Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Tuesday

Tuesday – Oh Yaya Toure I think we should pay him some more………………..
Just back from Centre Parcs where I was asked my opinion by the MEN and Talksport on the Toure thing. Obviously I was a bit away from it but it sounded to me that he thought what the agent said was bolloxed then changed his mind when he was reminded that he needed to have a reason to go for more money, or else. Certainly such things don’t go down well with City fans and it’s given the rest of footy the chance to chortle, which is a shame after all quiet in the dressing room and on the training ground.
What happens now remains to be seen. Yaya had a great goalscoring season last year but his goals more often than not got him out of jail.
So have the club got a replacement lined up, or will they play hardball with him?

I was gutted for Atletico in the Euro Cup Final but pleased in a sense for Bale getting the winner.
I agree with Tony re Ronaldo, he’s a great player but did eff all in the game and his celebrations for the meaningless penalty were ridiculous. Ten Euro Cups for Real, but the rags with 3 are the World’s biggest club!

Then it was the play off final which QPR won with a last minute Zamora goal. Good for the ex City lads but it means a trip to West London where the prices are sky high with NO concessions.
How are QPR going to cope with the Premier league’s Gill farce FFP?  177M in debt and not allowed to accept money from Fernandez for signings? Lawro in the manuLiverpool mirror is quite happy for him to pump the money in, so how does that one work if our owners aren’t allowed?

Pleased for Rotherham and wasn’t that the funniest manager’s celebration along the touchline pulling his pants up?
Fleetwood made it out of League Two so an astonishing few years for them.
Enjoy the summer break
Hoping to put the Kindle version of KK216 together this weekend, keep you posted....

Dave

Monday, 26 May 2014

When you Score From the Spot and you Take your shirt off-you're Ronaldo

Did anyone else think that Atletico look like what we may look like in five years or so, although hopefully NOT losing 4-1 in a CL final.  If anyone needed a picture to epitomise the CL, then the photo of Ronaldo, shirt off, posturing like Mussolini after scoring a meaningless penalty for Real's 4th goal.  saying "look at me, I'm a Galactico" - Cnut!

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Saturday

Saturday
Usual shite from the Liverpoolmanumirror this week. Lawro’s team of the season is ….drum roll…..Liverpool. Robbie Savage thought City went out of the Champs League and FA Cup poorly so Brendan Rodgers is his manager of the season (How did Liverpool do in the Champs League, FA Cup, League Cup and Prem?) . Brian Reade advised that twice Liverpool have lost on the last day of the season but won the title the following season conveniently omitting that when they finished second in 2009 they were about 7th the season after.
Scousers. Dontcha just luv em?
We’re hoping to do the Kindle version of KK216  at the end of May and stuff is coming in nicely , so if you’ve got any end of season memories etc just send em in.
Congratulations to ex Blue Tommy Wright on managing St Johnstone in their Scottish Cup win. Atletico won La Liga drawing at an ordinary Barcelona 1-1.

Ta

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Wednesday

Great posts fellas.
MEN interview about right but what I actually said was " maybe we should put a bid in for Luke Shaw so that united will have to keep increasing their bid like we did for Berbatov a couple of years ago"
Not seen anything in the press re Rodgers getting manager of the year?
Suarez's last act was to get a Newcastle player sent off, now rescinded.
Good piece in Mondays Mail by Martin Samuel taking the piss out of Wenger's fairness ideas.
Saw Doug Ellis on TV today saying that Villa need a Sheikh like at City. Ho Ho. Not going to happen Doug - you and Everton, Liverpool, Sunderland, Newcastle etc etc should have all railed against the ridiculousness of FFP some years ago.
Erm anyone remember Villa fans chants of "you can stick your f*cking money up your arse"
What about Barnsley fans in the friendly at Oakwell chanting "you're gonna win eff all" Down you go boys.
Dave

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Campione, Campione, Ole, Ole, Ole

All the Sun sports reporters including Dan Sales, Neil Ashton and the Custises, Brendan Rodgers, Jose Mourinho, The Scouse TV pundits, Fat Sam Allardyce, Stevie Gerrard, The Daily MU Mirror, Platini, David Gill, Harry Redknapp, Ian Wright and all the other people who've slagged us off this year - Piss Off!!  Congratulations Manuel Pellegrini, you are without doubt a charming man.  Off to celebrate now.
 

May 11th

Oops yes the Wigan cup final WAS played on May 11th . I'll give John a bollocking!
Dave

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Saturday night

Saturday night
Today's papers include such gems as ‘City’s expensively assembled squad’, ‘City’s suspect defence’ (It’s the second best in the Prem) and ‘Liverpool will get better, but I’m not sure about City’
Fuck right off.
Generally it seems to be expected that City will win the title.
Respect to West Ham fans.
C’mon you Blues, let’s do it in style.

Dave

May 11TH

Subject: Man City and May 11.
The Magic of May 11.

Sunday will see Manchester City, for only the fifth time in their history, play a competitive match on May 11th. As in the case of the others, it will be the last match of the season. They will be hoping that they replicate three of four previous results and not the one when, in 2003, Gordon Strachan's Southampton produced the only goal of the game against Kevin Keegan's men in the last-ever match at Maine Road.
It was, in truth, a day when the outcome was secondary to the occasion. Any tears flowing at the end were certainly not a reaction to the result!
After 80 memorable years in Moss Side, City were leaving for pastures new.

Least important of the other games played on May 11 was probably that of 1991 when a 3-2 victory over Sunderland for Peter Reid's side, courtesy of a goal from David White and a brace from Niall Quinn, sealed the visitors' relegation fate. If Blues fans had anything to celebrate about finishing fifth in the table, it was that they completed the season above United (6th) for the first time since 1978.

It was in 1985 that promotion to the top flight was assured on Saturday May 11 with an emphatic 5-1 thrashing of Charlton Athletic. Two goals from David Phillips, accompanied by one each from Andy May, Jim Melrose and Paul Simpson, in front of 47,000 - by far, City's biggest gate of the season - saw Billy McNeill's outfit grab third spot in the Second Division. Sadly, celebrations were muted as news of a fire at Bradford City's Valley Parade, one which, tragically, took 56 lives, filtered through.

The club's first-ever match on May 11 was in 1968 and stands out head and shoulders above the rest, simply because Joe Mercer's magnificent men, accompanied by an estimated 20,000 fans, travelled to the north-east on a perfect spring day to take on Newcastle United. City, who had won their previous three matches, were top of the table with 56 points, level with United but  enjoying a superior goal average (goals conceded divided into goals scored). A win for City would guarantee them only their second title, their first for 31 years.
However, Manchester United were expected to beat lowly Sunderland at Old Trafford, so nothing less than victory at St. James's Park would do.
At least, that's what everyone thought.
Sunderland caused a shock by beating the Reds 2-1, the last time they won in M16 until their recent victory there, so that put the icing on the cake to win it by 2 points and not just on goal average.
They never looked like other than winners, though, as goals from Neil Young (2), Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee took them to a more comfortable 4-3 victory than the scoreline suggests.

The fifth May 11 match, against West Ham United and the first played in the Etihad Stadium, might be just as memorable for precisely the same reason - the winning of the most competitive league in the world!

Ah, the magic of May 11th.

John Gwynne.


Friday, 9 May 2014

Friday

Friday
Wednesday, and you’d have thought that by May we’d be spared the perennial rain we’ve suffered from this season selling KK. Tonight it was torrential, so cheers to all our sellers – Sue, Pete, Tom, Steve, Frank, young Steve and Andy, much appreciated. I was worried that it might be a leveller on the pitch but we got there eventually. What about Yaya’s goal? Shouldn’t there be separate GOTS’s for headers, dribbles, and shots?
So, not long to go now before the big one. Nervous? Here’s the updated It’s A Fix extract from KK15 :

38) SUNDAY MAY 11tH WEST HAM (HOME) KO 3PM

Second season back in the Prem., last pot FA Cup in 1980, 88th 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

This season so far : They’re in 12th place with 40 points from 37  games with 4 wins 4 draws and 8 losses away from home.
At Upton Park in October it was a 3-1 City win. Aguero (16, 51) made it 2-0, Vaz Te (58) pulled one back but David Silva (80) made the points safe much to our relief. Our first away win of the season after 2 losses and a draw. Crowd was 34,507 with 2,251 Blues.
In the Capital One Cup: they beat Cheltenham) 2-1 at home in the 2nd rd , Cardiff 3-2 home in the 3rd, Burnley away 2-0 in the 4th rd, Spurs 2-1 away  in the 5th rd but went out 6-0 and 3-0 to us in the semi finals.
In the FA Cup they lost 5-0 at Forest in the 3rd rd (before Forest imploded)

Our form at home to West Ham :
Last season 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.
Prior to that since their 1-0 win in 2003 it’s been a draw and 5 City wins. For City : WWWWDWL

Comment: January transfers in: Johnson, Nocarino, Borriello, Razak, Armero. Outs : Turgott, McCallum, Maiga, Morrison.
Struggling season for the Hammers and Sam’s come in for some criticism from the fans and it’s reported he’s about to be sacked.
They’re now safe and whilst we’ve hammered them three times so far this season, a repeat of any of those results would be welcome.
Andy Carroll is always the danger man, so we must be careful not to give away too many corners or free kicks. The nightmare scenario would be Carroll winning the title for Liverpool. It mustn’t happen. Serge could be fit and you just think that we can score at least one more than them with our attacking options.
I’ve had a word with Geordie Bryan in the pub and he tells me Newcastle will try and win at Anfield but didn’t sound too confident.
One point will do but three points are likely, please, please. And I hope they don’t put us through the QPR experience again. Hoping to be four up in the first ten minutes to relax us a bit!! We’ll fight to the end, raise the roof, and I don’t care if it pees down all day so long as we clinch it. Surely

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 17,679 in 55/56, pretty good, and this season it’s 33,800.

Dave

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Wednesday night of destiny

Wednesday night of destiny
Woke at 1.30am this morning thoughts spinning about tonight’s game.
Good article by Oliver Holt this morning in the manumirror.
Hoping for a comfortable 3-0 tonight, can’t see any reason why not, but sad Sergio is out again.
C’mon City

Dave

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

countdown two

Countdown two
Texts during last night’s Palace/Liverpool game between the Ed and Ged:
“Anything less than a 4-0 Liverpool win is a bonus”
“They’ve let them score from a corner”
“0-1 at half time’s OK”
“0-2 with loads to go”
“0-3 it’s a rout, it could be six”
“Palace are shite”
“They’ve given up”
“3-1 that’s better”
“3-2 even better, that’ll do”
“3-3 unbelievable”
“6 minutes added time, where’s he got that from?
“Full time, look at Suarez”

Nothing in today’s papers from Hansen, Lawro, Brian Reade, Kenny Dalglish and company, time they were all put out to grass.
Record fine of £50M and restriction of 21 players in Europe next season. How do they arrive at that figure, and where does the money go?  If we contest it the sanctions could go up, but we must contest it Will talk to Colin this week. I still can’t believe that City and clubs who’ve benefitted or could benefit from financial backing did not get FFP thrown out in the first place.
Tomorrow it’s Villa. Will that be the QPR game repeat or will we save it for Sunday? Surely that one was last Saturday at Goodison and it will be plain sailing v Villa and West Ham?
As I’ve said before when we’re going UP for it we usually do it, I’m thinking about one offs - Newcastle ‘68, Charlton ’85, Bradford ’89, Gillingham ’99, Blackburn 2000, QPR 2012, so relax…….
I liked the Singin the Blues song which echoed round the Etihad at the last home game, let’s hope for similar support  tomorrow and Sunday.
Listening to Rochdale’s manager on Blue Tuesday, who sadly is a bitter rag. What’s he doing on a City programme and typically not showing any respect.

Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK215:

37) WEDNESDAY MAY 6TH VILLA (HOME) KO 7.45PM
Promoted in 1988, last pot League Cup in 1996, 148th league meeting, Recent connections Dunney, Stevie I., Shay Given, Gareth B, James M

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

This season so far they’re in 14th place with 38 points from 36 games and 4 wins 5 draws and 8 losses away from home.
At Villa Park in September it was that 3-2 loss, Toure put us one up (45) El Hamadi (51) equalised, Dzeko made it 2-1 (56) but Ebacuna (73) then Weinmann (75) made it 3-2. Crowd was 34,063 with 3,035 Blues.
In the Capital One Cup, they beat Rotherham 3-0 at home in the 2nd rd but lost 4-0 at home to Spurs in the 3rd
In the FA Cup : they lost 2-1 at home to Sheff. United in the 3rd rd.

Form at home to Villa : Last season In the Capital One Cup they beat  us 4-2 aet, in the 3rd rd, Balotelli (27) Barry (OG 59) Kolarov (64) then Agboniahor (71,113) and N’Zogbia (96) clinched it. Crowd was 28,015 with 1,069 Villans.
At the Etihad in November it was a 5-0 City win, the goals coming from Silva (43) Aguero (54 dubious penalty, 67), Tevez (65 pen, 74). Crowd was 47,072 with 1,049 Villans.
Since Villa’s 3-1 win in 00/01Villa have won only 1 (2-0, in 06/07) otherwise City have won ten with no draws.
For City it’s : WWWWWWLWWWWL

Comment : In the January window they brought in Grant and Bertrand, and shipped out Ireland, Graham and Drennan. A real topsy turvy one for Villa, winning almost as many away (ominously) as at home! Revenge is demanded, for more reasons than one after the 2-3 loss at Villa Park. We have a good record v Villa at home but they did win in the League Cup last season so total professionalism is demanded.

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 15, 237 in 85/86 and this season it’s 36, 230.


Dave

Monday, 5 May 2014

Countdown One

Countdown
Todays Manumirror has Lawro reckoning we’ll be ‘laughed out of town’ if we blow the league this season. Anyone remember any similar comments when the rags blew it two years ago?
Liverpool won’t be laughed out of town for printing those Champions shirts will they?
There won’t be a song about Stevie Gerrard I suppose either will there?!!
John Barnes reckons it’ll be the most fantastic title win in the history of the Premier league if Liverpool win it. Trty going down to the third division and back John!
C’mon Palace.

Dave

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Sunday

Sunday
Up at 4am, couldn’t sleep. Relived every kick, shot, pass, header, save, goal of yesterday’s game. Now we've got two QPR type games, v Villa and West Ham to endure, but against teams we usually do well against though not in Cup ties but at least they’re both safe.

Then I watched the Sunday Supplement this morning which was on at the sensible time of 9am. Martin Samuel was dead good re FFP calling it a complete nonsense, which of course it is and should really be challenged properly.
Henry Winter, surprisingly, thought that clubs had to be stopped from spending money they don’t have, giving Leeds and Portsmouth as examples, which is total bollocks, those two aren’t exactly going to set Europe alight in the next few seasons are they? Anyway FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME, WE HAVE GOT THE MONEY!

Check out Andy Dunn in the manumirror for yet another bitter Liverpool article decrying City. Aw diddums.
C’mon Norwich, C’mon Palace.

Finally well done to KK contributor Steve Rigby for getting his letter published in the Observer, further to last week’s article re the resurgence of Liverpool after Manchester’s so called demise.

Dave

FFP

Just read the latest posts. Spoke to Colin at Goodison and he reckons that City have told UEFA to fuck off. Our club were in conversation with UEFA  all the way through  recent dealings and suddenly they've U turned and we're not happy with the slimey bastards (and Wenger)
Keep you posted
Dave

Saturday night

Saturday night
It was a good day overall before we went to Goodison. West Ham beat Spurs, so the ‘ammers are safe and Spurs can’t catch Everton. Villa won so they’re safe, and funniest of all was Sunderland winning at the swamp. Giggsy hadn’t a clue why!!!!
Off to Goodison then with daughter and (eldest) grandson Joe.
Bit of traffic on the last lap on the East Lancs Road then parked up in the Stanley park car park.
We walked through the park which is reasonably safe these days, and City fans were well up for it as you’d expect  with boisterous songs the pick being the Stevie Gerrard one, a bit cruel but what the heck, and Evertonians appreciated it, I think!
Uve Rosler song – which other set of fans would chant the name of the manager who knocked their team out of the FA Cup?
One nil down to a wonder goal, but Serge equalised and Dzeko put us 2-1 up.
Second half we soon made it 3-1, and we just had to be calm to see things out, but they made it 3-2 to give us our usual nervy ending.
Strong performance by Joe Hart, two goals for Edin but WTF was that lying down thing all about? Serge and Yaya both off, plus Nasri, Silva back, and it’s now all on Villa and West Ham next week. Goal difference now 9 better than Liverpool’s who play Palace on Monday night whilst Chelsea play Norwich tomorrow.
A great day and we’ll fight to the end

Dave

Saturday, 3 May 2014

PS

PS - I quite like our Eurovision song contest entry and if those cheating European fuckers don't vote for it then it really is time to pull out of this farce of a competition.
Dave

2pm Saturday

Not long now
Papers are full, particularly by Liverpool FC people, of how Everton will be professional and not lie down for City. Bollocks. Do these people know nothing about football rivalries?
Anyway, it’ll obviously be a tough game, but how many Evertonians will be particularly upset if they lose it ?
All down to us. Not really convinced that Fernandinho and Dzeko will be tough enough for this one, but Merlin’s back so we should be OK
Bit miffed about this FFP thing. I always thought we should have fought against the original daft idea but have been constantly re-assured that we have the best lawyers so we’ll have no trouble in complying. We’ll see.
Have a good day, and be careful out there – City coaches and fans were attacked after the Liverpool game so beware.
C’mon City

Dave 

Friday, 2 May 2014

Friday

Friday
City under 21’s lost 2-0 at Reading so lost the final 4-3 on agg, and last night they lost on pens to Chelsea after 1-1 and extra time.

OK I’ll put you all out of your misery, apart from David Threlfall, Jason Manford was the other City fan in the Tommy Cooper programme. Tilly Vosburgh, the lady who spilled the beans about the bra in the hotel room was the third Blue, bet the backstage banter was brilliant. It baffled everyone, but Phil Lines got who the actress was, but didn’t know her name! We often see Tilly at City games and she always buys KK.

Now it’s the big one tomorrow, here’s the It’s A Fix extract/update from KK215 :

36) SATURDAY MAY 3RD EVERTON (AWAY) KO 5.30PM
Last promotion was in 1954, millionaires of the 60’s, last pot FA Cup in 1995, 162nd  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, Austin Healey, Matt Dawson, Jimmy from Stolen Haven, Degsy Hatton

This season so far: They’re in 5th place with 69 points from 36 games and13 wins 3 draws and 2 losses at home.
At the Etihad in October it was a fairly comfy 3-1 win though we did have a couple of decisions, unusually, go for us.  Lukaku (16) opened for them but Negredo (17)  Aguero (45) and Howard (OG 69) sent them packing in front of 47,267 with 2,826 Blue scouse.
In the Capital One Cup they beat Stevenage 2-1 at home aet, but went out at Fulham 2-1 in the 3rd round
In the FA Cup they beat  QPR at home 4-0, Stevenage away 4-0, Swansea home 3-1 but went out at Arsenal 4-1 in the 6th rd

Form at Everton : 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.
Prior to that 3 losses since our 2-1 win in 2009.
For City it’s : LLLLWLDLLDD

Comment: January transfer ins included Traore, McGeady, Stanek, and outs were Kennedy, Jelavic, Tyias, Browning, Duffy, Hope, Long, Pennington, Heitinga, so plenty of to-ing and fro-ing there.
Well they’re not missing Moyes and Martinez has taken them to new heights.  No signs of the Kenwright out campaign now as they aim for The Europa League.
Recent defeats, home to Palace and away at Saints have virtually blown their Champions league aspirations but they’re still on course for 5th or 6th place. Martinez reckons they won’t lie down for us and they won’t but do they really want to be responsible for Liverpool winning the title? Well, son Alex’s Everton supporting mates don’t want them to win but the players will have different ideas.
Whilst it’s been a bogey ground in recent seasons, in my day we always used to win there, and if we want to be worthy Champs that’s what we must do. We’ve been thrown an unexpected lifeline, and I  expect a win for City, if we don’t do owt daft..

Groundwise: Upper and lower in the antiquated Bullens stand as usual.

Goodison Park : Capacity : 40,260
Tickets : £39 and the half price deal has kicked in so £19.50.
WWTWShite: Averaged 19,343 in 1983/84 and this season it’s 37,278
Puns/parking : Street parking and local car parks
Away day zines: Used to be : Speke From the Harbour and When Skies are Grey. Not sure now.
Sat Nav: L4 4EL


 Dave