What a week. Finished the zine on Sunday night and was reminded by Gary James of Norah Mercer’s funeral on Monday which we duly attended at Hoylake.
Tuesday it was, of course, England in Montenegro, hoping for Stefan to drop a clanger which naturally he didn’t.
Controversy reigns about the bonfire song that the rags have sung about scousers, and City for years which is now out of order.
Tomorrow they take on Sunderland in their grudge game after last season’s disappointment when we won the title. They just don’t get it that everyone hates them do they? Anyway it’s inspired them to do better this season which is bollocks as they’ve done better cos they signed van Persie. Also maybe they should remember that Sunderland took 5 points off us last season so did their bit.
They could go 18 points clear if they win which is unbelievable.
Tomorrow we take on the Toon army – here’s the It’s A Fix extract and don’t forget we have the new zine out. (all subscriptions now in the post)
30) SATURDAY MARCH 30TH : NEWCASTLE (HOME) KO 3PM
Third season back in the Prem. Last pot the 1969 Inter Cities Fairs Cup, recent connection is Shay Given, and this is the 154th league meeting
This season so far : They’re in 13th place with 33 points from 30 games and 1 win 5 draws and 8 losses away from home.
At St James’ Park in December it was a 3-1 City win, bouncing back from the derby defeat. Sergio put us ahead (10) and Garcia made it two (39) Ba pulled one back (51) and Ya Ya restored the two goal margin (78). Crowd was 49,579 with 2,778 Blues.
In the Capital One Cup they went out 2-1 at O/T in the 3rd rd
In the Europa league they’ve taken it seriously playing - Atromitas 1-1 A, 1-0 H; Maritimo 0-0 A, 1-1H; Brugge 2-2 A, 1-0 H: Bordeaux 3-0 H 0-2 A Metalist Kharkiv 0-0 H, 1-0 A, Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 A, 1-0 H and face the plum tie of Benfica next (April 4th home, 11th away)
In the FA Cup they lost 2-0 at Brighton in the 3rd rd.
Form at home to Newcastle : Last season it was a 3-1 City win in November. Balotelli opened (41pen) then Richards (44) (remember him?) and Aguero (72 pen) made it 3-0 before Gosling pulled one back (89). Crowd was 47,408 with only 1685 Geordies.
Prior to that it was 6 wins and 2 draws since their only Prem league win (1-0 in 200/01)
For City : WWWWDWDWWLDDW
Comment : They swooped in the January window signing Debuchy, Yanga-Mblwa, Gouffran, Haldara, Sissoko, and Mbabu from French clubs, but lost Demba Ba to Chelsea.
Difficult season for the Geordies after last season’s high but they should survive OK though surely we’ll win this one, to continue our fine recent record against them.
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 16,001 in 1980/81 and are this season it’s 50,015, 3rd highest in the Prem.