Friday, 28 February 2014

Friday and 2 days to go

Friday – 2 days to go!
Apparently Sunderland are our bogey team as they’ve won 4 of the last seven v us! Actually it’s 4 from the last 18, including 8 wins out of 8 from 03 to 09 for City, which throws a slightly different light on it.
Dante Friend advises that as there was no applause respecting Mike Doyle’s death, there will be a minutes applause 4 minutes into the game. Doyley wore the number 4 shirt and was City’s captain the last time we won the League Cup in 1976.
Also there’s Poznan glasses for sale, check out twitter.com/capitaloneuk
However I rather think that Sunderland fans’ll be doing the Poznan if the unthinkable happens. It mustn’t.
Also look out for a Sunderland 73 publication  on sale at Wembley for the game but only check it out AFTER you’ve bought your KK!
So here we go with the It’s A Fix extract from KK213 :

27A) SUNDAY MARCH 2ND CAPITAL ONE CUP FINAL SUNDERLAND at WEMBLEY KO 2PM

We should’ve been playing united at the swamp today, but they can look on enviously as we take the field at no less a place than Wembley Stadium.

Sunderland were formed in 1879, joined the Football League in 1890/91, have won 6 titles from 1892 to 1936, runners up 5 times from 1894 to 1935, have won the FA Cup twice in 1937 and 1973, runners up in 1913, and 1992 plus were League Cup runners up in 1985 losing 1-0 to Norwich City.  
This is their 6th season in the Prem this time and we’ve played each other 125 times in the League.
Recent connection : Adam Johnson

Some celeb fans to be wheeled out for the big day : Steve Cram, Kate Adie, Bryan Ferry, Brian Marwood, Sugar Ray Leonard, James Bolam, Heather Mills, Tasmin Archer, Paul Collingwood

This season so far : They’re in 18th place with  24 points from 26 games and 6 wins 6 draws and 14 losses.
In the Capital One Cup they beat MK Dons 4-2 in the 2nd rd, Peterborugh 2-0 in the 3rd rd, Saints 2-1 in the 4th rd , and Chelsea 2-1 in the 5th rd, all at home, plus united 3-3 on aggregate  in the semi, winning through hilariously on pens!
In the FA Cup they beat Carlisle 3-1 in the 3rd rd, and Kidderminster 1-0 in the 4th rd, and Saints 1-0 in the 5th round, all at home. In the 6th round they play Hull at home.
At the SOL in November we contrived to lose 1-0 for the 4th time in a row!
Bad boy and ex rag shithouse Bardsley got the goal after Milner was fouled in the 21st minute. Crowd was 40,137 with 2,501 Blues tucked away in the top tier behind the goal.

City, Sunderland, League & FA Cup connections and reflections:

We managed our first League Cup success in 1970, beating West Brom 2-1 aet on the Saturday, after returning from a European Cup Winners’ Cup  0-0 draw with Academica Coimbra in Portugal. We also went on to lift that Cup at the end of the year.

So to 1973,  5th round cup tie at Maine Road, City red hot favourites to beat Second Division Sunderland, drew 2-2 (and I had my car nicked!) then lost the replay 3-1.  54,478 at Maine Road, crowd boosted by rags whose home game was postponed and 51,782 at Roker. I lived in Yorkshire and watched the Final in a room full of Leeds fans, trying to control myself as Ian, Dennis, Dave, Jim, Bob and co did the biz 1-0 over mighty (dirty) Leeds United. Wonderful! We later took Tueart, Watson and Horswill off their hands.

Our next Final appearance was in 1974 when we contrived to lose 1-2 to Wolves. “Supporting City is going to Wembley with a forward line of  Bell, Lee, Law, Summerbee and Marsh , and losing”, is the oft lament of Blues.

That was put to rights a couple of years later, when we beat a supposedly flu hit Newcastle United 2-1, Peter Barnes and Dennis Tueart with that overhead kick voted the best ever goal in the competition. It didn’t get him into our Hall of Fame though, even club secretary Bernard Halford is ahead of him there! Bern must’ve booked us into some good hotels! (as Big Mal once said of Walter Griffiths!)

Season 1979/80 saw the one and only League Cup game between the two sides, a 1-1 draw at Maine Road and a 1-0 Sunderland win at Roker. City fans, I’m told, were escorted through the main stand exit at the end of the game, by the Police “for our own protection”, Sunderland fans, were apparently waiting mob-handed outside the gates where the City fans should’ve exited.
Then, at last, in 1982/83 we gained some sort of revenge for ten years earlier when, after a 0-0 draw at Roker,  a 2-1 win put us through to the 4th round in the replay. (lost 0-4 at Brighton, causing John Bond’s resignation)    We were later relegated!

On to 1985, Sunderland’s one and only League Cup Final, so far, a 0-1 loss to Norwich, who were relegated along with the Mackems whilst City were promoted.

1985/86 is a bit vague but if I recall correctly we won 4-3 on pens in the Full Members Cup, at Maine Road after 0-0. That sparked a jubilant pitch invasion, as we went on to beat Hull in the semi-final but lost the final 5-4 to Chelsea!, after being 1 up then 5-1 down!

And that was pretty much that until 1991 after Sunderland had  a stint in division 3 (1988), which we also managed in 1999 . Their fans in fancy dress entertained us in our 3-2 win as Sunderland  were relegated to Division Two. They did manage a Cup Final in 1992 losing 2-0 to Liverpool, in their yo-yo years though. We managed a 5th place finish, as we did the season after, before hitting the skids.

City were the first visitors to the Stadium of Light in August 1997, managing a 1-3 loss, and were relegated at the end of the season. Sunderland missed out on promotion in the play offs to Charlton, but went up the year after to the Prem and City went up to the First Division, after winning the Play off Final against  Gillingham (1999).

Next up was the 2009 game at the Etihad when Mark Hughes was sacked at half time, as City went on to win 4-3.

Eventually we set off in 2011 on the first of our 5 ‘New Wembley’ visits, winning 3 and losing 2, culminating in losing 1-0 to (about to be relegated Wigan) in the Final.


We also lost the League Cup semi of 2010 to the rags, (a game which should have been replayed owing to the rags missile throwing changing the course of the game) and in 2012, 2-3 on aggregate,  to Liverpool but we went on to lift the title, on the last day, Mackems making fun of the rags (who conveniently forgot how they denied us 5 points that year!) doing the City adopted Poznan. We loved it!

And that pretty well brings us up to date. In this year’s competition City have had a fairly comfortable passage to the Final. We beat Wigan 5-0 (It’ll always be 1-0 the 546 fans sang) at home, Newcastle away 2-0, Leicester away 3-1(when we listened to Sunderland beating Chelsea on the radio on the way home), then West Ham 9-0 on aggregate in the semi-final. This put behind us the defeats to Liverpool 80/81, 2012 and united 2009/10.
We waited with baited breath as Sunderland beat the rags 2-1 then won through at O/T after extra time, on penalties which was the funniest thing most soccer fans worldwide had seen in a long time.

Some City fans had mixed feelings though, wanting to give the rags a good tonking at Wembley, but most were happy we weren’t playing them. Their fans’ behaviour at the two previous games there v us were a disgrace and it will be a much pleasanter fans experience v Sunderland, whose fans like their North Eastern neighbours are top drawer.

Comment : So where does that leave us? We’ve won the biggest  games, 1937 Charity Shield 2-0, but were relegated at the end of the season as Champions,  and the 1955 FA Cup semi 1-0.
We always used to beat Sunderland  when we were shit, but on Wearside they’ve  recently had the edge with four  spawny 1-0 wins and a draw. At Eastlands though, we have, with 8 wins and 1 draw in the last nine. So anything can happen.
They’ve got a few ex rags – Brown, O’Shea, Bardsley plus ex Blue Johno who’ll spark things up plus Gus Poyet’s a decent manager. (What happened at Brighton  we’re still waiting to hear) but you would expect us to take control.
Underdogs have done well in recent Finals, Birmingham beating Arsenal, Cardiff giving Liverpool a fright, and last year…….!
Of course, the last team to beat us at Wembley in a Final were relegated, so Mackems should be careful what they wish for. This time, hopefully, our players won’t be playing to get the manager sacked, which was the suspicion, in that Final.

WTWTWShite : Avd 13,601 in 86/87, and this season their average home att. is 40,438.

Groundwise: 31,000 tickets for each club and we’re in the West end again, three times lucky, twice unlucky.
Wembley stadium : Capacity 90,000 (31,000 for City)
Sat Nav : HA9 0WS.

CONCLUSION
Well some Sunderland fans might prefer to stay up than to win a Cup, but there’s no choice, as their next game is this Final. Anyway, you can always get promoted whilst Finals don’t come around that often. Hopefully they peaked in the semis (hope we didn't!)
They’ve had two chances (’85, and ’92) to repeat 1973 and have failed. As for us, we bounced back in ‘34, ‘56, ‘70 (tho we also won in ’69) and ’76, and 2011so history shows we CAN do it. Just bring back that Cup lads and fire up the rest of the season. As always the KOTK team, as per all Blues, will be giving it 100% at the game. Bring it on……..

Dave

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Wednesday and 4 days to go

Wednesday – Five days to go.
Lots of fuss about Rooney ‘coining it in’ at Palace, and how the rags are gonna win the Champs league. Pity no fuss was made in the Carling Cup semi at the Swamp that time when Bellamy was pelted and they went down to the other end and scored.
Obviously that goal at the mighty Palace meant that he’s worth every penny of the £300K per week. Hypocrites.
Oops they lost in Greece last night and Van Perv reckons that the open goal he missed with no one near him was due to other rag players getting in his way! Ex Blue Bill Leivers has just rung up to thank me for sending the zine, which he loves, to him. Bill’s not in the best of health but is still bright and breezy and is hoping to get to Wembley if his tickets arrive OK having been sent by mistake (or redirected by a Post Office rag) to Scotland!

Dave

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Sjoke

Stoke
United are shit so the manumirror headlines
on Rooney’s new deal. No mention of holding the club to ransom, or comparing it to nurses wages, or how disgusting it is.
Nice day for a change at the Etihad. Bad news was that Chelsea scored to beat Everton in the dying seconds of added time.
Difficult for us today as we thought it might be. Dzeko looks to have eclipsed DJ Campbell’s last week’s miss of the season and just when you thought he couldn’t get any worse – he does. Yaya unlocked it eventually for 1-0 so a big relief.
Watching MOTD now and it doesn’t look any better. Still Sunderland lost 4-1 at Arsenal so praps a bit demoralised for next Sunday!?

Dave

Friday, 21 February 2014

friday

Friday
Picked up the zines and set off to the outlets today with KK213.
Switched over from Real XS to Radio Manc as Sweeney plays some decent stuff these days, but had to suffer 5 minutes on Wayne Rooney, then he’s got his daughter on so it was back to Real XS. What is it with rag presenters? Great until they get on about football. Bumped into ex City chairman and club saviour John Wardle in the Next cafĂ©.

 Manumirror yesterday had red scouse bitter Brian Reade having a pop at Pellers (Malaga v Dortmund last season EVERYONE said they were robbed, not Ready today) then we’re described as the wealthiest club in the world-erm not since FFP Brian. Today it’s ex rag Fowler’s turn. Surely journos with allegiances to certain club should NOT be allowed to comment without being factual and objective and why no response from the club ?
Grrrrrrr
Anyway tomorrow it’s Sjoke, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK213 (out tomorrow don’t forget!):
26) SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22ND : STOKE (HOME) KO 3PM

Now in their 6th Prem season. Last and only trophy the League Cup in 1972, 90th league meeting. Recent connection : Glen Whelan, Mark Hughes, John Guidetti, Stevie ireland

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

This season so far they’re in 14th place with 27 points from 26 games and 1 win 3 draws and 9 losses away from home

At The Britannia in September it was that 0-0 draw Crowd was 25,052  with 2,869 Blues.

In the Capital One Cup they beat Walsall 3-1 at home, Tranmere away 2-0, Birmingham away 4-2 on pens after 4-4 aet, then lost 2-0 at home to the rags in the 5th rd.

In the FA Cup they beat Leicester at home 2-1 in the 3rd, but lost 1-0 at Chelsea in the 4th rd

Form at home to Stoke : Last season  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.
They’ve had only one win in the last 10 league visits, 1-0 in 97/98, whilst City have won the other 9.
For City it’s : WWWWWWWWWL

Comment : In the January window  they added
John Guidetti, Stevie Ireland, Juan Agudelo (now out on loan) and out went Shea and Ness.
Average season for Stoke this term but they’ve picked up recently, and even beat the rags. We enjoy good form against them at The Etihad, and their away form is poor so a win today  is expected and should be no different.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 8, 288 in 85/86 and currently it’s 25,784.


Dave

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Wednesday

Barcelona
Much more pleasant drive to the ground than last week and the usual pre match reasonably priced nosh at Mackers. Parked up, past the posters telling us it was the Road to Lisbon, on a pleasant evening and took up my usual spot in front of the newly erected barriers and chatted to the young stewards who hadn’t much of a clue about City, the club, team and stadium. One of them thought that it wasn’t being maintained properly though.
Barca fans going past were a class above Chelsea on Saturday, laughing, smiling, singing though I hadn’t a clue what!
Our seats were different to normal which is a bit of a pain but not a major problem though I wish the club would hang on until it was definite that our own seats wouldn’t  be taken up by Euro Execs. We had to hold some plastic sheets up which made impressive viewing . Team selection was criticised by some fans on Radio Manc. (and Tony Petrie!) and first  twenty we couldn’t get hold of the ball but got into it and had the best chances.
0-0  at half time. Joe didn’t look comfy to me and sometimes when he runs to the edge of the box with the ball and stops I wish he’d kick it upfield to Negredo with only two men on him rather than wait until the whole defence is back.
You know the rest. It MAY have been a foul on Navas, but it WAS a penalty. Joe seemed to dive before Messi struck, but we stuck to the task and it was a travesty when they got the second with Clichy falling over and the ball going through Joe’s legs.
2-0  then and no pressure for the second leg. We can have a good time, sing our hearts out, hope for the best, win the Capital One Cup and take it from there.
Dave

 PS - I'm told that Sue was on the box (BBC) with KK. Nice one! She's mortified, good job we didn't see it!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Coming up for air

ON/OFF THE PITCH
Mourinho continued his tiresome sounding off before the Chelsea Cup game and you can now realise why the English media darling was so detested in Italy and Spain.
Took up my usual spot on Ashton New Road, which was quite intimidating to be honest. Chelsea fans strutting past singing “F*ck off David Moyes, Wenger touches boys, we’ve got Mourinho,  Mourinho”. Classy eh? I was surprised at the lack of policing considering their presence at some lower profile games and how it didn’t kick off was a mystery.
Ticker tape show before the game organised by the 1894 group. We’ve recently chatted to Dante Friend in this regard and hope to clarify what it’s all about in a future issue.
Minutes silence and applause pre kick off for the fantastic footballer and man, Sir Tom Finney, who’s passed away at the age of 91. I was privileged  to talk with him a few years ago and I’ve also read his autobiography. An interesting bit I thought was after he’d played a great game in an International and General Montgomery who was present wrote to him afterwards which went something like this “Dear Finney, well played in the recent match, I have enclosed a signed  photograph of myself for you” ! Pompous pri*k!
And what a performance from our boys. Captain Vinny was an inspiration and everyone performed so well, and good to shut the Chelsea boys up.
The draw gave us Wigan at home, so a welcome return for Uwe Rosler.
Managed to get KK213 off to the printers tonight, it’s the Capital One Cup special. 15 years ago KK93 lamented  25 years of no silverware, and our front cover this time is very similar, but this time we’re celebrating reaching the Cup final after a Prem league and FA Cup win. As usual it’s A4, colour front and back cover. £3 for 48 pages of brilliance! Ta very much to all our contributors.
Mourinho's at it again. How can it possibly be an advantage to have a fixture pile up at the end of the season?
Shut the F*ck up Jose, or at least some journo’s take him to task.
Barca tomorrow. What a shame that Alves has ruined a night when our fans would have shown our class with appreciation of Messi and co by saying we’ve no class. Twat. Ooops that’s not very classy Mr Ed.
Anyway here’s the it’s A Fix extract from KK212 :
26B) TUESDAY FEBRUARY 18TH : BARCELONA (HOME) UEFA CHAMPS LEAGUE RD OF 16. KO 7.45PM
Barca were formed in 1899 by Swiss, English and Catalonian footballers led by Joan Gamper. They are a symbol of Catalanism, their motto is ‘More Than a Club’ and anthem is ‘Cant Del Barca’. Club colours are reputed, peculiarly, to be based on those of Crystal Palace They are an irreverent bunch and once booed the National Anthem which did not go down well with the establishment
They’ve won 22 La Liga’s, (and are current Champions) 26 Copa Del Rey’s, 11Super Cups, 3 Copa Eva Duarto’s.
In Europe they’ve won 4 UEFA Champions cups, 4 Cup winners’ Cups, 4 UEFA Super Cups, 3 Cities Fairs Cups, 2 FIFA World Club Cups.
They currently play in the Camp Nou, capacity 99,786 and are managed by Gerardo Martins.
They were the first team in 1961 to knock Real Madrid out of Europe, which was some revenge for an 11-1 drubbing in 1943.
They are currently joint top of La Liga with both Atletico and Real Madrid with 57 points from 23 games with 18  wins 3 draws and 2 losses.
Current connections are Ferran Soriano and Txiki Beginstain, who will be frostily received!
Results in the Champions League : Celtic 1-0 away, 6-1 home; Ajax 1-2 away, 4-0 home; AC Milan 1-1 away, 3-1 home.
Last season they went out to Bayern Munich 0-4 away, 0-3 home

Friendlies :
1951/52 A 1-5; 1956/57 A2-3; 1974/75 A 2-3; 1986/87 A 1-1; 2002/03 H 2-1 when they opened COMS and we dreamt we might meet them in Europe one day: 2009/10 A 1-0 (Joan Gamper  trophy)

Comment: Really they don’t need much of an introduction as they are so well known, particularly in Manchester as they’ve thrashed the rags twice in European Cup finals.
It will be great to see Messi and company here at the Etihad and we’re surely in for a football feast.
Dave



Friday, 14 February 2014

Friday

Sunderland. Well, a bit of wind and rain. Cheesy told us the game was on from inside the stadium, then a caller rang up and said how could it be as Manc was on a red alert. We thought it was yellow. Then as we settled down in Macdonalds at half six we found out it was off. Should’ve been done hours ago. Last postponed game was the semi v the rags in 2010. I remember once at Leeds in the 80’s, Frank Worthington’s debut being a wild night. Joe Corrigan punch a high cross out mightily, the ball went out straight up in the air, he caught it on the way back down, and had to roll it out!

Chelsea tomorrow in the Cup. A draw or a win will give us a real fixture pile up but a win would be nice particularly as Mourinho continues to spout off.
We know what we’re up against after last week’s defeat and it just needs our players to be a bit more clinical in front of goal, then no problem.
Dave


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Tuesday

Tuesday,
Much bollocks in the press, and from Mourinho (again) trying to compare YaYa’s flick to Bellamy’s run and punch. Ridiculous, and you can now see why Jose was so detested in Italy and Spain.
Sunderland next, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK 212:

26) WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12TH : SUNDERLAND HOME 7.45PM

Promoted in 2007, so this is their 6th season in the Prem. (this time!) Last Pot F A Cup 1973. Most recent connection : Adam Johnson. 126th  league meeting.

Some celeb fans: Steve Cram, Kate Adie, Bryan Ferry, Brian Marwood, Peter O’Toole, Sugar Ray Leonard, James Bolam, Heather Mills, Tasmin Archer, Paul Collingwood

This season so far : They’re in 17th place with  24 points from 25 games and 3 wins 4 draws and 5 losses away from home.
In the Capital One Cup they beat MK Dons 4-2 in the 2nd rd, Peterborugh 2-0 in the 3rd rd, Saints 2-1 in the 4th rd , and Chelsea 2-1 in the 5th rd, plus united 2-1 in the semi first leg, all at home. They won the second leg on pens at the Swamp to reach the final. How funny was that!
In the FA Cup they beat Carlisle 3-1 at home in the 3rd rd and beat Kidderminster at home in the 4th rd.
At the SOL in November we contrived to lose 1-0 for the 4th time in a row!
Bad boy and ex rag shithouse Bardsley got the goal after Milner was fouled in the 21st minute. Crowd was 40,137 with 2,501 Blues tucked away in the top tier behind the goal, since then City have been unbeaten.

Form at home to Sunderland Last season it was a 3-0 City win, goals coming from Kolarov (5), Aguero (60) and Milner (89).
Crowd was 47,036 with 1722 Mackems, which made it 8 wins and a draw out of the last nine.
For City : WDWWWWWWL

Comment : Gus Poyet has got them going, and they’re climbing up the league, though they lost at home to Hull last Saturday! Bit of a bogy team away, but not at home so a win is expected. It’s a rehearsal for the Capital One Cup Final, but we had one before the FA Cup final last year v Wigan and learnt nowt, so hopefully a lesson will be learned this time!
Let’s bounce back please.

WTWTWShite : Avd 13,601 in 86/87, and this season their average home att. is 41,239.

Oh and Chelsea drew at West Brom!

Dave





Monday, 10 February 2014

Norwich

Norwich
Set off on Friday at about ten am, picked the Blue Vic up and hit the M6 but almost instantly stopped in a jam, as there’d been an accident (or incident!) between Knutsford and Stoke. So we found ourself in the outside lane alongside the City coach in the middle lane. Naturally Steve waved the scarf at the players and driver, who ignored us completely, so we declined to sing Blue Moon to the miserable bastards. We then left em in our wake.
Stopped for an hour at the usual pub then hit something on the A14, puncture and damaged wheel. RAC did us proud but had to drive at 50mph on the spare, and a new tyre and probably alloy wheel now needed so it was becoming an expensive trip.
Rang up the The White Horse at Trowse to see if the karaoke was on at night, and when we arrived the barmaid said “did you ring earlier, I recognise the accent!” I didn’t think I had an accent!
Everyone was very friendly and appreciative, quite touching really. Chatted with a lovely couple, Norwich born and bred but not really into football and annoyed that Ruddy had taken his kid out of their kids school when he’d “got a bob or two”. We impressed em that much, and they us, that they told us, they’d be hoping for a City win the next day. So we’d done our bit. Another bloke, Norwich fan, put a pound each on City to win 7-0, 8-0, 9-0, or 10-0, which we thought was a bit much.
Next day the programme seller told us we were likely to score “lots of goals” cos “Norwich are hopeless at the moment”
Had a snack and chat with City fans in the Hotel next to the ground and watched Liverpool thrash Arsenal, so a win would put us top
Well you know what happened next. How could we be so good at Spurs and so lethargic here? Tiredness? Injuries? Attitude? Maybe they need a terrace lesson and reality check and you sometimes wonder how daft you are to spend a fortune to see a performance like that at a place where we often won “when we were shit”
But we are daft and will be there at the next away games, and hopefully the boys will get back on track on Wednesday, and we can visit the White Hiorse again  next season.
Dave
PS - Darren Bent eh!!!



Thursday, 6 February 2014

Thursday

Thursday and not much news. Saturday it’s Norwich away, and here’s the It’s A fix extract from KK212 :

25) SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8Th : NORWICH AWAY  KO  3PM
Third season in the Prem this time. Last pot league Cup in 1985. 56th League meeting. Recent connection Garrido.

This season so far they’slipped to 15th place with 24 points from 24 games and 4 wins 4 draws and 4 losses at home.
In the Capital One Cup they beat Bury 6-3 at home in the 2nd rd, Watford 3-2 away in the 3rd rd, but lost 4-0 at united in the 4th rd
In the FA Cup they lost 3-0 at Fulham in the 3rd rd
At The Etihad in November it was a 7-0 City win, goals coming from Johnson (OG 16), Silva (20), Martin (OG 25), Negredo (36), Toure (60), Aguero (71), Dzeko (86).
Crowd was 47,066 with 1,406 Canaries.

Form at Norwich : At Carrow Road in December  2012 it was a thrilling 4-3 City win. We went two goals up early doors through Dzeko (2, 4) Nasri got sent off after they pulled one back through Pilkington (14) Aguero made it 3-1 (50) Martin made it 3-2 (63) Dzeko/Bunn OG made it 4-2 (67) and Martin scored again (75) to make it our usual nervy ending.
Crowd was 26,827 with 2373 Blues.
For City : WWLLDDDDL

Comment :. We always do well against Norwich and so long as complacency doesn’t seep in, today should be no different. They’re only 2 points off the drop zone though so it looks like a battle.
Check out The White Horse Inn at Trowse if you’re up for karaoke on the Friday night..

Groundwise: We’re in the same place as usual, at one end of the stand opposite the main stand.
Tickets : £50
Carrow Road : Capacity : 27,000 (2,300 for City)

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 13,750 in 68/69 and this season it’s 26,835.
Parking : Local car parks.
Pubs : Plenty, but the hotel at the ground allows fans in and you can get a bite there too, very nice.
Away day zine : Kick it Off
Sat Nav : NR1 1JE
Dave



Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Chelsea?

Chelsea, and it didn’t rain for once. Panic stations from the off but we couldn’t take advantage, so we paid the price. Kompany must have been mortified when, after his life or death blockage of the ball it went out to Abrimovic, who wasn’t closed down by Yaya, in liability mode, and was allowed to stroke it into the net.
Anyway, we’ve chance to get revenge in a couple of weeks, so something to look forward to.how many times did we beat Chelsea last year?
Still pondering why we didn’t take a punt on Cahill for £8M a couple of years ago.
Just a reminder that stuff for KK213, the Capital One Cup final special, is required by Monday next, February 10th please.
Just picked up March’s 4-4-2 magazine which has interviews with Balotelli and Pelligrini, so worth a look.

Dave

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Sunday

Sunday
Manumirror’s latest anti City stories (since yesterday) are on the Mancini payoff, our daily wages, and how we’re rigging FFP. Twats.
Tomorrow night it’s Chelsea, here’s the It’s A fix extract from KK 212:

24) MONDAY FEBRUARY 3RD : CHELSEA HOME KO 8PM

Last promotion was in 1989 (with us) since then they’ve won the lot Including the Europa League  last season. 138th league meeting.
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

This season so far they’re in 3rd place with 50 points from 23 games and 5 wins 3 draws and 3 losses away.
At the Bridge in October it was a 2-1 loss. Schurrie (33) opened the scoring, Aguero equalised (49) but Joe’s rush of blood led to Torres’s last minute winner, after City had played well.
Crowd was 41,495 with 2,892 Blues.
In the Capital One Cup they beat Swindon and Arsenal both 2-0 away, in the 3rd and 4th rounds but lost 2-1 aet also away at Sunderland in the 5th rd.
In the Champs league :They lost to Basel 2-1 at home, and 1-0 away; beat Schalke 3-0 home and away, beat  Steaua Bucharest 4-0 away and 3-0 home, and face Galataserasy in the knock out stage.
In the FA Cup they beat Derby 2-0 away in the 3rd rd,  Stoke 1-0 at home in the 4th, and play us away in the 5th rd.

Form at home to Chelsea : 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.
For City : WWWWLLLLW

Comment : As expected Mourinho has got Chelsea going again, and they’re looking like strong contenders for the title. It’s up to us to bring them back down to earth. F*ck off Mourinho, your coat’s from Matalan, and mind your own FFP business.

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 12,672 in 1982/83 and this season it’s 41,500


Saturday, 1 February 2014

Saturday

Saturday
Busy week, down to Newport so slight delay in posting some subscriber/contributor copies of KK212, all done now, and the Kindle version is up and running.
Wednesday morning it was off to the Etihad to pick up the Barca away tickets then over to Ged’s where Mick was ready to go, picked Jason up and we were off in the Mickmobile.
Parked in the usual, expensive car park opposite the
ground, rain again so selling KK  a disaster
We were dominant first half, but only a goal up and I was relieved that their goal was ruled out. Thought that Marriner was lenient to Spurs and how he missed the foul on Aguero I don’t know. So 1-0 at half time and you’ll never guess which game they featured? No, not the 6-0 at the Etihad, or the 4-3 City Cup win but ……..I don’t even need to tell you it was the ancient 1981 Cup Final.
Second half, that was a blatant penalty, no question, no brainer, nailed on and how Rose has had his sending off  rescinded is unbelievable.
Anyway we went 3 up, then I thought we were going to do a West Brom. But we notched another couple to make it comprehensive.
Spurs fans left early so getting away from the car park was poor, football grounds in London – ridiculous!
Didn’t get home until 4am, then had my tax to do! Understand that Sherwood , as was Ole last week, very complimentary to City, unlike some other bitter managers – Mourinho and Wenger.
No signings in the window, so let’s hope that we don’t get any more injuries, and Serge and Samir are back soon.
Manu mirror a disgrace today, with the new rag holy trinity of Van perv, Rooney and Mata featured, but not the new Duncan Edwards (Phil Jones!) and back page headline of lucky City. Twats.
Sunderland on the up again and rags lost at Stoke, but they’re going to win the Euro Cup, so it’s very interesting, as they say.

Dave