Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday

Friday
Rags out of Europe so arranged the first of their prestigious friendlies. Argentina v Portugal at the Swamp. Only 41,000 turned up despite their ex golden boy playing and the crowd being swelled by Blues.
No tweet from Camel gob re empty seats. No word yet either from Rochdale rag manager Keith Hill on united’s spending. Wonder why?

England won the second of their two games, 3-1 v Scotland. James Milner instrumental in the build up of the 2nd and 3rd goal. Is it me or was there not a mention?

Got an email from the club telling me that our normal seat could be available for the Bayern game. Rang up, got no sense, so as we were going to town anyway popped in and had it confirmed that our seats had gone. I’ll be checking if Germans or UEFA officials are sitting there on Tuesday.
Whilst there had a look in the store and bought some stuff. Delivered almost the last few Us and Them books a while ago and guess what? Not one on the shelves, and the manager is supposed to be a mate!

Leicester away tickets now on sale. We get all kinds of emails re clothes and stuff we’re not interested in but important stuff like tickets we have to trawl the net.

Lots of fans' stuff building up from the last few fanzines – CSKA Bogoff scheme, compensation for Moscow away, Alan Henning, what’s the deal for season ticket holders being moved from East and West stand level 2, to name but a few. Is there to be a grand opening for the new Academy?
Beginning to feel a bit like Yaya in the summer. Time for Points of Blue to be reinstated.

Hope to get to town today to put KK219 in the outlets.

Alan Turing film superb, glad Roytonboy enjoyed it too. Will the rags be doing a film about Lou MaCari’s Chippy? Watch this space!

Tomorrow it’s Swansea, and here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK219 : (Note the corrected kick off time!)

12) SATURDAY NOVEMBER 22Nd SWANSEA
(HOME) KO 3PM

The Swans are now established  in the Prem. Most famous connection is Roy Paul, apart from Scott Sinclair. Last and only Pot : Capital One Cup 2013. 27th League meeting.

Some celeb fans : Catherine Zeta Jones, Dylan Thomas, Spencer Davis.

This season so far : They’re in 5th place with 18 points from 11 games and 1 wins 2 draws and 2 losses away

In the Capital One Cup in the 2nd rd they beat Rotherham 1-0, 3rd rd  Everton 3-0 both at home, but lost unluckily at Liverpool 2-1 in the 4th round.

Last season at the Etihad in December it was a 3-0 City win. Negredo opened with a stunning free kick (8), then Nasri, having a great game made it 2 (58) then 3 (77).
Crowd was 46,559 with 871 Jacks.
At the Liberty on New Year’s Day it was a 3-2 City win. Goals came from Fernandinho (14) Toure (58) and Kolarov (66). Pantilimon (85og) and  Antichobe (90) made us sweat at the end
Crowd was 20,498 with 1000 Blues. Having hit top spot for the first time in the season we dropped to 2nd after this game!

Our form at home to Swansea : Last season’s win made it for City : WWWWWWWW- 8 out of 8!

Comment : Main summer ins included Fernandez (£8m), Montero (£4M), Emers (£1.5M) and Sigurdsson whilst main departures were Vorm (£5M), Flores and Michu.
Martinez, Rodgers, Laudrup and now Monk are all carrying on with the tradition of the Swansea passing game, and City will need to be at our best to collect all three points.

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 3,367 in 1991/92 and this season it’s 20,366.
There’s only one City. Us.

Dave


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Tuesday

Just up for air after getting the zine off to the printers, thanks everybody, magnificent effort. Should be in the outlets by Friday afternoon, depending on how well the anti- biotics are working!
I’ve had a go at doing an index, here  it is:

Front cover – has Sergio on the front celebrating his goal against the rags with the caption, to the tune of the song…..YOU SIGNED Phil Jones (and DeGea, Valencia, Blind, Shaw, Smalling, Carrick, Fellaini, Di Mario, Rooney, Rooney, Rojo,  Van Persie, Herrera, Mata, Falcau) …WE SIGNED KUN AGUERO….
It’s A4, colour front and back cover, 52 pages, is £3 and should be out for the Swansea home game.

Pages 2/3 (and 9) – Editorial sets the scene with general issues over the last month – has a pop at Mirror and Guardian headlines, plus club’s policy on the refund situation for Moscow.

Pages 4 -6 – Steve Rigby reviews Paul Toovey’s latest book on the origins of City – and suggests he deserves official recognition from the club.

Pages 7 -9 – Jon Cantrill’s City World daily diary – criticises City’s bogoff scheme for the CSKA game, and the timing of the firework display.

Pages 10 - 12 – The Bunbury View – Paul  covers CB Fry, Liverpool FC, Wane’s (Rooney’s) vanishing mane, and current form.

Page 12 – Peter Brodie asks why we didn’t do more for Alan Henning

Pages 13 -16 – HWIFY – covers all the recent games from Spurs to QPR.

Pages 17 -20 – Concannonballs – David looks at the 14 reasons why we might be shit, but concludes that we’re playing well beneath our capabilities.

Page 20/21 – Phil lines asks if City’s voice is finally being heard in Europe – hoping the Du Pont succeeds in his attempt to throw out Platini’s ridiculous anti-City FFP regulations.

Page 22 – Uncle Ryan’s problem page – Mike takes topical issues and turns them into letters and answers.

Pages 23 -26 – Tony Petrie’s monthly round up – and this issue’s tw*t in the hat g, goes to the stupid rags Faye and Lilly Rae Doyle  
, mum and daughter who didn’t like the 3 year old’s blue school uniform ffs.

Page 26/27 – Peter Brodie explains why he resents Champion League and UEFA match nights.

Pages 28 – 30 – Ged Sounds Off reflects on recent games, assesses the Chimps League permutations, and reckons the BBC are taking the p*ss.

Pages 30/31 – Neil Shaw wonders if we’re losing our identity.

Page 31 – Bryan Duffy ponders on how funny it is (not) on the take on recent issues.
Also KK Kompetition for Manchester in the Great War book.

Pages 32/33 (and 39) – It’s a Fix covers the next batch of City games. Correction – Swansea kick off is 3PM nor 12.45PM

Page 34 (and  41) – Ged investigates and draws conclusions on WSC’s suggested innovations. 

Pages 35-37 – Savage Attack – Colin reviews his early season assessment of Premier league teams.

Page 38 – Desert Despatch – Simon Curtis’s zany take on the monthly topical items.

Page 39 - RIP football - Neil Mather despairs at the state of the game.

Pages 40/41 – Hark now hear the City sing – Phil Lines reflects on Derby day goings on.

Pages 42/43 – A dictionary of football phrases – Ross Percival enlightens us on some stock footy phrases.

Pages 44/45 – Burfield steams in on UEFA and Raheem Sterling.
Ron Robinson copies KK in on a letter sent to Cheesy re UEFA officials at the CSKA home game.

Pages 46/47 – Trevor Beard’s letter on corruption at the highest levels in football, Eds Bits, Jon Cantrill’s letter to City re the BOGOFF scheme for the CSKA game, Don’t Call Me – The Eds criticism of the MEN Viewpoints editing policy band rag bias.

Pages 48- 51- Burfield’s take on UEFA, form, fiasco’s and cockneys

Page 52 – Werewolf hair, anybody? - Shell Edmonds muses on bodily hair and current form.

There you go. Might go and see the Alan Turing film tonight. Doesn’t it make you feel proud that we’ve got the Alan Turing Way, and they’ve got the Lou MaCari chippy!

Dave


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Sunday

Sunday
Heard the traffic was bad on the M1 so switched to the M6 toll and the M40, bumping into Blues at Warwick services. Weather horrendous on the way down, ironically when we got to the outskirts of London it was as dry as a bone. However it started to pour down so we entered the ground to finish off KK sales. We were promptly stopped from selling but the steward then checked with the club and said it was OK! Staff behind the bar were dressed in City legend shirts which was a nice touch. Roof leaked on the concourse which was a bit uncomfortable.
City fans very disgruntled regarding the Moscow non compensation situation
Minutes silence held pre kick off with the usual interruptions from late comers, not advised by the stewards, and then compounded by the shouts of dickhead and such. Dodgy start 1-0 down. I shouted at Joe to give an early kick upfield and the lads in front turned on me “who to, there’s no one there?” “Aguero’s there” “he’s 5’ 4” “I’d back him against those two defenders, 5’4” or not. 1-1 then 1-2 and 2-2 so happy with a point in the end considering.
MOTD were pleased to be taught the rules and Mike Dean proved once again why he is the Prem’s top ref.
Sunday morning and we went for brekky with generous friends Raymond and Chrissie. We were joined by Zab, Willy, Martin and Joe (not at the same table you understand). Joe was halfway through his (second) boiled egg so was entitled to tell me to eff off when I had a word, but he seemed happy to listen to the utter bollocks I was talking. We had a good run home on a bright day when I thought of all the things I should have said!
Stuff coming in nicely for KK219.

Dave

Friday, 7 November 2014

Friday

Friday
Well the euphoria of the Derby win lasted just a few days. I revisited the Noel G/GaryN interview on catch up and thought it was quite entertaining. Whilst some may think Noel is not a true Blue, whatever that is, Oasis have done wonders for the profile of City, and helped keep our chins up during the difficult times. Don’t look back in anger!

Bonfire night so an unusually dry night. Firework display fantastic but started at 7.15 and finished at 7.30, so big queues to get in and most missed the kick off.
Lots of booing when the Chimps League anthem was played and I, like most others turned my back, and also put two fingers up on each hand! Fuck off Platini with your bent competition.
As for the game, well it was as bad as the Newcastle performance. And barring a miracle it looks like we’re going out.
It was a full contingent from the KK household, with the Eds, daughter , granddaughter, grandson and girlfriend, (though Funboy’s in Amsterdam, and Frank’s got a boot on his poorly foot, so is inactive!) will they ever want to come again? Mo, the pub landlady went in the south stand with Kirsty Gower, and said she enjoyed the atmosphere, so that’s OK.

Tomorrow it’s the late kick off down at QPR, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK218 :

11) SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8TH : QPR (AWAY) KO 5.30PM
Back in the Prem. Last, and only trophy, the League Cup in 1967. Most recent connection SWP. Nedum Onuoha. 45th league meeting most recent connections are Mark Hughes, Nedum Onuoha, SWP and Joey Barton.

Some celeb fans: Bill Bailey, Pete Doherty, Glen matlock, Martin Clunes

This season so far: They’re in 19th place with 7 points from 10 games and 2 wins 1 draw and 2 losses at home
In the Capital One Cup they went out 1-0 at Burton Albion

Last meetings : At The Etihad in September 2012  it was a 3-1 City win. Ya Ya opened (16) Zamora (59) equalised, then Dzeko (61) and Tevez (90+) clinched it. Crowd was 45,579 with 1,409 R’s

At Loftus Road in the January it was a disappointing 0-0 draw. Crowd was 17,894 with 1726 Blues
That made it for City : DWLWWD.

Groundwise: Looking a bit tatty, and they’re thinking about a move. We only have the upper tier behind the goal with tickets priced at £55 and outrageously £50 for concessions which is a disgrace.

Loftus Road : Capacity: 18,000 (1800 for City)

Main transfers in were Caulker £8M, Fer £7M, Mutch £6M, Sandro £10M, McCarthy £6M and Kranjcar came in on loan with a few others, whilst Remy £8M, Benayoun and Ji Sung Park went out. 

Comment:. ‘Appy ‘arry took em up in the play offs but they’re having a real struggle this season again.
We can say hello to a few old boys but camel gob’s been dropped and his now banned after his latest daft tweet, so we can’t give him the stick he so richly deserves! If you see him though wave your KK218 at him, just a few left to sell.
Needless to say they’ve picked up a little bit and we’ve a few star players out, but, bloody hell, if we don’t win this one Pellers will really be in trouble during the International break.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 5,670 in 1964/65, just a couple of seasons before their League Cup appearance, currently it’s 17,232.
Parking: Street parking was OK last visit.
Pubs : Moon on Green, Walkabout bar in Shepherds Bush, Springbok
Away day zine: A Kick up the R’s
Sat Nav: W12 7PA

Incidentally, deadline for KK219 is next Monday November 10th, keep stuff coming in please.
Dave


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Tuesday

Tuesday
Derby nerves on Sunday pre-game, bro Frank couldn’t make it as he’s chipped a bone in his foot so it was me, Sue, daughter Marnie, grandaughter Heather plus the Funboy of course!
Fine day again and I took up my pitch near the Mercedes garage entrance and it was good to see the Sky Blues making their way in – a bit different to the days when the reds used to take over Maine Road but that was a long long time ago.
So amongst friends and, it has to be said, some trepidation, but some confidence too.
Programme had a pic of your esteemed Ed with super Frank (I did tell you earlier!) along with Alan Galley (who I’ve known since the 50’s) and Kev Parker. Mrs Ed reckoned I looked almost presentable, so that’s alright then.
Intriguing game. Perfect pass from Yaya, cross from Gael and class finish by Aguero good enough to win any derby. Fellaini a disgrace as was Rooney, no wonder everyone hates them, and Oliver bottled it on the penalties. Fred (2 rows in front, Milner’s no 1 fan) went mad at the substitutions, and was proved right in the end when the rags tried to make a game of it, but if the ref had done his job we’d have been out of sight by then.
Pleased to see that my request for mods to the kerb near where I sell after the game have been actioned so hopefully City fans won’t go head over heels and injure themselves there any more. I’ll keep an eye out.

So, a pleasant evening awaited, but I couldn’t be arsed to shove the rag gloating back down their throats, that’ll have to wait til Thursday!
That is if we do the biz against Moscow, which I’m sure we will tomorrow night.
I had to visit the ground on Monday morning on request, to do a TV interview for the Prem League, which I agreed to do last Friday. Apparently goes out worldwide, but not in the UK!
Here’s few thoughts on tomorrows game:

Over in Moscow we all know the story and how UEFA,  and our club, cocked up completely.
In the game Zab missed an early one, we went two up, should have had a penalty, which didn’t seem to matter much at the time, and were totally dominant. And then…..how did that happen, 2-2 and a dodgy pen? So, a chance to make amends, here’s how it went last year at the Etihad : It was a comfy 5-2 win, Sergio put us two up (3P, 20), Negredo made it three (30). Doumbia  (45) pulled one back, then Negredo (51)made it 4-1. Doumbia (71P) made it 4-2 then Alvaro completed his hat-trick (90) for 5-2. Crowd was 38,512 with 762 Moscovites.

It didn’t happen at the Roma game but we’re all being encouraged to turn our backs when the Chimps league anthem is played. Steve P reckons we’ll get fined, but what the heck. C’mon City.
Dave


Saturday, 1 November 2014

Saturday evening

Late Saturday
Geordie Bryan was milking it in the pub on Thursday and the rags were buoyant. Matty (Pellegrini) sang Wonderwall and, remember the last line when it was F*CK off Alan Ball (not by me obviously) well – eff off Louis van Gaal fitted in nicely so, game set and match to us Blues.

Back page of today’s manumirror headlined with “united are no better than a year ago, taunts Pellegrini” and the Guardian “reds are similar to last season” Utter bollocks of course , what the reports say is that Pellers says that united are like us last season – new manager and new players.
Atrocious and disgraceful headlines.

Rags got a late draw v Chelsea on Sunday which was a bit gut wrenching.  I was hoping they’d lose to keep em well down below us and not give em a boost for the derby.

Here’s the it’s A Fix extract from KK 218:
10) SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2ND RAGS (HOME) KO 1.30PM
They’re ever present since promotion in 1975. Last pot, nowt last season, recent connection Carlos Tevez, 147th league meeting (168th in total?) .

Some celeb fans : You know them all, Coco the Clown, Biffo the Bear, Justin Timberlake, Ollie Murrs, Insane Bolt, James Nesbitt,and especially  Kim Jong-Un

This season so far : Currently they’re in 8th place with  13 points from 9 games and  0 wins 3 draws and  1 loss away from home’
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

Last season : At the Etihad in September it was a comfy 4-1 win,  Serge opened (16), Toure (45) made it two just on half time. Serge made it it three (47) Samir made it four (50) as we took our foot off the gas, and rags fans pretended they weren’t bothered, as Rooney got a consolation in the 87th minute. Crowd was 47, 156 with 2,678 rags.

At the Swamp 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.

Comment: So what have those lovable rascally rags been doing since the last time we met last March ?
Well they’ve had planes flying over the swamp with banners proclaiming Moyes out and Ronaldo in.
They fired Moyes and set on Giggs, eventually replacing him with van Gaalling. They won the tournament in America beating Liverpool and Real Madrid on the way, and they’ve done what they criticised City for – bought players.
Signings include mainly di Mario £59.7M, Shaw £31.5M, Herrera £29.7M, Rojo £16M, Blind £14M, Milinkovic and Falcau on loan.
Now Fergie didn’t make many mistakes but just cop this little lot – Kagawa £6.3M, Buttner £5.6M, Evra £2.5M, Bebe £2.4M, Welbeck £16M, and the rest were frees or loans including Ferdinand, Vidic, Macheda, Barmby, Henriquez, Nani, Zaha, Lawrence, Powell, Cleverley, Kean.
You can’t spend that amount of money and not pick up so after a dodgy start, they’re now in a stronger position, and we’ve lost confidence, but come on City let’s do ‘em.

Form at home v rags : Last season’s win made it for City : WLWDLLWLWLWW.


WWTWTWShite: Crowds were down to 11,685 in 1930/31, and the current average is 75,337.
Saturday
What a week so far. Bad start for the C One Cup - - programme priced at £2.50 and the seller had no 50p’s! Wouldn’t employ him as a zine seller!
Piece in the prog for Alan Henning and bucket collection.
Reasonably strong team picked but out we went. Silva hacked down by the wonderful Ryan Taylor, but no card, and he’s out for a month. Time for Nasri to step up. Our midfielders and defenders are taking it in turns to carelessly lose possession and give goals away. You can’t really blame Pellers for that but you have to wonder why we’ve paying top dollar for such lackadaisical players. The C One Cup gave us some great front covers last season and it’s doubly disappointing we’re out. Blessing in disguise? Not for me. Their second goal was offside though, according to our experts, but they could've had a pen and had a goal disallowed also. We're making chances but not taking them..
Good posts on the blog fellas.
Dave


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Tuesday

Tuesday
Kindle version of KK218 now out
West ham then and a pretty damning review in the MEN by Stuart Brennan, and some of our players need a wake up call.
Three crucial games coming up and if we want to do anything this season they’re all must win starting with Newcastle tomorrow night. Needless to say they’ve picked up with a great win at Spurs and the Pardew out brigade, just like the Allardyce outers at West Ham have gone a bit quiet. Will we be chanting “you’re getting sacked in the morning” or will the Manchester City Benevolent Society turn up again? Better not, here we go with the It’s A Fix extract from KK218:


9A) WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 29TH CAPITAL ONE CUP 4TH RD : NEWCASTLE (HOME)
The Magpies are four times division one champions (1905, 1907, 1909,1927), 6 times F A Cup winners (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955), Fairs Cup winners 1969.

Some celeb fans : Robson (Geordie) Jerome, Tony Blair, Ant and Dec, Sting, Jimmy Nail, Brian Johnson, Mark Knopfler, Paul Collingwood, Steve Harmison, and, of course our very own KOTK guru Graeme Alderson and subscriber Jackie Marr’s hubby!

This season so far : Currently they’re in 14th place with 10 points from 9 games and 1 win 2 draw and 2 losses away from home. They’ve just won 2-1 at Spurs.
In the Capital One Cup : In the 2nd rd they won 1-0 at Gillingham, in the 3rd round they won 3-2 aet at Crystal Palace, though Pardew was upset when they announced the City tie in extra time!.

Previous meetings in the League Cup :  First meeting was in the final in 1976, a 2-1 City win. Then it was 1994/95 4th round, 1-1 at Maine Road and 2-0 at St James’ in the replay when The Magpies were riding high.
Last season in the 4th round they lost to us 2-0 aet. It was an incredibly boring game and the goals didn’t arrive until the 99th and 105th minute through Negredo and Dzeko. Crowd was 33, 846 with 2,507 Blues

Comment : Manager Alan Pardew ‘s been under incredible pressure with fans holding ‘Pardew out’ placards up and there’s even talk of him being replaced by Moyes or Bruce. Still he has been known to head butt an opposition player and called Pellers a f*cking,  twa”ting, b*llocking old ars*hole of a c*nt – or words to that effect.
We have an incredible home record against Newcastle, (only one loss in the last 16, 0-1 in 00/01) but cup games are often a one off though we really should be too strong for them yet again, and they seem to pin their hopes on Cisse.

Dave

Friday, 24 October 2014

Friday

Friday
Another letter in the muen by rag Les Holt, 3rd in 3 nights FFS - who has an ill informed pop at City fans. Stupid! I wrote to them last night complaining about his 2 letters in 2 nights, so this is the ultimate in piss taking.
Piece also on Sean Riley regarding Moscow.
Tomorrow it’s an early kick off at West Ham, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK218. Giving it a miss ourselves as it’s a family weekend, and the 2nd 12.45pM KO in London in a row :

9) SATURDAY OCTOBER 25TH WEST HAM (AWAY) KO 12.45PM
Third season back in the Prem., last pot FA Cup in 1980, 89th league meeting, recent connections Wayne Bridge, Carlos Tevez

Some celeb fans : The radical 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 7 place with 13 points from 8 games with 2 wins 0 draws and 2 losses at home.
In the Capital One Cup : they went out at home to Sheff United in the 2nd rd, 4-5 on pens after 1-1aet.

Last season : At Upton Park in October it was a 3-1 City win. Aguero (16, 51) made it 2-0, Vaz Te pulled one back(58) but David Silva (80) made the points safe much to our relief. Our first away win of the season after 2 losses and a draw. Crowd was 34,507 with 2,251 Blues.
We also beat them twice in the Capital One Cup semi-final, 6-0 home and 3-0 away.
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.

Our form at West Ham : Last season it was a dull 0-0 draw in November. Crowd was 35,005 with 3,031 Blues.
That made it just three recent wins, 3-1 in 10/11 and 2-0 in 07/08, Sven’s first game. Otherwise 3 draws and 6 losses in the last 11 visits
Form for City : WDWDLWLDLLLL

Groundwise: LHS of the lower tier of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand again. 
Three fairly new stands but the move to the Olympic stadium is definitely on, scheduled for 2016/17 with a redesigned bottom tier a new roof, and a capacity of 54,000. So the intimacy of The Boleyn will be lost, although, to be honest that went when the new main stand was built! London taxpayers aren’t impressed with the move, and Leyton Orient even less so, fans holding up placards with derogatory references to Boris Johnson, which can only be commended. It was good also to see Sir Howard Davies getting the better of Bozzer recently over the building of the new airport. Oh, and they’ve rejected pleas from Spurs to groundshare whilst WHL is being redeveloped! Class!

Comment: They’ve signed a few, mainly Valencia £12M, Kouyate £7M, Amalfilano £1M, whilst Joe Cole and Diame £3.5M plus a few others have come and gone. The signings seem to be gelling and after a home loss to Spurs they’ve picked up and doing OK, without injured Andy Carroll, who won’t be back. Another must win game for City

Upton Park Capacity : 35,146 (3,000 for City)

Tickets are: £55/£32 ouch

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 17,679 in 55/56, pretty good, and this season it’s 34,953.
Pubs/parking : Boleyn Tavern, Millers Well, Denmark Arms. Street parking.
Away day zines : Over Land and Sea, On the Terraces
Sat Nav : E13 9AZ
                                                                 Dave


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Thursday

Thursday
Well, still trying to come to terms with it. Magnificent in the first half, woeful in the second. Typical City? Bayern won 7-1 at Roma so maybe a glimmer of hope yet.
Watched Liverpool get a trouncing last night “you can hear a pin drop in here” said Gary Neville, so much for the Anfield atmosphere!
Mario in trouble for swapping shirts at half time. What’s the big deal? Ex ‘Pool players up in arms. We’ve suggested it before but we feel he’s borderline autistic, surely Liverpool with their army of Docs should’ve spotted it?
Anyway popped down to the club today to sort out our tickets for Moscow home. Two for us and two for the kids, seems fair enough but it hasn’t gone down well with those on the Cup scheme who feel they’re missing out as they don’t have anyone to pass on free tickets to so could’ve paid for one and got one free if not on the cup scheme. Jon Cantrill’s written to the club so we await answers. Whilst there I spoke to a Blue who went to Moscow, got in the ground but was chucked out by City stewards. Reason was “we couldn’t complain about CSKA breaching the rules, if we let City fans in” Bollocks. Does our club REALLY think UEFA will inflict any sort of punishment on CSKA?  
We’ve had a raw deal all round and it looks like some people at our club need a terrace lesson.

Now then, having seethed to read an article by a united fanzine editor about City’s Moscow visit, and having two of my letters to the MEN postbag, on Art Garfunkel and the sensational Sixties show rejected I’m really pissed off to see a letter from Les Holt in last night’s postbag, and fuck me, another one in tonight’s. One a week’s bad enough on some banal subject, but one a night is ludicrous. MEN or MUEN? You decide.
Dave


Monday, 20 October 2014

Monday

Sunday
Spurs, looked dodgy weatherwise when we arrived but finished up being fine. A few cocky Spurs fans went past chanting shite, surprised they survived it to the away end without being ‘spoken to.’
Front cover of KK218 caused a few laughs – and a few complaints re giving two ex rags some publicity, so you can’t win ‘em all!
Good game, great performances by Joe and Serge, in particular. Fernando and Fernandinho worry me when they get caught in possession, all too often,  and Demichelis was dodgy for their penalty. Still, always nice to send Spurs packing with their tails between their legs.
MIrror had an interesting statistic of how we’ve not kept a clean sheet for 4 games. Did I imagine that 2-0 at Villa?
Interesting articles about City fans going to Moscow. Like I said “why can’t they just let away fans in?” Will get a full report from Sean on the situation shortly.
So, it’s make or break tomorrow. Here’s the it’s A Fix extract from KK218:

8A) TUESDAY  OCTOBER 21ST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP MATCH THREE : CSKA MOSCOW (AWAY) KO 5 PM (our time)

PFC Central Sport club of the Army were formed in 1911, and after various name changes became CSKA Moscow in 1960.
They were the official team of the Soviet Army in the communist era and are nicknamed Kon (horses) after their first ground which was developed from a racecourse, Red Blues, Militarians,or Army Men.
After WW2 they won 5 titles in 6 top league seasons which is surprising as Dynamos were the team which came to Britain to play in prestigious friendlies. They added a further two titles including the last ever season of 1991/92.
In 1952 they were withdrawn from the league as a punishment for poor showing in the Olympic games in Helsinki but later reinstated.
They’ve now won 4 Premier league titles, 03, 05, 06 and 2012/13 and won the UEFA Cup in 2004/05 beating Sporting Lisbon 3-1 on their own patch in Portugal.
They are now privately owned, the MOD are a shareholder and Abramovich’s outfit Sibnett were shareholders from 2004 to 2006.
Their manager is Leonid Stutsky, they play in red shirts and blue shorts, number 12 shirt is retired as it’s dedicated to the 12th man i.e. their supporters, which must be a bit embarrassing now!
There are 5 clubs in Moscow,:
FC Spartak Moscow; FC Locomotiv Moscow; FC Torpedo Moscow; 
FC Dynamo Moscow play at the Arena Khimki which they currently share with CSKA Moscow, and are moving to the VTB Arena in 2016.
CSKA played originally at a 4,600 capacity stadium but now play at the Arena Khimki capacity 18,636,  but will move to the CSKA Stadium capacity 35,000, when it’s finally finished.(work started in 2007!) Main feature will be a skyscraper in one corner resembling the UEFA Cup (or phallic symbol) of which they were the first Russian team to win.

Most grounds are being refurbished or rebuilt in time for the 2018 World Cup,

Our game, is, of course to be played behind closed doors owing to the appalling behaviour of the Russian fans.

This season so far : They’re  currently in 2nd with 24 points from 10 games, 2 points behind leaders Zenit St Petersburg, with 8 wins 0 draws and 2 losses.
In the Chimps league they lost 5-1 at Roma, but hit the post 3 times, and they lost 1-0 at home to Bayern Munich, played behind closed doors owing to previous crowd problems, but the Germans hired a hotel overlooking the ground to see the game!.

Connection is our £19M Shinawatra signing, Brazilian Jo, and we once best Moscow Dynamos 2-0 in a Maine Road friendly in 1965/66.

Last season we beat them 2-1 at their place, Tosic (31) opening for CSKA, but a brace from Sergio (34,42) sealed it for City. Crowd was 14,000 with 488 Blues. Most City fans enjoyed their visit, Bob McLellan included as reported in KK 210, but Sean Riley and his mates were jumped on as reviewed in KK212 .
At The Etihad it was a comfy 5-2 win, Sergio put us two up (3P, 20), Negredo made it three (30). Doumbia  (45) pulled one back, then Negredo (51)made it 4-1. Doumbia (71P) made it 4-2 then Alvaro completed his hat-trick (90) for 5-2. Crowd was 38,512 with 762 Moscovites.

Comment : They’ve just beaten 4th place Kuban 6-0 at home, so are in fine form, but only a win will do

Friday, 17 October 2014

PS

PS : Frank Lampard was there on Wednesday and spoke very eloquently, about his book writing (children’s books) and joining and enjoying his time so far at City.
We had our pic took with him, I gave him a KK badge, and told him to run round the corner flag next time he scores. I did add “bet you’ve never been asked to do that before” and he laughed. It was the little boy in me!

Dave

friday

Friday
Sad day on Monday when we attended the funeral of Colin Nicholls’ mum, Do. She was a remarkable woman who moved to London during the war and was on the code breaking team. She also attended games at Millwall, where she and her friend threw cabbages at opposing players!
RIP

On Wednesday I was invited to the Radio5live show at the Etihad along with Kevin Parker and Alan Galley and other footy fans, topic was mainly cost of match going.
Personally for me, son and grandson the cost of season tickets are comparatively reasonable. It is the add ons of cup games that are a problem.
When asked the question of what would make us give up, for us it would, and is starting to be giving up on away games.
United’s representative was Rowetta, from the Happy Mondays, who was a typical rag and didn’t have a clue about football other than the rags.
We tried to be nice to her as we were the hosts, but she just came out with rag crap like – bitter Blues, do you come from Stockport, closet reds, it’s not quiet at O/T like it is here, do you have any young Mancs in your team etc etc.
Proving really why everyone hates the rags.
Oh, and John Kongos’s version of Step On is miles better than the Mondays.
And then I found out she’s got the same birthdate as me. Doh!

Sad news from Sierra Leone today. Apparently Alie Turay from the branch and the football team doctor has passed away from the Ebola virus, after working as a nurse and contracting the virus. He leaves a wife and two young children who are now in quarantine. He is the second member of the branch to die. Thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Sierra Leone.

Congratulations to the youngsters for getting through to the Manchester Senior Cup Final, and to the Ladies team for winning the Cup.

Tomorrow it’s Spurs, and we’re told that the tribute to Alan Henning will be held at the Newcastle game as his wife is away at the mo but will be present at the Newcastle game.

KK218 is in the outlets in town and is on sale at the Spurs game tomorrow.
Here’s The It’s A Fix extract from KK218 :

8) SATURDAY OCTOBER 18TH SPURS (HOME) KO 12.45PM

Last promotion was in 1976 since when they’ve been successful in most cups, last pot League Cup in 2008. Recent connection is Adebayor. 131st league meeting.

Some Celebrity fans: Kenneth Branagh, Charles Bronson (the criminal), Pierce Brosnan, Warren Mitchell, Jude Law, Linda Lusardi

This season so far: They’re in 6th place with 11 points from 7 games and 1 win 2 draws and 0 losses away.
In the Europa League: They’ve drawn 0-0 at Partizan Belgrade, 1-1 v Besiktas at home, and play Asteros Tripolis home and away
In the Capital One Cup : 3rd rd they beat Notts Forest 3-1 at home and play Brighton at home in the 4th round

At the Etihad in November  it was a 6-0 City win, the goals coming from Navas (1, 90), Sandro (OG 34), Aguero (41,50), Negredo (55)
Crowd was 47, 227 with 2,828 Spuds
At WHL it was a 5-1 City win in January. Sergio opened (15) as we dominated but the second didn’t come until Toure (51) converted a pen for which their player Rose  was sent off (later inexplicably rescinded) . Dzeko (53) made it three before Capaue (59) pulled one back then Jovetic (78) and  Vinny (90) made it 5-1.
Crowd was 36,071 with (2,864 City)

Form at home to Spurs : Last season’s win made it four on the bounce, so for City it’s : WWWWLLW

Main transfers In were : Fazio £8M, Vorm £5M, Stambouri £4.7M, Dier £4M, whilst out went Livermore £6M, Dawson £6M, Sigurdsson, Falque £4M, Fryers £3M, Sandro £10M

Comment : Tim Sherwood had to go and they poached Pochettino from Southampton, who, ironically they’ve just beaten 1-0 at home, but are still below in the table. We banged in the goals against them last season, and whilst they do have their moments surely we’ll get a win here today.


WWTWTWShite: Averaged 20,858 in 1985/86 and this season it’s 36,033

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tuesday

Tuesday
Whilst England were beating San Marino 5-0, and Estonia 1-0, we were putting KK218 together and got it to the printers.

Congratulation to Tony Petrie who got his letter printed in the MEN re Alan Henning and the possibility of City and united staging a friendly game to raise money for his family, which we should all support, and Peter Brodie for contacting the club re a minutes silence/applause at the Spurs game.

Anyway KK218 should be in the outlets and on the streets by the weekend. This issue is A4, 48 pages, with a colour front cover showing those two ex rag dunces Scholes and Ferdy regarding our Chimps league attendance.
It also includes The Blue Max (Woosnam), Chimps league farce, KK Kompetition results 201314, the derby, Tim Keogh books review, plus all the usual regulars.
It’s £3, and can also be obtained from 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN 7 2HL for £4.50 including P and P.

Just watched The Chase, and the question of the renaming of Salford City Reds as Salford Red Devils was correctly answered but Bradley Walsh, who should know better, disgracefully added “yes, after Manchester united”
Eeh united and their rewriting of history, no wonder everyone hates them

Dave