Set off early, and went to Morrisons just part the ground for a snack. It took an hour and a quarter to get there, then ¾ of an hour to drive back to the car park at the ground 1/2 a mile away owing to gridlock on the M6/M5 further down! Lots of City fans Involved in horrendous traffic queues, and kick off put back quarter of an hour. Adrian Chiles walked past me but didn’t buy a fanzine!
Programme had good features on City and Colin Bell, plus a reminiscent and amusing article on past games. No, not City’s 6-1 wins in 1921/22 and the record Charity Shield win of 1968, or even the 7-1 win in 1937/38 but Albion’s 7-2 win in 1933/34 and, inevitably our 2-9 loss in 1957, when Joe Fagan scored one of our goals. Pretty good that since Joe was on the backroom staff at Liverpool at the time! It was Paddy you twit.
Stewards were telling me of dreadful scenes when united fans arrived at the game there last season. Fans with no tickets trying to get in and crushing caused. Body checks and sniffer dog greeted us at the turnstiles. Disbelief as Dzeko and Kolarov were picked, but at least Garcia wasn’t on. Dominant first half, two up, could’ve been four. Dzeko put himself about, fair do’s. Second half Kolarov was tripped and Yaya made the game safe from the spot. Our defence forgot that the game kicked off late and went to sleep in the last few minutes for Albion to pull two back and Dzeko had a stinker. Still it didn’t stop City fans Singin the Blues as the rags lost 1-0 at home to Everton.
Run home was reasonable, considering the single lane and speed limits.
Saints next. Strongest team please Manuel, it's an expensive trip for us fans..