Threepenny Bit Foot Posted January 4, 2010 Share Posted January 4, 2010 CITY vs ROVERS – Monday 11 January 2010 BACK TO THE START And so here we are, right back where we started from – or at least it is the return fixture from the opening day ambush at Ewood. That was the first opportunity this season to stroll away down Tweed Street saying “We played pretty well there and maybe could have won it”. It wouldn’t be the last time we said that in those early scratchy weeks. A BIT OF HISTORY Luckily, I rarely miss the away game at City these days as I live in South Manchester and have a few mates who follow the blue side rather than the dark side. City fans are always a pessimistic bunch, and usually they get proved right. Their last major trophy was in 1976 when they won the League Cup – they haven’t won the League since 1968 (42 years and counting!). In the meantime we have managed to squeeze in a Premiership title, League Cup and Full Members Cup and six cup semi-finals, but we are not a Big Club like them. A number of players have moved between us in the last few years – most recently RSC when City gave us £17m for him to swap warming our treatment table for warming their bench, which sounds like good business to me. I have managed to scratch together an ex Rovers/City eleven by bending the rules to include coaching staff and overloading with strikers, but I am still a bit short – can anyone suggest any others? Flowers – Hendry Faz Reid(N) Morrison – Dobing Flitcroft Hughes Bellamy – RSC Dickov A bit of background for the stat geeks: Our record Away to City is pretty good. P 55 W 15 D 16 L 24 F 68 A 96 but since that win in December 1994 we have won only one of the last nine - although incredibly we have scored in ten of our last twelve visits. The games themselves almost always throw up drama: Simon Garner’s 3 goals the same day as Hillsborough; the 3-1 win at Maine Road (‘Super-Acko’) and the rain-soaked home defeat (Big Col) in the glory season of 94-95; the home defeat when City were promoted at Ewood in 2000 was more painful (I did get on the pitch). They’ve all been brilliant entertainment. RECENT GAMES So what of more recent times? Last season I took my seven-year old (in full kit) to the game at Wastelands, a day which became a tribute to Tugay after his retirement was announced – the singing brought a tear to my eye. Then, having gone 3-0 down we fought back bravely to 3-1 (son thrown in the air) and all sang heartily “You’ve got Robinho, we’ve got Keith Andrews….” oh the unbridled joy, the heavy sarcasm. Leaving the ground, carried high on shoulders, my boy said “We played pretty well there and maybe could have won it”. He had a point, but we didn’t. I fear his life is now set on the hard road we have all taken together in Blue and White halves. A CITY VIEW My mate Chris the Barber put down the scissors for a minute to give a Blue perspective (I usually treat him to a pre-match lunch in the Bulls Head Wilpshire before Ewood games so he owes me one) : What is the fans view of Hughes departure and what of Mancini It was a disappointment to see him go as things were improving. The big surprise was his replacement being Mancini who would not have been on any shortlist drawn up by City fans – time will tell. When will RSC get a game Never! He was Hughes’ man and is up against Bellamy and Tevez so completion is hard. I think we’ll also buy another striker in January. How much more money will it take to break into the Big Four About £100m should do it. More to come in January but the defence is main priority – why did Hughes let Dunne go? What is your best memory of the title win in 1968 and when will City win it again I don’t remember winning the league last time but I think we could win it next year. Favourite City-Rovers memory (please, not promotion at Ewood) Promotion at Ewood. Second would be winning at your place when you won the League. Which Rovers players do City most fear Dunn if he plays. McCarthy maybe if he’s on form. Where do you think Rovers and City will both finish this season City Fourth – Rovers about 15th. Prediction for the game (including crowd size) City 2-0, crowd around 46,500 So that’s it – onward to the Monday night sizzler with all its comedy potential. It will be pleasant not to be playing Villa for once. What sort of side will Big stented Sam put out? To play either one or two up front is now the great dilemma. Despite City’s recent improvement, I still feel a draw coming on so will go for an optimistic 1-1, and maybe a goal from Keith – lightning does strike twice sometimes. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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