Villa and Fulham ….
Well we managed to get KK 200 off to the printers on Tuesday. Front cover is in colour (as is the back cover) and shows KK and friends with the KOTK flag in Major square in Madrid. Spice boys! It’s titled Barnsley to The Bernabeu, is A4 size, 48 pages and priced at £3. It can also be obtained with a cheque for £4 inc P and P to King Of The Kippax, 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN 7 2HL.
This issue includes all the usual regulars, and covers all the recent events City and football wise, plus an eight page spread of KK covers and cartoons over the last 24 years.
Tuesday was a disaster both on and off the pitch, I’m writing to the club separately on this. On reflection also the batterings of City fans by the cops in Madrid is surely a far greater crime than some of the recent chantings which are bad enough and the club should urge UEFA to throw the book at them.
So, difficulties getting into the ground in the pouring rain, Villa arriving after a battering at Saints at the weekend and a handful of their fans giving good support. “Have you ever won the Euro Cup” C’mon Southdtanders let’s hear “we’ve won the league, we’ve won the Cup, we’ve won in Europe too….” Applause for Petrov on 19 minutes and it sounded like it wasn’t totally respected by some Blues.
It is a physical impossibility for us to lose at home to Villa, but we managed it. A great chance for us to get back on track after poor league form, and Roberto losing it with Lambert, who had to be gracious to us at Norwich last year after the 6-1. I’m not happy, and pissed wet through in the bargain.
I’ve just seen a financial expert on sky sports talking utter bollocks about the proposed FFP for the Prem league. 14 clubs need to vote for it and you can bet your life that the silly bastards will, just like when clubs like Notts County voted that clubs should keep all their home gate money, all that time ago.
Anyway it’s Fulham next and here’s the It’s a Fix extract from KK200: 6) SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH: FULHAM (AWAY) KO 3PM
Were promoted in 1999 so are in their 13th season in the Prem., have never won eff all, but were Europa Cup finalists in 20010, 55th Lg meeting, recent connection Mark Hughes!
Last season : At The Cottage in September we dropped our first points of the season annoyingly, as, after going two goals up through Aguero (18 and 46) we took our foot off the pedal and allowed them back in Zamora (55) and then Murphy equalising (75) after Clattenburg failed to give a foul on Dzeko. Crowd was 24,750 with 1584 City.
At The Etihad in February it was an unusually comfy (v Fulham) 3-0 win for the Blues on a snowy day. Aguero (10 Pen) then Baird (30 OG) and Dzeko sealed it (72) as we sweated on whether the game would finish or not, luckily it did. Crowd was 46,963 (741 Cottagers)
This season so far : They’re in 6th place with 9 points from 5 games and 2 wins 0 draws and 0 defeats at home.
In the Capital One Cup they lost 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday in the 2nd round.
Our form at Fulham: We’ve generally done OK. Last season’s draw made it just the one defeat (2-1 in 05/06) in the last ten visits, all in the Prem.
Groundwise: We were informed that it’s the oldest club in London!
No change to The Cottage in its pleasant setting, and there’s also plenty of pubs, bars and eating places to savour, round and about.
Again we get a good sized area in the temporary stand next to the neutral section – with its cute pillars, and squash coming out, but the street parking’s been cocked up and tickets are £49, all snapped up.
Craven Cottage Capacity : 22,000 (1800 for City)
Comment : Nice guy Martin Jol did a bit of strengthening with Petric, Rodallega, Kieran Richardson (boo) and Dimi Berbatov. Berby used to destroy us playing for Spurs and we bumped up his transfer to the rags by £5M who managed to ruin him as the misses in the Cup semi showed. Let’s hope it’s the rags’ Berby not the Spurs one today.
Outgoings though included Murphy, Etuhu, Dembele, and Dempsey, so are they stronger or weaker?
Always a favourite day out for the Blues but it’s serious stuff these days and a win is expected on the banks of the Thames.
WWTWTWShite? Crowds were down to an average of 4,057 in 90/91, and this season average 25,062
There’s Only One F in Fulham (very good), is the main away day zine.
Sat. Nav : SW6 6H
Parking is a nightmare but there’s plenty of food and drink places.
Finally, Roberto Martinez is being done for saying that refs are biased at the swamp. You couldn't make it up could you!