Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Tuesday

Tuesday
Parked up in the garage near Goodison where I lost then found the Barcelona tickets last season. Rain just after 3 o clock curtailed KK sales so we went in and found our seats in the upper tier a few rows from the front at the far side so luckily no restricted view. Chelsea scraped home at West Brom we heard.
Fantastic gritty and determined display from City and a deserved win at a very difficult place.
So looking good at the mo and only complacency or over confidence can stop us it would seem and there’s not much sign of that at the minute..
Reasonable getting away from the ground and home fairly early feeling very very good.
Even the manumirror can’t find much to criticise us at the moment and long may it continue.
Arsenal 0, Liverpool 0, good match for 3rd and 4th place! Roll on the weekend.

Dave

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Saturday

SATURDAY
Tonight’s headline is ”United unbeaten after 3 games” Still, they should be OK when they can hoof it up to ‘elbows’ Fellaini.
Everton tomorrow, and Lukaku biging it up in todays Guardian. Let’s hope Vinny can put him in his place

3) SUNDAY AUGUST 23Rd EVERTON (AWAY) KO 4PM

Last promotion was in 1954, millionaires of the 60’s, last pot FA Cup in 1995, 165th  league meeting, recent connections Jack Rodwell, Gareth Barry.
As always, eternal thanks to Bill Kenwright for telling Sheikh Mansour where to stick his money!

Some celeb fans : Andy Burnham (Leigh MP and future labour leader and PM), Freddie Starr, Amanda Holden, John Conteh, John Parrott, Ian Astbury, Austin Healey, Matt Dawson, and fans Jimmy from Stolen Haven, Teesy, Brian Price, and the Evertonian bloke from 26, Holdenbrook Close who kindly brings the KK mail round when it’s incorrectly addressed!

Last season : They finished in 11th place with 47 points and 7 wins 7 draws and 5 losses at home.
At the Etihad in December it was a narrow 1-0 win for the Sky Blues. Yaya scored from a penalty after  24 minutes. They managed to crock Sergio and the crowd was 45,603 with 2,679 Toffees.
At Goodison a few weeks later in January it was a 1-1 draw. Fernandinho  made the breakthrough in the 74th minute but we couldn’t hang on and from an inswinging free kick which foxed Joe, Naismith nodded in 4 minutes later. Crowd was 39,499 with 2,895 City.
In the Capital One Cup they lost 3-0 at Swansea in the 3rd rd
In the Europa Cup, they had a good run but went out to Dynamo Kyiv 6-4 on aggregate in the round of 16.
In the FA Cup in the 3rd rd they went out at West Ham after a replay.

Our Form at Goodison last season’s draw made it for City : DWLLLLW

Comment: Cleverley (boo) and Deulafeu have come in and Distin,  Alcaraz  but not Stones yet, have departed.
Always a toughie for us, but at least we’ve drawn and won in the last two.
Sometimes it’s good to catch them early doors. If I remember right they once lost their opening game 4-1 v Forest at home, but went on to win the league, but that was way back in the 80’s.
Second away game and another marker with hopefully a win.
So far they’ve drawn at home to Watford but won convincingly at Southampton.

Groundwise : Goodison Park capacity : 40,260, 2,900 for City. We’re in the left hand side of the antiquated Bullens Road stand, upper and lower, with restricted views.

Last season’s programme was a cracker, delightfully not perfect bound, and with classic Everton v City pics from the 50’s to the 80’s.
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Parking : Stanley Road car park and other local ones.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 19,343 in 1983/84 and last season it was 38,352.

Sat Nav : L4 4EL


Dave

Friday, 21 August 2015

KK Kompetition 2015/16

KK KOMPETITION



Your predictions for 2015/16


1)     Final league position…………………………………

2)     No of points……………………………………………

3)     No of league wins…………………………………….

4)     No of league draws…………………………………..

5)     No of league losses………………………………….

6)     League goals FOR……………………………………

7)     League goals AGAINST……………………………

8)     Goal difference…………………………………….

9)     League Cup round reached………………………..

10)  FA Cup round reached……………………………..

11)  Champions League round reached……………

12)  Europa Cup round reached……………………..

13)  Top scorer in all competitions…………………….

14)  His total scored in all competitions………………

15)  Average league HOME attendance………………..

16)  Average league AWAY attendance………………

17)  After how many games will we reach 40 pts…..

18)  After how many games will we reach 80 pts.....

19)  City player with most appearances…

20)  First unlucky City player to be sent off after September 12TH…………………………….  

21)  First dirty, filthy, disgusting  rag player to be sent off after September 12th………………..

22)  Will MP still be manager…………………….

23)  Will RC/BK still be ass managers………………

24)  Will KAM still be chairman……………….

25)  FA Cup winners…………………………….

26)  League Cup winners…………………….

27)  Premier Lg Champs…………………………..

28)  Europa Lg Champs……………………………..

29)  Champs League winners…………..

30)  Relegated teams from Prem (3x 1 point each)

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31)  Promoted teams from Championship (3 x 1point each)……………………………………………..

32)  Relegated teams from the Championship (3 x1point each…………………….

33)  Anything else………………………………….

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NAME………………………………………….

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

tuesday

Tuesday
Nice fine day on Sunday for the Chelski game. We arrived early enough but it was tricky getting into the East car park due to poor entry management
After saying hello to most of our regular buyers we headed to our new seats in the East stand which are fine and we’re surrounded by decent and passionate Blues.
Daughter and granddaughter were high up in the third tier of the Colin Bell and youngest son and grandson were seated in the fantastic South stand extension. Looks great, roof blending into East and West stand roofs a bit awkward, will  possibly be modified at a later date.
Feedback is that the away fan situation worked well, but it takes a long time to exit the top tier.
What a game and what a performance. Fantastic, top after 2 games, all the pre season doubts evaporated and we’re looking very good, though I thought that Raheem looked a bit lost second half..
MOTD reckoned that Dinho should’ve been sent off for leading with his arm, but I disagree as an elbow Fellaini style is the sending off offence.
Shearer did reckon also that City should’ve won 6-0, and I agree with that one!
Last night Liverpool cheated their way to 3 points. Steve Bruce said that the big boys get all the decisions so he’s accepted the fact that United’s success was purely down to refereeing decisions!
Tonight they’ve beaten Bruges with didgy decisions so normal service resumed at the swamp.
Dave


Saturday, 15 August 2015

saturday


Saturday
Happy 5th  birthday to grandson Isaac 
So the rags score one goal and get 6 points!
Interesting results, particularly Leicester going top, Sunderland losing again, Everton fans fly a Kendall out/oops Kenwright out banner and promptly win 3-0 at Saints. Swansea look good.
Chelsea in a bit of disarray maybe with the Mourinho/ Doc Eva debate., so we’re favourites tomorrow.. Phil Lines wants a chant : There’s only one Doctor Eva
One Doctor Eva

2) SUNDAY AUGUST 16TH CHELSEA (HOME) KO 4PM

Last promotion was in 1989 (with us) since then they’ve won the lot.141st  league meeting.
Recent connections are Frank Lampard, Scott Sinclair and Danny Sturridge.

Some celeb fans : Sugsy, Michael Caine, Billl Clinton, Phil Daniels, Seb Coe, Minnie Driver, Dicky Attenborough RIP, Trevor Eve, Damon Allbarn (Abramovich look-alike) , Nick Kershaw, Bryan Adams

Last season they finished in 1st place at a canter with 87 points and 11 wins 5 draws and 3 losses away from home..
At The Etihad in September it was that 1-1 draw. They opened the scoring through Schurrie (71), Zab was sent off, Costa hit the post and Frank equalised in the 85th minute. Crowd was 45,602 with 2,687 pensioners.
At The Bridge in January it was a 1-1 draw, Remy opened (41)but Silva equalised 4 mins later. Crowd was 41,620 with 3,020 City.
In the Chimps league, they’ went out to PSG in the knock out stage.
In the Capital One Cup they won it with a 2-1 victory over Spurs.
In The FA Cup 3rd rd they sensationally went out 4-2 at home to * Bradford City after being 2-0 up!!!.

League form at home v Chelsea last season’s draw made it for City: DLWWWWL

Comment : Monster game to open up our home campaign. Falcau, Nathan and Begovic and maybe Stones have come in to strengthen their already formidable squad, but Cech, Bamford, and Drogba have gone.
Chelsea were the villains, gatecrashing the top four before we came along. Two draws against them last season, if everyone else had done that we’d have won the title, but as they only lost 3 games the whole of the season in the end it was too much for us. Boring Chelsea riles them and Mourinho, but he is a genius (in his own mind) and manager of the year. How the f*ck did he manage to fiddle that when he only won the title and League Cup? Surely it should’ve been Sherwood who saved Villa from relegation and got them to Wembley? Some of their ‘fans’ have had 5 year bans after their disgraceful racist display in Paris which shamed the club and English football.
They only managed a draw last week at home to Swansea, and it’ll be a new Etihad ground record attendance of over 50,000 further to Wednesday night’s safety certificate. Chelsea won’t spoil the party, will they?

WWTWTWShite : Averaged 12,672 in 1982/83 and last season it was a pitiful 41,542.


Dave

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Thursday

Thursday
Went to the opening of the South stand extension on a beautiful night last night.
We were in the Legends lounge, which was very nice, and it was a chance to say hello to fellow Blues including Ian from Bredbury and Howard from Reddish, plus ex Blue goalie Steve Fleet.
Rest of the family were in the second tier but were disappointed with the catering, lack of promised face painting,  and the shop shutting right after the session.
Youngest daughter and granddaughter had their pics taken with Toni Duggan, who Tony Petrie had down as T**t of the month. Tony’s choice so we’re not being hypocritical here.

Heard a good story on the way home from a Blue who did the Anfield tour recently. Afterwards there was a Q and A session and David Johnson took the mic when the Sterling question came up. Surprisingly he said that City were on the way up and Liverpool hadn’t won the league for twenty five years so City were the better option for him to better himself at the mo, Just like David was when he signed for the Poo from Ipswich. A very brave speech commended in private by our Blue to Johno whilst Poo fans were open mouthed expecting the usual shite they’ve been fed on for the past 6 months or so.
Dave



Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Tuesday

TUESDAY
We set off at about quarter past three and parked up at about quarter past six, after a few hold ups and taking a diversion to miss the M6/M5 chaos.
Steve P popped down to pick up duplicate tickets cos Royal Mail had failed to deliver to our friends in South Wales. Took up our selling positions at the away end and had to go in before we could hand the tickets over. So a big thanks to Dudley the friendly steward who agreed to hang on to them until Dave and Barbara arrived after their M5 nightmare from the south.
And what a first half, undoubtedly one of the very best City performances ever. Yaya and Silva outstanding.
“Where were you when you were shit?” chanted the Baggies.
Erm, we filled this stand when we were shit, and YOU lot couldn’t fill it cos you were shit.
Vinny got the third and celebrated madly. A goal from a corner but don’t get carried away as Martin D scored at the Arse with one early in the season, and then…….
So Raheem is top of the league and we celebrated at Sandbach with a hot chocolate, cream, marshmellows with chocolate sprinkled on top.
So a promising start.
Went to the Etihad today to pick up some tickets for tomorrow night’s do. Served by a nice young lady, M’s Grace. So a chance to see the finished South stand, erm not quite there I don’t think. Anyway, looking forward to it, see you there
Dave


Sunday, 9 August 2015

Sunday

Sunday
David Sullivan said yesterday that West Ham  directors are treated like second class citizens at City.
Today West Ham beat the Arse 20, Saints drew 2-2 at Newcastle and Liverpool annoyingly won 1-0 at Stoke.
Tomorrow we finally get the season going with our visit to West Brom.
Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK225….

1) MONDAY AUGUST 10TH WBA (AWAY) KO 8PM

Last trophy FA Cup 1968, recent connection Joleon Lescott, Gorgios Samaras, 137th lg meeting

Some celeb fans : Frank Skinner, Julie Walters, Lennie Henry, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood, Cat Deeley, Judas Priest, Adrian Goldberg, Adrian Chiles, Dave Haslam, and KK subscriber Roy Carmichael

Last season : They finished in 13th place with 44 points with 7 wins 4 draws and 8 losses at home.

At The Hawthorns in December on a picturesque snowy day it was a 3-1 City win. We were 3 up by half time, no guarantee of a win these days, Fernando (8) Yaya (13P), Silva (34) scoring for City then Ideye (87) pulled one back. Crowd was 26,040 with 2,703 Blues.
At The Etihad in March  it was a 3-0 City win. McAuley was sent off in the 2nd minute which kinda killed the game off as a contest. Goals came from Bony (27), Fernando (40) and Silva (77). Crowd was 45,018 with 711 Baggies. Pulis must hate us!

In the Capital One Cup they lost 2-1 at high flying Bournemouth in the 4th rd.
In the FA Cup in the 6th round they lost 2-0 at Villa, and were rightly unhappy at the pitch invasions.

Comment : James(controversial)  McLean’s come in and Dorrans is the main departure.
Tony Pulis as expected, steadied the ship last season and steered them to safety including a 3-0 home win over Chelsea who’d already clinched the title.
Berahinho is their star but wayward man, and the squad includes Darren Fletcher (boo) , and Callum MacManaman…..
Justice for Jeff is a campaign launched by Dawn Astle, daughter of former Albion and England number nine Jeff Astle to raise awareness to her dad’s and others plight who died or are living with the results of continually heading the ball in their careers. Not sure if Baggies fans are continuing to stage a one minutes applause in the 9th minute of games, which was rather thwarted at The Hawthorns when we played them last year as City scored in the 8th minute.

Form at West Brom : Last season’s win made it :
WWWDWLLLW

Groundwise : The Hawthorns : Capacity : 28,003 (2,700 for City)
We’re in the RHS behind the goal again. We’ve written to the club to request permission to sell KK and have had a nice reply allowing us to sell at the away end so look out for us there.
We’re made to walk all round the ground at the end of the game.

WTWTWShite: Averaged  9,134 in 1986 and last season it was 25,063.

Parking : Local car parks

Sat Nav : B71 4LF


Dave

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Saturday

Saturday
John Cross is the manumirror’s Chief Football writer, if that’s the best they can do……!
Geoff’s told me not to analyse it so I’ll just put down the gist of his article with Jamo, as I’m sure there’ll be lots to say on the subject in the next KK!

David James reckons that City are the weakest link and will miss out on the top four.
He says the whole club’s philosophy is wrong and got lucky by tripping over the line in their two Premier league titles.
Liverpool will be the surprise package of the season and will knock City out of the top four despite another summer of big spending (presumably City’s, not Liverpool’s?)
City signed Sterling for 49M (if we win the Euro Cup?) Delph, Roberts and are in for £50M rated Kevin de Bruyne.
It would be unthinkable for mega-rich City not to be challenging for the title, let alone missing out on the top four, but their collapse at the end of last season did raise some doubts about Pellegrini.
James thinks that City have big problems ahead and claims Liverpool have addressed their weaknesses by replacing  their backroom staff .
Chelsea had the title won in November.
The City model isn’t right, just spending loads of money and acquiring players isn’t necessarily the model for continued success
Liverpool can’t spend £250M on players and not have success.
There you go, you can drive a bus through it if you like!

Robbie Savage has City finishing 5th and united winning the title!

Lots of doom and gloom on the blog at the mo, let’s hope we’re pleasantly surprised and the 3-2 wins will continue this season.

Would the rags get an easy draw in Europe or CSKA away? FC Bruges!

Dave


Friday, 7 August 2015

Friday

Friday
When I’ve time I’ll have a closer look at the manumirror’s John Cross article with David James. Don’t think that Jamo slagged us off all on his own he was put up to it by Cross the rag who challenges McDonnell as c*nt of the month.

I’ve just filled in the questionnaire for the City Live show, but here’s my two penneth.

1)     We went in separate cars as daughter and grandaughter couldn’t set off in time for the 5pm opening.
2)     Queued up from 5 til 25 past in the rain before being allowed in. Then found out we’d queued in the wrong queue, though there was no indication of being in the ticket collection queue.
3)     Noticed a couple of tables hosted by my friends of the supporters clubs. Had I known I would’ve requested a KK table.
4)     Took up our places on the back row despite booking fairly early.
5)     Pre show hosted by Nat and  Dan, fine – goal of the season shown – 10 goals?
6)     Manchester Camerata, very good, wish they’d played Thunderstruck!
7)     Pellegrini’s interview didn’t inspire.
8)     Rest of it fairly OK.
9)     Brill drumming group
10)  Not sure that goal of the season should include more than in the Prem but understand why.
11)  Disappointed that the vid of City’s history including last season’s highlights  wasn’t shown.
12)  Great performance from the group at the end, but why did most leave?
13)  Paid £10 for parking and daughter paid £5 after parking up after six. Lesson to learn for next year.
Conclusion
Fantastic turn out and it was just great to be amongst so many fellow Blues. Room for improvement though, not enough player/fans interaction. Do the club involve any fans in the agenda for the event. Should there be a questionnaire BEFORE the event instead of afterwards?
Any thoughts?
Dave



Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Tuesday

Tuesday

The Community Shield and a win for Arsenal who looked good and could do it this year with Cech in goal. Chelsea’s got problems. Can’t see Falcau doing owt and Costa’s injuries are cause for concern . Good!

Sad news about Cilla, and she was only 72. However I remember her once saying on TV that Maggie Thatcher had put the Great back into Britain. Also when she was the Pied Piper in panto once she asked the kids how she should get rid of the rats and someone in  the audience (a kid’s dad) shouted out “sing to them”. Brilliant, I wish I’d shouted that out. Having said that as someone from my era I was deeply shocked and saddened that she’s passed away.

BENCHMARKS?
So what’s being said in the press? The Independent wonders about Sterling being on our bench? Bloody hell he looks like the main man. Robbie Savage reckons the rags will win the title. Brian Reade thinks that Delph, sitting on City’s bench, will miss out on his England chances for the Euros.
Today Rio’s stated that Stones shouldn’t  join Chelsea to sit on their bench, and instead he should join, wait for it, the rags.   Aren’t we all sick of all the ex rags and Pooh players coming out with such bollocks, not to mention their media mates?
Just a few days to go for us to sign up a complete defence?
City Live tomorrow, see you there?

Finally, is that our friendly journo Martin Samuel performing in the latest (and miles better) You’re so Money Supermarket advert? Only joking!
Dave


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Saturday

Saturday
Been busy this week picking up KK225 from the printers, delivering to Aleef in town where sales will be affected as Cross Street is being dug up, then the Nat Footy museum through a load more building works.
We then went along to Home (daft name) to watch the brilliant Love and Mercy film about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.
Then it was off to Stockport which is also being dug up. What’s going on?
I’ve got most of the subscribers copies in the post  and hope to finish off tonight.
Good piece in the Guardian mag re women’s footy.
Didn’t see any of the Stuttgart game, think we need to get back to playing Bury and Stockport pre-season, to give us some confidence.
Just to finish off, New York City lost 3-2 at home to Montreal, Frank finally making his debut.
Tickets for City Live arrived so let’s hope there’s a bit of interaction with the players on Wednesday.
Season ticket pack has also arrived with a few goodies. and there on the inside cover of the Cityzens Members’ handbook is a nice shot of East stand level two blocks 207 to 209 showing myself in the blue jacket and all our friends who we’ll miss now we’ve all had to move.
So not a very inspiring pre-season, and a worrying week ahead before we go to West Brom
Dave


Monday, 27 July 2015

Monday

Monday
We’ve left Oz with a draw and win on pens thanks to Joe, against Roma, and a worrying loss even though we had an inexperienced defence, against a strong Real Madrid team, where fans held up a snide and inaccurate banner having a pop at Raheem. Twats!
Hopefully the front cover of KK225 will act as an antidote.
In Vietnam, good morning, we had an 8-1 win and next up it’s Stuttgart, where I did some business a few years ago, but sadly won’t be going to this game.
Jovetic is on his way to Inter, if he passes a medical, and as usual it’s a loan deal.
No deal tabled yet for De Bruyne.

Dave

new issue

KK 225 (AUGUST 2015) Contents:

Front cover : Welcome to Manchester, Raheem Sterling, with all the bitter, irarte ex scouse players etc. with the caption BOO-HOO

It’s A4, colour front and back cover, 52 pages, is £3 and in the outlets at weekend plus out for the WBA  away game, and subsequent games…….kindle version out soon....

Inside this issue : City World (summer diary), Class of 2014/15, Hello Raheem, Bye bye Jimmy, City ladies, media disgrace, FFP update, Clive Wilson, plus all the usual regulars……

Pages 2/3 – Editorial sets the scene with general issues at end of season games, the media, and City’s summer.

Page 4 -6 – Concannonballs, David finds time to reflect slightly cynically on close season events, Messi Milner, Sterling, signings and laments the fact that no-one at City is getting out there in Europe to promote our great club.


Page 7 – Shell Edmonds – Driven crazy by an Everlasting summer – Shell’s whimsically wiling away of the summer whilst awaiting the big kick off.

Page 8-13 - Jon Cantrill’s City World daily diary – covers day to day events and gossip for the past month, including transfer targets

Pages 10-12- The (controversial) Bunbury View – Paul  reflects on the greatest, our failure to dominate, the manager, the derby.

Pages 14 - 17 – How Was It For You – covers games from Villa to Southampton

Page 18/19 – FFP RIP (almost) Phil Lines take on Platini’s farcical FFP situation, plus Ross Percival’s 5 asides

Pages 20/21 – Let’s Hear It For The Girls – Neil Mather extols the virtues of City and England women plus our owners, then lambasts this summer’s media attempts to continue to discredit our great club, plus Bryan Duffy’s Isn’t it Funny

Page 22/23 – Savage Attack – Colin reviews the end of the season and compares the transfers of the dastardly Sterling and the saintly Milner, who, in fact, screwed us Royally.

Page 24 – The KK Kompetition for 2015/16

Page 25 – 28 - Tony Petrie’s monthly round up, on Sven, Blatter, Gerrard, and more, plus  this month’s Tw*t in the Hat is, unfortunately Toni Duggan and there’s a tribute to City fan, Tony Griffiths. Plus Burfield praises the new kit.

Page 29 - 33 – Ged Sounds Off, on last season, ups and downs, biased bastards corporation (the media), and ins and outs. Plus Connor Edmonds outshines his dad (Shell) with a piece on how City are the team that ruined football! AND Championship Mil-stone - Charlie Hadfield examines the statistics re Milner and De-Jong.

Page 34/35 – It’s A Fix – The Ed previews the first 4 games, WBA, Chelsea, Everton and Watford. Plus Steve’s Soapbox on nect season’s expectations

Page 36-39 – Class Of 2014/15 – The Burf, at the Ed’s request casts his eye over the boys of last season.

Page 40/41 – It’s So Unfair – Nigel Morris muses on the unfairness and hypocrisy of it all including FFP and Uli Hoeness ‘s jail sentence due to tax evasion!

Page 42/43 – FFP MK 2 – Colin Savage updates us on the current FFP situation and how it affects City.

Page 4344 – In This Great Future, you can’t forget the Past – Steve Rigby reviews David Mooney’s book on City’s season in the third tier.

Page 45 – Neil Shaw pens a piece on Clive Wilson, one of City’s forgotten heroes from a forgotten era.

Page 46-49 – Burfield’s Blast on Liverpool and the Sterling saga and wonders where City’s PR team have been hiding

Page 50/51 – An ode to James Milner – Howard Hockin reflects on Jimmy’s City career , and his move to L:iverpool.

Page 52 –Back Page – Uncle Ryan’s tongue in cheek take on Sepp Blatter.