Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Roma

Roma
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.

Dave  

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday

HULL
Fine day yet again and good run over the M62. Parked up in a Church car park and chatted to the attendant who was Northern Irish and as we’d given Belfast Blue Alan Wilson, over from Nigeria where he’s working at the mo, a lift, there was plenty to talk about. Turns out the fella was a Palace fan, and tickets for the Hull v Palace game are £16, a bit of a difference to the £50 for ours!
Coffee at the leisure centre in the park  then on to the ground. Big cheer from inside meant Everton had equalised v Liverpool . Some rumblings about the possibility of the Moscow away game being played behind closed doors.
Then inside for the game, City fans partly behind the goal and alongside the pitch.
Good start then disaster so 2-2 at half time. Second half referee Taylor continued to give us nothing, but we popped in two, thanks to Edin and super incredible Frank to clinch the points. But we must improve our corners.
Nightmare getting away from the ground and the boring debate on 606 was on Joe Hart being ‘’’dropped’’’ for Willy , who had a new song to the tune of the Okey Cokey.
Joe’ll be back on Tuesday I’m sure, when it’s Roma in the Chimps league, and I’ll be turning my back when the theme music is played and hope other Blues will do too, as a protest to FFP though that’s taking a further turn now with the official protest


6A) TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH : CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP MATCH 2 : AS ROMA (HOME) KO 7.45PM

They were formed in 1927 by a merger of three clubs arranged by Fascists and have been in the top flight every season since apart from 1951/52.
They’ve won three serie A titles, in 1941/42, 1982/83 and 2000/01, nine Coppa Italia titles (first in 1963/64), and two Super Coppa Italian titles.
In Europe they beat Birmingham City 4-2 in the Inter City Fairs Cup in 1960/61.
In 1972 they beat Blackpool 3-1 to lift the Anglo-Italian Cup. (A competition City entered in 1970/71 going out to Bplogna 2-3 on agg)*
In 1983/84 they finished as runners up to Liverpool in the European Cup, drawing 1-1 but losing out on penalties, best remembered for Brucie’s wobbly legged display and scousers being bricked and bottled as they exited their stadium.
In 1990/91 they finished runners up to Inter Milan over two legs in the UEFA Cup.
In recent years they’ve played Liverpool, Arsenal and united in the Champions Leaue, attacking English fans on each occasion in Rome.

Club nicknames are The yellow reds, the magic one, the Wolves.
They nearly went bust in 1964/65 but fundraising by supporters kept the club going.
Club crest is now the female wolf with brothers Romulus and Remus. Romulus killed his brother and Rome was reportedly named after the victor.
Popular anthem is now an adaptation of the White Stripes song Seven Nation Army.
Current president is James  Pallotta, coach is Rudi Garcia and players include Ashley Cole, Gervinho and Maicon, though their most famous player after Fransesco Totti, is possibly Brazilian Falcau 1980-85, best remembered for his celebration after scoring for Brazil v Italy in the 1980 World Cup.
Previous coaches include Alec Stock, Capello, Sven and Ranieri.
They are the 5th best supported club in Italy, play at the 70,634 capacity Stadio Olimpico, which they share with Lazio, but are moving to a new 55,000 capacity stadium in 2016.

Last season they finished second with 85 points, but 17 behind Juventus who finished up with 102 points.
This season so far after 5 game they’ve got 15 points and are second to Juventus, with 5 straight wins

Comment: A bit of an unknown quantity, but we know the score and only a win will do. Fans have a bad reputation in Italy so we need to be vigilant here tonight.


 Dave

Friday, 26 September 2014

Friday

Friday
Hull tomorrow and here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK217:

6) SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH HULL (AWAY) KO 3PM

Second  season back in the Prem for Hull this time
Last Pot : Erm, none, but FA Cup runners up last year, unlucky to lose 3-2 to the Arse aet after being 2-0 up.
Is it Hull City or Hull Tigers? Well there’s only ONE City. US!

Some Celeb fans : Sinitta, Roy North (Basil Brush’s mate) Omar Sharif, Tom Courtney, John Alderton, John Prescott (possibly) and KK subscriber Stephen Hodgson
This is our 13th league meeting 

This season so far : They’re in 10th place with 6 points from 5 games, with 0 wins 2 draws and no losses at home.
In the Europa Cup they went out on away goals to our old friends Lokeren, losing 1-0 in Belgium and winning 2-1 at home.
In the Capital One Cup they’ve just  lost 2-1 at West Brom to two late goals.

Last season : At the Etihad in August it was a 2-0 City win, Negredo (65) and Toure (90) were the scorers in a bit of a struggle. Crowd was 46,903 with 1,587 Tigers/City fans!
Over in Hull in March it was another 2-0 City win, Silva (14) and Dzeko (90) the scorers, after Vinny was sent off early doors. Crowd was 24,895 wi8th 2,374 Blues.

Form at Hull: Overall we’ve played 9 times in the league over there, winning only twice (2-1 in 1909/10, and last season) drawing 3 and losing 4,
For City : WLD

Kingston Communications Stadium :
Capacity : 25,504 (2,500 for City) :

Groundwise : We’re in part of the stand behind the goal as usual.

Tickets: £50/£30

Main transfers in : Snodgrass £8M, Livermore £6M, Dawson £6M, Mandro £2.5M, Roberts £2.85M, Hernandez £10M, Diame £3.5M, Tom Ince, Ben Arfa,
Outs : Long £12M, Boyd £3M

Comment : Plenty of summer buys and a reasonable start to the season though disappointing to go out of The Europa Cup at the first stage. Or was it? Always nice to put one over on Steve Bruce. Last season it was a turning point for us so hopefully we can build on that and take all three points.

Pubs/parking : plenty of local pubs, on street parking and a decent sized car park in the park next to the ground, but a bugger to get out of, plus a leisure centre if you fancy a snack!

Away Day zine : There was one on sale last time so look out for it!

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 3,993 in 1981/82 and last season it’s 24,117.


Dave

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Thursday

THURSDAY
MUEN had the usual banal letter in from Les Holt, bloody annoying.
Another fine night – second one in a row, unbelievable, can’t last surely.
Had to listen to a bit of red Wednesday on Radio Manc on the way and what a load of bollocks. Apparently the rags didn’t anticipate Ferdy and Vidic’s retirement – so why were Smalling and Jones (we signed Kun Aguero) signed?
Met Mick Grayson, Wednesdayite and KK subscriber, on Joe Mercer Way before the game and he was well impressed with the fanzone.
In control first half but 0-0 and a bit worrying. “If we get one, we’ll get three”, was the verdict on the spiral”. I thought we’d need a streaker to liven things up but no volunteers as it’s a bit tricky from the second tier.
Well what about that then? Sev-ern, as Len would say, unbelievable, and lots of positives, Lamps, Pozo, Dzeko, Mangala etc. Ovation for Yaya when he went off but not sure if there was much from the Colin Bell? First seven in the League cup since we beat Barnsley, I think a few years ago. Yorkshire, Yorkshire………
No streaker, but a boy ran on to hug Frank, pretty harmless (no one said “he could have had a knife” ) led off in handcuffs by the cops, a bit OTT.
Hull lost at Albion in the last few minutes. Newcastle next for us in the Cup, I bet they’re looking forward to that!
Jason Orange has quit Take That, perhaps he’ll team up with Keith Lemon, or more time for him to watch City.

Robert Hart’s funeral  today, heartfelt commiserations to Robert’s family and friends, let’s hope whoever was responsible for the crime is caught and brought to justice.


Dave

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Tuesday

TUESDAY
Great night last night – Sue’s birthday and we got tickets for Jason Manford at the Oldham Coliseum. Fantastic performance, pissed myself laughing (not literally) and a great audience of mainly Oldhamers who booed loudly when a tart shouted “united”. Told you everyone hates them!
Story in the muen of rags fans clashing with Where’s Wally’s in fancy dress at Piccadilly station, they came from that hot bed of rag support – Chesterfield!
News is that Super Frank is having his loan spell extended until the end of February to cover for Yaya’s  African Nations Cup duties.
Tomorrow it’s Wednesday, so naturally we play on – Wednesday! Here’s the extract from KK217’s It’s A Fix :

5A) WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH CAPITAL ONE CUP 3RD RD : SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (HOME) KO 7.45PM

The Owls are four times division one champions (1903, 1904, 1929, 1931), runners up in 1961 and three times FA Cup winners (1896, 1907, 1935) runners up in 1966 (when at 2-0 up the commentator said “it looks like the FA Cup is going back to Sheffield!) but 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 6th place with 15 points from 8 games with 3 wins 1 draw and 0 losses away from home and 1 win 2 draws and 1 loss at home.
In the Capital One Cup 1st round they beat Notts County 3-0 at home and in the second round they won 1-0 at Burnley.
They had 29,848 at their recent home game in the 1-0 win over Reading.

Previous meetings in the Cups : FA Cup - 1904 SF 3-0, 1934 5th rd 2-2 away, 2-0 home in the replay; League Cup 1979/80 2nd rd 1-1 away, 2-1 home; Full Members Cup in 1991/92 round 2 2-3 away loss; 2007 FA Cup 3rd rd 1-1 away, 2-1 replay home crowd was 25,621 with 6,059 Wednesdayites.

Comment : Our first defence of the Capital One Cup and games against Championship sides are either easy peasy (Wigan 5-0) or tricky, Wigan (1-2). This one should be no different but how seriously we take this competition this season remains to be seen. One of four trophies we’re aiming for and we had a great day out at Wembley last season so hopefully we’ll be up for it as most certainly they will be along with big and vociferous support.


 Dave

Monday, 22 September 2014

Monday night

Monday night
On the way to my pitch on Sunday I was handed a card with UNITED WE FALL, take the piss out of mufc. Trailer’s on line, in cinemas October 17th. “Despicable club” I told him “ungracious in victory, bitter in defeat” He agreed.
Bit of a strange one this, then there was a plane flying over with a banner proclaiming the same.
Bet that brings their balaclava boys out.
Mario tweeted manu lol – and he’s getting racist abuse from their monkey noise grunters of the WBA 3-5 game, (ironically) no doubt.
No wonder everyone hates them!
Any thoughts

Dave
PS Shaun Custis quite reasonable about City and FFP on Sunday Supplement

Monday morning

Monday
Daniel Taylor in the Observer  reckoned that Micah was the only player to be at City before the money came in – must be news to Joe Hart, Zab and Vinny.
Andy Dunn  in the Mirror thinks that the City fans should lay off Yaya. He has a point but I was gutted after the Munich result and expect most of the players felt the same so it wasn’t comfy seeing Yaya embracing Pep at the end.
Fine day yesterday, unbelievably, no rain, and boosted by the rags result. Great performance from the lads, not so sure about Mike Dean who’s always been a good ref for us (rags semi, QPR etc)
So much for the Mourinho masterclass – they couldn’t even beat ten men.
Looking forward to seeing tomorrows papers
Dave


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Corners

But for the third home game in a row the opposition have scored from our corner!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Manuel's masterclass

Saturday – Manuel’s masterclass
Happy birthday to eldest daughter Marnie today
Today’s Guardian, and Micah reckons he was the scapegoat when taken off at half time at 2-0 down v Watford at home in the Cup – funny that we went on to win 4-2 then. Still Florence is a fine city to live in.
Mourinho takes a leaf out of rags hypocrisy by reckoning that clubs who fall foul of FFP should have points deducted and titles stripped. Chelsea, of course, benefitted massively from investment prior to FFP, brought in as City were erm, benefitting from investment.
Here’s an extract from the summary of City v Chelsea : Mourinho will be quietly confident  of repeating last season’s result at The Etihad where they defended brilliantly on the way to a 1-0 win.
So there you go – our 2-0 win in the Cup is now airbrushed from the memory of the media. Twats.
Oh, and Yaya wants some lurve, I hope we give it to him and he responds with a performance!
Here’s the extract from KK217 It’s A Fix :

5) SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST CHELSEA (HOME) KO 4PM
Last promotion was in 1989 (with us) since then they’ve won the lot.139th 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 9 points from 3 games.They’ve beaten newcomers Burnley away 3-1, Leicester home 2-0 and Everton away 6-3.
In the Chimps league, despite finishing 3rd last season, in the group stage they’ve drawn Schalke,  just drawn 1-1 at home, Sporting Lisbon, and Maribor. Easy peasy.

In the Capital One Cup they’ve drawn Bolton 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 outplayed them.
Crowd was 41,495 with 2,892 Blues.
At the Etihad in February it was a 1-0 loss, Ivavanovic (32) when Mourinho outfoxed Manuel apparently. Crowd was 46,3674 with 2,836 Chelsea.
However a couple of weeks later it was Manuel who outfoxed Jose with a 2-0 win in the FA Cup 5th round , with goals from Yaya (63) and Carlos (85) and we had a goal disallowed. Crowd was 47, 256 with 2,826 Chelsea  an event which went completely unnoticed by the British media. Twats.

Form at home to Chelsea : Last season’s home loss made it for City : LWWWWLLLLW

Main transfers in:  Fabregas £30M, Costa £32M, Luis £16M, Remy £8M, Drogba
Outs : Luiz £50M (How the fuck did they manage that?) Lukaku £28M, Demba Ba £8M, Cole £1.5M, Eto’o, Torres, Lampard, Moses.

Comment : Good start for Chelsea, and some decent buys. Look to be stronger this season. As expected Mourinho has got them going again, and they’re strong contenders for the title. It’s up to us to bring them back down to earth.

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 12,672 in 1982/83 and this season it’s 41,500.

Kindle version of KK217 is up and running. Articles by Phil Lines and Howard Hockin, unfortunately missed out of the printed version due to lack of space, are included as a bonus!

Dave

Friday, 19 September 2014

paranoia

Friday
Obviously disappointed about Wednesday, and yes I would have taken Yaya off in the second half.
Roma beat CSKA 5-1, Maicon scoring, but CSKA hit the woodwork 3 times and one looked over the line, so defensively both look suspect.
Re Dave Kidd’s ‘he makes you think’ appalling anti City article in the LP/Manumirror on Tuesday I’m sending it to the Burf for comment in his media watch column in the next KK.
Headline was : He might have a point but unhappy Pellegrini is turning his club into MOAN City.
Oh right, I can remember 3 moans – Barca home last season, Stoke and Arsenal this season all totally justified. And we all know Clattenburg’s record against City – off the top of me head - sending off Bellamy, Boyata, non pens at O/T and Chelsea - and we have a right to complain about FFP, and media coverage..
Finally the sort of journalism like Robbie Savage today referencing Mourinho’s masterclass at the Etihad v us last season. Well why didn’t Chelsea win the league and why no mention AGAIN of our masterclass beating them in the Cup?
So surely Kidd's article should have headlined with, and Kidd doesn’t necessarily write the headline : Pellegrini has a right to complain.
Like he says in the article, and often referenced in KK’s : “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you”
Tony P may have to have something to say on this one too!?
Dave
PS : I hear Tony Pulis is manager of the month for August – and he hasn’t even got a club!!


survey

Just doing the matchday survey - got as far as 32%  and it won't let me go any further! anyone else struggling.
Also, a if L Holt's weekly letters in the muen are annoying, H Singleton's in tonight's edition. Both are rags BTW!
Dave

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tuesday :

Bayern tomorrow, here's the It's A Fix extract from KK217 :


4A) WEDNESDEAY SEPTMBER17TH CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP MATCH ONE : BAYERN MUNICH (AWAY) KO 7.45PM

Bayern, The FCB, The Bavarians, The Reds, or FC Hollywood are also a sports club, and the most successful football team in Germany.
The club was founded  by members of a gymnastics club and eleven footballers in 1900. They played in the regional leagues but the advent of Nazism put an abrupt end to their development. The president and the coach, were both Jewish and left the country. Many others in the club were also purged, and Bayern were taunted as the “Jew’s club”.
Post war they struggled and were saved from bankruptcy at the end of the 50’s by manufacturer Roland Endler when it was OK to have a rich benefactor.
In 1963 the Bundesliga was formed and Bayern were
promoted two years later with the likes of Beckenbauer, Muller and Maier, and success continued throughout the decades to the present.

They moved to the Allianz Arena, located on the northern outskirts of the city in 2005, and the ground is shared with Munich 1860. European capacity 71,137, with 3,000 for City
Bayern Munich is run by a joint stock company  but has many sponsors including Adidas and Audi who respectively paid approximately £150M towards the Allianz Arena, not yet investigated by FFP of course!

Prior to the recent games the teams met just the once previously, in a friendly in Munich in 1953/54 which resulted in a 3-3 draw. 

The teams first met competitively in the group stage of the Champions League in September 2011
We lost 2-0 in the Allianz Arena, on a night best  remembered for the Tevez incident, and the two penalties we were denied.
We beat a weakened Bayern team 2-0 in the return.

Last season we lost 3-1 (Negredo) at home (45,021 with 2,529 Munichs) but won 3-2 (Silva, Kolarov & Milner) in Munich in a game where another goal would have seen us top the group. Crowd was 68,000 with 3,414 Blues.
The teams must be sick of the sight of each other by now and we even played them in a friendly last season losing 2-1 in the Allianz.

Last season they won the title at a canter with 7 games left and also won the Cup, but went out 5-0 on aggregate to Real Madrid in the Chimps league.
This season after 3 games they’re in 2nd place with 7 points from 2 wins and a draw, Bayer are top with 7 points also.

Comment : We know all about Bayern Munich by now and they will be formidable opponents                                               
, but we’ve shown we can match them though that was mainly in ‘dead rubber games’ They continue to poach the best of German footballers from other clubs and have added Lewandowski and Pepe Reina to their already formidable squad of Neuer, Robben, Muller, Ribery, Gotze, Lahna, Schweinsteiger etc but they do have Jerome Boateng!
News is that Rubery is out and Robben could be out. Jovetic and Fernando are out for us plus Zab is suspended.
 A draw at least would be nice.

Todays Lpool/manumirror has an anti City article by Dave Kydd – more on that tomorrow.
Dave


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Monday night

Monday night
Had a blinkin hypo in the middle of Thursday night, then had to go to the docs on Friday morning at her previous
request and she asked me the same questions as the week before, finishing with “How’s your memory”  - which I found to be a bit ironic!
So it was a tiring drive down to London but arrived at teatime.
Wanted a lie in on the Saturday morning but having offered it to Ged, the Blue Vic and Sean who all declined did an interview with Talksport at 7.15am. Would’ve predicted a ‘Desmond’ but forgot!
Drove to Cockfosters but the car park was full so stuck it in a church yard and hoped for the best. Tube to Arsenal, sold a few KK217’s and chatted to fellow Blues. Entered the Emirates just as the booing started for the BT Sports team including daft sod Ian Wright who thought it was amusing to point out Paul Scholes who was called a wanker by City fans but no missiles were thrown at him as he exited the tunnel below us. Shaky start but soon we went a goal up. Clattenburke blew for City fouls but not Arsenals and of course delighted in booking our players, but not theirs.
Second half they equalised, could ‘ve been a foul on Serge, then they went 2-1 up after a blatant push by Welbeck on Vinny in the box, how the Clitt missed that I don’t know, but then……..remember Skrtel at Liverpool last season?
We showed real character then, equalising, then hitting the post twice plus having a goal disallowed before full time.
Fans ‘mingled’ after the game without any bother, we caught the tube back to Cockfosters, chatted to Rochdale’s finest, Tony Dempsey at the station, and his mates, car still there, and had a steady drive home.
Chelsea won again with a Costa hat-trick though surely he should have been sent off before his first for flooring that Swansea player?
Rags beat a poor QPR team with their newly acquired mercenaries/galacticos.
So a decent start to the week for us, despite the MUEN not printing my Art Garfunkel letter in the  postbag! Leslie Holt it’s all yours!!

Dave

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Thursday

Thursday night
Picked up KK217 from the printers today and delivered to Aleef on the High Street and on the corner of Cross Street and Market Street plus the National Football museum.
All sold out of KK216 apart from 2 at the High Street shop because they forgot to put them on the shelf again, and had them under the counter! Can’t get the staff eh!
So, off to Londinium tomorrow, in order to make sure we make the kick off on Saturday. Daughter house sitting and making use of our telly on Saturday to watch the match.
Will be getting the subs sorted out on Sunday then. Here’s the Arse preview from Kk217 :

4) SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH ARSENAL (AWAY) KO 12.45PM

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 172nd league meetings, so this is the 173rd.

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 : 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.
They’re in 7th place with 5 points after 3 games with 1 win 0 draws and 0 losses at home.
They’ve beaten Palace 2-1 at home, drawn 2-2 at Everton and 1-1 at Leicester…….
In the Champs league qualifier they’ve scraped through 1-0 on aggregate against Besiktas. In the group stage they’ve drawn Borussia Dortmund, Anderlecht, and Galataseray.
In the Capital One Cup they’ve drawn feeder club Saints at home.

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:

At The Emirates in March it was a 1-1 draw, City went ahead after dominating through Silva (18), but let Arsenal back in it through Flamini (53)  and we were relieved to hang on for the precious point. Crowd was 60,060 with 2,934 Blues.

Our form at Arsenal: Last season’s draw made it
for City : DWLDD plus we had a 1-0 win in the League Cup a couple of seasons ago.

Groundwise: We’ll be in the usual corner, but a decent allocation at least. Tickets are half price, thanks to our club £32/£13.62/£12

Capacity : 60,355 with 3,000 for City

Main transfers in: Sanchez  30M, Chambers £12M, Debuchy £10M, Ospina £3M, Welbeck £16M.
Outs : Vermaelen £15M, Djourou, Sagna, Fabianski, Bendtner,

Comment:  Very disappointed with Wenger’s continuous whinging about City’s finances. He’s become the most bitter, spiteful and jealous one of the lot, almost surpassing the rags. Fine when they were sticking 4 or 5 past us but not so much now we’re a threat. They are, however,  a pretty tidy team these days and Olly Giroud’s injury forced them into buying Welbeck from the rags, who should fit in well with their style of play. So they’ve gone from a team full of French players to a team bristling with mainly poached English ones. Time for Nasri to step up in a big test for us.
WWTWTWShite: Averaged 23,824 in 1985, and it was  60,013 last season.
Pubs/parking : Usual pub is The Drayton Arms. Parking is crap as they ridiculously rebuilt the ground in London.
Sat Nav : N5 1BU
C’mon City
Dave
Re FFP - better idea would be to kidnap  Platini if he comes!