Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sunday

Sunday
Good run down to Villa, parked up in Tesco’s, had a snack, and made our way to the ground.
Plan was to leave early at 3-0 ahead I was that confident, as we were off to S Wales to have a gloat at Evertonian son-in-law.

Bitterly cold wind so we went in early, down at the front behind the goal, with the young boys taking drugs, going mad when we scored, making me spill my hot chocolate, but worth it!
Couldn’t score in 90 minutes  in the league game and one up early doors here.
Soon after it was 2-0, just caught Raheem being floored out of the corner of my eye. Stonewall? Others thought it was soft, Kelechi also fouled but no penalty this time? (not shown on MOTD)
Great save by Willy from a Villa free kick (not shown on MOTD) then Kelech notched his third, so time to exit, as we watched the 4th go in on the telly on the concourse.
Swift getaway relying on sat nav Jane to get us to the M5 south and all went well until the Hawthorns floodlights loomed and we were stuck for half an hour while the ground and car parks emptied!! Doh.
So, we now await the 5th round draw, praying for a home one to help KK sales. S’pose the rags will get Shrewsbury at home and we’ll get the Arse away!?
Strange how Pellers knew that Kelechi would come good yet hasn’t played him as much as he should and he wasn’t even included in the Chimps League squad!
Good weekend so far, apart from all the publicity for the rags who beat the mighty but shite Derby County!
Dave
PS – didn’t have the heart to gloat to son-in-law!

Friday, 29 January 2016

Shit on the Villa

It’s Villa then, here’s the IAF extract from KK230 -

23B) SATURDAY JANUARY 30TH FA CUP 4TH ROUND VILLAS AWAY KO 3PM

Comment – As expected it was Villa who won the replay with Wycombe, 2-0 (?) at Villa Park after the  1-1 draw at Wycombe with Micah scoring and angry scenes after the game from Villa fans.
Those same fans who chant “you can stick your Sheik’s money up your arse” to us. What would those fans give for an owner like Sheikh Mansour now eh?

Villa, then and we drew 0-0 at Villa Park in November, a game we should’ve won comfortably but it was Remi Garde’s first game in charge so they were inspired by new manager syndrome.
Crowd was 36,757 with 2,918 Blues.
Our form at Villa, the draw made it for City – DWLWWLDLDWWW, so pretty impressive.
Previous F A Cup meetings
1900 1st rd 1-1 away, replay 1-3 home
1910 3rd rd 3-1 away
1915 2nd rd 1-0 home
1934 semi-final at Huddersfield 6-1
1936 6th rd 2-3 away
1995 4th rd 1-0 home
2006 5th rd 1-1 away, 2-1 home
2011 5th rd 3-0 home

So in 8 meetings we’ve won through 6 times, including the last three and lost just twice.
Additionally we’ve won all 4 semi-finals at Villa Park –
1955 1-0 v Sunderland
1956 1-0 v Spurs
1969 1-0 v Everton
1981 1-0 v Ipswich
And we also beat Chelsea 3-2 in the Community Shield in 2014.
So a pretty impressive record against the Villans, and they have struggled this season but as we saw in the league game at their place, nothing can be taken for granted without us putting the effort in.

They’re currently in bottom position in the Prem with 13 points from 23 games and 1 win, 4 draws and 6 losses at home
Recent form at Villa for City is – DWLWWDLDWWW

Villa Park, capacity is 42,602 so we’re getting  around 5,000 + tickets which looks like we’ll be  taking over the North stand behind the goal, when we can sing Wemberlee lustily, cos we’re already there in the Capital One cup final.
Parking on the streets is difficult, but there’s a local supermarket if you can squeeze in for a bite to eat, and park.
Post code is B6 6HE for the ground.

Friday


Wicked night weatherwise on Wednesday. Ashton New Road was full of scousers chanting “Oh, Manchester, is full of shit” – now they’re here it is! Very arrogant and cocky.Stuff em City.

“1-0 will do us” Pellers had said – oops a goal down after a few minutes, albeit after a foul on Sergio, not given. A few scousers in our bit jumped up and gloated so were rightly kicked out.  Good response from the Blues and a Dinho goal put us level before Sergio hit the post.
We stepped it up after the break, some good substitutions, great save by Willy who didn’t let us down on the night, then Kev scored from Raheem’s cross, but was the WHOLE of the ball over the line? Doubtful. Who cares, and a decision in our favour at last.
“After all his time wasting, just watch their goalie start rushing about like an old Charlie Chaplin film”
There was only going to be one winner and Kev’s cross was headed in superbly by Sergio, who later glanced one wide. With 5 minutes added time announced Kev was fouled (not given) and went down badly. So we finished with ten men.
A word to Jesus – when we’re running the clock down, hold on to the ball in their box DON’T backheel it and put them on the attack. And to Raheem, don’t try and dribble on the wing and lose the ball when all you need to do is boot the ball upfield and chase it.
Surely our manager should be screaming at them from the touchline to do just that?
So an awesome night City, we stayed to the end and then went to the loo, so sorry to all the regulars who missed us selling at the end in our usual spots.
Youngest son posted a selfie of himself on Facebook, smirking after our third, whilst sitting next to his Everton mates Jimmy and Teesy!!!
So we’re off to Etihad South for another Wembley trip and a chance to put one over on Liverpool for a change.
Anyone remember Tim Cahill saying a few years ago that he’d rather do things the Everton way and not the City way?
Really? Really Tim? Bollocks.
KDB now out for ten weeks, so, yes, his article saying how he rarely gets injuries has backfired. So sad.

Wonder if Martinez has owt to say about that?
Dave
PS - i thought Dzeko was shit last season, BUT we do rely too much on Sergio, and having more options up front is vital.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

So the cup scheme fiasco has backfired on City (those in the cup scheme weren't offered cheap tickets) and the club are now appealing for fans to attend the game tonight.
Praps if the club started to listen to the fans (Points of Blue anyone?) this situation wouldn't have arisen.
Still, I hope as many as possible turn up to will (y) the boys to Wembley against stuffy Liverpool. "The City(Liverpool) deserves an all scouse final!!! Says Jurgen  Why??
Dave

ooops

Just realised that i missed out the Alf Grey semi of 1981, in the Everton blog, It was a 1-0 loss at home and a magnificent 1-1 draw at Anfield, when I was sat in the main stand and told to fuck off back to Manchester in no uncertain terms by those lovable scousers!
Dave

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

must be Joe

Quite fair to play Willy in the early rounds but in a big game like the League cup semi it MUST be Joe

the Willies

Costel DID get his chance and played in the final, He was a better goalie than Willy, would we really care if he left?
Dave

Everton

23A) WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27TH EVERTON HOME KO 7.45PM CAPITAL ONE CUP SEMI-FINAL 2ND LEG

It’s our third meeting in just a few weeks. We won 2-0 at Goodison in September, lost 2-1 in the first leg of the Capital One Cup, and drew 0-0 in the Premier League recently.
Which way will it go?
With a Cup Final at stake, and bearing in mind how unlucky we were in the recent League game you cannot see us failing to score against them this time. Whether we can score enough is another matter but it is a great opportunity for us to reach a Final and we’ll only have ourselves to blame if we don’t.
Recent results at home to Everton look promising with 2 draws and 3 wins in the last 5, after 4 losses.
For City - DWWDW
So it’s all to play for.
They’ve just lost at home again, to Swansea this time, anyone and everyone is beating them there, except us of course in the first leg, Criminal.
That dropped them to 12th place with 3 wins 7 draws and only one loss away from home. So pretty formidable.
In 63/64 we beat Stoke 1-0 at home but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 2-0 loss at Stoke.
And in 69/70 it was a 2-1 win over the rags then a 2-2 draw at the swamp to send us to a Wembley win over West Brom, 2-1.
Then in 73/74 it was a 2-0 win over Plymouth after a 1-1 draw at Home Park in the first leg.
In 75/76 we overcame a 1-0 loss at ‘Boro with a 4-0 home win to set us up for a Wembley win over Newcastle, exactly 40 years ago.
Next up was a 2-1 win over the rags in 2011/12, but a 3-1 loss at the swamp.
Then it was a 1-0 home loss to Liverpool in 2012/13, but a 2-2 at Anfield put us out.
So finally we had that magnificent 6-0 win over West Ham in 2013/14, to set us up for a 3-0 away win and a Wembley 3-1 win over Sunderland to lift our third League Cup.
Pellers has ridiculously given Everton a boost by picking Willy instead of Joe, and if he lets a soft one in, I’ll get up and leave.

Dave

Tuesday

West Ham
Manumirror had a double page spread of how Fergie has inspired Leicester to the top of the league, as some of their players played for him, as did Kasper Schmeichel’s dad!!!

Good run down, stopped at Watford Gap services and bumped into Fred, Stuart, Cheesy and Charlie, who were all impressed with my City watch bought for my birthday by the grandkids!
Usual problem at the exit of the A406 compounded by a bump in the outer lane and an approaching ambulance, but we parked up in good time. Residents parking now extended even further so we hope that parking will be a big improvement at the new stadium.
News came through that the rags had lost at home to The Saints, Leicester had won and so had Liverpool plus Spurs won at Palace.
Sales were slow for the new issue and within a minute we were a goal down. Sergio hit the post, then notched the penalty. Martin was lucky not to be sent off and Joe pulled off a miracle save from the free kick. Second half we gave away one of our daftest, but Sergio levelled after good work from Kelechi.
Despite a late scare, 2-2 was a pretty fair result, though we didn’t boss the game.
And that was that. Farewell old friend, but you can stick your parking, lots of empty parking spaces, annoying, and I think I pulled my hamstring on the way back to the car!
We then drove across London and spent the night with friends before having a good run home on the Sunday.
Everton lost again at home, to Swansea, and the Arse were conned out of it by Costa.
So had to knuckle down and hopefully all the subscriptions are now in the post.
Dave

Friday, 22 January 2016

West Ham

We go to West Ham, Wycombe or Villa (in the F A Cup 4TH rd), Sunderland and Kiev (in the Chimps League), and entertain Everton (In the Capital One Cup semi)  Leicester, and Spurs at home  ….. check out the dates and times, just in case…… this article is updated on the KK blog prior to each game ……

23) SATURDAY JANUARY 23Rd WEST HAM AWAY KO 5.30PM

No History? Formed in 1885, 3 times FA Cup winners, (1964,75, 80) once Euro Cup Winners Cup Winners (1965) and arguably World Cup Winners (1966). Last pot FA Cup in 1980.
92nd league meeting, recent connections as long ago as Wayne Bridge and 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…

This season so far : They’re in 6th place with 35 points from 22 games and 4 wins 4 draws and 2 losses at home.They’ve just lost 2-1 at Newcastle.
At The Etihad in September it was a 2-1 loss.  West Ham went ahead through Moses (6) and Sakho (31) and KDB (45) pulled one back, but we couldn’t quite manage any more goals. Crowd was 53,545 with 1,366 ‘ammers.

In the Europa League, they beat FC Lusitans 4-0 on agg; Birkirkara 1-1 on agg and 5-3 on pens; but went out 3-2 on agg to Astra Giurgiu which was probably a relief !
In the Capital One Cup they lost 2-1 at Leicester in the 3rd rd.
In the FA Cup they beat Wolves 1-0 at home in the 3rd rd and face Liverpool away in the 4th rd.

Our form at Upton Park in October it was a 2-1 loss. West Ham went 2 up through Amalfitano (21) and Sakho (75) with a bit of help from goalline technology! City finally woke up with a Silva super strike (77). Downside for Sam was that he got a big smacker from Russell Brand after his TV interview. Crowd was 34,977 with 2,929 Blues.
For City - LWDWDLWLD

Groundwise : LHS of the Trevor Brooking stand as usual.
Capacity is 35,146 with 3,000 for City.

Tickets - £60/£35


Comment: Our last visit to Upton Park unless we get them in a later Cup round. They’ve been on fire for pretty well most of the season and scraped a win against us at the Etihad. So expect a humdinger of a game and hopefully 3 points for us to finish our visits to that particular part of London. Daft thing is that they’ll still be based in the London area with all the usual traffic and parking problems.

WWTWTWShite- Averaged 17,679 in 55/56, pretty good, and this season it’s 34,877.

Parking/pubs- Boleyn Tavern, Millers Well, Denmark Arms, street parking, pot luck., it’s London when all said and done!


Post code – E13 9AZ

friday

Friday
Set off at 10am, and arrived back at 3.15pm, after delivering KK230 to the Manc and Stockport outlets, as gridlocked Manchester again took its toll. Heads should roll for this continual disaster.

Not much transfer news at the mo. Barkley and Williams?
Tomorrow it’s West Ham, which is probably good bye to our old friend, Upton Park or the Boleyn as some like to call it these days.

Respect for 1987.
Ted Knott reminds us that it's 53 years since they last doubled us - Bert getting sent off at Maine Road in the 6-1 loss, and the 6-1 loss at the end of the 1962/63 season relegated us.
It's A Fix extract to follow.
Dave

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Wednesday

Pleased to announce that KK230 is now at the printers, and should be in the Manc outlets by weekend and at West Ham and subsequent games.
This issue is A4, 48 pages with a colour front and back cover. Front cover refers to the lockout at Kiev (or Kyiv!) with a smirking Platini saying “zat’ll teach em to boo our great anthem”
This issue includes a Bill Leivers interview, Form Guide, Pep Guardiola, Media watch, New badge, Cup draws, Bobbins corners, and much, much more from our regular contributors to whom we’re most grateful.
It costs £3, and can also be bought for £4.50 inc P and P from (cheques to) King of the Kippax, 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN 7 2HL.
It is also available on kindle.

Last night Villa beat Wycombe 2-0 as expected, in front of 20,000, though they were booed off at half time. So we’ll have 6,000 tickets for Villa Park when the date is announced, in between mid week games between Everton home and Sunderland away .

Today’s manumirror has a page on Prophets of Dumb. It does of course include Hansen’s “you can’t  win anything with kids” – unless you’ve got Schmeichel and Cantona in your team of course- there’s no mention of EMI turning down the Beatles and certainly nothing on the numerous shite that we have had to put up with – Michael Calvin calling us a pantomime, signing  Silva not Villa etc, how we’re mercenaries who won’t stay for 5 minutes, it’s in our DNA to always be shite etc etc. Maybe we could put a KK page to send to them. Any ideas?

Dave

Sunday, 17 January 2016

charlton

The prog got it right about 1985 saying City got promotion to enter the 1985/86 season in the first division. They ridiculously got the venue wrong, and it was such a memorable day in our history to make it an almost criminal offence.
The 'words' for the article were by Michael Henson who is probably a very nice person.
Sadly there are people at our club who haven't a clue.There are paintings hung in the Chairman's lounge of Coronation Street characters who probably aren't or were even City fans, and also one of Tony Macedo the ex Fulham goalie.
It's the sort of stuff that puts Bernard Halford in the Hall of Fame ahead of Dennis Tueart and the ludicrous design of the new badge (in my opinion!)
Dave

One shot

True about the rags Tony, but Pardew reckoned we had 4 shots and scored 4 goals!
Dave

PS Bin up since 6 am finishing zine, ta for all contributions, now at the printers, should be out at West am.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Palace

22) SATURDAY JANUARY 16TH CRYSTAL PALACE (HOME) KO 3PM
They've just lost at Villa so could be vulnerable, or fired up!

No History? Formed in 1905, have moved between top and 4th divisions, shirts said to have inspired Barcelona’s. Cup Finalists in 1990 losing to rags in a replay. Went into administration in 2010 but were taken over by a fans consortium led by Steve Parish (Not the Blue Vic!).
It’s the 48th league meeting, and latest connections go as far back as 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), The Crystals (wish they’d bring them!)

This season so far : They’re in 8th place with 31 points from 21 games and 5 wins 2 draws and 3 losses away from home.

In the Capital One Cup, they beat Shrewsbury 4-1 then Charlton by the same score both at home, but went out 5-1 to us in the 4th round.
Bony (22), de Bruyne (44), Iheanacho (59), Toure (76 pen) put us 4-0 up then we cocked up our clean sheet as usual, Delaney (89)  scoring for Palace but Garcia made it 5-1 in injury time. Crowd was 40,585 with 1811Eagles.

In the FA Cup 3rd rd  they won 2-1 at Southampton in the 3rd rd and face Stoke away in the 4th rd.

Our form at home to Palace, last season at The Etihad in December it was a 3-0 City win, with goals from Silva (49, 61) and Yaya (81). Palace did have a good goal disallowed for offside at the dreaded 2-0, which could have cost Neil Warnock his job! Crowd was 45,302 with 1,182 Glaziers.

For City WWWDDWLW

Comment – Another good season for Palace under not so young buck Pardew. They’re pretty good on the road, and dangerous with pace and at corners and free kicks, so we’ll need to be at our best.


WTWTWShite? Averaged 6,446 in 84/85 and this season it’s 24,750. 

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Everton

Everton, wicked night. Incessant rain and Manchester gridlocked , would’ve been sensible to put the kick off time back.  But no. Bro Frank got in at ten past nine! KK subscriber Alan Wilson drove down from Cumbria and the Eds daughter Marnie up from Birmingham and both got in at 8.15.
Everton looked good first half without much threat, just the one really, and we played well second with some threat but were thwarted by some desperate defending and yet another blind referee. No Kelechi again, who’s shown he can pick the lock, regularly.

Thought we might share with you Burfield’s view on the non penalties at Leicester – Craig Pawson became the latest referee to fail to spot a full blown assault on a City player in the penalty area. There was no mitigation. It wasn’t as if he was being asked to pick a doosra from Muralarithin in failing light, it was a trip so blatant that Tim Peake probably saw it from the fucking space station.

And at Goodison – Robert Madley, 4 times we’ve had him this season and he’s been absolutely gash in 3 of them. The penalty he ignored for the foul on Navas was incredible. Velma from Scooby Doo, on all fours groping helplessly for her glasses in a haunted house at night, could have spotted it.

John’s views on the Everton debacle will be delivered in KK 231 no doubt but you get the gist.

Is there any better writing anywhere than in KK? And John is just one of the regulars.The above is included in KK230, which is being finalised at the mo to be out, hopefully at West ‘am?

Dave

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Everton

21) WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13TH EVERTON (HOME) KO 7.45PM
No history – Formed in 1888, 9 titles (1890/91 to 1986/87), 5 FA Cups (1906 to 1995), Euro Cup Winners Cup in 1985, won their first title at Anfield before moving to Goodison, last promotion was in 1954, millionaires of the 60’s, last pot FA Cup in 1995, 166th  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 labour leader and PM – but couldn’t be arsed to fill in the KK questionnaire!) Freddie Starr, Amanda Holden, John Conteh, John Parrott, Ian Astbury, Austin Healey, Matt Dawson, and fans Jimmy from Stolen Haven, Teesy, Brian Price, and Leon off Goggle Box

This season so far they’re in 11th place with 27 points from 20 games with 6 wins, 9 draws and 5 losses.
At Goodison in August it was a 2-0 City win. Kolarov (60) scored from an impossible angle, then Nasri (88) made it safe, scoring from Yaya’s lovely chip. Crowd was 38,523 with 2,942 City.

In the FA Cup in the 3rd rd they beat Dag and Redbridge 2-0 at home and face * in the 4th rd.
In the Capital One Cup first leg at Goodison it was a disappointing 2-1 loss. They went ahead through Mori in the 45th minute. We equalised through Navas in the 76th minute but couldn’t hang on and went behind when Lukaku on his one good leg nodded in on 78.
Crowd was 39,499 with 4,600 Blues.

Our Form at home to Everton, last season at the Etihad in December it was a 1-0 City win, Yaya scoring a penalty after 24 minutes. Crowd was 45,603 with 2,679 Toffees .
For City – Last season’s win made it WWDWLLLLWW

Comment -  We need to put a marker down for the second leg of the Capital One Cup in a couple of weeks time, though that could be a very different game.
Pellers knows their strengths and weaknesses and Martinez knows ours, but nothing but a win will do.


WWTWTWShite: Averaged 19,343 in 1983/84 and this season it’s 38,584

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Norwich

Norwich
Early start but not THAT early to be honest.  Made good progress in the Tom-mobile and parked up at the ground at around half twelve. Rain just about kept off, sales went well, and we were able to nip back to the car to pick up some more zines. Pretty strong team picked and we never really looked in trouble. Sergio at his best, ably accompanied by Kelechi, and the 3 goal win AND a clean sheet was thoroughly deserved, though Norwich were poor.
City fans, for some unfathomable reason were singing a stupid and distasteful song involving Bacary Sagna and Jihadi John, for f*ck sake. We are City not rags, cut it out pronto.
MOTD was very tedious, only sparked up by Mark Lawrenson’s Pienaar/penis gaffe, if I heard it right!
Had a leisurely night in Norwich, met up with Wilkie, Sean, and Jane Riley  in our hotel, and had a good trip home.
Dave

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Friday, 8 January 2016

Norwich!!!!

20B) SATURDAY JANUARY 9TH FA CUP 3RD RD NORWICH AWAY KO 3PM

Last season we went through in this round beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at home, after going behind, with two goals from Milner (66,90) in front of 44,309 with 5,485 Wednesdayites, but went out at home in the 4th round to Middlesbrough in front of 44,836 with 5,505 Smoggies.

No History: Formed in 1905. Twice League Cup winners 1962, 1985. 55th League mtgs,

Some Celebrity fans: Delia Smith and Stephen Fry are Directors, Jake Humphreys, Ed Balls who is now Chairman, Mylene Klass, Hugh Jackman.

In the FA Cup there’s been 3 meetings
1939 3rd rd 5-0 away, 20, 901
1963 5th rd 1-2 home, 31,217
1981 4th rd 6-0 home 38,919

This season so far: They’re in 15th place with 23 points from 20 games and 6 wins 5 draws and 9 losses.
At The Etihad in October it was a 2-1 City win, Otamendi (67) opened and Jerome (83) took advantage of Joe’s cock up but Yaya Toure (89 pen) saved his, and our blushes!
Crowd was 53,418 with 1310 Canaries.
In the Capital One Cup they won 2-1 at Rotherham in the 2nd rd, and in the 3rd rd they beat West Brom 3-0 at home but went out at Everton in the 4th rd. 4-3 on pens after 1-1.

Our form at Norwich – Last meeting was in season 2013/14 and at Carrow Road in the February it was a 0-0 draw and an apparent dent to our title hopes. Crowd was 26,382 with 2,400 Blues.
For City - DWWWLLDD

Comment – I thought they’d be doing better than  they have done, but they certainly made it tough for us at The Etihad so an exciting cup tie is in prospect, but considering our awful away form it’s a nailed on 0-0 draw.
Check out The White Horse at Trowse if you’re up for a bit of karaoke on the Friday night, but we’ll be finding somewhere on the Saturday!

Groundwise – we’re usually in one end of the stand opposite the main stand.
Carrow Road capacity 27,000, 2,400 + for City

WWTWTWShite: Averaged  13,750 in 68/69, and this season it’s  26,984.
Parking Local car parks.
Pubs plenty but the hotel next to the ground allows away fans in and you can get a bite there which is very nice and civilised.
Sat Nav NR1 1JE

 Dave

Everton

Everton
We were having a few days away in North Wales so decided to give this one a miss. Watched it at The George and Dragon in Abergele, fairly quiet. I would’ve picked Joe and played Willy on Saturday.
Frustrating first half, Yaya caught in possession time and again, Everton had two goals rightly disallowed, but warnings there. Half time approached “we’re bound to concede”. Me and my big mouth.
Willy committed the ultimate Sunday morning goalie football crime, popped it up to the Everton player instead of wafting it sideways or to Lukaku who was standing  in front of him and offside.
Second half, penalty appeal turned down,  nice equaliser from Navas latching on to Sergio’s through ball.
“Lukaku’s not scored yet”. Me and my big mouth.
2-1. another disappointing away day, it’s becoming a habit, but the tie is still retrievable, but I can’t see it frankly.
Did well at the place we were at, until the last night when Sweet Caroline was heard and a car spotted with the rag logo.
Dave


Sunday, 3 January 2016

Capital one Cup semi-final

20A) WEDNESDAY JANUARY 6TH – CAPITAL ONE CUP SEMI-FINAL 1ST LEG – EVERTON AWAY KO 8PM

Before the game at The Britannia you’d have plumped for a tie against Stoke, but at the moment it doesn’t look like there’s anything between all four teams.
This our 7th League Cup semi-final -
1963/64 v Stoke, 1st leg 0-2 away, 2nd leg, 1-0 home
1969/70 v united 1st leg 2-1 home, 2-2 away.
1973/74 v Plymouth 1st leg 1-1 away, 2nd leg 2-0 home
1975/76 v M’Boro 1st leg 0-1 away, 2nd leg 4-0 home
2009/10 v united 1st leg 2-1 home, 2nd leg 1-3 -away
2013/14 v West Ham 1st leg 6-0 home, 2nd leg 3-0 away.

Previous meetings in the League Cup –
1969/70 rd 4, 2-0 home 45,643
1987/88 rd 5 0-2 away 40,014

This season so far : They’re in 11th place with 27 points from 20 games and 3 wins 4 draws and 4 losses at home.

In the Capital One Cup in the 2nd rd they won 5-3 at Barnsley aet, going a couple of goals down early doors, in the 3rd rd they won 2-1 at Reading, in the 4th rd they beat Norwich 4-3 on pens after 1-1 at home, and they beat Middlesbrough 2-0 away in the Q/F.

Our Form at Goodison? This  season’s win made it for City : WDWLLLLW


Comment -  Are we better off playing them in a two legged fixture? Not sure as we find it hard to beat them both home and away. They’ve struggled in the League Cup, just like Liverpool, but have now come good and we need to repeat the form we showed at Goodison earlier in the season to get a result and set us up for the second leg. 

Watford


It was the four of us, Ged, Mick, Steve P and myself in the Ged mobile, braving the traffic, rain  and 50mph limits on the journey down.
Parked up in the Watford High school for girls car park (£8, but you don’t mind so much if it’s going to school funds)
Programme notes had to mention united ‘the red devils’ (which is Salford rugby of course!) and Mike Walters turns out to be a Watford fan.
On the badge subject Watford are ‘the Hornets’ but have a Hart (not Joe) on their logo, as it represents the Hart in Hertfordshire, which is baffling.
New stand to our left, and strangely the roof doesn’t reach pitch side, so those at the front get wet.
We were on the row where everyone came in late, left before half time, came back one by one, and the couple next to us, who sang City songs lustily,  left with ten minutes to go.
“At least Ben Watson’s taking corners not heading em in” I said. Ooops, they scored virtually straight from one of his corners!
City were awful, then Yaya got himself out of jail as did Sergio   with two of the most magnificent and breath-taking goals you could ever wish to see.
Good to see Tony Coton at half time, he wasa transferred by City to united against his wishes, remember?
Good journey home.
Today’s papers were full of the story of that miserable cow who entered into the Christmas spirit by photographing her Christmas meal, and despite being given an apology and a refund posted it on facebook. Sign of the times.
Today Chelsea beat Palace, Mourinho anyone? Spurs drew with Everton, who we play on Wednesday.

Dave 

Friday, 1 January 2016

Whistling Wren leigh

Whistling Wren, Leigh
We attended as a family on Christmas Day and everything went pretty well for the 17 of us. Food was good as was the service.
We sometimes pop in after matches at City and always enjoy, the manager, in particular, is a very efficient and hands on bloke.
Disappointing therefore to see some miserable woman posting a pic of her Christmas meal on facebook and slagging the place off.
That in no way reflects our experiences.

Dave

Watford

20) SATURDAY JANUARY 2ND WATFORD (AWAY) KO 5.30 PM

First return League match of the season.

No History? No pots for Watford who’ve hovered between the top 4 divisions, and had a Cup Final loss to Everton in 1984.
14th League meeting.
Recent connections: Think we’ve got to go as far back as Tony Coton.

Some celeb fans : Elton John, Jennifer Aniston, Robert Downey JR

This season so far they’re in 9th place with 29 points from 19 games and 8 wins 5 draws and 8 losses.
At The Etihad in August it was a hard fought 2-0 win for City. Sterling (47) opened and Fernandinho (56) made it safe. Crowd was 53,218 with 3,057 Hornets.
In the Capital One Cup they lost 1-0 at Preston in the 2nd rd
In the FA Cup they’ve drawn Newcastle at home  in the 3rd round

Our form at Watford, last visit was a 1-1 away draw, on a nice sunny April day in 2007, 9 years ago, can you believe? Vassell took advantage of a Ben Foster cock up, scoring in the 53rd minute but Priskin equalised in the 75th minute. Crowd was 18,537 with Noel G and Bez. amongst the Blue contingent. The draw meant Watford were relegated, then we had the Joey Barton’s rant on GMR on how City should be signing bigger players, then his later assault on Dabo meant he was out plus Stuart Pearce’s fate was also sealed. (1 home league goal since the New Year!)
Our league form at Watford : Won 3, drawn 2 and lost 2 : DWWLLW

Comment – They’re doing quite well actually and are holding their own in the Prem. despite losing unluckily to the rags and Spurs recently.
3 points are now an absolute must though.

Groundwise – Vicarage Road, capacity 21,577 2,100 for City. They’ve built a new stand along the side of the pitch and we should be in the LHS of the strand behind the goal again.
Tickets - £36/22/18/10
Pubs/parking - pot luck i'm afraid.

WWTWTWShite? Averaged 4,609 in 1975/76, and this season it’s 20,346


Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY
Denis and Franny have received CBE’s for services to football and erm charity. Congratulations, also to Steph Houghton, who has an MBE.
Mike Walters did a piece on them in the manumirror yesterday highlighting Franny’s return to City which was interesting, very interesting.
Surprisingly, no mention of Denis’s 6 at Luton, or his return to the swamp when he confirmed the rags’ relegation with his delightful back heel.
No history? I’ve e-mailed Walters on the subject.

LVG reckons rags fans are the best in the world, mustn’t have read the placards. When’s the plane coming?


Dave