We went for an early one to make sure there would be no traffic hitches, for just the one home game selling for KK189 – and prayed for a fine night!
Pulled up at the lights on the Lancs next to a sort of white van vehicle. Driver, looking as rough and tough as old boots, gazed across at me sat in the passenger seat with my City shirt on as I wondered whether he was blue or red. He put his head down to reveal the City crest tattooed on his head no less and we had a good laugh.
Next stop was Asda, and we bumped into the usual Brian Hince crew and exchanged pleasantries. Bloke next to me in the grub queue said “don’t give us a hammering tonight!” I shrugged. Plenty of Blues in there and a few Swansea, but there were a couple of little shits running about aged about 4 and 7 shouting united repeatedly. Whilst it called for the Fawlty Towers accidental elbow crack “sorry sonny” to the head, they were generally ignored. No wonder everyone hates them. I blame the parents!
“I only hope it’s not 4-0!" I overheard a Swans fan say. All went well with lots of encouraging comments for KK. Into the ground and wow – padded seats – I almost felt guilty for not going Platinum. Maybe next year eh? Everyone was careful to treat em with respect – no ketchup or Bovril spillages - not yet anyway.
Game’s well documented and what a debut for Aguero, brought back memories of Trev at Stoke, Bobby Owen v WBA in the Charity Shield but Ali B made his debut v Brum then scored at Coventry and helped demolish Sheff Wed 6-2. Did I read Hince right when he said Mercer and Allison signed Alan Ogley?
So a great start to the season and more good stuff to come. Naturally it rained at the end of the game but we’d sold out of all the zines we’d took, to round off a great night.