BATTLING CITY PAY PENALTY FOR ERRORS

Carling Cup – City 2 Villa 3 

This should have been no contest. After all they had a virtually full-strength team, unbeaten in the Premiership this season and the Mighty Martin; we fielded a patched-up, injury – ravaged mid-table Championship side with as many regulars missing as playing. Yet we had a stirring game which went right to the wire with very little to choose between the sides and a crowd of over 27 000 certainly got their moneys-worth. 

This was heralded as the night when the City faithful would pay tribute to arguably the best manager we have ever had but Martin was in no hurry to emerge from the tunnel and there was barely time for a decent round of applause before the game kicked off. 

City dominated the first five minutes and then went a goal down in Villa's first attack. Agbonlahor got free in acres of space down the right by timing his run to perfection. The City defence, having been turned, was in disarray and Agbonlahor's low cross was tapped in by Angel as if on the training ground.  

The City of not so long back would have buckled at this point but Kelly's men  – and boys – rolled up their sleeves and gave as good as they got. We saw Welsh running at defenders and tackling aggressively and even Sylla, with some urging from the crowd, got stuck in. It was no more than we deserved when a shot from a left-wing corner was blocked but fell to Stearman who dispatched it past Taylor (he who was on loan here not long ago) with ease…..

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Hume Nets Winner

LEEDS UNITED 1 V LEICESTER CITY 2 

I came to the game with some optimism after the great game against Southampton. It was good to see Kisnorbo coming back into defence replacing the injured McCarthy but our attack of Hume and Hammond seemed a bit frail against a strong back four of Leeds- how wrong that turned out to be! 

Leeds started off at great pace and we were on the back foot for the first ten minutes, with Cresswell going close, and we did not appear to have an outlet in attack to relieve the pressure. Balls continued to go over Hume’s head and he did not have the chance to make use of his pace and skill. 

City gradually weathered the storm and Hammond shot over on the turn. There were some tough tackles and Tiatto got his obligatory yellow card in the 14th minute and you wondered whether we would make it through the match with 11 men.  

After another Hammond shot went close Williams received an ankle injury in a tackle and had to go off- a great pity because he was starting to control play from midfield. Rob Kelly brought on Andy Welch on the left and put Tiatto into midfield- a master stroke which proved dividends when Tiatto moved onto a move in midfield and hit a belter into the top left corner in the 29th minute. 1-0 to the City and well deserved……

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OCTOBER FANS CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

Minutes of Meeting held on 5th October 2006  

Agenda items 1-3 & attendees are at the foot of this piece

4. Matters arising:Lindley Catering had been asked to provide a healthy option for half time snacks and they are considering sandwiches as an additional healthy choice. The South Stand beer pump offering a quicker pouring is in full operation.

The loyalty scheme will start on the 18th November.

 5. Andrew Taylor

Andrew stated that he had two areas to report on, our financial status and ticket prices.On the financial status AT confirmed that we were looking for new streams of investment. The company has had working capital issues since administration and this has obviously been made more apparent as we have now lost our parachute payment. One of AT’s objectives is to raise further investment in the Club and he is meeting and talking to potential investors, whilst ensuring that we are operating in the best of intentions for the Club, its fans and its shareholders. 

On ticket prices we accept that football is an expensive pastime and we are therefore doing selected offers in order to reduce the price and attract more people into the stadium. We are doing all we can to drive the business forward and CT will continue to come up with more offers to attract people to the stadium. He confirmed that over the season our season ticket holders will always get the best deal. ….

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Europe Next for Trusts?

UEFA is backing the launch of a project to study the feasibility of a European Supporters Direct body – which would, among other things, give supporters the opportunity to play a role in improving the financial stability and governance of their clubs

London announcement
The project was announced in London on Friday 13th October during a speech to the UK Supporters Direct annual conference by UEFA's director of communications and public affairs William Gaillard. United Kingdom sports minister Richard Caborn also spoke at the conference.

Possible expansion
The process will study the possibility of taking the supporters direct model used in the UK, where supporters' trusts own a growing number of clubs, with a view to assessing to what extent this model could be expanded across Europe, as well as studying the different alternative models that exist around Europe.

Review recommendations
"One of the main recommendations to the European football authorities of the José Luis Arnaut Independent European Sport Review – initiated by the UK presidency of the European Union in 2005 – was to examine the feasibility of a European Supporters Direct body," said Gaillard. "I am pleased to announce today the start of that process. If the results are conclusive we will soon be dealing with a European Supporters Direct body that would represent fans' views from right across Europe.

People's game
"Football fans are a key stakeholder group in football and it is important that we have a representative partner at European level with whom we can have positive discourse," he continued. "I am therefore very optimistic that the outcome of the study will be successful. Football is the people's game and at UEFA we want to keep it that way."….
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Hume Double – Worth The Money

City 3 Southampton 2 

What a great game. At last some excitement on the pitch, noise from the crowd and passion from everyone.

Ian Hume hit two fantastic goals from outside the box, one with his left foot in the first half to give city the lead and the second with his right to restore the lead in the second. 

Typically as soon as we had scored we tried hard to let Southampton equalise and whilst they squandered two clear chances just before half time, they scored with the most difficult of the three chances (still a gift though) in added time to go in to the break at 1 – 1. 

We had several opportunities to add to the first half tally, with Elvis (he looks lively but is he a striker?) scorning one, Nissa (I am only on first name terms with him because I can't spell his surname, who looks comfortable at left back) missing one and various other skirmishes around their goal. 

Hume's second (I really do want to have his babies when he plays like this) put us back in front from another example of more space than he has had all season….

 

 

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