Tuesday, 29 April 2014


Brilliant portrayal of Tommy Cooper by City fan David Threlfall in last weeks play. Can you name the other two City fans who were in it?. One of them is dead easy. The other, a female, maybe not so.
Answers later

Monday, 28 April 2014


Travelled down on the Saturday. First stop was at the services on the Toll, the one which serves North and South. Full of Luton fans on their way to Hyde, plus the inevitable rags. Then we stopped off at Cobham services and who should we bump into but Sue Bookbinder and son Zac. It was the mid Sussex supporters club branch do in the evening with Sue compering, John Stapleton, Alex Williams, Rodney Marsh, Tommy Booth as guests. 

We attended the Burf’s 50th in Cheam at night which was a great do, and a memorable evening for John who’s had a tough time recently family wise so it was welcoming for him to have such a great turn out. He was wished Happy Birthday by Rodney and Tommy, a nice touch.
We’ve always been grateful that John chose KK to write for, despite poaching attempts from other City zines, and his contributions are always top class, so we were privileged also to be invited to his ‘do’.

Typical, as we were down in London, we got the news that lady duck had given birth to eleven ducklings in our back garden. Mother and babies all doing well!

The papers were full of the rags and Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool, getting tedious now.

Sunday, hey, standing outside Palace on the hill, came the news that Chelsea were winning 1-0 at Anfield.
Two female City fans then announced that it was 1-1 (not a joke, why do people do that?) quickly quashed, then as time ticked by we found out that it was 2-0.
The euphoria amongst Blues was a sight and sound to behold, and Palace fans were also pleased, as they don’t want Liverpool to win it either. The atmosphere inside the ground was tremendous and City took hold of the game as though our lives depended on it.

One or two anti Giggs songs – “tearing families apart again”, and “Giggsy was a wanker, then he shagged his brother’s wife, he’s manager of united, but it won’t be for life”…….

It is now, of course, in our hands. “You’re not going to win the title for Liverpool on Saturday are you” I said to my Everton supporting son-in-law. “I hope not” he said, “and we’ve got ten players injured including Distin, Jagielka, Oviedo, Mirallas, Gibson, Kone, Traore, Pienaar, and Barry can’t play”.

So if we’re up for that and the other two games, like we were at Palace then I’m sure we can do it, and we must play our part in the stands.

C’mon City.

Friday, 25 April 2014


Heard that laugh of Giggs?? He could replace the Laughing Man at Blackpool.
Chelsea at Liverpool. Not much chance with half the team missing, but you never know.
We’re at Palace, here’s the it’s A fix extract from KK 215:


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 44th league meeting, and latest connections include Steve Coppell and Trevor Francis.

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, Neil Ashton (journalist)

This season so far : They’re in 11th place with 43  points from 35 games and 8 wins 2 draws and 7 losses at home.
At the Etihad in December it was a narrow 1-0 City win, Dzeko (66) getting the all important goal in front of 47,107 with 2,199 Glaziers.
In the Capital. One Cup they went out 2-1 at Bristol City in the 2nd rd
In the FA Cup  they won 2-0 at West Brom in the 3rd rd. But lost 2-1 at Wigan in the 4th.

Our form at Palace: 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.
Last league meeting was in season 2004/05 in the Prem. with City winning 2-1 when Keegan was under pressure.

Comment : January transfers in included Hennessey, Puncheon, Dann, Ince, Ledley.
Outs were Kebe, Phillips, Banton, Parsons, Appiah, so plenty of business carried out. It seems to have paid off to as it’s inspired Pulis to drive them up the league to safety after being rooted to the bottom as relegation certs. They gave us a tough game at The Etihad and another tough one is expected here, as they’ve just beaten Chelsea and Villa. Vociferous crowd at Selhurst  these days as the novelty of the Prem. hasn’t yet worn off, and they sing ‘Glad All Over’. But we must win.

Groundwise : We’ll be in half of the Arthur Wait stand as usual down the side of the pitch.
Selhurst  Park : Capacity : 26,255
Tickets : £40/£26
WWTWTWShite? Averaged 6,446 in 84/85 and this season it’s 24,223.
Sat Nav : SE25 6PU. It’s the worst ground in the country  to get to so it’s pot luck for the best route.

It’s KK contributor John Burfield’s 50th birthday!

Thursday, 24 April 2014


Anyone see the Giggs interview on Sky? He said, and correct me if I'm wrong, something like "Good to see things going on the pitch which can be reenacted in training"
Anyway I'm told he's relaxing training by asking all the players to bring their wives along.
Also, as Klopp's turned them down, they're now after his brother, Klippetty.
I thank you

Wednesday, 23 April 2014


Lovely day, usual visit to Macca’s, City square too dear sadly.
Couple of lads, one draped in a Bosnian flag, asked me what I thought of Dzeko. I was quite kind actually  “needs the right service, ball in front of him to run on to, but has still scored 20 goals, why” “We’re family, have come over from Leeds, where can we get tickets” Which I thought was a bit strange. Minute we parked up it started raining then stopped!
Bright start, joke free kick and brill finish for their goal. Nice to see Martin get a goal and the vote for MOTM. Actually, I’ve always liked him, as you all know,, miles better than Lescot.. Massive blow re Silva.
Good win, could have helped the GD though.
Leicester and Burnley are up so 12 points guaranteed next season!!!
Rags have fired Moyes!! Who cares.
Chelsea got a few injuries fo r the Liverpool game so that looks bad for us


Gilly Gilly osemfeppercatsenela........

David Gill was so obsessed in stopping City's progress by influencing FFP that he left his beloved MUFC in the lurch.
Cum uppance

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Typical united

Typical united - they normally do things with style, class and dignity!!!!
City beat West Brom 3-1 and all the papers are full of united sacking Moyes
Tony - brace yourself for the "only 2 managers in 27 years for united, how many have City had in this time?" headlines!

Sunday, 20 April 2014


Anyone see the Hotel inspector at the Green Man at Wembley? Or what about Ian Hislop at our old hometown in Conisbrough Castle, Ivanhoe and all that?
What about the Rev? Brilliant. Just trying to take my mind off City.

Strange weekend. Chelsea lost at home to Sunderland, Arsenal won at Hull,  Liverpool (seen how Sterling runs?) won at Norwich and Everton beat the rags at home so things are getting tight at the top.
It makes the game v West Brom even more important and we need to be more like the last ten minutes against Sunderland and not the previous 80.
Been busy getting the KK 215 subscriptions in the post, duly done, and it’s on sale at tomorrow night’s game. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain!
Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK214 :


Third season in the Prem (this time) Last trophy FA Cup 1968, recent connection Ishmael Miller (now at Forest or Yeovil) 134th lg meeting.

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

This season so far : They’re in 16th place with 33 points from 33 games, 3 points above safety, with 3 win 6 draws and 7 losses away from home
At the Hawthorns in December  it was a 3-2 City win. The Blues went ahead through Aguero (9), Toure (24,74 pen) and were coasting but Albion pulled two back through Pantillimon (85OG) and Anichebe (90) but we held on for the win. Crowd was 22,943 with 2,571 Blues

In the Capital One Cup they beat Newport County 3-0 at home, but drew 1-1 then lost on pens to Arsenal at home.

In the FA Cup they lost  2-0 at home to Crystal Palace in the 3rd rd

Form at home to West Brom : Last  season it was that  1-0 win in May just before the Cup final when we thought we were saving ourselves. Dzeko got the goal in the 35th minute. Crowd was 46,158 with 515 Baggies
Prior to that it’s been 2 wins 2 draws and the one loss (2-1) in 2002/03.
For City : WWWWDDL

Comment : In the January window there were no ins but the main out was Shane Long
They over achieved last season, mainly thanks to Lukaku’s input and Steve Clarke paid the price for not emulating those heights this. Pepe Mel’s taken over and results haven’t improved much but they finally got a win at Swansea and are battling to stay up. Nicolas Anelka has disgraced himself with the Quinelle (when he was with us it was ‘kinell more often than not!) gesture so we won’t be seeing him. Win.

WTWTWShite: Averaged  9,134 in 1986/87 and this season it’s 25,169.

Friday, 18 April 2014


Monday morning I was invited onto on the radio along with a Chelsea fan who was Ok and a Liverpool fan who was a bit misguided!
I made some points to the Liverpool fan re how I was asked to speak to Liverpool fans a few years ago re fan involvement when they were over the moon as Dubai looked like they were coming in. Also I recalled Pool fans’ euphoria in the pub (in Warrington) when Gillette and Hicks came in and the money they were going to spend.
Now, apparently they don’t need a Sheikh. Well they certainly did ten years ago, and how are they going to pay for redeveloping Anfield?
His final point was that because of their worldwide support (City’s record att: 84,000. Chelsea’s 82,000, Liverpool’s about 66,000!) they deserved to win the title over us! I happen to think that the football they’ve played this season is the reason they deserve to win the title. But c’mon Chelsea!!!
(Does that make me a clown)

Amazingly it was a nice fine dry night on Wednesday. Macca’s first for a pre match snack, then had a change of pitch, taking up missing Frank’s spot at the top of Joe Mercer way, as it was the third home game for selling KK214.
So a chance to meet fellow Blues I hadn’t seen for years. And you get the bonus of being serenaded by the rock group in City square. Great voice BTW of the lady vocalist

Big queues to get in so naturally we missed the goal. No Silva, assume he was injured, if not big mistake by Pellers.
And that was the good bit. It was then sideways, backwards, tedious football and inevitably, though we should have had a pen, 2-1 down before the end, then we scraped an equaliser, but couldn’t clinch the win.
On a day when it was announced that our players were the highest paid in world sport it was devastating to see that we won’t be ‘fighting to the end’.

There was a couple of good callers on Radio Manc who questioned the mentality of the team. Pellers reckoned the poor dears were mentally shot after Sunday’s game. I didn’t want to hear that.

Anyway got KK215 off to all the outlets yesterday so all geared up for subs/contributors postage and should hit the ground running on Monday night when we’d better be up for it on the pitch.


Thursday, 17 April 2014


Lobby - Not sure what the fuck he's on about Tony. Agree with your posts don't let him put you off. Thought we'd give Dzeko a bit of credit and he's on the front cover of KK215 but I suspect he'll be off in the summer

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Good letter in the MUEN re the disgrace of Liverpool fans booing City after the respect we showed to the Hillsborough situation.
. In 2012 united had 6 games to cock it up, Liverpool haver only four.
Sunderland tomorrow a must win of course, here’s the It’s a fix extract from KK214 (on sale again tomorrow)


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 20th place with  25 points from 32 games and 3 wins 4 draws and 9 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 3-3 on aggregate winning on pens to face us in the Final, described elsewhere in this issue..
In the FA Cup they beat Carlisle 3-1 at home in the 3rd rd beat Kidderminster 1-0 at home in the 4th rd. Saints 1-0rd at home in the 5th but went out 3-0 at Hull in the 6th round.
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

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.

Comment : Disastrous recent results for Sunderland who are rock bottom and 7 points from safety but with 2 games in hand. Gus Poyet got them going, and you would have thought that they’d be safe by now but they’ve just not stepped up since the Capital One Cup final.
Bit of a bogy team away, but not at home so a win is expected, as our first recovery from Saturday when 4 points behind Liverpool would look much healthier. A repeat of the Cup final score would do nicely.

WTWTWShite : Avd 13,601 in 86/87, and this season their average home att. is 40,620.
Worrying news of the FFP situation, to be closely monitored.


Monday, 14 April 2014


Liverpool, and we survived the emotion and onslaught to take it to two all, then we almost went on to win it. The worry is what effect the booing will have on future matches between the clubs. Rodgers went on about how the crowd were going to be the 12th man. Well if he wants to condone that as their 12th man then Liverpool FC have gone down massively in our estimation.
The worry when we lost those away games at Cardiff, Villa and Sunderland was that we’d be likely to need to win at Arsenal, united, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton, a big ask.
All is not lost but with everything going for Liverpool, though I haven’t read ANY condemnation of their players, the referee, and the crowds antics on Sunday, you’d expect them to win their last 4 games by hook or by crook, yes, even Chelsea, but I hope not.

Not sure who Lobby’s comments were aimed at but can you get away from personal criticism of anyone on the KK blog who expresses an opinion, and the comments implying you must therefore be a rag to do so is just pathetic.
Ta to Neil for lightening the mood.

Anyway, we’ve managed to get KK215 off to the printers, so thanks to all subscribers and it should be in the outlets by the end of the week and out for the WBA game so look out for it please.
It’s a varied issue including, Billy Meredith part two, ex players, 1894 group, Harry Potter at O/T, History boys, Collecting, rag piss takes, and much much more. It’s the ‘we’ll fight to the end of season’ issue, and has Dzeko’s celebration at the swamp with a suitable caption on the front cover. (yesterdays defeat bolloxed up our proposed front cover!)
A4, 44 pages, £3, a bargain, you lucky people.

Saturday, 12 April 2014


What a week. Rags exited Europe at Bayern and won’t be in the Chimps league next year, which was quite funny, no, it was hilarious.
Then it was the young lads at the Etihad against Reading in the Cup Final first leg. We’d been to two previous games at the Leigh Sports Village so had our appetites whetted and we weren’t disappointed as the lads came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.
Then it’s all been on the build up to Sunday’s game. Clattenburg’s the ref but we’ve only lost two with him in charge, and whilst he’s bound to send a City player off and give em a couple of pens, we should be good enough if Vinny’s fit.
It’s the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough, of course, so it will be an emotional day. One of my few successes as Fan On The Board was to persuade our club to bring forward the game from Saturday to Friday in 1995 so that players could attend the 6th anniversary at Anfield, so it’s pleasing that the new inquiry on Hillsborough is now taking place. There can only be one outcome, and let’s hope that those responsible will be punished accordingly.
For me, on the pitch I’d like to see us avenge those games in 1972 (0-3), and 1977 (1-2) which dented our title hopes those seasons.
Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK214 :

(AWAY) KO 1.37 PM
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. 156th league meeting.

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

This season so far : They’re currently in 1st  place with 74 points from 33 games with 15 wins 1 draw and 1 loss at home
At the Etihad in December it was a 2-1 City win. Coutinho (24) opened for the moaning scousers but Kompany (31) and the Beast (45) won it for us, as unusually we didn’t score at the South stand in the second half. Crowd was 47,351 with 2,726 red scouse.

In the Capital One Cup they beat Notts County 4-2 at home, but lost 1-0 at the Swamp to the rags.

In the FA Cup they beat Oldham 2-0 at home in the 3rd rd, Bournemouth away 2-0 in the 4th but lost unluckily 2-1 at Arsenal in the 5th rd.

Form at Anfield in August 2012  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.

Form at Anfield : Prior to the last two seasons draws, we lost 3-0 in 2011, drew 2-2 in 2009/10 and 1-1 in 2008/09, but after our rare 2-1 win in 2002/03 it was 5 straight losses. 
For City : DDLDD

Comment : In January there were no ins or outs of note. Brendan Rodgers has put 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, along with Sturridge (daft goal celebrations) Sterling and Co. THE big one of the season against our fiercest rivals and any result, win or draw, will good. Hopefully they’ll have Kolo Toure in defence!

Justice for the 96.

Groundwise it’s just the same and we’re in our usual stand and ticket prices £48.

Anfield : Capacity : 45,362 (3,000 for City)

Wwtwtwshite : Av’d 22,742 in 31/32, and this season it’s 44,679.
Parking is usually a problem, but the Arkles pub is always welcoming provided we behave ourselves
Sat Nav L4 0TH

Incidentally KK215 is coming on a treat and we should be at the printers this week to be out for the West Brom home game.

Sunday, 6 April 2014


Bloody rain again but cleared up during the match. Took up our seats and were pleased to note that the young lass sat next to us regularly for the past few years was holding her 3 week old baby girl, dressed in City pink. She never batted an eyelid when we scored after two minutes!
Wow, we were outplayed until Rodrigues went off, then we got two on the stroke of half time which baffled everyone.
Second half dad took over the baby, and we added a 4th. Negredo couldn’t manage it again despite the crowd willing him a goal.
MOTD saved Alvaro’s blushes by not showing the two misses, and Vinny gave a good, if monotonous, account of himself.
Frankly though, we’ll have to do better than this if we want to lift the title and Yaya’s petulance is becoming tiresome.
Going to try and bring the deadline forward of KK 215 to this Thursday if possible, so fingers crossed that all contributors can respond.


Friday, 4 April 2014


Picked up May’s (even though it’s only just April) 4-4-2 (£4.60) which features Sergio Aguero, Robbie Fowler who this time says nice things about City, and there’s a nice little feature on the 1933 Cup Final, when, apparently, we played in purple shirts. (According to the programme it was scarlet jerseys with white knickers) The team players were numbered from 1 to 22.

Tomorrow we’ve got the first of our final 8 games, and we need to win them all, probably. It’s Saints of course who will give us one helluva game. Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK214

KO 12.45 PM
Second season back in the top flight. Last trophy was the FA Cup in 1976 when, as a second division club, they beat red hot favourites, the rags by 1-0. Recent connection is Matt Mills.

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

This season so far : They’re in 8th place with 48 points from 32 games with 6 wins 4 draws and 6 losses away from home. They’ve just had a big 4-0 home win v Newcastle.
At St Mary’s in December it was a 1-1 draw. Aguero opened (10)  but Osvaldo equalised (42) and that’s the way it stayed. Crowd was 31,229 with 2,541 Blues.

In the Carling Cup : They  won at Barnsley 5-1 in the 2nd rd; beat Bristol City 2-0 at home in the 3rd rd; but lost 2-1 at Sunderland in the 4th rd.

In the FA Cup : They beat Burnley 4-3 at home in the 3rd rd; Yeovil at home 2-0 in the 4th rd; but lost 1-0 at Sunderland in the 5th rd.

Form at home to Saints : Last season  it was a 3-2 City win in August , the opening game of our season, and Saints first one back in the Prem. Silva missed an early pen then Tevez put us ahead (40), but Lambert (59) and S. Davis (68) put them 2-1 ahead, shades of the last game of the previous season against QPR. Just like in that game City came back, this time through Dzeko (72) then Nasri (80) sealing it. Not quite as dramatic as the QPR game!
Crowd was  46,190 with 1924 Saints
Otherwise in the Prem alone they’ve had 3 wins including the miserable 1-0 last game at Maine Road in 2003, 2 draws and 3 losses.

Comment : Chairman Nicola Cortese resigned in January  and they’ve now got a Canadian bloke as new CEO. No new signings in the window but Sharp, Puncheon and Osvaldo all went. Things looked a bit dodgy then but they’ve picked up nicely and Lallana, Lambert, Rodrigues and co will give us a tough game.

WWTWTWshite : Averaged 11,612 in 1955/56
and this season it’s 29,843.

PS – no ducklings hatched yet!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


Fellaini got away with it surprise surprise. KK's Neil Shaw was on Blue Tuesday.
Went to watch the under 21’s at Leigh, and they deservedly won a competitive game 3-2 against Burnley.
Got back just in time to see Bayern score. Valencia should have been sent off, Bayern had a penalty turned down and Rooney got Schweinstiger sent off, so back to normal at the Swamp.
Just watched Inside Manchester City which was OK. 
Anyone know owt about ducks? We’ve got one in the back garden with a nest containing about ten eggs about to hatch any minute!