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