December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Was the chant just after Jackson scored on Saturday, a tad harsh on West Brom?
Maybe, but when was the last time City won three away games on the trot in the top flight? Records show it was the start of the 1988-89 season, when City won the first five away games.
Two visits to The Hawthorns in two weeks and another excuse to visit the Vine pub, which is 10 minutes from the ground.
This one has to rank in the top 10 of awayday pubs to visit in my opinion.
From the outside it looks like a small back street pub, but as you walk through it goes on and on. In all there were four parts to the place, including an area where they cooked Indian cuisine.
So a Chicken Tikka and coke (self imposed four weeks off the alcohol for me)? Don’t mind if I do.
At the far end was a marquee style covering, where the kids were kicking a deflated football around. This led to a 1p5wich style of football being played, kick and rush plus a lot of running around without an end result.
So this was most certainly a pub that just kept on giving, as some might say.
The Forces2Canaries committee managed to all make this game together, a first this season as the photo will testify.
We nearly managed to leave the jester hat in the midlands but unfortunately the bar staff kept hold of it, so Mark ‘I love hats’ Boast could claim it just before we headed back to the fine City.
Another Saturday leave pass was granted to Paul, otherwise known as ‘Leyton Orient Beaver’ – a Snake Pit die hard (yes, he is a Barclay Reject).
This was his first away game for a while and after only five minutes into the game, all around us knew that Beaver, or Max as some call him, was back.
On to the game, Lord Lambert or ILWT as it is on Twitter, made five changes, the most significant of which was selecting young Steer in goal. Not many keepers will have debuts like that and the award of MOTM was well deserved.
West Bromwich will argue that they had more of the play (much as they did two weeks ago), but creating and converting chances is what it’s all about.
The referee on Saturday was a certain Mr Oliver. I have to say I thought he did okay, which must be a first while he has been in charge of a City game. Just don’t talk to ‘Beaver’ about the assistant referees though.
Final mention goes to the Yellow Army who once again were out in force. Numbers must have been around the 3500-4000, creating another cracking atmosphere.
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