the ball ricocheted off Micah’s knee before hitting his hand, which he later apologised for. Dzekp put is ahead (67) but we couldn’t hang on and after sloppy defensive work from Lescott, Bellamy (74) – who else - equalised to put us out, cruelly, Crowd was 44,590 with 6131 Blues, which their turnstiles couldn’t cope with.

They finished in a disappointing 8th place with 52 points and 6 wins 5 draws and 4 losses at home, but won the Carling Cup on penalties v Cardiff, and lost the FA Cup final 2-1 to Chelsea.

This season so far : They look to be successfully manouvring through the Europa play off games, and have just beaten the mighty Hearts away thanks to an own goal!
Last week they lost 3-0 at West Brom, but Suarez missed a host of chances that surely Carroll would’ve put away. City targets Agger and Skirtel didn’t impress and Aggerdooo is suspended for tomorrows game. Mario, apparently told Borini that Anfield would be a good place for him to go to!?

Form in Liverpool : Prior to last season’s draw, we lost 3-0 in 2011, drew 2-2 in 2009/10 and 1-1 in 2008/09, but after our rare 2-1 win in 2002/03 it was 5 straight losses.

Comment : Kenny was fired in the summer and Brendan Rodgers brought in from Swansea so big expectations today on their first Prem lrague home game.
We’ve generally struggled at Liverpool, Carroll has always been a threat, and he’s still there, plus Suarez is a star, tho’ tainted by the Evra situation. Roberto must have learned from our recent visits and it really is time we did the business here.

Justice for the 96.

Groundwise it’s just the same and we’re in our usual stand, and ticket prices are £48, despite diabolical views at the back of the stand!

Anfield : Capacity : 45,362 (3,000 for City)

Wwtwtwshite : Av’d 22,742 in 31/32, and last season it was 44,253.

Parking is usually a problem, but the Arkles pub is always welcoming provided we behave ourselves

Sat Nav L4 0TH

KK199 is well on and should be at the printers this week to be out for the QPR home game with a bit of luck.
Otherwise Adam J has gone to Sunderland and no  other signings have been made. So much for our success in winning the title and being in the Champs league. We missed out on Cahill in January and have just lost out on Hazard and RVP who've gone to our nearest rivals. Typical City!
Dave

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

No Tuesday morning hangover

Friday night was the launch of Gary James’ new book – Manchester, The City Years, at Urbis. We should be talking to Gary shortly on the book and all things City for a future KK. It was a great night with plenty of ex Blues players, including Tommy Booth, Joe Corrigan, Frank Carrodus, Steve Mackenzie, Paul Lake, and there were one or two celebs in attendance including actor John Henshaw.

Then it was the big game, and thankfully the rain just about kept off at the crucial time, and we almost sold out of KK 198. KK 199 is well under way and just a reminder then that the deadline is virtually today, or give us a bell..

What a strange game. Saints with ten men in the box, but breaking quickly with men in support. Sergio injured after a few minutes being a big blow and how long he is out for we await with baited breath. Silva taking the pen? Why? Saints fans who didn’t sell their tickets asking “where were we when we were shit” – yes that old one – from a club's fans who’ve only just managed to fill their ground. Anywho Carlos is back to his best after his Best/Rooney disappearance and all is now forgiven. Lambert came on and Tom said “he scores goals this fella”. “yeah but only in the Championship” I said as he crashed in the equaliser. “This is another QPR” I followed up with, anyway 3 points is 3 points. I can see David Concannon doing a demolition job on the new style programme. Superb production though I hate 'perfect bound' mags. Some of the articles that were so annoying in the failed Manc magazine have been incorporated – what footballers eat, what they wear (£345 for a pair of shoes ffs – I’ll have half a dozen!) reviews of non footy stuff and they’ve dropped my favourite memorabilia article.

Last night the hyped up debt ridden rags lost to Everton, despite all the money they’ve spent. No wonder everyone hates them. Last season apart from us only Blackburn, Newcastle, and Wigan beat them so maybe this year a few other clubs – Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal etc will also give them a game. Transfer news – Spurs are after Dzeko AND Adebayor, Sunderland in for Adam J. Silva is after a new improved contract, not on Sunday’s form. No other news…..yet.....

Dave

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Oh when the Saints

Nearly there?


England beat Italy with a fine display from one or two City players, James Milner in particular, but the papers were full of Cleverley. Was he on the pitch even? What about Blackburn’s global; advisor? Made Garry Cook look like a real pro. how do these people get these jobs?

Debt ridden rags have signed RVP even though they only sign youngsters. Disappointed he’s gone to them, though with his attitude he’s ideal, hopefully he’ll play at Everton and they’ll kick him off the park. Rag gloaters are out already, the signing has tipped the balance apparently.

Some interesting results today, Fulham, Swansea and West Brom beating Liverpool.

Tomorrow we’ve got Saints, and grandkids Joe and Heather will be selling KK as Sue and Frank are otherwise engaged, so please be patient and nice. Here’s the It’s a Fix extract …… GAME 1) SUNDAY AUGUST 19TH : SAINTS (HOME) KO 4PM SKY

The Saints are back in the top flight for the first time since 2005, when they dropped out.
Since then they fell on really hard times, going into administration in 2009 and down to League One but have bounced back up the divisions with back to back promotions under manager Nigel Adkins, despite losing the likes of Bale, Ken Jones, Walcott and Chamberlain, making it to the Prem in second place. They even managed to win the Football League Trophy at Wembley v Carlisle when they took 44,000 fans

Otherwise their last trophy was the FA Cup in 1976 when as a second division club they beat red hot favourites, the rags by 1-0. Recent connection is Matt Mills (I think).

Last league meetings were in season 2004/05 in the Prem when City won 2-1 at home, Bosvelt (19) SWP (40), Phillips for Saints (90 pen) crowd 42,895 (867 Saints) and drew 0-0 away, crowd was 28,605 (2030 Blues).
Form at home to Saints : Not good. In the Prem alone they’ve had 3 wins including the miserable 1-0 last game at Maine Road in 2003, 2 draws and 2 losses.

Comment : Obviously they’re a bit of an unknown quantity and will be on a high for their Premiership (this time) debut, just like Swansea last season, but you can’t see anything other than a City win. Ones to watch are Billy Sharp, Rickie Lambert and new signing Jay Rodriguez

WWTWTWshite : Averaged 11,612 in 1955/56
Last season : They clocked up a record 32,363 attendance in their last home game beating Coventry 4-0 to gain promotion.

Finally i've read somewhere we've got another Chief Exec. not the ex Derby bloke but Soriano the ex barca bloke so i'm a bit baffled!? Any thoughts?

Dave



Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Olympics and Villa

Wednesday thoughts ont weekend - Olympics and Villa Park


And so to the closing ceremony of the Olympics. What a fantastic performance from our athletes, apart from the soccer Team GB, unbelievable. All down to investment and funding so watch out for the “GB bought the medals” type articles and surely one from poverty stricken Piers Morgan about how we could’ve fed Africa with the money for years or given all the nurses a big pay rise? Maybe Brian Reade will suggest that the money should have built Liverpool a new stadium as we won by 'mental money' not 'mental strength' or Andy Dunn to tell us that it was no achievement as most of the competitors only “limped over the line”. I was on pins throughout though, just waiting for, say, Tom Daley to announce he was a massive manufan. Luckily it didn’t happen until that Insane Bolt reckoned he was a “huge manu fan” aided and abetted by that twit on twitter Rio f*ckin Ferdinand who wants Fergie to give him a trial. Obviously Bolt hasn’t missed a manu game for 20 years which makes him a huge fan? Or not.

Enjoyed the closing ceremony, spesh The Who (Pete Beard alert), Liam, Kaisers, Brian (get yer aircut laddie now it’s grey) May, Spice Girls (sorry!) and Nick Mason on drums for ‘Wish you were here’ but not George Michael who I know has had his problems but can you look at him without thinking about Gents toilets? Me neither!

Lighting was brilliant and at one point with the aerial shot of the blue stadium I just hoped that the Moodies would come on and perform Nights in White Satin. Drat the organisers for missing out.

Onto Sunday - few trains from Manc to Brum and the M6 was, inevitably bad. Signs up saying exit junction 7 for Villa Park, which was chocker block to the A34 so we sped off to the A38M which was fine. Pissed down before the game.

Pleased we beat them, friendly or not (not much evidence of that) coasting at 3-1 after their sending off, a bit harsh I thought, then Nige did one of his annoying drag backs too many to get robbed, Pantillmon compounded and a bit of a sweat at the end.

Still, great to lift a trophy and Gary James confirmed to me that we’ve won as much already this season that the debt ridden rags did last.

I’m told that Edin, who fluffed his chance, walked straight out before the ceremony, and Ko-Lo chucked his medal, in a strop, into the crowd. Ashley Cole gave his to a young Blue which was nice.

Oh and we’ve signed Jack Rodwell, which should block the rags bid for Baines, tee hee. Not sure about this signing though. What do you think?

Dave

Saturday, 11 August 2012

One day to go

One day to go


Rags have been at it already with their “we want our title back” shite – erm it’s OUR title. No wonder…..

I’m not happy. We’ve a new Chief Exec., we brought that bloke in from Blackburn to sort out the deals, Marwood’s procrastinating, and whilst you’d think that Adebayor would accept he’s had a good run and take a drop, we’ve not done good business over the summer. The scouting situation is in disarray, and there’s question marks over the EDS team situation. What’s going to happen if there’s an injury to Vince or Joleon doesn’t bear thinking about. The same argument we had in January still applies though we got away with that one by the skin of our teeth, though I still maintain we could’ve had the Carling cup as well as the Title. It makes Andy Dunn’s stupid article in the recent manumirror seem even dafter now.

Anyway – Chelsea tomorrow – here’s the It’s A fix extract from KK 198

SUNDAY AUGUST 12TH : CHELSEA : COMMUNITY

SHIELD K.O. 1.30 P.M. AT VILLA PARK (due to the Olympics)

Chelsea reached the Community Shield game by winning the FA Cup v Liverpool. They also, of course won the European Champions Cup on the night of the City Swinton Branch’s end of season bash at Clifton Cricket Club with pasty and peas plus live viewing of the Munich v Chelsea clash. I have no sympathy with Bayern Munich after they cheated us out of a win at the Allianz when, after outplaying them for the first half hour and having two penalties turned down we lost 2-0 and it caused the Tevezgate saga to commence. A big roar went up in the other room (rags) when Munich scored, and an even bigger one in ours when Chelsea equalised and went on to win on penalties. So congratulations were in order, even though it strengthened their hand, to complete a shit week for the rags, after we pipped them to the title! Sturridge didn’t feature, and if Roberto is thinking of signing him he should talk to Jim Cassell first.

In the Charity Shield it will be our 9th appearance. We lost to Arsenal 0-4 in 1935, and beat Sunderland 2-0 in 1937. We then lost 1-0 to united in 1956, Bobby Johnstone having his backheeled goal direct from a corner mysteriously disallowed.

Moving on, City recorded the highest ever score in this fixture beating West Brom 6-1 in 1968, then lost 2-1 to Leeds in 1969. Then came a couple of games where the Champs and the Cup winners couldn’t be bothered to help raise charity money and so City played and won 1-0 at Villa in 1972, but lost 1-0 at home to Burnley in 1973. Last season it was the 3-2 loss against united.

We would’ve played Chelsea in the Charity Shield in 1955 if we’d beaten Newcastle in the FA Cup Final that year, but, alas it was not to be. We also lost to them 5-4 in the Full Members Cup Final of 1986, pulling back 3 goals in the last few minutes at Wembley. Let’s hope the fans are better behaved today.

Last season At the Bridge in December we suffered our first Prem 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 Lampard (83) converted. Crowd was 41,730 with 1,458 City.

At The Etihad in March, mid week we won 2-1. Cahill opened (60) with a fluky one, Aguero (78pen) made up for the Lampard one at The Bridge, but not the Silva non one, and Nasri (85) scored the important winner after clever play from Tevez. Crowd was 46,324 with 929 Chelsea.

They finished in 6th place with 64 points.

Our form at Villa Park is good, In the fifteen Prem. meetings there we’ve won 5, drawn 6, lost 4, plus a 1-0 League cup win in 2000/01, and an F A Cup draw 1-1 in 2006 (5th Rd). It also holds happy semi-final memories from the distant past, 1-0 Sunderland 1955, 1-0 Spurs 1956, 1-0 Everton 1969, 1-0 Ipswich 1981 We also won 1-0 there in the Charity Shield v Villa in 1972. (bit of a pattern there!) it was the worst programme cover ever, but last season’s programme had a great poster of the players taking the field in that match.

No doubt all eyes will be on Eden Hazard, the daft sod, and it’s worrying that they’ve spent £63M this summer and us nothing even though we’re also in a strong position with the title under our belts.

Villa Park : Capacity : 42,602 (13,700 for City)

Groundwise, no change to Villa Park. We’ve got 13,700 tickets in the Trinity Road, North Stand and Doug Ellis stand.

Tickets are reasonably priced.

It’s the West Midlands police plus often over efficious stewards, so be careful out there, though Dave Woodhall's put in a good word to aid us selling.

Post Code : B6 6HE. Parking on industrial premises off A4040 Aston Lane (or on side streets) to North West of ground, then return via A38 to M6 jn 7

Pubs : The Yew Tree, The Cap and Gown on Witton Island, The Harriers on Broadway, Barton Arms, High Street Aston. Tesco store has a decent café.

Dave

Monday, 6 August 2012

Monday update

Oldham was very boring to be honest – lot’s of sideways and backwards passing, a poor backpass leading to Oldham’s opener, Santa Cruz equalising, kids brought on and Oldham’s winner in the last minute! Fair play to them, they did us again, even though we’re Champs and the only high point was the acquisition of a new KK seller – granddaughter Heather!


Watched Wolfsburg on the telly and it was reasonably impressive, City winning through Sergio and Ya-Ya’s goals. Razak looked good but Savic didn’t. Good reception for Edin on his return, from the German’s. Next day we beat Limerick 4-0 to complete the pre-season.

Good report on City in the manumirror season preview. Looks like we’re missing out on RVP, and Adebayor wants to stay in our reserves and hoard the money whilst probably playing golf.

Season tickets (sorry cards) have arrived in a natty presentation box, so we're all set.

So it’s countdown time…..7 days to go….

KK 198 is now available as an e-zine, as well as the normal magazine so we’ll see how it goes….

Dave