Thursday, 22 January 2015


After the Cup tie we’ve got Chelsea away and we’ll go 8 points behind (again) if we lose, so it’s obvious that we need a result, and to get back on track after some poor displays. Set pieces, in particular, need addressing.

Last promotion was in 1989 (with us) since then they’ve won the lot.140th league meeting.
Recent connections are Frank Lampard, Scott Sinclair and Danny Sturridge.

Some celeb fans : Sugsy, Michael Caine, Bill Nighy, Bill Clinton, Phil Daniels, Seb Coe, Minnie Driver, Dicky Attenborough RIP, Trevor Eve, Damien Allban, Nick Kershaw, Bryan Adams

This season so far they’re in 1st place with 52 points from 22 games, and 10 wins 0 draws and no losses at home.
At The Etihad in September it was that 1-1 draw. They opened the scoring through Schurrie (71), Zab was sent off, Costa hit the bar and Frank equalised in the 85th minute. Crowd was 45,602 with 2,687 pensioners.

 In the Chimps league, they’ve played Sporting Lisbon 3-1 H, 1-0 A; Schalke 1-1H, 5-0 A; Maribor 1-1A, 6-0 H; and face PSG in the knock out stage.

In the Capital One Cup they’ve beaten Bolton 2-1 at home, Shrewsbury 2-1 away, and Derby 3-1 away. In the semis they drew 1-1 at Liverpool in the first leg and face them at home on the 27th Jan. Let’s hope they get some injuries.

In The FA Cup 3rd rd they won 3-0 at home v Watford and in the 4th rd face  Bradford City at home.

Last season : 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.

Form at Chelsea : Last season’s loss made it for City : LDLLW

Comment : Going well this season, too well but they’ve lost at Newcastle and Spurs and are due a deat at home. I’s therefore in our own hands to put one over on them, and with everyone fit again, we hope, surely we can do it?

Groundwise : Stamford Bridge: Capacity : 41,837
We’re in the upper and lower tiers behind the goal in the old Shed end.
Tickets : Subsidised at £25/£12.50

Parking: Difficult and expensive, best to park up and come in by tube to Fulham Broadway, a short walk to the Bridge.
Away day zine : Chelsea Independent (if it’s still going)

Sat Nav : SW6 1HS

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 12,672 in 1982/83 and this season it’s 41,560



Sunday’s best forgotten. Arsenal took the plaudits winning by a dodgy penalty and a free kick.
This week Liverpool drew 1-1 with Chelsea in the first leg of the League Cup semi, Spurs won 1-0 v Sheff United and ‘Boro beat Cardiff 2-1 to go 2nd in the table and City beat Hamburg 2-0 in Abu Dhabi.

Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK221:

‘Boro were League Cup and FA Cup runners up in 1997, losing to Leicester in a replay, and Chelsea respectively, but they won the League Cup in 2004 beating Bolton 2-1, their one and only trophy. The following season they reached the UEFA Cup final, losing to Sevilla 4-0 * under Steve McCLaren
They dropped out of the Prem in 2009, and since then they’ve stayed in the Championship without too much success, though are going well this season.

Some celebrity fans: Brilliant Bob Mortimer, Paul Rodgers, Roy Chubby Brown, James Arthur, Richard Griffiths, Chris Rea, Harry Pearson

This season so far : They’re in 2nd place with 50 points from 27 games and 6 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses away from home.
In the Capital One Cup they beat Oldham 3-0 away, Preston 3-1 home, Liverpool 2-2 away but 13-14 loss on pens
In the FA Cup 3rd rd they won 2-0 in the 3rd rd at Barnsley
Previous meetings in the Cups :
FA Cup : 1904 3rd rd 0-0 A, 3-1 H rp; 1972 3rd rd 1-1H, 0-1Arp; 1992 3rd rd 1-2A; 1997 5th rd H 0-1, 2010 3rd rd 1-0A
League Cup : 1975/76 SF 0-1A, 4-0H; 1991/92 4th rd 1-2 A.

Form at home to ‘Boro : We’ve won the last three, making it WWWLDLD, so have improved in recent years. They did win the last cup tie at City, 1-0 in the 5th rd of 1997. Our last meeting in the Cup was in the 3rd rd in 2010 just after Mancini had taken over. Benjani scored the goal just on half time and we held out as Adam Johnson caught the eye before getting injured. Crowd was 12,474 with 2,672 Blues who made it over the M62 in the snow before the motorway was closed.

Comment : Frankly there’s no reason why we can’t take this one seriously and play our strongest team as we’ve struggled against Championship opposition recently and ‘Boro are going really well this season but will promotion be on their minds?


Saturday, 17 January 2015

Alan Henning

Gutted that the tribute game for Alan Henning is to be played when City are at home. Last time I saw Swinton play Salford it was at the Willows, about 1959 I think and The Lions won 3-0 in terrible conditions!
As I can't attend on behalf of KK I will be making a donation.


Busy time this week getting the zine to the outlets (poor sales) and to all the subscribers and contributors, but we’ve managed it!
Disappointing results today particularly Swansea lying down to Chelsea, so tomorrow’s game v Arsenal takes on even more significance. Samir Nasri’s out for a few weeks, but Vinny and Sergio should be back.Good news also is that Peter should be back selling KK in the South car park.

Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK 221 :
Ever present in the top division since 1919 when they cheated their way up from division 2 finishing 5th.
Last pot FA Cup 2014, Recent connections Gael Clichy,   Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna. There’s been 173 league meetings, so this is the 174th,

Some celeb fans: Bradley Walsh,  Piers twat Morgan, Johnny Rotten, Ray Davies, Roger Daltry, Colin Firth, Tony Hadley, Alan Davies, Joe Swift, Alistair McGowan, Jack Whitehall, KK subscribers Rog and Mo Hewlett

This season so far : They’re in 6th place with 36 points after 21 games with 4 wins 3 draws and 4 losses away from home.

In the Community Shield it was that woeful 3-0 defeat. Their goals came from Cazoria (21), Ramsey (42), and a pearler from Giroud (60) as we held our heads in our hands and waited for the avalanche which fortunately never came!
Crowd was 71, 523.

At The Emirates in September it was a 2-2 ‘Desmond’. City went ahead through Aguero (28), Arsenal went 2-1 in front dubiously through Wilshire (63) and Sanchez (74) but Demichelis equalised (83) we had a goal disallowed and very nearly won it.
Crowd was 60, 003 with 2,928 Blues

In the Capital One Cup they lost 2-1 to Saints at home in the 3rd rd

In the FA Cup 3rd rd they beat Hull 2-0 at home and in the 4th rd face Brighton away.

In the Champs League qualifier they scraped through 1-0 home and 0-0 away against Besiktas. In the group stage they played Borussia Dortmund 2-0 H,0-2A; Anderlecht 3-3H, 2-1A; and Galataseray 4-1 H and A.
In the group stage they face AS Monaco who they lost 0-1 to in The Emirates Cup.

Last season : At The Etihad in December it was that fantastic 6-3 City win. Aguero opened (14), Walcott equalised (31), then Negredo (39) and Fernandinho (50) made it 3-1. Walcott made it 3-2 (63) but Silva (66) then Fernandinho (88) made it 5-2. Mertesacker (90+3) made it 5-3 but Toure (90 +5) finished em off with a penalty and Wenger thought we were lucky!
Crowd was 47,229 with 2820 Arses:

Our form at home to Arsenal: Last season’s win made it for City : WDWLWWLW

Comment:  They have the quality in their squad to beat anyone on their day with Sanchez, Giroud, Oxley Chamberlain, Ozil, Welbeck, (tho now injured as is  Arteta), etc but goalie Szczesny has blotted his copybook smoking a soggy ciggy presumably in the shower, Mertesacker’s a bit dodgy and they struggle to beat top sides but this promises to be our biggest test yet this season.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 23,824 in 1985, and it’s  59,986 this season.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

red issue

There was an issue a few weeks after Hillsborough with a cartoon of a cow with Hillsborough  written on it being milked. I haven't read a Red Issue for about twenty years but when Robinson threatened to sue us about ten years ago they'd "moved on from those days"he told me!


Due to a phenomenal response from our contributors we are pleased to announce that KK 221, February 2015 is now at the printers and should be in the outlets by the end of the week and on sale at the Arsenal game and subsequent matches. Watch out for rain on Sunday between 3 and 4 pm!
This issue is A4, 48 pages and has a colour front (and back) cover with Frank Lampard in his New York CITY kit with Mourinho looking very pissed off and the caption “New York CITY Legend in Waiting. We’re sure he’ll be worth waiting for!

This issue includes : Empty seats, last minute blues, Grass roots football in crisis, English DNA philosophy, 2014 reviews, Roma, 59/60 youth team, Frank, Phil (Neville) .
It can also be purchased directly from (cheques to) King Of The Kippax,  25, Holden Brook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN7 2Hl for £4.50 inc P and P, and it’s a stonking issue!

Noticed that ragtimes journo James Ducker who writes disgracefully in the Times about City and lovingly about the rags was on Sunday Supplement, let’s hope he’s not a regular.

Well done to the MUEN Viewpoints for printing the same letter for two nights running by Alan Grafton. Alan’s a big Blue so we’ll forgive them on this occasion!

Also ragmag Red Issue are supposedly packing it in unless it’s a publicity stunt of which they’re so fond.
For a zine that was so despicable certainly in it’s early days that WSC wouldn’t list it in their fanzine listings it has got more than it’s fair share of airings in the media.
They blatantly copied and adapted articles from KOTK (UWS also utilised the How was it for You heading) and once, having picked up on Chinese whispers threatened to sue KOTK for printing something about their editor, Chris Robinson, which we actually hadn’t, such was their arrogance.

They managed to get a piece in The Observer, no less, about their demise and also, naturally in the MUEN, which lauded their exploits trying to cause riots at Leeds, City and Liverpool. I don’t remember a “Manchester is red” banner being passed round the Kippax in 2002 by City fans, does anyone else? And I don’t think Red News appeared until well after the 1987 date given. Hopefully someone will write to Viewpoints to put them right, but don’t hold your breath that it would get printed.

Having said all that it is still a bit sad to see another zine bite the dust especially one of the best selling ones which pitched exactly at the mentality of their distasteful fans.
No wonder everyone hates them.


Friday, 9 January 2015

Friday night

On Saturday it’s Everton at Goodison. Bianca Jagger is campaigning against their proposed ground move and is getting tons of stick, death threats and all sorts.
They’re on a bad run at the moment and were relieved to get a late draw in the Cup against the ‘ammers. Has that raised their confidence level or are they down due to their winless run? We always used to be the fall guys for teams in runs like this but maybe this is the best time to play them and despite Yaya being out their defence is suspect, as is ours, so you’d expect a high scoring game spesh if Sergio’s back, unless they target him again. Vinny could be back and Dzeko so we coukld be strong.
Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK 220:


Last promotion was in 1954, millionaires of the 60’s, last pot FA Cup in 1995, 163rd  league meeting, recent connections Jack Rodwell, Gareth Barry.
As always, eternal thanks to Bill Kenwright for telling Sheikh Mansour where to stick his money!

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, Teesy, Brian Price, Degsy Hatton

This season so far: They’re in 13th place with 21 points from 20 games and 3 wins 3 draws and 3 losses at home.
In the Capital One Cup they lost 3-0 at Swansea in the 3rd rd
In the Europa Cup, they’ve beaten Wolfsburg 4-1  home and 2-0 away, Lille 3-0 at home plus drawing 0-0 at Lille (where they took massive support) and 1-1 at Krasnodar, who they’ve just lost 1-0 to at Goodison but already safely top their group. Next up for them are the Young Boys of Berne.
In the FA Cup in the 3rd rd they’ve drawn 1-1 with West Ham at home, and face * in the 4th rd.

Earlier this season at The Etihad in December, It was a 1-0 City win.  They took out Sergio after only two minutes, no free kick, no cards, then Yaya (24) scored from the spot after Milner was brought down.
Crowd was 45, 603 with 2,679 Blue scouse.
Last season at Goodison it was that 3-2 City win to set us up for the title with two home games left. Everton fans weren’t happy when they heard us singing the Slippy G song, but joined in when they cottoned on to the words!
Barkley opened for them (11) but Sergio went through the pain barrier and levelled (22), Edin notched a couple (43,48) before Lukaku made us sweat (65).
Crowd was 39,454 with 2,891 Sky Blues.
We went top for only the 4th time in the season but stayed there til the end
That made it for City : WLLLLW

Comment: Always a toughie. We won last year, when the fans, but not the team were non plussed about it. Can we repeat that success? Of course.

Groundwise : Goodison Park capacity : 40,260 Left hand side of the antiquated Bullens Road stand, upper and lower, with restricted views.
Parking : Stanley Road car park and other local ones.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 19,343 in 1983/84 and this season it’s 38,449

Away Day zines : Used to be Speke from The Harbour and When Skies Are Grey.

Bony could be on his way, but so could our manager and Soriano and Txin back to Barca, so we await developments.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Guess what?

Guess what - I went back to bed til 10.30, but I have been ill!! Grandaughter Heather had flu so she and Elly missed the game and it was too late for other takers. Who ever heard of anyone missing a match through just having flu?
Modern day youth eh?
Great day in the end, though how many times do we have to see a weakened City team struggle in the Cups? West Brom., Leicester, Notts County, Blackburn, Watford, Wigan!!

Sunday morning

Woke up at twenty past six today so thought I’d do a little personal post. Daughter Kaye was rushed into hospital on Friday down in Newport with appendicitis. Pleased to say that the operation (keyhole surgery) was successful and she should be home today.

Son Danny drove Sue down yesterday to help out, and I’ve got an exec package birthday treat so daughter Marnie is coming in Sue’s place. This is pay back for Carlisle 1984ish – the coldest we’ve ever been at a soccer match, when a bloke called Tommy did his Max Wall impression in his long Johns! We lost 2-0 and I got a puncture on the way home plus my Carlisle born and bred bro- in- law  was able to have (yet another) little gloat.
So, after the dreadful weather on Thursday, when selling was a disaster, surprisingly we’ve only a few KK220’s left so Tom and Steve will do the biz.
Our seats in the East stand level two will be taken up by granddaughters Heather and Ellie, attending her first game, and suffers from her mum’s partner being a typical rag, but gives as good, better even, than she gets. Fingers crossed then for a good day all round.
We visited Peter in hospital just before Christmas after his operation and he is home now and recovering nicely, but it will be a while before he is back in his usual spot in the South stand car park.
We wish him well, he’ll be well looked after by his missus Julie and son Alex.
Looking forward to a memorable day.
*Typical rag – gives it loads before games and when they win but disappears when they lose and you daren’t mention it! But we do!


Saturday, 3 January 2015


Ugh dreadful weather on New Year’s day. Shaun Goater, Ian Bishop and Fernando went past me, "not quite Florida weather, is it Ian?”
Gave up selling and went in early, much to my fellow Blues surprise on our row.
We kicked off towards the South stand first half but it was a bit dire. Problem seemed to be we couldn’t cross the ball for anyone to head in – a plan B if you like.
Secondf half we worked hard again for 2-0 then panicked and before you knes it – 2-2. Couldn’t help thinking that Costel would have plucked that corner out of the air if he’d been in our nets.
Still Frankie won it for us with a header from a cross, then how we didn’t score more was a mystery.
Watched Spurs v Chelsea when we got home. Spurs good on the attack and Harry Kane sensational but ball control poor by their midfield and defence. Still thank you Spurs for once doing us a favour.
Tomorrow it’s Sunday so we play Wednesday who’ve just won at Wigan 1-0.
Here’s the it’s A Fix extract from Kk220 :

Last season we drew at Blackburn 1-1 then won the replay 5-0 in the 3rd rd, beat Watford 4-2 after going 2-0 down in the 4th rd, beat Chelsea 2-0 in the 5th rd, but lost 2-1 to Uwe’s Wigan inexplicably in the 6th rd, all at The Etihad.

This season we’ve drawn Sheff. Wed at home.
The Owls are four times division one champions, runners up in 1961 and three times FA Cup winners runners up in 1966 when they lost 3-2 to Everton.
They won the League Cup in 1991 when they beat the rags 1-0, and were runners up in 1993 when they lost to Arsenal, also in the FA Cup final 2-1 on both occasions.
They dropped out of the Premier league in 2000 and since then they’ve dipped into the third tier but are now in the Championship.

Some celebrity fans : Roy Hattersley, Martin Ware, Michael Palin, Paul Carrack, David Blunkett, Paul Shane, Nicky Weaver and KK subscriber Mick Grayson.

This season so far : They’re in 10th place with 34 points from 24 games with 5 wins 5 draws and 2 losses away from home.
In the Capital One Cup 1st round they beat Notts County 3-0 at home, in the second round they won 1-0 at Burnley, but in the 3rd rd they lost 7-0 to us, all the goals coming in the second half. Scorers were Lampard (47, 90), Dzeko (53,77) Navas (54), Toure (60P), Pozo (88).
Crowd was 32,346 with 5, 432 Wednesdayites.

Previous meetings in the FA Cup - 1904 SF 3-0, 1934 5th rd 2-2 away, 2-0 home in the replay; 2007 FA Cup 3rd rd 1-1 away, 2-1 replay home crowd was 25,621 with 6,059 Wednesdayites.

Comment : Them, again. Last season we underestimated Blackburn, Watford and Wigan, so we have to take this one seriously.
Hopefully we’ll be up for it as most certainly they will be again, along with big and vociferous support., unless they’ve already had their night out!

Just a reminder that the deadline for KK 221 is next Monday please – 2014 memories welcome!