Friday, 29 March 2013

Friday


 FRIDAY
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.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

KOTK 205

Just a quick note to say thanks to all contributors to the latest KK number 205, It should be in all the usual outlets tomorrow - Aleef and the National Football museum - and should be sent out over the next few days.
It's A4, 52 pages, £3 and has a front and back colour cover of  Ya Ya's goal in our last FA Cup semi final.
Cheers
Dave
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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Dyke

Well they couldn't get rid of Bernie q uick enough and 70 is no age I can vouch for that. Other difference is that City folk can be fair and objective, have you ever met a fair minded rag? I haven't from director level to shop floor

Gregg's Dyke

So now we have a former director of Manchester united, Gergg Dyke as Chairman of the FA and David Gill, who was Chief Executive of Manchester united who is likely to gain a place on UEFA's executive committee.  How long before no club is allowed to win the premier league unless its name begins with Man and ends with ed?  Don't other clubs see what's happening or are we really Bitterblues?

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Everton


Everton
Parked up in the Stanley Park car park – you can usually get in there for Everton home, not Liverpool. Pleasant day so no excuse for a no show. No zines left hardly so a day off from selling and inside well before kick off. Disappointed that Ya Ya was out and we actually watched the boys warm up. Didn’t notice Jason Bent (Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People) warming up though, praps he’d have done better if he’d played. Thought Everton fans might have been deflated after last week but they were commendably well up for it as were the team in their cup final. Shocking display. Had my arm up for their offside goal – I was dead level. Fellaini should have had a pen and so should we with the handball. Neil Shaw said it had 2-0 written all over it at half time and of course, even against ten men that’s how it finished.Some of our players need to man up.
Cue swift exit – never got out of the car park so quickly – will offer Roberto a lift next season  - if he’s still here – the cops moved his car and he was delayed by three quarters of an hour before scurrying back to Italy.
What do we make of that?
Well on with KK 205, the semi-final special at the mo so thanks for all the contributions, it’s looking good, Bugger that the last issue was done in the Saints weekend, and this one after the Everton downer.
Surprisingly Spurs lost at home to Fulham, but Chelsea won so they’re hot on our heels.
Dave

Friday, 15 March 2013

Everton


Everton tomorrow – here’s the It’s a Fix extract/update:

28) SATURDAY MARCH 16TH : EVERTON (AWAY) KO 12.45PM
Last promotion was in 1954, millionaires of the 60’s, last pot FA Cup in 1995, 146th league meeting, recent connection Jack Rodwell.

This season so far: They’re in 6th place with 45 points from 28 games and 7 wins 6 draws and 1 loss at home.

At the Etihad in September it was that 1-1 draw. Fellaini, who else, opened for the Toffees (33) and Tevez equalised (43 pen). Crowd was 47, 386 with 2,834 Toffees. 

In the Capital One Cup they beat Leyton Orient 5-0 at home in the 2nd rd but lost 2-1 at Leeds in the 3rd

In the FA Cup they won at Cheltenham 5-1 in the 3rd round, beat Bolton away 2-1 in the 4th rd.Oldham home 3-1 in a replay, after 2-2 in the 5th round, but lost 3-0 at home to Wigan in the 6th at home.

Our form at Everton : Last season it was a 1-0 loss, Gibson scored the goal (60) Fergie reckoning “it’s all in the plan”. Crowd was 29, 856 with 2485 Blues.
Since the 3-1 win in 1993 it’s been 9 losses 4 draws and just the one win (2-1 in 2008/09)
For City : LLLWLDLLDDLLDLW

Comment: Decent season for Moyes’ boys, riding high in the league and doing well in the FA Cup, until…. being destroyed 3-0 by Wigan at home in the 6th round. All round solid team with the likes of Baines, Osman, Neville, Antichobe, Jelavic, Fellaini, and company, but the cup defeat could have a devastating effect with crowd unrest and Fellaini being booed off. Repercussions remain to be seen, but we’ve put to bed one bogey at Arsenal so no reason why we can’t lay another one if we go about it the right way. It’s now their cup final and they’ll either be wound up or demoralised – guess which grand ole team’ll come out, but I fancy us for a result, for a change here!

Groundwise: Back to the 50’s, we’re in the upper and lower of the Bullens, tucked away out of view of the TV cameras, with its obstructive views etc
Outside the away end it was barriered off last season with a heavy stewarding and police presence.

Goodison Park : Capacity : 40, 260 (2,500 for City)

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 19,343 in 1983/84 and this season it’s 36,499
Away day zine : When Skies are Grey
Pubs/parking : Street parking and local car parks
Sat Nav : L4 4EL 

PS :Been away for a few days so thanks for all the KK205 contributions so far. Brill stuff.as always
Dave

Saturday, 9 March 2013

barnsley


Saturday
Well have you heard the excuses coming out from the Swamp? What a club, they lost v Madrid (first decent team they’ve faced in the Chimps League) because their (not they’re!) manager lost the plot.
So did Carlos, shopped by a rag probably but done again this time for driving whilst banned. Bloody hell.
Barnsley today here’s the preview :

28A) SATURDAY MARCH 9TH : BARNSLEY (HOME) FA CUP 6TH RD
It was probably the best draw we could have wished for, Barnsley at home.

In the FA Cup just the two meetings,  first in 1947/48 a 2-1 City win at home in the 3rd round, goals coming from Black and Smith. Crowd was 54,747.
Then in 1993 it was a 2-0 City win in the 5th round, with 2 goals from David White. Crowd was 32,809 and Barnsley fans were back in the dark ages and spoiling for a fight outside the North stand after the game with no takers, City fans.just taking laughing it off..

In the League Cup two meetings, first in 1981 a 1-0 City loss at Barnsley. Crowd was 33,792
Then in 2004, the last time the teams met in all competitions, City won 7-1 with goals from Barton, Macken 2, Flood, SWP and Sibierski 2.
Crowd was 19,578.

This season so far : They’re in 18th place with 38 points from 35 games and 5 wins  4 draws and 9 losses away from home.

In the Capital One Cup : They lost 1-0 at Swansea

In the FA Cup : They won 1-0 at home v Burnley in  the 3rd rd, 1-0 at Hull in the 4th and 3-1 at MK Dons in the 5th.

Our league form at home to Barnsley : The teams have met sporadically in the 2nd division from 1899 to 2002. Last meeting was in 2001/02, a 5-1 City home win on our way to promotion.
2 wins for Barnsley 88/89 and 96/97 both 2-1 otherwise 8 wins for City including 7-3 1927/28, 5-1 1946/47, 6-0 in 1950/51 and 4 draws.
For City it’s : WWLLDDWWWWDDWW

Comment : No excuse for not going through to the semi-final, but this is City and we must be professional. We’ve already seen off Watford and Leeds from the Championship, better teams than Barnsley who’re managed by ex Blue Gary Flitcroft’s bro David. Team also includes Kelvin Etuhu, Marlon Harewood and possibly Rory Delap. Oh no!
Don’t forget their jibes in the friendly a couple of  years ago at Oakwell : “YOU’RE GONNA WIN F*CK ALL” Since then we’ve not done too badly. Shove ‘em back down their throats City.
Yorkshire, Yorkshire!
Dave

Friday, 8 March 2013

Thursday rags disgrace


Thursday – ‘the referee ruined the game by sending off Nani for a vicious foul’
Watched the Laurie Cunningham story last night on TV, noticed that they edited out the disgraceful monkey grunting at O/T by the rags in the 5-3 loss to WBA but the commentator did condemn it.
I see that the 999 rag caller made it from his home in Nottingham!
No action for Ferdinand re his sarcastic clapping of the Turkish ref. good job he wasn’t winked at.
So the rags revealed once again why everyone hates them. They get a touch of their own medicine and instead of responding with the dignity befitting a great club, they show their total lack of class by showing the world how they cannot behave with any sort of grace in defeat.
Dave

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

aw diddums

Nani - I'm sure I've seen him do that before? Game to be replayed with Howard Webb as ref (Alan Wilkie unavailable)

Tuesday night


Tuesday night
Met up with Graeme, our KK designer in the Trafford Centre, when he predicted that the rags would go out to Real M.
We then went on to watch the incredible ‘Life of Pi’
6.10 performance. Came out to find that the rags were 1-0 up, being shown in The Orient. We got out quick and on the way passed a young lad coming in wearing his City shirt. “Brave boy”
By the time we got home our Boy told us they were out, so obviously we then watched Holby (recorded) and then the match. Turns out Madrid had a good goal disallowed, rags goal was an og, Nani sent off for a vicious foul, and Modric and Ronaldo finished em off. So, the big game ended just like us against em with a draw and a one goal defeat. Fergie’s reaction was on a par with Keegan’s “I’d luv it “ rant and Rafa’s “fact” rant – let’s see if the rag press see it that way.
So there you go, they won’t be “partying like 1999” and Fergie has to stay for another 3 years at least to knock Liverpool off their perch and top their 5 Euro cups.
Tee hee
Dave

Tuesday, 5 March 2013


Tuesday
MUEN had an astounding fanzine type article last night on who should go or stay at City. Bloody hell, we usually do it at the end of the season. What effect that must have on the current squad from the local rag doesn’t bear thinking about.
We went early and the M6 was surprisingly clear. Parked in the Tesco car park and had a bite in the café where everyone was very pleasant. The manager said that he wasn’t too worried about them going down as there were more games in the Championship so more punters in the café! Woodhall, Ed of the Villa zine Heroes and Villains said much the same. Seriously Villa should be a Premiership team and after last night will surely escape the drop.
Anyway, I sold a fanzine to Garry Cook, who is now living in London and involved in cage fighting, though he had a posher name for it. I said ‘sold’ well he managed £2 and a bit but I was quite happy with that at the time (so don’t get onto me and ask for refunds!).
“Have you ever won the European Cup” and “You’re just a shit man united” chanted the Villa boys. “Gareth Barry thinks you’re shit, so does Milner” responded the Blues.
All good fun. Good win in the end, should have been better but 3 points is 3 points.
Don’t forget Holby City tonight. Chantelle is in trouble with Serena and if it’s not resolved in her favour I’ll be writing to the BBC in no uncertain terms.
Dave

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Sunday


Sunday
Good interview by David  Conn on Pablo Zabaleta in the Guardian yesterday. Rags beat norwich 4-0 so we're 15 behind again
Today’s manumirror is full of the City flops who are likely to go in the summer including Nasri, Dzeko, Tevez, Kolo Toure, Lescott – bet that motivates em for the rest of the season?
Not long before Spurs v Arsenal, hoping for a draw or an Arsenal win.
Tomorrow we’ve got Villa away, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK 204:
28) MONDAY MARCH 4TH : A. VILLA (AWAY) KO 8PM
Last promotion was in 1988 Last pot League Cup in 1996. 146th league meeting. Recent connections : Gareth Barry, James Milner, Stevie Ireland, Richard Dunne

This season so far they’re  in 18th place with 24 points from 27 games and 3 wins 4 draws 6 losses at home.

At the Etihad in November it was a 5-0 City win, the goals coming from Silva (43) Aguero (54 dubious penalty, 67), Tevez (65 pen, 74). Crowd was 47,072 with 1,049 Villans.

In the Capital One Cup they bea  us 4-2, in the 3rd rd, Swindon away 3-2 in the 4th, Norwich away 4-1 in the 5th,  lost the first leg of the semi-final away to Bradford City 3-1, won the 2nd 2-1 so  missed out agonisingly on a Final appearance.

In the FA Cup they beat Ipswich 2-1 at home but lost 2-1 at Millwall in the 4th rd

Our form at Villa : last season it was a 1-0 City win with Lescott notching the winner (63) against the club he supported as a youngster. That made it 5 wins, 6 draws 4 losses and for City : WLDLDWWWDLDWDDL

Groundwise : Usual spot, tucked away at one end of the Sir Doug Ellis stand, out of sight of the TV cameras. Home crowd filter through the away fans at the end when there’s always a bit of erm banter between both sets.
Tickets are : £41/£33

Villa Park - Capacity : 42,602 (3,000 for City)

Comment: Wretched season for Villa under highly rated Paul Lambert embroiled in a real relegation battle, and out of both cups. For City though we must take advantage on a fairly lucky ground where we’ve already won, beating Chelsea in the Community Shield. They do pack a punch with Benteke and Agboniahor so we have to be wary as we didn’t in the Capital One Cup game.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 15,237 in 1985/86 and this season it’s 33,771.
Parking is becoming more and more difficult on the streets with restrictive zones.
Away day zine : Heroes and Villains, swap with KK and well worth picking up
Sat Nav : B6 6HE

Friday, 1 March 2013

weekend


Friday
Well the youth team were kicked off the park at Derby apparently in the 2-0 defeat. Bring back Jim Cassell.
Finally received the cheque from Aleef so popped about twenty into the kiosk on the corner of Cross Street and Market Street.
Good to see Alex Williams at the Astley and Tyldesley branch of the supporters club on Tuesday night with a humorous and informative chat/Q and A.
Today’s news is that Courtney Meppen-Walter, the Blues youngster, responsible for the car crash and deaths of two people is to be sued by the family, and is now serving a sentence of 16 months. City have terminated his contract. Courtney was also previously docked 6 points and fined for speeding – didn’t anyone from the club have a word?
Oliver Holt in today’s manumirror came out with this astounding statement “With the money they (Chelsea) spent they should have blown away the competition. They should not have given Manchester united a look in”
I have replied to this preposterous statement by e-mail and await a reply.
So a pretty boring weekend ahead with no City game until Monday night at Villa, by which time we could be 15 points behind again, as the rags face Norwich at home. No wonder everyone hates them.
Dave

weekend


Friday
Well the youth team were kicked off the park at Derby apparently in the 2-0 defeat. Bring back Jim Cassell.
Finally received the cheque from Aleef so popped about twenty into the kiosk on the corner of Cross Street and Market Street.
Good to see Alex Williams at the Astley and Tyldesley branch of the supporters club on Tuesday night with a humorous and informative chat/Q and A.
Today’s news is that Courtney Meppen-Walter, the Blues youngster, responsible for the car crash and deaths of two people is to be sued by the family, and is now serving a sentence of 16 months. City have terminated his contract. Courtney was also previously docked 6 points and fined for speeding – didn’t anyone from the club have a word?
Oliver Holt in today’s manumirror came out with this astounding statement “With the money they (Chelsea) spent they should have blown away the competition. They should not have given Manchester united a look in”
I have replied to this preposterous statement by e-mail and await a reply.
So a pretty boring weekend ahead with no City game until Monday night at Villa, by which time we could be 15 points behind again, as the rags face Norwich at home. No wonder everyone hates them.
Dave