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, 171stleague 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 playerwas 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 Vinny was also sent off later by Mike Dean but that was rescinded.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 5thround 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 5thrd
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 4thrd.
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 (EUR42.5M) came in as their only big buy, though the rest of the squad have pretty well all been bought. They got EUR8M 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 of23,824 in 1985, and this season it's 59,969.