Friday, 30 August 2013

Friday


Friday
I thought Peter Schmeichel was fairly kind to Joe on MOTD saying the criticism is too much
 But added that he should be on his toes for corners and concentrate on the ball. thoughts that he needs pushing are bollocks, Bert, Banks and co didn't need pushing.
I see Pellegrini was attacked at O/T – would you expect anything else from that club’s supporters?
David McDonnell in the manumirror is really pissing me off. Every column or article he does on City includes a dig. Can someone at the club have a go please?
Search for a centre half as cover is hotting up. News awaited.
Reminder that the deadline for KK208 is Tuesday Sept 3rd and it’s our 25th anniversary issue.
Champs league draw wasn’t too bad though Moscow and the Czech club have small ground capacities unless they change to a bigger venue.
Tomorrow it’s Hull and an early start. Here’s the It’s A Fix update from KK207

3) SATURDAY AUGUST 31ST: HULL (HOME) KO 12.45 PM
First season back in the Prem for Hull since they went down in 2010 after a couple of seasons in the Prem.
 In the three seasons they’ve been away Phil Brown, Nigel Pearson and Nick Barmby have vacated the managers chair and Chairman Assem Allam appointed Steve Bruce at the start of last season.
They gained promotion on the last day of the season, finishing in second place with 79 points, 8 behind leaders Cardiff, 2 ahead of 3rd place Watford and with 11 wins 3 draws and 9 losses away from home.
Last Pot : Erm, none
Celeb fans : Sinitta, Roy North (Basil Brush’s mate) Omar Sharif, Tom Courtney, John Alderton, John Prescott (possibly)
This is our 11th league meeting 

Form at home to Hull: 3 meetings pre war with 2 wins and a draw plus post war 2 wins and a draw also, all in the 2nd division..
Two meetings in the Prem, the infamous 5-1 in 08/09, City 4 up at half time then Phil Brown’s half time team talk on the pitch, final score 5-1.
Then in 09/10 it was a 1-1 draw, SWP scoring(45) and Bullard equalising from the spot (82) after which he enacted Phil’s talk after the Hull equaliser, which was very funny. Not. Crowd was 46,382 with 2358 Tigers.
For City : DWWWDWDW


This season so far : they lost at West Ham 2-0, beat Norwich 1-0 at home.
In the Capital One Cup they won at Leyton Orient 1-0 and face Huddersfield at home in the 3rd round

Comment : Another unknown quantity apart from manager Steve Bruce, the Elephant man!
They’ve made a few signings so far , Boyd, Figuero, Davies, and Huddlestone plus have  released a load of players with no household names amongst them. Everyone referred to them as The Tigers when I lived in Hull, so no surprise that their owner wants them to be referred to by that name. Anyway, there’s only one City – Us!
3 points for definite.


Monday, 26 August 2013

Micky

Micky
First I was having a pop at your basking remark. I think we all agree, certainly Neil did, that we basked too much after our title win in 2012 and didn’t do the business that summer. Likewise I thought we all went a bit overboard after the Newcastle game especially Dzeko becoming a new man. Praps I was a bit harsh on him.
Cardiff was for me yet another poor away day of which we had plenty last season – too numerous to mention. I thought that the new manager with Kidd’s guidance (? )would improve things and yes he’s only done 2 games but lessons still to learn.
By the way the KK blog is for everyone and we usually get good debate so I’m quite entitled to air my opinion.
As for your remarks about petulant bluster, always ready to throw my toys out of the pram, don’t like disagreements, feel that because of who I am (a fanzine editor who provides a mag for fans to vent their spleen) think my arguments carry more weight, look in the mirror and see the twat that I sometimes am – well at my selling point  we always have good discussions without too much pontification, though of course I can be a twat sometimes, as I’m sure you can. Did we chat at Madrid, Ajax, Swansea, Cardiff, Everton, Liverpool etc Micky – I don’t recall.
I can assure you that my 15 year old grandson who keeps telling me it’s the new City, held similar opinions to myself  on the Cardiff and other debacles we’ve had especially the Wigan cup final one and after all the summer hype we hoped to have got rid of the stupidity  he reckons.
I’m only 69 (going on 8) by the way

Dave

Cardiff

Just back - well we certainly basked Micky. basking not good enough we have to continue to perform. We've now lost to Wigan, Norwich and Cardiff in the last few games, under 3 different managers. Waiting to see the highlights again but i can't believe that we still can't do corners - does Kidd speak to Manuel?
Can't see us winning another away game at this rate, no not even at Villa. They can't do it for a manager they don't like and one who loves em.
Massive improvement needed.
As for the lumbering carthorse anyone who knows owt about football knows he 's only good for the last ten minutes of games.
Still at least he got one today but also reverted back to his lying on the floor cameo that doesn't fool anyone.
Thoughts also portrayed by 15 year old grandson who can't quite believe how poor we can still be, despite the signings and unlearned lessons against the likes of the above mentioned clubs. Another great weekend spoiled. Not good enough City.
Dave

Friday, 23 August 2013

Friday

Friday
Sorry about my Dzeko assessment. Apparently he scored 4 of the 7 sitters but it's me who needs to go to specsavers
Chelsea beat Villa 2-1 with outrageous decisions in their favour.
Rags have no class according to Everton.
You can't buy class according to the Arse who're desperately trying to but....class
Suarez has gone to Barca and Sinclair to West Brom on loan though we’ll pay half his £50K wages. Vinny, Micah and Nasty are all out so we’re vulnerable at the back as I predicted some time ago. Ko Lo went to Liverpool on a free.,
So we’re off to South Wales, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK 207…..

2) SUNDAY AUGUST 25TH CARDIFF CITY  (AWAY) KO 4 PM
‘Bluebird flying high, tell me what you sing…….
They’re back in the top flight for the first time since 1962, but lost 2-0 at West Ham in their first game..
Since relegation they’ve hovered between the 2nd, 3rd and 4th divisions. Sam Hamman took over as Chairman in 2000 and wanted to rename the club Cardiff Celts playing in green, red and white to attract support from the whole of Wales but this was thwarted. They made the second tier in 03/04, Peter Ridsdale took over in 2006, and they lost 1-0 to Portsmouth (now in the 4th tier) in the FA Cup final in 2008. They moved to the Cardiff City stadium in 2009, over the road from now demolished Ninian Park.
Malaysian Datuk Chan Tien Ghee took over in May 2010, they lost the league cup final on penalties to Liverpool in 2011. Colours were changed from blue to red in 2012 (in the late 20’s they played in sky blue/turqoise) and the badge altered. In March 2013 Ghee resigned and Vincent Tan took over, as they achieved promotion at last to the Prem under manager Marky MacKay with the help of Craig Bellamy.
They finished up with 87 points, 8 points clear of second place Hull with 15 wins 6 draws and 2 losses at home.
Last Pot : FA Cup in 1927.
Some celeb fans : Neil Kinnock, Colin Farrell, Shakin Stevens, Super Furry Animals and rag Ian Brown once donned a Cardiff shirt at a Stone Roses gig in Newport.
Some connections : Andy Dibble, David Bennett, Ron Healey, Tony Book, Robbie Fowler, Trevor Sinclair, Craig Bellamy,

Last league meetings : were in the second division in 1984/85, a 2-2 draw at City and a rare 3-0 win in Cardiff, in front of a crowd of 6,089

Form at Cardiff: Prior to that 3-0 win, 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in the 1920’s, then 1 win (3-0 in 1953/54) 6 draws and 5 losses (including a 0-6 in 52/53)
For City : WLLDDDDDLLWLD
We did meet in the 4th round of the Cup in 1994, losing 1-0 in front of 20,486, and there was a 0-0 draw in a friendly at City in 1998/99.

Comment: They’ll be on a high on their first home game and return to the top flight, and those Welsh f*ckers can’t half sing.
Moore and Cornelius have come in and Helguson, McPhail, Parish, Jarvis and Darko have gone.
Obviously apart from the Craigster they’re an unknown quantity, no sentiment here City please and 3 points.

Groundwise: It’s a new stadium and looks a bit bland, to be honest. City fans will be located in the top right hand corner. There are plans in place to increase the capacity by adding 5,000 seats to the Ninian Stand

Cardiff City Stadium : Capacity : 26,828 (2,500 presumably for City)

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 2,826 in 1986/87 and last season it was 22,988.
Away Day zines: The Thin Blue Line; Ramzine both £1

Parking/Pubs: Well it’s Bank Holiday weekend so why not make a weekend of it? Plenty to do round about, and the ground is on a retail estate, surprise, surprise. Parking next to the away end is £5 I’m told. Tickets are £40 or £25 concessions


Sat Nav: CF11 8AZ or follow signs when you get on the M4

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Wednesday

Wednesday
Bert tributes in City square and a superb special tribute with the reprint of the 1956 cup final programme with the programme of the match. New look programme looks good, but not sure why there’s a pic of Morrissey in there. £3 too- good value. Minutes applause for Bert, will the club honour him with a stand and statue? Should’ve done it whilst he was alive.
Newcastle were without Cabaye and Remy. Lots of hype for our first game, totally justified with the 4-0 win. Same as last year, didn’t see much difference in the style of  play though I’ve been shouted down on this one. Dzeko man of the match? I counted 7 sitters he missed and he’s supposed to be a striker. Steven Taylor was sent off for a mild forearm smash on Sergio, very silly but a sending off these days.
Overall a magnificent night.
Slow getting out of the East car park as one lane blocked off so that the north car park can also exit at the rear. Bummer for us, benefit for them? Not sure.
Regarding the Custis’s, fellas, one of them was on Blue Tuesday with Sean Riley last season and seemed reasonable. Need to check in the KK which covered it and advise.

Dave

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Saturday

Saturday
Firstly, Darren was shot in Love/Hate on Wednesday, but as there’s another series planned I guess he’ll survive. They’re all probably united fans anyway so who cares?
England v Scotland, plenty of rags in the team, just Joe then Milner for us. Once again you hoped Joe would have a good game but once again he cocked up. Body behind the ball, laddie. Bert would’ve saved em both.
Interesting atmosphere, and good to send the Scots packing, they’ve won eff all since Bannockburn. Wonder which side my ancestors were on then, probably the winning one, though I think Willie W was gone by then!
And so to the start of the Prem. But I’m down in Newport where there was a massive police presence for the visit of Bristol Rovers fans. I’m told County still have a big firm of nutters.
Anyway, well done Liverpool, Villa, Saints, Fulham. Watched the rags. Swansea had a goal disallowed – player offside, then onside and another player scored. No re-run in the  reviews, typical. They played well but Arsenal and City must regret letting RVP slip through. Defensively I think the rags have more strength in depth than us unless we make a signing, and not another 30 odd year old please.

Two days to go for us. Have done a couple of questionnaires for The Mag (congrats on 25 years) and True Faith, their fanzines.

Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK207 :
1)     MONDAY AUGUST 19Th : NEWCASTLE (HOME) KO 8PM

Fourth season back in the Prem. Last pot the 1969 Inter Cities Fairs Cup, recent connection is Shay Given, and this is the 155th league meeting

Some celeb fans : Ant and Dec, John McCririck, Chris Eubank, Tony Blair, Abhisit Vejjajiva (new Thailand PM) Steve Harrison (England fast bowler), Robson Green, Geordie Bryan in the Oddfellows, Swinton

Last season They finished in 16th place with 41points and 2 wins 7 draws and 10 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 took it seriously lasting until April when they went out to Benfica
In the FA Cup they lost 2-0 at Brighton in the 3rd rd.

Form at home to Newcastle : Last season it was a 4-0 coast in March. First goals didn’t arrive until Tevez (41) then Silva (45+2), followed up by Kompany (56) and (inevitably) Ya-Ya Toure (69).
Crowd was 47,201 with only 1,719 Geordies, saving up for their European trips, Ashley, apparently won’t take up the full allocation.

Prior to that it was 7 wins and 2 draws since their only Prem league win (1-0 in 200/01)
For City : WWWWWDWDWWLDDW

Comment : Last close season they gave Pardew an 8 year contract. This time they’ve astonishingly employed Joe Kinnear, but nothing Mike Ashley does surprises. Geordie fans are mortified and have virtually thrown in the towel already..
Not much happening yet on the transfer front, Remy’s come in and Cisse has relented on wearing the Woga shirt further to him being caught out in a gambling casino!. Steve Harper, Danny Simpson and Moyo have been released, but no return yet for Djemba Ba.
Surely we’ll win this one, to continue our fine recent record against them. 3-2 to us is my prediction


WWTWTWShite : Averaged  16,001 in 1980/81 and last season it was 50,517, 3rd highest in the Prem.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Monday

Monday
So the rags won our Community Shield at Wembley. 2-0 an RVP goal and an own goal but in rag speak it was a brace from RVP. No wonder…….
Pre match I was worried that they might beat our 6-1 record win v West Brom in 1968 but it wasn’t to be thankfully.
Incidentally there was a good piece in Saturday’s manumirror by Derek McGovern, check it out, v funny on the rags.
Apparently our loss v the Arse was due to overtraining and being tired, so the titles ours.
Wednesday  it’s the England v Scotland friendly at Wembley, just what we need a few days before the Prem starts. Surely the Scots won’t give us a game and our centre spot and goalposts will be secure. Zaha puts on a rag shirt and guess what. Yup picked for England, before a Prem league appearance, you couldn’t make it up…….
Popped into the City store today and picked up a couple of T shirts (2 for £20) plus an away shirt for the big grandson (15) and a City kit for the little grandson, 3 on Friday, so we’re doing our bit for FFP!
One week to go.

Dave

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Weekend

Weekend
Good to see that Chantelle in Holby has put Arthur Digby in his disillusioned place.
Sad to hear that Waggy’s died.. Nice post from Tony
Boxing day 1964 v Bury I think it was when City fans turned up for the game and wondered why he’ hadn’t run out with the team and then found out he’d been transferred to Wolves. The move surprised me as I thought Wolves were in decline.  A couple of weeks later City recorded our lowest post war crowd of 8,015 v Swindon.
I spoke to him a couple of years ago and reminded him of when he pulled up and went off in the 1974 league Cup final and I thought we’d go on to win it, which of course we didn’t. He told me that he wasn’t really fit for the game but was desperate to play and it wasn’t a surprise that his hamstring went. Nice guy. I also got his autograph in my Us and Them book which some twat later nicked.
His favourite trick was to feint a cross and drag the ball back leaving the defender in his wake. It worked every time.
One game that stands out just sums up Manchester united. At home in May 1963 both teams were poised for the drop. City went ahead through Alex ‘the King’ Harley, had a good looking goal disallowed so 1-0 at half time. Waggy had wound Paddy Crerand up so much (it only takes a wink these days!) that in true ragstyle Paddy twatted him in the tunnel at half time. Bill Leivers tried in vain to get into the united dressing room to sort him out but was unable to get in. Second half Waggy, probably concussed, made a backpass late on which was intercepted by Denis Law, Harry Dowd came out, the ball rolled harmlessly out of play then Denis kicked Harry in the head and the ref  gave the rags a penalty which Quixall scored to even the game 1-1 and it was City who later went down. No wonder everyone’s always hated them.

In the week we attended the do at Manchester Central – whatever happened to G Mex? Great do, well done City and a fine introduction to Manchester for the new manager and players. Let’s hope we live up to the hype.
Then it was the Arsenal friendly in Helsinki which we lost 3-1. Didn’t see it but it seems our chance taking and defending was pretty poor.
Anyway just over a week to go to the big KO. Can’t wait.
Dave



Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Another One Gone

Dave Wagstaffe


Sad to hear of the death of another ex City player. Dave Wagstaffe passed away today aged 70.  He was more likely to be classed as a Wolves legend than a City one as the player was transferred to Wolves in the early 60's.  But I remember the guy used to come in to my mum and dad's cafe and was known as Waggy.  He was a class player and if he'd elected to stay at City and wait for Mercer and Allison to arrive, I reckon he'd have gone on to win many England caps as Allison would have gotten the best out of him.  Commiserations to the family.

Monday, 5 August 2013

monday reflections

MONDAY REFLECTION
Yesterday motored all the way over to Stockport for the Chappy testimonial. Plenty of Blues walking to the ground. Hungrified we (me and grandson Joe, always hungry) opted to eat at the Edgeley café. A bit of a mistake but passable I suppose.
Didn’t see any programmes on sale.
Took our places in the main stand after buying a few raffle tickets, numbered 46,47,51,52, off a couple of army lads.
Pretty full main stand. Cheesy was the commentator, looking quite slimline these days probably with the help of the demise of the Little Chefs.
One team was in sky blue (Chappy’s), the other in black and red stripes. Brian Horton was in charge of one team, Joe Royle the other (but I can’t remember which was which)
Thing about ex player games is you can’t help wondering who’s lost their hair and who’s got fat. I’m too polite to identify though. Both teams hit the bar then the stripes went 2-0 up through Uwe and then added a third, young looking Gareth Taylor  doing well. Sky blues with Dicky and Darren Huckerby looking good pulled one back before half time. Raffle drawn, winning ticket was 48!
Andy Morrison (teeth handed over to Brian Horton) scored direct from the restart surprising Eric Nixon with a long ranger as accurate as the punch with which Andy sparked Eric in the car park that time.
4-1 to the stripes. After an hilarious  Peter Barnes nutmeg on Neil Pointon  the sky blues  soon made it 4-4 – a cracker from Trev Sinclair and 2 from Chappy, who couldn’t score from a penalty or two!
Sky blues won it on pens and everyone went home happy.
It was a strange situation, every goal being cheered and City beating themselves as we so often did when these players were in their prime.
Different times now but all those involved in today’s game were quite rightly treated like heroes. A credit to Derek Partridge and everyone involved. Thanks also to Stockport County whose ground is far too good for the Conference North.

Thursday it’s the do at Central station – tickets now on sale for £10 standing, not offered originally so we got 5 at £25 and the 2 kids would be happy to stand! So a bit of a bummer.
City’s next game is Arsenal in Helsinki on Saturday 5PM local time. Shame they can’t fit a friendly in to boost the coffers of a local club.
Ashes test rained off today – ridiculous article in today’s Manumirror by Ian Botham claiming that the Aussies would be relived they weren’t heading for a 5-0 and then 10-0 whitewash. Don’t think it was tongue in cheek. We were getting hammered and what a tremendous gentleman is Aussie captain Michael Clarke coming out with respectful stuff you’d expect from a City captain but never from a rag.
Cheers
Dave
PS Got my season card today so all set


Saturday, 3 August 2013

Saturday

Saturday
Missed the first half of the Bayern game, though I believe we were pretty poor. Good stuff after the break, it should have been 3 or 4. Negredo finally notched one but we then went onto the back foot. Old Trafford penalty given against Zab for handball, 1-1 which rankled considering the two we had turned down in the Champs League game, and inevitably they went on to win it 2-1. So 4 trophies still needed.
Chappy’s game is at 2pm at Stockport, and it looks like a pretty impressive team of reasonably recent ex players.
Bert flyers not ready yet at the printers– they’re taking longer than the fanzine does! Here’s one side :
BERT TRAUTMANN
1923 - 2013

For me it was 1955 when I first became interested in soccer. I was 11 years old and City were on their way to Wembley. Tales of the heroics of their German born, ex prisoner of war goalie, Bert Trautmann, were becoming legendary as we were treated to glimpses of his performances  on the newsreels and television clips of the day.
At that age I was obviously unaware of the initial reaction to the signing of the German from St Helens Town in 1949, so soon after the war. Some fans were up in arms, boycotting City’s games in protest. However, his displays on the pitch and the publicity they generated soon had them flocking back to Maine Road. Indeed, football crowds up and down the country took our blonde hero to their hearts and it is safe to say that Bert did much for Anglo-German relations in those austere and troubled post-war times.
Like most young Blues of that era I had a scrapbook of the City stars with Bert taking pride of place. As a budding goalkeeper myself I naturally modelled myself on him, but only reached local league standard. I also kept a diary of City games in scrapbook form, and on the way back from West Ham in 1959 I seized my chance for autographs as the players were travelling on the same train. I remember Bert’s wife, Margaret, being present too, and giving me a ‘boys will be boys’ look, with a wry smile, as I fussed around the players. She looked like a film star and I thought she was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen.
Bert kindly signed my book, and, flicking through it, turned to George Hannah saying “this boy looks like he’s going to become a journalist”, George agreed, but for me editing a fanzine was as near as I got! Years later I met Bert at a Sportsmans Dinner, and told him I was a goalkeeper and had modelled myself on him, Someone then asked him a question, and he turned to me and said “Dave, you were a goalkeeper, what do you think?” I was speechless.
I last saw Bert a couple of years ago, when he was looking in great shape. Previously I recall him being asked at a supporters club meeting if he thought that Nicky Weaver was a better goalie than him and he replied “yes, he is now, but I am 77 years of age!”. Classic.
Brilliant that he has accepted the position of Honorary President at St. Helens Town. Let’s hope that today’s match for the Trautmann Trophy goes well and benefits the Trautmann  Foundation and St Helens Town, and maybe prompts the Manchester City club to finally name a stand after the great man. It’s long overdue, and time is running out.
Dave Wallace
[article from October 2009, written for the programme for the game between Manchester City ex players and St. Helens Town]
Full tributes in KOTK 208


Thursday, 1 August 2013

Catch Up
Well things started to pick up with the 1-0 win over South China, but with an injury to Nastasic. Minutes applause for Bert, nice touch. Then we lifted the trophy with a 1-0 win against  Sunderland.
Friday night I did a talk to the A and T supporters club branch at the Subbi club in Tyldesley on the fanzine, being fan on the board, City in general and on my latest book Us and Them. We had a great night it was thoroughly enjoyable.
Yesterday we beat Milan 5-3, 5 goals up then let 3 in before half time, and that’s how it stayed. Didn’t watch it – was doing an interview for KK 208. Tonight it’s Bayern Munich, 2 games in 2 days so we’ll see.
I’ve had a few quotes in the MEN re Bert Trautmann. In my opinion the club missed the boat a few years ago by not naming a stand after him whilst he was still alive and it was raised at POB meetings, without being taken up. Just like the ground being built without the facility to expand in the future.
Anyway, I’ve just been down to the local printers where I’ve got them doing ‘Bert’ flyers for us, with a dedication from myself done a few years ago for the programme of the ex City players v St Helens Town match.
Obviously Bert died just as KK 207 came out so these flyers will go into the remaining fanzines (at great expense!)  to advertise the tributes we’re planning for KK208.
So a big job for the Ed to slip em all in the zines ready for future sales. I’ve done enough for those already sent out so they are available – also may put  something on the blog.
Thanks to all those who’ve re-subscribed, much appreciated.
Chappy’s testimonial at Stockport on Sunday. See you there.

Dave