This week : Forgot to mention there was a POB meeting last week. good turnout lots to discuss, official minutes awaited.
We all bust a gut to get KK177 to the printers last week to be out for the home game with Stoke. My hunch was if Spurs beat Bolton, and City go out or we’re away (at Chelsea) that would’ve meant one home selling day Liverpool, and maybe a run of 5 away games on the trot – Stoke (FA Cup replay), Chelsea, Chelsea (F.A. Cup ) Sunderland, Fulham. Good planning eh?
So it was a disappointment all round. A cold, cold day again, poor crowd, 28,000 – late kick off, on TV, ticket prices fairly high on Stoke’s insistence, and folk who used to stop and chat and buy a zine walking past without a wink or a nod. Depressing.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, we had the game. Started brightly, then faded with some appalling passing. Funny how Stoke were supposed to kick us off the park yet it was they who had men injured. It looked promising at 1-0 then it all went to pot culminating in Shay’s pathetic clearance into Delap area touch and the inevitable. Joe dealt well with the throws last season. I was shouted down by Lakey and Gleghorn on Blue Tuesday that time for having the temerity to suggest that Shay should come out for crosses now and again. Does his shot stopping compensate?
I sat there wondering what I was doing there. Barry nearly nodded in the winner but we now have to face two trips to Stoke and maybe two to Chelsea. What a draw that was.
So, off to Stoke tomorrow with batteries recharged. We’ll miss Tevez but Johnson’s back and we still should have too much for them. Here’s the It’s a fix extract :
Into their second Prem season, and their one and only trophy was the League Cup in 1972 when they beat Chelsea 2-1. Most recent connections : Glen Whelan, Peter Reid. Big name supporter : Nick Hancock. 82nd league meeting.
Tony Pulis’s (Two nil up and he f**ked it up) squad includes : Sorenson, Wilkinson, Ab Faye, Diao, Delap, Collins, Huth, Shawcross, Lawrence, Fuller, Whitehead, Etherington, Beattie, Simonsen, Tuncay, Higginbotham (boo) Whelan, Kitson…
This season so far : At COMS in December it was Roberto’s first game in charge and we strolled to a comfortable 2-0 win. Petrov opened the scoring on 28 minutes and Tevez finished ‘em off on the stroke of half time, in front of 47,325 with 2,844 Stokies. Obviously we've just had the cup game. Nuff said!
Currently they’re in 11th place with 29 points from 23 games and 6 wins 3 draws and 3 losses at home.
In the Carling they went out 4-0 at Portsmouth in the 4th round.
In the F.A. Cup they’ve beaten York City 3-1 at home in the 3rd and Arsenal 3-1 at home in the 4th round
Our form in Stoke : Last season in January it was a 1-0 loss with Beattie getting their goal just on half time. Delap was sent off for a vicious foul on SWP which seemed to affect our little maestro who was retrospectively banned on video evidence for a few games owing to a mild retaliation. 27,236 (2,818 City)
Prior to that we’d won 3 and lost 3.
Comment : Could be another double on the cards. It’s a pretty intimidating atmosphere there at the moment and Delap’s throws are tricky, so keep the throws down to a minimum in the danger areas City. A moral;e boosting win is much needed.
Wind Ups : There’s only one City plus pansy Potters and Stoke you’re a F**kin joke (pity that Manc rhyymes with Wank!) .
WwtwtwShite : Averaged 8,288 in 1985/86
Their current home average attendance : 27, 027
The Britannia Stadium Capacity : 28,218 (2,800 for City)
Groundwise : We’ll get half of the stand behind the goal. Last season at half time there was lots of bottle and bin throwing by Blues for some reason and the cops with dogs came in. Surprised therefore to hear that it is still going on at other games and culminated in the death of a Blackburn fan recently when a bin hit him on the head. Why have they still got bins instead of the plastic bags utilised elsewhere? I’ll hopefully have a chat with the cops to try and clarify the situation.
Away day zine : The Oatcake (buy it if you can)
Steve Parish route: M6 to jn 16, then A500, under the new flyover junctions, then left onto A50 (signed Uttoxeter) and first exit left and back on other side for the stadium. In previous years, away fans have been directed to Trentham and the A5035 entrance to the ground. (Leave M6 at jn 15, at the roundabout take A519 right, then left at lights (B5038 Whitmore Road) down to A34 and turn right, then left at roundabout on A5035, road to stadium on left after about a mile.
Parking : Plenty of car parks round and about
Sat Nav : Mathews Way ST4 4EG
Public transport : Off peak day returns from Piccadilly to Stoke from £8.90 (limited trains) to £12.90.