Thursday, 27 September 2012

Villa and Fulham


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! 
Dave


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Arsenal


Madrid, was a great trip, Madrid and Bernabeu majestic and we very nearly did it. Working hard now on KK 200 with a strict deadline. Tomorrow it’s Arsenal, who’ve just hit form, and it’s our biggest test so far, here’s the It’s a Fix update from KK199 (on sale tomorrow and Tuesday v Villa)

5) SUNDAY  SEPTEMBER 23RD : ARSENAL (HOME) KO 4PM SKY
Ever present in the top flight since 1915, when they cheated their way into Division One, last pot the F. A. Cup in 2005, 7 seasons ago. Recent connections Clichy, Toure, Nasri, and Adebayor, 169th league meeting.

Last season At The Etihad in December it was a 1-0 win for City, in a great game with Silva scoring in the 53rd minute, Van Persie having a goal disallowed for offside, in front of 47,303 with 2796 Arses.
In The Carling Cup it was a 1-0 win at The Emirates for the Blues in the quarter final, with Aguero’s late goal clinching it. Crowd was 60,028 with a magnificent 5,226 Blues, owing mainly to the £10 tickets, a bit different to the league game’s £51!
At The Emirates in April it was a 1-0 loss, Arteta (87) clinching it after a poor City display with Mario getting sent off at the death. Crowd was 60.096 with 2, 948 Blues. It looked all over as we slumped to 8 points behind the rags with 6 games to go, but we all know what happened next.

At home to Arsenal there’s been 14 games in the Prem and 4 wins (1-0 in 11/12 and 06/07, 3-0 in 2008/09, 4-2 in 2009/10.

This season they’ve had a poor start with a 0-0 draw at home to Sunderland and at Stoke, but have recovered and are now in 3rd place with 8 points from 4 games and new boy Podolski is looking good.

Comment : They continue to sell their best players, RVP’s gone to the rags and Song to Barcelona, but Steve Bould’s come in as defensive coach and it’s paying off, so they look to be a threat this season. They have a banner at The Emirates when we play there which says “You can’t buy class” as they’ve never bought a player, but they sure can sell it. Thanks for Clichy and Nasri n particular.

WWTWTWShite : Their crowds were down to an average of  23,824 in 1985, and this season it’s 59,969.

Dave

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Real Deal


Real Madrid on Tuesday, it’s the most prestigious game in our illustrious history, even though Mourinho doesn’t think we have one!
They were formed in 1902, by Academics and students including Oxford and Cambridge graduates, and are nicknamed The Whites, The Meringues,The Vikings, or later The Gallacticos. They’ve played in the all white strip ever since formation.
They are a membership (socios) owned club and became Real in 1920 which was bestowed by King Alfonso X111
They won their first title in 1905, then La Liga twice in the thirties, but by the 50’s Atletico had won more titles. Since then Real have won the title a further 29 times, including last season, and they’ve won the Cup 18 times. But they’re probably most famous for dominating the European Cup in the 50’s with the likes of Gento, Puskas, di Stefano and Santa Maria, culminating in the 7-3 defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt at Hampden Park in 1960, the greatest game ever played. They won it again in 1966 then went 32 years before winning it again in 1998, then twice more in 2000 and 2002.They’ve also won the UEFA Cup once, and were runners up in the Cup Winners’ Cup twice. If we’d beaten Chelsea in the semi of 1971 we’d have played them in the Final!
Real moved into The Bernabeu, 120,000 capacity, their third ground  in 1947 renamed after their President in 1953, who died in 1978. Improvements and seating have reduced the capacity to the present 84,454, and it has a metro tunnel running beneath the pitch. The roof went up in 1982.
The club are known to be favoured by the Spanish establishment, and King Juan Carlos and his wife Sofia have attended games. They’ve been heavily in debt, solved by selling their training pitches, and have a right wing support.
Their squad includes the likes of Casillas, Ronaldo (who now admits he’s a sad bastard) Kaka, Modric, Ozil, Alonso, Carvalho etc.
This season they’ve had a bad start and are currently in 10th place with 4 points from 4 games and 1 win 1 draw and 2 losses, so we could take advantage.
Connections are, of course, Robinho and McManaman.
City have played them once before, in a friendly away in 1979/80 which we lost 5-2
Lots to do in Madrid, maybe visit the Vicente Calderon, or the home of Rayo Vallecano, Madrid’s third team, and there’ll be plenty of old friends to meet up with.
Dave



Stoke a joke


Stoke, and a nice sunny day. Good to see the queues and traffic jams building up on the north bound M6, of cars and coaches full of out of town rags, who we gave the V’s to.
Spoke to Colin Savage. Platini’s quoted as saying “we can’t have clubs spending money they’ve not got” well we have the money, and so did Everton in the 60’s with John Moores, Fulham with Al Fayed, Wolves with Jack Hayward, Blackburn with Jack Walker etc. So is the intent to destroy any future similar dreams? Shouldn’t our club be protesting against this stupid, biased towards united, Financial Foul Play ruling, instead of trying to comply? I think so, and Colin will be doing something on it in the next issue (Deadline next Wednesday BTW)
They played “You’ll never walk alone” pre kick off in respect to the Liverpool fans exoneration in the Independent Panel’s report on the Hillsborough disaster. Stoke are celebrating their 150 year of existence.
Our team included 3 newcomers – Maicon, Garcia and Sinclair. Balotelli, despite the Radio Manc phone in of 7-1 Dzeko being favoured over him, started up front. Thought we defended badly for their first goal even though it was handball which is OK apparently for a team challenging the Champions. Great free kick from Carlos and header from Garcia, a debut goal. Talking point was the elbow on Mario, not seen by anyone hardly, so the usual Stoke cheating/winding up attempt with no punishment (as in the Cup Final). We came close near the end with the header and the lob, but it was 2 points dropped. Can someone explain to our defence that if Joe sends a short one from a goal kick to put our defender under pressure, if the ball is played in the box the kick has to be retaken, thus the pressure is relieved.
So, still not firing on all cylinders, but at least we’re unbeaten.
Over at the Swamp the rags got an early dubious penalty. Ref was Michael Oliver, wasn’t he the one who wouldn’t give Fulham one there near the end of last season? Spooky. So you can see how the pattern of this season will develop……..no wonder everyone hates them.
Dave


Friday, 14 September 2012

Catching up


CATCHING UP
Hopefully we’re back on the blog, so chance for a little catch up…….
Pleased to say that KK199 did hit the streets for the QPR game and is in the outlets at Aleef and Urbis/N at Football museum.
Amusing chant from the QPR fans “We let you win the league….!”
We’re starting to put KK 200, …..from Barnsley to the Bernabeu…together. Lots of stuff to discuss - the Chimps league draw, ludicrously reviewed by UWS editor Andy Mitten in the MUEN, ins and outs,  Capital One Cup 3rd round draw v Villa, Hillsborough, and much much more…Deadline is next Wednesday September 19th.
Pleased to say that we're sorted for Real Madrid so the dream is still on........for the most prestigious game in our history

Tomorrow it’s Stoke away here’s the it’s a fix extract ;
4) SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH : STOKE (AWAY) KO 3PM
Stoke are now into their 5th 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 87th league meeting.

Last season : 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.
At Stoke in March it was the usual tough game, with Crouch scoring THAT wonder goal (59) and Ya-Ya equalising (76) with a long distance deflected strike which fooled everyone, including the Blue Vic! Pundits on MOTD thought it might be “the point that wins City the title”. It wasn’t quite but it was a valuable goal and vital point which put us back on top briefly. Crowd was 27,535 with 2,859 Blues.

This season so far they started with a 1-1 draw away at Reading, and have drawn again 0-0 at home to Arsenal.
In the Capital One Cup  they play Swindon at home.

Our form at Stoke : prior to last season’s draw, we also drew 1-1 in 10/11 and  09/10, lost 1-0 in 2008/09, 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 : Always a tough one at The Britannia, but we are due a win here so with the right attitude and performance it must surely come.
And don’t forget “Stoke, are still a f*cking joke” despite the Cup Final respect, and “there’s only one City, US” All the usual names are there plus they;ve got Charlie Adam and Michael bloody 7 minutes Owen. Ref iscClattenburgso he'll let them kick us off the park then send one of ours off!?

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 last season’s average was 27,194.
Sat Nav : Mathews Way ST4 4EG, and there are plenty of car parks round and about, but eating and drinking places are scarce.

Cheers
Dave

Monday, 10 September 2012

Real or not Real

Next issue is number 200 - it'lll be titled from Barnsley (where we started in 1988) to the Bernabau, sadly as we've been away for a few days i seem to have missed out on match tickets and also seem to be being fobbed off on flights. so it's liable to be From Barnsley to nearly the Bernabau. Biggest game in our history and looks like i'm missing out. Still, keep you posted. Glad to be back on the blog - KK 199 IS out, sold at QPR and next at Stoke.
Cheers
Dave

Saturday, 1 September 2012

QPR

We should have been 5-0 up before Rangers' first shot on target.  But without a doubt this was one of the worst defensive displays I have seen under Mancini.  Lescott seems to have morphed into the player that MH paid over the odds for.  Kompany started last season in the same way, like he was unfit and did improve so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt.  Our Rodwell is clearly an imposter and it now becomes clear why Moyes didn't make a fuss, he has kept the original and disguises him with a pair of specs and a false beard.  Even Hart is begining to look suspect at times.  Now the good news.  We won, even though we played badly and this could be important as this season I can see the premiership looking more even that it has done since the early 90''s