Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year


Tomorrow it's Sjoke, here's the it's a fix extract, and a happy new year to everyone :

21) TUESDAY JANUARY 1ST : STOKE (HOME) KO 3PM
Now in their 5th Prem season. Last and only trophy the League Cup in 1972, 88th league meeting. Recent connection : Glen Whelan

This season so far they’re in 8th place with 29 points from 20 games and 1 win 6 draws and 3 losses away from home.
At The Britannia in September it was the usual 1-1 draw, Crouch putting them one up with a handball goal (15) though our defending was poor. Garcia equalised (35) but we just couldn’t clinch it. Crowd was 27,301 with 2873 Blues)
In the Capital One Cup they went out 4-3 at home aet to Swindon in the 2nd rd.
In the FA Cup they’ve drawn Crystal Palace away in the 3rd rd

Form at home to Stoke : Last season it was that 3-0 win in December, Aguero (29, 54) Johnson (36) the scorers. Crowd was 46,321 with 853 Stokies.
They’ve had only one win in the last 9 league visits, 1-0 in 97/98, whilst City have won the other 8.
For City it’s : WWWWWWWWL

Comment : Average season for Stoke this term but they’ve picked up recently, beating Liverpool and drawing with Saints at home . We enjoy good form against them at The Etihad, and their away form isn’t good, so today should be no different, hopefully.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 8, 288 in 85/86 and currently it’s 27,107

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Naarwich


Norwich
Fergie at it again, having a pop at Pardew and Newcy being a “wee club in the North East” adding “we’re the most famous club in the world” yeah, for all the wrong reasons. No wonder EVERYONE hates ‘em. He’s got away with it of course, whilst Roberto could be charged for an off hand jokey remark.
Went down on Friday with the Blue Vic. Good run down. White Horse let us down – karaoke moved to  New Years eve, which must have impressed the 3 people in the pub.
Saturday dawned with rain forecast. What a civilised place Norwich is – hotel at the ground lets folk in to have drinks, eat food and watch telly (no karaoke though!)
Rain kept off and we sold the zines I’d taken by 20 past 2. Should’ve took more. Sods.
Aguero/Tevez partnership failed for the first time in 15 at Sunderland, so Dzeko in and Carlos out. Hm.
Justified in the first 5, 2 goals up and it looked like a coast provided we didn’t do owt daft. Vinny was powerful for the second goal, some pundits thought a one footed tackle to hold onto the ball is a foul! Ref then thought a one footed tackle to win the ball WAS a foul, and naturally they scored from the resultant free kick with a deflection. No penalty for the foul on Zab in the box, no free kick for the back pass tipped over by the goalie, and Samir sent off for the head to head, Harsh, but retaliation’s  always risky.
Second half was a real battle, but we finally won 4-3, with only ten men.
Full marks to Norwich for making a game of it, I almost felt sorry for them, until we listened to radio Norfolk on the way home, on about Roberto’s ‘silly’ scarf, and not acknowledging that we were down to ten men. Long drive home, Little Chef let us down, oven bust so limited menu! Moved on and stopped at a pub in Kettering for a carvery, and home in time for MOTD. Knackered, but happy.
Rags beat WBA, Spurs won at Sunderland, Arsenal won at home to Newcy banging in seven, and Chelsea (Rafa out!) won at Goodison, so tight at the top apart from the rags being 7 points clear. Bastatds - time for RVP to get injured.methinks
Dave

Thursday, 27 December 2012

boxing day


Boxing Day
And a good run up to Sunderland in the Tom-mobile, stopping at Durham services.
Surprisingly we were in the top tier at the opposite end to normal, where the away fans queue back to back with  home fans. Very odd. Well it just wouldn’t go in again today. Are City the daftest club in the world? Not only were our summer signings shite, but we managed to sell one of our players to a club where he scored against us to put a huge dent in our top three ambitions this season.
The rags won, without any help from the best ref in the business, Mike Dean, and Fergie disgraced himself with touchline antics berating the ref, linesman and 4th official. No wonder everyone hates them.
So we now sit 7 points behind the rags, 4 points ahead of Chelsea who have a game in hand, and with the African Nations Cup, plus difficult away trips coming up it looks like the FA Cup for us and a top 3 finish at best.
The recovery MUST start at Norwich on Saturday, here’s the It’s A Fix extract : 

Norwich


Boxing Day
And a good run up to Sunderland in the Tom-mobile, stopping at Durham services.
Surprisingly we were in the top tier at the opposite end to normal, where the away fans queue back to back with  home fans. Very odd. Well it just wouldn’t go in again today. Are City the daftest club in the world? Not only were our summer signings shite, but we managed to sell one of our players to a club where he scored against us to put a huge dent in our top three ambitions this season.
The rags won, without any help from the best ref in the business, Mike Dean, and Fergie disgraced himself with touchline antics berating the ref, linesman and 4th official. No wonder everyone hates them.
So we now sit 7 points behind the rags, 4 points ahead of Chelsea who have a game in hand, and with the African Nations Cup, plus difficult away trips coming up it looks like the FA Cup for us and a top 3 finish at best.
The recovery MUST start at Norwich on Saturday, here’s the It’s A Fix extract :


20) SATURDAY DECEMBER 29TH : NORWICH (AWAY) KO 3PM
Second season in the Prem this time. Last pot league Cup in 1985. 53rd League meeting. Recent connection Garrido.

This season so far they’re in 11th place with 25 points from 19 games and 5 wins 2 draws and 2 losses at home.
In the Capital One Cup they lost to Villa at  4-1 at home in the 5th rd after seeing off Spurs 2-1, Doncaster 1-0, and Scunthorpe 2-1 all at home.
In the FA Cup they’ve drawn Peterborough away in the 3rd rd.
Last season at The Etihad in December it was a 5-1 City win. Aguero (32), Nasri (51) YY Toure (68), Balotelli (88) Johnson (90) Crowd was 47,201 with 2786 Canaries.
At Carrow Road on a bright April day it was that unforgettable 6-1 City win. Tevez was refused a blatant penalty, and even booked for diving by rags ref Chris Foy. He notched a hat-trick (18,73,80) prompting his golfing celebration, Aguero bagged a couple (27,75) and Johno made it 6 (90). Crowd was 26,812 with 2,300 Blues. Too much too late? Well the week after it was game on as the rags drew at home to Everton and we went on to win the next 6 games to take the title on goal difference and those 6 at Norwich proved priceless

Form at Norwich : Last season’s win made it 2 wins, 5 draws and 3 defeats.
For City : WWLLDDDDL

Comment : Recovered well after a dodgy start and even did us a favour by beating the rags. They’ve slipped a bit recently though, having just lost at home to Chelsea. We always do well against Norwich and so long as complacency doesn’t seep in today should be no different.
Check out The White Horse Inn at Trowse if you’re up for karaoke on the Friday night..

Groundwise: We’re in the same place as usual, at one end of the stand opposite the main stand.

Carrow Road :Capacity : 27,000 (2,300 for City)

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 13,750 in 68/69 and this season it’s 26,615.
Pubs/Parking : Local car parks.
Away day zine : Kick it Off
Sat Nav : NR1 1JE

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Sunderland


Merry Christmas everybody

Off to the land of the Mackems tomorrow, here’s the It’a Fix extract :
19) WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 26TH : SUNDERLAND (AWAY)  KO 3PM
Promoted in 2007 so now in their 6th season back in the Prem. Last pot FA Cup 1973. 123rd League meeting. Latest connection Adam Johnson.

This season so far they’re in 15th place with 19 points from18 games and 2 wins 3 draws and 3 defeats at home.
In the Capital One Cup they beat Morecambe 2-0 home in the 2nd, MK Dons 2-0 away in the 3rd, but lost 1-0 at home to ‘Boro in the 4th rd.
In The FA Cup they’ve drawn Bolton away in the 3rd rd

It’s the first return game half way through the season. At The Etihad in October it was a 3-0 City win. Kolarov (5) Aguero (60) and Milner (89) scoring for the Blues in a comfortable win. Crowd was 47,036 with 1722 Mackems.

Our form at Sunderland Last season it was that agonising 1-0 loss, Dong – Won scoring that marginally offside goal in the 90th minute after City dominated. Crowd was 40,625 with 2101 Blues.
For City : LLDWWWWLL

Groundwise They put Newcastle fans in the top tier of the stand opposite the one we’re usually in but presumably we’ll be behind the goal in our usual seats. Reduced allocation as we’ve stood up at games there, even though their fans stand up throughout!
Tickets are £39/£26

Comment : Always nice to go North for a change but twice in two away trips is taking the piss.
The magic seems to have worn off Martin O’Neill at present, though they’ve just had a good win at Saints but the Black Cats are struggling. Maybe Adam J would’ve been better off staying with us, and sorting his off field antics out, to play 30 or so games per season and winning silverware but he’ll be determined to do his stuff against us. Time to get back to winning ways up here.

Stadium of Light : Capacity :48,300 (3,000 for City)


WWTWTWShite: Averaged 13,601 in 86/87, and this season it’s 40,268.

Song :
He could;ve been killed
He could've been killed
Robin Van Persie
He could've been killerd

Pubs/parking: Plenty of pubs near the ground, street parking but not easy to getaway
Away day zine : A Love Supreme
Sat Nav : SR 5 1SU

Monday, 24 December 2012

SWP/Stoke

PS - I recall SWP at Stoke having the ball kicked at him when he was on the floor and receiving a retrospective ban. Anyone remember?
Dave

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Reading


Reading
Horrible day, horrible game and I got it the wrong way round when I said “Defensively they’re fragile but they do pack a punch up front” At the time I thought they had a shout for a penalty for slight handball but no real protest, that came seconds later for a so called foul. As for our goal I’d nipped out for a pee so watched it on telly in the east stand. It looked dodgy but having watched it again and again Shorey definitely  made no attempt for the ball and did in fact make a back for Gareth and his great header. So 1-0 and another win when Aguero and Tevez started, but didn’t finish!
Frankly, our woeful summer dealings are coming back to bite us in the bum. Last season we’d’ve brought on Johno who would’ve changed it. This season – Scott Sinclair?
Mario couldn’t be arsed to watch his teammates and went shopping. He doesn’t help himself.
Today I’ve just witnessed the funniest thing of the year – RVP getting a ball kicked at his head, and then even funnier was Fergie’s reaction. No wonder everyone hates the fuckers.
Time for Ray Wilkins to be put out to grass with his attempts to ingratiate himself with Fergie – and how can you have two ex rags passing comment on City and united – and that excludes Savage last night.
The rags have drawn Real in the next round and it’s the greatest game in the history of football. Trouble is I don’t think that they are that good but hopefully will be too good for the rags, and we can enjoy a little gloat.
Dave

Friday, 21 December 2012

This week


This week
News is that City are now interested in trialling safe standing, about time. Issue raised on numerous occasions on Points of Blue with little response.
The week has been overshadowed by the proposed Mario fine which has now been settled without a tribunal, thankfully. Is it time to get off his back and wait for the performances to roll?
Anyway, tomorrow it’s Reading, here’s the It’s A Fix extract :

18)  SATURDAY DECEMBER 22ND : READING (HOME) KO 3PM
First , season back in the Prem for the Royals after promotion in top spot last season. Recent connection Matt Mills. 17th league meeting

Last meetings : We last met in the FA Cup 6th round in 2011 after they’d (thankfully) knocked out Everton at Goodison in the 5th. Before that game we’d heard we’d drawn the rags in the semi-final so it was a big incentive to win. Micah clinched it (74) Crowd was 39,133 (2929 Royals)
Prior to that there were meetings in The Prem in 06/07 0-2 , 0-1A; 07/08 2-1H, 0-2A.

This season so far, they’re in 20th place with 9 points from 17 games with 0 wins 2 draws and 5 losses away from home.
In the Capital One Cup they went out to Arsenal 5-4 aet in the 4th round, after going 4-0 up and failing to heed the warning that you fight like f*ck to prevent the FIRST goal going in. In the 3rd rd they won 3-2 at QPR
In the FA Cup they’ve drawn Crawley Town away in the 3rd rd.

Form at home to Reading : This will be our 9th home meeting, 5 in the old second, one in the old third, and 2 in the Prem 06/07 lost 0-2, 07/08 won 1-0.
For City it’s : WLLDWWWW

Comment: They’re finding it a real struggle in the Prem and Brian McDermott’s job looks on the line. Defensively they’re fragile but they do pack a punch up front. Only a win will do.

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 3,459 in 82/83 and this season it’s 24,097.

Dave

Monday, 17 December 2012

newcastle


Newcastle
Firstly a note to the very eloquent Jon Howarth – we don’t sing 6-1, we sing “it should’ve been ten”. Now fuck off.
Good trip up to the north east in the Savagemobile, with no traffic problems, unlike on the opposite side of the A1, Sunderland fans (and rags presumably) on their way to the swamp.
Cold but crisp in Geordieland and I was directed past the turnstiles to the lift by a friendly steward who then told us we couldn’t sell KK in the ground!
Morning news was that Mario is appealing against his two weeks wages fine for indiscipline last season re his sendings off.
Great performance from the lads, good saves from Joe and superb attacking. Carlos on from the start, making Roberto’s lack of judgement in previous games – Chelsea, Wigan etc look even dafter. So a good result. City fans let off flares and it always surprises me that folk can get in with flares but not with the incredibly dangerous fanzines.
Kolarov is in a bit of trouble re altercations with Newcy fans holding up an Albanian flag. Not sure what that’s all about – didn’t notice anything at the game. Neil may have a point with our attack, but it’s the better of the other options
Over at the Swamp the Sunderland massacre didn’t materialise though we await any stories of rags attacking Mackems, usually women and kids are their target. Cleverley, who was responsible for the ‘demolition derby
Job' on Ya Ya Toure (funny, I thought Ya Ya got our first goal) is now the new Bryan Robson.
Shay Given was on Goals on Sunday and said that Roberto didn’t speak to him after he was replaced by Joe Hart. So another question mark against our manager and I understand that he’s also aloof with our exec fans. Does it matter? Not when things are going well, but…..
Sunday night was the Sportsperson of the Year awards, rightly won by Bradley Wiggins, but included a touching tribute to our title win and an impressive display of the Poznan by the audience.
Dave

Friday, 14 December 2012

this week


This week we’ve been trying to come to terms with the derby defeat. All sorts of stuff in the press, contradictory and hypocritical.
Loads to say about Balotelli. Nothing about Rooney escaping being sent off. Nothing about Atkinson pulling Ya Ya back when through on goal, but lots on the rags having a goal wrongly disallowed. Lots on Nasri but I don’t recall similar criticism of Rio when he gave the ball to Bellamy for the 3rd that time and when he gave that lazy backpass out for a corner which led to our 4th in the 6-1. Nothing about how we went gung ho at 0-2 and nearly succeeded whereas when they lost 6-1 it was because they went gung ho at 1-3. Nothing on Atkinson not adding 7 minutes of added time. Also it’s now OK for players to taunt opposition fans and not have repercussions ie Crerand on 5Live and Martin Samuel reporting that Neville was right to taunt Liverpool fans (he did this to us also) but when Adebayor did this after he was racially abused all match by Arsenal fans he was condemned countrywide and received a ban. Finally Gareth Barry has had a one match ban for things he said to Clattenburg. WTF is going on?
Looks like Vinny’s out tomorrow here’s the It’s A fix extract :

17) SATURDAY DECEMBER 15TH NEWCASTLE (AWAY) KO 12.45PM
Third season back in the Prem. Last pot the 1969 Inter Cities Fairs Cup, recent connection is Shay Given, and this is the 153rd league meeting.

Last season, at The Etihad in November it was a 3-1 City win, Balotelli (41 pen) Richards (44), Aguero (72 pen) with Gosling (89) getting Toon’s consolation.
Crowd was 47,408 with 1685 Geordies.
Up at Newcastle it was, of course, the penultimate game in the title race, the Blues winning 2-0 with YaYa (70.89) scoring the goals to take us to the formality of a home game v QPR and the title or so we thought though it all came good in the end.
Crowd was 52,389 with 3,176 Blues

This season so far : They’re currently in 14th place with 17 points from 16 games and 3 wins 1 draw and 3 losses at home.
In the Capital One Cup they went out 2-1 at O/T in the 3rd rd
In the Europa league they’ve played teams you’d expect in the rags Chimps league group - Atromitas 1-1A, 1-0 H; Maritimo 0-0A, 1-1H; Brugge 2-2A, 1-0H: Bordeaux H 3-0 and lost 2-0 away.
In the FA Cup they’ve drawn Brighton away, again, in the 3rd rd.

Form at Newcastle : In the last five we’ve won 4 and drawn 1.
For City it’s : WWDWW

Groundwise: No change to the Sports Direct Arena now renamed St James’ Park (where did that come from - Exeter?) not Wonga Park though!
We’re again in the corner of the Sir John Hall stand, level 7 very high up. Tickets are : £42/34

St. James Park Capacity: 52,387 (3,000 for City)

Comment: Makes a nice change to go North but the early kick off means an early start. The Europa league seems to be taking its toll and they’ve slumped after the highs of last season which resulted in giving Pardew an 8 year contract. Ba and Cisse are still dangerous but you’d expect City to continue their good form up there and take the 3 points. As for the departed Andy Carroll, he’s never looked right in anything other than a Newcastle kit.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 16,001 in 1980/81 and are up to 50,460 this season – a few thousand higher than ours, which no doubt they’ll remind us of.
Away day Zines : The Mag (swaps with KK and is later passed on to Geordie Bryan in The Oddfellows)  They reckon we were the most smug and arrogant fans to visit St James’s last season, so not always on the ball as I recall us singing “we never win at home, and we never win away……..”
True Faith, Talk of the Tyne
Pubs/Parking: Plenty of pubs, on street parking, and local car parks.
Sat Nav: NE1 4ST






Wednesday, 12 December 2012

missiles

AS I previously stated, no way do i condone chucking coins or missiles at an opposition player (or fan) no matter how aggressive they look.I was disappointed that we sank to the level of the rags at the swamp that time - though that wasn't turned into an international incident. I was also making the point that we celebrate with joy not aggression in general.

I smell a rat

So the rags camp were pleased that Mario was in instead of Carlos? Last year they came out and supported Roberto in the Munichgate fiasco. I smell a rat.i don't trust em. Whilst I think Mancini has been daft in not playing Carlos in recent games he obviously preferred Mario for his height as the rags have been shit in the air at the back. However i think they're going a bit over the top as it were re Mario trying to force a situation maybe. They seem to have a lot to say about City - do we go on and on about them in the same way? No. And i think Neil has a point. You're not telling me that rags fans weren't chucking stuff. If it had been a City fan surely it would've been a pound coin, not a 2pence piece (joke)? I didn't see the incident but the aggression on Rio's face in the photos was beyond the pale.  Also who's to say that if Carlos had started, the game would've been different.It wasn't Mario who caused the first two goals, and we've seen how Dzeko plays from the start as opposed to coming on late in games. The rags were stuffy, we were the better team and should have won. Let's move on....

Monday, 10 December 2012

Weekend


Weekend

Busy weekend starting on Friday, picking up the zines, dropping them off at the outlets, popping into The Etihad to arrange for the spreading of Colin Brinkley’s ashes in the memorial garden on Saturday then meeting up with Kevin Parker in Manc who’d arranged something special for Colin’s wife Margaret who’d come over from Spain and Colin’s son Adrian who’d come from Australia. So Saturday we attended the ceremony, which was obviously a sad, touching, and poignant  occasion for big Blue and friend Colin.

Sunday dawned and the usual pre derby nerves but I wasn’t unduly worried about getting a result. It just about stayed fine, but again Roberto surprised and disappointed us by selecting Mario (though I thought he did OK) ahead of Carlos (WTF) and preferring Nasty and even Kolo ahead of Lescott. Baffling, yet again.
 Good postings on the blog fellas.

Two down by half time, no booking for Rooney, Vinny off injured, rags goal disallowed (about time!) great fightback by the boys, only one winner until…. Clichy and Joe dithered, free kick awarded (just like at the swamp for the 4-3) “Defend like your lives depend on it” F*ckinell City, not again, not yet again”
When will we ever learn to defend set pieces? Joe, sort the wall out.

Rio was struck by a coin at the end of the game, out of order, and a fan ran on to confront him, ushered away by Joe.
I was interviewed by Chris Wheeler of the Mail. I told him about the great atmosphere and great game, thrown away by City. How the rags celebrations were understandable, but how they celebrate with aggression (check out Rio’s expression), how their club does not know how to behave, as opposed to City who celebrate with joy.
I told him of how Malcolm used to go on the pitch at O/T in the 60’s before derbies, go over to the Stretford End and give them the V’s. So it’s always been hyped up. As for the coin throwing, out of order and the culprit should be found and banned using CCTV. No to fences or mesh or anything. Same punishment as the rags doled out for the coin throwing incident on Garrido that time, the fan who ran on to confront Bellamy and the missile throwing at Bellamy in the League Cup semi-final.  Did we ever get an apology? I was disappointed we sank to their level. And no, it won’t ever get as bad as united v Liverpool cos we, as they keep reminding us, will never be their biggest rivals. We’ll wait to see what gets printed….
Serious questions need to be asked of Roberto now, and I believe the owners and management are ruthless, so we need to see an improvement soon, starting on Saturday……..
Dave

Saturday, 8 December 2012

One day to go


One day to go
Least said about Dortmund the better. First time for a few years no European trips after Christmas. So just the League and the Cup to go for. One or the other or both is a must.
Tomorrow it’s the rags. Fergie’s been at it with the usual shite. How he’s the audacity to go on about our penalties just sums the drivel that this club comes out with continually and it’s no wonder everyone hates them.
Two years since our last away penalty and still counting.
Their appointed referee is Martin (7 minutes)  Atkinson. How many penalties will he give them?
Anyway, here’s the it’s a Fix extract from KK202 on sale tomorrow :

16) SUNDAY DECEMBER 9TH : RAGS (HOME) KO 1.30PM
They’re ever present since promotion in 1975. Last pot, nothing since 2011, recent connection Carlos Tevez, 147th league meeting.

Last season, we played em 4 times, losing the unimportant ones 3-2 in the Community Shield and the FA Cup, so no need to dwell.
At O/T last October it was, of course the 6-1, Mario (22,60), Sergio (69), Silva (90) Dzeko (90,90) with Fletcher (81) getting their consolation. Clattenburg sent Evans off after half time for two yellows but enough was enough and he denied us a stonewall penalty when Micah was fouled in the box. Crowd was 75,487 with 2996 Blues.
At The Etihad on that fine April evening the Blues demolished the rags with that perfect Viinny goal from a corner in the 45th minute. Crowd was 47,259 with 2620 Blues.

This season so far : They’re in top spot with 36 points from 15 games and 6 wins 0 draws and 2 losses away from home’
In the Capital One Cup, they went out 5-4 aet at Chelsea in the 4th round, after beating Newcastle at home 2-1 in the 3rd.
In The Chimps League They’ve qualified for the knock out stage from the Micky Mouse group against Galatasaray 1-0H, 0-1A; CFR Cluj 2-1A; Braga H3-2, A3-1 and lost to the mighty Cluj 1-0 at home. They played the kids in Turkey but with Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson and co in the team it was just another rag hype. Why do they do it?
In The FA Cup they’ve a home draw at West Ham in the 3rd rd

Form at home to the rags: We won last year 1-0, after two 1-0 defeats, prior to which 4 wins and 2 losses.
For City : WDLLWLWLWW

Comment: So what have those lovable, rascally rags been up to since our last meeting in April? Well they’d blown an 8 points lead but still finished joint top. They did, because goal difference doesn’t count any more. (even though they won it on goal average in 1965!) Ex rag David Sadler in his muen column claimed “City bought the league, sorry, but they did”. I’m told (by Steve Harrison) that at the last derby City’s team cost £161M and the rags £169M. Brian Reade, Liverpool fan, said in his manumirror column that it was “mental money, not mental strength, that won the game for City”. In the summer the rags attempted to “buy the title” by breaking the bank for Robin Van Persie – no word though from Sadler or Reade. No apologies either from all the rags and ex rags who came out week in week out to tell us how and why the rags would win the title. Is it any wonder that everyone hates them? No. Most ridiculous piece of drivel this season came from Fergie, when, after saying that Rio had embarrassed the club and would be dealt with, he then backpeddled and came out with “all sorted, just a communication problem”. And the media meekly and mildly accepted it! Arselickers.
Away fans will be in the prime spot behind the goal in the South Stand unlike us in that corner at the Swamp, behind the goading disabled rags and their helpers who feign shock horror when they get some back.
They’ve a new song – City are small because our passports are locked in the draw. You still laughing? No, thought not. Still it’s doubtful that they’ll be singing “Thursday nights on ESPN”.
So far this season they’ve not really pulled up any trees, and have had to fight back a few times after going a goal or two down, with the inevitable help of their referees. They’re leaking goals, and their fans aren’t happy, but neither are ours. Trouble is they’re good at set pieces and we can’t defend ‘em.
A couple of seasons ago, before the League Cup semi-final, we were treated by their announcer ad nauseum that we were at the home of the Carling Cup holders. We didn’t retaliate in last season’s cup tie, showing the gulf in class between the two clubs, however there should be no reason why we shouldn’t gently remind them that they’re at the home of the Champions.
There for the taking? C’mon you Blues…..

WWTWTWShite: Crowds were down to 11,685 in 1930/31, and the current average is 75,473

Thursday, 6 December 2012

KOTK 202

Pleased to announce that King Of the Kippax number 202 should be out on Friday afternoon in the outlets at Aleef (corner of Cross Street/Market Street) and the National Football Museum, plus all future games. This issue celebrates the wonderful year we've had, winning the Premiership and the Community Shield, which the full A4 front cover shows in all its glory. Hopefully it'll cheer us all up after the woeful summer transactions and the pitiful performance against Dortmund reserves.
It's a 52 page bumper issue, and, further to the demise of the Manc magazine, (though some of their articles are now regurgitated in the programme) is the only production of this type now left for reading on the loo.
This issue includes contributor questionnaires, monthly diary, match previews and reviews, Europe, Joe Hart, media scrutiny, rule changes, Jewish power in Europe, 80's reflections, Mark E Smith songs, Eike Immel update, and of course the usual regulars and manu exposure.
It sells for £3 and can also be purchased from (cheques to) King Of the Kippax, 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN 7 2HL for £4.50 inc P and P.
Also the Us and them book is still available, City v every other team ,hardback 224 pages, from the above address for £15 inc p and p.

Monday, 3 December 2012

dortmund


Tomorrow night it's B.Dortmund away here's the It's A Fix extract :

15A) TUESDAY DECEMBER 4TH B.DORTMUND (AWAY) CHAMPS LEAGUE GROUP D MATCHDAY SIX
History covered in KK200, so briefly : The Borussians or the Black ‘n yellows were formed in 1909.
Their famous strip was adopted in 1913.
In 1929 they nearly went bust and were bailed out by a wealthy supporter and in the 1930’s their anti -Nazi stance caused board members to be executed.
In 1956 and 1957 they won National titles, and joined the newly formed Bundesliga in 1963, winning the Cup in 1965 and the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1966 beating Liverpool 2-1.
They struggled in the 70’s both on and off the pitch but didn’t recover until 1989 when they won the Cup.
In the nineties they won titles in 1995 and 1996, plus the Champions league in 1997 beating the rags on the way and prompting me to purchase BvB shorts which still fit! They also won the Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup.
In 2000 they were the first, and only, German club to float on the German stock exchange, and won a further title in 2003, but lost in the final of the UEFA Cup. By 2005 they were heavily in debt and refinanced by selling their ground plus the naming rights, but were nearly relegated in 2007 and 2008. After Jurgen Klopp took over  they won the title in 2011 and again last season plus the Cup.
They moved into the Westfalenstadion in 1974, a typically English type ground, this was redeveloped in 2006 and renamed Signal Iduna Park having a capacity of 80,720 and their average in 2010/11 was a phenomenal 80,478.

Signal Iduna Park  Capacity : (80,478 Reduced for Champs League)

The City of Dortmund doesn’t seem to have too many attractions other than the usual churches and museums, so it looks like the bars, restaurants and the Christmas Markets for visiting Blues.
Siegfried Held is their fan attendant.
If you check out your Us and Them book you’ll find that friendly games have been played:
1956/57 away when City lost 4-1
1967/68 4-0 home, 1-2 (USA)
2010/11 away 1-3

So far in the Champs League they’ve beaten Ajax at home with a late goal, drawn 1-1 at City, and beaten Real Madrid,  2-1and this is probably the crunch game for the Blues.
In the Bundesliga after 15 games they’re in 3rd place with 27 points (11 points behind leaders Bayern Munich) 7 wins 6 draws and 2 losses.

Comment : They battered us at The Etihad in the second half, but surely they won’t reproduce that form and City will finally turn it on away from home in the Champs League, even though it might well be too late for the Europa..
C’mon you Blues!




Everton


Everton – Dropped the youngest son off at the Airport for the flight to Amsterdam, then he was going onwards to Dortmund for the game on Tuesday.
Cold one today, as you’d expect as December dawned. Just a few fanzines to polish off after a lengthy run of games for this issue. Nice to see the outside of the stadium being spruced up with sky blue adverts.
A tricky game expected against our current bogey team and that’s the way it turned out. No real threat from The Toffees but Fellaini put them ahead, and Carlos equalised with a penalty given either for a foul on Edin or handball against Osman which the MOTD panel as usual didn’t spot. Some boos when Carlos was substituted.
So it ended 1-1, you can’t win em all so not too disappointed, and we did go top. At the Madjeski the rags won 4-3 to put us 3 points behind them.
Pleased to say that we've virtually completed the zine, a monster issue and it should be at the printers by morning. Thanks to everyone for your efforts
Dave