Tuesday, 26 February 2013

monday


Monday
Bitterly cold on Sunday. What a win, well done to the lads. Surprised Carlos wasn’t on from the start (as per the away game) as our most prolific scorer v Chelsea. Agree that the summer signings did well but Kolo scares the pants off me though I thought he did well clearing after Joe’s penalty save. Didn’t Lampard miss one a few years ago v us or am I imagining that?
Anyway I did my usual trick of nipping out for a pee just before the end only to be thwarted by a jobsworth steward who blocked my way physically telling me they were “reserved for corporates who pay the money” Well I know that but there was no one around and no one in the bogs so a little common sense wouldn’t go amiss surely. So instead of nipping back up to see the last few minutes of the game I had to dash to the far end bogs and missed the final minutes. Lesson learned I suppose.
So even after our fine win I found someat to moan about!
Spuds won tonight so only 5 points behind us but the Arse usually do em and they play at weekend, before we go to Villa.
Interesting comment by McDonnell in the manumirror  something like “ City still 12 points behind united and they have to go to old trafford so the title’s over.
Anyone know how the rags are taking the piss out of the 6-1 (Micky) as it was one result LAST season? Actually it was of course the SECOND 6-1, the first being in 1926. No history? Not when some of our achievements are continually overlooked.
I do though think we should ditch the Aguero/Phil Jones song as this year they signed RVP 9who was nearly killed again by falling in a hole at QPR) and we signed Sinclair. Any takers?
Popped into Aleef’s head office in Bolton today much to their surprise -  the mountain came to Mohamed you could say – so should get paid this week and will probably go into town tomorrow to drop some zines off and nip into the City shop and maybe the Nat Football museum too of course!
Dave

Monday, 25 February 2013

The media

Andy Dunn in the manumirror confirmed Tony's perception of the Mancini  so called rant. It is true that the press can write what they want but the continual anti City pro rag crap they write needs constant challenging in the fanzine, on the blogs and particularly from the club. Otherwise we'd all be running home to our mums (if they're still alive)
Dave

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Saturday


Saturday
Soriani in trouble in  Barcelona and Mancini’s job under threat by the Malaga manager, apparently. Usual anti City/Mancini article by bitter Liverpool fan Brian Reade in the manumirror as apparently the Community Shield doesn’t now class as a trophy, and all the “you can’t buy success” and “teams need time to gel” type articles by this type of pillock are replaced by the exact opposite.
Good interview with Mancini in the Guardian by Daniel Taylor where Nasri, in particular, and Joe to an extent, come in for some stick.
Chelsea tomorrow and here’s  the It’s a fix extract :

27) SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24TH : CHELSEA (HOME) KO 1.30 PM
Last promotion was in 1989 (with us) since then they’ve won the lot Including the Chimps league and the FA Cup last season. 136th league meeting. Recent connection was Danny Sturridge.

This season so far : They’re in 3rd place with 49 points (4 behind us) from 26 games and 7 wins 3 draws and 3 losses away from home.

At the Bridge in November it was that 0-0 draw, when we failed to take advantage of the Rafa out situation. Crowd was 41,972 with 3,167 Blues.

In the Capital One Cup they lost the first leg of the semi-final 2-0 at home to Swansea, and drew 0-0 at The Liberty stadium where Hazard was red carded for trying to get the ball off the time wasting and spoilt brat ballboy.

In the FA Cup after beating Saints 5-1 away in the third round  they drew 2-2 at Uwe’s Brentford away in the 4th, but won the replay 4-0 comfortably and face  ‘Boro away in the 5th rd. before knocking the rags out at O/T in the 6th, hopefully.

In Europe they lost the World club game, went out of the Chimps league, dropped into Europa and have just scraped through against Sparta Prague in the knockout stage, with a last minute Hazard goal, when we were hoping it would go to extra time.

Form at home to Chelsea : Last season it was a 2-1 win for City. Cahill opened (60) Aguero equalised (78 pen) then Nasri clinched it (85). Crowd was 46,324 with 929 Chelsea. That was our third consecutive home win
Prior to those it was 4 losses and a win which halted 6 losses and a draw.
For City : WWWLLLLW

Comment : Benitez looked to be steadying the ship despite brutal fan pressure, but they’ve faltered in recent weeks particularly losing the COCup semi final to Swansea and he could soon be on his way, though he was only interim manager anyway. Mourinho lurks and a return is a possibility. It’s now an absolutely must win crunch game, as a loss will put Chelsea only 1 point behind us.

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 12,672 in 1982/83 and this season it’s 41,365

Thursday, 21 February 2013

I Like a Good Laugh

Phil Jones has 'outside chance' of facing Madrid - From the M(u)EN, 21/2/13

I'll bet Real Madrid are keeping their fingers crossed that this story is true.  It will be a major blow if Stan being missing from the second leg.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Tuesday


Tuesday
Just read a piece by Chris Wheeler in the Mail querying that Mancini is the best Prem manager over the last 15 months. He’s won 3 trophies – the FA Cup, The title, the Community Shield – so it’s undisputable. Why then does Wheeler query it by comparing Fergie’s record over this period in matches, not trophies? Pathetic journalism.
Dave
PS You won’t find KK204 in Aleef (corner of Cross Street/ Market Street) until they stop the delaying tactics and pay us for the last six issues so we can pay some bills.
Kindle version is now up and running.  

Monday, 18 February 2013

Monday


Monday
Texted Richard on Saturday “you ok to do the 4-0 match report  tomorrow?”
“No problem, hope your prediction is right”
And no, I didn’t have a bet on it.
Nice bright day for a change. Plenty of Leeds floating around. One bloke was completely bald and tattoed all over his head including the Leeds logo. Hope they don’t change it again.
Was told it was going off on Grey Mare Lane. Anyway  the early goal settled us down, and after having  an appeal turned down we got a softish pen and the game was virtually all over. Wondered if the Leeds fans could be self deprecating and they were  to a point. (I did stand up when they chanted “stand up if you hate manu”)
So despite digging Richard the third up there was no revival for the Yorkies and some revenge for them chanting “City are back” at us when we lost 3-0 at Elland Road on our return to the Prem that time.
Draw was good to us. Barnsley at home. Didn’t we put 7 past them last time we played? As did the Arse against Blackburn pre their 1-0 home defeat. Don’t worry though we won’t slip up.
So a step back on the road to recovery after Southampton, let’s hope it continues next Sunday against Chelsea. Wemberlee, Wemberlee…….
Dave 
PS Issue 204 going on kindle this very minute (12 hour delay)  

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Saturday


Saturday
Was asked to do a couple of hundred words for Goal.comuk on “should Mancini be fired if City don’t win the Cup?” Here it is :
After the euphoria of ending 35 years without a trophy by winning the FA Cup, then landing the League Title after 44 years, plus starting the season by lifting the Community Shield, all looked rosy at The Etihad as we awaited the ‘marquee signings’ our new status seemed to afford.
However, the signings didn’t materialise, City went out of the Champions League with a whimper, but maintain 2nd place in the Premiership though if the recent wobbles continue it looks like a top four finish could be in doubt even.
Mancini has messed about with the team formation, key players have been out of form or injured, or off in Africa, and Balotelli left in January without a replacement and the three remaining forwards are hardly hitting the heights. Mancini is publicly criticising players without any reciprocal support from the players or the management, which casts a shadow over his current position.
So progression in the FA Cup is crucial to the Blues
and it really does depend on how it pans out. An FA Cup and Champions league place would make it very cruel if he was sacked, but anything less, with the likes of Mourinho and Klopp lurking could mean the end for Mancini at City.
Dave Wallace, King Of the Kippax, 14/02/2013

So this week we’ve had the game of the century Real v the rags. 1-1 David de Gea goalie of the season but game not even as interesting as our performance in the Bernabeu – see any reports likewise? No wonder no one thinks we’ve got no  history.
Not seen any reports of rag fans being battered by the Spanish cops. Apparently it was cos of rags in Madrid, last time they played there that the cops were wary of City fans and laid in.
Big game tomorrow, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK 204 : 26A) SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17TH : LEEDS (HOME) FA CUP 5TH ROUND KO 2PM

First Cup meeting was in 1928, a 1-0 City home win, the goal coming from Johnson in front of 50,473.
It was 39 years before the next meeting when newly promoted City took on the mighty Leeds at Elland Road, City surprising their hosts with an attacking display which augured well for the following Title winning season but the Blues went out to a dubious Jack Charlton goal in front of 48,887.
Ten years later it was the 5th round tie in Yorkshire where City played in dark blue shorts and went out to a late Trevor Cherry goal, the game being memorable for a magnificent Joe Corrigan save from Allan Clarke. Crowd was 47,731.

The following year City gained revenge with a 2-1 away win in the 3rd rd which didn’t go down well with the Tykes (38,516) as they invaded the pitch at 2-0, after two Leeds players squared up to each other. The game eventually resumed and despite a Leeds goal City hung on to lose at Forest in the next round
Finally in 2000 in the 4th rd it was a 2-5 City loss at Maine Road. (From Steve Parish’s report in KK 83), City took the lead through Goater (2) Leeds equalised through Bakke (8), City went ahead through Bishop (11) then Leeds ran away with it through Smith (20), Kewell (41) Bowyer (66)then Kewell again (88) and the crowd was 29,240.

Leeds were dominant in the 60’s and 70’s winning the title twice, the Cup once, the League Cup once, the Intercities Fairs Cup twice and were robbed in the Euro Cup final losing to Bayern Munich, after which Franz Beckenbaur  made derogatory comments.
They last won the title in 1992 pipping united, but hit meltdown between 2001 and 2007 then spent 3 seasons in the 3rd tier before making it back to the Championship in 2010.

This season so far they’re in 11 th place in the Championship with 42 points (6 off the play offs) from 31 games and 3 wins 4 draws and 9 defeats away from home.

In the Capital One Cup they had a good run beating Shrewsbury 4-0, Oxford 3-0, Everton 2-1, Saints 3-0 but lost 5-1 to Chelsea all at home.

In the FA Cup they drew 1-1 at home to Birmingham and won the replay 2-1. They then beat Spurs 2-1 at home, the ref (Kevin Friend) blowing up just before Douf’s long range shot went over the line which cost a punter a lot of money.

Our league form at home to Leeds :  last meeting was in 2003/04 a 1-1 draw, and we’ve only lost 2 of the last 9 so it’s : DWLDDDWWL

Comment : They’ve done well in both Cup competitions particularly at home and have beaten high flying Everton and Spurs. Familiar names are manager Neil Warnock, Paddy Kenny (Aguerooooo) Michael Brown (How long before a booking?) and El-Hadji Douf who is even more hated than Mario ever was.
Old rivalries are now resumed, but really City should go through to the 6th round, but it should be remembered that they knocked the rags out at O/T a couple of years ago so will be no pushovers and will bring big and loud support.
Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire!!!
Dave



Wednesday, 13 February 2013

KK 204


KK 204
Thanks to sterling efforts from our contributors, King of The Kippax number 204 is now at the printers and should be in the outlets at the National Football Museum and Aleef  kiosk (corner of Cross Street and Market Street) on Friday. Front cover says goodbye to Mario and hello to erm…nobody.
It’s a bumper A4 size 52 page issue priced at £3 and can also be obtained for £4.50 from King of the Kippax at 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN 7 2 HL.
It contains all the usual regulars plus cartoons, features on the magic of the Cup, Scott Sinclair, Mario, FFP, ticket prices, Albert Johanneson, Geck graffiti artist, Tears in May, Exiled on Maine Street. Unmissable!
Dave

New Tram System

I was in Manchester on the Tuesday and whilst my wife and daughter were shopping, I took the tram to the Etihad from Market Street.  They are supposed to be every 12 minutes, but I waited over 20 minutes for one to arrive.  There was no indication on the board that one had been cancelled, but something must have happened to it.  Trams not arriving could cause problems for people, especially if they are getting on at Piccadilly/Market St as if the system over at Trafford is anything to go by, they don't lay on extra carriages on match days, which is a common complaint from reds' fans.  This could mean people missing the tram they thought would get them to the match as it was full and if the next one doesn't arrive, they could have a problem.  There will also be a some delays at the Droylsden end as the tracks share the main road with normal traffic and if there are roadworks, the tram will be held up too.  However, the journey was smooth, easy and between Piccadill and the stadium, they don't run on the road so won't be held up by traffic.  After a stroll round the Etihad and a visit to the City Store, I went for the return tram, which was well signposted on the board and arrived spot on time.  £2.90 off peak return from the City zone

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Saturday


Saturday
Well Mario finally went which leaves us both happy he’s gone but sad that it didn’t work out. Needless to say he opened the scoring for Milan then got an injury time penalty winner. This after Berlusconi’s brother said he was “off to see the family’s little ni*ger”
Mario’s already incurred a parking fine apparently.
England beat Brazil 2-1 at Wembley with Joe saving a penalty. Neymar missed a sitter.
Still it was a good excuse for me to get out my 1956 Big Book Of Football Champions to read of how we beat them at Wembley in 1956 4-2 before they went on to dominate, and also, of course, to reminisce about our FA Cup win that year.
John Cross in Thursday’s manumirror tells us that Fergie’s given new signing Zaha, the biggest deal of the window at £15M, conveniently forgetting about Mario’s £20M to Milan, the hairdryer treatment. Apparently he needs to meet united’s standards on and off the pitch, maintain his form and be an “ambassador” for united. So watch out for some gloating and boasting tweets, boyhood dreams of joining the rags, shagging around, grannies and family members, plus a bit of ticket touting, counterfeiting, bullying refs and linesmen, and swallow dives to earn penalties. That should do the trick nicely! 
Anyway safe journey to the Blues making it to Saints. We’re watching it on the box in the comfort of home – daren’t risk losing my rag at the pub. KK204 is coming along nicely. Looks like a big issue, gonna have to start limiting articles in length in future at this rate!
Here’s the Saints it’s A Fix update :

26) SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9TH : SOUTHAMPTON (AWAY) KO 5.30PM

Back in the top flight for the first time since 2005. Last trophy FA Cup in 1976 (beat rags 1-0) Recent connection : Wayne Bridge. 44th league meeting.

This season so far: They’re in 16th place with 24 points from 25 games and 3 wins 5 draws and 4 losses at home.

At The Etihad : First game of the season in August it was a 3-2 City win. Tevez opened (40), Lambert equalised (59), then S Davis put them ahead (68) though Dzeko (72) equalised and Nasri clinched it (80) after Silva had his weak penalty saved. Crowd was 46,190 with 1924 Saints.

In the Capital One Cup: They beat Stevenage away in the 2nd rd, Sheff Wed home 2-0 in the 3rd but lost 3-0 away to Leeds in the 4th

In the FA Cup: They lost 5-1 to Chelsea at home in the 3rd rd

Our form at Southampton: last meeting was in season 2004/05 a 0-0 draw making it : DWLWDDWWW for City

Groundwise: No change to St Mary’s and we’ll be in our usual spot to one side of the goal.

St. Mary’s - Capacity: 32,690

Comment: Relegation battle for the Saints but they’ve managed to put a few results together and are no pushovers at home now they’re getting used to the Prem. Nigel Adkins was fired and the Espanyol bloke, Pochetinno,  appointed and they do look lively. Every game is a ‘must win’ for us, and this one is no different.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 11,612 in 1955/56 in and this season it’s 30,371

Parking is crap but we’ve managed to get a spot near the ground in the past, though the stewards always stopped us from selling.
Sat Nav: S014 5FX

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Is Roy Hodgson a manuphile?

Hodgson seems to have made a mistake, he has selected a Manchester City player.  Smalling, Cleverley, Welbeck are all in the side even though they are only play first team football occasionally.  Jones would be there too if he didn't have shingles.  I expect Hart to be replaced at half time.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Liverpool


Liverpool – morning news was that Dicky had left Oldham and Keith Curle Notts County.
We needed a win to peg back the rags’ 10 point lead. Polite applause to mark the second  anniversary of Neil Young’s passing. Good start with the Dzeko goal, then the ref didn’t give the foul and the soft bastard stayed down whilst the crowd whistled and inevitably Sturridge (why the booing?) scored. No need.
Gerrard scored a wonder goal (cue red flare in the away end) surpassed only by Sergio’s amazing equaliser, and it finished at 2-2, so the rags lead pegged back to 9 points after a disappointing week for the Blues.
We’re in the throes of putting together KK 204 and we’re getting the usual fantastic response, so thanks guys. Intention is to complete over the weekend and be out for the Leeds game.
Reg Presley RIP
Dave

Saturday, 2 February 2013

ten points to make up


Stoke
No more snow after the Friday night flurry. Usual car park closed so a bit of a trudge to the ground. Picked up a programme and the Oatcake fanzine on the way.
The Oatcake had the same front cover as KK203  but with a different caption, and a reference to us having “no class”. What the f*ck would anyone in Stoke know about class?
Dull game, Zab finally got the goal and a flare was let off  near us then thrown on the pitch.
Snowball barrage from Stokies after the game but we were through which is the main thing. Off down to South Wales after the game to continue the youngest grandson’s City education. you 
ITV MOTD coverage was annoying. Constant interruptions with adverts for future programmed punctuated by a bit of soccer.
As for the draw can’t ask for anything more than a home draw against  lower league opposition, even though we’ve slipped up sometimes in the past (Forest a couple of years ago anyone?).
Then we were off to West London, good run on the M4 and parked up in the usual street as creatures of habit. We just had the top tier tonight and it was a disappointing nil niller again so 2 points lost as you well know.
Bitter article in the manumirror today by Liverpool fan Brian Reade re Mario’s departure citing George Best as the top maverick player. Best was best remembered bu City fans for ending Glyn Pardoe’s career.
Transfer window’s closed and we’ve compounded the summer calamity by weakening the team yet again with the selling of Mario with no replacement.
Rags have just won at Fulham so that’s 10 points plus goal difference to make up.
Can we start with Liverpool tomorrow? Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK 203:

25) SUNDAY FEBRUARY 4TH : LIVERPOOL (HOME) KO 4PM
Last promotion was in 1962, since when they’ve won the lot but no title since 1990 (who’d’ve thought we’d win it before them?) Recent connection : Daniel Sturridge. 154th* league meeting.

The season so far: They’re in 7th place with 35 points from 24 games and 3 wins 5 draws and 3 losses away from home.

At Anfield in August it was a ‘Desmond’. Skrtel put them one up (34) Ya Ya equalised (63), Suarez then scored that free kick (66) but Carlos, after Dzeko pressurised Skrtel, scored the equaliser (80). Crowd was 44,942 with 3,027 Blues.

In the Capital One Cup: They beat West Brom away 2-1 in the 3rd rd but lost 3-1 at home to Swansea in the 4th rd.

In the Europa league it was :
FK Gomel 1-0 A, 3-0 H: Hearts 1-0 A, 1-1 H; BSC Young Boys 5-3 A, 2-0 H; Udinese 2-3 H, 1-0 A; Anzi Makhachkala 1-0 H, 0-1 A
In the knock out stage they play Zenit St Petersburg.

In the FA Cup they’ve won 2-1 at Mansfield in the 3rd rd but lost unaccountably 3-2 at Oldham away in the 4th rd.

Form at home to Liverpool: Last season it was a 3-0 City win. Aguero opened (10) Ya Ya made it 2 (33), and Milner rounded it off (75 pen) after Barry was sent off. Crowd was 47,331 with 2,685 red scouse.
Prior to that it was 4 wins 3 losses and 8 draws

For City it’s : WWDLDDLWDLDDWDD

Comment ; Firstly congratulations to Liverpool for their success in the ‘Justice for the 96’ campaign.
On the pitch they’re still rebuilding after the Dalglish bad buys and have had good and bad results, Suarez is on fire though. Not much strengthening in the window after a summer cock up almost as bad as ours, ex Blue Danny Sturridge being thenotable first signing.
Not the same Liverpool as of old, let’s hope we can continue our good recent league form against them, but it certainly won’t be easy.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 22,742 in 30/31 and this season it’s 44,696

Just a reminder that we’ve pulled the deadline date of KK204 forward to next Tuesday February 5th owing to deciding not to go to Saints and having the 5th round of the Cup at home to Leeds.
Send them contributions in please, plenty in already.
Dave