Newsletter #1888

Just a quickie, so to speak, as we had a small number of articles arrive very shortly after the last edition was sent.

Some follow up to Phil B’s recent fair play article and some venue requests as well as hearing from fellow Blues in Toronto.

Enjoy the game those of you there on Sunday and, hey, she might be doing some vocal warm up exercises, but the big lady hasn’t broken into song quite yet!

Next Game: Chelsea, Etihad Stadium, 24 February 2013, 13.30


Phil B’s analysis was spot on and well embellished by his indignant anger!

After the scum campaign to put the brakes on City, it really is time for a campaign to ban clubs registered in tax havens (including, of course, the Cayman Islands) as the most hated form of greed is tax avoidance by large corporates.

We should also campaign for a Fair Play rule that any club will have points deducted according to its level of debt. A ten point deduction for every hundred million over a set base of, say, £100 million seems eminently fair. Put the scum in the relegation battle year after year.

It’s only fair on all the clubs struggling to minimise their debt.

Martin Hunt <martinhuntctid(at)>


For the tie against Barnsley I will be on the island of La Palma; anyone know a place that shows English football there?

In spite of our less than glorious form at the moment, City are still second; after winning the league in 67-68 we finished 13th, 10th, 11th until we hit the heights of 4th in 71-72. After that it was 11th, 14th, 8th, 8th, and in 76-77 we came close with 2nd by one point to Liverpool.

You can think what you want about how Mancini and Co. are doing now and who they should have brought into the team, but we must not go back to the trainers carousel that City used to be.

One question though: is Guidetti still not fit?

Last season he did really well for Feyenoord and we could use a different sort of forward as a substitute to change the shape of the attack if we are having problems.

We are obviously going to win the derby game so, come on, it’s only nine points really.

Ian Nixon <i.nixon(at)>


I may have to spend the day of the FA Cup QF in Sunbury, Middlesex. Is there a pub in the locality where other displaced Blues will be gathering to watch the match?

Andy Howell <andy.howell(at)>


I have been a MCIVTA subscriber for years and have a request.

Our supporters’ club, here in Toronto, has been featured in the match day programme versus Leeds – ‘introducing Opera Bobs’ (part 1) – and again versus Chelsea this Sunday – part 2. I am wondering if anyone had access to the Leeds programme and Chelsea programme to make an electronic (scanned) version of it for us to see?

We are trying to track down a few to get sent back to the pub also.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ross Simnor – Toronto Supporters Club <rosssimnor(at)>


League table as at 22 February 2013

                    P  GD Pts
 1 Manchester Utd  26  31  65
 2 Manchester City 26  24  53
 3 Chelsea         26  27  49
 4 Tottenham H.    26  14  48
 5 Arsenal         26  21  44
 6 Everton         26   8  42
 7 Liverpool       27  15  39
 8 Swansea City    27   4  37
 9 West Brom A.    26   1  37
10 Stoke City      26  -5  33
11 West Ham Utd    26  -9  30
12 Fulham          26  -6  29
13 Sunderland      26  -6  29
14 Norwich City    26 -15  29
15 Southampton     26  -9  27
16 Newcastle Utd   26 -12  27
17 Aston Villa     26 -25  24
18 Reading         26 -15  23
19 Wigan Athletic  26 -21  21
20 QPR             26 -22  17

With thanks to Football 365

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