Saturday, 25 April 2015

Friday

Friday
Picked the zines up today and got em into the Manc outlets – Aleef at High Street, Cross Street  and the National Footy museum.
Villa tomorrow, who we congratulate for reaching the FA Cup final. Here’s the it’s A Fiox extract from Kk224 :

34) SATURDAY APRIL 25TH : VILLA (HOME) KO 5.30PM

Last promotion was in 1988, last pot League Cup in 1996, 152nd league meeting, Recent connection Scott Sinclair.

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 ex Villa zine Heroes and Villains

This season so far they’re in 16th place with 29 points from 32 games and 4 wins (4-0 at Sunderland!) 2 draws and 10 losses away from home.
At Villa Park in October it was a 2-0 City win with late  goals from Yaya (82) and Sergio (88).Crowd was 32,964 with 2,971 Blues.

In the Capital One Cup, they lost 1-0 at home to Leyton Orient in the 2nd rd

In the FA Cup : they beat Blackpool 1-0 in the 3rd rd, Birmingham 2-1 in the 4th rd, Leicester 2-1 in the 5th rd, West Brom 2-0 In the 6th rd all at home. They’ve just beayen Liverpool in the semi-final.

Comment : In the January window Carlos Gill and Scott Sinclair were the main ins and Darren Bent was the main departure..
Paul Lambert left, unsurprisingly, and Tim Sherwood took over. They’ve had a mini revival of sorts and you’d expect Tim to steer em to safety. Benteke is on fire and Agboniahor is also a handful. Mini me Guzan plays well in goal  but our good home record against them MUST continue.

Form at home to Villa :. At The Etihad last May it was the night we thought we’d go on to win the league, after the 4-0 win. Despite torrential rain the first goal eventually came 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.
Since Villa’s 2-0 win in 06/07 they’ve lost the last 7, with a few hefty scores..
For City it’s : WWWWWWWL

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 15, 237 in 85/86 and this season it’s 32,949.
For the rest it’s : Arsenal v Chelsea; Everton v Manu:
WBA v LPool; Saints v Spurs.


Thursday, 23 April 2015

Wednesday

Wednesday
Well we got past West Ham thanks to Joe and a bit of luck. Unimpressive though and Klopp’s heavy metal football becomes more appealing by the game, spesh to your Ed who is one of the ‘great unwashed’!
Yep – men against boys in the Youth Cup Final, but a spirited second half display though Chelsea’s late goal has surely ended our hopes. Good singing by Blues fans throughout.
Pleased to say that KOTK 224 is at the printers and should be in the outlets by Friday, and on the streets for the Villa game on Saturday, and subsequent games.
This issue is the usual A4, 48 pages with a colour front and back cover. We resisted putting Manuel on the brink on the front cover and went with Aguerooooo (1)00.
This issue includes an FFP update, Harry Dowd and Roy Little tributes, Barcelona, season tickets, video referees, QPR questionnaire and all the usual regulars.
It’s £3.00, and can also be purchased from (cheques to) King of the Kippax, 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN7 2HL, by post for £4.50 (UK)
Thanks to all our contributors fort this issue.
Dave



Saturday, 18 April 2015

Win or bust

Saturday
Toni Duggan of the City ladies team’s in trouble for having her pic taken with Van galling on the night of the Derby defeat. Unbelievable.

Liverpool’s win over Newcastle, who gave them a decent game to be honest put them within 4 points of us.
Their remaining games after the Villa semi- final are : WBA away, Hull away, QPR home, Chelsea away, Palace home and Stoke away. No game for Liverpool and Arsenal today in the prem, rags lost and the diving was back, so a chance for us to pull back some points. No Bony, Yaya or Vinny, Sam will have a plan, last meeting they targeted Mangala, and if we lose surely Pellers won’t survive….here’s the It’s A fix extract from KK223…..

33) SUNDAY APRIL 19TH WEST HAM (HOME) KO 1.30PM (FA CUP SEMI-FINALS)

Second season back in the Prem., last pot FA Cup in 1980, 90th league meeting, recent connections Wayne Bridge, 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, Alfred Hitchcock

This season so far They’re in 9th place with 43 points from 32 games with 3 wins 6 draws and 6 losses away from home.
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 goaline 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.

In the Capital One Cup: they drew 1-1 with Sheff United at home in the 2nd rd aet but lost 5-4 on pens.

In the FA Cup they drew 1-1 at Everton and beat them 2-0 at home in the 3rd rd, then won 1-0 at Bristol City in the 4th rd, but went out 4-0 in the 5th rd at West Brom. In the 6th rd

Our form at home to the ‘ammers : 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
That made it for City : WWWWWDWL the only loss being 1-0 in 2002/03

Comment: No big deals in January, Henry came in and Vaz Te amongst others left. After a good run the ‘ammers have slipped up a bit recently, Andy Carroll’s been injured, and with our home record against them the signs look good for a win again.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 17,679 in 55/56, pretty good, and this season it’s 34,845.



Monday, 13 April 2015

Oh Shit

Rags
We did everything right. Parked up in our usual winning spot and walked to the ground in plenty of time. Was round the corner this time, went up loads of steps then down a load to our spot listening to ex Blue announcer Keegan spouting on about the Theatre of Dreams and the World’s Greatest Club. Super Kevin Horlock was spotted in the seats near us.
Started off well. Navas shot straight at De Gea but Sergio soon put us ahead. Young got a lucky one as Tony P spotted, and why was Clichy picking up Fellaini? When do we EVER score a header like that?
Navas’ cross was poor when Silva was unmarked and offside Mata broke away and scored, nutmegging Joe – Navas take note. 4th goal came from a free kick headed in by the unmarked Smalling. Identical to Giroud’s for Arsenal. When do we EVER score a goal like that, and why is Yaya vice captain?
That had me worriedly looking at my watch, how long to go? But we pulled one back and could have scored another if we hadn’t done our dallying about speciality on the edge of their box.
4-2 then. It could have been worse, but it could have been much better. A bit van galling putting up with gloating rags in the crush on the way out up  Warwick Road.
Heaven knows what the rag media will make of it tomorrow.

Dave

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Countdown

Not long to go now. I was asked to go on Talksport last night and Andy Mitten was also on from UWS. I was hoping we'd make it 5 in a row like Sunderland did v Newcastle, and surprisingly Andy said he'd settle for a draw. So maybe rags fans aren't quite as cocky as we thought. Frankly I'd settle for a draw too the way we're playing at the mo, but you never know, praps we will step up and Sergio will hit form again. Maybe Edin will come on and grab a couple of late ones.
Five High? C'mon City!!
Dave.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

derby day

Saturday
And derby day approaches. Full page spread of a rag tweeting nastiness at The Etihad whist on a ground tour. No wonder everyone hates them. Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK223:

32) SUNDAY APRIL 12TH : RAGS (AWAY) KO 4PM

Last promotion was in 1975. Since then they’ve cheated, lied, bullied and bought success, though they won’t admit it
They’re ever present since promotion in 1975. Last pot, can’t remember, recent connection Carlos Tevez, 152nd league meeting.

Some celeb fans : You know them all, Coco the Clown, Biffo the Bear, Justin Timberlake, Ollie Murrs, Insane Bolt, James Nesbitt, and Bates off Downton

This season so far they’re  in 3rd place with 62 points from 31 games and  13 wins 1 draw and 2 losses at home.
At the Etihad in September it was that comfy 1-0 City win. The goal came from Aguero in the 63rd minute. Referee Michael Oliver turned down 3 stonewall City penalties,‘elbows Fellaini’ spat at Sergio, and rags claimed a moral victory when they started playing a bit in the last 5 minutes when we got bored. Crowd was 45,358 with 2,410 out of towners.

In The Capital One Cup they played in the 2nd round for the first time in ages and lost 4 (four) nil at League One MK Dons.

In the Chimps /Europa league don’t be daft

In the FA Cup they beat the mighty Lg One Yeovil 2-0 away in the 3rd rd, next up was the even mightier Lg Two  Cambridge who they drew 0-0 away with in the 4th rd then whacked em 2-0 at the swamp in the replay, when rags had to be blackmailed into getting tickets. League One Preston were next at Deepdale in the 5th rd and a 3-1 win, after going a goal down and Rooney diving for a penalty. Then they met a proper team, Arsenal at home in the 6th rd which ended in a 2-1 loss and complete disgrace with old boy Welbeck netting the winner and Di Maria getting sent off for trying to wrestle the referee. No wonder everyone hates them.

Our form at the swamp :.Last season in March it was another comfy win, this time 3-0. Goals came from Dzeko (1, 56) and Yaya (90).
Crowd was 75,203 with 3,028 Mancunians.
Prior to that it was a 2-1 win which came after the 6-1.
For City :WWWLLLW

Comment: So what have those lovable rascally rags been doing since the last time we met? Not a lot really, they’ve managed to win games they shouldn’t mainly due to their goalie but the massive signings are now starting to come off.
In the January window Valdes, El Fitour and Kellett came in whilst Fletcher , Keane, and Zaha (£6M)  plus a few more went out on loan.
Van Gaalling is turning out to be a bit of a dick with his news conferences and falling for big Sam’s wind up plus forever telling everyone who cares to listen that it’s going to take time for his philosophy, whatever that is,  to work.
It all looked so good in the summer when they won the tournament in the USA, but performances haven’t pleased rags fans until now.
Wonder what they all think now of failing to get Mourinho who was devastated when they set on Moyes “ the only choice, Mourinho’s  all for himself”, and “we couldn’t employ a manager who pokes another manager in the eye” Ha ha!
All was pretty quiet from management and players regarding City, leaving it to their pundits Scholes, Owen and co to slag us off, but now they’re getting giddy.
Playerwise they’ve now added to the Ashley Young diving academy with Januzaj and Di Maria joining the club, whilst The Paddy Crerand spitting ensemble now includes Fellaini anf Jonny Evans. The Roy Keane “I’m in your face all game Mr Referee mantle has now been taken over by Wayne Rooney.
So roles reversal again but it’s both clubs’ Cup final as we both strive for a Chimps league place.

Groundwise :
We’re again tucked away in the corner between the decrepit main stand and K stand away from the TV cameras and behind the goading, snarling, disabled rags and their nauseous  helpers with their banners, who feign shock horror when they get some back.
It’s the corner where their players run over  for a gloat if they’ve fluked a goal or a win.
They’ve got the walk of hate, the coin throwing tunnel and the missile corners.
The dug out is, of course in front of a not so classy, brick wall.
Entering and exiting the ground can also be a problem especially on a night game, so best to get there early if you can as they like to pick off the stragglers, bottling, bricking and spitting not being uncommon. Of course last year no probs exiting as they’d all gone home before the final whistle!

Old Trafford/Swamp/Cesspit/Sty/Leper colony

Capacity : 76,000 (3,000 for City)

Tickets : TBA

WWTWTWShite: Crowds were down to 11,685 in 1930/31, and the current average is 75,340 (if you believe the figures)
Parking : plenty of local car parks,
Away day zine : UWS (swap with KOTK)
Red Issue has folded but they’ve still got Red News, Red Shite, Red Bollocks, Red Lies, Red Turds, Red Hypocrisy, Red Twats, Red C*nts, Red wan*ers……..
Sat Nav : M16 0RA -  this will get rags fans in the vicinity so be prepared for dozens of em decked out in their colours and asking you “which way to the ground” I kid you not. When they spot the Liverpool warehouse they’ll be perplexed as to whether they’re in Liverpool, Salford or Stretford. Keep the dosy sods guessing.
You may have to walk down the old Warwick Road past all the cheap tack befitting of rag and bone men. Whilst we’ve got Alan Turing Way, Alan the WW2 hero who cracked the Enigma code saving thousands of lives and subject of a recent film, they’ve got the Lou MaCari chippy, Lou, of course subject of a betting scandal and Micky Thomas the counterfeit money clown. Then you can gaze at the statues two of  whom are ex City players – Matt Busby  and Denis (back heel) Law.
So there you have it, the self appointed World’s Greatest Football Club, but you can’t fool us.
Dave



Friday, 10 April 2015

Eff off Brian Reade (again)

Thursday
Watched the youth team last night on ITV 4 who produced a professional performance to win 2-1 with two late goals, 5-1 on aggregate, to face Chelsea again in the two legged final. Brendan Barker was the star man but faded, and despite Weiss being the star in 2008, he didn’t make it for City although Nedum, Ben Mee and Kieran Trippier are all playing in the Prem. Note to the rag media, are you listening Patrick Barclay?

Brian Reade’s at it again in the Mirror, comparing City’s crisis to Blackpool’s. One minute the media are telling us that we’ve the strongest squad and should wipe the floor with everyone, and now Reade is trying to tell us that our shit form since Christmas doesn’t constitute a crisis. Well it does. Ironically Colin Savage, at the Ed’s request penned an article on Blackpool’s situation for KK223 which we’ve held back until the next issue.
Reade highlights another couple of issues - one being that we’re ‘moneybags City’ and are an ‘oil rich club’. No we’re not. FFP’s seen to that, but we have had a leg up, as other club’s did – Arsenal, Liverpool, rags, Chelsea, Blackburn, Wolves, Wigan, etc but we are now self sufficient to a point.
Additionally he suggests that we’ve only had our support since 2008, when we’ve sold out the Etihad practically every year since we moved in. This coming from a supporter of a club whose record attendance was only 61,000 compared with City’s 84,569.
Liverpool got Gillett and Hicks (now Henry). City got Sheikh Mansour.
Get over it Readey.

Was asked to go on Blue Tuesday the other night (others didn’t want to) about the Palace coach debacle.
Just had an email from the club saying that they accept they set off too late and are refunding the admission ticket money. So a nice gesture, but how will we meet FFP?
Well done to those fans today protesting about a fair wage for club employees.
Derby fever building up and they’re getting very giddy, so we’ll have nothing to lose so won’t it be nice……Sunderland made it 5 in a row v Newcastle last weekend so why can’t we?
Dave


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Typical City

Tuesday
Up at half eight yesterday in excited anticipation for the Palace game. Arrived at The Etihad in plenty of time so picked up the papers and had a snack at Asda.
Went over to the car park at one and boarded the coach, everyone seated by 1.15pm ready for the relaxing trip to Palace and the 1.30PM prompt departure.
Sky were messing about setting up cameras and filming Mike Summerbee as the minutes ticked by until the driver boarded and apologised for the delay owing to his “driving time schedule”
We exited the car park at about 2 o’clock so kick off was already looking dodgy.
Reached Sandbach at 3pm, M6 toll at 4PM, Cherwell services at 5PM for a ten minute stop, and a change of driver (who told us he’d done the Palace trip loads of times and we’d be there by half six) exited at 5.15PM, drove out took wrong turning, went back into the Services then out again, A4 towards Maidenhead at 6.30PM, M4 at 6.45PM, M25 at 7.05PM, into the ground at 8.25PM.
We were playing OK but soon a goal down, after a corner “they’re good at corners”) possibly off side.   Second half Fern gives away a needless free kick, (“and good at free kicks”) Yaya ducks in the wall and the ball goes over him and into the net past Joe’s belly flop. Blatant handball, not given, Yaya scores, after several balloons, and it’s all over, baby blue. Literally.
Reasonable drive home, back at 4pm, final irony Sean (Riley’s) coach breaks down with a flat tyre outside The Etihad and they all have to walk half a mile (it seemed at 4AM) to the car park to their cars.
In bed by 5PM.
Wilky and his mate sat behind us talked all the way there and back covering every City game home and abroad for the past thirty years or more! Very entertaining.

Dave

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Sunday

Sunday
Hm, they all won so we are now 4th, 9 points behind Chelsea, 2 points behind Arsenal, and, unforgivably, 1 point behind the rags, but 7 points in front of Liverpool.
So, off to Palace tomorrow ont coach. Last coach trip we had was for the ill fated Cup Final, and previous to that it was Arsenal when the coach went to Highbury by mistake and in the distant past it was Saints early 90’s.
So we really need to win this one to go above the rags so we can then go on to put them in their place next Sunday.
Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK 223 :

31) MONDAY APRIL 6TH : PALACE (AWAY) KO 8PM
Worst trip in the country so it gets moved to the Easter Monday night.

They went into administration in 2010 but were taken over by a fans consortium led by Steve Parish.
It’s the 44th league meeting, no pots, and latest connections include 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 off Sunday Supplement……………

This season so far : They’re in 12th place with 36 points from 30 games and 3 wins 4 draws and 7 losses at home.
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 2-0, which could have cost Neil Warnock his job! Crowd was 45,302 with 1,182 Glaziers.
In the Capital. One Cup they won 3-0 at Walsall in the 2nd rd, but lost 3-2 aet at home to Newcastle in the 3rd rd (who went on to beat us in the 4th rd)

In the FA Cup  they won 3-0 at Dover in the 3rd rd, 3-2 at Saints in the 4th rd but lost 2-1 at home to Liverpool in the 5th rd.

Our form at Palace: Last season in April it was that wonderful day when Stevie G slipped up and we went on to win 2-0 to put us in pole position for the title! The bitter rag/Lpool media had a field day complaining that we played the game out, instead of going for glory, unlike Liverpool a few days later who blew a 3 goal lead!
Dzeko put us ahead (4) then Yaya (43) sealed it. Crowd was 24, 269 with 2,540 Blues.
Prior to this it was the 2-1 win in 2004/05 with City winning 2-1 when Keegan was under pressure making it for City : WWLDLLDDWDD

Comment : No big name departures in the January window but Wilfred Zaha made a welcome return from the nightmarish manu in a cut price deal. Another Fergie mistake.
Well, Warnock went and Pardew arrived back at his  spiritual home after his Newcastle, Saints, Charlton, West Ham nightmares prompting a revival in fortunes.
We’ve won the last two here so a hat trick would be nice, but we need to watch them on corners and free kicks, and maybe learn a little!.

Groundwise: Selhurst Park capacity 26,255 (2,500 for City) We’ll be in the RHS of the Arthur Wait stand down the side of the pitch near the supermarket end. Their fans are pretty vociferous these days whilst the novelty of the Prem continues, but they do rely on a drum!

Tickets : TBA

Pubs/Parking : Plenty of street parking if you’re careful but the supermarket car park can be tricky to get in. Well done to our club for laying on free coach travel.

WWTWTWShite? Averaged 6,446 in 84/85 and this season it’s 24,282.

Sat Nav : SE 25 6PU


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Tony

4th in a 2 horse race Tony!

Saturday

Saturday
Clattenburg struck again – sending Vinny off whilst playing for Belgium.
Thursday night we went along to the Warrington branch where Mike Sheron entertained us all in a Q and A session which no doubt Concannon will review in his next column.
Arsenal have just gone 3-0 up so we look like dropping to third place but top four looking a better bet now.
Season ticket brochure’s just dropped through the door and ours have gone up by approx. 3 times as much, but we’ll get a drop of cherry at half time for that. So it’s all change next season and what effect that will have on the fanzine remains to be seen.

Dave

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

wednesday

Wednesday
Vinny sent off last night for Belgium.
Just watched the Chappy send up video – I did warn you it might be an April fool prank! Me and Sue were in the seats to the left, did you spot us!?
Did you see the boy being interviewed? Like I said, on Friday he’s the same age that Booky was when he came to City!!!

Dave

Wednesday

Wasn't it 9-1 Tony?

Tuesday, 31 March 2015