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PostSubject: FOOTY CHAT   Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:28 am

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Great reading again Choccy P.....you forget so much so thanks.

Change of avater......and now he's in SkyBlue 3 months.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:29 am

Great match report Choccy P if nothing else.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:04 pm

We are on the slide.

Thanks for the match report though.

Just seen the goals.....oh dear Cov.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:03 pm

Another defeat we are on the slide
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:12 am

Thanks for the match report anyway Choccy P.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:26 pm

Looks like the break didn't do anybody any favours. The midfield were poor Maddison was still in Norwich next game away to Barnsley who are three points behind us, a mustn't loose game.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:58 am

Well what happened there?
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:30 am

Hi Choccy Penguin sorry I've not been on here I've been ill, sill am.....so I'll post in a couple of days about the match report....which I'm sure is brill.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:55 pm

Way hey, six goals great fun
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:54 am

Thanks for the match report Choccy Penguin.....I couldn't get to listen to the game because my daughter & her husband were here and we went out for eats etc.   so thank you.

Shame we couldn't hold out for those last few minutes though.  Sad
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:30 pm

A draw not too disappointed new players look good now to push on
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:45 am

1-1.....sigh!!!
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:46 am

Thanks for the report Choccy P .....another poor ref.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:17 pm

Another match report finished oh dear
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:26 am

NO NO NO NO.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:19 am

Thanks for your view of the match Choccy P .  

Even Benjie is down in the dumps ....
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:42 pm

Woo all change here
Disappointing day at Southend need to start winning again or even a top six place could be under threat
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:22 am

Oh no no no....and I really wanted to wipe that smile off Phil Browne's face as well.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:28 am

Choccy P it's ok your hasn't gone funny it's Malc....the dear one ....messing about because he thinks we need a change. NO NO NO.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:42 am

Always the case get the biggest crowd and we lose.

Thanks for the match report as well.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:41 pm

Oh well first home defeat of the season only won 2 in the last 9 need to start winning games back-to-back again.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:54 am

Thanks for the match report Choccy P.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:09 pm

Oh well settle for a point still unbeaten at home in the league
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:09 pm

1-1 confused2
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:35 pm

funnytvprog  I know.....my husband went to uni with a Michael Hunt.  Smile even worse, when that film came out David said "I went to uni with a Michael Hunt" I said "NOooo!!!" .
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:21 pm

Yes Joe Cole a City player also in Stephen Hunt as some wag on the phone in said "it might make commentating difficult" mug
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:20 pm

December (The Christmas Month as City fans are slightly disappointed with the presents and City fans say goodbye at “The Chin”)
City started the month top a point ahead of 3rd place and eight points ahead of 7th. The last month started off with Sisu back in their favourite home, the courts as their case against the council conduct towards them we now be decided in the New Year. Burton knocked City off top spot with a 2-1 home win against Millwall. The first team may not be good in the cups but the youth team were as Sambou’s 7th goal in the F.A. Youth Cup sent City through against Stoke City 1-0 and will play Charlton at home in the 4th Round. On the 13th day of the month City played for the first time in December, live on Sky at Sheffield United and City fans were fuming at the refereeing of Iain Williamson, who failed to send off a player that kick Lameiras 180% in the air, failed to book players for cynical pull backs that City players were booked for, missed a blatant hand ball in the box and the ball crossing the line and sending off Ricketts, meanwhile United scored after a ball hit the shoulder of their sub and went in. The next day it was revealed the Tony Mowbray was the bookies favourite for the vacant Fulham job but not for the first time they were miles off. Not long before the next game we had a piece of sad news former manager, managing director and chairman Jimmy Hill had died at the age of 87. JH reinvented the club and was the last manager to win promotion, only Harry Storer has had more games in charge, JH only lost 26.27% of the games in charge the best of any former manager, Tony Mowbray ended the year only losing 24.32%. Many tributes were paid at “The Chin” Jimmy’s own statue before the game against Oldham a minute’s applause before the game and at the 87 minute as well was carried out by the City fans. A new season record crowd took advantage of a £10 ticket but the crowd went home disappointed as Oldham scored with an injury time goal to snatch a point. City dropped out of the automatic promotion places. Good news just before Christmas as it was announced City would stay at the Ricoh for another two years. Another former manager passed away before the next game the former England International Don Howe. Howe was in charge in the last part of the 1991-92 season as City struggled to stay up he only saw 3 wins in his 19 games in charge but that kept us up and we became founding members of the Premier League. Another season record crowd of 17,776 saw a narrow win against Port Vale with James Maddison scoring from long range late on after coming on as a sub and after a long lay off with an injury. This meant that City stated the only unbeaten home side in the English leagues this season. Last game of the year was at struggling Chesterfield, they scored with their only shot on target and City seemed to be heading to defeat with Mowbray banished to the stands but in the last minutes it was Maddison who scored direct from a free kick in front of a large away turn out to end the year with a draw.

Following City can be a depressing business but from a relegation battle City suddenly had been transformed into a winning team and a team in the top six have we finally got a team capable of a top six finish or even better automatic promotion? 2016 could be a very interesting year and for once City fans can look forward to it with optimism are City “on their way back”; I just can’t wait to find out.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:02 am

Deep breath Choccy P almost there.  ccfcok

So Joe Cole is ours now.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:55 pm

November (The month of the bonfire as Murphy goes off like a rocket)
City started the month in 4th place, four points adrift of automatic promotion and three points above the 7th placed team. City did have a game in hand and that game came as Barnsley visited The Ricoh on the first Tuesday of the month. This game had all the hallmarks of a home banker, Barnsley were on the verge of setting a club record for the number of consecutive defeats and they never do well in Coventry it turned out a lot closer then many had hoped. Kent scored his first goal for the City to give us an early lead; Armstrong made it two as City were coasting by half time. Barnsley pulled one back after the break before Armstrong made it 3-1 almost immediately but back came Barnsley scoring after the most blatant of handballs. City were now on the back foot until a free kick was awarded up stepped home debutant Joe Cole he lined up to take the kick, he took two steps to the side and advanced he sent the kick over the wall and into the back of the goal for a brilliant free kick, just about the only thing he had done during the game. That was four games in a mad twelve minutes there was even time for a late Barnsley penalty as City edged the game 4-3 and closed in on the leaders. The next day Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp recalled his loan players including Kent, but the winger didn’t go back for the first team and was soon back with City. It was also announced that day that Wasps wanted City to stay at the Ricoh but the next day this was put into question when Steve Waggott left the club. To many Waggott was the acceptable face of Sisu the only one the fans really liked. The Chief Executive arrived at the club in December 2011 and oversaw some of, if not the most turbulent years in the club’s history. He over saw transfers and in his time sacked two managers Thorn and Pressley and appointed three, Mark Robbins, Pressley and what must be his master stroke Tony Mowbray and left the club in a lower division but in a far healthier position. City were quick to appoint his successor in Chris Anderson a former semi-pro player in the German leagues he will be responsible for commercial and football strategy. He wanted fans to reconnect with the club and forget the past. All this was a bit of a distraction as City started their F.A Cup campaign at home to Northampton, City with injuries, suspension and loan players not allowed to play put out a weaken side. City didn’t perform too well and were 2-1 down when promising young forward Basala Sambou made his debut, City went down meekly meaning we have lost at the first stage of the last four cup competitions. There may have been a new man in charge in the boardroom but he kept the party propaganda about a new ground claiming there is a site in the City for one no one believed him. The next day it was rumoured that the site was the Butts which as least gave City fans a good laugh imaging the traffic chaos around there during match days. Sad news next that former keeper Martin Fulop had died, the Hungarian played 33 games for City in 2006 conceding 41 goals and keeping 9 clean sheets he was only 32 when he lost his battle with cancer. Next up was a long trip against another struggling team, Colchester. This was amazingly the last away Saturday game of the year. The fans were united in a minute’s silence for the people killed recently in the Paris attack. The game itself saw City go a goal down but fought back well with two from Murphy, playing up front in absents of Armstrong and the other goal came from Fortune who had his best game by some margin. City moved up to 2nd and they became joint automatic promotion favourites with Wigan and Walsall. City were still in the loan market and the next signing was a real bolt from the sky blue as former play Gael Bigirimana who played 32 game for City in our relegation season but now had fallen out of favour at Newcastle. He was the 14th player signed that had previously had a spell at the club. A few days later and City fans just couldn’t believe the players coming in and at last a replacement for Johnson as Ben Turner returned. These players arrive in time as second placed City took on top team Gillingham in front of the biggest home gate of the season of 15,604. What happened in the game may just go down in City’s history as the greatest ten minutes ever as City torn apart the leaders with Turner scoring on his second debut and Murphy banging in a hat trick the quickest in the league since Tom Crawley scored three at home to Forest in 1938 and the first hat trick by a City player since Freddy Eastwood’s three at home to Peterborough in 2009. Bigirimana came off the bench in the second half and at the end City sat proudly top of the league. Jacob Murphy would earn player of the month in League One for his five goals in two games. Next up was a tough trip to Bradford as City fielded eleven different players that started the same fixture the previous season. Both sides were happy in the result a scoreless draw and both teams showed a contrast in skills with Bradford’s route one style and The Sky Blues’ slick passing inspired the fans to sing “We’re Coventry City, we play on the ground”. Doncaster were the last visitors of the month and City were their own worst enemies with two mistakes at the back gifting Rovers the goals it ended 2-2 by Doncaster’s Nathan Tyson hit the bar late on but City’s unbeaten home league record was still in tact. It was Tyson’s namesake, Tyson Fury that made the headlines that night beating Wladimir Klitschko convincingly on points. The next day even better news as Andy Murray lead Britain the win the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:52 pm

October (The Halloween month but City are not scared as a new record is broken)
City started the month in 7th place, 8 points above the drop zone, a point behind the place off places and five points shy of the top two but with a game in hand. This month also saw former coach Dave Hockaday land the Kidderminster job who were bottom of the National Conference and still are. It was revealed that City paid £104, 015 to agents over the last year which represented a drop on the previous year’s total. City paid the 7th most in League One with Wigan miles ahead of anyone else. First game of the month was at home to Shrewsbury and as Burge went down with an illness Reece-Cook made his league debut in goal that day. City ran out 3-0 winners but it could have been many more with some good saves and several penalty appeals it took two goals from Armstrong and a very rare penalty conversion to give Fortune his first goal. City were still unbeaten at home with four wins and a draw City had only previously opened the first five home league games with four wins and no defeats 9 times in the past. It was back to cup action next as City took part in the 2nd Round of the Johnson’s Paint Trophy. Now the idea of the early rounds to have a series of local games to attract the fans in as City drew a nice local game as we had to travel to Yeovil. Two players made their debuts that night one was midfielder Ivor Lawton, this would the promising players last game of the year as he would be injured later in the week and the other debutant was Lateef Elford-Alliyu a player that has looked pretty poor in his U21 games to date. The game ended without a score and went to penalties again Reece-Cook faced a shot out and again he couldn’t save one, failing to score for City were Elford-Alliyu and Ricketts as another route to Wembley closed. Yeovil would be beaten away by Oxford in the Southern Semi Final. Another long trip was on the cards next as City travelled to Fleetwood and by some strange twist of fate, in charge for Fleetwood for the first time was none other than Steven Pressley. The former manager was warmly greeted by the away fans before the game. Despite Burge being fit again two clean sheets and some good performances meant Reece-Cook retained the number 1 jersey. The game looked to be heading for a 0-0 when late on sub George Thomas cut in a shot his effort was saved but it rebounded off the keeper and on to former City player Richard Wood and he could only watch as the ball ended up in the back of the net and City won. Yet another new appointment for the backroom staff as Lee Glover joined to be the U21 coach. City fans had a rare treat next as the England U21 appeared at the Ricoh in a game against Kazakhstan. England won 3-0 with goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathan Redmond and former City loanee Chuba Akpom. Back with the Sky Blues and some excitement was had when the news came through that Chris Eagles was training with the squad looking for a deal to sign but the next day the big news broke not about Eagles but another midfielder signed none other than Joe Cole, “yes Joe Cole the real Joe Cole” as it was put, City fans were in considerable shock at the signing of the former England International. Blackpool were next at the Ricoh and they parked the bus or should it be a tram, in front of the goal and where holding out for a point when Reda Johnson stretched for a ball and fell down in pain, he had to go off and the bad news was the injury would keep him out of the rest of the season. The game ended scoreless which meant yet another clean sheet for Reece-Cook people were starting to take notice. In midweek City travelled to Rochdale and gave a debut to Joe Cole to the excitement of the away fan as he became only the 15th ex-England International to play for City. It ended scoreless and it was revealed that Reece-Cook was close to a club record. Meanwhile Chris Eagles had flown to Bury were to date he has played thirty minutes of football. George Thomas was then sent on loan to Yeovil but his time there was not successful he failed to score and was out of the picture when a new manager took over the struggling League Two side. The next game was at Swindon and with City one up after half time we won a penalty, now the old Corinthians side refused to score from penalties when they were introduced over a hundred years ago and it seems that City have got that Corinthian spirit as Tudgay had his penalty saved but thankfully he followed it up to make it 2-0 and so seemed to have sealed a victory not long after that we hit a major milestone as Charles-Cook past his own goalkeeping coach’s record of the length of time with out conceding unfortunately that didn’t last much longer as Swindon scored two goals late on to snatch a draw. The F.A. draw took place on the following Monday and City fans almost got the draw we had been praying for but it was Northampton at home and not away. One player that would not play in that cup tie was Bryn Morris who failed to break into the first team was recalled by Middlesbrough and sent on loan to York and played 3 times before his loan ran out. Final game of the month was at home against Peterborough the game was delayed for 15 minutes because of traffic problems on the A444 but if fans turned up to see Cole’s home debut they were disappointed as he was left out of the squad on fitness issues. City were poor in the first half and Posh were good and they took a deserved two goal lead as City’s unbeaten record looked in danger but City fans drew similarities to the previous season when Peterborough 2-0 but lost 3-2, it couldn’t happen again, could it? City were far better in the second half and backed by the crowd started to dominate and it wasn’t long for their reward as Vincelot scored his second goal in consecutive games to put him second highest scorer and to put City back into the game. With ten minutes to go Murphy ran at them again and found Armstrong who levelled. Seven minutes later the same pair combined again, Murphy with another surging run and Armstrong with a skilful finish put City into a lead and the Ricoh into raptures. We had 12 shoots on target that day the most this season.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:51 pm

September (Month of atonement. City have nothing to make up for, for once.)
City started the month in 5th place inside the play off places on goal difference and two points behind 2nd place. More transfer activity, first of one that got away as City failed to sign Nicky Ajose from Leeds. The forward instead went to Swindon were he has found the back of net on regular occasions. A forward City did land was Lateef Elford-Alliyu, most famous for playing in the Premier League at only 15 under Mowbray; he came in until the end of the year to prove himself. Forgotten man Danny Swanson finally left the club to play for Hearts where he has only played occasionally. Adam Armstrong’s performances were attracting attention as he was named League One August Player of the Month. Despite City being full of goals yet another forward joined, this time a tall one in Marc Antoine-Fortune. Goals were also on the agenda for England as they ran in six against San Marino and became the first team to qualify for the European Championships. The next day City were on Sky for the first ever clash against Burton Albion, the home side were in 3rd place. Before the game Steve Waggott told fans two more players were on their way including an exciting winger who was with one of the younger England teams. The game itself saw City without their loan stars as they were away on International duty. City went a goal down thanks to an own goal but battled back to win 2-1 with Marc Antoine-Fortune making his debut and City moved up to 2nd place. England maintained their 100% qualifying record with a win over top seeds Switzerland as Wayne Rooney notched his 50th goal for his country. The name of the mysterious winger was announced as City signed him, Ryan Kent, signed to cover for Maddison whilst he was out injured. Next up was a trip to Scunthorpe but despite a debut by Ryan Kent City played poorly and lost by a single goal. On the following Monday City fans had a rare treat as the U21 played at The Ricoh, Q.P.R were the visitors and it ended in an entertaining 3-3 draw. Whilst no one any longer believed them Sisu still insisted they were close to finding a place for the new ground but they had until December if it would be in Rugby. Next up was the only home game in the month and a tense City saw out a deserved 1-0 win against Chesterfield. Only around 11,000 saw the game many were disappointed with the attendance but many criticised the ticket office now tucked away upstairs at The Butts, home of Coventry Rugby Club. The next day more good news from the world of tennis as Britain reached their first Davis Cup Final since 1978. Last game of the month saw some familiar faces as City travelled to Bury to face a side with six former City players in their match day squad and it was one of them, Leon Clarke that did the damaged with two goals in a 2-1 defeat. Another U21 game at the Ricoh saw the side beat Colchester 4-1.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:56 pm

So interesting to look back Choccy P......thank you
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:40 pm

August (the month of honour, and for once it’s the team that have the honour)
The first day of the month saw the final pre-season game as City took on Oxford United in Nuneaton, it ended in a very disappointing 0-0 draw again City struggled up front. So no wins pre-season making the worst pre-season since 1970. Fans were worried “if we can’t beat League Tow sides what chance have we got against League One”, was the thought, the optimism built up when Mowbray became manger was steadily eroding. Sisu were back in their favourite home the courts, where they heard another action would drag on into the New Year. With the problems scoring in pre-season the management were on the look out for more fire power up front and rumours were that two would join soon. The next signing wasn’t a forward but a defensive midfielder in the shape of England U20 player Bryn Morris. First game of the season was at home to the firm favourites for automatic Wigan Athletic, whilst City, according to the bookies look set for mid table but maybe it was a good time to play Wigan as they were giving debuts to ten players. 13,000+ fans turned up for the first day to see debuts for Sam Ricketts, Ruben Lameiras, Romain Vincelot and Adam Armstrong. City were for the first time playing on a brand new state-of-the-art pitch installed by Wasps in the summer to stand the rigours of Rugby and Football and to produce a good playing surface for the rest of the season. Another change to the ground was the closing of the North Stand but with fans more tightly pack in the other stands it did create a good atmosphere. City fans were in an even better mood after with a 2-0 win Armstrong becoming only the 7th player to score twice on his debut and he hit the post as well, Bryn Morris made his debut late on. Next up was a League Cup clash in Rochdale, on a ground were we had lost all five games we had ever played there. City gave a debut to second choice keeper Reece Charles-Cook as City wore the new Red away strip for the first time. City fans had a minute’s applause for a young 15-year-old fan, Jason Parsons who recently died. A late goal by Tudgay meant it ended 1-1 and so to extra time and penalties, the home side converted all their kicks whilst Lameiras missed his and City went out of the cup. At last more reinforcements came up front but it wasn’t as tall forward most wanted but Norwich’s quick wide player Jacob Murphy who signed. After a boogie ground of Spotland, City’s next game was at another one Millwall’s Den a ground City had never won at. The Lions were another relegated team and one expected to push, at very least for a play off place. Not a great start as Millwall won an early penalty but Burge unlike Reece-Cook could save penalties and kept out the spot kick minutes later Armstrong stunned the home fans with a brilliant 35 shot to put the Sky Blues into a lead. City tore into the London side winning 4-0 with Armstrong scoring four in two and City were top of the league. Next up at home were Crewe a team that always does well at the Ricoh. It was a midweek game but the kick off time had to be put back a quarter of an hour because of the number of people trying to get in! The fans that turned up were entertained as Fleck scored his first goal in Coventry for two and a half years, Crewe playing defensively levelled, Armstrong scored again, Crewe levelled but a blast from O’Brien won the game and City remained top of the league playing some great football. Last game of the month saw a big clash as City travelled the short distance to Walsall who were in third place and despite a brilliant goal from Murphy City lost for the first time that season 2-1 and Maddison went off with a bad injury.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:19 am

The Closed season (Where are the signings? Pre-season no room for optimism)
The start of June saw Mowbray staring to organise his back room staff as in came Mark Venus and Jamie Clapham. Only days after winning the election Sepp Blatter stepped down under pressure from FIFA’s sponsors. With the season a long way off and still no new players signed City were drawn away to Rochdale in the League Cup 1st Round the next day the League One fixtures were announced and City drew a plumb home tie against the pre-season favourites Wigan, at home. City fans now started to get a bit nervous about the lack of signings or even rumours of signings as pre-season tour seemed to be either in Slovenia or Ireland but in the end neither were picked. Finally some news on signings but for many too late as many League One teams have already been recruiting with Bury taking both Leon Clarke and Tom Pope, back at City Mowbray had drawn up his wish list with the rumour that Chris Porter might be one of the targets. City in the end never signed him and a lucky escape as he had only scored twice for Colchester this season before December. One forward that would be playing next season was Marcus Tudgay who finally put pen to paper for a contract extension. For those missing football they could tune into the Women’s World Cup being held in Canada on artificially pitches if they did they saw a good England side progress to the Semi Finals with a 2-1 win against the hosts. City revealed Nike as the makers of the new kit but many wonder if we were ever going to sign anyone to fill the £44 shirts? One player that might have been on his way was Giles Coke but he decided to join Ipswich, where to date had only made one start. More re-signings as Chris Stokes signed and then a massive relief as Nick Proschwitz didn’t sign he returned to German Club Paderborn were he is yet to play. In the Women’s World England England achieved their best ever finish of 3rd after beating Germany in the 3rd/4th Play off match. So finally after what seemed like a never ending age City at last signed someone and to be fair it seemed a cracking signing as Sam Ricketts arrived from Wolves with a one year contract he seemed destined to be the captain. It was “London Bus Syndrome” at City as we wait months for a signing and two come along at once. City landed Romain Vincelot from relegated Leyton Orient but the big shock was were actually paid money for the player a mere £25,000 but he was the first player we had bought since Adam Barton, it certainly looked like Sisu were backing the manager. The next day Sisu were back to their old tricks as they finally won an appeal in the High Courts at the third time of asking. Man mountain and as sure to break down as an Ice Berg, Reda Johnson signed up for another year. With many players still to sign City went to what is now the annual pre-season opener away to Nuneaton but didn’t perform too well in a scoreless draw. Season Tickets were now out and available and had been selling well but fans wanting to pick them up had to find a room tucked away in the Courtaulds Building. The biggest gripe this season seemed to be the colour of some of the season tickets books, only the full price adults were Sky Blue, things had change the same time last years fans took to the streets in a march demanding a return to the Ricoh. Away from football it was a good time for tennis as Britain reached the Semi Finals of the Davis Cup for the first time in 38 years. Second pre-season game was played at Haven and Waterlooville’s ground losing 2-1 to Portsmouth with George Thomas scoring for City. City were still on the look out for forwards and one name mentioned was Leon Best but that proved to be just a rumour. The first two game City hardly played well but one player on trial did shine was Ruben Lameiras and he was added to the squad. Another pre-season away to another League Two side and it 1-1 against Luton More British sporting success as someone who has to be classed as Britain’s most under rated sporting hero, Chris Frome, won the Tour de France again under heavy accusations of taking performance enhancing drugs and proving to be very unpopular with many in France. Finally a forward was signed not practically tall but apparently fast as Newcastle’s Adam Armstrong signed on for six months. On the same day people were staring to get worried by the pre-season results as the team went down 1-0 away to Cambridge. The next day a City XI continued the pattern of disappointing performances with a scoreless draw away to Leamington.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:23 pm

Great match report Choccy P. Good to know Newcastle isn't re-calling Armstrong, though strange too Newcastle looking as if they could go down and yet Armstrong scoring for fun
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:53 pm

Match report in a nice contrast to the posting below about May when we nearly got relegated to League Two.

Interesting to see Walsall lose at home 3-0 should make our next game interesting at home to Walsall then at home to Burton
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Jan 03, 2016 9:28 pm

May (The month of the spring-time of life: youth, City fans age several years but hope then springs eternal)
So City went into the last game of the season needing a result to be safe. Last day escapes, something City had become famous for but in the top flight and not trying to keep out of League Two. The table stood like this Yeovil bottom and relegated, next Leyton Orient on 48 points, then Colchester on 49, in the final relegation place were City’s opponents Crawley on 50 points, then came Notts County also on 50, Crewe on 52 and ourselves also on 52 but with a healthier goal difference than most of the teams below. This was the seventieth time we went to the last game with a chance of dropping a division. City backed by a large away following thought they had a breakthrough early on but Proschwitz’s goal was correctly ruled out for a foul. First team to crack were Crewe as they conceded at home to Bradford after 17 minutes. 40 minutes gone still scoreless at Crawley but Orient had scored at Swindon pushing them out of the bottom four. Meanwhile back in Crawley in the last minute of the half Tudgay was pushed over PENALTY. It was up to Proschwitz to take the kick in front of the away end but his shot was weak and was saved; only City could find a German that couldn’t even score a penalty. Four minutes into the half and Pogba rose to put Crawley in front and send City to the edge of the abyss. City were now one spot above the drop zone if either Crewe or Colchester could score City would be in the bottom four. After the shock of conceding and the withdrawing of Barton and Proschwitz for Maddison and Nouble City started to get forward again and in the 73rd minute O’Brien swung in a cross and Tudgay buried a header to draw City level, pushing Crawley back into the bottom four and spark off mad scenes of celebration in the away end. Later on with results going for us Maddison latched onto a Nouble cross to give City the win and safety. Some City fans sang “We are staying up”, some refused as avoiding relegation to League Two was hardly anything to celebrate. In the end it was Colchester that pulled of the great escape with Leyton Orient, Crawley and Notts County joining Yeovil in League Two. With the season over the main worry was now would Mowbray stay? The manager seemed to want to stay with his post match comments but would Sisu give him the budget he wanted as they sat down to talk? Not everyone was patient with Sisu as Rugby Council gave them until September to announce plans for a new ground in their area. The General Election saw a surprise overall majority for the Tories, former City Chairman, and Geoffrey Robinson retained his seat at Parliament winning again in Coventry North West. A fortnight later great news on the managerial front as Mowbray signed a two year contract, suddenly City fans started to get a wave of optimism. The next day it was announced that the following players were getting a contract extension, Tudgay, Johnson, Willis and Stokes. The players that were leaving were Andy Webster, moved to play in the Scottish Championship with struggling St Mirren where he is a regular, Shaun Miller, signed for Morecambe where he had scored seven goals in all competitions in 22 games, Simeon Jackson, signed for Barnsley in September and as yet to score, Danny Pugh, signed for Bury and has become a regular, Blair Turgott, one goal in twenty three appearances up to early December and finally the joint top scorer Franck Nouble, also left but for further a field as he joined Chinese top flight side Tianjin Songjiang and has scored three goals in fifteen games for the mid table side. Away from City things were hotting up in Switzerland as FIFA officials were arrested after an investigation over corruption with President Sepp Blatter the main man but despite the rumours incredibly Blatter won another term as dictator at FIFA a few days later. Back to City and next season ticket prices were kept pleasingly low for the following season. City fans ended the month was massive smiles on there faces after they saw Villa ripped apart in the F.A. Cup final 4-0 by Arsenal, meaning City remained the last midlands club to lift the cup.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:12 am

Were we ever in doubt ..... cheers
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Jan 03, 2016 9:22 am

WOW well done CITY 5-0 V Crewe


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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:24 pm

April (The month of the fool as City’s players are proven to be clowns)
City started the month in 17th place, 3 points and 3 places above the drop zone but two of the teams below us and within 3 points and had a game in hand, for the over optimists we were 10 points behind the play off places. Five of the remaining seven games were against teams below us in the table. First up on April Fools Day were 22nd placed Leyton Orient, a team that had gone from Play Off losers to relegation battlers in one season. It was a rainy day in Coventry as the Ricoh hosted the Insomnia Gaming Festival as many City fans wish they had an escape from reality. It wasn’t a good start to the game when Orient’s Marvyn Bartley clattered into Samuel, injuring the forward and he had to go off and miss the rest of the season. So in one fair swoop Orient eliminated the only City player that looked capable of scoring. Despite another good performance by Ward, City lost by a single goal and edged closer to the drop zone. Another crunch relegation six-pointer was next up as we travelled the short distance to take on Notts County. City stretched there unbeaten away run with a scoreless draw again a truly awful County side. One good piece of news was that James Maddison came off the bench to play his first game of the year and a lot of undue pressure was put on the teenager to save the City. City now were only a point above the drop zone as things were getting hairy. The third six-pointer in a row as Colchester turned up at The Ricoh as we had more good news on the injury front as Reda was fit for the run-in. It was a day when all bottom eight teams played each other. It was a nervous game but with ten minutes of the first half to go O’Brien made good contact with the ball and scored a great goal to lift City and put him joint top scorer on six. City were on edge right to the end but did enough for our first home win under Mowbray and Lee Burge celebrated his first home clean sheet with some important saves. This gave City some breathing space between us and the bottom four. One team out of the equation was Yeovil who were relegated. Oldham were next up at the Ricoh for a midweek game but not every fan got in on time as a man threatening to jump from a bridge over the M6 that delayed fans coming in from the north. The seven thousand odd crowd did see Oldham take the lead against the run of play but City hit back and dominated unfortunately City had Proschwitz up front firing blanks, City had eleven shots on target, the most so far that season but it was the last one deep into injury time as Johnson steamed in with a header to rescue a vital point for the Sky Blues. As a total contrast to the relegation threatened teams City played next was away to already promoted Bristol City. The predicted hammering never arrived as City defended manfully and The Robins got the point they needed to win League One as for the first time this season the opposition failed to get a shot on target. Three of City’s rivals played in midweek as City dropped a place when Scunthorpe drew but defeats for Notts County at Preston and Leyton Orient at Rochdale kept City five points clear and not three. These result meant that City on Saturday we would be mathematically safe if we avoided defeat. So the last home game of the season and safety within touching distance we took on Crewe who were below us in the table and with a bad away record. Reduced prices and a relegation fight pulled in the ground’s second biggest attendance of the season of just under 14,000. There was nothing to celebrated as City were caught cold three times and despite a good goal from Proschwitz lost 3-1 to take it to the last game of the season. This rounded off a miserable home record only three of the relegated team won fewer at home. The end of the month saw the 10th anniversary of leaving Highfield Road no one then could guess what type of troubles we were heading for. Statistics can be misleading as City achieved a 297.44% rise in home attendances thanks to the return to the Ricoh.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:31 am

Keep them coming Choccy P.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:40 pm

March (The month of the god of war as City fans are shell-shocked by the new General)
We started the month in 20th place one place and point above the drop zone but teams below us had a game in hand. The ultra optimistic fans could say were 8 points behind the play off places. News early in the month was a real jaw dropper as City had appointed none other that experienced manager Tony Mowbray. This was incredible news, one of the biggest managerial appointments in the club’s history, certainly whilst outside the top two divisions and it stands comparison to when City appointed top coach Jesse Carver in the 1950’s. There was a sting in the tail to the appointment when the manager only signed a contract to the end of the season, so why? Maybe he didn’t want a long contract in case City were relegated and he had to manage in League Two, maybe he was making sure Sisu gave him an adequate budget for next season or maybe if he did well he could leave for a higher club. Whatever the reason on the day of the appointment City had a tough away trip to Barnsley, Mowbray was in charge but he gave himself a watching brief at Oakwell. It was a miserable night as City went down 1-0 with Blair Turgott finally making his debut after coming off the bench. Results went for City who kept above the drop zone. The next day Mowbray gave a message to the fans it read,
“Dear supporter, First and foremost, I would like to say how proud and delighted I am to be the new manager of Coventry City Football Club. I took the decision to take a year out of football management to spend some time with my family but the plan was always to return at around this time – but only when the right opportunity came along. When the chance to manage Coventry City was mentioned to me, it got that fire in my stomach burning again and, as I said above, I am proud to be here. I am a football romantic at heart and Coventry City, to me, means the Houchen header in 1987, big Killer playing at the back and players with the quality of Gary McAllister. That may seem like a world away right now but just as my fire began to burn again, I want to do the same for the supporters of this great club. I know the immediate brief is avoiding relegation but my ambition is to get this club back where it should be. Maybe a decade or so ago, that would have been the Premier League without question. Now, with the way football has changed, I believe this club should be at least in Championship and should be one of those teams pushing for promotion to the Premier League. I look at clubs like Southampton and Norwich and think why not? The opportunity is there. But more than that, I want to give the supporters of Coventry a team they can be proud of. A team that they will tell their mates down the pub is an attractive one to watch, wants to play with the ball and score goals. The people there in 1987 and those supporters who watched the JPT Area Final have not stopped supporting Coventry City. They still own the scarf but, for some, maybe it’s been in the cupboard for a while. For too long. I want to be able to light the blue touch paper that helps those supporters forget about some of the politics that have surrounded the club because they want to come and watch a team that plays good football and entertains people on a Saturday afternoon or Tuesday evening. There’s not much time left this season to stamp that mark on the team – especially when there will be so little time on the training pitch because of the busy match schedule and the challenging situation we find ourselves in. But I think there is a good group of players here and I hope I can help to put a bit of fire in their stomachs too to see what they can achieve for this football club In turn, I have no doubt that will mean the people of Coventry and beyond will come out in force to support their team.”
Quite stirring stuff but would he be here next season to fulfil those promises? A few days later Sisu claimed that had reorganised the debt into shares, so no one had to worry, not many fans now believed a word Sisu were saying. Mowbray’s first home game was a derby against Port Vale but it was an anti-climax as City took the lead but lost 3-2 results elsewhere kept us out of the drop zone. Games were coming thick and fast next up at home were Bradford in midweek. City again took the lead on an ever deteriorating pitch but failed to hold on as for the third home game out of four the away side scored direct from a free kick to level. Late on City should have levelled when sub Proschwitz had an open goal but somehow failed to score. Tony Mowbray first piece of transfer activity was to get ride of the hopeless Luke Williams and replace him with Spurs’ midfielder Grant Ward. On a day when the bottom four played each other City travelled to Chesterfield who were just outside the play off zone. Ward made his debut as Tudgay gave City the lead but half time it was level and City were provisionally in the bottom four. The second half City scored twice with Nouble scoring the third a late goal for the home side meant City had to hang on but did after facing eleven shots on target City won 3-2 and eased the pressure. This win also meant that City avoided being the worst side in our league history after surpassing the points gained in the 1919-1920 season adjusting for three points for a win and the number of games played. Another midweek game for our first ever visit to Fleetwood and another team just out side the play offs. It was St Patrick’s Day as it was pointed out City had only ever won once away on that day, 1982 vs. Middlesbrough. The game itself was a good one with Burge keeping his first ever league clean sheet and two late City goals meant we won two away league games in a row the first time since December 2013. More reinforcements as City signed midfielder Al Banguara but he never made it to the first team. After two wins on the road City returned home to face Doncaster on Legends Day. Samuel opened the scoring for City and thus went joint top scorer on a measly six but a 2nd half collapse saw City ship in three goals and lose 3-1. With one win in eleven at home City were happy to be on the road again as we took the short trip to Peterborough another team fighting for a play off place. It was a turgid game between what looked like two very poor sides but with twenty minutes to go sub Turgott pounced on a loose ball to score the only goal so to record yet another away win our form on the road was keeping our heads above water as the month ended.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:28 am

So interesting reading back Choccy P.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:46 pm

February (Month of purification, City are purified of a manager)
We started the month in 19th place 3 points above the drop zone but only 7 away from the play offs. More signings early in the month as Blair Turgott, a winger from West Ham joined as did Luke Williams, a defensive midfielder from Middlesbrough. There also was an appointment on the coaching staff as Dave Hockaday joined as Professional Development Coach and also was put in charge of the U21 Dave had been a shock choice to manage Leeds at the start of the season but only lasted four league game before United’s eccentric owner, Massimo Cellino sacked him. Hockaday moved to Supermarine Swindon where City hired him from. First game of the month was at our famous bogie ground Deepdale, where we have never won a league game and to make matters harder Preston were in the top six. Williams made his debut whilst Lee Burge played for the first time that year. It was wasn’t a good performance by City but the fans saw the funny side as when we were losing we sang “You’re nothing special, we loose every week”. City ended the game in defeat with Nouble wasted out wide again and the new boy Williams looking poor. In midweek City were in action again at home as just fewer than 7,000 fans turned up for the game. Gary McSheffrey scored direct from a free kick to give Scunthorpe the lead but it took an injury time goal from Tudgay rescued a point. Next up was a trip to play-off chasing Sheffield United, Dave Hockaday was making his presents felt when we sign a defender from his old club, Forest Green Rover in the shape of Chris Stokes; he became the 14th player to sign directly from an English Non-League Club since 1960. Stokes made his debut as City started off well then Sheffield’s Joe Baxter was given a straight red card for a foul on Barton, City exploited the ten men by taking a two goal lead just after half time with Samuel scoring both. City were in control and seemed to be steaming towards three points when a Sheffield midfielder brilliantly lobed Jones in the City goal to put the home side back in it, it would be his only goal of the season and his name, Michael Doyle. Two minutes later they were level and City left with a point. A point before the game most fans would have settled for but results going against us City were now in the bottom four. That was the last straw as Steve Waggott sacked the manager days later; bizarrely the last time City led 2-0 and ended up drawing 2-2, was at home to Bury in 2012 and it cost the job of manager Andy Thorn. It was a sad end to Pressley’s run as manager, no other boss had it so rough, ten points deduction not long after joining, another ten points at the start of the next season, being forced to play in Northampton and various transfer embargos it was a miracle he kept us up but in more stable times more was expected of him. So the search was on for City 36th fulltime manager since we became a league side. As normal the bookies were taking bets on the next boss and these are the ones they thought would take over, in the orders of their odds, Dave Hockaday, Paulo di Cannio, Neil McFarland, Dave Jones, Darren Ferguson, Shaun Derry, Lee Johnson, James Beattie, Mark Cooper, Gary McAllister and Paul Lambert. This was different from the fans’ choice, which in order picked, Nigel Adkins, Eric Black (a normal front runner), Uwe Rosler, Paulo di Cannio, Dave Jones and Billy Davies. The caretaker team of Neil McFarland and Dave Hockaday acted to end our terrible goal scoring record, no doubt a target of Pressley, as they sign German forward Nick Proschwitz on loan from Brentford. Since the German has been in England he had scored in 8 goals 61 league games, hardly a goal machine. One loan in another went and it was surprisingly Jamie Jones who had performed well, this left Lee Burge as the number one and many feared the worst for the rest of the season. The first game without Pressley was a real tough one at home to 2nd placed Milton Keynes Dons; City had the biggest home crowd for the year so far as just fewer than 10,000 turned up. Two quick goals early on put City in the driving seat as Stokes scored his first and Samuels his fourth. The Dons pushed City back inspired by former favourite Carl Baker they pulled one back in the second half and laid siege to the City goal. Luke Williams was taken off after another anonymous performance and Proschwitz made his debut becoming the 10th forward to play for us that season. City somehow hung on to the win with Burge looking good in goal and yet another impressive display by Matty Pennington at the back. City climbed out of the drop zone as the month ended.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:17 pm

Finished my Year's review here is the first month

Oh no, not another Year’s review

As John Lennon sang, “another year’s over a new one’s just begun.” So another year in the history of the club and a year of contrasting fortunes, from one of the lowest times in our league history to a very rare thing, a winning team that might just break our long standing top six hoodoo. Off the field Sisu has been a real Jekyll and Hyde outfit, seemingly backing the manager, the later one at least, while still looking towards the courts and promising to build a new ground. In 2015 we have used 45 players in all competitions only two fewer than 2014, which was the highest number in our league history, 13 of those came from our youth set up, the same number as last season and we had 15 players come in on loan, the second highest in our history one fewer than last year. This year we have earned 74 points, the most for almost 50 years as the last time we earned more was 1966. Taking three points for a win this is our 6th best year in our league history. We have scored 66 League goals, only beaten twice times since 1966. We have only conceded 53 league goals which is the lowest for five years.


January (Sick and tired of you’ve been hanging on me)
City started the year in 17th place, 3 points above the relegation zone and 7 points behind the play offs. City were in decent form in the league only losing 1 in 6 and climbing the table. New Year’s Day was the mildest for 99 years as City fans hoped the form could continue and City at least could end mid table. First game of 2015 was a rare experience for City fans since it was the first time City hadn’t been involved in a 3rd Round F.A. Cup tie since 1964. A local derby away to Walsall was the reward for not being in the cup. The Saddlers were within striking distance of the top six so it look a tough game. The first team of the New Year was Ryan Allsop, Aaron Phillips, Matty Pennington, Jordan Willis, Ryan Haynes, Jim O’Brien, Connor Thomas, John Fleck, Frank Nouble, Simeon Jackson and Marc Tudgay, coming off the bench were Jack Finch and Adam Barton. City started well and won an early penalty but Tudgay failed to convert so making it the 5th longest we have gone in a season without scoring a penalty in the last 66 years! Seconds later O’Brien hit a wonderful over the shoulder volley to give City the lead. Late on Tudgay headed in a corner, his first goal for the club as the forward had been up to then a big let down. City saw out the game and City’s good form continued. Good news then came in from the team as John Fleck signed a contract extension more good news as Nouble signed to the end of the season and Aran Martin extended his contract until the end of the next. On a wet a miserable Monday night only just over 7,000 turned up to watch City take on Swindon in front of the Sky Camera at the Ricoh. Swindon needed to win by two goals to top the table but a win for City would move us up into 10th. Andy Webster. Aaron Martin and Gary Madine all started for the first time that year with George Thomas making his home debut off the bench and the other sub Danny Swanson playing for the first time that year as well. After seven minutes the City fans held up a large red card with the word “go” on it to represent the seven years Sisu have been in charge. City played abysmally and lost 3-0 the away fans sang “we are top of the league” and the City fans sang “we’re sh** and we’re sick of it”. City’s Youth were next up and in F.A. Youth Cup action but the gap in quality between the have and the have nots was plain to been seen as City lost 8-2 away to mega-rich Manchester City their team assembled all over the world. Manchester City lost to Chelsea in the final, only time will tell how many of those players will make it to the Man City first team. First transfer news of the year was that City had sold midfielder Billy Daniels to Notts County for an undisclosed fee, he scored 3 goals for us in 29 League games. He was hardly a success at County, playing once before going out to play on trail in Ireland he is now at Nuneaton Town. With the transfer window closing at the end of the months it was silly season for rumours, one was that Spurs were coming in to buy James Maddison. City next travelled to Gillingham on good form, winning three out of the last four away games. Gillingham had lost four in a row and were without a manager but it was City that started well when Swanson won a penalty, Madine scored from it, the first time City had scored from the spot since the same fixture the previous season. Shaun Miller played for the first time that season coming off the bench with City heading to victory until a total collapse in the last eights minutes. City shipped in three goals one converted by old boy Cody McDonald. The result looked harsh but it had seem that Steven Pressley had lost the dressing room and for the first time he may have lost most of the fans as well. With his loan spell over keeper Ryan Allsop returned to Bournemouth, the keeper had a big learning curve whilst at City but his early games cost many goals, he did improve later on but still looked a liability, he conceded on average 1.4 goals per game. In his return to Bournemouth he became 2nd choice keeper and finally played again in November. City were looking for reinforcements and one player on the radar was Australian defender Ryan McGowan then playing in China for Shandong Luneng Taishan, but in the end he opted for Dundee United where he became a regular. Next game was the long trek to struggling Yeovil. Pre-match rumours, according to Steve Waggott, were it was 50/50 whether Madine would sign for the rest of the season and the club were looking to loan in a speedy left winger and a defensive midfielder. For this game City had gone for experience to replace Allsop in the shape of keeper Jamie Jones of Preston also playing for the first time that year was Reda Johnson back from yet another injury lay off. It was a dull game with Nouble looking a waste of space out wide and Madine had a penalty saved but at least Jones looked steady enough and became on the 17th keeper to keep a clean sheet on his debut since City became a league side. There were more mad rumours flying about this time courtesy of The Sun, so they must have been true, apparently some Saudis and Russians were interested in buying into some lower league clubs and City was one of them this was later deigned by Tim Fisher, so it must be true then. The mysterious winger was revealed when City signed Sanmi Odelusi on loan from Bolton and forward Dominic Samuel from Reading. Last game of the month was at home to Rochdale, a team pushing for the play offs, so for the first time in history against Rochdale we were the underdogs. Both the debutants scored and looked good but Rochdale came from behind twice to draw the game and Johnson went off injured again.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:20 am

Yes I was kicking the ball...."Come on" but it wouldn't go in. Drat.....I'll be on the bench IF I make the bench. Mad
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:45 pm

Disappointed with the draw with our rivals winning, not a great December but we keep getting results.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:20 am

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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:42 am

Yes that was strange neither a minutes silence or a minutes applause, for JH the applause seemed right but Don Howe hardly did well for us so a minute's silence would have been better.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:24 pm

I'm a minute silence person.
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PostSubject: Re: FOOTY CHAT   Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:56 pm

No late goals conceded today and with all the other results going against us we needed three points. Off to Chesterfield next who have a new manager in place, darn it
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