Friday, 30 November 2012

Wigan and Everton

Firstly commiserations to Ricky Hatton, who lost his recent fight with the supposedly rag supporting Senchenko. It was something Ricky had to do to prove to himself either way his future in the ring.
Gigs announced at the Etihad in the summer include Bon Jovi, Muse, Robbie Williams with Ollie Murs. Robbie is a Port Vale fan of course, once turning out against the Blues in a testimonial match but his “fantasy team” is naturally manu. Murs is an Essex boy so is unsurprisingly a “massive manu fan”. So we won’t be watching HIM.
Wigan, very cold. Couldn’t move in Pizza Hut for Blues, which was nice. Can’t understand what Roberto’s trying to prove re Carlos, and I remain unimpressed with Mario’s antics. Always good to hear some Northern Soul. Suppose a win’s a win, laboured though it was, and we’re just a point behind the rags who thought they were going to get a hatful v the Hammers. Ha. So on we go…..
Tonight it’s Freddie Flintoff’s turn in the ring which should be interesting, and then Saturday we’ve got Everton.

Promoted in 1954, last pot FA Cup in 1995, 159th League meeting, recent connections Jack Rodwell and Joleon (top of the league) Lescott.

Last season at The Etihad it was a rare but welcome 2-0 City win in September. The goals came from  Mario (68) and Milner (89). Crowd was 47,293 with 2,826 blue scouse.
Over at Goodison in January it was the customary 1-0 defeat with the usual decisions going against us. Their goal came from ex rag Gibson in the 60th minute (all part of the plan said a good humoured Fergie) Crowd was only 28,856 bolstered by 2485 Sky Blues. Incident of the game was the scouser who handcuffed himself to Joe’s goalposts cos his daughter couldn’t get a job! What’s happened to him?

This season so far : Currently they’re in 6th place with 22 points from 14 games and 2 wins 3 draws and 2 losses away from home.
In the Capital One Cup they beat Leyton Orient 5-0 in the 2nd rd, then made a surprisingly early exit losing 2-0 at Leeds in the 3rd rd.

Form at home to Everton : In the Prem we’ve won 8 and lost 7 so not as bad as you might think.

Comment: They’ve hung on to Fergie clone Moyes (10 years and he’s won f*ck all, as Liverpool fans chant!) again and made astute signings in Naismith and Pienaar….Remarkably and unusually they’ve had a good start to the season and, as always they’ll make stern opposition but at least Cahill’s finally gone along with Yobo, Hahneman, McFadden, and Rodwell. Fellaini’s the danger man, along with Jelavic, Baines is good going forward so plenty of quality in their squad for us to contemplate, but Neville’s out so no one to boo. Bogey team, maybe, but surely a decent result and performance is on the cards?

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 19,343 in 1983/84 which is pretty good and this season it’s 36,282

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Dirty Buggars

                                             Throw a bucket of cold water over them someone

Monday, 26 November 2012

Foyled again

FOYLED again
I see QPR had a goal disallowed at the Swamp at 0-0. Chelsea - we gave this one a miss due to family commitments and the christening of legendary Blue Dante Friend and missus Carmel’s second Blue Alfie, which was brilliant.
Settled down in front of the box and you really have to start questioning Roberto’s judgement. Is he deliberately trying to piss off Carlos again, or what? Thought Foy let a lot of things go but just like when he booked Carlos at Norwich last year he couldn’t wait to flash a card at Mario when we’d have surely won it with the resulting free kick which we should have had. Very annoyed we didn’t take advantage and pick up the 3 points.
Sent an e-mail to the MEN re The Hoff being a rag. Not published (yet!) should have signed it L.Holt or H.Singleton!

Wednesday it’s Wigan, here’s the It’s A fix extract/update :

Promoted in 2005 so in their 8th Prem season, a remarkable achievement. Long time since a recent connection even though other top teams regularly snap up their stars. 17th league meeting from the third tier to the Prem.

Last season in September at The Etihad City ran out 3-0 winners through an Aguero hat trick (13, 63, 69). Crowd was 46,509 with 1122 piefolk.
Over at Wigan on a cold night in January it was a 1-0 City win, Edin heading in on 22 mins. Crowd was 16,026 with 4, 406 Blues.

This season so far : They’re currently in 15th place with 14 points from 13 games and 1 win 2 draws and 2 losses at home.
In the Capital One Cup they won 4-1 at Forest in the 2nd rd, beat West Ham 4-1 in the 3rd and lost 4-2 aet and 0-0 to Bradford (Lg 2) at home in the 4th which was a shock

Our form at Wigan : In the last 9 meetings we’ve won 3, drawn 3 and lost 3.
For City it’s :WWDLLLLW

Groundwise  : South stand behind the goal , and a decent allocation. Strict stewarding outside the ground last season at the away end for some reason.

DW Stadium Capacity : 25,000 (5,000 for City)

Comment : Good run in, as usual at the end of last season to beat the drop, murdering the rags in the process and handing us a lifeline for the title, gratefully accepted. No big names arrived but Kirkland, Rodallega, and Moses departed. Usual struggle though this season so the points are there to be taken, hopefully, but they do have their moments under decent fella Martinez. They’ve just beaten Reading 3-2 with 3 from Gomez, so we’ll need to mark up.

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 2,758 in 1989/90 and this season it’s 18,423
Away day zine : The Mudhutter
Pubs/parking: On site car parks but slow getting away. Pubs include the Red Robin near the away end, beer keller type marquee under the north stand if you’re early.
Sat Nav : WN 5 0UZ

Just a reminder that deadline for KK 202 is tomorrow, Tuesday, so get cracking please!


Saturday, 24 November 2012


So an eventful week, the sackings, Spurs fans being attacked in Rome, and the ridiculous charge against Clattenburg, prick though he is, being thrown out. Tomorrow it’s Chelsea, and here’s the It’s A Fix update/extract :

Promoted in 1989 with us but since then  with first Harding’s and Abramovich’s cash injections have won the lot including last season’s Chimp’s league, somehow!
This is the 135th league meeting, recent connections are Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge.

Last season at The Bridge we went ahead early doors through Mario (2) before Clattenburg turned down a stonewall penalty for a foul on David Silva. After a superb display by City, Chelsea equalised through Meireles (34) then, after Clichy was sent off, went ahead via a ball to hand penalty decision, which Lampard converted (83). City were well and truly robbed and it was our first defeat of the season in the Prem. in the 15th game. Crowd was 41,730 with (1,458 Blues).
At the Etihad in March after a couple of bad results, City managed a 2-1 win to put us back on track. Chelsea went ahead through Cahill (60) but City powered back through Aguero (78 pen) and Nasri (85) aided by Carlos Tevez. Crowd was 46,324 with (929 Chelsea).

This season so far, despite that crushing defeat to us in the Community Shield, 3-2, Torres (40), YY Toure (53), Tevez (59), Nasri (65), Bertrand (80) in front of 36,394, they shot out of the blocks but are currently in 3rd place with 24 points from 12 games and 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss at home.
In the Capital One Cup they beat Wolves 6-0 in the 3rd beat united 5-4 aet at home in the 4th and face Leeds at home in the 5th rd.
In the Champions League they’ve beaten FC Nordsjaelland 4-0 away, drawn 2-2 with Juventus home, lost 3-0 away, lost 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk, won 3-2 at home and will almost certainly beat Nordsjaelland at home to gain 10 points which could well be enough for them to progress.
In the Euro Super Cup they got a right tonking by Atletico Madrid, Europa Cup winners 4-1, that man Falcao doing the biz.

Our form at Chelsea, Only 2 wins (4-2 in 1992/93 and 2009/10) otherwise 10 defeats and 3 draws.

Groundwise: Same as usual at the Bridge, City opting for the larger allocation of 3,000, in the corner to the left, same side as the TV cameras, first time for a while we’ve taken so many.

Stamford Bridge Capacity : 42,420 (1400 for City)

Comment: Surprised everyone by sticking with De Matteo but had little choice after he won them the Cup and the Champs League, though knowing Abramovich’s record in that department, it was no real surprise that DM was fired after a couple of poor results. Shame as we thought that might happen if we got a decent result at the Bridge. Still Benitez isn’t an exactly inspiring appointment, and there’s no Terry, Lampard or Drogba, though in the summer they didn’t fanny about like we did and made good signings in Oscar, Hazard, and Moses, with Drogba, Essien and Kalou exiting. The club are leaving a bad taste with recent events including the racist stuff and are now almost as unpopular as the rags. Good time to play them?

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 12,672 in 1992/93, and this season it’s 41,521

Parking : Parking’s difficult and expensive so probably best to park up and come in by tube to Fulham Broadway only a short walk from the Bridge.
Away day zine : Chelsea Independant

Friday, 23 November 2012

Friday on my mind

Real Madrid
Rags lost 1-0 at Galatasaray last night and the papers were full of how well the kids did. Kids? Did you see their team? It included Fletcher, Carrick, Rafael, Lindegaard, Anderson, and others, the only kid I could see was the one they poached from Crewe, Powell. Not many of their League Cup team were in there. Why does this club promote this drivel? No f*cking wonder…..
Anyway Real Madrid. After sampling the Chrissy market stuff in City square,I was  then stood at my pitch and  a lad comes over “I only live over there, are there any tickets going, where are the touts. I’m a united fan and want to watch Madrid” F*ck off.
Can’t believe we started with Dzeko. Was worried that we were in for a tonking which wouldn’t do our confidence any good for Sunday, but Roberto changed it and we did well second half to finish with our heads held high. Good to see Vinny have the last laugh on the ladyboy nudging him into touch.
Son can’t stand being in the south stand at these games being surrounded by student types shouting crap like “Kompany, you’re shit”
Anyway looks like we’re not even gonna make Europa which is a great shame in my opinion, then just the Cup and League to go for. I think I’ve said before that the emphasis on winning the Champs league is misleading. Progress is what we should be striving for and only getting a point off Ajax was very poor.
Yesterday it was my good friend Ken Bagnall’s funeral, who died of a heart attack at only 60. Great turnout of Blues, and we extend our condolencies to his family and friends. Full tribute in KK202.
On a lighter note, on Sunday we’re going to the christening of Alfie, Dante Friend’s latest addition to the Blue cause, so we’re looking forward to that. I’m also typing this whilst grandson Isaac, 2, is performing Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water on his toy guitar, power stance’n’all. I don’t know where he gets it from. So a sad, happy week
Also this week Di Matteo’s gone at Chelsea and Hughes at QPR. More on that later.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Juve fans

Am I hearing right but is that an adaptation of our Ya Ya/Kolo song that Juve fans are singing v Chelsea?

Real deal

Real Madrid tomorrow, here’s the It’s A Fix extract/update :

It’s the most prestigious home 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, copied by Leeds and the rags (away 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 so far they’re in 3rd place with 26 points from 12 games having won the last 5, including last weekend’s 5-1 drubbing of Athletic Bilbao.
They’re 5 points below Atletico Madrid and 8 behind leaders Barca.
So far in the Champs league they beat us 3-2 at home, Dzeko (69), Marcelo equalising (76) Kolarov (85) Benzema (87) equalising again and Ronaldo (90) cruelly winning it for them. Crowd was 70,381 with 3,504 Blues, some of whom were disgracefully battered by the Spanish police before the game and we still await UEFA’s response but aren’t holding our breath.
They then won 4-1 at Ajax but lost 2-1 at Dortmund, and only drew 1-1 at home.  
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
Comment: Again we know what to expect, but it is a must win game and it is winnable. Ronaldo didn’t do much against us here apart from a couple of sendings off so let’s hope for something similar. Whatever happens we should enjoy the occasion, they don’t come any bigger than this.

Sunday, 18 November 2012


Damp day again. Youngest son Alex’s mate Jimmy’s band Stolen Haven were on in City square so it was a lively start to proceedings. Thanks to fanzone Danny for helping with the promotion and to Natalie Pike for catching Jim’s eye (in his dreams!)
So to the game and we were looking for Capital One Cup revenge and the chance to go top –TEMPORARILY we were told as the rags were looking forward to giving Norwich a good thrashing later in the day – plus breaking a few records. First goal took a while to come then we had that strange phenomenon of a refereeing decision going our way. We finished at 5-0, could’ve been 6 or 7, and Carlos enjoyed his goal celebrations, after his recent escapades on the road. Joe must be feeling smug re the clean sheet after the shite he’s had after Wednesday. (Raymond have a word with your boy Neil!)
Some of the KK team repaired to Buffet City in town after the game and on hearing the news of the rags defeat, serenaded the place with Singin the Blues – and even Sue joined in (she usually tells me I’m being chldish), though we got a few blank and annoyed looks! No wonder everyone hates them!
Vinny was the diplomatic guest on MOTD, making Hansen squirm a bit. Talking of Hansen, sorry to see the superb Henrik go out of Holby, hope he returns soon

Friday, 16 November 2012

Villa and stuff

Villa and stuff
Only Joe Hart was in the England team from City in Sweden. It was a 4-2 loss though we had the game won at 2-1 before the changes were made. Joe came in for some criticism again but it doesn’t alter the fact that he’s still top class. These things happen to goalies who take responsibility and it won’t knock his confidence. Ibrahimavic, who not many of us rated before the game was on top form, and his 4th was a wonder strike which almost matched Jim Melrose’s v Notts County that time. I understand that the ‘Break Even’ proposal insisted by the rags is to be implemented which is even more daft than when clubs voted for home clubs to keep the gate receipts. One reason being touted is that the situation that happened at Portsmouth mustn’t be repeated. Bollocks. What about the situation at Wigan, Wolves, Reading etc? No doubt a thorough debate will ensue in KK. I can only assume that City are being crafty and there’s a clause regarding clubs in debt in there. Doubtful.
I’ve just heard the sad news that Mrs Onuoha has died, which on top of the sadness makes Cook and Marwood look bad again. Also my good friend Ken, and big Blue, has died of a heart attack aged 60. Shattering.
Mario could be off to Italy and .we could be after Suarez....or Falcau.
Tomorrow it’s Villa, and we could go top with a win. Here’s the It’s  Fix extract:
Promoted in 1988, last pot League Cup in 1996, 147th league meeting, Recent connections Dunney, Stevie I., Shay Given, Gareth B, James M

Last season, at The Etihad in October it was a comfy 4-1 win for the Blues. Mario (28), Adam J (47), Vinny K (52) put us 3-0 up, before Warnock (65) pulled one back for Villa. James M  completed the rout (71) against his old club in front of 47,079including 1528 Villans)
At Villa Park in February it was a 1-0 vital City win, Joleon scoring in the 73rd minute? With Joe making a crucial last minute save. Crowd was 35,132 with 2863 Blues)

This season so far they’re in 17th place with 9 points from 11 games and 1 win 1 draw and 4 losses away from home.
In the Capital One Cup, they beat Tranmere 3-0 at home then went on to beat us 4-2 aet, beat  Swindon away in the 4th round, and face Norwich away in the 5th..

Form at home to Villa : Last 15 meetings Villa have won only 2 (2-0 in 06/07; 3-1 in 00/01) City winning 11 including the last 5, with 2 draws.

Comment : You’d have to say that Ally McLeish was a very strange choice as manager but Paul Lambert seemed much more sensible. No big names in but Collins, Eskey and Cuellar have departed. They’re not pulling up any trees in the Prem and despite their rare win in the Capital One Cup here, things should be back to normal with the usual City win, Surely. They were pleased at losing to the rags last week 2-3 but defending was awful so we must cash in. Stephen Ireland has had much to say since his departure, but seems to accept that he wasn’t really up to it in the end.
Shit on the Villa

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 15, 237 in 85/86 and this season it’s 35,019

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Miss- Match of the Day – Omissions are creeping into this programme’s coverage of City games, together with the embedded agenda’s regarding certain players (or should that be a certain number 45?)
Robservations missed the last KK deadline owing to it being sent in handwritten, however the ed's one finger has come into use so here it is : 

MATCHLESS OF THE DAY Following Fulham away , no analysis of the ‘ghost’ penalty won by Riise, his tug on Tevez in their area, and one or two others.
Because Mark Halsey’s “had a bad week” wibbled Gabby Logan referring to his handling of the rags at Anfield, and its aftermath, well if he’d just done his job….Then Sunderland at home : usual anti-Balotelli smugness, about his substitution by Aguero, instead of demonstrating why the team as a unit had reached a platform of potential, and a position to win. And last but not least, the virtual “morris dance” (no hankie) handball on the edge of West Brom’s penalty area. For a programme seemingly devoted to controversy and incidents, rather than neutral summary, strangely overlooked.

TITLE A DOUBLE DZEKO : Once again the guy comes on as “superbia sub” at WBA and was rightly lauded for his performance, but shouldn’t we, and Robbie Manc be asking why the team often reach this late requirement in the first place? (Ed- and why he doesn’t score loads when he comes on from the start?)

MEDIA MYTHS : It’s bad enough the fast tracked and widely-peddled  line that City were very lucky –  against Dortmund at The Etihad, but when supposed Blues like Jack Pitt-Brooke “battered”, The Independent – and that old duffer Stuart Hall – “annihilated” – Radio Times – jump on the bandwagon, it’s pathetic. There were roughly equal chances and equally good saves for both sides, and it only seemed one way with the inevitable away team’s swift and spacious counter attacks, I did not meet one objective City fan afterwards who did not reckon a draw a fair result.

SCANT CRAZY : Saw Ferguson’s features on TV going on about “Wee-o didnae wear a tea shop” for Kick It Out (it sounded), Linguistically unfathomable.

PURPLE REIGN : And following on from old purple conk and clothing, heard on Radio Manc’s “Blue Tuesday”  Mancini has asked his players – nay imposed a ban – to bow to his superstition that purple is unlucky and mustn’t be worn on matchdays. I know a successful manager like Revie was of this ilk, but really, superstition or rationality from a manager?!

TICKET OMNISHAMBLES, PART XXX: The Villa league cup tie was a comprehensively “typical City” event, especially when you throw in all these fans in the long snaking queues from the Ticket office in the “ten minutes to kick off” angst . If your money hadn’t been pre-debited and/or you got to the wrong gate woe betide. Me and Mr Ed swerved the puddles and the torrents to encounter a turnstile red light, and needless diversion to the poor guys on the “hand- helds” “Your safety is my priority” says the logo on ground stewards’ jackets ; those on the gates may as well say “Your delay is my duty”
                                                            Rob Dunford

Monday, 12 November 2012


Rags won at Villa without any controversial decisions (can’t make it too obvious, eh?). This meant, of course that we’d get a shitload against us v Spurs. 
The rain actually kept off. I was interviewed for a tv programme on the forthcoming Ricky Hatton fight, and predicted that today’s game  would be tight and City would win 1-0. Minutes silence before the game on Armistice Day.
AVB picked Ade instead of Defoe, thankfully. Spurs fans are getting tiresome – we need to know what they’re singin – one Ricky Villa ffs - we'll sing what we want (understandable) can anyone in the South Stand advise?.  Very funny that they ridiculed Maicon when he came on and he helped turn the game. Edin did it again and it was a great win for the Blues – we’ve now won the last four v Spurs.
As for the ref. well he is a human being and we at KK, unlike our rag counterparts, don’t like crucifying officials, (not that they ever really need to) but you have to question if Oliver is President of the Bobby Charlton Appreciation Society back at their home town of Ashington and is not biased. Judge for yourself.
Spirals – they’re looking tatty – why have the covers with supporters names not been replaced?
Apparently Carlos has a column in the Sun in which he has a pop at Gary Neville. Not seen it but it doesn’t souind like the sort of thing a City player would do. Any thoughts?.
Coming away from the East car park  I courteously let in a coach which turned out to have an Irish flag in the back window, then a Villa scarf was held up plus a rag shirt. If only I’d known!
Radio Manc had Nigel Gleghorn, who I rate, voicing his misgivings about Mancine, then stating that he was in favour of Joe over Shay Given a while ago. Not at the previous Christmas on Blue Tuesday you weren’t Nige!!
Not read the programme yet and didn’t see MOTD

Saturday, 10 November 2012


Very perceptive James, you've rumbled me.


Spurs tomorrow, here’s the It’s a Fix extract
Promoted in 1978, since then they’ve been successful in all the Cups, last winning the League Cup in 2008. Recent connection Adebayor. 127th league meeting.

Last season at the Lane in August We registered that amazing 5-1 win. Edin Dzeko cracked in four (34, 41, 55 and 90) with Sergio adding (60) and Kaboul (68) getting Spurs consolation. Crowd was 36,150 with 1757 Blues.
At The Etihad in January  City went two up, and had the game won, through Nasri (56) and Lescott (59) but defensive lapses let in DeFoe (60) and Bale (65). Defoe missed a sitter (and now claims that they were the better team!!) and Mario slotted in the winner from the penalty spot in the 90th minute, but was later retrospectively banned for an alleged stamp. Crowd was 47,422 with 2,804 Spuds.

This season so far they’re in 6th place with 17 points from 10 games, having just lost at home to Wigan and 3 wins 0 draws and 1 loss away from home.
In the Capital One Cup They won 3-1 at Carlisle in the 3rd rd but lost at Norwich 2-1 in the 4th.
They beat Everton’s record of shortest stay in the Chimps league when Chelsea won that Cup and relegated them to Europa. So far they’ve drawn at home 0-0 to Lazio, and drawn 1-1 at Panathinaikos, and 1-1 at  Maribur who they have just beaten 3-1 at home, and have to play Lazio away and Panathinaikos home ……

Form at home to Spurs Out of the 15 Prem league games we’ve won only 4 including the last two, then it was 2 draws and 9 losses.

Comment: They surprised everyone by sacking ‘arry, and surprised even more by appointing successful Porto but failed Chelsea manager AVB. Transfers in included  Dembele and Dempsey, and outs were Modric, Corluka, Kranjcar, King, Pienaar, Van De Vaart, Bassong, Rose……
They had a slow start to the season conceding late goals which would have given them an extra 4 points but are now in rare form with the pace of Bale and Lennon. Adebayor’s back but Dembele, Parker, Kaboul and Ekotto are all out. Looks like a cracker today, but we need a win to keep the pressure off.

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 20,858 in 85/86 and this season it’s 36, 044

PS : KK202 is now out on Kindle


Friday, 9 November 2012


PS forgot to mention that the rags got a penalty in Braga, another one. How do they do it, when we can’t buy one, well we did get one v Dortmund, just the one. None against Ajax home or away.
UWS fanzine editor Andy Mitten’s article in the MUEN tells us that rags are singing this hilarious song : This is how it feels to be City, this is how it feels to be small, this is how it feels when your passport’s stuck in the draw.
However, further to our woeful summer transfer dealings I do think we should drop our version.
 Interestingly the Charlton chairman (and City fan) has now moved over and Paul Elliott’s taken over.
Kindle version of KK201 should be up and running shortly
PS Good to see Mr Trumble at City with young delightful fan Lucas.


Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ajax thoughts

Didn’t see the rags last Saturday but I understand they got a penalty and Arsenal finished with ten men!
Listened to Blue Tuesday on the way to the game and David Concannon’s Mario assassination was read out!
Ex Blue Ched Evans has lost his rape case appeal, and so to last night, drizzly rain of course and two down early doors from corners, again. Great fight back from the lads but you just knew that having a decision going for us last Saturday would mean at least two against tonight, and so it turned out with the ‘offside goal’ and non penalty. Disgraceful
Predictably the manumirror’s headline read – Don’t blame the ref…it’s your fault. David McDonnell referred to City as “the world’s richest club, given their  bloated wealth…..” Not this summer we weren’t.
Dortmund drew with Real so took 4 points from the two games, so look out for a Brian Reade article about not needing money to win games.
Good piece by Ollie Holt on Fergie sticking his nose in on the Clatt/Chelsea situation to curry even more favour with referees. No wonder…..
More speculation on Roberto’s position with Pep hovering, I’m a bit divided on this one.
Last night the rags were played off the park at Braga until the lights went out and they regrouped to win 3-1. Sounds a bit like when they pelted Bellamy with missiles at the swamp that time and went down and scored. What a win for Celtic, makes our defeat in Madrid even more annoying..

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

West ham and Ajax late

Wesr Ham
Half five kick off so drove down on the day arriving in good time as did most of the City coaches. Bit of a squash on the concourse and only one buffet bar but the pasties were delicious.
An amazing thing happened to us early doors when the ammers had a goal disallowed that could have stood. Still, we’ve only won away when we’ve gone a goal down, so it might have inspired us. 2 points lost though.
They played The Cult’s She Sells Sanctuary at half time, and we were serenaded with Thursday nights on Channel 5, responding with - You’ll be watching us etc .
After the game I was moved from selling to outside the ground whilst Sue sold inside. Sexism?
She was approached by a female steward who said how impressed she was with City’s support (unlike some other teams) and although many were drunk they all behaved like gentlemen and had fun.
How nice is that?
Rag apologist Mike Walters in the Sunday manumirror did a hatchet job on Mario. Rag reporters, no wonder everyone hates them.
Roberto’s getting a bit agitated rightly with the questions on his future. 3 trophies in 2 years speaks for itself, and we can only get better. Can’t we?
Tomorrow it’s Ajax from Amsterdam, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK201 (out now!)

History etc covered in KK 200, so briefly :.
Ajax are named after the legendary Greek hero, were formed in 1900 finding early success with Englishman Jack Reynolds at the helm, winning 5 titles in the thirties.
Pro football was allowed in Holland in the 50’s when Ajax picked up more trophies.
They came to European prominence in the 70’s winning the European Cup in 1971, 72 and 73 with Cruyff starring and won it again in 1995 after winning the Uefa Cup in 1995.
In total they’ve won 31 titles, 18 Cups, 4 European Cups, one Cup Winners’ Cup, and one UEFA Cup.
They play in white shirts with a red vertical broad stripe and white shorts.
Last season they gave the rags a footballing lesson whilst mid table and John Guidetti scored a hat trick against them whilst on loan with Feyenoord.
They then shot up the table to finish as Champs.
This season after 11 games they’re 5th with 18 points and 4 wins 6 draws and 1 loss. They’ve just lost at home to Vitesse so whether they were saving themselves for us is debateable.
In the Champs league so far they’ve lost 1-0 at Dortmund, 4-1 at home to Real Madrid plus in our game it finished 3-1.
City connection is Gio Kinkladze.
City played Ajax in friendlies in 1968/69 winning 3-0 at Maine Road (we wiped the floor with them!) and drew 3-3 in Holland in 1969/70 when Cruyff was the bad boy of Dutch football
Comment : Poor display from City in Amsterdam, where squashed going in, the little flag waving and music was extremely naff.  This, from a country that gave us Golden Earring and Radar Love. We should now know their strengths and weaknesses plus, of course, nothing but a win will do. No doubt their fans will enjoy a pleasant time at our stadium, unlike our experience over there, where we were squashed into 4 turnstiles, searched, sent up flight after flight of steps, no stewards to show us to our seats, kept in our seats after the game whilst bursting for a pee.. Oh and we paid £65 for the privilege with no concessions.
Time to step up City.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

West Ham

West am tomorrow,here's the It's A Fix extract from KK201:


Back in the Prem after a season out, winning promotion by beating Blackpool in the play off final, last pot FA Cup in 1980, 85th league meeting, recent connection Wayne Bridge, Carlos Tevez

Last meetings were in season 10/11, at Upton Park in December it was a 3-1 City win. YaYa (30), Green (73 OG), A.Johnson (81) for City and Tomkins (89) for West Ham. Crowd was 32,813 with 2423 Blues. At The Etihad in May it was a 2-1 win, De Jong (10) then Zab (15) were the unlikely scorers, but the ‘ammers pulled one back through Ba (78). Crowd was 44,511 with 1226 ‘ammers.

This season so far they’re in 9th place with 14 points from 9 games with  3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat at home.
In the Capital One Cup they beat Crewe 2-0 at home in the 2nd round but lost 4-1 at home to Wigan in the 3rd.

Our form at West Ham, has picked up recently with that 3-1 win, previously it was the 2-0 (07/08) Otherwise 6 losses and 2 draws (0-0 in 02/03, and 1-1 in 09/10)
For City it’s : WDLWLDLLLL

Groundwise : LHS of the Centenary Stand again, so despite building three new stands they’re still looking to move to the Olympic stadium, though how that could be converted for footy remains to be seen.
I’s sometimes referred to as The Boleyn (by Russell Brand) :

Upton Park, Capacity : 35,146 (2,500 for City)

Comment: Despite the hostility towards big Sam from some ‘ammers fans they’ve made a decent start in the Prem. certainly better than Saints or Reading. Transfers in include Collins, Jaaskelainen, Benayoun, Carroll, and outs – Green, and Carew. Upton Park’s been a reasonable place to visit for City fans recently and there’s usually good banter. Carroll is usually the danger man v us and he hasn't scored for months but we should be good enough to win today.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 17,679 in 55/56, pretty good, and this season it’s 34,116
Away day zine : Over Land and Sea
Pubs: Boleyn Tavern, Millers Well, Denmark Arms
/Parking : Street parking and a bugger to get away from.
Sat Nav: E13 9AZ

Thursday, 1 November 2012

King of the Kippax number 201

Pleased to announce that King Of The Kippax number 201 (into our third century as a fanzine!) should hit the outlets at Aleef and the National Football Museum.
This issue is A4 48 pages and is priced at only £2.50.The front cover has a James Bond theme based on Skyfall - can you guess the punch line?
It includes a comprehensive review of Manchester the City Years, Non league day, Shindler's books, racism, football snobbery, Champions league, City World, Desert Dispatch, Tommy Caton, and the usual regulars - Burf, Bunbury, Tony Petrie, Ged Sound off, Neil Shaw and some new ones. We have a new designer, Graeme who converts from Word to Indesign so it's a bit experimental, but looks pretty good to me, though Fred in New Kippax level two won't be impressed with the typeface I don't think, though he could go to Specsavers!
It can also be purchased from (cheques to) King Of The Kippax, 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN 7 2HL for £3.80 inc P and P. You won't be disappointd.
Magnificent effort from everyone, as usual, thanks so much, it should also be out at West Ham and future games.