Tuesday, 29 October 2013


Whilst I had Russell Brand down as being rude and crude(in KK209) I did think he was brilliant in the Jonathan  Paxman interview.
Sad to hear of the passing of Lou Reed. I had the pleasure of seeing him at the Apollo a few years ago when he performed the album Berlin, which was fantastic. He also did, of course, Walk on the Wild side, and yes, he did change the ‘colored girls line’ to “and the girls went do, do, do, do, do, do etc! RIP.
Big debate on Joe Hart, particularly on Blue Tuesday where Joe Corrigan was guest. I did suggest in KK 209 that Joe should speak to Joe C who suffered similarly in his career but Corrigan’s probs were at the start of his career not when he became more experienced.
Cheesy let it slip out that it was player power that caused Joe to replace Costel at Wembley so you could just reckon that Mancin must’ve thought “well if you’re so fuckin clever boys go out and win it on your own” and we all know what a mess they made of that one. No doubt the truth will come out one day.
As for Joe he needs to sit down with his latest goalie coach, the defenders  and analyse all the recent mistakes and work on them to get back to his best.
Tomorrow it’s Newcastle, here’s the it’s A Fix extract from KK209 :

This season so far : Not long since we’ve played them, and it was a great 4-0 win at the start of the season on a Monday night. Goals came from Silva (6), Aguero (22), Toure (50) Nasri (75) Crowd was 46,842 with 1,574 Geordies.
They’re currently in 11 th place with  11 points from 9 games and 1 win 2 draws and 1 loss at home, but they’ve just lost 2-1 at Sunderland.
In the Capital One Cup : 2nd rd they beat Morecambe 2-1 away, 3rd rd they beat Leeds at home 2-0 with a crowd of 36,220

Previous form in the League Cup:  Well we first met in the final way back in 1976, with that memorable 2-1 win. Barnsey scored the first, Newcastle equalised and Dennis, of course, scored the winner with that breathtaking overhead kick, since voted the best goal of the competition. Why he’s not in the City Hall of Fame, for that alone, ahead of Uwe and Bernard Halford, is an absolute disgrace. C’mon City, sort it out.
The other meeting was in season 1994/95 in the 4th round when Newcastle were riding high and City, erm, weren’t. It was a 1-1 draw at Maine Road and a magnificent 2-0 victory (not 2-1 as per City’s Bayern Munich programme) at St James’s, though they got revenge later in the season by knocking us out of the FA Cup in the 5th round 3-1
Our form at Newcastle : In the FA Cup we’ve  won once (1977 4th rd 3-1), lost 2 (1995 5th rd 1-3, 2002 5th rd 0-1) Drawn 2 (1957 3rd rd. 1-1, 1969 4th rd 1-1)
In the League : Phenomenal, in the last 6 games it’s 5 wins one draw : WWWDWW

Comment: They’ve picked up a little bit since the 4-0 drubbing, and that’s still smarting with them, but the derby defeat must have demoralised them a bit. The Capital One Cup is their best chance (and ours?) of a trophy,  but realistically with our recent record against them though previous results go out the window in Cup games, we should be good enough to progress, even with a much changed team. Cisse isn’t scoring, but Remy is, so we must beware!

St James Park : Capacity : 52,387 (2,500 initially for City)

Tickets : £20/£5 so no excuse for not going

Groundwise : We’ll get a bigger allocation if we want and tickets are reasonably priced but we’ll still be in the top tier of level 7 of the Sir John Hall stand high up behind the goal.
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 16,001 in 1980/81 and this season it’s 49,182
Pubs/parking: Plenty of pubs, on street parking and local car parks
Away day zines : The Mag, True Faith, Talk of the Tyne
Sat Nav : NE1 4ST

Sunday, 27 October 2013


Words fail. Fell to the sucker punch of the lofted high ball again. Remember the Community Shield v the rags? What about Savic’s  back header v Spurs? Lescott v QPR? And now Nasty v Chelsea,  though in the last minute when you expect the England goalie to be composed he dashes out like a madman. Typical City – The Manchester City Benevolent Society making Torres look good. Thought overall we played well. Fernandinho poor for Chelsea’s first goal. Chickened out of the header, didn’t back Clichy up when he was skinned by Torres.
Let’s see how Pantillimon does v Newcastle but Joe somehow needs to get back to his best. Apparently he hated Mancini but he’s worse under Pellegrini.


Bert Trautmann Memorial Game

Taken from the Didsbury Blues Blogg
St Helens Town Football Club will play host to a Manchester City Former Players XI as they commemorate the life of legendary former player and club President Bert Trautmann, who sadly passed away on July 19th this year.

The game will take place at Prescot Cables’ Hope Street ground on Sunday 17th November 2013 with a 2pm kick off. The venue played a significant part in Town’s history as it was the scene of their 1948 George Mahon Trophy success against Runcorn, the re-formed club’s first silverware, with Bert playing his part in front of 9000 supporters. Town are delighted that the trophy will be on display at the game by kind permission of the Liverpool County Premier League.

Members of the Trautmann family will be guests at the game and they will be joined by the Mayor of St Helens, Cllr Andy Bowden as well as officials and players from Manchester City, various County FA’s and representatives of a number of regional and local Leagues.

Admission charges are £5 for adults and £2 for u16s/concessions with proceeds supporting The Trautmann Foundation, Hearts and Goals (Town’s 2013-14 nominated charity) and the St Helens Mayor’s charity, the Saints Community Development Foundation. A souvenir commemorative match programme, costing £2, will be on sale at the game.

Although yet to be confirmed City are hopeful of a star-studded line-up including Shaun Goater, Uwe Rosler, Paul Dickov, Didi Hamann, Andy Morrison, Steve Redmond, Peter Barnes, Eric Nixon, Ian and David Brightwell. A large number of non-playing guests including Joe Corrigan, Tommy Booth, Paddy Fagan, Steve Fleet, Fred Eyre and Mike Summerbee are also on the guest list.

Town would like to thank Chris O’Dea and OD's Designer Clothing who will be the match sponsor and to Rob Lomax of RL ICT Solutions Limited who are the game's match ball sponsor. Thanks also go to Miles Leighton, Director of The One Glove Company who have produced four pairs of commemorative goalkeeper gloves, embroidered with the match details, which will be worn on the day and then signed and auctioned in support of the charity fundraising.

Also supporting the event will be WA12 Radio, a St Helens and Newton-le-Willows based community internet radio station who will be interviewing club officials in the build-up to the game as well as broadcasting live on the day.

Club Chairman John McKiernan said, ‘This is the club’s opportunity to commemorate the life of a true sporting legend. Bert’s 65 year association with St Helens is something that we have always been extremely proud of and hopefully the day will be a fitting tribute to our late President.

He added, ‘The game takes place on an international weekend so with the absence of top flight games we are hoping for an excellent turn-out.

Town have commissioned Umbro Teamwear to produce a commemorative ‘Trautmann’ shirt which is now available to order. The shirt is a modern take on the clubs former colours and design. It contains the St Helens Town crest of the time (with the inscription Ex Terra Lucem) along with the words 'Bert Trautmann 1923-2013'. The shirts cost £25 with all profits going to the club's charity, Hearts and Goals.

There are a number of commercial and sponsorship opportunities available for the game and interested businesses and individuals should contact Darryl Picton on 07908 833 554 or email sthelenstownafc@gmail.com for further details.
Thanks to Didsbury Blues Blogg for posting this

Saturday, 26 October 2013


Hm Arsenal, Liverpool, Saints and Everton all won so we slip two places to 6th.
Chelsea tomorrow, not going I’m afraid, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK209 :

Promoted with us in 1989 but have stayed there and won the lot. This is the 137th league meeting and recent connections are Scott Sinclair and Danny Sturridge.

Some celeb fans : Sugsy, Michael Caine, Bill Nighy, Bill Clinton, Phil Daniels, Seb Coe, Minnie Driver, Dicky Attenborough, Trevor Eve, Damien Allban, Nick Kershaw, Bryan Adams

Last season they finished  in 3rd place with 75 points, 3 behind us, they lost the Community Shield to us, went out of the Capital One Cup in the semis v Swansea, went out of the Cup in the semi to us, went out of the Chimps league but won the Europa Cup.
At the Etihad in February it was a 2-0 City win with goals from Yaya (63) and Carlos (85) Crowd was 47, 256 with 2,826 Chelsea.
At the end of the season we won both friendlies in the USA, 4-3, and 5-3.

This season so far they’re in 5th place with 17 points from 8 games and 4 wins 0 draws and 0 losses at home.
In the Capital One Cup they’ve beaten Swindon 2-0 away in the 3rd rd and play Arsenal away in the 4th rd.
They lost the Euro Super Cup to Bayern and in the Chimps League lost to Basel 2-1 at home, but won 4-0 at Steaua Bucharest, and have just won 3-0 at Schalke..

Our form at Chelsea: Last season it was a 0-0 draw, Benitez first game in charge and they were there for the taking which we didn’t take advantage of. Crowd was 41,972 with 3,167 Blues.
Only 2 wins 4-2 in 92/93 and 4-2 also in 09/10 otherwise 10 defeats and 3 draws.

Groundwise : No change, in the corner to the left same side as TV cameras
Tickets : £59/£56/£25

Stamford Bridge : Capacity : 41,837 (3,000 ? for City)

Comment : Summer signings included Schwarzer, van Ginkel, Willian, Schurrie for £64M in total….outs were Benayoun, Malouda, Hilario, plus a few others including Lukaku astoundingly on loan to Everton.
Their fans finally got their wish with the return of Mourinho who is now a parody of himself. Chelsea used to be as daft as us before the Harding/Abramovich money came in and Jimmy Greaves once said to their defence “if we score 4 you’ll concede 5”
Keep hearing City fans saying “we don’t want to become another Chelsea” well, why not? They haven’t done too badly with the hiring and firing and have won as much as the rags in the last ten years.
First real test away from home despite our previous losses, it’ll be just like us to win it. Or not!

WWTWTShite: Averaged 12,672 in 1992/93 and this season it’s 41,503.

Parking: Difficult and expensive, best to park up and come in by tube to Fulham Broadway, a short walk to the Bridge.
Away day zine : Chelsea Independent
Sat Nav : SW6 1HS

Thursday, 24 October 2013


Watched it at the Subby club in Tyldesley, with an Italian commentary! Thought the pitch was supposed to be slutchy but it was Lutonesque and very bouncy. Should have been out of sight by half time and just scraped it in the end. Garcia really is a worry, could have given away a pen and as for the substitutions, we completely went to pot after they were made. I won’t be too critical of Dzeko but I thought he was waste of space again, particularly considering Negredo’s display.
Talking points are Fergie’s book (yawn) and Rio being on Greg Dyke’s panel.
Had to drop Martin Lipton in the manumirror an e mail re his line re the 6-1 being City’s biggest ever win at O/T - it actually equalled the 1926 score. No wonder we’ve no history.  


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

WHam and CSKA

McDonnell got it wrong in the manumirror - apparently we beat Everton 2-1 not 3-1.
Good run down to West Ham, M6, M1, M25, M11 and all that, not easy when the wing mirrors have packed in, so if you got annoyed cos I was hogging the middle lane, sorry.
Parked up in the usual streets and humped the bags with the new zines over to the away end. Pretty decent at West Ham these days, selling went OK view not great in the ground but a good performance and happy with the 3-1 win.
Had the best burger ever from the shop on the corner of Priory Road (eat your heart out Ged) . Stayed over with friends and drove back on the Sunday in torrential rain.
Barney Ronay in the Observer reckoned we hadn’t won away since May!! True but there’s a little matter of the close season in between!!
So a good weekend and start for KK209.
Tomorrow it’s CSKA Moscow, here’s the It’s A Fix extract  from KK209…..


PFC Central Sport club of the Army were formed in 1911, and after various name changes became CSKA Moscow in 1960.
They were the official team of the Soviet Army in the communist era and are nicknamed Kon (horses) after their first ground which was developed from a racecourse, Red Blues, Militarians,or Army Men.
After WW2 they won 5 titles in 6 top league seasons which is surprising as Dynamos were the team which came to Britain to play in prestigious friendlies. They added a further two titles including the last ever season of 1991/92.
In 1952 they were withdrawn from the league as a punishment for poor showing in the Olympic games in Helsinki but later reinstated.
They’ve now won 4 Premier league titles, 03, 05, 06 and 2012/13 and won the UEFA Cup in 2004/05 beating Sporting Lisbon 3-1 on their own patch in Portugal.
They are now privately owned, the MOD are a shareholder and Abramovich’s outfit Sibnett were shareholders from 2004 to 2006.
Their manager is Leonid Stutsky, they play in red shirts and blue shorts, number 12 shirt is retired as it’s dedicated to the 12th man i.e. their supporters. Nice one.
There are 5 clubs in Moscow,:
FC Spartak Moscow; FC Locomotiv Moscow; FC Torpedo Moscow; 
FC Dynamo Moscow play at the Arena Khimki which they currently share with CSKA Moscow, and are moving to the VTB Arena in 2016.
CSKA played originally at a 4,600 capacity stadium but now play at the Arena Khimki capacity 18,636, 800 for City,  but will move to the CSKA Stadium capacity 35,000, when it’s finally finished.(work started in 2007!) Main feature will be a skyscraper in one corner resembling the UEFA Cup (or phallic symbol) of which they were the first Russian team to win.

Most grounds are being refurbished or rebuilt in time for the 2018 World Cup, which is why, as their pitch was waterlogged, they played their 3-2 win over Plzen in St Petersburg, capacity 21,570over 700KM away, the 3rd goal being a howler from Plzen goalie Kozacik.
They also lost 3-0 at Bayern Munich.
Our game should still be played in the Arena Khimki as the pitch should be ready for Dynamos game with Kuban on October 20th, though this could be moved to save the pitch for City’s game. City shouldn’t be too worried about the state of the pitch after those games played in the Asia Cup in the summer. Or should we?.

This season so far : They currently in 6th position with 21 points from 13 games, 11 points behind leaders Zenit St Petersburg who they lost 2-0 to at the weekend, with 6 wins 3 draws and 4 losses, with poor form since being exiled from the Khimki.
Last 5 : LLLDLW

Connection is our £19M Shinawatra signing, Brazilian Jo, and we once best Moscow Dynamos 2-0 in a Maine Road friendly in 1965/66.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Friday already

Picked the new zine up today and dropped it off at the usual outlets. First mistake spotted – deadline for next issue is November 11th, not October 7th!!!
Then we popped into Ena mill in the USA – (other side of Atherton) and they were playing the Vinny Kompany song by Simon and Garfunkel – spooky!

Tomorrow it’s the ‘ammers away, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK 209…….

KO 5.30PM
Second season back in the Prem., last pot FA Cup in 1980, 87th league meeting, recent connections Wayne Bridge, Carlos Tevez

Some celeb fans : The rude and crude Russell Brand, Ray Winstone, Billy Bragg, Matt Damon, Barrack Obama, Danny Dyer, Phil Jupitas, Kriss Akabusi, Alfred Hitchcock

Last season : They finished in 10th place, with 9 home wins 6 draws and 4 defeats, went out of the Capital One Cup in the 3rd rd 4-1 at home to Wigan, and the FA Cup in the 3rd rd at the Swamp 1-0 in a replay.
In the Prem at the Etihad in April it was a 2-1 City win. We went 2-0 up, Aguero (28), Yaya Toure (83)  before a late Carroll (who else?) goal (90+)  squirmed through Joe’s legs, who was suffering from a back spasm. Crowd was 47,189 with 1,699 ’ammers.

This season so far They’re in 13th place with 8 points from 7 games with 1 win 0 draws and 2 losses at home.
In the Capital One Cup: they beat Cheltenham 2-1 at home in the 2nd rd , Cardiff 3-2 home in the 3rd, and play Burnley away in the 4th rd

Our form at West Ham : Last season it was a dull 0-0 draw in November. Crowd was 35,005 with 3,031 Blues.
Only two recent wins, 3-1 in 10/11 and 2-0 in 07/08, Sven’s first game. Otherwise 3 draws and 6 losses in the last 11 visits
Form for City : DWDLWLDLLLL

Groundwise: LHS of the lower tier of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand again. 
Three fairly new stands but the move to the Olympic stadium is definitely on, scheduled for 2016/17 with a redesigned bottom tier a new roof, and a capacity of 54,000. So the intimacy of The Boleyn will be lost, although, to be honest that went when the new main stand was built! London taxpayers aren’t impressed with the move, and Leyton Orient even less so, fans holding up placards with derogatory references to Boris Johnson, which can only be commended. How did Karen Brady get away with it.

Upton Park Capacity : 35,146 (3,000 for City)

Tickets are: £52/£29 ouch

Comment: Summer transfers brought in Andy Carroll  plus Razvan Rat (really) and Stewart Downing plus a few others, totalling £21.5M to add to Morrison, Parker, etc. Outs were Carlton Cole, though he’s now back in with no other major names. So they’ve added to Nolan, Jarvis and co though bogeyman Carroll should still be out injured’
Big Sam’s doing a steady job and they had a great win at Spurs. Morrison, another one Fergie couldn’t control doing well. Hammers fans, who clamoured for Di Canio to replace Allardyce were firmly put in their place by Martin Samuel in the Fail, and how right did that decision turn out to be!
Stating the obvious but this is an absolutely vital win-win game. Can we do it at last? Not convinced.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 17,679 in 55/56, pretty good, and this season it’s 34,958.
Pubs/parking : Boleyn Tavern, Millers Well, Denmark Arms
Away day zines : Over Land and Sea, On the Terraces
Sat Nav : E13 9AZ

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Thursday thoughts

Thursday thoughts
I’ve written to the club with about twelve items raised in recent KK’s so awaiting a response although they are points for the next Points of Blue meeting whenever that is.

It’s all very vague – what price will our seats be in block 207? How do you get up to the top tier of the new South Stand bit. Away fans to be in three tiers in full view of the TV cameras.
All very unsatisfactory.
Attended the Swinton branch last night with guests from the 1894 group who are liaising with the club re the atmosphere at The Etihad. More on that later.

Fergie’s had a street named after him near the swamp and I’ve just had a text from someone who drove down it and it took 9 minutes longer than it should have!


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Engerland - no wonder we've no history

Tony- you were right - that Milner nearly cost us the game - all he did in the five minutes he was on was provide the ball for Gerrard to run onto and score!  Or did he? Didn't hear a mention on TV but found this mealy mouthed mention in the manumirror by Martin Lipton - James Milner who came on as a late sub for Townsend , played forward. But it took  the skipper's sheer desire etc etc blah blah blah.......
No wonder we've no history.
Belgium are through too.
PS As for Joe hart he didn't even let a single goal in during the last three internationals. Surely a major cause for concern.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Tuesday thoughts

England beat Montenegro on Friday night 4-1 so it’s all on the Poland game tonight.
Lots of memories then of the 1973 game when Cloughie was ridiculed for calling their goalie, Tomaszewski, “a clown”. He was right though. It was the luckiest performance I’ve ever seen from a goalie, until De Gea kept us down to six in the swamp derby a couple of years ago.
All eyes will be on  Lewandowski, and Joe, but whilst there’s far too many rags in the team we should qualify.
Popped in to the National Football Museum on Sunday where they were holding a “do your own fanzine” day. Well, having just got KK209 to the printers it was a bit like taking coals to Newcastle, or it was when they had pits up there. But everyone, kids mainly, seemed to be enjoying themselves, and we got roped in for an interview which was OK, if a bit embarrassing.
So, after another monumental effort from our contributors, KK 209 should be in the usual outlets by Friday afternoon.
Front cover has Vinny in colour celebrating, with Simon and Garfunkel in the crowd, looking a bit bemused, it has to be said, singing “Here’s to you Vincent Kompany……”
It’s A4, 48 pages and is £3. This issue includes Maine Road memories part two, Demolition Derby, Bellamy’s book review, Special Agent interview part 002, Concannon’s European Tour, Perils of a £1 a pint in Pilzen, the A too Z of City legends, Farewell to Gareth Barry, I’ll Be Bert review, plus all the usual regulars.
All being well It’ll be on sale at Wham on Saturday plus future games  though there’s only one Saturday game plus the evening CSKA  home games to sell at, so keep your eyes peeled for salesfolk!


Monday, 7 October 2013

Happy Mpnday

Good win on Sarturday,right team selection,  off to Reddish branch tonight - Houldsworth Working Mens club, Leamington Road,  Reddish, SK5 6BD.
Taking some bundles of KK back copies to sell off at a couple of quid apiece plus some Us and Them books.
See you there.
KK 209 deadline today - stuff coming in - thanks to all so far, and to the usual culprits get a move on!!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Looking forward

Looking forward to tomorrow:
It’s Everton, a bit of a bogey side under Moyes, but a new era starting under Martinez, and a confidence booster needed for Joe and the boys after two losses. Here’s the It’s a fix extract from KK208:
Last promotion was in 1954, millionaires of the 60’s, last pot FA Cup in 1995, 161st  league meeting, recent connections Jack Rodwell, Gareth Barry

Some celeb fans : Andy Burnham (Leigh MP and future PM), Freddie Starr, Amanda Holden, John Conteh, John Parrott, Ian Astbury, Ian McCulloch,  Austin Healey, Matt Dawson, Jimmy from Stolen Haven, Degsy Hatton

Last season : At Goodison in March it was a desperately disappointing 2-0 loss. Osman (32) Jelavic (90) Pienaar sent off.
Crowd was 36,519 with 2,957 Blues

This season so far: They’re in 4th place with 12 points from 6 games and 1 win 2 draws and 0 losses  away.
In the Capital One Cup they beat Stevenage 2-1 at home aet, but lost at Fulham away in the 3rd round

Form v Everton at the Etihad last 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.  Prior to that it was the 2-0 win in 20011/12, after 4 losses.

Comment: Moyes finally went to the rags and he was replaced by nice guy Roberto Martinez. So it might be a surprise to see Everton go back to their School Of Science days, or not.
The peoples club changed the logo in summer but forgot to involve…..the people! But now they have!
Transfers in include McCarthy, Kone, Alcatraz, Robles, Barry and sensationally Lukaku from Chelsea on loan who did great for WBA last season.
Hitsperger, Phil Neville, Antichobe (I think) Bidwell have all departed plus, of course Fellaini but they’ve hung on to Baines and Jagielka, plus Ross Berkley is the one to watch.
Will their fans arrive all claiming in the whiplash scam?
Bit of a bogey team at the moment so any result will be a good one for us and a marker for Manuel’s management capabilities.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 19,343 in 1983/84 and last season it was 36,355

Thursday, 3 October 2013


PS - stuff coming in for the next KK, 24 pages so far, so just a reminder that the deadline is next Monday


Coming out of Villa Park on Saturday one Blue said to me “we never lost here under Mancini” That’s not true of course, we lost 1-0 to a Bent goal when debut boy Dzeko missed a nailed on header. The Mancini myth is taking off.
Before last night’s game the talk was of our youths beating theirs 6-0 plus Bayern and how good they were plus they’re also adept at cheating which we’ve previously witnessed.
View is that Manuel picked the wrong team and tactics so that's a worry. And he's supposed to be our Euro saviour. Yes they were good and have improved under Gardiola (why couldn’t our Spanish duo have persuaded him to come here?)  But they were good against Chelsea who pipped them to win the Euro Cup, resilience persevered, a bit like Villa on Saturday. Maybe on another day?
I’m afraid Joe was dreadful , again, – we too laugh at his belly flops when the ball’s going past the post, and the running to the edge of the box before stopping and wondering what to do with the ball. Last thing we need is a goalie lacking confidence though.
If I remember right when City signed MaCrea (A Scottish goalie when they were a joke) he went to Shrewsbury on loan under Harry Gregg, knuckled down, worked and trained hard, to become a top class goalie. I think Joe should talk to Joe Corrigan.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Foster, the English Celtic goalie took his place for England, but I think we should keep our powder dry until after Saturday. You never know, a good win could put us back on track, and Joe has had a number of shutouts prior to the last two games.
Bloody City. Can anyone figure them out?


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Tuesday reflections

Tuesday reflections
Another  nice day and a decent run down to Villa on Saturday despite the 40 and 50mph restrictions in the roadworks bit.
Was wearing my ‘Singing the Blues City T shirt and had a bite to eat in Tescos “Who’s your favourite Blues singer” the waitress said to me, missing the point a bit.
"B B King” I suppose, though I’m not a big Blues fan. “Mine’s Ray Charles”  Good choice.
Chatted with Dave Woodhall of Villa zine Heroes and Villains “Deep down you can’t be happy with what’s happening at City with the Sheikh’s money” he said.
“Are you kidding, you’ve only got Birmingham we’ve got the rags so anything that gets at them is fine by me”…….
I later thought that if Randy Lerner had billions would Vila fans feel aggrieved about him pumping even MORE money in?
Good programme as usual, Villa make the most of their colours, particularly the sky blue.
Selling KK one bloke asked me about the fisticuffs in Plzen ”I wasn’t even in Plzen” “it must have been on the blog then” he said. Another bloke said “are you not allowed an opinion, Dave?” Plenty said they heard me and Tom on Blue Tuesday and enjoyed the show, so that’s alright then.
Villa Park looked really good. Like I’ve said they make the most of their colours, the sky blue more than the maroon. I wish our balcony walls at the Etihad were painted in the same way, how about it City?
I did a questionnaire for the Mag magazine before the season start and suggested that with our defence we’d have plenty of 3-2’s but I thought they’d be fors not againsts. Also I wrote on this blog a few weeks ago that I couldn’t see us winning another away game, not even at Villa. I got some stick for that but it really is about time that we started to take the Cardiff’s, Stoke’s and Villa’s et al seriously as I’m getting sick of it. Neil’s right when he says that our problems go deeper than Dzeko, no tackling in midfield, poor crossing and finishing, dosy defending. Steve Heald made good points about Nasty in KK208. All that lovely passing we did and they just boot the ball upfield for the winner (a la v the rags in the Community Shield) , and Joe’s hop, skip and a fuckin , jump was a joke. Get it sorted City
The rags losing made it even worse. They lose so we have to go and lose, pathetic. Still, at least we hadn't got a parking ticket when we got back to the car!
Much concern to City fans is the possibility of the CSKA game being moved to St Petersburg, so let's hope the club doesright by the fans on this one.

Anyway a chance to redeem with the game tomorrow night. Here’s the It’s A Fix extract  from KK 208 :

Bayern, The FCB, The Bavarians, The Reds, or FC Hollywood are also a sports club, and the most successful football team in Germany.
The club was founded  by members of a gymnastics club and eleven footballers in 1900. They played in the regional leagues but the advent of Nazism put an abrupt end to their development. The president and the coach, were both Jewish and left the country. Many others in the club were also purged, and Bayern were taunted as the “Jew’s club”.
Post war they struggled and were saved from bankruptcy at the end of the 50’s by manufacturer Roland Endler when it was OK to have a rich benefactor.
In 1963 the Bundesliga was formed and Bayern were
promoted two years later with the likes of Beckenbauer, Muller and Maier, and success continued throughout the decades to the present.
They moved to the Allianz Arena, located on the northern outskirts of the city in 2005, and the ground is shared with Munich 1860.
Bayern Munich is run by a joint stock company  but has many sponsors including Adidas and Audi who respectively paid approximately £150M towards the Allianz Arena, not yet investigated by FFP of course!

Prior to the recent games the teams met just the once previously, in a friendly in Munich in 1953/54 which resulted in a 3-3 draw. 

Ged: The teams first met competitively in the group stage of the Champions League in September 2011
We lost 2-0 in the Allianz Arena, on a night most remembered for the Tevez incident. We should have had a couple of penalties early on but getting a penalty at Bayern is as rare as getting one against the rags or at Anfield, and the home side nicked a couple just before the break. Gomez (38, 45) 66,000 (2905 Blues)
We beat a weakened Bayern team 2-0 in the return with goals from Silva ((36) and Yaya (52) 47,201 (2786 Munichs), and lost 2-1 to them in a pre-season friendly a couple of months ago.

In the Bundesliga after 7 games they’re second to Dortmund level with 19 points from 6 wins and a draw.

Comment : They brought a big and noisy support to the Etihad on their last visit who were put in the top tier of the East Stand experimentally after consultation with City fans. It didn’t work and the bouncing caused us grave concern below! Jan Lehmann (dodgy ex Arsenal keeper) took the piss out of our support so we need to show him what for tonight.
It’s another big test against the 5 times and current Champs of Europe and a win or draw even, maybe would be great for us.