Sunday, 28 June 2015


Just back from a trip down  to South Wales, Truro to chat with ex Blue Bill Leivers and Shirley his missus, then Bude to see friends Rog and Mo, Arsenal fans.
Fathers Day then, and I was done proud. Got a new City scarf off the youngest,  plus a mug and some City smellies. Youngest daughter took us out for a meal and good result – not a Twab (twice as bitter) shirt in sight.
Eldest daughter  got me the Sergio’s 100 goals DVD, which I’ve just watched. Brilliant but, there’s always a but, it needed the result of games adding (not just the 4-2 loss at The Swamp) .
So, no transfers in or out yet, don’t our scouts know of Southampton? Everyone else does. What a team they’d have if they could hang on to their players.
England women with a few Blues in the squad have reached the semis. Note how we’re lambasted for not having enough England players in our team but when we have 5 or more, not a peep from the rag media.
The boys are off to Oz soon  but it doesn’t look like there’ll be a UK friendly squeezed in, so next KK deadline looks like being Monday July 20th.
Already in is HWIFY, It’s A Fix, City World part one, James Milner ode, Ross Percival’s bits, and Class of is expected from Burfield.
The Who top Glasto tonight and Townshend thinks they’re lucky not to be in an old folks home at their age. Well try doing a City fanzine Pete!

Saturday, 20 June 2015


Trippier impressed me when he was at City, and also at Burnley, his crossing was superb.

I think Greg Dyke should step up to the mark. If he wants the top clubs to sign English players he should re introduce the transfer tribunal system. We’ve tried signing the likes of Sinclair and Rodwell which didn’t work out, whilst Johnson was a dickhead off the pitch. Why can’t we snap up the likes of Sterling from QPR and Berahino from wherever WBA got him from? Ooops Trippier was one of ours!

Thursday, 18 June 2015


Moodies were great on Tuesday night, in front of a lively Manc audience.
Fixtures out yesterday, and an early biggie in the second week v Chelsea at home. First derby at the swamp on October 24th, second on March 19th at The Etihad.
Three London away trips before Christmas, Palace, Spurs and Arsenal. Sunderland home Leicester away over Christmas, then some monstrous away trips in the New Year – Watford, West Ham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Norwich, Bournemouth, Chelsea and  Swansea last game of the season, again (apart from Wembley!)
Mid week games not til 2015, Sunderland as normal amongst em.
Today’s manumirror wheels out the Liverpool mafia on Sterling. They’re taking it in turns to tell him to stay. McDonnell tells us that it would be a problem for him at City as he’d be mainly on the bench – even though he was on the bench for the last few Liverpool games!


Monday, 15 June 2015


England won again, no chance for Joe with the two goals. Both Rooney and Sterling missed chances but a good win in the end. Noticed that Edin, David and Sergio have been notching for their respective countries.
No slagging off of City in the manumirror today but only cos we hardly got a mention.

It was time to get up to date with a check on the Us and Them books at a couple of fairly local shops. We’re down to the last twenty or so now, so it was off to Thackeray’s in Denton as the first stop. They’d sold out so we dropped off another 4, popped upstairs to the café for a snack and I invested £5.99 for a ‘100 facts – Man City’. Not written by a City fan, Steve Horton, but for a good cause – Childline, so fair enough. Some interesting facts but who was the 50’s player Bobby Hayes, was it Joe or Johnstone? Picky!
Well worth a visit Blues and always good to support your local bookshop. Same sentiments for the Chorlton bookshop in…. Chorlton, so 6 down and 12 to go.

Two days to go until the fixtures come out. What’s the betting that we get Chelsea, rags Liverpool Arsenal in the first six fixtures and the rags get Watford, Bournemouth, Norwich in their first few?

Tomorrow night it’s The Moodies at The Apollo. I’m hoping that the set list is slightly different than previous and will includes amongst others the likes of Voices in the Sky. Whatever it should be good. C’mon you Blu- oos!


Sunday, 14 June 2015


Yesteday’s manumirror headline was “United to test Spurs with £40M Kane bid”. Bear in mind they’ve already spent about £25M on Depay, and there’s no ‘penniless united go further into debt ‘ type headline.
However, a bit lower down we’re back to Moneybags City (on a £150M spree).
Inside there’s a double page spread on Wilshire rejecting us, and further back there’s a double page spread titled : ‘Bish, Bash, Dosh, after last season’s failures, City’s moneybags owners have flexed their financial muscles and come out fighting for glory’.
No mention anywhere of United’s last two season’s failures.
The bloke next to me in the queue looked at the headline and said that City were disgusting. (I did put him right)
And this is the problem. This is how the uninitiated view such headlines, and what do players, new fans, or managers think that we’re trying to attract to the club? Is the relentless slagging off putting them off? Would a player or manager want to come if he knows that whatever he does there will be no recognition whatsoever.  Mancini and Pellers not getting manager of the year, or the lack of recognition of Sergio’s season, are recent examples. Would a new fan choose City?
It’s baffling. You would think that a club who hadn’t  won   anything for years, whose fanbase have stood by them over this period, have the most despicable neighbours in world football, have pumped millions into football and the Manchester economy, would get a bit of praise now and then, and people would be pleased for us, like we were, say for Blackburn.

I asked Vicki Kloss a few years ago when she was press officer what she thought about this issue and she thought that the only way things would improve media wise would be to start winning things. Well we have won things and the criticism is getting worse if anything. Killing em with kindness hasn’t worked, so what will work?
Why do I continue to buy the Mirror? Well I doubt if you’d see a similar article to Paul Routledge’s on Orgreave in any other tabloid, but I am now being sorely tested.

Friday, 12 June 2015


The Virgin media ‘welcome to your explosive sporting summer on….Virgin media’ brochure dropped through the letterbox yesterday. I focused on the summer football events.
Who will be the King of the Copa America?” Messi, Neymar, Rodriguez, Willian and Sanchez were all mentioned”, but not the winner of the Golden Boot Sergio Aguerooooo.

Next, ‘who will your club sign in the summer transfer window?’
“Well united have signed Depay, but will they splash more cash and break their British transfer record of £59.7M for Angel de Maria? Will Liverpool fill their Suarez shaped hole”?

Finally, ‘Can anyone stop Jose Mourinho?’
“Manchester United and Arsenal are improving”
There you go. No mention of the team who finished second and have won two titles, the FA Cup and League Cup in the last few years.

The media anti City bias is unrelenting, and our club seems to be happy to let it continue. What can be done? Any ideas?

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Good to see Joe get another clean sheet in the bore draw with ROI. Rooney had the chance of the game on the edge of the box with only Given to beat and he miscontrolled the ball horribly. I don’t recall the commentator exclaiming in disbelief “and he’s paid £300K a week for that”. Did You?
Remember Di Maria’s goal at Leicester for the rags and “that’s why he’s worth every penny of the £60M they paid for him” Oops! David Meek would’ve been proud of that one.
Rag journo MacDonnell in the manumirror, doesn’t refer to us as ‘moneybags City’ at the mo. We’re now ‘deposed Champions!’ What a twat.
Good point from Steve on Pogba, praps we could sign him and hold Barca to ransom in January! De Bruyne a possibility?
Apparently City are asking for our first game to be away so that the stand extension can be finished. Hmmm

Tuesday, 9 June 2015


Not much happening on the transfer front at the mo. Watched the Euro Cup Final on Saturday. Laughed my bollocks off at the 2 Cellos introduction with the brilliant version of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck . Why? Well since I proposed to Chris Bird (who I quite like with a few reservations like why he kept the temporary memorabilia exhibition from me on the wishes of a certain other fanzine editor, though in the end he had to use my recommendation of the firm who pr ovided the presentation cases!) in the mid nineties that we play it as City came onto the pitch – imagine us singing City instead of thunder – he rejected it as his ‘team’ whoever they were didn’t like it. Since then it’s been used at Newcastle, Stoke and even Juventus to name but a few plus various films. And we could’ve been first!!!!
Thought there might have been a minute’s silence for the forgotten disaster of Heysel.  Anyroad, despite Barca being brill Juve could’ve pinched it, and you had to reflect and what if Sergio had scored that penalty. Pogba (Fergie doesn’t make many mistakes, tee hee) looked good but I suspect beyond our price range.
Juve had an experienced team, whereas we’ve got an ageing team. Everyone agreed that Barca are unstoppable whereas when they scraped past us, we were naïve.
Funny old game innit. Paranoid? Too fuckin right.
I do believe that things are on the move regarding Tony Griffiths 's tributes. Well done to Tony Petrie.and Alex Channon.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Tony Griffiths

Tony Griffiths, who along with Armani has raised City's profile in Sierra Leone and indeed Africa generally, has been diagnosed with cancer. The doctors have said it is likely to be terminal. I am trying with the help of Dave and Alex Channon to get the club to do something for Tony as appreciation for all the work he has put in to the Sierra Leone project, although I'm not sure as yet just what. If anyone would like to leave a message of support for Tony, please send them to me at and I will forward them to him. Equally if anyone has any clout at the club and can help, I'd be grateful.

Monday, 1 June 2015


Epic fail yesterday! Tried to book 5 tickets for City Live on line, but having forgotten my password I managed to reregister twice with no hint of a booking so I’ll be ringing up today!
HWIFY now complete and City World articles coming in for KK225. Fixtures should be out in mid June which should spark us into life for season 2015/16.
Sounds like Yaya's definitely staying, and Johnny Marr saiid on Soccer AM  he must step up the gas!
New York City bottom of the league.


Sunday, 31 May 2015


Fairly quiet week. City in North America, beating Toronto 1-0 with a cracking George Evans goal.  Game in Houston called off due to flooded pitch, type we used to play on regularly in the 70’s and 80’s. Anyone remember Burridge’s quote when the game at Spurs was postponed in the early 90’s? Not politically correct these days.
Florence (and the Machine’s) song brilliant on Graham Norton, but with too many red mentions (!) why didn’t we put it in for the Euro song contest? It still wouldn’t have won.
Surprise, surprise Blatter’s in again.
Arsenal were awesome yesterday, and subs were Giroud, Oxley Chamberlain and Wilshire, so who are these journo’s who keep telling us that we’ve got the strongest squad in the league? Pillocks.
Yaya is now getting respect and is staying what do you make of that?
Season tickets? I’ve had one (standing) since the mid 70’s when I lived away from Manc and with a young family to support  on one wage couldn’t use it too often, but was happy to give my money to the club.  So the idea of taking them away if too many matches missed doesn’t appeal, but I get Dave B’s point. These days with the option to sell back could alleviate the problem, and have we REALLY got a waiting list of nearly10,000? Going to book for City Live on the net. Fingers crossed

Monday, 25 May 2015


Spotted this in yesterday’s Observer from the fans reviews of the season in the rags entry.
Best and worst away fans : Swansea always give it their all, but there was hardly a squeak from City.
This was posted by some prick called Shaun O’Donnell. Not sure where he comes from, but he obviously doesn’t go to games.
No wonder everyone hates them.

Sunday dawned a dull day after Saturdays bright sunshine when City under 21’s beat the rags 3-1 at The Academy.
However the rain kept off so Ged’s previous comment that it wouldn’t be worth doing a final zine of the season as “it might piss down” was unfounded. However, as Steve and Pete were stopped from selling by an over efficious bitch of a steward backed up by her high viz jacketed monkeys who hadn’t been briefed properly, maybe it was the right decision after all. Sadly I didn’t have the letter with me allowing us to sell as we’ve not had a problem for the past ten years or so.
Apologies therefore to anyone who missed out buying KK224.
It was a fairly relaxing match, missed chances, and Saints caught offside more than any other team I’ve ever seen at The Etihad – and they still couldn’t score!.
Good send offs for Frank, Yaya and Jimmy Milner, and also to all our friends in East stand level two, where the toffees were flowing.
Elsewhere it was Hull who took the drop, Liverpool were hit for six, Preston were promoted and Big Sam left West Ham.

Today it’s ‘Boro v Norwich. C’mon Norwich, ‘Boro might be nearer but they’ve often been our bogey team and we usually do well v Norwich and it’s a great city.
So, time for a summertime rest, enjoy, but I’m fed up already.
Missed the last few minutes of MOTD, did Sergio’s Golden Boot and Jo’e Golden Glove get a mention?

Saturday, 23 May 2015

We're not really here anymore....

Round and about – Hansen’s back in Holby, we just need Chantelle back next, please.
Carshare’s finished, brilliant, and thankfully no apparent romance (yet) for John and thingy. She would be a mare to live with.
Believe the under 21’s beat the rags 3-1 today. Didn’t make it meself, too far to walk from the car park at the mo.
I’m told there’s absolutely no truth in the rumours about Vinny so let’s put that one to bed as it were.

Saints tomorrow and a nostalgic last day of the season, with goodbye’s to Lamps, maybe Yaya, Milner and one or two others, plus all our friends in East stand level two – We’re are not really here anymore, as we’re mostly being moved out.
A win would finish the season off nicely but Saints will be no mugs under the top Dutch manager in the Prem., who’s done a fantastic job this season under trying circumstances. A win for them would put them in for a Europa spot possibly and we’ve seen ‘em spoil the party before on last days of the season.
Sergio ‘s almost certainly getting the Golden Boot and maybe Joe will get the Golden Glove.
Mourinho is manager of the year. Fix, further proof that football is bent, endorsing that it should’ve been Pellers last year?


Last trophy was the FA Cup in 1976 when, as a second division club, they beat red hot favourites, the rags by 1-0. Recent connection is Matt Mills. 74th League meeting.

Some celeb fans : Craig David, David Gower, David Frost, Fiona Phillips, Holly Valance

This season so far : They’re in 7th place with 60 points from 37 games with 7 wins 2 draws and 9 losses away from home.
At St Mary’s in November it was a 3-0 City win. Goals came from Toure (51) Lampard (80) and Clichy (90). Sergio was booked by the referee for being fouled in the box, Mangala was sent off and Vinny got himself injured celebrating Gael’s goal. Crowd was 30,919 with 2,489 Blues.

In the Capital One Cup they won 2-0 at Millwall in the 2nd rd, Arsenal 2-1 in the 3rd rd, and Stoke 3-2 in the 4th rd. but lost 1-0 at Sheff Utd in the 5th rd’

In the FA Cup : they won 1-0 at Ipswich in the 3rd rd but lost 3-2 at home to Palace in the 4th rd.

Our form at home to Saints :At The Etihad last April it was a 4-1 City win. Goals came from Toure (3P), Nasri (45 +1), Dzeko (45+4), and Jovetic (81) with Lambert (37P) notching for them, but Rodriguez went off injured..
Crowd was 47,009 with 1294 Saints

That made it 4 wins on the trot for us, while Saints won the previous 3 including the miserable 1-0 last game at Maine Road in 2003.

Comment : In the January window in came Bertrand (£10M) Elia and Djuricic, out went Cork (£3M) Hooiveld and Boruc had a
They’ve had a good season, Koeman impressing as manager, but faltered a bit after losing to us, then picked up again and they got a tidy little win at The Swamp

WWTWTWshite : Averaged 11,612 in 1955/56
and this season it’s 30,527.

As for the rest it’s Chelsea v SLand; Arsenal v WBA; Hull v ManU; Stoke v LPool.
Sadly it looks like Hull will take the drop.

Apparently Van Gaalling was cringeworthy at the rags awards evening, but rags loved him. Sad bastards

Friday, 22 May 2015

Phil on FFP

FFP – RIP (almost)

Sunday 17th May 2015
Man U qualified for the Champions League.
Oh dear thought Man U, we need quality players to compete in this elite tournament.
Sound effects:  “Ring ring”
“Hello David Gill speaking, rising star of UEFA, chief proponent, supporter and banger of the drum for Financial Fair Play to keep Citeh & PSG from doing well in the tournament, Michel Platini’s general lackey, dogsbody, tea maker and articled grease monkey, can I help you?”
“Ah Mishter Gill itsh Louis van Snarl here, we need to buy shome playersh for dee Championsh League and thish FFP might be a bit of a problem”
Monday 18th May 2015.
UEFA announce massive relaxation of the FFP rules.
These events are entirely unrelated and totally co-incidental as UEFA is an upstanding, thoroughly transparent organisation with nothing to hide. Stop laughing at the back.
There were 10 Legal Challenges - Hanging on the (courtroom) wall. And if 1 legal challenge should actually fail, they'll be....
Back when I were a lad (first game in 1973) and all the subsequent years later reading KOTK and other (ahem) fanzines accompanied by the (often) miserable experience of watching City through thin and thin, they kept me sane. Times were tough. Apart from the odd picnic day (the 5-1, League Cup 76, promotion here & there) we witnessed more false dawns than a transvestite convention.
But this week it was announced that it looks like the yoke that is FFP hanging around our neck is about to be discarded.
It has transpired that in order to spare his humiliation le grand "branleur" of European Football Monsieur Platini (translation from the French means person {usually male} who practices self-abuse) has made a statement today regarding the relaxation of the restrictions of FFP.
As former Man United executive and then chief implementer of FFP in the Premier League; Mister David Gill has begun crying into his (lite) beer. His dream of keeping City, PSG (and others) away from the top table of European Football lie in tatters. His fiendish plan HAS just like Dick Dastardly, Muttley and the entire Vulture Squadron failed to catch the pigeon UEFA have likewise failed in their attempt to implement FFP. I think Platini plays the part of Dick and Gill must be Klunk. It looks like FFP will now fart away in the breeze as a disastrous socialist experiment designed to even out the playing fields but in practice only served to cement the position of the elite and their cosy cartel. Animal farm if you will.
I never actually thought I would be happy with European Rulings interfering on matters on our Sceptic Isle (AND I am not a fan of UKIP) but I love Europe but hate Brussels, please excuse the cliché that I have shamelessly cribbed from die hard Man U fans who love united but hate the Glazers.
But finally common sense has prevailed. FFP takes it's rightful place on death row and is now selecting its last meal. We are prepared for a litany of platitudes and excuses from Monsieur P and co. FFP is now a de-clawed and toothless tiger, devoid of any venom, it is a dead parrot, bereft of life it rests in peace, it will die and go to meet its maker, FFP is an ex policy.
If you need more merriment from this the business model for the owners of Liverpool invested so heavily in the club did so on the enforcement of FFP. This has now blown a massive hole in their whole financial model, oh please stop Mr Grimsdale my ribs are hurting.
Seriously folks; Uefa president Michel Platini has revealed that rules surrounding FFP at the top level of the game will be 'eased'. I wonder if Platini's son who now works for the Qatar owned PSG has ANY influence in this decision or in fact that Man U have qualified for next year and need to spend some wonga. I suspect it is all above aboard and absolutely no shenanigans have taken place whatsoever in this entirely open and transparent process. Again, I’ve told you before stop laughing at the back, it’s your own time you’re wasting.
Teams like Manchester City and PSG, who were each handed £49m fines, for breaching spending limits last season, will be given more leeway in future. How much leeway will be decided next month.
But the pressure created by at least ten legal challenges to the validity of the rules has clearly softened Uefa's stance, when it comes to those clubs competing in European Competitions. The choice of backing down or being humiliated in the courts is clearly too much to bear for poor old Gill & Platini.
The argument is that FFP rules favour the already rich clubs, because NEW wealthy owners are (were) denied the opportunity to pump in huge sums of money in the short term. FFP was designed to level the playing field and prevent the likes of a Leeds & Portsmouth (going into administration) re-occurring but not prevent clubs running up £800m of debt in a leveraged buy out (ahem). With Sheikh Mansour and the Qatar Royal Family involved, insolvency is the least of our worries.
UEFA have finally reached the conclusion that the rest of us realised ages ago: at best, FFP is ill conceived. At worst, it is a restraint of trade and restriction of business activity and limits the ability to transfer players between clubs which is a central tenet of European Law, freedom of movement of labour, so bollox to you Monsieur P. Hoisted by your own European mutard.
Hallehluaha. This is good news for City but also for Villa, Forest, Newcastle and orrible Leeds who now can hike up their skirt, flash a bit of inner thigh, pucker up the lips, squeeze up the threpennies and attract the attention of a sugar daddy.
No longer will the investor have to break even within 3 years of trading and suffer a penalty for trying to get a business off the ground. Moaninho will no longer be able to spout his tripe about "City should be docked points". The way the media fellate him so judiciously is frankly nauseating, almost as bad as the mawkish sentimentality given to Loserpool and Brendan "jolly" Rodger coming 2nd last year. That was my favourite City chant of the season at Anfield (when we lost) – “You nearly won the league” as we tormented the bindippers.
Maybe maybe we as City fans can begin to fall back in love CL football, we are in Pot 2 (thereby avoiding Real Madrid), we will not have any sanctions, we will still have to suffer the incompetent and barmy officials, apart from the Serbian Refs. These guys are my favourite, mostly born in Belgrade in the 70s they were given Kalishnikoffs for successive birthday presents as kids and matching balaclavas as they fought the Balkan war. As tough as ar**holes they are, unless the players leg is broken in 3 places then play continues, only once a player has lost a litre of blood is the doctor allowed on the pitch. You catch my drift about playing on and giving divers short shrift.
So as we begin making arrangements for the internment of FFP a new dawn arises for City PSG and many other clubs. I can't wait to hear David Gills eulogy and frankly his BS excuses will be cranked up to eleven. I am sure they will be as weak as a coors lite shandy.

I don't think we should stop there, we should go for the jugular and sue Platini & UEFA for loss of earnings and reputation and we should do so in a European Court oh the irony...

The ONE journalist who has been banging the drum for FFP to be sent to the guillotine is Sports Writer of the Year, Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail, tricky one this I like to read his reports but not buy the vile paper, thank goodness for the internet and you can go straight to the sports section. He wrote a staggeringly well written piece on the death of FFP and it was full of “I told you so” and there are some hilarious stories about how the Milan clubs wanted FFP as did Bayern Munich and then when the Italian league went boobs upwards and the Bundesliga continues to be a 1 horse race the 2 Milans started crying to Platini to ease FFP.

UEFA the 2nd biggest joke in the world after FIFA.

Be seeing you, au revoir..

Phil Lines