Friday, 25 January 2013


Great results in the Capital One Cup with Bradford and Swansea going to Wembley, meaning our game with Chelsea goes ahead on the due date.
Good result for the Toure boys in the ANCup.
Anyway Stoke tomorrow and here’s the it’s A Fix update:

We were 10th out of the hat and it could’ve been a better draw, like Blackpool or Fulham at home.
Palace and Stoke played out a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park in the 3rd rd in front of 13,693, bored to tears fans no doubt. Stoke won the replay 4-1 at the Britt after 1-1 at full time.
Previous FA Cup meetings :
1911 1st rd 2-1 home
1921 5th rd 0-1 home
1934 6th rd 1-0 home (84,569 R/A)
1973 3rd rd 3-2 home
1976 4th rd 0-1 away
2010 5th rd 1-1 home 1-3 aet away
2011 Final 1-0
So we’ve won 4 and lost 3, and they’ll be itching for revenge for the FA Cup final defeat.
This season it was an easy 3-0 win for City at the Etihad, and a tough1-1 draw at Stoke
League form at Stoke : DDDDLWW

Comment : At home in the league Stoke have won 5 drawn 5 and lost one – getting a recent drubbing off Chelsea. We’ve drawn our last 4 there and also lost in the Cup. As always they’ll be up for it, player and crowdwise but we’re due a win or more likely a draw. Strengths are well known but our £220M superiorior squad will hopefully shine through. Tickets sold out quickly so we’ll get a big and loud support, so the lads surely won’t  let us down. Will they?
Sat Nav : ST4 4EG

Then we’re off to QPR :


Second season back in the Prem. Last, and only trophy, the League Cup in 1967. Most recent connection SWP. Nedum Onuoha. 44th league meeting

This season so far: They’re in 20th place with 15 points from 23 games and 1 win 5 draws 5 losses at home

At The Etihad in September it was a 3-1 City win. Ya Ya opened (16) Zamora (59) equalised, then Dzeko (61) and Tevez (90+). clinched it. Crowd was 45,579 with 1,409 R’s

In the Capital One Cup they beat Walsall 3-0 at home in the 2nd rd but lost 2-3 at home to Reading in the 3rd rd.

In the FA Cup they drew 1-1 with West Brom at home in the 3rd rd but won the replay 1-0 and have just played MK Dons at home in the 4h rd.

Our form at QPR: Last season it was the 3-2 win on Bonfire night. Bothroyd gave them the lead (28), Dzeko equalised (43), Silva put us ahead (52), Helguson equalised again (69) but YaYa’s thunderous header (74) clinched it for the Blues, though they hit the bar late on. Crowd was a hostile 18,076 with 3026 Blues.
Prior to that it was 3 wins and one loss.

For City it’s : WLWWDDLDLL

Groundwise: Looking a bit tatty, and they’re thinking about a move. We should have the upper and lowe r tier behind the goal with tickets priced again at £55 and outrageously £50 for concessions which is a disgrace.

Loftus Road : Capacity: 18,000 (* for City)

Comment: Despite the summer spending spree and ambition they found themselves rooted to the bottom and Hughes paid the price with the sack. ‘Appy ‘arry took over but it still looks like a tall order to stay up as he found with the Saints that time. SWP and Nedum haven’t really done the biz though Shauny scored his first and winning goal for them at Chelsea, but City must take advantage tonight.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 5,670 in 1964/65, just a couple of seasons before their League Cup appearance, currently it’s 17,782.
Parking: Street parking was OK last year
Pubs : Moon on Green, Walkabout bar in Shepherds Bush, Springbok
Away day zine: A Kick up the R’s
Sat Nav: W12 7PA

Sunday, 20 January 2013


Surprising news was that Saints have sacked Nigel Adkins and appointed bottom of the league Espanyol’s (who’ve just signed Martin Petrov) manager.
Other news is that Carlos isn’t interested in signing a new contract as he wants to finish his career playing for Boca Juniors (though he won’t be a junior by then!)

Radio Manc had a phone in on FFP. Heard  the Alex guy who was brilliant, being a City fan. Had to pass over to Colin Savage for the KK view, who I believe was very good whilst the rag fan was a typical twat, constantly referring to the Champions as a small club.
No wonder……
Think that we should have a ‘Fans against FFP Campaign’ We need to understand the club’s view as a starting point. Whilst we all want to see us be more sustainable, I can’t see any reason why the Sheikh can’t give us a cash boost when he feels like it. Any thoughts?
Cold, cold day but at least the snow kept off. Took up my pitch with two Policemen, who queried the price of the zine, just as a regular bought one, said it was worth every penny, gave me a fiver and said “keep the change” Cue two quiet coppers! Wonderful!
Another fan bought one and told me he enjoyed it more now that we’ve introduced paragraphs! Which was what I hoped.
Stroll of a game but we missed an opportunity to increase the goal difference .
Today Chelsea beat the Arse at home 2-1, and Spurs drew with the rags 1-1 at the Lane. Fergie blamed the ref! No wonder……
So not a bad weekends work, thanks to everyone who bought the zine, and we look forward to cup fever building up towards Saturday…….

Friday, 18 January 2013


News is that Pep’s going to Bayern Munich, Carlos has been banned from driving, and it’s snowing. Great article from Stuart Brennan on financial foul play (thanks Tony) in last night’s MUEN – why aren’t our club fighting against it?  All quiet on the transfer front. Anyway, weather permitting it’s Fulham tomorrow, here’s the It’s A Fix extract  :

11th season in the Prem. No silverware. Recent connection Mark Hughes. 56th league meeting

This season so far : they’re in 13th place with 25 points from 22 games and 2 wins 4 draws and 5 losses away from home.

At the Cottage in September it was a 2-1 City win. They went ahead with a dubiously awarded penalty converted by Petric (20). Aguero equalised (43) and supersub Dzeko clinched it in the 87th minute.
Crowd was 25,698 with 1,794 Blues

In the Capital One Cup : They lost 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday in the 2nd rd

In the FA Cup they drew with Blackpool 1-1 .at home in the 3rd rd. but won the replay 2-1 and face the rags and if they win the replay face the rags away in the 4th rd.

Form at home v Fulham: Last season it was the 3 -0 home win in the snow (irony alert) with goals from Aguero (10P), Baird (30 OG) Dzeko (72) Crowd was 46,963 with 741 Cottagers
For City it’s : WDDLLWLDEDW

Comment : Mid table form for Fulham this season, and results seem to depend on whether Berbatov (Keep calm and pass me the ball) can be arsed or not. Let’s hope it’s or not today.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 4,057 in 90/91and this season it’s 25,542

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Up the Arse

Arsenal well we gave this one a miss, not because of the £62 tickets (ours were £25) but cos of  the overall cost just after Chrissy. So watched it on the box. Quinny’s summarising was pretty annoying, all about what Arsenal should do, no real praise for City. Well we meant business from the kick off. Dzeko was wrestled to the floor and we got our first penalty in over two years which naturally we missed. Edin taking it for some reason. Arsenal player sent off early doors as was Boyata that time. Didn’t matter as we were soon two goals up, totally dominating the first half but having to defend manfully in the second. Shame, I was hoping for a bit of revenge for all the drubbings we’ve been given in the past.
Vinny was sent off but amazingly the appeal was upheld. End of the game the linesman was heard to tell Lescott and co to go to the fans cos they’d paid £62  to see the game. I don’t think the boys really needed telling – they came over to us at the end of last year’s disappointing 1-0 defeat. So there you go our first league win at Arsenal since 1975, it’s been a long time coming. 1975 we went 3 up conceded 2 and they had a goal disallowed, and we played in dark blue shorts!
Manumirror didn’t think we’d win and their headline they’ve been dying to print was - was Champions, referring to the detested rags.
Pieces on Michael Johnson  in todays MUEN, his career at City is sadly over, great prospect, great shame.
Stoke beat Palace in the replay so at least we don’t have to travel too far.
Just reading the Watford programme. What was the most significant event in our games? Bobby Mac’s performance in goal in 1982? Why does the accompanied pic show Bert breaking his neck at Wembley in 1956? Heads should roll or hang in shame.

Stuart Brennan Earns His Stripes

Monday, 14 January 2013


Spot on fellas. Watched it on TV and was appalled at Quinny's summarising totally concentrating on Arsenal and what they should do.  He should remember that he spent more time at City (I think) than Arsenal and i can only assume he was to spend time with Arsenal folk at The Emirates'

Saturday, 12 January 2013


Had a pleasant evening on Thursday watching the Youth team ease past Burnley 2-0. Not a mention anywhere in the manumirror.
Yesterday we picked up KK204  and dropped some off at the outlets, and are now in the throes of getting all the subscriptions done. Should be in the post by Sunday night. Kindle version also.
Just watched QPR draw with Spurs who had Adebayor playing for them before jetting off to the African Nations Cup, which baffles me as our boys had to go last week?
Anyway, Arsenal tomorrow, and much being made about us returning 900 tickets due to the high price. I’m giving it a miss and I’d like to say I’m doing the same but in reality my ticket would’ve been about £25, problem is transport. It’s a shame because we’ve obviously got a new issue out!
united face their biggest rivals Liverpool tomorrow (if you believe that!) their 12th man is Howard Webb!
Anyway here’s the It’s a Fix extract from KK203 :

Ever present in the top division since 1919 when they cheated their way up from division 2 finishing 5th.
Last pot FA Cup 2005, 8 seasons ago, Recent connection Samir Nasri, 170 th league meeting

This season so far they’re in 5th place with 34 points from 20 games with 5 wins 2 draws and 2 losses at home

At The Etihad in September it was a 1-1 draw with goals from Lescott (40) andKoscielny (82) got the equaliser. Crowd was 47,318 with 2,847 Gooners.
We also beat them 2-0 in a pre season friendly

In the Capital One Cup, after beating Coventry 6-1 at home in the 3rd, Reading away in the 4th 7-5 aet and looking odds on to win it they astoundingly went out at Bradford in the 5th round 1-1 aet and 3-2 on penalties.

In the Chimps League they played Olympiacos 3-1 H, 1-2 A; Schalke 0-2 H, 2-2 A; Montpelier 2-0 H, 1-2 A, and they face Bayern Munich in the knock out stage.

In the FA Cup they’ve drawn 2-2 at Swansea in the 3rd rd and if they win the replay face Brighton away in the 4th rd.

Our form at Arsenal :  Last season it was that devastating 1-0 loss, Arteta scoring the 87th minute goal Mario being sent off which put us 8 points behind the rags and seemingly out of the title race. However, we went on to fight to the end to take the title on goal difference.
Crowd was 60,096 with 2948 Blues.
Prior to that it was two 0-0 draws. So we haven’t scored for * games, and, apart from last season’s League Cup win, haven’t won there since 1970 bloody 5.

Groundwise: Football grounds in London are ridiculous and they recently had a game postponed because of a tube strike, I kid you not. Same place in the corner for us with tickets priced ludicrously at £62 so 900 Blues have turned their nose up. Bit different to when over 5000 of us paid £10 for the League Cup game last year. They have a banner stating : “You can’t buy class” but berate Arsene (who has as much trouble with zips as I do!) for not buying….class, though what signings Walcott and Oxley-Chamberlain etc  make of it we don’t know! Disappointing that they’ve come down to the level of the rags.

The Emirates Capacity: 60,355 (2,00 for City)

Comment: Topsy turvy season for the Arse again. They’ve signed up all their young players with ‘on fire’ Walcott to surely follow. Recently they’ve been banging in the goals, but conceding a few and have risen up the table. If we really want to retain our title this is the type  of game we need to win.

WTWTWShite: averaged 23,824 in 1985 and this season it’s 60,095
Pubs/parking: Usual pub is the Drayton Arms. Parking is crap as they shouldn’t have built the new ground in London
Away day zine: The Gooner, very professional and swap with KK.
Sat Nav: N5 1BU

Thursday, 10 January 2013

KOTK 203

  1. Had a great birthday on Saturday in the Citizens Suite, and the lads did us proud with a 3-0 win. Due to a magnificent response from our contributors (thanks guys)  once again we are pleased to announce that King Of The Kippax number 203 should be out tomorrow (Friday) in the outlets at Aleef (corner of Cross Street and Market Street) though they owe me for 4 issues - and The National Football Museum . It's A4 a bumper 52 page issue, has a colour front cover with the Mario/Roberto handbags thing on the front cover with a suitable caption (Duffman should be pleased!).This issue contains the derby, half time player reports, Derby book review, FFP, Accounts, 93/94 season review and tons more. It can also be purchased from (cheques to) King Of The Kippax, 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, WN 7 2HL, for £4.50 inc P and P.
  2. The Kindle version should be available at weekend.


Wednesday, 9 January 2013


Breaking news..And just as KotK goes to print, so news emerges of yet
another training ground bust up involving Mario Balotelli. Ordinarily, such
headlines would go straight to the bottom of the budgie's cage, but this
time it's not Mario rucking with one of his team mates, but with his
manager. A wild tackle on Scott Sinclair seems to have been the catalyst for
Bobby steaming in with the verbals, Balo responding with a time honoured
hand signal, and then a wrestling match breaking out. FFS! Mario's a well
known twat, but Roberto Mancini's supposed to be above all this. What
respect can the players have for a manager who starts grappling with his
players when they get lippy? Properly embarrassing stuff. I dunno, this all
feels like the last days of Saigon to me. Pep's looming on the outskirts of
the city, Mancini feeling the heat and lashing out desperately as a result.
The club needs to investigate and swiftly....
                                                                                       John Burfield

Friday, 4 January 2013

Stoke and Watford

Stoke turned out to be as easy as normal at home once Zab had made the break through. Sergio’s injury is a major blow spesh as Nasri’s out, and Ya ya’s off for 6 weeks in the sun. Pulis reckons that there’s £220M difference between our two clubs – funny that he doesn’t say that when the rags beat them. And what happened to “You can have all the money in the world, but if you haven’t got the team spirit, blah, blah….” When such teams beat us?
Notice that Tim Dalton was there and The Hoff. Now I wrote to the MUEN about him declaring himself as a rag on Soccer AM, but the useless bastards edited out my last line which read : Perhaps he WILL reconsider when he arrives in Manchester.
Went to an ex players ‘do’ the other night and left my Us and Them book with autographs in it behind. Not found so if you see it advertised on e- bay let me know. Danny Wilson at the Warrington branch last night, top man,very impressive.
Bit of handbags between Mario and Roberto on the training ground, blown up out of all proportion. Is he autistic?  Will a hat-trick v Watford get him back in the good books? Should we have sold him in the summer  when his value was high?
Busy with the zine at the mo, thanks for everything sent in so far, brilliant stuff. KK202 almost sold out so having a day off from standing in the wind and rain tomorrow.
So to the FA Cup tomorrow, here’s the It’s A Fix extract:

Soisson Neuf day for Mr Ed! A couple of years ago we went one down within a minute at Leicester but recovered and went on to win the Cup. Last season rags referee Chris Foy put paid to our hopes, sending off Vinny after 10 minutes as we went on to lose to the cheats 3-2 after being 3-0 down at half time.
This season it’s Watford at home. We’ve previously played them in the League Cup (3-1 H 3rd rd 1987/88 Full members Cup (3-1 H 1986/87) and in the FA Cup it was:
1985/86 4TH RD : 1-1H; RP 0-0 A; 2nd RP 1-3H
1996/97 4TH Rd : 3-1 H
League form at home won 3, drawn 2, lost 2.
For City it’s : DLLWDWW

This season so far they’re in 6th place in the Championship with 40 points from 25 games,  and 6 wins 2 draw and 4 losses away from home.

Comment: Zola’s boys are doing well in The Championship and whilst we probably won’t field our strongest team (but why not?) to start with, certainly Sergio, Nasri and Ya Ya are out,  we shouldn’t underestimate them. Only known face is Almunia, the ex Arsenal goalie. Danger man is Matej Vydra, 12 goals so far.