Fine day yet again and good run over the M62. Parked up in a Church car park and chatted to the attendant who was Northern Irish and as we’d given Belfast Blue Alan Wilson, over from Nigeria where he’s working at the mo, a lift, there was plenty to talk about. Turns out the fella was a Palace fan, and tickets for the Hull v Palace game are £16, a bit of a difference to the £50 for ours!
Coffee at the leisure centre in the park then on to the ground. Big cheer from inside meant Everton had equalised v Liverpool . Some rumblings about the possibility of the Moscow away game being played behind closed doors.
Then inside for the game, City fans partly behind the goal and alongside the pitch.
Good start then disaster so 2-2 at half time. Second half referee Taylor continued to give us nothing, but we popped in two, thanks to Edin and super incredible Frank to clinch the points. But we must improve our corners.
Nightmare getting away from the ground and the boring debate on 606 was on Joe Hart being ‘’’dropped’’’ for Willy , who had a new song to the tune of the Okey Cokey.
Joe’ll be back on Tuesday I’m sure, when it’s Roma in the Chimps league, and I’ll be turning my back when the theme music is played and hope other Blues will do too, as a protest to FFP though that’s taking a further turn now with the official protest
6A) TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH : CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP MATCH 2 : AS ROMA (HOME) KO 7.45PM
They were formed in 1927 by a merger of three clubs arranged by Fascists and have been in the top flight every season since apart from 1951/52.
They’ve won three serie A titles, in 1941/42, 1982/83 and 2000/01, nine Coppa Italia titles (first in 1963/64), and two Super Coppa Italian titles.
In Europe they beat Birmingham City 4-2 in the Inter City Fairs Cup in 1960/61.
In 1972 they beat Blackpool 3-1 to lift the Anglo-Italian Cup. (A competition City entered in 1970/71 going out to Bplogna 2-3 on agg)*
In 1983/84 they finished as runners up to Liverpool in the European Cup, drawing 1-1 but losing out on penalties, best remembered for Brucie’s wobbly legged display and scousers being bricked and bottled as they exited their stadium.
In 1990/91 they finished runners up to Inter Milan over two legs in the UEFA Cup.
In recent years they’ve played Liverpool, Arsenal and united in the Champions Leaue, attacking English fans on each occasion in Rome.
Club nicknames are The yellow reds, the magic one, the Wolves.
They nearly went bust in 1964/65 but fundraising by supporters kept the club going.
Club crest is now the female wolf with brothers Romulus and Remus. Romulus killed his brother and Rome was reportedly named after the victor.
Popular anthem is now an adaptation of the White Stripes song Seven Nation Army.
Current president is James Pallotta, coach is Rudi Garcia and players include Ashley Cole, Gervinho and Maicon, though their most famous player after Fransesco Totti, is possibly Brazilian Falcau 1980-85, best remembered for his celebration after scoring for Brazil v Italy in the 1980 World Cup.
Previous coaches include Alec Stock, Capello, Sven and Ranieri.
They are the 5th best supported club in Italy, play at the 70,634 capacity Stadio Olimpico, which they share with Lazio, but are moving to a new 55,000 capacity stadium in 2016.
Last season they finished second with 85 points, but 17 behind Juventus who finished up with 102 points.
This season so far after 5 game they’ve got 15 points and are second to Juventus, with 5 straight wins
Comment: A bit of an unknown quantity, but we know the score and only a win will do. Fans have a bad reputation in Italy so we need to be vigilant here tonight.