Monday, 30 December 2013

Happy New Year

Palace
1-0  was the prediction. Another cold day as you’d expect in December. Team selection and game went pretty well as expected. Dzeko got us and himself out of jail and a welcome 3 points to take us to the top of the table. Two games in two days is daft. Winter break comes up every year and instead we cram as many games in as possible – even more for us with the Capital One Cup, which in some ways is very nice.
New Years Day takes us to Swansea of course, here’s the It’s A Fix extract  from KK211:

20) WEDNESDAY JANUARY 1ST : SWANSEA (AWAY) KO 12.45PM

Mad dogs and Englishmen/City fans go out in the midday sun/kick off on New Years Day. What the F*ck is this one all about? Only the seriously demented, deranged and idiotic City fans will make this trip. See you there.

Third season for the Swans in the Prem. most famous connection is Roy Paul, apart from Scott Sinclair. Last Pot : Capital One Cup last season. 25th League meeting.

Some celeb fans : Catherine Zeta Jones, Dylan Thomas, Spencer Davis.

This season so far : They’re in 11th place with 21 points from 19 games and 2 wins 4 draws and 3 losses at home.
In the Capital One Cup they lost 3-1 at Birmingham in the 3rd rd.
In the Europa league they’ve beaten Malmo 4-0 home and drawn 0-0 away, Petrolul Ploiesti 5-1 home and 2-1 away; Valencia 3-0 away, 0-1 home; St Gallen 1-0 home, Kuban Krasnodar 1-1 home and away. Despite a 1-0 loss at St Gallen they’re through to face * in the knock out stage.
In the FA Cup they play the rags away in the 3rd rd.

At the Etihad in December it was a 3-0 City win. Negredo opened with a stunning free kick (8), then Nasri, having a great game made it 2 (58) then 3 (77).
Crowd was 46,559 with * Jacks. Swansea were impressive with slick passing, good possession, good control, quick feet etc but with little punch up front. Praps if Michu plays that could change.

Our form at Swansea Last season at the Liberty in May it was that dull and boring 0-0 draw. Crowd was 20,242 with 1708 Blues.
Prior to that it was a 1-0 loss and a 2-0 win at the Vetch.
For City : DLWLLLDWWLLW

No history? : Last season’s programme contained this little gem : They have won the top flight title on three occasions, in 1937, 1968 and 2012 – with arch rivals Manchester United  finishing second on each occasion. Not true of course. United did finish second in 1937 but it was second from bottom and they were relegated!!
(I have written to the club!) Oh, and it was Pink Bank Lane.

Groundwise : It’s located on a big retail Park so plenty to do but limited parking. We get a good sized section behind the goals, if we need it!
Tickets are :£45/£22.50

The Liberty Stadium : Capacity : 20,500 (2,000 for City)

Comment : Topsy turvey season for Laudrop’s lads, but they’ve gone through in the Europa, and have turned in a few decent performances in the Prem. but 3 points are an absolute must again, and that’ll be a recent first in Wales.

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 3,367 in 1991/92 and this season it’s 20,366.
Them Welsh f*ckers can’t half sing but are they just a shit Cardiff City?! There’s only one City. Us.

Sat Nav : SA1 2FA

Have a happy New Year


Dave

Friday, 27 December 2013

Friday, already

Liverpool
Must’ve been the coldest day of the year, with a bit of rain thrown in. Unbelievable generosity from City fans, one in particular when buying the zine.
Great performance from the boys. Liverpool’s offside goal was a bit of luck but it only replaced the real goal, which I thought was offside anyway. Bloody hell, the number of decisions Pool have had over the years against us. Alf Grey anybody? Remember the hurt of Christmas 1976 when the bionic carrot forced Dave Watson into conceding a late own goal and undeserved equaliser which virtually cost us the title?
MOTD coverage was unbelievable, yet again. How much longer will our club put up with it?
Tomorrow , before we’ve time to breathe it’s the resurgent Palace. Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK211 (on sale tomorrow, of course)
19) SATURDAY DECEMBER 28TH : PALACE (HOME) KO 3PM
Only a day and a half after Liverpool?

First season back in the Prem. since their relegation in 2005. They went into administration in 2010 but were taken over by a fans consortium led by Steve Parish.
It’s the 43rd league meeting, and latest connections include Steve Coppell and Trevor Francis.
Our last meeting was in the League Cup in the 3rd rd in 09/10 at Selhurst Park, a 2-0 City win, SWP opening (50) and Carlos (70) finishing it.

Some celeb fans : Neil Morissey, Bill Nighy, Kid Jensen, Eddie Izzard, Simon Bird, James Buckley, Roy Hudd, Ronnie Corbett, Tim and Rafe Spall, Jenny Agutter, Harry Enfield

Last season : They finished 5th in the Championship, with 72 points, after appointing Ian Holloway in November, but after drawing 0-0 at home and winning 2-0 away at Brighton in the play offs, they went on to beat Watford 1-0 in the final to gain promotion. The Brighton away game was infamous for the turd in the Palace dressing room causing Holloway to exclaim “who’s shit on the floor?” and Zaha saying “me boss, but I’m good in the air” (Have I told this one before – Ed?)
In the Capital One Cup they went out at Preston 4-1 in the 2nd rd.
In the FA Cup they drew 0-0 at home to Stoke but lost 4-1 away in the replay in the 3rd rd.

This season so far : They’re in 17th place with 16 points from 18 games and 2 wins 0 draws and 7 losses away from home, including Thursdays win at Villa.
In the Capital. One Cup they went out 2-1 at Bristol City in the 2nd rd
In the FA Cup  they’re away at West Brom in the 3rd rd.

Our form at home to Palace: Last meeting was in season 2004/05 in the Prem. with City winning 3-1.
Prior to that it was 3 draws 4 wins and 2 losses. The teams were neck and neck in the 80’s with both clubs clinching promotion to the top flight in 1989, City on that unforgettable day at Bradford.
For City : WDDWLWDLWW

Transfers : Incoming they spent about £12.5M on 14 players and a couple of loans including Kevin Phillips, but also shipped out 14 including loans.

Comment : The job proved too much for Ian Holloway, sadly, and our old foe (Gillingham 1999) Stoke (2011) has now taken over. Starman Zaha was poached by the rags and they’ve found life at the top a real struggle despite some spirited displays. Again new manager syndrome spells danger and we must be up for it. Hope we’ve recovered from the Liverpool exertions and a win, as expected, could take us into top spot.

WWTWTWShite? Averaged 6,446 in 84/85 and this season it’s 23,930.


Wednesday, 25 December 2013

PS.

PS
was on Jimmy Wagg's show on radio Manc on Monday night with Jamie Hoyland. Thought i'd just check up on Jamie in Tony Mathews' book on City - player by player - it referenced his son Tommy playing for Sheff United etc. It was his dad, actually. Doh - I think I'll read it completely to spot the obvious errors of which there are many!
Dave

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for all your support.

UWS fanzine editor Any Mitten, and Barca resident did a piece on City v Barca with a few  unnecessary references to united. He missed a line out though on the Barca v City friendly a couple of years ago, it should have read :   City beat Barca in the Nou Camp 1-0 with a goal from Martion Petrov in front of 94,000. The legendary united selective memory syndrome kicks in again, no wonder we have ‘no history’ and every one hates them. The MUEN didn’t print my brief letter and it’s getting more and more annoying that they won’t print responses to innacurate  and rag bias.
Managed to drop the zines off at the outlets in Manc.

Anyway, Fulham was a pretty exhausting trip. Set off at gone 9, arrived at half one-ish, parked up in a local street, started selling in the drizzle, and had a chat with Marc Riley,  then stood up to support our team for 90 minutes, and shuddered as we nearly threw it away before Pellers' subs made the difference. Sold at the end of the game despite unnecessary hassle from the stupid stewards. Drove across London to friends for a quick change then dash to the Savoy Theatre to watch ‘Let It Be’ the Beatles story in songs from their albums which was quite brilliant.
Got the KK211 subscriber copies off so they should be with you shortly.
Monday night Arse drew with Chelsea, best result for us and tomorrow we face Liverpool, and here’s the It’s A Fix extract : 18) THURSDAY DECEMBER 26TH : LIVERPOOL (HOME) KO 5.30PM
Daft time to play our REAL rivals!
Last promotion was in 1962, since when they’ve won the lot but no title since 1990 (who’d’ve thought we’d win it before them?) Recent connections : Kolo Toure, Daniel Sturridge. 155th league meeting.

Some celeb fans: John Bishop, Ricky Tomlinson, Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie, Cilla Black, Samuel L Jackson, Ian Beale, Daniel Craig, Mike Myers,

Last season: They finished 7th with 61points and 7 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses away from home.
At Anfield in August it was a ‘Desmond’. Skrtel put them one up (34) Ya Ya equalised (63), Suarez then scored that free kick (66) but Carlos, scored the equaliser (80). Crowd was 44,942 with 3,027 Blues.
In the Capital One Cup: They went out to Swansea at home 1-3 in the 4th rd.
In the Europa league they went out to Zenit St Petersburg 0-2 away, 3-1 home.
In the FA Cup they went out 2-3 at Paul Dickov’s Oldham in the 4th rd.

The season so far: They’re in 1st place with 36 points from 17 games and 2 wins 3 draws and 2 losses away from home.
 In the Capital One Cup they went out 1-0 to the rags at O/T in the 3rd rd
In Europe: don’t be daft!
In the FA Cup they’ve drawn Oldham at home in the 3rd rd, so could get revenge for last season.

Form at home to Liverpool: Last season in February, it was a 2-2 draw. Dzeko opened (23) Sturridge equalised (29) whilst Dzeko was on the Dzek feeling sorry for himself. Gerrard (73) put them ahead but Aguero (78) took advantage of Reina’s rush of blood to net the equaliser from an impossible angle. Crowd was 47,301 with 2,750 red scouse.
Prior to that it was 4 wins 3 losses and 8 draws
For City it’s : DWWDLDDLWDLDDWDD

Transfers : Incomings included :Alberto (£6.8M), Mignolet (9M), Aspas (7M), Llore (£7M), Sakho (15M), Toure, Moses on loan
Outgoings were : Shelvey (5M), Carroll (15M), Spearing (1.5M), Downing (6M), Carragher retired.

Comment : Brendan Rodgers is putting together a tidy team with decent looking buys and sales. They’ve hung on to disgraced Suarez who’s given up the diving, racism and biting so far and is on top form. Another big test for us and only a win will do.


WWTWTWShite: Averaged 22,742 in 30/31 and this season it’s 44,696

Hope you got the presents you wanted - I got a signed copy of  Uwe's book  from the boy as a main. All the best and fingers crossed for tomorrow

Cheers

Dave

Friday, 20 December 2013

One Friday night i took a pill or maybe two.......

ON/OFF THE PITCH
Leicester - was able to get off early so had a decent run down. Parked up near the ground in a Polish bloke’s back garden due to Steve P’s fluent  and persuasive tongue. Cost us a fiver.
Fairly strong team put out by Pellers and a comfortable win, nearly 3-0 but c’mon, this IS City – still?
Listened to Real XS on the way down and they’re trying to get AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’ on top at Chrissy to thwart the X Factor winner. Half time that woman from the show, Sam whotsit performed on the pitch. Now I didn’t watch X factor, all that scriking put me off, but I must say well done to Sam for supporting her local (presumably)  team and not the rags (are you listening Essex boy Ollie?) and she did a tremendous rendition of her hit single Skyscraper. Now I love Highway but I think Real XS are being a bit mean here so good luck to the gal and I think she’s deservedly nailed the Chrissy number onel City fans sang “get your t*ts out……” at her!
Second half, a lad in front of us who’d joined in with the disgusting Fergie/Moyes song decided to have a stroll onto the pitch. We’d had the continuous presence of the riot police in front of us who were totally invisible for this little incident but the stewards eventually cottoned on!
Downside was Zab going off with a hamstring – Serge has got a calf injury not a hamstring (KK 211 editorial!)
New song for Fernandinho, quite good
Great run home, stopped off at Donnington services who were just closing and listened to Sunderland beating Chelsea, which was funny. Rags beat Stoke and we’ve got Wham in the semi which over two legs shouldn’t be beyond us.
Dropped the new zine off at Aleef, Cross Street. Market Street, High Street, Gateway (Piccadilly station approach) and the National Footy museum. Front cover was going to feature Noel Coward but we thought no-one would remember him, so we’ve settled for Noel (Chrissy geddit!) Gallagher with a dig at the ludicrous New year’s Day fixture at our furthest away trip - Swansea – mad dogs and City fans go out in the midday sun etc.
Tomorrow it’s Fulham – hope to see you there, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK211 :

17) SATURDAY DECEMBER 21ST : FULHAM (AWAY) KO 3PM

12th season in the Prem. No silverware. Recent connection Mark Hughes. 57th league meeting, and they have a new Chairman Shahid Khan

Some celeb fans : Ray Brooks, David Hamilton, Hugh Grant, Pierce Brosnan, Lily Allen, Nigel Havers, Sharon Duce, Daniel Radcliffe, Nick Frost, Keith Allen, Patrick Mower, Ralph McTell

Last season : They finished in 12th place with 43 points and 7 wins 3 draws and 9 losses at home.
At the Etihad in January it was a 2-0 City win, Silva (2,69) Crowd was 47,286 with 558 Cottagers.
In the Capital One Cup : They lost 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday in the 2nd rd
In the FA Cup they lost 4-1 away to the rags in the 4th rd.

This season so far : they’re in 19th place with 13 points from 16 games and 2 wins 1 draw and 5 losses at home.
In the Capital One Cup they beat Burton Albion away 5-4 on pens after 2-2 in the 2nd rd, then Everton 2-1 at home in the 3rd, but went out 4-3 at Leicester in the 4th rd.
In the FA Cup: They play Norwich away in the 3rd rd.

Form at Fulham: At the Cottage in September it was a 2-1 City win. They went ahead with a dubiously awarded penalty converted by Petric (20). Aguero equalised (43) and supersub Dzeko clinched it in the 87th minute.
Crowd was 25,698 with 1,794 Blues
Prior to that it was a win and two draws
For City it’s : WWDDLLWLDEDW

Transfers : Incoming : Reither £1.5M, Stekelenberg £4M, Parker £3.5M, Taralt and Bent on loan.
Outgoings : S. Davies, Shwarzer, Diarra

Comment : Ex rag Rene Meulensteen  was employed a few weeks ago and has now, inevitably, taken over from Martin Jol, marking a mini revival in their fortunes, tho they lost 4-1 last week at Everton.
Berbatov is their main man of course, and we need to put ourselves about if we’re to pick up the points on a ground where we usually do well.

Groundwise: Usual place for us behind the goal on the left of the Putney stand, plus however many we can take in the neutral bit to our right.
No Michael Jackson statue there anymore, which was always an embarrassment for Fulham fans if not for Al Fayed. Wonder when the rags will take down their Fergie one, and re-name the stand?

Tickets are down to £24.50 due to the generosity of the players and our club who are kindly subsidising.

Craven Cottage capacity : 25,700 (2,900 for City)

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 4,057 in 90/91and this season it’s 25,542

Away Day zine : Only one F in Fulham – very good, pick one up if you can

Cheers

Dave


Monday, 16 December 2013

Monday

Barca in the Chimps league, eh!
But tomorrow it’s Leicester  in the Capital One Cup – no KK210’s left to sell tomorrow night, KK211 is at the printers, ta everybody, and here’s the It’s A Fix extract/update from KK210 :

16A) TUESDAY DECEMBER 17TH : LEICESTER (AWAY) CAPITAL ONE CUP 5TH RD KO 7.45PM

Relegated in season 03/04, down to the third, into admin taken over by Thai consortium , recent connection: Kasper Schmeichel, who vied with Joe as top keeper at City for a while. They’re 3 times winners of the League Cup.

This season, so far, they’re in 3rd place with 39 points from 20 games and 7 wins 2 draw and 1 loss at home, their unbeaten record going to Forest 2-0 the other weekend. David Nugent and Taylor Fletcher are the star names.

Some celeb fans : Noel’s mate from Kasabian, Tom Meighan, Serge Pizzone, David Neilson (Roy Capper), Rustie Lee, Willie Thorne, David Icke, Engelbert , Showaddywaddy.

In the Capital One Cup they beat Carlisle away 5-2 in the 2nd rd; Derby 2-1 at home in the 3rd rd; Fulham 4-3 in the 4th rd (17,932)

Previous form in the League  Cup : there’s been meetings in two rounds : 1965/66 2nd rd 3-1 home; 1967/68 : 2nd rd 4-0 home.

Our form at Leicester : In the FA Cup overall we’ve played them ten times (equalling the number we’ve played Spurs). At Leicester  there’s been 6 visits – 1920 2nd rd 0-3 ; 1966 5th rd  replay 1-0 (after 2-2 home); 1968 4th rd replay 3-4 (after 0-0 home); 1996 3 rd 0-0 away (replay 5-0 home) 2004 3rd rd replay 3-1 (after 2-2 home); 2011 3rd rd 2-2 (replay 4-2 home). That was the last time the teams met. On a tribute day for Neil Young, we went 1-0 down at the kick off, made it 2-1 then Joe dropped a whoopsie as they equalised, but we won the replay and went on to win the Cup.

In the League : last visit in 04 was a 1-1 draw and prior to that it was a 2-1 and 1-0 win.

Groundwise: The Kingspower Stadium is very similar to Saints ground, with a capacity of 32,262 so we should take a good contingent.

Comment : How seriously Manuel will take this game is anyone’s guess but from a fans point of view nothing less than a strong team and performance is required. The two legged semi-final in Jan wouldn’t fatigue our squad too much so c’mon let’s go for it.

Parking: Street parking and local car parks
Away Day zines : The Fox, swaps with KK and is a little belter.
Sat Nav: LE2 7FL
Pub info from Dave Kelly :
Old Aylstone Social Club, I, Middleton St, Aylstone, LE2 8LU (holds 350) No food but numerous eaters on the High St.
The Union Inn, Middleton St, Aylstone, L E2 8LU (Holds a minimum of 100) No food but as above.
The Black Horse Public House, 65, Narrow Lanee, Aylstone, L E2 8NA (Holds a minimum of 100) Full menu of food and snacks from lunchtime.
Supporters clubs have to be booked in.

Dave Kelly 07855421591

Friday, 13 December 2013

Friday

Friday, and yesterday it was Bill Foulkes’ funeral. A united player who scored an own goal in the 1957 Maine Road derby, who City played a testimonial for in 1970/71, a 3-0 City win. A legend who played in an era when their players were generally respected. RIP Bill.
Guess what? Nic Anelka pic returned (which I sent to West Brom a few weeks) ago with signature though it’s difficult to decipher!
Big one tomorrow, let’s hope it’s not ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show!’ Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK210 :

16) SATURDAY DECEMBER 14TH ARSENAL (HOME) KO 12.45PM
Ever present in the top flight since 1915, when they cheated their way into the Division One, last pot the F. A. Cup in 2005, 8 seasons ago. Recent connections Clichy, Toure, Nasri, and Adebayor, 171st  league meeting.

Some celeb fans : Piers Morgan, Johnny Rotten, Ray Davies, Roger Daltry, Colin Firth (or is he Spurs?), Tony Hadley, Barbra Windsor, Jack Whitehall, Bradley Walsh

Last season at The Emirates in January it was a 2-0 City win with goals from Milner (21) and Dzeko (32) who made up for his earlier penalty miss when their player  was sent off. Vinny was also sent off later by Mike Dean but that was rescinded. Crowd was 60,107 with 2,399 Blues
They finished in 4th place with 73 points
In the Capital One Cup, they astoundingly went out at Bradford in the 5th round 1-1 aet and 3-2 on penalties.
In the Chimps League they went out to Bayern Munich 1-3 home, 2-0 away.
In the FA Cup they lost 1-0 at home to Blackburn in the 5th rd

This season so far they’re in top spot with 35 points from 15 games and 6 wins 1 draw and 1 loss away from home.
In the Chimps league they beat Fenerbahce 3-0 away and 2-0 home; Marseille 2-1 away (Nov 26 home) ; Napoli .-0 home, 0-2 away; Dortmund 1-0 away 1-2 home; to go through in 2nd on 12 points
In the Capital One Cup they drew 1-1 at WBA but won on pens in the 3rd rd but lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea in the 4th rd.

Form at home to Arsenal : At The Etihad in September it was a 1-1 draw with goals from Lescott (40) but Koscielny (82) got the equaliser. Crowd was 47,318 with 2,847 Gooners.
We also lost to them 3-1 in a pre season friendly, when Vinny advised us that “you make think that Giraud would be top scorer and Arsenal will win the league, but that won’t happen”
There’s been 16 games in the Prem and 4 wins (1-0 in 11/12 and 06/07, 3-0 in 2008/09, 4-2 in 09/10, So 4 wins 1 draw 2 losses in the last 7.
For City : DWLWWLW

Comment : For a club who reckon “you can’t buy class” their fans went berserk at the start of the season after the 3-1 home defeat to Villa because they hadn’t bought “class” Hypocrites. Anyway Ozil (£42.5M) came in as their only big buy, though the rest of the squad have pretty well all been bought. They got £8M for Gervinho, and Arshavan and Denilson also departed. This looks like being a cracker and a win would obviously be another fantastic result.

WWTWTWShite : Their crowds were down to an average of  23,824 in 1985, and this season it’s 59,969.

 Dave



Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Champs league

15A) TUESDAY  DECEMBER 10TH : CHAMPS LG MATCHDAY 6 : BAYERN MUNICH  (AWAY) KO 7.45PM
They gave us a footballing lesson at The Etihad, though Pellers got his team selection and tactics all wrong. They went ahead through Ribery (7) Muller (56) Robben (59) before the Beast pulled one back  (79)  and Yaya was cheated of a goal when Boateng fouled him, was sent off, and Silva hit the bar with the resulting free kick.
Crowd was 45,201 with 2,525 Germans

This season, so far they’re in top spot with 41 points from 15 games and 13 wins and 2 draws, 4 points ahead of Leverkusen.

We know all about Munich from our previous visit in the summer, and in the infamous ‘Tevezgate match’ 
It’s unlikely we’ll overtake them in top spot but a decent performance would be a booster, even though we’re fielding a weakened team.

The Allianz Arena (Doughnut) Capacity : 71,137  (For City : 3,000)


Dave

Monday, 9 December 2013

Monday

Monday
PLAY THE BEAST AND HE WILL SCORE……but he didn’t!
Pleasant day again, a bit of drizzle here and there, that’s all. News came through of the rags latest defeat which was greeted by great mirth and merriment, naturally, by both City and Saints fans alike.
We were moved on twice for selling KK  as we were affecting programme sales!
Minutes applause for Nelson Mandela, and Labi Siffre’s ‘Something inside so strong’ came over on the tannoy loud and clear and emotionally. We were soon a goal up and should have scored more but Saints came back strongly urged on by their fans – easy done when your team plays fast attacking football - and they scored a deserved equaliser though what Vinny was playing at was anyone’s guess.
After that it was stroll time – Yaya and Sergio the biggest culprits. Agree with all the KK bloggers.
As at Stoke we gained a lucky point, and credit to them for beating Chelsea and to Everton for their point at the Arse.
Journey home not helped by the first bit of the M42 being closed, but back in time to find that Fulham tickets had sold out.
Bayern Munich tomorrow and Manuel’s playing a weakened team we’re told!
Tons of KK stuff in already so should be on track for KK211.
Dave


Friday, 6 December 2013

Friday

Friday
Saints tomorrow, here’s the It’s a Fix extract/update from KK210 :

PLAY THE BEAST AND HE WILL SCORE……

15) SATURDAY DECEMBER 7TH SAINTS (AWAY) KO 3PM

Second season back in the top flight.  for the first Last trophy FA Cup in 1976 (beat rags 1-0) Recent connection : Wayne Bridge.71st league meeting.

Some celeb fans : Craig David, David Gower, David Frost, Fiona Phillips, Holly Valance

Last season : At The Etihad first game of the season in August it was a 3-2 City win. Tevez opened (40), Lambert equalised (59), then S Davis put them ahead (68) though Dzeko (72) equalised and Nasri clinched it (80) after Silva had his weak penalty saved. Crowd was 46,190 with 1924 Saints.
They finished in 14th place with 41 points
In the Capital One Cup: They lost 3-0 away to Leeds in the 4th
In the FA Cup: They lost 5-1 to Chelsea at home in the 3rd rd

This season so far: They’re in 8th place with 22 points from 14 games and 4 wins, 2 draws and 1loss at home.
In the Capital One Cup they beat Barnsley away 5-1, Bristol City home 2-1 but went out at Sunderland 2-1

Our form at Southampton: last season it was that 1-3 loss, Pancheon opened (7) S Davis made it 2 (22) Dzeko pulled one back (39) but Barry’s own goal (46) clinched it for them. Crowd was 31,738 with 3,129 Blues. Prior to that only one loss in 9.
For City : LDWLWDDWWW
Groundwise: No change to St Mary’s and we’ll be in our usual spot to the LHSide of the goal. It’s a long trip but better than going to London.

St. Mary’s : Capacity: 32,690 (3,000 for City

Comment: signings included Lowren on a free, Wanyoma £12M, Osvaldo £15M whilst Puncheon and Billy Sharp were the main departures.
There was outcry when Nigel Adkins was sacked and replaced by the unknown Mauricio Pichettino, but the non English speaking Argentinian hit the ground running and has continued to do so this season taking them up to 3rd place with powerful displays and some great results. They’ve dropped to 8th after a stutter and have just lost to Villa at home which is good news. After last season’s debacle we shouldn’t be taking them lightly and 3 points for us would be a huge boost. We must match their workrate, and if we play like we did at West Brom  (for 85 minutes!) then a win looks likely.…..


WWTWTWShite: Averaged 11,612 in 1955/56 and this season it’s 30,371
Sat Nav: S014 5FX

                                                                           Dave

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Back Heels and stuff

Nice one Neil. At the start of the game in '74 if united won and results elsewhere went their way they could've stayed up. But as Colin Savage said "Some things have to be done properly"
Dave
PS Dzeko dreadful second half last night! Good piece by Howard Hockin going  in the next issue.



West brom

West Brom
Set off early, and went to Morrisons just part the ground for a snack. It took an hour and a quarter to get there, then ¾ of an hour to drive back to the car park at the ground 1/2 a mile away owing to gridlock on the M6/M5 further down! Lots of City fans Involved in horrendous traffic queues, and kick off put back quarter of an hour. Adrian Chiles walked past me but didn’t buy a fanzine!
Programme had good features on City and Colin Bell, plus a reminiscent and amusing article on past games. No, not City’s 6-1 wins in 1921/22 and the record Charity Shield win of 1968, or even the 7-1 win in 1937/38 but Albion’s 7-2 win in 1933/34 and, inevitably our 2-9 loss in 1957, when Joe Fagan scored one of our goals. Pretty good that since Joe was on the backroom staff at Liverpool at the time! It was Paddy you twit.
Stewards were telling me of dreadful scenes when united fans arrived at the game there last season. Fans with no tickets trying to get in and crushing caused. Body checks and sniffer dog greeted us at the turnstiles.  Disbelief as Dzeko and Kolarov were picked, but at least Garcia wasn’t on. Dominant first half, two up, could’ve been four. Dzeko put himself about, fair do’s. Second half Kolarov was tripped and Yaya made the game safe from the spot. Our defence forgot that the game kicked off late and went to sleep in the last few minutes for Albion to pull two back and Dzeko had a stinker. Still it didn’t stop City fans Singin the Blues as the rags lost 1-0 at home to Everton.
Run home was reasonable, considering the single lane and speed limits.
Saints next. Strongest team please Manuel, it's an expensive trip for us fans..

Dave

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Tuesday

Tuesday
Not a lot of zines left to sell on Sunday on another decent afternoon. 3-1 said someone, 3-0 said I ! Alex Harley scored 32 goals in 1962/63 not 30, I was told, so that’s one to check.
Per Arne Rennestraum and his missus said hello and handed over number 104 of their Scandanavian, True Blue magazine which is phenomenal. A5, colour, 100 pages, but nearly all in Norwegian. Greart piece by Didsbury Blue Mike Jenkinson on season 65/66, plus a little tribute to KOTK for our 25 year anniversary. Ta very much.
Not a vintage display by the Blues until the second half, and we always score at the North end. Nasri top man, using some muscle, and good substitutions by Manuel.
Vinny could be back tomorrow, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK210 :
14)  WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4Th WBA (AWAY) KO 8PM

4TH season in the Prem (this time) Last trophy FA Cup 1968, recent connections Nic Anelka and Scott Sinclair  133rd lg meeting.

Some celeb fans : Frank Skinner, Julie Walters, Lennie Henry, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood, Dave Haslam, Cat Deeley, Adrian Goldberg, Adrian Chiles, Judas Priest

Last season : At the Etihad in May it was a 1-0 unconvincing City win, when we thought we had one eye on Wembley, but they were just trying to get Mancini sacked. Dzeko scored the goal after 34 minutes. Crowd was 46:58 with 515 Baggies.
They finished in 8th place with 49 points.
In the Capital One Cup they went out 2-1 at home to Liverpool in the 3rd rd.
In the FA Cup they lost 1-0 at home to QPR in the 3rd rd

This season so far : They’re in 12th place with 15 points from 13 games and 2 wins 2 draws and 2 losses at home
In the Capital One Cup : They beat Notts County 3-0 home, but went out to Arsenal at home on penalties after 1-1 

Our form at the Hawthorns : Last October  it was a 2-1 City win. Milner was sent off then Long put them ahead (67) but supersub Dzeko scored 2 (80, 90) to clinch the win in the last ten minutes. Crowd was 24,891 with 2575 Blues.
Prior to that a draw, a win and 3 losses.
For City : WDWLLLW

Groundwise : M6, M5, A41 with a few local car parks. Same spot as usual, RHS of the stand behind the goal. Big walk after the game all round the houses to get back to the car, but they must have their reasons!

The Hawthorns :Capacity :28,003 (1500 plus for City)

Comment : Signings included Sessignon £6.5M, Anichebe £6M, Anelka and Scott Sinclair whilst main departures were Odemwingie £2.2M, plus Lukaku went back to Chelsea then on to Everton
Good start to the season again for the Baggies under Steve Clarke, but wobbling a bit now, though Shane Long is hitting form. Time for a decent performance away from home. A win is expected but not guaranteed.

WTWTWShite: Averaged  9,134 in 1986/87 and this season it’s 25,169.
Sat Nav : B71 4LF


Dave

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Saturday night/Sunday morning

Saturday night/Sunday morning
Spurs boss AVB was getting stick from a Norwegian behind the dugout in Tromso who was shouting “you’re getting sacked in the morning.” Turns out he was a rag fan, just confirming that no matter where they come from, they’re all twats and just can’t help themselves.
My letter not yet published in the MUEN, but a banal one from journo Les Holt about Charles becoming King was ridiculously published.
Anyroad here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK210 :

13) SUNDAY DECEMBER 1ST : SWANSEA (HOME) KO 4.10PM

Third season for the Swans in the Prem. most famous connection is Roy Paul, apart from Scott Sinclair. Last Pot : Capital One Cup last season. 25th League meeting.

Some celeb fans : Catherine Zeta Jones, Dylan Thomas, Spencer Davis.

Last season : At the liberty in May it was that boring 0-0 draw. Crowd was 20,242 with 1,708 Blues. More signs of the players not wanting to play for pride and Mancini?
Swans finished 9th with 46 points, but won the Capital One Cup though went out of the FA Cup in the 3rd round to Arsenal 1-1 in a replay after 2-2.

This season so far : They’re in 10th place with 15 points from 12 games and 3 wins 0 draws and 3 losses away from home.
In the Capital One Cup they lost 3-1 at Birmingham in the 3rd rd.
In the Europa league they’ve beaten Malmo 4-0 home and drawn 0-0 away, Petrolul Ploiesti 5-1 home and 2-1 away; Valencia 3-0 away, 0-1 home; St Gallen 1-0 home (away Dec 12th) Kuban Krasnodar 1-1 home and away. So they probably need a result at St Gallen to be sure to go through.

Our form at home to Swansea: At the Etihad last October it was a 1-0 City win, Carlos scoring in the 61st minute. Crowd was 46,801 with 1,624Jacks. Prior to that 6 wins 1 draw 1 loss.
For City : WWWWWWWLDWWW

Comment : Signings included Amat £2.5M, Shelvey £5M, Bony £12M, and the main departure was Luke Moore.
Topsy turvey season for Laudrop’s lads, but they’re doing reasonably well in Europe, and have turned in a few decent performances in the Prem. but 3 points are an absolute must again, before our 3 tricky away games.
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 3,367 in 1991/92 and this season it’s 20,579.

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 3,367 in 1991/92 and this season it’s 20,366.

Incidentally the deadline for KK 211 is a week on Monday and it’s a tight schedule so any stuff required by then or sooner if possible please.
Cheers

Dave