Got a message yesterday to see if I could go on a BVTV show by ‘These Charming Fans’ in Cheetham Hill. As it happens I was free so bowled up there (it was on the site of the old Cheetham Hill Bowl where I used to play after work in the sixties!)
It’s hosted by big Blue Colin Manford and we talked about the past two games, the future two games, media bias, and I was presented with ‘the ugly side of football trophy’ (Phil Jones) for nominating Michael Ball’s hilarious stamp on cheat Ronaldo after the rag’s dive at The Etihad that time. Check it out if you like.
Good article by City fan Anthony McGrath in tonight’s MUEN, BUT I did hear Niall’s disco pants sung at Sunderland, along with the hilarious ‘the baby’s not yours, Wayne Rooney’ amongst others.
BMG tomorrow night. Typically, after a shite start they’ve sacked their manager, set on Andre Schubert (famous name) and won their last two games 3-1 at Stuttgart and 4-2 at home to Augburg. So it’s a whole new ball game and if we lose we’ll be the fall guys of the group, not them.
Here’s the IAF update from KK226 :
7A) WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH CHAMPS LEAGUE MATCHDAY TWO : BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH (AWAY) KO 8 PM
No History? BMB were formed in 1900, are nicknamed The foals or The Borussians, and play in white shirts with a vertical green stripe
They’ve won 5 titles (1970,71, 75,76,77) 3 Cups (1960, 72,95), 1 Super Cup 1977, 2 UEFA Cups in 1975 and 1979 and were Euro Cup runners up in 1977.
Last meetings were in March 1979, a 1-1 draw at Maine Road (Channon) crowd was 39,005 and a 3-1 (Deyna) loss in Germany with a crowd of 30,000 in the quarter final of the UEFA Cup.
The 70’s were their golden era and since then they were even relegated in season 06/07 but were quickly re-instated to the Bundesliga the next season. In season 2010/11 they narrowly escaped relegation again but recovered and last season finished in 3rd place.
David Concannon advises : For those going to Mönchengladbach, I may be able to offer you some travel advice too having been to Borussia Park for matches twice within the last eighteen months. The first is do not stay in the town itself. It’s a shit hole with nothing more than an Aldi and a Lidl to offer. There will be plenty of places to stay in Düsseldorf and Cologne and they are 20 minutes and 40 minutes away respectively on the train. The ground is the most out of town in the whole of Germany and is some four or five miles from the centre in the middle of nowhere in particular, and Mönchengladbach isn’t a large enough place to have a tram service to take you to the ground like you have at Bayern Munich, Dortmund and Schalke. The only way to the ground (bar car) is by special match day buses that run from both Mönchengladbach and Rheydt Stations, (and there are literally hundreds of them) which take about 20 and 30 minutes respectively.
Drinking in Mönchengladbach is nigh on impossible as there’s nowhere to go, but there are several bars near the station in the small town of Rheydt, which is on the line from Cologne but not on the line from Düsseldorf. There’s a decent Irish boozer (The Pogs) there too but it only tends to open three hours before kick off and probably holds only around 100-120 people. There are a few other bars there too, and a direct bus to the ground every couple of minutes. It’s worth a visit if staying in Cologne but if in Düsseldorf, I’d suggest staying round the Alstadt, getting the 5 minute U Bahn to the main station and the twenty minute train to Mönchengladbach (then the twenty minute bus). Either way, I’d suggest leaving the two cities a good two hours before the game and Rheydt probably an hour before.
Groundwise : They moved into the new stadium in 2004, and the capacity is 59,771 or 54,067 for International games but only 46, 279 for European Cup games.
This season so far they’re now 14th with 6 points from 7 games.
Sacked coach was Lucien Favre, who took over from a certain Michael Frontzeck in 2011!
Comment : There is a statue of the Holy Trinity of Himmer, Vogts and Netzer in the town centre if you fancy a photo! Our first European away trip of the new season, for which we’ll be taking a big following.
Deadline for KK227 is next Monday incidentally.
Off to see 'The Wall' by Roger Waters tonight at the pics with the grandson. Bluddy hell, couldn't ever go to a gig with me dad ne mind me grandad!