Welcome back, everybody! The nurse has laced me with enough “uppers” to hopefully getCity2 me through this preview without bursting into tears at the thought of what 13/14 holds in store for United. (That’s us, in case anyone from Sky read this and think ‘what the fuck’s he wrote “United” for?’)

Best extend a belated welcome to our only summer (to date ha-ha) signing in Loic Remy. We’re hoping you have a few more of them Wigan type goals up your sleeve.

Well, where to start? Now, I genuinely wanted to believe that Mike Ashley wanted to grow Newcastle United this summer, in line with United’s own income growth, due to the latest TV deal ploughing in extra millions into each Premier League club, I wasn’t thinking ‘let’s have reckless spending and go berserk’ but I did think we’d have a bigger budget to work with and have a real good go at getting back amongst the top 7/8, but fucking hell, I didn’t see this coming. No permanent signings have been made, there’s been a few departures, none of which are too detrimental (yet), but the biggest head fuck, is the return of Joe Kinnear to paid employment at Newcastle United! I’m convinced it’ll end in tears, and I’m convinced his role will impinge on Alan Pardew’s at some stage.

The good news……. We’ll we’ve got 4, fucking lush, strips to pick from this season. There’s got to be an opportunity to chant “We’ve got more strips than you” at some point. That’s possibly ‘it’ as far as good news goes up until now.

We’ll quickly flash over the 7 pre-season friendlies by saying that they’re all about fitness anyway.

Our opposition on Monday have a new manager this season having grown tired of Mancini’s rather naff looking, scarf and have turned to Manuel Pellegrini however, before they even bothered to turn their attentions to the vacant manager post, presumably, just for a laugh, they lashed over £50m out on Fernandinho and Jesus Navas. In order to not make the new man feel left out, they let him blow another £40m on Negrado and Jovetic. Tevez has finally fucked off, Liverpool signed the wrong Toure (Kolo) and Maicon headed back to Italy. They will never have had as good a chance as establishing themselves as the dominant club in Manchester as what they have now. Personally, I think Chelsea will bitch slap them both.

Nastasic, Aguero and Sinclair are all injury doubts for the hosts.

Team News

Tim Krul believes he’s ready for Monday but Rob Elliot probably has most chance of occupying the away goal. There’s a decision to be made as to who are the two first choice centre backs, where Hatem Ben Arfa plays and where Sissoko gets played this season.


Loic Remy – calf – due back for Aston Villa (possibly)

Jonas Gutierrez – Hip –  due back for West Ham

Ryan Taylor – Knee – not expected back this year

Possible Team (4-2-3-1)

1.Elliot: 2. Debuchy, 5. Steven Taylor, 6. Colocinni, 3. Santon: 4. Tiote, 8. Cabaye: 7. Ben Arfa. 10. Sissoko, 11. Gouffran: 9. Cisse


Krul, Mbiwa, Dummett, Anita, Shola Ameobi, Marveaux, Obertan

Referee: Andre Marriner

History at Manchester City

Generally, Manchester City away is a trip which yields little on field return for us, The back lanes around Maine Road could result in coming unstuck off the field too however, there were a few ‘moral’ victories earned round the back of the Kippax. City were partial to extended stays outside of the top flight and even visited the 3rd division too, so we went a few years without playing each other.

85/86 1-0 defeat

86/87 0-0

93/94 1-2 defeat with Scott Sellars notching for us

94/95 Another 0-0 in the league and a 1-1 in the league cup away leg with Mike Jeffrey on target.

95/96 a feisty 3-3 with Tino nutting that massive dick, Keith Curle.

00/01 1-0 A win. Hurrah! A Shearer header in front of the away end

02/03 0-1 with ex Mag, Darren Huckerby responsible

03/04 0-1 this time Wanchope with the winner

04/05 1-1 a brilliant Shearer goal earning a point

05/06 a 3-0 howking

06/07 0-0

07/08 1-3 after Martins had put us in front

08/09 1-2 our goal coming through Carroll

10/11 1-2 another fucking defeat, this time Jonas blasted home for us

11/12 Gosling’s consolation in a 3-1 defeat

12/13 a 4-0 pumping with us playing like cunts

Manchester City Fanzines

Blue Moon – bit of an online forum thingy BLUEMOON

King of The Kippax – Seems more digital than paper based – KING OF THE KIPPAX


And now for something new………..

We thought it might be a canny idea to help fans who wanted to, to congregate somewhere pre-match for away days. Hopefully this will help get atmosphere going which will continue on into the grounds and who knows, it might even help get all the words right to our songs?

The plan is to have one of those hash-tag thingys and post it on twitter. At the moment we’re thinking something like #MagsTakeover rather casually referring taking over a pub or two, it’s not to be used as an instruction to go looting, raping and pillaging local villages or owt like that but so far we have:

Shakespeare’s by Victoria Station. Chorley is a popular spot when Mags are over the North West. The plan is to get feedback sent to @tfBettsy1892 and on the match day I’ll update the hash tag with the places people are heading and well, you can even add your own!

Great eh?


We’ll get absolutely, fucking horsed! 4-0 at least….. “Nurse, they’re wearing off”

Opposition Danger Man

Most of them…. Silva, Nasri, Toure etc etc Not James Milner or Gareth Barry though, they are fucking shite

Blank Saturday Solution alert!

The options this week, for those of you who have a bit more about them than watching that torturous Jeff Stelling programme, still in Friday night’s boxer shorts

Gateshead vs Barnet  International Stadium 3:00 KO

Newcastle United Reserves (U21s) vs Wolves SJP 3:00

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