Friday, 27 September 2013

Friday thoughts

Friday
What a week, 12 goals in the three games, including a thumping 4-1 derby day win, 5-0 thrashing of Wigan – we should ‘ve done it in May -  players coming back from injury, and a visit to one of our favourite away games tomorrow. Gloom lifted from the doubts of the first 3 games. Newcastle away in the 4th rd, no problem.
Tomorrow it’s Villa and here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK208:
6) SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH VILLA (AWAY) KO 3PM
Last promotion was in 1988 Last pot League Cup in 1996. 147th league meeting. Recent connections : Gareth Barry, James Milner, Stevie Ireland, Richard Dunne

Some celebrity fans:  David Cameron, Prince William, Tom Hanks, Nigel Kennedy, Geezer Butler, Ian Lavender, Mervyn King, Lodge/Hayward, Martin Shaw

Last season :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 beat  us 4-2 aet, in the 3rd rd, at The Etihad, Balotelli (27) Barry (OG 59) Kolarov (64) then Agboniahor (71,113) and N’Zogbia (96) Crowd was 28,015 with 1,069 Villans.

This season so far they’re currently in 13th spot with 6 points 0 wins 0 draws and 2 losses at home
They’ve  won at Arsenal 3-1, lost at Chelsea 2-1 and at home to Liverpool 1-0, plus they won at Norwich 1-0.
In the Capital One Cup : they beat Rotherham 3-0 at home in the 2nd rd but lost 4-0 to Spurs at home in the 3rd though how they didn’t get a penalty when one of their players had his pants pulled down in the box is completely baffling.

Our form at Villa : last season it was a 1-0 City
win, Tevez scored bang on half time. Crowd was 33,217 with 2,903 Blues..
That made it 6 wins, 6 draws 4 losses and for City : WWLDLDWWWDLDWDDL

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: Good start for Villa then a couple of hiccups, though outrageous decisions went against them at Chelsea. They do pack a punch with Benteke, who they’ve done well to hang on to though he could be missing, and Agboniahor so we have to be wary. We do have a good record at Villa Park which hopefully we’ll maintain if our away form finally improves, and they’ve lost all three Prerm home games so far. They’ve spent £20M on Luna, Bacuna, Tonev, Okore, Helenius, Steer, Pegor, and main outs were Richard Dunne, Stevie Ireland, Darren Bent, Bannan, but Stillyan Petrov has sadly  retired.
WWTWTWShite: Averaged 15,237 in 1985/86 and last season it was 35,059.
Parking is becoming more and more difficult on the streets with restrictive zones.The localTesco  supermarket is handy if you fancy a bite to eat.
Away day zine : Long running Heroes and Villains, swap with KK and is well worth picking up
Sat Nav : B6 6HE

BE WARNED : The M6 north of Birmingham is down to 50mph until 2015!!!!
Dave


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Correction

It was, of course 5-1 in 03/04, 94/95 it was a 4-0 before Moyes time!
Vey sad to hear about the Gary Neville incident, glad City fans turned on the perpetrator, and can we somehow stop them singing that Fergie/Moyes  sang we've come down to rags/Wenger song level.

united involved in 5 goal thriller

Tuesday - united involved in 5 goal thriller
I was on Dublin radio on Saturday with Andy Mitten of the united zine UWS. I predicted a draw and Andy said he’d take a draw “right now”.
Lovely sunny day, so good to see Blues going to the ground bedecked in the gorgeous sky blue. Fairly quiet on my pitch, none of the usual to-ing and fro-ing from the red scum, just one or two rags wandering about which is more than we can do at their place . “That’s because we’re on a higher plain” Ged advised “and we don’t give them the stick we’d get at the swamp if we wore our colours”.
Heard that RVP was out for them and changed my prediction to 5-0. Maybe a little tongue in cheek!
What a performance from the boys, so pleased for unsung heroes like Kolarov and Nasri.  Vinny immense as was the rest of the lads, the whole team. What about those rags fans? Very quiet until we went 4-0 up, and they pretended they weren’t bothered by chanting some crap about 20 titles. Rooney, thought his wig had come off and why did it take 5 fouls before he was booked?
Saw John Henshaw at half time and we agreed we wouldn’t cock it up this time, but we should have had more. Happy at 4-1 though really.
Olly Holt in the manumirror quoted Moyes as saying “ he had never suffered this kind of defeat at City when he came here with Everton”. So the legendary manu selective memory kicks in, as he forgets the 5-1 in ‘93/94. I’ve e-mailed Olly to remind him!
Tonight I’m going on Blue Tuesday with Tom Parish, who took some persuading, (Micky, give me your number and I’ll pass it on next time) so we won’t get to our pitches until just after 7. See you there!
It’s Wigan, of course, and here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK208 :
5A) TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH : CAPITAL ONE CUP RD 3 : WIGAN (HOME)
Hopefully we’ll be buoyant after Sunday (we are!) and OOOH it’s also a chance of revenge for the Cup final debacle, but no doubt their half a dozen fans will try and take the piss.
This season so far they’re in 11th place in The Championship with 11 points and 1 win 0 draws and 2 losses away from home.
In the Europa Cup they’ve drawn 0-0 at Zulte Waregem wherever that is!
They’ve appointed Owen (he can talk the talk but can he walk the walk?) Coyle as replacement for Martinez who’s taken Kone, Alcaraz and James McCarthy with him to Everton. They’ve acquired Nick Powell from the rags and Ryan Shotton, Grant Holt plus a host of other signings to add to Callum MacManaman, Watson (spit) Gomez, Boyce etc.
Previous form, in the League Cup two meetings :
1982/83 2nd round 1st leg : 1-1 away 12,194; 2nd leg : 2-0 home 16,083
2002/03 :3rd rd 0-1 away 15,007

Comment : We need to take the Capital One Cup seriously this season starting with tonight’s game. Surely, even with some fringe players included, we will be good enough to beat a much changed and probably depleted Wigan team from the Cup Final, and at least they won’t have McCarthy to run us ragged. 

Good news is that down in Wales mother and daughter are doing well and the Kindle version of KK208 should be up and running in the next couple of days.
Dave







Sunday, 22 September 2013

Saturday

Saturday
Big day tomorrow. Rooney, an Everton fan, reckons rags games v Liverpool are the biggest games. Yup, that old one, a bit like we bought the league and they don’t – “ah but our money is self generated” Well so’s ours – partly by the Sheikh.
Here’s the it’s A Fix extract from KK 208 on sale tomorrow…..

5) SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 22ND UNITED (HOME) KO 4PM (Sue’s birthday and one day before the 24th anniversary of the 5-1!)
They’re ever present since promotion in 1975. Last pot, title last season, recent connection Carlos Tevez, 147th league meeting.

Some celeb fans : You know them all, Coco the Clown, Biffo the Bear, Justin Timberlake, Ollie Murrs, Insane Bolt, James Nesbitt looking like a complete prick at Arsenal last year, and Bates off Downton who I thought was OK except on Starlings he took the piss out of Jamie Pollock’s own goal that time thinking no one would know what he was referring to. Well I f*cking did.

Last season :  At the swamp we won 2-1 in April, giving them a footballing lesson. Jimmy Milner scored the first (51) then it was an own goal equaliser (59) claimed by Jones in true rag style before Aguerroooooooooooo scored the winner (78) leaving half a dozen rags in his wake and De Gea bemused. Crowd was 75,498 with 3,074 human beings. .

This season so far :
They won the Community Shield, beating Wigan 2-0 with 2 from RVP (ragspeak for one plus an own goal!) Currently, prior to today’s games  they’re in 5th place with  7 points from 4 games and  1 win 0 draws and  1 loss away from home’
They won at Swansea 4-1, outplayed but with 4 breakaway goals, drew 0-0 at home to Chelsea, lost 1-0 at Liverpool, and beat Palace 2-0 at home with a dodgy pen and Palace down to 10 men
In The Capital One Cup they’ve got Liverpool at home
In the Chimps league they’ve got their usual bye, and have just beaten Bayern Leverkusen 4-2 at home which will frighten Europe to death according to the manumirror.

Form at home to the rags: We lost last year 2-3, Rooney bagging 2 flukes (16,29), we pulled level through Ya-Ya Toure (60) and Zab (86), then a Nasri own goal in the last minute after a series of dithering by us won it for them when their over aggressive celebrations were met sadly by some coin throwing and a daft City fan running onto the pitch. We came down to their level I’m afraid. Crowd was 47,166 with 2618 rags.That result  followed a win,  draw and two 1-0 defeats, prior to which it was 4 wins and 2 losses.
For City : LWDLLWLWLWW

Comment:
So what have those lovable, rascally, cheating, lying, hypocritical rags been up to since our last meeting in April?
Well the old fart having missed out on the treble and the double was obviously losing the plot as seen in his performance at home v Real Madrid when he was outsmarted by Mourinho. He said he was staying, lying toad, but seeing that the season was falling flat and no f*cker would turn up for the parade again he decided to retire to hype things up.
A few years ago he ridiculed City for putting scarves on seats at the Etihad for fans to wave (it was actually flags) guess what? He was happy for the rags to do the same for his farewell wake.
It was no surprise that Moyes was appointed and there was a lovely shot of him in front of that classy brick wall at O/T. He’s dropped straight into the rag arrogance, moaning about the fixture list and claiming that no player should need persuading to stay at the swamp. Ha ha. Just when you thought that they couldn’t get a Phil more gormless than the one they’ve got – back comes “I love Everton” Phil Neville.
Not a great summer for the rags with Fabregas, Ozil and others turning them down and the Rooney saga, but they’ve picked up Fellaini, a rag fan all his life joining “the biggest club in the world”. Rags fans are upset that they missed their targets but why when they’re not the team that ‘buys the title’ are they?
Pretty strong squad now though with wingers coming out of their ears, De Gea having settled, Vidic back but back four injury prone, Rooney staying and RVP always a threat.
One dodgy penalty so far, one team down to ten men, decisions in their favour at Swansea and home to Bayer L. plus Howared Webb is their ref tomorrow.
Vinny’s back, so is Clichy and Silva with a bit of luck plus 5 consecutive clean sheets for Joe. C’mon City, don’t forget to wear your scarves…… 

WWTWTWShite: Crowds were down to 11,685 in 1930/31, and last season’s was 75,529.
                                                           Dave
PS Good to see Liverpool lose today!



Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Wednesday

WEDNESDAY
Well that was a relief. Good to see Vinny back. Frustrating first half but always felt we were worth a goal or three. City fans came over loud and clear, and you always wish you were there when the game comes on telly. Ray Wilkins is annoying.
Real Madrid won 6-1 away but the manumirror had united striking fear into Europe with the 4-2 win. They’re at it again too. Swansea had a goal disallowed in their first game, at home v Palace they got a pen and the player sent off for a foul outside the box, and last night Welbeck was stood on the goal line impeding the goalie.
As far as we’re concerned, we could lose twice to Bayern, once v CSKA , and if we beat CSKA and Plzen and provided Plzen take a point off CSKA at home and Bayern beat them in Moscow we could go through with only 9 points! I think we’ll do much better than that though, so we should be OK this time. Pellers was doing his ello ello coppers thing in his interview and did anyone notice Ancelotti’s left eyebrow goin up and up in his interview? Reminded me of that comedian who does it.
Dave


Monday, 16 September 2013

monday

Monday
Just parked up at me daughters in Newport. Glanced in the car behind and f*ck me if there’s not a manu air freshener (I know a contradiction in terms) dangling from the mirror.
Watched Swansea v Liverpool tonight, wow, what a game, could we live with either of them at the moment?
Anyway it’s Plzan tomorrow night. Looking  forward to watching it on Sky sports 2. More seats released by the Czechs for Blues at £87 – outrageous but I have a feeling they might be those that UEFA demand are in the exec areas. Still outrageous though.
Anyway here’s the extract from KK208 It’s A Fix : 4A) TUESDAY 17TH  SEPTEMBER : CHAMPS LG MATCHDAY 1 : VIKTORIA PIZAN (AWAY)
Nicknamed Viktorka, they were founded in 1911. In 1929 they entered the professional league the Gambbrinus Liga and in 34/35 season played in the European Mitropa cup losing to Juventus 8-5 on aggregate.
After various name changes and relegations and promotions in 2000 they were owned by the Italian Football Company East until March 2005 when shares were taken up by local interests including Skoda who were previous sponsors.
In 2010 they won the Czech Cup then in 2010/11 their first title, beating Sparta Prague by one point.
European pedigree includes losing to Bayern Munich 7-2 on aggregate in the Cup Winners’ Cup in the 70’s.
In 2010/11 in the Europa Cup they  went put 1-4 on agg. to Besiktas.
In the Champs league in 2011/12 they beat FC Copenhagen 5-2 on aggregate  to enter Group H with FC Barcelona, AC Milan and Bate Borisov, finishing in 3rd place but then losing to Schalke 4-2 on aggregate in the Europa Cup.
That season they finished 3rd to enter the Europa league again getting through against Metalurzin Rustav, Ruch Chorgow, and Lokeren, then beating Napoli 3-0 away and 2-0 home before going out to Fenerbahce 0-1 home and 1-1 away. So beware.
Last season they won the title for the second time.
This season so far they’re in 1st place with 20 points after 8 games winning 6 drawing 2 and losing 1, 1 point ahead of Sparta Prague who’ve played a game less..They’re ranked 65th with a 29.945 co-efficient
Petr Cech is a former player, and current manager is Pavel Vrba..
This is our first visit to the Czech Republic in a competitive match.  Stadiums are generally small around 20,000 is the biggest and the Doosan Arena is no exception having an all seater capacity of 11,700, so we only get a few hundred tickets.

DOOSAN ARENA Capacity : 11,700

Comment
Only a win will do and they shouldn’t be underestimated

Dave

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Sunday

Sunday
I suppose Stoke was about what we expected. In the end a good point. Our defence was all over the place but at least a clean sheet, somehow, Joe’s 4th in a row. Should’ve brought Edin on for the last ten minutes.
Was that really a Lancaster bomber  encircling, prompting the Uwe’s granddad song ? Kompany song catching on – hope the Fergie /Moyes song doesn’t, it’s disgusting , we’re better than that.
Good luck to all Blues who’re travelling to Plzan

Dave

Friday, 13 September 2013

Friday

ON/OFF THE PITCH
What a week. 46th wedding anniversary on Monday, zine off to the printers on Tuesday. The Hoax at Bury Met Tuesday night, fantastic blues/rock show, new granddaughter born on Wednesday, Laura Kathleen, our 6th (4th girl), eldest grand daughter, Heather’s nineteenth birthday on Thursday. Zines duly collected from the printers and delivered to the outlets today, at Aleef, Nat Footy museum and BHA1J1 Merseyway, Stockport.
This is our 25th anniversary issue, A4, 56 pages, for £3 with full colour front and back montage of KK significant front covers over the years. Thanks to all contributors for this and 25 years of issues.
This issue contains : 1988/89 season review, Bert tributes, Teenage Kicks review, Special agent interview, Premiership preview, tara to Tevez, season so far and much more. Good job I'm not adequate!
Tomorrow it’s Stoke, here’s the it’s A Fix extract from KK 208 :
4) SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH : STOKE (AWAY)
KO 3PM
Now in their 6th Prem season. Last and only trophy the League Cup in 1972, 89th league meeting. Recent connection : Glen Whelan, mark Hughes, Stevie ireland

Some celeb fans : Nick Hancock, Aha, Dominic Cork, Julian Clary, Frank Bough, Slash, Jeremy Paul

Last season : In the FA Cup they’ve went out to us, 1-0 in the 4th round. Zab grabbed the goal in the 85th minute, on a snowbound day. Crowd was 19, 814 with 4,414 Blues.
In the Prem at The Etihad it was that 3-0 win in January, Zabaleta (43) Dzeko (56) Aguero (P)  the scorers. Crowd was 47,192  with 1141 Stokies.

This season so far : They’re in 5th place with 6 points from 3 games and 1 win 0 draws and 0 losses at home They’ve lost unluckily at Liverpool 1-0,  beaten Palace at home 2-1, and won at Wham 1-0:
In the Capital One Cup they’ve beaten Walsall 3-1 at home and face Tranmere away in the 3rd round.
In the transfer market Pieters, Arnautovic and Stevie Ireland have come in to add to the usual squad of Huth, Shawcross, Crouch,Jones etc. whilst the big name departures were Owen, Delap, Carlo Nash, Upson, Whitehead, Pennant (is he in or out?) Jerome and Shotton.
Mancini/Platt supposed goalie target Begovic will be an interesting one to watch.
Commendably they’re paying for their fans transport to away games

Our form at Stoke : At The Britannia last September it was the usual 1-1 draw, 4th in a row! Crouch put them one up with a handball goal (15) though our defending was poor. Garcia equalised (35) but we just couldn’t clinch it. Crowd was 27,101 with 2873 Blues)
For City it’s : DDDDLWWLLW

Groundwise : We get half of the stand behind the goal again. There’s an enclosed area for us outside the turnstiles with a burger van for our delectation.

Britannia Stadium : Capacity : 28,218 (2,800 for City)

Tickets are : £40

Comment : It was a different Stoke last season, particularly in the Cup game. The ecstasy over the high ball had faded, the partisan crowd had lost their energy and Tony Pulis paid the price. Mark Hughes was the surprising replacement, now at his 3rd club since  leaving us (Fulham, QPR) . Looks like they’re made for each other. Whilst he did OK against us at Blackburn, he’s not yet won one with his latest clubs.
They must be a bit pissed off that Wigan did what they couldn’t do in the Cup Final a couple of years ago, but must fancy their chances today. Big test for us.


WWTWTWShite: Averaged 8, 288 in 85/86 and last season it was 26,914.

Pubs/parking : Plenty round and about, but eating and drinking places are away from the ground.

Away day zine : The Oatcake, is a long standing zine which comes out for every home game. If you can get your hands on a real Oatcake you should enjoy!

Note to Micky : I;m intrigued at your observations, though there is no place on the KK blog for personal, and inaccurate insults. Reference to Dzeko is a bit of banter between Neil and I, nothing to do with you. Look forward to seeing you at Stoke ( if you don't do aways you can't gauge the feelings of City fans) or at the derby or we could go for a pint. it will be interesting to put a face to the name then you can spout your venom to my face . 
Dave


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

One out of two

One out of two for Negredo v Hull, compared with none out of seven for Dzeko v Newcastle!

Monday, 2 September 2013

DZEKO

Hi fellas - think, despite all the personal criticism, uncalled for on the KK blog, I've won my Dzeko argument hands down.
Now hoping I'll LOSE my argument re not winning another away game starting  at Stoke now we've got Negredo and the new centre half (£4M for arecent  free transfer??) in place!
As for Joe, thought he did OK v Hull, other keepers Mignolet, Lloris etc  look good, but I've always felt that Joe lacks a style. Hard to explain, felt the same about Nicky Weaver, the odd belly flop is a dead giveaway!
Dave