Newsletter #1737

Another walk down memory lane tonight, news on the upcoming US tour and the return of Uwe.

James Walsh has very kindly volunteered to step in for the next three issues, so please keep those items coming through to the regular address <editor(at)>.

Next Game: TBA


A lovely note by John Durham in MCIVTA 1736, in particular his historical coincidences. I’ve one of my own that I was aware of before the game and thankfully, as Churchill said, history repeats. For me it was my first game, November 9th 1974, aged 6, Maine Road. The opposition Stoke City, the score 1-0 (thanks Rodney!) and perhaps with an eye on the future, it put us top of the League.

Whilst I don’t remember this next bit (time takes its toll!), Alan Oakes was presented with an award for having made his 500th appearance for the club a week earlier at Everton.

So proud of what we’ve achieved this season. You only had to see the reaction of the players at the end to realise they knew exactly the significance of what they had been involved with. I swear Yaya (what a big game player he really is) had a tear in his eye when he was interviewed, as did Roberto. Also Hart’s deeply emotional interview putting into perspective the irrelevance of the other lot to us. This is about us, not them.

Let’s hope we now build prudently on what I believe is a fantastic foundation.

Phil Alcock <philipalcock(at)>



17 0400 Club America
19 0300 Vancouver Whitecaps
24 1900 LA Galaxy
30 1400 League of Ireland XI (Dublin Supercup)
31 1630 Inter Milan


4 TBC Ferrostaal Cup

All times are BST, silly o’clock games will hopefully be shown later in the day/evening but I will need to confirm.

Tony <tony.b1(at)>


From the Evening Standard in London (09/06/11), Brentford are expected to confirm the appointment of former Manchester City striker Uwe Rösler as their new manager tomorrow. The League One side moved for the 42-year-old after St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes turned them down last month. Rösler is expected to sign a two-year contract and will be given the task of winning promotion to the Championship.

Mike Riley <mike.t.riley1973(at)>


From John Durham’s piece in MCIVTA 1736 on the Cup Final:

“The fans. Both sets of fans were incredibly noisy and helped make it a fantastic atmosphere. The Stoke fans were great. I was told by several people that at the end of the semi-final the United end was empty, but the Stoke fans stayed on in large numbers. After the game we saw plenty of them on their way back into central London and I was amazed to see groups of rival fans singing together at Euston. This definitely wouldn’t have happened in 1969.”

My recollection of 1969 is that the Leicester team did a gallant losers’ lap of honour with us City fans chanting “City and Leicester”.

Steve Parish <bloovee(at)>

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