Newsletter #791

An excellent game for TV on Sunday saw us come away deservedly with all 3 points and another 4 goals in the bag, taking us to 71 points and 82 goals scored. Outstanding performances from Mettomo who was back, SWP and Ali B and a début for our new defender Sun Jihai.

This week is a busy one for us with 3 games in 6 days; tomorrow sees us travel down to Birmingham and Friday to Bradford; news breaks tonight that we have signed Macken from PNE at £5 million.

Tonight sees match reports thanks to James and Benny who were watching on TV in the UK and Israel, plenty of opinion on our cosmopolitan squad, new players and requests.

My thanks to Gary Johnston and Mark Bailey for help with the monitor and ensuring that McV is continuing to make it.

Anyone off to Birmingham, you know where to send the report in to!

Next game: Birmingham City, away, 7.45pm Tuesday 5 March 2002


The bandwagon keeps on rolling and yet another match sees us score 4 in a 6 goal thriller; I doubt that Maine Road has ever seen a team so exciting and enthralling to watch – particularly from a neutral’s perspective. A feast of goals is promised every time City (‘There’s only ONE City’) feature on the ITV Sport Channel; even if its current financial problems might be cancerous, at least they have managed to have sole rights to City’s glorious charge towards the Premiership, and so far we haven’t managed to disappoint. The changes from Wednesday’s match against Wednesday saw Mettomo in for the suspended Dunne and Ali Benarbia back in for the unlucky Jensen. The bench featured recently signed Sun Jihai, who just has Sun on the back of his shirt.

City kicked off from Platt Lane to North Stand and it was obvious from the outset that the game plan was to give Huckerby (affectionately nicknamed the Stoat by my Toon supporting partner) the ball and ask him to run at his former team. This he did and it wasn’t long before he managed to upset Breen and have a ‘t