Monday, 18 August 2014

Monday, monday

Monday
Saturday was a good start, what with all the newspaper coverage and hype over the summer about the football genius and maestro that is van Gaalling and the anticipated 5-0 thrashing of Swansea turned into a 2-1 defeat . Oops.
Arsenal scraped past Palace in the last minute so it looks like there’ll be no easy games in the Prem again this season.
Early start for Newcastle, picking up the Blue Vic and grandson Joe before shooting off over the M62, M1, and A1.
As is his want the Vic scrutinized KK216 for mistakes, and spotted the wrong date for the Stoke game (which I already knew about) reckoned I’d got the WWW etc wrong but he’d got the sequence starting at the wrong time but then shrieked with delight when he thought that TIB had got it wrong with the statement that a draw would’ve done for Liverpool v Chelsea!
I’ll have to work that one out. 1 point more would have meant that 2 points more v Palace could’ve won them the title by a point whatever we did, I think. I’ll e-mail him with the news!
Anyway, after stopping off at Durham services, and spotting a bloke looking like Charles Manson, I parked up in a multi story car park, 12th floor cos I couldn’t reverse into a spot on the ground level, and we had a coffee in the usual bar.
F*ck me if it didn’t happen again. “OK if we sit here ladies?” “Sorry, we’re saving them for someone in the queue” So we scrunched up a bit. Geordie asked us how many we were going to win by. Oooooh don’t! Drank up and left  and guess what? No queue, and therefore no-one to sit in the reserved seats! Fancy.
Walked up to the ground and there was Charles Manson, filming for Sky. Adge told us that there’d been a big smash on the A1and Blues were being held up for hours. Hope all were OK and no Blues involved. “Champions, you’re having a laugh” sang the daft Geordie boys.
Good turnout for our lads, silence for the two Geordies  killed in the MH17 plane crash impeccably observed, and a good performance from the lads even if we did ride our luck a bit.
Good run home, 2 pasties, 2 hot drinks and a bag of chips bought at Wetherby services for under a tenner, and arrived back in good time. Dropped the Vic off in Warrington, then joe as Real XS radio played, appropriately, Hey Joe by Jimi H, and I was informed that as he improvised on tracks, Jimi’s stuff is tricky to play on the guitar!
Burnley v Chelsea tonight, come on you Clarets.

Dave

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Saturday

SATURDAY
Really enjoyed City live on Thursday night. Just finished the questionnaire which omits the question : who did you attend with, and if you’re an OAP there isn’t a postcode for where you work!!
Never mind.
Strangely the L/P/manumirror has an article by Scholes having a pop at the rags. Lovely, that should endear him to united fans.
Big day today at Wallace Towers – joint birthday party for grandkids Isaac, 4, and Laura (nearly)  1. Bouncy castle in place.
Tomorrow it’s the big kick off, and we’re off to windy Newcastle. Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK216:

1)     SUNDAY AUGUST 17TH : NEWCASTLE (AWAY) KO 4PM

Fourth season back in the Prem. Last pot the 1969 Inter Cities Fairs Cup, recent connection is Shay Given, and this is the 157th league meeting.

Some celeb fans : Robson Jerome, Tony Blair, Ant and Dec, Sting, Jimmy Nail, Brian Johnson, Mark Knopfler, Paul Collingwood, Steve Harmison

Last season : They finished in 10th place with 49 points and 8 home wins 3 draws and 8 losses.

At the Etihad : It was a great 4-0 home win at the start of the season on a Monday night. Goals came from Silva (6), Aguero (22), Toure (50) Nasri (75) Crowd was 46,842 with 1,574 Geordies.
At Newcastle : It was a 2-0 City win in January. Dzeko opened (8) and Negredo (90+5)  clinched it after a very nervy performance when they had what looked like a decent goal chalked off. Crowd was 49,423 with 2,497 Blues.

In the Capital One Cup : 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
In the FA Cup : They lost at home to Cardiff in the 3rd rd

Our League form at Newcastle : 6 wins and 1 draw in the last 7 games.
For City : WWWWDWW

Transfers so far: Newton, Gosling, Ameobi, and Richards have left and Perez, Colback, deJong, Jammaat, Riviera, Ferreyra, Barlow, Lascelles,  and Cabella have come in.

Comment: We can’t keep beating them can we? But we need to! Fans are still discontented with the Ashley and Wonga situation but at least they’ve made a few signings this summer. What will Pardew think of the fuckin old c*nt after he won two trophies last season? Humble pie young man, and no head butts please!
Last Saturday’s reserve team performance wasn’t inspiring and whilst our big guns should be back, match fitness is in question. Only a win will do.
Respect and condolencies to the friends and family of Liam Sweeney and John Alder who lost their lives in the MH17 plane crash whilst on their way to watch Newcastle in New Zealand in the summer tour. RIP.

St James Park : Capacity : 52,387 (2,500 initially for City)

Tickets : £TBC

Groundwise : No surprise, we’ll still be in the top tier of level 7 of the Sir John Hall stand high up behind the goal. No flares or smoke bombs please.
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 16,001 in 1980/81 and last season it was 50,395. Incredible.
Pubs/parking: Plenty of pubs, on street parking and local car parks
Away day zines : True Faith, Talk of the Tyne, Black and White Mad. Sadly, The Mag has gone digital.
Sat Nav : NE1 4ST



Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wednesday

Wednesday
I was made up on Monday when RealXS Radio played MyXS selection from 2pm til 3pm. They played 11 of my selections, and all were part of my karaoke repertoire as I do believe “you gotta sing the songs!”
They included (skip this bit if you like) 1) Thunderstruck (AC/DC) 2) The One I love (REM) 3) Here I Go again (Whitesnake, slow version) 4) Feel Like Makin Love (Bad Company) 5) Jump (van Halen) 6) Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd) 7) Poison (Alice Cooper) 8) Since You’ve Bin Gone (Rainbow) 9) Wind Of Change (Scorpions) 10) Don’t  Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult) 11) The Passenger (Iggy Pop)

Having put me down as being from Manchester not Leigh in my recent letter, the MEN couldn’t even get my name right in Tuesday night’s away days guide!

Last night it was the launch of Richard Edghill’s book (in conjunction with Dante Friend) at The Etihad, and also a chance to view the South Stand developments from the inside, and progress didn’t look too good to me to be honest.

We’ve signed Mangala at last for £32M – a record for a defender further to the £30M the rags paid for Ferdinand in 2002, in the days before they bought the league, supposedly! What would that fee be worth now?

Vinny was asked on Sky what he thought of the rags appointing Shrek as captain and he replied majestically “I couldn’t care less”
David Silva has signed a new 5 year deal which is great news.
Tomorrow it’s City Live at Manchester Central, which we’re all looking forward too very muchly. See you there!

Dave

Monday, 11 August 2014

Monday
Five of us set off for London on Saturday morning in good spirits.
LP/Manu mirror back page story of Rodwell telling young English players not to come to City.
Reasonable journey down arriving at Greenford at about half three.
Sue and I caught the tube to Marble Arch, and after ploughing our way through the Gaza protesters met up with friends Raymond and Chrissie at Churchills for afternoon tea, but we just missed Sunday Supplement presenter Neil Ashton!
Back at the Premier Inn we chatted to fellow Blues, including ,Steve and disabled son Luke who were making their first visit to Wembley.
I also made one of my classic faux paux – lad in a Foreigner T shirt “I went to the same concert mate and met the band backstage at The Apollo” – “I didn’t” he said it’s just a T shirt my dad gave me”!
Oops, this ranked with congratulating a lad once on holiday in a City shirt who replied “Oh I don’t support them, I just like the shirt”
Plus confronting two Goths in Argos wearing Iron Maiden T shirts and quoting the lines from 666 The Number of the Beast! They hadn’t a clue and I didn’t half feel daft. So I should know better!
Still, I did beat the grandson at Pool. Twice!!
Sunday papers featured Nasri stories which were guaranteed to get him booed by Arse fans. Wembley then and we parked up in the green car park. Weather stayed fine and we did our meeting and greeting on Wembley way whilst selling a few KK216’s, So hello again to everybody. Team selection filled me with dread. Poor turnout from City fans and an absolutely awful performance. Sort we were used to years ago but totally unacceptable these days. And we brought  Scott Sinclair on near the end to confound us even more.
Getting away from Wembley was the predictable nightmare which surely Brent council should sort out.
Otherwise it was a good trip.
Some consolation MIGHT BE that they beat us 3-1 in a pre season friendly last year too, so Vinny will have to repeat that speech at City Live on Thursday. We need to get our players back and fit for Newcastle on Sunday otherwise we’re going to have as bad a start away from home as last season and that just won’t do.
Sort it Manuel
Dave
PS Don’t forget to tune in to RealXS Radio, 106.1FM for my song selection at 2pm today!



Ged Sounds off :


Ged's view on last season and thoughts foe this season: 

Last Season: Well we won the Premier League and the League Cup, and progressed to the CL knock-out stage so we’re pretty much delighted. However some fans think we missed the chance of a domestic treble by playing a weakened side against Wigan in the FAC quarter final due to having one eye on the uphill task in the second leg against Barcelona.
Overall it was a very entertaining season with goals flying in all over the place leading to us being top scorers in the Prem, ending with 102 just one behind Chelsea’s record. A record we would surely have broken had we kept Aguero and Jovetic fit all season.
Highlights of the season (other than several high-scoring victories) were the pair of hammerings handed out to “The Chosen One” and his clowns, comfortably beating Chelsea in the cup not long after they’d won at our place in the PL and the magnificent win at Goodison which effectively wrapped up the title.

Pre-season has been the usual waste of time with a defeat and win in Scotland followed by a tournament in America. The highlight was a 5-1 victory over Milan but it’s hard to evaluate these fixtures as several first-team regulars were still on the beach due to extended World Cup duty.

Transfers haven’t been too exciting with no “marquee signings” and we didn’t lose anybody we expected to keep. Jack Rodwell’s move to Sunderland was a bit of a surprise simply because we got money for a player injured for much of the time since we signed him.
Frank Lampard has arrived on loan which is supposed to be a way to keep him fit for the MLS season, but I’m sure he’ll be asked to pull a few strings in midfield if the injury pixie strikes again.

Players to watch this season: The usual suspects I suppose; Aguero, Yaya, Silva, Kompany and Hart. They are the spine of the team and according to the statisticians we had them on the pitch together for less than 450 minutes in the league all season. The choice is predictable of course but these are all great players and therefore “ones to watch”. And I have to mention our unsung (by the media) hero Pablo Zabaletta, a man who is happy to run through brick walls for the club.
As for unknown youngsters I’ll suggest Bruno Zuculini an Argentinean midfielder and Kelechi Iheanachi a Nigerian striker, both of whom played in the American tournament. They look good prospects and while Zuculini may be in the squad Iheanachi is likely to be loaned out to gain experience assuming we can get a work permit.

Expectations for this season: Nobody really knows. We’ve strengthened the squad if not the first eleven, and most of our title-rivals have done likewise. Liverpool played fourteen fewer games last season so it will be interesting to see whether the return to Europe takes its toll. Similarly will the lack of European football (and the sacking of the Chosen One – by the club that always gives managers time) allow our ridiculous neighbours to push for a return to the top four?
Most fans I speak to see retaining the title as the prime ambition, but we know the club wants success in the CL. We think we’ll be in pot 2 and know that even if we avoid one of the big guns (we’ve face Bayern Munich twice, Real Madrid and Dortmund in our four groups to date) we’ll have to win our group to avoid a tricky tie in the last sixteen.
Pellegrini has set the bar high by winning two trophies in his first season.
Let’s hope he can win at least one other in his second.

Ged Isaacs – Contributor to King of the Kippax.


Friday, 8 August 2014

Rules are for bending Arsene

Friday
Wenger’s been at it again re our Lampard deal and Manuel has told him to worry about his own team. Let’s hope we can put the Arse to the sword on Sunday. Not sure what sort of team we or they will be putting out yet. So we wait and see!

SUNDAY AUGUST 10TH : COMMUNITY SHIELD : ARSENAL at WEMBLEY KO 3PM

Ever present in the top division since 1919 when they cheated their way up from division 2 finishing 5th. So if they hadn’t done that they’d still be in the second division!
Last pot FA Cup 2014, Recent connections Gael Clichy,   Samir Nasri, Sagna. There’s been 172nd league meetings.

Some celeb fans: Bradley Walsh,  Piers twat Morgan, Johnny Rotten, Ray Davies, Roger Daltry, Colin Firth, Tony Hadley, Barbara Windsor, Jack Whitehall

Arsenal reached the Community Shield by beating Spurs 2-0, in the 3rd rd, Coventry 4-0 in the 4th, Liverpool 2-1, luckily, in the 5th and Everton 4-1 in the 6th, all at home. In the semi they beat Wigan on pens after 1-1 and extra time. In the Final they beat Hull City  3-2 after going 2 goals down early doors, winning it in extra time.

Last season, after leading the Prem for a lengthy period they finally scraped into 4th place with 79 points.
We lost 3-1 in a pre-season friendly after which Vinny Kompany said “you may think that Arsenal will win the league, and Giroud will be top scorer, but that’s not going to happen” We weren’t convinced but he was proved right!

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.

In the Capital One Cup, they lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea in the 4th rd.

In the Chimps League  :
In the Group stage they lost 0-2 at home to Bayern Munich and drew 1-1 away going out limply. They play Besiktas in the play off round this season.

In this competition it’s our tenth appearance. It wasn’t a fixture in 1904 when we won the Cup, and Arsenal were still south of the river, but in 1934 we lost to them 0-4 away, beat Sunderland 2-0 at home in 1937, lost 1-0 to united in 1956 at home, Bobby Johnstone having his backheeled goal direct from a corner mysteriously disallowed. David Gaskell came on for the rags as a 16 year old substitute in goal, his career later ending in disgrace after he dropped his shorts and showed his bare arse to the horrified and disgusted crowd. We recorded the highest ever score in this fixture in 1968, beating West Brom 6-1 at Maine Road, Bobby Owen’s finest hour (and a half!) but lost 2-1 at Leeds in 1969.
Then came a couple of seasons when The League Champs and Cup winners couldn’t be bothered to help raise charity money and so City played and won 1-0 at Villa in 1972, but lost 1-0 at home to Burnley in 1973.
We didn’t appear again until 2012 losing 3-2 to the rags, but won it the next year beating Chelsea 3-2 at Villa Park.

Last 10 games – we’ve won 4 drawn 4 and lost just 2 .

Our form at the New Wembley : This will be our 7th appearance. We beat the rags 1-0 in the FA Cup semi of 2011, then Stoke by the same score in the Final, lost 2-3 to the rags in the Community Shield to a last minute goal after being 2-0 up. Then in 2013 we beat Chelsea 2-1 in the semi but lost 1-0 to Wigan in the Final then last March beat Sunderland 3-1 in the Final of the Capital One Cup.
Usually the League Champs win this fixture.

Groundwise: Football grounds in London are ridiculous. Not only did Arsenal build their new ground, The Emirates there, but Wembley stadium was rebuilt in North London.
At least there’s a retail park there now, but red seats, 2 hours to get off the coach park post match and on the day there’ll be no direct trains from Manchester to London show what a folly it was to build it here. Surely they should’ve switched the game to Villa Park?.
City support will be severely restricted, but we need to do our best to get there and support the boys in this prestigious fixture, with proceeds, presumably going to Charity.
City fans usually hole out at The Green Man, subject of a visit from the amazing Hotel Inspector on telly recently, so the experience should be an improvement. Other pubs are The Torch, Crock of Gold, Moore Spice, The Blend, Alisan Bar, Crystal Club, The Parish, First Class Sporrts Bar, The Wembley Tavern, Flyers Last Stand
Last year there was good banter between City and Sunderland fans and generally it’s been a good atmosphere with just the two exceptions when we played the rags, so it should be a good day. We’re in the East stand this year though!

Transfers: Sanchez, Debuchy, Ospina, and Chambers  have come in and Fabianski, Sagna, Aneke, Bendtner, and Park have all left

Comment:  Good season for Arsenal last year though they tailed off in the title race, but finally clinched a trophy. Anything can happen in this type of game but we need to set down a marker. Enjoy the day.

Arsene Wenger reckons that we should be expelled from the Champions League, so he’s in for a dose of deserved and sustained booing! .
Martin Samuel wrote a good piece in the Fail recently, saying that Arsenal have been in Pot one of the Champs league for the last 14 years despite not being anywhere near the Prem title, their fans also  pay sky high ticket prices, plus remember the ill fated debenture scheme, so how is that fair? Not to mention Danny Fzman pumping in £50M (300M in todays prices)  in the early nineties so they could hang on to Tony Adams and co plus fork out millions for the likes of Dennis Bergkamp. How was that fair? And they did cheat their way into the first division plus won nothing until the thirties when they poached Herbie Chapman from Huddersfield. Pretty fair eh Wenger?

Enjoy the day.

Further news is that RealXS radio are playing some of your Eds karaoke repertoire on Monday August 11th at 2PM. This should include the likes of Thunderstruck, The Passenger, Day after Day, Comfortably Numb, Jump, Feel Like Makin Love, Seen It All, Wherever You Will Go, The One I Love, Lyla and more.
Fame at last!?

Dave


Sunday, 3 August 2014

sunday

Sunday
Went to the local garage, then to Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and finally Tescos where I picked up an Observer. Shouldn’t have bothered. Reports of rags v Real and Arse v Benfica. No report anywhere of City v Olympiakos. Not sure what the point of this trip to the USA was all about. Doubtful if, even as Champions we’ve encouraged much new support and the media have their dream final of rags v Liverpool.
Someone at the club needs to have a serious look at our non existant press coverage.
We’ve got a few players match fit and the form of Jovetic and Kelechi has been encouraging.
Pleased we’re on our way back in a way and time now to get the World Cup boys ready for action.
Ironic, hypocritical even that a few years ago when Chelsea went to the States Gill rubbished the place as not being a big draw for the rags.
No wonder everyone hates them!

Dave

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Pitch and bias

Sounds like Wembley and  1970 after the horse of the year show Tony!
Liverpool play AC Milan and sky sports have just shown their last meeting when Liverpool won the Euro Cup on pens. Is it me or wasn't the last meeting won by AC Milan in the Euro Cup?
Dave

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Thursday

Thursday
You might think Evertonians would be pleased with the back page of the Liverpool/manumirror featuring record signing Lukaku, but it’s a negative article. No sympathy for Saints inside, after all they’ve sold their stars to manu/Liverpool and the Arse, so that’s OK then.
Brian Reade has a bit of a pop at van Gaalling. Premier giants in the USA are united and Liverpool and Willy Caballero  has not joined City just to warm the bench and pick up a fat pay-cheque according to David Maddock. Funny how our signings only come for a fat pay-cheque isn’t it?

Dave

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wednesday

Wednesday
Finally the Liverpool/manumirror (Welsh edition) has the back page on the Yaya story – he’s staying which is good news. Change of policy? No chance it’s an article by scouse reporter David Maddock (son of John maybe?) and obviously only included as City are in New York, where he is,  to play Liverpool. Usual 2 page spread on Liverpool and united ffsake.
Still we should get a mention tomorrow after the City/Liverpool game. 2 page spread if they win, and quarter page if we do.
If you think I’m annoyed, spare a thought for my Everton supporting son in law who’s miffed that the news is all about the shaving foam stuff and not a peep about their record signing Lukaku.

Dave

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tuesday

Tuesday – had to switch off Sky sports news today – all about united and Liverpool again, whose next game is against Manchester City, we were told.

The Mirror was no better – their bloke in the Usa is the MUEN fella! I’ve written to them, let’s see if they improve their act?
Dave

Monday, 28 July 2014

Weekend

Weekend – Saturday - attended the youngest son’s graduation at the Bridgewater Hall, who DOES he take after? Very proud day.
Then we repaired to the Wharf where outside, a couple of arseholes wouldn’t let me and Sue sit down in one of the five spare seats on the bench as they were taken. Now I know I’ve put on a bit of weight but when one other person came and sat there I wasn’t best pleased. As it happened by then a nice young lady with a youngster in a pushchair said we could sit on her bench while she waited for hubby. When he arrived, Daniel, he recognised us and we had a chat about City!! We were then joined by other family members and enjoyed a nice meal.
Fantastic performance by our boys particularly Navas and Jovetic in the 5-1 win. Wonder if Mario thinks he’s made the right move?
Today I dropped off the zines at Bha1ji in Stockport that City hotbed, though the only shirts I saw were worn by sadrags. Finally got hold of some 2p stamps so posted the rest of the subscriptions out.
Sad to report that the manu/Liverpool mirror has lived up to its name with scarcely a mention of City and huge spreads on the teams which finished 2nd and 7th. It really is time to consider if it’s worth continuing to buy this dross though who’ll keep watch if we don’t? Letter int post,but do we have a publicity dept?.
Laughable letter in the muen in response to my rant at the bitter rags recently. E mail response promptly despatched, don’t hold your breath re printing though!!
Dave


Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday

Friday
Picked up the zines from the printers but what’s going on in Withy Grove? Too busy to get through to the Arndale so parked in the ‘Glass car park’.
Managed to put the zines into the High Street and Cross Street/Market Street outlets so we’re up and running though the season’s a few weeks off yet.
Picked up the Liverpool/manumirror – 2 page spread on the rags in the USA, one full page on Liverpool, nothing on City’s 4-1 win over the MLS Champs, just the negative Lampard and ‘City in web of deceit’ on Mangala  pieces.
Words fail.

Dave

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Thuirsday

Thursday
Should pick up the new fanzine, further to the Kindle version of May, tomorrow, sothey  should be in the outlets in Manc by Friday afternoon. This issue is A4, 56 pages, £3, and the colour front cover has Vinny with the trophies along with the Sheikh and Manuel in The Sheikh’s Lamborghini  (SM 1) based on the song (ta for whoever thought up that one, genius)
This issue includes all the regulars and summer diary, Class of 2013/14, World Cup, FFP, Melbourne City, Yaya Toure and tons more.
It can also be bought direct for £4.20 from (cheques to) King of The Kippax, 25, Holdenbrook Close, Leigh, Lancs, WN 7 2HL.
The Post Office, in its wisdom, have plonked a £1.17p postage charge on the zine, which doesn’t have a single stamp. So that’s a first, second class and 2p stamp required and visits to four separate post offices to find 2p stamps!

Dave