Thursday 23rd January 2003
Well here I am again after 12 months of not updating the site for various reasons. I just wanted to let you all know that I am back to updating this site again so look out for more after the Fulham game
Monday 28th January 2002
Well yet another good month for City with 2 good FA Cup wins and topping the table. Benarbia and Berkovic are absolutely flying at the moment but I have a concern over who will replace them if they get injured. The 5th round of the Cup has brought an away tie against Newcastle with the Mighty KK returning to St James' Park no doubt to a heroes welcome. It will be a good test of how far City have come under Keegan. I liked the look of the new signing Niclas Jensen in yesterdays 4-1 win over the Tractor Boys. He didn't seem out of his depth at all. Another new signing is imminent with City having a look at former Palace defender Sun Jihal or rather they have asked him to look at City because Keegan reckons he is good enough and it will be up to the player to decide whether he wants to play for City.
Thursday 27th December 2001
A good day all in all yesterday with the Burnley match being called off and Wolves losing at home to Preston. The Goat obviously had too much food on Christmas Day as he could have had a bag full of goals in the opening 20 minutes of the game against West Brom. The ludicrous sending off of Richard Edghill didn't help the cause especially as he didn't dive and it was a definite penalty. Still these things even themselves out over the course of a season. Come May those who deserve to be promoted will be. Good to see Paolo Wanchope back in the team and it won't be long before he is back in the goals again.
On the transfer front it appears that Danny Granville is on his way out of Maine Road and down the M6 to Crystal Palace for £500,000, half of the £1million the Blues paid Leeds for him. Next Game is at home to Burnley on Saturday in a match which should be very interesting. Top versus 2nd, lets hope the boys close the gap eh!
Wednesday 21st November 2001
The season gets odder and odder. Just when you think right we are on a roll we hit another banana skin. A few howlers from Darren Huckerby when he should have had four or five goals, if his first howler had gone in it would have been a different story. Next match is Saturday against Rotherham.
Wednesday 19th September 2001
What a strange season so far. After the wonderful display against Watford on the opening day followed a dismal display against Norwich and a 2-0 defeat. Then 4-2 and 5-2 victories at home and away against Crewe and Burnley respectively. Then a 4-0 defeat away to WBA and another 4-2 victory this time against Notts County in the Worthington Cup, which was followed by an excellent 3-0 win against Birmingham and tonight's 4-3 defeat against Coventry. The main talking point at the moment is the new signing Ali Benarbi. A man of the match display on Saturday and a goal tonight. KK has been comparing him to the one and only Colin Bell which after 1 match seems a little premature but only time will tell.
Next match is on Saturday against Sheff Wednesday and in the next round of the Worthington Cup the blues have drawn Birmingham at the Academy.
Sunday 12th August 2001
What a start eh? An excellent man of the match performance from Eyal Berkovich and a thunderous free kick from Psycho and a good 3 points for the blues. Watford just couldn't cope with what the boys had to offer. Every time City attacked they looked like they were going to score. If this is a sign of things to come then it is looking very good indeed.
Next Match is against Norwich (a) next Saturday
Sunday 5th August 2001
More news from the academy. After much coverage in the media Paulo Wanchope and Shaun Goater are staying at Maine Road to help in the push for promotion. Each scored in the midweek match against Huddersfield that City won 2-0, a big improvement on the 2-2 draw with Scunthorpe and 1-0 defeat to Tranmere. Eyal Berkovich had an excellent game in the Huddersfield match and Willie Donachie had nothing but praise for the Israeli maestro. The squad numbers have now been decided for next season and are as follows
1 Nick Weaver (GK)
2 Stuart Pearce
3 Richard Edghill
4 Gerard Wiekens
5 Andy Morrison
6 Kevin Horlock
7 Darren Huckerby
8 Simon Colosimo
9 Paul Dickov
10 Shaun Goater
11 Terry Cooke
14 Eyal Berkovic
15 Alf Inge Haaland
16 Paul Ritchie
17 Stephen Paisley
18 Jeff Whitley
19 Danny Tiatto
20 Carlo Nash (GK)
22 Richard Dunne
23 Paulo Wanchope
24 Steven Howey
25 Glenn Whelan
26 Tyrone Mears
27 Stephen Jordan
28 Tony Grant
29 Shaun Wright Phillips
30 Patrick McCarthy
31 Laurent Charvet
32 Leon Mike
33 Chris Killen
34 Gary Browne
35 Brian Murphy
36 Danny Granville
37 Terry Dunfield
38 Rhys Day
39 Dickson Etuhu
40 Chris Shuker
Players without squad numbers:
Joey Barton, Damien Joyce, Gary Furnival, Barry Hogan, Andrew Tunnicliffe.
More news next update.
Sunday 22nd July 2001
Eh up everybody. City got the Friendly season off to a flyer yesterday with a 2-1 win over Halifax Town. Since last time I wrote City have made 2 signings in Simon Colosimo from Australia and now Eyal Berkovich from Celtic. To my mind that is an excellent signing. He could be the midfield creative talent we have been lacking since Kinky. Things are looking very good indeed at the moment and I have a gut feeling we are going to do well and possibly run up a record points total.
Friday 29th June 2001
Hello to the few people who have been checking in on a regular basis. I would like to apologise for the length of time since the last update but BT were kind enough to cut me off back in January so I have been unable to update the page so there you go. Huge amounts have happened at Maine Road since I last updated and I won't bore you all with the details as most of you will already know.
Somebody asked me in the pub the other day whether I thought KK would get City back up into the Prem and I have every faith in the man. The question is whether or not he can keep us there and stay at the club. Going by his past record he will get us back up challenging for honours by the time we move into our brand spanking new stadium.
The Watford match on August 11th has been chosen as the first live match for next season on the new ITV Sports digital channel just as the first ever live SKY match involved City. I hope we fare better on ITV than we have done on SKY. We never seemed to perform well in front of live cameras!!!!!
I would be grateful if after you have read this update you would sign the Guestbook or send an email to email@example.com just to let me know how many people still appreciate my waffling and nonsense. The figures from my Counter Company tells me that 40-50 people per week are still checking and if that is right I will carry on the fight but if not I may well give it a miss this coming season.
Once again if you have managed to get to this bit with out falling asleep I would like to apologise for the length of time this update has taken.
Thursday 18th January 2001
It's pants time at Maine Road again with the blues on another abysmal run of defeats. Two consecutive 4-0 embarrassments at home and knocked out the Worthington Cup at home by the Carrot Crunchers. I think we may possibly end up with a good cup run though and maybe another quarter final. Since I last updated there have been a few comings and goings with City signing Darren Huckerby from Leeds and nearly Steve Lomas from West Ham. It has been good to see the tank back in the centre of defence although he did give away a sloppy pass to let Leeds through for their first goal. It really is going to be a long hard slog until May but hopefully with a good run building up the confidence I reckon we will be clear of relegation by Easter, we will have to wait and see eh?
Thursday 14th December 2000
Well I thought it was about time for an update of this page. So much has happened since my last words that I can't remember what has happened. A farcical night at the academy on Tuesday ended up with the match being abandoned in case any of the highly paid players got their 1000 pound hairdos ruined. George Weah has left the club to join Marseille because he thought he was bigger than the club and the boys have been on a run of six successive league defeats which was ended by the magnificent 5-0 thrashing of Everton. At this point in the season in the run up to the busy Christmas period I don't see any reason why City can't finish in the top half of the table and win the league cup. I have not seen a team that much better than City yet this season except possibly for Arsenal who did a 5-0 job, but City were pants and had 10 men for the majority of the match.
The Worthington cup tie against Ipswich has been re-arranged for Tuesday with people who bought tickets for the first match getting free admittance and others getting in for half price. City always do the decent thing. Next match is against Villa on Saturday who will be looking for revenge for the 1-0 defeat in the Worthington Cup. Providing City beat Ipswich in the re-arranged match they will play Birmingham in the Semis. If my memory serves me right the last League Cup semis we were involved in was against Liverpool and City lost by 1 goal.
Any way more news and views soon. There will be no more 2 or 3 month gaps either between updates. This page is still getting between 60 and 70 visits a day so it's nice to know people are still looking in even though the updates have been few and far between.
Tuesday 26th September 2000
I am sat watching Nicky Weaver keep City in the Worthington Cup with 11 minutes left of the second half of Extra time against Gillingham. I can't help the feeling that they are going to repay us for the play off win. The performance tonight has been like the curates egg. In my humble opinion Paul Dickov should be in the starting line up every week. AND HE HAS JUST BLOODY WELL SCORED. hahahahahahahahahahahahahah looks like we are through. Another solid display on Saturday against Spurs after the goals that have been leaked this season a clean sheet was the order of the day. A poor display against Gillingham last week in front of a smallish crowd and I thought we would be out. All in all this season isn't going too bad. George Weah still doesn't look fit to me, either that or he is lazy but he is still a class act, imagine him fully fit. Paolo Wanchope didn't start the match tonight due to a knee injury and he looks full of goals. The draw for the next round is on Thursday night at 6-30. MARK KENNEDY HAS JUST SCORED TO MAKE IT 4-2. To be fair to Gillingham it is a very flattering score, there is no way they deserved to lose by that score line. The full time whistle has just gone and we are through to the next round and George Weah has been given the man of the match award.
Some players have left the academy on loan in the last few weeks. Nick Fenton has gone to Notts County on loan and Leon Mike has gone somewhere or other hopefully to score bags of goals. Andy Morrison has gone to Blackpool on loan as well I assume to regain his fitness. Next match is on Saturday against Newcastle which should be a good un as they usually are.
Saturday 16th September 2000
Well I am sat here watching motd and I don't think we have too much to worry about. Charlton and Spurs don't seem too clever but the rags are in a league of their own. 5-1 against Anderlecht 3-1 away to Everton. These are the sort of results we should be looking at in the not too distant future. The team did well against Liverpool last week and should have come back from Anfield with at least a point. City at the moment are languishing in 16th place but a win tomorrow against Middlesboro will see them climb to the heady heights of 7th (I think, I don't actually know who else is playing tomorrow). George Weah will take his place back up front after scoring against Liverpool after coming off the bench. News on the Net tonight is that Nick Fenton is joining Notts County in a permanent move after being there on loan. Good Luck to him and best wishes from most City fans. He made 19 appearances for the blues and always looked comfortable on the ball.
More wafflings tomorrow.
Monday 28th August 2000
Things have looked up and then gone to rock bottom again. A magnificent (in places) display against Sunderland last Wednesday night. A wonderful Hat-Trick from Paulo Goalo and ace support from George Weah. Then we had a bad time on Saturday against Coventry. Poor Richard Edghill. I bet he wishes he left when City dropped from the Premier League. I think he has been treated very harshly. When all is said and done he is still only 25 and has been with the club for ten years. I don't think he deserved the treatment he got. Nicky Weaver gifted two goals to QPR last season which cost City 3 points but he is still treated like a hero. I have one message to the boo boys. GET OFF EDGYS BACK. His distribution could be better but then again so could the entire first team squad. I for one would be very sorry to see him go if it came to it. He is a first class defender but he can't pass very well. You can bet your life if he leaves Maine Road he will end up in the England squad in years to come just as Andy Hinchcliffe did.
Next match is against Leeds on September 5th.
Sunday 20th August 2000
OH DEAR OH DEAR OH DEAR. NUFF SAID.
Monday 14th August 2000
The time has come once again for the butterflies and sweating Saturday afternoons. We will have to wait and see about the 3 new signings since my last update. George Weah is obviously a quality striker but has he got what it takes in the premier league? He has scored a couple of goals in the last 2 pre season friendlies so the jury is still out. Paulo Wanchope is one of those frustrating players who I don't particularly like, but if he bangs the goals in for the blues who cares. Steve Howey has been signed from Newcastle to bolster the lightweight defence but seems to be very injury prone, again the jury is out. 2 million plus another million depending on appearances seems a lot of money if he gets injured against Charlton in the first match.
The boys are live on sky tomorrow night and I have to say I am looking forward to it. It will also be nice to watch the highlights of league matches at 10.30 on a Saturday night instead of waiting up till 1.30 on a Monday morning to watch a few seconds of goals.
My next update will not be until after the Charlton match at the weekend so all I have to say is
COME ON YOU BLUES.
Saturday 29th July 2000
Well this weeks news is Shaun Goater is out for the start of the season. He has had a successful knee operation and should be back in training in 2 or 3 weeks. JR hasn't given up hope of signing Ugo but is still waiting for Villa to name a price. WBA are due half of the fee as part of a sell on clause so it looks as though they are holding out for 9 or 10 million. Villa offered West Brom a million to forget the clause (reportedly) but it was turned down. Who would accept 1 million quid if they were already guaranteed 3 million?
The pre season tour is going well after the boys beat Linfield last Saturday 4-0 and Drogheda 1-0 on Monday the goal coming from Shaun Wright Phillips. As I write the lads are playing at Gillingham and I can't find out anywhere how they are going on. I will enter it on these pages as soon as I know.
I didn't realise how many people visited my site because I had trouble with my counter for months so when I redesigned the site I left the counter off. I put it back last Sunday and reset it to 4000 (which it was months ago and I have already had 65 visitors this week and it's usually quiet in pre season. If you have been visiting for a while SIGN MY GUESTBOOK and let me know what you think.
Til next time Stay Blue Stay True
Saturday 22th July 2000
City have been in the news again over the last few days. They are on the verge of signing Ugo Ehiogu from Villa for SIX MILLION QUID PLUS. They have had a 6M bid turned down but John Gregory won't tell anybody how much they do actually want for him!!!! JR and David Bernstein have said they are flexible and will up the offer but can't until Villa let them know how much they want for him. The Daniel Amokachi deal is off as he has a crap knee. A little disappointing but it's better to have found out now than in a few months eh?
I enjoyed the Football Masters on Wednesday night. If you didn't see it it was an absolute treat. The City squad had Paul Walsh, Asa Hartford, Willie Donachie, Paul Power, Alex Williams, Andy May, Wayne Biggins, Nigel Gleghorn, to name a very old few. The Liverpool squad was quite awesome. Rush, Barnes, McMahon, Case to name 4. City played Liverpool first and beat them 2-1 then they lost to Everton 1-0 to a very lucky goal and then they BEAT THE RAGS 6-3 to set up a final against Liverpool which they duly lost 5-0, but they had only beaten Utd about 5 minutes before the final kicked off. As City had the oldest squad I thought that was a little unfair but there you go. It still made entertaining viewing.
City are playing the first match of their Pre-Season friendlies today against Linfield and then play another Irish team on Monday.
Anyway I am off until next time.
Saturday 8th July 2000
OK OK I got it all wrong. England were absolute pants and didn't get anywhere near the Semi Finals as I predicted. They were inferior in every way and were absolute crap. Now thats over with onto the main bit.
Everything is very quiet at the Academy at the moment. Since my last update Alf Inge Haaland is the only signing we have made. On the official City site it says Daniel Amokachi is training at Maine Road with a view to a permanent move. It seems a little strange that JR should go for him since he was the one who sold him when he was at Everton. He rates him very highly and would like to see how fit he is. There's not much else to say really except as promised I will keep you all posted on the happenings over at Maine Road.
Tuesday 30th May 2000
Can it really be 12 months since that wonderful day at Wembley. I watched the Gillingham match on Sunday thinking "bloody hell, they could be the Premier League next year like us" I still can't believe that City are actually there. There is a lot of talk in the Daily Man United about City signing Andrei Kanchelskis, Eidur Gudjohnson and Alf Inge Haaland and off loading 2 or 3 fringe players. JR reckons he only needs a squad of 19 or 20 players.
Congrats to Ipswich Town on their play off victory yesterday. A good couple of days on Sky Sports with a 3-2 and a 4-2. I have just converted to Sky Digital and have been messing with the Interactive Football, a lot of fuss about nothing really but it is still good coverage.
The next thing to look forward to is Euro 2000 at last and I can safely predict here on my Web Site at least a Semi Final place for the boys in white.
I have not kept the site as up to date as I would like this season but am going to try to spruce it up a little for the new season in August. Through the summer I am hoping to bring up to date news of signings.
Saturday 29th April 2000
Well here we go again. One point on Sunday at Ewood Park and it's back to the promised land. I find it hard to believe that Ipswich have beaten Charlton at the Valley, especially as not many teams have won there this season. No team has even scored 3 times there this season.
All this again brings back the memories of the 89 season when City needed a point from the last game of the season against Bradford. At the same time Crystal Palace needed a huge win and won 5-0. This season City need 1 point from the last game and Ipswich need a huge win. Ipswich are at home against Walsall who are fighting for their lives against relegation. Hopefully this time next week I will be writing about how we are promoted to Premier League and how we are going to stuff the rags home and away. We can all dream can't we.
Until next time stay calm and countdown the hours.
Saturday 1st April 2000
Another day another 3 points. Goal number 27 for the Goat and another for the Irish genius Mark Kennedy. The only thing that spoils it was the rags huge win versus West Ham and Barnsley's win. Things are starting to hot up now with only 7 games left. The boys are now nicely placed in third with a game in hand on Barnsley and only one point behind. The game in hand is against Bolton on Tuesday night.
COME ON YOU BLUES
Monday 27th March 2000
Long time no write. Problems at home have stopped me keeping this page up to date, but now I'm back. Plenty has happened since my last utterings not least a run of 7 games without a win and the signing of Spencer Prior. I am not too concerned with the clubs present plight though I have to say I think Charlton can pat themselves on the back for a job well done, 13 points clear with only 9 games left. City haven't been playing too well of late but whilst City have lost and drawn games so have Ipswich and Barnsley so it's not as bad as it could be. If somebody had said to me last May we would be 4th with 9 games left I would have laughed them out of the place.
Spencer Prior looks to be a good signing on Saturdays showing and we will need players like that for next season if we do end up in the Premier League. I reckon him and Andy Morrison will make quite a formidable pairing,
I am a little bit sad that things haven't worked out for Terry Cooke as without his skill and important goals last season I don't think we'd be talking about the Premier next season. Good luck to him for the rest of his career.
More stuff as n when.
Thursday 6th January 2000
First things first, a Happy New Year to anybody who is a regular reader of this page, and in the words of John Lennon "Lets hope it's a good one". Not a bad showing over the festive period with an away win at WBA and a home win against Grimsby and an away draw at Crewe. 7 points out of 9 cant be bad especially with 2 away matches. Huddersfield have slipped up a couple of times losing against Charlton and drawing against Crewe. The team that worries me is Charlton they keep plugging away and are only 2 points behind with a game in hand. Also Barnsley and Ipswich are creeping up on the blind side again.
Tony Grant looks like another of JR's good signing and is in the same mould as Ian Bishop. I have read in today's paper that Bish, Richard Jobson and Tommy Wright are to be offered one year extensions to their contracts. Good thing too in my opinion. Bish and Jobbo have been very consistent and have played well for most of the season.
Sunday's FA Cup tie against Leeds is looming and I have a feeling City could sneak it by the odd goal. Leeds are going through a decidedly sticky patch at the moment having lost on Saturday to Villa plus City always seem to do well against them. (Apart from the last time the cameras were there when Reidy was manager and Alan Harper blazed a penalty over the bar and City lost 3-2).
Wednesday 15th December 1999
Since my last witterings City have won one match and that was a lucky affair. 4-1 seems to me to be a very flattering scoreline. Nicky Weaver has now kept us in the FA Cup as well as the Division 1 promotion race.
City have finally signed Robert Taylor from Gillingham for £1.5m he has already scored 18 goals this season for the Gills which isn't half bad.
A very bad result last week against a very workmanlike Stockport side who seemed to want to win more than City did but they got their comeuppance against Grimsby at the weekend in the FA Cup. After being 2-1 up in the 89th minute they lost 3-2. Bring back any memories? Anyway I shouldn't gloat as City have drawn Leeds Utd in the next round at Maine Road.
Thursday 25th November 1999
Well it's been over a month since my last ramblings and what a good month it's been for the lads. The Goat has hit form, even Taylor scored last night in the 3-1 win over Barnsley. Old Sky boss Rupert Murdoch has bought a 9.9% share in the club, the deal with Gillingham for Robert Taylor seems to have fallen through due to the fact that we have new money and the Gills chairman is holding out for more money. Taylor himself is apparently getting a little peeved at the way Gillingham are standing in his way. JR has said he's already set his sights on somebody else.
Going into Saturdays match against Huddersfield we are sitting pretty 4 points clear with a game in hand. My vote goes for a low scoring draw.
More news soon.
Sunday 24th October 1999
Another hapless first half display and another 3 points. Yesterday the Blues should have been at least 3 down by half time but a wonderful second half display dragged us out of the cack again. When we are promoted to the Premier League if we carry on playing biz in the first half we will end up 3 down at half time. I don't think City are too far off being a very good side. The backbone is there we just need a top rate striker and we can't fail.
News this week is mainly regarding Robert Taylor. He's the very tall player who scored in the play off match at Wembley. Anyway no signing is imminent as he's injured for two weeks. JR reckons he's the sort of player we need. He doesn't miss many games and he has a strike ratio of 1 every 3 games. By my reckoning that means 15 goals a season. Surely we can do better than that. The Goat himself is already half way to that in a division higher. We need somebody who is going to score at least 25 to 30 goals. I would love to see Lee Hughes at Maine Road or the New Scotsman David Johnson.
More good news this week as United lost twice. :0)
Wednesday 20th October 1999
Good old Blues. Their worst display of the season and it's back to the top of the league!!!! That said it was a good 3 points and all the other results went City's way. Charlton beaten at Ipswich and Fulham beaten at home by Wolves. Stockport would have been up with City but for a last minute equaliser by Huddersfield. City are 1 point ahead of Charlton but have played 2 games more.
The signing of Danny Granville is expected to be completed in the next couple of days. A fee has been agreed with Leeds and now they just need to complete the personal details. He looks as though he will be an asset and he has linked with Kennedy very well. It concerns me a little that everything seems to be going down the left flank. A little reminiscent of Kinky. If Kinky didn't perform then neither did City. I don't want to see the same thing happen with Kennedy. Once teams begin to realise this they will just stick 2 defenders on him or keep hacking him down.
Good result for United in Europe last night. European Champions my arse. I just wish they had kept faith with Taibi, Marseille would have had a bucketful.
An important game coming at the academy this weekend. The visit of Blackburn. I predict a very close game and I think Goater will be back up front.
Sunday 10th October 1999
Not much to say this week. Back up to 2nd in the league, but no match.
A good win last week against Port Vale although it seemed like days of old as everybody inside Maine Road panicked for the last few minutes but it wouldn't be City without it would it?
The AGM was held this week and City have cut their losses from 6 million to around 3 and a half million. JR has been promised money if he needs it and David Bernstein is apparently talking to some major financial investors. More about this when I find out.
JR has had a player from the French League on trial at Maine Road this week but his club apparently decided he wouldn't be allowed to play for the reserves and there was a problem with his work permit anyway. The player goes by the name of Suffo and Big Joe can't say whether he'll be signing him until he's seen him in a competitive match, but he said he liked what he saw in training.
More as and when.
Tuesday 28th September 1999
Oh dear, Oh dear, Oh dear. Another day another loss. Still let's look on the bright side we're still 3rd and have to play Birmingham twice and Ipswich again next month. Lets just put it down to being very tired after the exploits at the Dell last week and then playing Ipswich and Norwich so close together. If the Rags had to play two games in three days there would be questions asked in parliament. "Should we put our professional footballers through such a trauma? after all they are only earning £30 000 a week" you know the sort of Taggart type of moaning I mean. Anyway as I am starting to sound like him I am going to go.
Stay true, Stay Blue
Monday 27th September 1999
2nd defeat on the bounce 2-1 v Ipswich but a very good display again from City. I thought we should have at least had a point but an unfortunate deflection by Richard Jobson put paid to that. We still in a very good position though lying in 3rd place behind Birmingham and Ipswich. So far this season I have seen nowt we need to be scared of, although I am still a little concerned about our prowess in front of goal. Goater and Dickov are both triers but I still think that with a prolific marksman up front we would still be top of the league. If you can think of anyone let me know. I find it very hard to dislike Shaun Goater but sometimes you have to be ruthless. Alright he's scored seven goals this season but if he had taken half the chances he's had he would already be well into double figures, and Paul Dickov will always have a place in my heart after scoring the equaliser in the play offs. If we are promoted we will need new strikers anyway so why not bed a couple in now, then by the time we are promoted they will have already blended in with the rest of the team. Defensively I think we are well prepared for the Premier League and we could do with maybe another midfielder.
Now I've put Joe Royle right on the way to manage my beloved blues I have read in the Mirror this week that Sheffield United are sniffing around after Gio Kinkladze for 2 million quid but only if he loses 2 STONE. I remember when City signed him they had to fatten him up on a pasta diet, I suppose that's what happens when you're miserable and not playing. Do you think we should resign him? let me know.
Tomorrow night City go to one of their favourite grounds, Carrow Road. A pretty lucky ground in the past so I'll have more news for you then.
Tuesday 21st September 1999
Well another good week. TOP OF THE LEAGUE and as I write this City have just gone out of the League Cup after a very brave effort. The whistle has just this minute gone after forcing Southampton into extra time after being 3-1 down. I am not too disappointed as the most important thing this season is promotion. It should be a good battle on Sunday as the boys go to Portman Road. This match is Live on Murdoch TV. I am still top of the Blue View Prediction League just as City are.
A couple of bits of City news in case you haven't heard. Tony Vaughan has gone on loan to Cardiff City for a couple of months and Jim Whitley has apparently been on loan for a while at Blackpool and has his loan extended for another month. Tommy Wright's loan at Newcastle is nearly over as Shay Given is now back to fitness.
That's about it for this week. More next week.
Monday 13th September1999
Eh up 'ere we go again. Another three points and another goal for 'supersub' Gareth Taylor. Not a brilliant match but it shows that after going a goal down they no longer roll over and play dead. They are no longer a joke and are a lot more difficult to beat. I keep hearing people saying things like "City fans are getting all carried away", but as we all know the one you can't get as a City fan is carried away. We have been dropped on our faces that many times we just take each mishap as it comes.
The next two home games should be interesting in the league. After disposing of Steve "I am too ill to carry out my duties as Manchester City manager" Coppell's Crystal Palace the next two home matches are against the football genius himself Alan Ball followed by the unlucky Brian Horton, the man who brought us that wonderful partnership of Walsh, Rosler and Beagrie. I believe if Frannie Lee had left him alone we could have been playing in Europe for the last couple of seasons. But he stuck his fat arse in and here we are with a different chairman and a different outlook. The world of football is looking a hell of a lot rosier.
Next match Wednesday night against Southampton and it should be a good test of our resolve and a good test as to how we would survive in the Premier League if we were to go up this season. Personally I can't stand Southampton as they should have gone down the season we did. They have been there every season since but always seem to get away with it. Here's to another 5 or 6 goal hammering. The League Cup must be one of Joe Royles favourites after the '89 season with Oldham, and Frankie Bunn's 6 goals in a match. Frankie Bunn is now on the staff at Maine Road I do believe.
Tuesday 31st August 1999
Hello again. 2nd in Division One 6 clean sheets in a row and things are looking very bright indeed. Another good display yesterday against Forest especially in the first half, and a good result on Saturday against Bolton with the result being better than the performance by all accounts. A cracking goal by Mark Kennedy making the difference. I can't help feeling that if we come up against a team with a prolific striker we could be in trouble. Bolton could have had a bagful on Saturday but poor finishing let them down (pretty much the same as City really). I was a little bit disappointed that Shaun Wright Phillips didn't get on the pitch against Forest as it would have been a bit of history with a father playing against his son as it has never happened before. A father and son have played on the same team but never against each other.
Other news, all the talk at the moment is about Nick Weaver being the best thing since sliced bread and travelling with England Under 21's for 2 matches, let's just hope he comes back in 1 piece and keeps his feet on the ground. Poor Tommy Wright has gone on loan to Newcastle and had 2 put past him against Sunderland (1 by Quinny) and 5 put past him by the scum yesterday. I bet he wishes he hadn't bothered.
After last weeks match I was top of the blue view prediction league and at this moment in time I am still there. So there you go not a bad couple of weeks. Full points for the blues and 2nd in the league, and a lot of points for me and top of the league.
That's all for now except to say that I will be putting a few scans on this page in the next couple of weeks as I bought myself a new scanner yesterday, and I am taking off the Daily Mirror scan done by my brother as it takes too long to load the page. It is now just a link to the scan. Click on the link and then right click on the image and save. Easy as Burnley.
Till next time stay blue stay true.
Sunday 22nd August 1999
Two good results since my last utterances. 0-0 against Fulham in a game which we could and quite easily have won. What seems to be lacking at the moment is a killer touch in front of goal. Then yesterday another good win against Sheffield United 6-0 and a good day for me in general as I am top of the Blueview Prediction League. I predicted a 3-0 win for yesterday with the first goal from Horlock in the last half of the first half.
Anyway things are looking good at the moment with City in 8th place in the first division and cruising into the second round of the Worthington/Coca Cola/Milk/League Cup (delete as applicable) with the second leg on Tuesday night at Turf Moor.
BTW if anybody from the Macc Branch of the City Supporters Club is reading this why weren't you at the Family Fun Day today?
I listened with interest to the GMR phone in yesterday and they were asking which striker they would like to see at City. A few names cropped up including believe it or not Niall Quinn, Mike Sheron, Ashley Ward, Kevin Gallacher and Jason Euell from Wimbledon who according to the caller who rang in would be available for less than a million quid. I opened the Sunday Mirror today to find that George Graham is preparing a 5 million quid bid for him!! I agree with the choice of Quinny but it's highly unlikely he'll drop a division after getting back into the Premier League with Sunderland though he is on the bench.
Anyway enough for now I'm off.
Wednesday 11th August 1999
A total eclipse of Burnley again. The boys done good tonight with a 5-0 win over poor Burnley. Personally I could see it coming after Sunday. Goals tonight from Goater, Horlock, Kennedy 2 and even Gareth Taylor got in on the act.
It's the first away match of the season on Saturday against post Keegan Fulham. They got off to an average start on Saturday with a 2-2 draw away at Brum and won in the Worthington's Cup last night. The two players to worry about are Horsfield and of course Stan the Man. I just hope he's too depressed to play. I predict a 1-1 draw with Shaunie getting his second of the season.
More stuff on Saturday night.
Sunday 8th August 1999
Oh dear Oh dear Oh dear, not exactly the flying start we had all hoped for, though we actually played quite well. We are desperately short on firepower. If we had a couple of better frontmen it would have been a completely result today. City absolutely dominated, especially the second half when it was more like the Alamo. Still things are looking quite good as Wolves are expected to be there or there abouts at the end of the season and just missed out on a play off place last season. Things are looking quite good in my view. Next match midweek versus Burnley in the League Cup. No doubt Burnley will be hoping to avenge the wonderful 6-0 result last season, I hope City repeat that performance.
More news after the Burnley result.
Thursday 5th August 1999
Well the big KO is nearly upon us and things are looking good. Joe Royle is quoted on Teletext today as saying he looking for at least a play off place. He said he has seen quite a few sides in pre season and has seen nothing he thinks we should be afraid of. Big words Joe just go carefully. A good win against Liverpool the other night 2-1 after being a goal down (with a good display from Mark Kennedy) can't be bad. OK so it was only a friendly but it must be good for morale. I reckon we should be looking at a spot just outside the play offs this season and the promotion next season.
I had a mail this week asking me to link to a new site. It's called "The Maine Line" So I had a browse and it really is very good. It can be found at http://freespace.virgin.net/d.swift/MAINE/index.htm take a look it's new for this season.
Things seem pretty quiet on the City Newsgroup hopefully things will start to take off pretty soon.
Anyway more here on Sunday night after a convincing win on Sunday. My prediction a 2-1 win.
Friday 23rd July 1999
A fair bit has been going on in the last few weeks at the old academy. A major signing in Mark Kennedy, a couple of friendlies, and a French trialist who has now returned to La France to lick his wounds after being rejected. I am looking forward to the coming season and seeing two wingers on the wide Maine Road pitch. It will hopefully bring back memories of the mid seventies with Peter Barnes on one wing and Denis Tueart on the other. Last weekends result at Bury was rather strange with a 2-1 defeat, but a goal from the promising Aussie Danny Allsopp getting a consolation goal for the blues. Tuesday night saw a 2-0 win against Halifax Town who are now managed by former City and Macc star Mark Lillis, goals coming from Andy Morrison and Gareth Taylor. During this match a french triallist was given the opportunity to impress but didn't and so is now on his way back to France. Joe Royle said he was a good player but wouldn't add anything to what we already had so he wouldn't be taking it any further.
Another friendly tomorrow at Bristol City which was arranged I assume as part of the Shaun Goater transfer, and another friendly has been arranged at Maine Road against Liverpool for the beginning of August. For people in the Manchester area the friendly against Everton next Thursday is being screened Live on L!ve TV at 7.30 ish.
More news as it happens, when it happens.