1. The FA Cup’s capacity to produce disappointment remains undiminished by City having one of the best teams in our history. That’s not particularly reassuring and comforting, however.
2. Equally short of comfort was City’s performance on Saturday. That was practically our first team, falling to defeat against a side in the relegation fray. Worrying.
3. Worrying, but no cause for panic. Life is usually too short to listen to radio phone-ins, but the reaction to this defeat bordered on the hysterical. City are third in the Championship. They have a great team. They have a fine manager. Those things ought to count for something during a dip in form.
4. Equally unfair are intemperate demands for the Allams to “get their chequebook out”. What for? Steve Bruce has had a lot of money to spend (and he’s spent it well), but the Allam family’s financial commitment to the Tigers deserves applause, not ungrateful querying.
5. Also not covering themselves in glory were the stewards on Saturday. A group of young, more vocally-minded City fans stationed themselves in the north-west corner, something of a recent Cup habit. To their left was positioned the Ghetto of Excellence flag, something we’ve always admired. That flag was initially placed there, just over the netting that hems in the north-west corner, with the assistance of the stewards. Later on, they returned to remove it, bound up and down the steps and generally harass the small group stood there (see this picture – there are hardly hundreds of them).
6. This combination of officious pedantry and wilful intrusion upon a group of lads’ afternoon at the football is precisely what is wrong with stewarding at City. When away fans turn up and cause trouble, the stewards and police aren’t interested. These double standards stink. The club should be instructing them to treat its customers better, immediately.
7. Apropos of the police, we recently enquired of the new PCC for this area whether the immaculate behaviour of City fans in the early kick-offs against Huddersfield and Leeds would mean a restoration of the traditional 3pm start in the future. The answer we (eventually) received is reproduced in full here – judge for yourself whether this counts as a useful and informative reply.
8. Is it worth recalling Aaron Mclean from his loan at Ipswich?
9. That’s not a dig at Nick Proschwitz, however. From an admittedly small list of candidates, he was probably City’s man of the match against Barnsley, and started the game in the way you’d want a £2.5m import to. More please.
10. It’s a pity see Paul McKenna’s time with City ending what appears to be such a low-key fashion. He was very good for us last season and even at the age of 35 he’s surely too good for Fleetwood Town. Nonetheless, he’s in the autumn of his career and needs to spend that remaining few years on the pitch, not the stands. Let’s hope it goes well for him.