Friday, 13 December 2013

Friday

Friday, and yesterday it was Bill Foulkes’ funeral. A united player who scored an own goal in the 1957 Maine Road derby, who City played a testimonial for in 1970/71, a 3-0 City win. A legend who played in an era when their players were generally respected. RIP Bill.
Guess what? Nic Anelka pic returned (which I sent to West Brom a few weeks) ago with signature though it’s difficult to decipher!
Big one tomorrow, let’s hope it’s not ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show!’ Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK210 :

16) SATURDAY DECEMBER 14TH ARSENAL (HOME) KO 12.45PM
Ever present in the top flight since 1915, when they cheated their way into the Division One, last pot the F. A. Cup in 2005, 8 seasons ago. Recent connections Clichy, Toure, Nasri, and Adebayor, 171st  league meeting.

Some celeb fans : Piers Morgan, Johnny Rotten, Ray Davies, Roger Daltry, Colin Firth (or is he Spurs?), Tony Hadley, Barbra Windsor, Jack Whitehall, Bradley Walsh

Last season at The Emirates in January it was a 2-0 City win with goals from Milner (21) and Dzeko (32) who made up for his earlier penalty miss when their player  was sent off. Vinny was also sent off later by Mike Dean but that was rescinded. Crowd was 60,107 with 2,399 Blues
They finished in 4th place with 73 points
In the Capital One Cup, they astoundingly went out at Bradford in the 5th round 1-1 aet and 3-2 on penalties.
In the Chimps League they went out to Bayern Munich 1-3 home, 2-0 away.
In the FA Cup they lost 1-0 at home to Blackburn in the 5th rd

This season so far they’re in top spot with 35 points from 15 games and 6 wins 1 draw and 1 loss away from home.
In the Chimps league they beat Fenerbahce 3-0 away and 2-0 home; Marseille 2-1 away (Nov 26 home) ; Napoli .-0 home, 0-2 away; Dortmund 1-0 away 1-2 home; to go through in 2nd on 12 points
In the Capital One Cup they drew 1-1 at WBA but won on pens in the 3rd rd but lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea in the 4th rd.

Form at home to Arsenal : At The Etihad in September it was a 1-1 draw with goals from Lescott (40) but Koscielny (82) got the equaliser. Crowd was 47,318 with 2,847 Gooners.
We also lost to them 3-1 in a pre season friendly, when Vinny advised us that “you make think that Giraud would be top scorer and Arsenal will win the league, but that won’t happen”
There’s been 16 games in the Prem and 4 wins (1-0 in 11/12 and 06/07, 3-0 in 2008/09, 4-2 in 09/10, So 4 wins 1 draw 2 losses in the last 7.
For City : DWLWWLW

Comment : For a club who reckon “you can’t buy class” their fans went berserk at the start of the season after the 3-1 home defeat to Villa because they hadn’t bought “class” Hypocrites. Anyway Ozil (£42.5M) came in as their only big buy, though the rest of the squad have pretty well all been bought. They got £8M for Gervinho, and Arshavan and Denilson also departed. This looks like being a cracker and a win would obviously be another fantastic result.

WWTWTWShite : Their crowds were down to an average of  23,824 in 1985, and this season it’s 59,969.

 Dave



5 comments:

  1. Bloody foreigners - ruining the premier league!

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  2. Fascinating and very amusing to watch Arsehole Whinger taking on the ferg role. He started complaining to the 4th official after 40 seconds about god knows what and carried on throughout the (mis)match. He's blaming the ref for the pen and at least 2 dodgy offsides, the early kick-off, the late return from Italy (obviously, they travel Ryanair and have to queue for hours like ordinary people; don't suppose Emirates airline helped out!). Danny Taylor in The Observer comments that "title winners generally do not cite fatigue in December" - hope Wenger doesn't read that or Taylor could be banned like he was by ferg.
    Apparently, the last time we scored 6 goals at home on 3 occasions was in 1937-8 when we got relegated.
    The lad next to me stood to win £800 after forecasting a 5-2 win but still stood applauding at the end.
    Can't decide over Panty v Hart; 2 excellent saves particularly the shot from dummy-thrower Wilshere and little wrong but a very dodgy punch out which didn't clear the area.
    But it's the season of good-will so a Merry Christmas to all!

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  3. Stupendous performance, stupendous match. Apparently Wenger said he would not swap his squad for ours. Well I felt we had perhaps half a dozen MOM candidates and Arsenal none. It was one of those matches where you could never really relax but always felt however many they score we would score more. Pantillimon was my only real disappointment. I totally agreed with the decision to drop Hart but truly believed it was time for him to be brought back and I think events proved he should’ve been. The punch described by Geoff was very poor (not the 1st time it’s happened) and I think Hart would’ve saved their 1st (and possibly 2nd) goal. It’s been very nice to see us getting full credit on both MOTD, especially as Thiery Henry was a guest and the Sunday Supplement. Oh, one last point. How on earth is that prick Michael Owen still getting work as a co commentator?

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  4. This has been a very important week for us and one which we came through with flying colours

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  5. I know what Wenger means, I wouldn't swaqp our squad for his eiher

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