Tuesday, 28 October 2014


Kindle version of KK218 now out
West ham then and a pretty damning review in the MEN by Stuart Brennan, and some of our players need a wake up call.
Three crucial games coming up and if we want to do anything this season they’re all must win starting with Newcastle tomorrow night. Needless to say they’ve picked up with a great win at Spurs and the Pardew out brigade, just like the Allardyce outers at West Ham have gone a bit quiet. Will we be chanting “you’re getting sacked in the morning” or will the Manchester City Benevolent Society turn up again? Better not, here we go with the It’s A Fix extract from KK218:

The Magpies are four times division one champions (1905, 1907, 1909,1927), 6 times F A Cup winners (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955), Fairs Cup winners 1969.

Some celeb fans : Robson (Geordie) Jerome, Tony Blair, Ant and Dec, Sting, Jimmy Nail, Brian Johnson, Mark Knopfler, Paul Collingwood, Steve Harmison, and, of course our very own KOTK guru Graeme Alderson and subscriber Jackie Marr’s hubby!

This season so far : Currently they’re in 14th place with 10 points from 9 games and 1 win 2 draw and 2 losses away from home. They’ve just won 2-1 at Spurs.
In the Capital One Cup : In the 2nd rd they won 1-0 at Gillingham, in the 3rd round they won 3-2 aet at Crystal Palace, though Pardew was upset when they announced the City tie in extra time!.

Previous meetings in the League Cup :  First meeting was in the final in 1976, a 2-1 City win. Then it was 1994/95 4th round, 1-1 at Maine Road and 2-0 at St James’ in the replay when The Magpies were riding high.
Last season in the 4th round they lost to us 2-0 aet. It was an incredibly boring game and the goals didn’t arrive until the 99th and 105th minute through Negredo and Dzeko. Crowd was 33, 846 with 2,507 Blues

Comment : Manager Alan Pardew ‘s been under incredible pressure with fans holding ‘Pardew out’ placards up and there’s even talk of him being replaced by Moyes or Bruce. Still he has been known to head butt an opposition player and called Pellers a f*cking,  twa”ting, b*llocking old ars*hole of a c*nt – or words to that effect.
We have an incredible home record against Newcastle, (only one loss in the last 16, 0-1 in 00/01) but cup games are often a one off though we really should be too strong for them yet again, and they seem to pin their hopes on Cisse.


Friday, 24 October 2014


Another letter in the muen by rag Les Holt, 3rd in 3 nights FFS - who has an ill informed pop at City fans. Stupid! I wrote to them last night complaining about his 2 letters in 2 nights, so this is the ultimate in piss taking.
Piece also on Sean Riley regarding Moscow.
Tomorrow it’s an early kick off at West Ham, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK218. Giving it a miss ourselves as it’s a family weekend, and the 2nd 12.45pM KO in London in a row :

Third season back in the Prem., last pot FA Cup in 1980, 89th league meeting, recent connections Wayne Bridge, Carlos Tevez

Some celeb fans : The radical 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 7 place with 13 points from 8 games with 2 wins 0 draws and 2 losses at home.
In the Capital One Cup : they went out at home to Sheff United in the 2nd rd, 4-5 on pens after 1-1aet.

Last season : At Upton Park in October it was a 3-1 City win. Aguero (16, 51) made it 2-0, Vaz Te pulled one back(58) 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.
We also beat them twice in the Capital One Cup semi-final, 6-0 home and 3-0 away.
At the Etihad in May it was one of our very special days. To pip Liverpool on goal difference we needed only a point having beaten Villa 4-0 on the previous Wednesday so we didn’t quite have the pressure of two years ago v QPR. Samir Nasri scored our first to settle the nerves after 39 minutes as the news came through that ‘Pool, ‘The People’s Champions’, were 1-0 down at home to Newcastle, the pressure getting to them, though they won 2-1 in the end. Vinny, fittingly, scored the second (49) and with a couple of minutes to go we allowed ourselves to sing “we’re gonna win the league”, a scenario which looked unlikely just a few weeks earlier when we lost at ‘Pool but we fought to the end.
Crowd was 47,300 with 1,680 ‘appy ‘ammers who seemed to enjoy our win.

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

Groundwise: LHS of the lower tier of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand again. 
Three fairly new stands but the move to the Olympic stadium is definitely on, scheduled for 2016/17 with a redesigned bottom tier a new roof, and a capacity of 54,000. So the intimacy of The Boleyn will be lost, although, to be honest that went when the new main stand was built! London taxpayers aren’t impressed with the move, and Leyton Orient even less so, fans holding up placards with derogatory references to Boris Johnson, which can only be commended. It was good also to see Sir Howard Davies getting the better of Bozzer recently over the building of the new airport. Oh, and they’ve rejected pleas from Spurs to groundshare whilst WHL is being redeveloped! Class!

Comment: They’ve signed a few, mainly Valencia £12M, Kouyate £7M, Amalfilano £1M, whilst Joe Cole and Diame £3.5M plus a few others have come and gone. The signings seem to be gelling and after a home loss to Spurs they’ve picked up and doing OK, without injured Andy Carroll, who won’t be back. Another must win game for City

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

Tickets are: £55/£32 ouch

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 17,679 in 55/56, pretty good, and this season it’s 34,953.
Pubs/parking : Boleyn Tavern, Millers Well, Denmark Arms. Street parking.
Away day zines : Over Land and Sea, On the Terraces
Sat Nav : E13 9AZ

Thursday, 23 October 2014


Well, still trying to come to terms with it. Magnificent in the first half, woeful in the second. Typical City? Bayern won 7-1 at Roma so maybe a glimmer of hope yet.
Watched Liverpool get a trouncing last night “you can hear a pin drop in here” said Gary Neville, so much for the Anfield atmosphere!
Mario in trouble for swapping shirts at half time. What’s the big deal? Ex ‘Pool players up in arms. We’ve suggested it before but we feel he’s borderline autistic, surely Liverpool with their army of Docs should’ve spotted it?
Anyway popped down to the club today to sort out our tickets for Moscow home. Two for us and two for the kids, seems fair enough but it hasn’t gone down well with those on the Cup scheme who feel they’re missing out as they don’t have anyone to pass on free tickets to so could’ve paid for one and got one free if not on the cup scheme. Jon Cantrill’s written to the club so we await answers. Whilst there I spoke to a Blue who went to Moscow, got in the ground but was chucked out by City stewards. Reason was “we couldn’t complain about CSKA breaching the rules, if we let City fans in” Bollocks. Does our club REALLY think UEFA will inflict any sort of punishment on CSKA?  
We’ve had a raw deal all round and it looks like some people at our club need a terrace lesson.

Now then, having seethed to read an article by a united fanzine editor about City’s Moscow visit, and having two of my letters to the MEN postbag, on Art Garfunkel and the sensational Sixties show rejected I’m really pissed off to see a letter from Les Holt in last night’s postbag, and fuck me, another one in tonight’s. One a week’s bad enough on some banal subject, but one a night is ludicrous. MEN or MUEN? You decide.

Monday, 20 October 2014


Spurs, looked dodgy weatherwise when we arrived but finished up being fine. A few cocky Spurs fans went past chanting shite, surprised they survived it to the away end without being ‘spoken to.’
Front cover of KK218 caused a few laughs – and a few complaints re giving two ex rags some publicity, so you can’t win ‘em all!
Good game, great performances by Joe and Serge, in particular. Fernando and Fernandinho worry me when they get caught in possession, all too often,  and Demichelis was dodgy for their penalty. Still, always nice to send Spurs packing with their tails between their legs.
MIrror had an interesting statistic of how we’ve not kept a clean sheet for 4 games. Did I imagine that 2-0 at Villa?
Interesting articles about City fans going to Moscow. Like I said “why can’t they just let away fans in?” Will get a full report from Sean on the situation shortly.
So, it’s make or break tomorrow. Here’s the it’s A Fix extract from KK218:


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

Most grounds are being refurbished or rebuilt in time for the 2018 World Cup,

Our game, is, of course to be played behind closed doors owing to the appalling behaviour of the Russian fans.

This season so far : They’re  currently in 2nd with 24 points from 10 games, 2 points behind leaders Zenit St Petersburg, with 8 wins 0 draws and 2 losses.
In the Chimps league they lost 5-1 at Roma, but hit the post 3 times, and they lost 1-0 at home to Bayern Munich, played behind closed doors owing to previous crowd problems, but the Germans hired a hotel overlooking the ground to see the game!.

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

Last season we beat them 2-1 at their place, Tosic (31) opening for CSKA, but a brace from Sergio (34,42) sealed it for City. Crowd was 14,000 with 488 Blues. Most City fans enjoyed their visit, Bob McLellan included as reported in KK 210, but Sean Riley and his mates were jumped on as reviewed in KK212 .
At The Etihad it was a comfy 5-2 win, Sergio put us two up (3P, 20), Negredo made it three (30). Doumbia  (45) pulled one back, then Negredo (51)made it 4-1. Doumbia (71P) made it 4-2 then Alvaro completed his hat-trick (90) for 5-2. Crowd was 38,512 with 762 Moscovites.

Comment : They’ve just beaten 4th place Kuban 6-0 at home, so are in fine form, but only a win will do

Friday, 17 October 2014


PS : Frank Lampard was there on Wednesday and spoke very eloquently, about his book writing (children’s books) and joining and enjoying his time so far at City.
We had our pic took with him, I gave him a KK badge, and told him to run round the corner flag next time he scores. I did add “bet you’ve never been asked to do that before” and he laughed. It was the little boy in me!



Sad day on Monday when we attended the funeral of Colin Nicholls’ mum, Do. She was a remarkable woman who moved to London during the war and was on the code breaking team. She also attended games at Millwall, where she and her friend threw cabbages at opposing players!

On Wednesday I was invited to the Radio5live show at the Etihad along with Kevin Parker and Alan Galley and other footy fans, topic was mainly cost of match going.
Personally for me, son and grandson the cost of season tickets are comparatively reasonable. It is the add ons of cup games that are a problem.
When asked the question of what would make us give up, for us it would, and is starting to be giving up on away games.
United’s representative was Rowetta, from the Happy Mondays, who was a typical rag and didn’t have a clue about football other than the rags.
We tried to be nice to her as we were the hosts, but she just came out with rag crap like – bitter Blues, do you come from Stockport, closet reds, it’s not quiet at O/T like it is here, do you have any young Mancs in your team etc etc.
Proving really why everyone hates the rags.
Oh, and John Kongos’s version of Step On is miles better than the Mondays.
And then I found out she’s got the same birthdate as me. Doh!

Sad news from Sierra Leone today. Apparently Alie Turay from the branch and the football team doctor has passed away from the Ebola virus, after working as a nurse and contracting the virus. He leaves a wife and two young children who are now in quarantine. He is the second member of the branch to die. Thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Sierra Leone.

Congratulations to the youngsters for getting through to the Manchester Senior Cup Final, and to the Ladies team for winning the Cup.

Tomorrow it’s Spurs, and we’re told that the tribute to Alan Henning will be held at the Newcastle game as his wife is away at the mo but will be present at the Newcastle game.

KK218 is in the outlets in town and is on sale at the Spurs game tomorrow.
Here’s The It’s A Fix extract from KK218 :


Last promotion was in 1976 since when they’ve been successful in most cups, last pot League Cup in 2008. Recent connection is Adebayor. 131st league meeting.

Some Celebrity fans: Kenneth Branagh, Charles Bronson (the criminal), Pierce Brosnan, Warren Mitchell, Jude Law, Linda Lusardi

This season so far: They’re in 6th place with 11 points from 7 games and 1 win 2 draws and 0 losses away.
In the Europa League: They’ve drawn 0-0 at Partizan Belgrade, 1-1 v Besiktas at home, and play Asteros Tripolis home and away
In the Capital One Cup : 3rd rd they beat Notts Forest 3-1 at home and play Brighton at home in the 4th round

At the Etihad in November  it was a 6-0 City win, the goals coming from Navas (1, 90), Sandro (OG 34), Aguero (41,50), Negredo (55)
Crowd was 47, 227 with 2,828 Spuds
At WHL it was a 5-1 City win in January. Sergio opened (15) as we dominated but the second didn’t come until Toure (51) converted a pen for which their player Rose  was sent off (later inexplicably rescinded) . Dzeko (53) made it three before Capaue (59) pulled one back then Jovetic (78) and  Vinny (90) made it 5-1.
Crowd was 36,071 with (2,864 City)

Form at home to Spurs : Last season’s win made it four on the bounce, so for City it’s : WWWWLLW

Main transfers In were : Fazio £8M, Vorm £5M, Stambouri £4.7M, Dier £4M, whilst out went Livermore £6M, Dawson £6M, Sigurdsson, Falque £4M, Fryers £3M, Sandro £10M

Comment : Tim Sherwood had to go and they poached Pochettino from Southampton, who, ironically they’ve just beaten 1-0 at home, but are still below in the table. We banged in the goals against them last season, and whilst they do have their moments surely we’ll get a win here today.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 20,858 in 1985/86 and this season it’s 36,033

Tuesday, 14 October 2014


Whilst England were beating San Marino 5-0, and Estonia 1-0, we were putting KK218 together and got it to the printers.

Congratulation to Tony Petrie who got his letter printed in the MEN re Alan Henning and the possibility of City and united staging a friendly game to raise money for his family, which we should all support, and Peter Brodie for contacting the club re a minutes silence/applause at the Spurs game.

Anyway KK218 should be in the outlets and on the streets by the weekend. This issue is A4, 48 pages, with a colour front cover showing those two ex rag dunces Scholes and Ferdy regarding our Chimps league attendance.
It also includes The Blue Max (Woosnam), Chimps league farce, KK Kompetition results 201314, the derby, Tim Keogh books review, plus all the usual regulars.
It’s £3, and can also be obtained from 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN 7 2HL for £4.50 including P and P.

Just watched The Chase, and the question of the renaming of Salford City Reds as Salford Red Devils was correctly answered but Bradley Walsh, who should know better, disgracefully added “yes, after Manchester united”
Eeh united and their rewriting of history, no wonder everyone hates them


Sunday, 5 October 2014


Made our way up from S Wales, parked up, and strolled to the ground on a cool October evening. We’re down the side now in the Doug Ellis stand, and like last week at Hull it’s a better view but not as visual as behind the goal.
They played ‘Paranoid’ at half time – ‘Geezer’ Butler is, of course, a Villa fan.
We were well in control, though a bit sloppy, missing chance after chance, hit the post twice, and Joe prevented a breakaway goal. Silva was putting in a tremendous  shift and the goal eventually came when Yaya finally decided to have a go.
A Blue in their bit behind the goal ran half the length of the stand to celebrate towards us then seemed to get battered. Hope he’s OK.
Sergio finished em off and we flogged a few KK’s after the game with Villa fans telling us our team is shite, and without any Police presence it was a bit hairy.
Stop off at Hilton Park and home for half ten in time for MOTD.
So, a good send off before the International break and a satisfactory sell out almost of KK217.

PS – deadline for KK218 is imminent and ta for stuff so far.

Friday, 3 October 2014


Today in the L/P/manumirror Robbie Savage changes his tune from Saturday and suggests Manual was wrong to drop (not rest) Joe Hart. Making a story out of nothing. Personally I wasn’t unhappy Joe was rested. Seems sensible to give Willy a couple of games to stop him getting rusty in the event of him being needed   later in the season. Joe will always be number one, I’m sure he knows that.
Robbie also questions the attendance on Tuesday -38,000, suggesting that the glory seekers stayed away. Just the opposite I would suggest. Glory seekers, our attendances since we moved to the Etihad have always topped 40,000 – even when we didn’t score a goal for half a season. Reasons I’ve previously mused on.
Inevitably Robbie then sticks up for Brendan Rodgers. Why?
Paul Scholes in the i wonders why City fans were quiet on Tuesday. Again, I’ve mused on this also. As a singer and a shouter at games  I found it hard to get behind the boys when we weren’t getting much back. Any other thoughts?
Rio inevitably has had his say on City! I suggest he concentrates on his problems at QPR and let’s see how quiet he thinks we are when we visit Loftus Road in early November.
Tomorrow it’s Villa, with Benteke possibly and Agbonliahor (?) in the team, who weren’t when we played there last year. So, a tough one.


Last promotion was in 1988 Last pot League Cup in 1996. 151st league meeting. Recent connections : Gareth Barry, James Milner, Stevie Ireland, Richard Dunne

Some celebrity fans:  David Cameron, Prince William, Tom Hanks, Nigel Kennedy, Geezer Butler, Ian Lavender, Mervyn King, Lodge/Hayward, Martin Shaw, and Dave Woodhall editor of Villa zine ‘Heroes and Villains’

This season so far they’re currently in 6th spot with 10 points from 6 games 1 win 1  draw and 1loss at home
In the Capital One Cup : They lost at home 1-0 to Leyton Orient in the 2nd round.

Last season : 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. It was the day we thought we’d lose the league.
At The Etihad in May it was the night we thought we’d win the league, with the 4-0 win. After torrential rain the first goal was a long time in coming, but come it did in the 64th minute, by Edin Dzeko, followed by his second in the 72nd. Jovetic made it three in the 89th, and Yaya made it four in the 90th with a magnificent solo. Crowd was 47,028, with 914 Villa.

Form at Villa : Lasst season’s loss made it 6 wins, 6 draws 5 losses and for City : LWWLDLDWWWDLDWDDL

Main transfers in : Sanchez £4.7M, Cissokho £2M, Senderos, Cole, Leggett, Nehemi, Richardson, Cleverley hounded out of O/T by united fans
Outs : Albrighton

Comment : Ex Chairman Doug Ellis visited the Etihad last year and reckoned he met the Sheikh “who’s a very nice fellow, and that’s what Villa need”. Sorry Doug but FFP means that investment like ours won’t happen again so Randy Lerner’s stuck with the club. Protest with us.
Roy Keane’s joined Paul Lambert so a win here will be doubly satisfying. Last year’s loss though was a timely reminder that although we often do well at Villa Park they can sometimes come up with a shock result

Groundwise : Usual spot, tucked away at one end of the Sir Doug Ellis stand, out of sight of the TV cameras. Home crowd filter through the away fans at the end when there’s always a bit of erm banter between both sets.
Tickets are : £43/£35

Villa Park Capacity : 42,602 (3,000 for City)

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 15,237 in 1985/86 and last season it was 36,081.
Parking is becoming more and more difficult on the streets with restrictive zones.The local supermarket is handy if you fancy a bite to eat.
Away day zine : Long running Heroes and Villains has let the side down and gone digital.,

Sat Nav: B6 6HE

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Fine night again. Manchester completely gridlocked – took us an hour and a half to get to the ground. Was on Radio Manc with Jimmy Wagg on Monday night, took me twenty minutes to get to Media City, which is near the swamp.
Expensive tickets, usual chaos outside the ground, inside, fans wandering about trying to find their seats, rest of us moaning as to why we were moved from ours whilst there were empty seats on the same row. Fans still arriving at half time. Roma fans in prime position.
Perfect start. Maicon should have gone even though I think that’s a harsh rule. Should’ve had a pen for handball, Joe’s slip let in Totti, but at least he knocked Giggs off his perch. Terrible corners and free kicks again, slow tempo, rubbish substitutions, poor result, massive disappointment, but we’ll fight to the end. Oh, and it rained at the end.