Things We Think We Think #19

1. Given the usual post award slump, Nigel Pearson not being declared manager of the month is a good thing, especially if you’re of a superstitious bent. Still, it is good to see our manager’s efforts recognised with a nomination, and it is a shame that some of our own supporters don’t see his worth, babbling on about a dour interview demeanour. His job is to win games, and after a shaky start, Nigel Pearson’s City are doing just that this season. Fans who think that giving controversial or charismatic interviews is more important than winning football games might prefer watching WWE Smackdown to watching City.

2. On the subject of monthly awards, the accolade of ‘Cash Converters Player of the Month’ doesn’t sound very accolade-y does it?

3. There has been no hint of progress regarding the Allam’s bid to acquire the KC Stadium during the last week (and we don’t count ambulance chaser Neil Hudgell’s words as ‘progress’) but at least we’ve been spared more of the the unseemly bickering that has dominated discussions so far.

4. Steve McClaren’s return to Hull City as a visiting manager is unlikely to happen in 2011, which is a pity. The man is a fine coach and, given that he was an excellent player in the black and amber and someone pleasingly prone in recent years to talking fondly of his time with the club, it’s only with sorrow that we note his time at Nottingham Forest was a brief and unsuccessful one. We wish him well wherever he next goes.

5. Hopefully, Martyn Waghorn’s hamstring knack isn’t as bad as first reported, as we’ve looked a far more potent side with him in the side than we did when without him.

6. We’re still annoyed by bloody Brighton’s decision to put back the kick off time of this weekend’s tie, or at least their announcing of it so late.

7. Um, that’s it really, hard to think of 10 things during an international break.

8. *EDIT* Maybe we spoke too soon about bickering. In today’s Telegraph Assem Allam speaks about ‘moving’ a national squash tournament from the proposed sports village. Until he secures a deal with the landowners that would see the realisation of sports village dream become a distinct possibility rather than a maybe, he shouldn’t be telling any sport national body that events will be hosted there. Every time Allem speaks on the sports village topic, he looks less like a successful local businessman, visionary and philanthropist, and more like someone prone to making grand pronouncements of projects with little thought put into how it will actually happen (or willingness to show the people who really need to be convinced detailed plans).

The cynic in us thinks this squash announcement is a convenient way to portray the Council as uncooperative villains once more, but really, how many City fans give a hoot about a national squash tournament being held in Hull anyway? Not that it matters, Leeds and Halifax are only 15 minutes away, aren’t they? Oh.


Things We Think We Think #18

1. City can win this division. Absolutely no question.

2. One feels slightly unclean at the prospect of singing a song for Adriano Basso that should be the exclusive property of the iconic Boaz Myhill, and therefore has yet to join in. Still, it’s nice to see our new keeper being well appreciated.

3. The decision to play Martin Pusic against Cardiff rather than a more orthodox central replacement for the injured Tom Cairney adds extra credence to the belief that when Cameron Stewart is fit again, Nigel Pearson intends to use two orthodox wingers in the team.

4. Nick Barmby’s winning goal should be shown to young strikers the nation over. Few types of chance are more difficult than the one that bounces across you as you charge in, meaning you have to time your impact with the ball alongside the momentum of your run. The height of the bounce meant that a vulgar studding of the ball or less controllable sidefoot were Barmby’s only options, and he despatched it magnificently. So many of those will be scratched wide, spooned high in the air or missed entirely by lesser players.

5. Robert Koren delights and frustrates in roughly equal measure, but yesterday was one of his best days for City. He can pass, shoot and run with the best of them, but his workrate was refreshing against Cardiff, including an instance of tracking back that quite possibly saved a goal when Dudgeon was left exposed on the left

6. It’s rare to see decisions overturned as dramatically as on Saturday, but ultimately the right decision was made. It’s easy to understand Cardiff’s annoyance, especially that of their fans who may not have spotted the offside and travelled back feeling robbed, but far worse than their irritation would be an unjust decision undeservedly taking the game away from City.

7. It seems questioning the Allams’ plans is an act of heresy to some, they safeguarded the club’s existence with £7M cash and over £30M in guarantees to resolve a debt crisis that could have destroyed the club. For that, they are entitled to a whole heap of gratitude, and they get it, but are they entitled to have all future decisions and plans go unquestioned? We don’t think so, any more than getting us promoted to the Premier League meant that Duffen and Bartlett were beyond reproach for subsequent acts. Fans of a club that has had six owners in 15 years and endured a myriad of financial crises in that period really should be eternally vigilant when it comes to evaluating plans of owners. It isn’t heresy to query things, quite the opposite, it is a patriotic (of sorts) act by people who care.

Oddly, the Council safeguarding City’s existence by building a £43m stadium complex when the club faced ruin and homelessness a decade ago no longer entitles them to gratitude or a fair hearing in the eyes of some supporters. They view the people who paid for the facility that kick started Hull City’s rise through the leagues as villains for not immediately and thoughtlessly selling the KC off for cheap because a wealthy local businessman demands it. That said, the Council really haven’t helped themselves, historically they’ve failed to secure outside investment, recently they’ve flip flopped on a referendum promise, and their citing Hull Fair’s historical significance and the scaremongering about Hull FC being evicted within 15 months has made them look like backwards thinking dinosaurs with petty reasons for refusing investment in the city.

8. It would be good to know what value the Allams place on the KC. A councillor recently said that the Allams want the stadium for free (we’ve heard an informal offer was a derisory £250,000), a statement refuted by the Allams since. They then said :“We are willing to do the whole scheme but we need a significant contribution from the council. If they can’t generate their own funds to make a contribution, then give us the freehold of the stadium as their contribution. We would pay them for the stadium, if they paid back a percentage of that to help fund the sports village.”

The expectation of the Allams for financial input from the Council is a relatively new discussion point, previously the Allams said the complex was to be a gift, but if this gift is to be paid for with money borrowed against the stadium and what would effectively be donated capital from the Council, then really how is it a gift from the Allams? If you want the Council to give you back ‘a percentage’, presumably a hefty percentage, then that isn’t much different to asking for the stadium gratis is it? The way it has been described doesn’t suggest the Allams are putting in much themselves, it would be nice if they cleared that up rather than insulting the Council and making vague statements of intent.

9. Just how financially viable would a sports village on Walton Street be? Assem Allam said at the Power of Sport event at Hull University that he needed to own the KC Stadium to generate the funds to build the sports village. That means taking out a loan against our home ground to pay for squash courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool etc. Taking loans against assets is not an unusual move, but you need the final project to pay for itself, or ‘your home is at risk if you do not keep up payments.’

Seldom are sports amenities cash cows, which is why they’re usually municipally owned, Councils have a remit to provide public facilities even if they cost more than they generate. Only this facility has to make money, or else the stadium that has been borrowed against is at risk. The facilities proposed promise to be a very good thing for Hull, and the city sorely needs money spending on it, but would mortgaging the stadium against hoped for profits be in the interests of Hull City (or Hull FC)?

10. We must never, ever move to Melton.

Things We Think We Think #17

1. The Bristol City draw was a point gained overall, but it’s the first time we’ve been punished for not scoring a second goal and putting the game away.

2. That said, there’s a growing air of confidence about the side, and sooner or later someone is going to get absolutely destroyed by City.

3. The latest Amber Nectar ratings, while not scientific and usually at the whim of no more than half a dozen people, show Aaron Mclean to be at the top of the pile. That he is less popular with a not insignificant quantity of City fans represents an act of blinkeredness that presumably is a by-product of only seeing the team play at home. Mclean is a good footballer and just so happens at the moment to be a more comfortable one in City colours when not at the KC.

4. However, nobody is saying that Mclean’s lack of goals since joining the Tigers represents an irrelevant point for his detractors to make. But this is a Nigel Pearson team which we now know conclusively is one that will win games by conceding few rather than scoring many. Mclean is still making a tangible contribution on the ball even if he isn’t converting a stack of chances.

5. Doncaster Rovers simply must be beaten tomorrow. Not just because of the long-term prospects for the season, not just because it’s nice to put smaller clubs near our backyard in their place, but also because the defeat there last season was one of the most abject and grotesque experiences of recent times and needs remedying.

6. Nigel Pearson was absent at Doncaster last season. It’s remarkable to remember that our seemingly indestructible manager spent time in hospital just thirteen months ago after feeling unwell – thankfully he’ll be at the Keepmoat this time, and after his quietly seething reaction to the draw at Bristol City we wonder whether the staff at BBC Radio Humberside will be drawing short straws to see who has to interview him

7. Some City fans on Twitter propose that Tiger Nationals boycott the Barnsley away game to protest the steep £30 ticket price. Noble intentions, and the comparable “Kein Zwanni” boycott by Borussia Dortmund fans last season certainly had an impact. Football clubs not only take the loyalty of supporters for granted, they seek to brazenly abuse that loyalty, the soulless arseholes.

8. However – boycotting the Barnsley game will punish the City team by reducing the Tiger Nation’s presence at a Yorkshire derby, presenting an unpleasant dilemma if you CAN afford the disgraceful entry fee. We’re not sure it’s fair to take it out on Nigel Pearson and his team and would find it difficult to advocate boycotting any City game, but can definitely understand anyone who finds a different use for thirty quid than handing it to sodding Barnsley.

9. CEO Mark Maguire’s centre page diatribe in the latest 1904 magazine is breathtakingly patronising. He sees fans as children who don’t know what’s best for them and himself as a father figure doing the right thing. That wasn’t a mischievously approximate summary, he actually says that.

9a. While we’re on the subject, 1904 magazine is utter turd and it needs putting out of our misery.

10. Given kitman John Eyre’s penchant for mixing and matching elements of home and away kits last season, we feared the worst when City took to the field wearing navy shorts with the light blue away shirts at Ashton Gate, suspecting we’d had to borrow them from Bristol City to avoid a white v. white clash.

Not so, the navy shorts had our crest on them. Presumably adidas have supplied the alternates in the hope Eyre won’t foolishly pair light blue shirts with black and amber shorts. The light blue-navy blue-light blue scheme looked reasonably good, but we could have just worn our home kit given that it clashes with red and white not one bit.

Adriano Basso looked quite smooth in all white, not seen on a City keeper since 1997 when Willo tried to keep out Newcastle at St. James Park. #KitGeekery

Things We Think We Think #16

1. At first glance the Brighton game being put back 2½ hours may seem a consequence-free extra two hours in bed – except that you can’t get back from Brighton on the train with this later kick-off. Given that Brighton’s excuse for the rearrangement is staggeringly weak (“university open day” – for crying out loud…) and the lack of warning is completely inadequate given that they knew this was happening, they should be compelled by the FA/FL to reimburse City fans for rail tickets they now have no use for, and told not to be so bloody stupid in the future.

2. We e-mailed Brighton & Hove Albion FC on Thursday about this. We’re yet to receive a reply.

3. Okay, so the Allams have garnered a bit of self-perpetuated publicity for buying the medal won by Dean Windass at Wembley, so any scorning of those City fans who offered a ‘well done’ is understandable. Still, you’d rather they’d bought it than not. If anyone deserves praise, it’s Deano for wanting to raise money for his chosen cancer charity. Oh, and us for suggesting the club bought it in the first place.

4. Three 1-0 wins in a row doesn’t sound inspiring, but City are generally playing well. It’s lack of finishing, not lack of chances, that’s kept those scorelines down.

5. City are 13/2 to win 1-0 on Saturday. Just saying.

6. Where on earth does Aaron Mclean get that “hang” of his from? For a chap not blessed with height, his timing and effectiveness in the air is terrific, not to mention remarkable to watch on a scientific level. It’s reminiscent of Stuart Elliott’s extraordinary aerial prowess – and we can think of no greater compliment.

7. One would like to think that the reason Joe Dudgeon had easily the best game of his brief City spell so far against Portsmouth was because he’d been instructed by Nigel Pearson et al during his time on the bench to watch exactly how Andy Dawson did it.

8. One of the pleasures of being a football fan is watching young players realise their potential. James Chester has vast potential, and is realising an awful lot of it.

9. Another good thing about being a football fan is that it means you’re (probably) not a rugby fan. The Hull Daily Mail has at least acknowledged Hull FC fans fighting among themselves during their defeat at Leeds last night, and we look forward to them running a full name and shame campaign. These losers have an apparently inexhaustible capacity to bring embarrassment upon the city of Hull – what a shame they didn’t go bust in the 1990s.

10. Craig Fagan may divide opinion between those members of the Tiger Nation that thought he was great and those who thought he was very frustrating, but anyone who uses their disapproval of his spell at City to justify a claim that he’ll be no good in League Two for Bradford is a prize berk. Fagan, if he stays fit, will be the best player in that division by a mile.

Things We Think We Think #15

1. The Hull Daily Mail‘s sad little piece on Joe Corrigan’s departure on Saturday answered few questions and dropped some interesting little hints about the Tigers’ hierarchy. Resolute in his admiration for Pearson (N) but enigmatically unsure about those above him – should we be at all worried? Hopefully not…

2. We got more footage on the Football League Show yesterday of the teams exiting the bus at London Road than we did of the actual game at Peterborough United. What is it about teams getting off the bus that’s so capturable?

3. That’s made even less understandable by the fact it was a good game – a cracking goal, woodwork being struck, great goalkeeping made it a better 90 minutes than a 1-0 away win may ordinarily appear.

4. Doesn’t it seem a long time ago that City were booed off in each of their first three home games? Ninth in the nascent League table, two points from the play-offs, soon we’ll need to categorise this as a “good start”.

5. That makes the upcoming Portsmouth game a useful test: if we’re to aspire to more than being just a decent side, we need consistency, and that means having the ability to put a series of results together. Two wins in a row is good, three wins is the sort of thing top-six candidates can do.

6. Nigel Pearson spoke of how pleased he was for Aaron Mclean, and that’s an fine sentiment to express – since his first action of the season as a sub at Leeds he’s looked sharp and hungry.

7. The City manager also deserves praise for daring to drop Matt Fryatt – that wasn’t a decision many saw coming, but the result and performances by Waghorn and Mclean justified it.

8. Liam Lawrence is suspended for next week’s game against the Tigers after getting sent off for two quite evil tackles at West Ham United. This is good because a) he’s an odious piece of faecal matter; and b) he always seems to put together some act of brilliance to beat us.

9. Pity the poor person responsible for maintaining the club’s official Twitter feed. Last week’s multi-tweet transcription of the pre-match press conference could not have been more banal if it had tried.

10. Justin Whittle is the new (caretaker) manager of North Ferriby United. It’s hard to imagine any other ex-Tiger receiving equivalent goodwill from City fans upon taking up this role. He obviously will get the job full-time and have them in League Two in three years. He is Justin Whittle, after all.

Things We Think We Think #14

1.  Sir Adam’s decision to restore Sunday eggchasing for Mr Allam’s rugby tenants is probably good news for City – wherever you stand on who causes most damage to the pitch, having first dibs on the Circle turf during a weekend when both City and the egg franchise are at home will suit the Tigers.

2.  Anyone who chooses to spend their time pretending to be Matt Fryatt on Twitter is a complete bellend.

3. On transfer deadline day, City had just one target: to bring Martyn Waghorn on loan. They did. Does that not make it a successful day for the Tigers?

4. We’d probably answer our own question with a resounding “yes”, but there appears a sizeable minority who were dismayed at not seeing City’s name not mentioned on Sky Sports News’ fuckwitted programme last Wednesday. If this is because of a genuine belief that Nigel Pearson’s squad needs a bit of bolstering, fair enough, there’s an strong argument to be made for that – though we can make loans again in just three days. If it’s simply due to feeling left out of Sky’s hysterical circus, then having a grown-up in charge of the Tigers is probably not for you.

5. The signing of Waghorn is a good one, it should be remembered. A friend of Amber Nectar has seen a lot of him, and has nothing but praise. His 30-yarder in midweek for England U21s may be qualified by observing that Azerbaijan isn’t a footballing powerhouse, but it was an outstanding strike and he’s a very good addition to the squad.

6. Peterborough, then. A terrace awaits. It’s slightly sad that this is something to genuinely look forward to…but it is.

7. Tucked away at the end of a recent report on Cameron Stewart’s improving fitness was an interesting titbit in the HDM about Richard Garcia, suggesting that he “has been assured talks will take place over his future once he nears fitness”. We like Richard Garcia, and hope to see him again in black and amber.

8. It’s been a slow start for the Ulltras – this was probably to be expected given inflexibility inherent in all-seater grounds with a high percentage of season ticket holders unable to easily move about, but they should keep it up, and look to target away games to spread word of their intentions. One thing we sincerely hope is nothing to do with any of them is this maddening tendency of a tiny minority to berate fellow supporters who don’t join in with everything on the road. That is only ever counter-productive.

9. We’ve been sceptical about the Allams’ plans to build a sports village for some time. Coun Pete Allen’s open letter in the Hull Daily Mail deepens our scepticism somewhat.

10. It’s not something that needs considering just yet – but when the aforementioned Stewart does return to fitness, can he and Robbie Brady be accommodated in the same side?

Things We Think We Think #13

1: Nigel Pearson deserves a spot of praise for acknowledging that his methods weren’t working and having a rethink ahead of the Reading game. So many managers bury their heads in the sand and insist that only they can see any flaws, but Pearson took the criticism – which he deserved – on his shoulders and, in the short term at least, sorted out the problem.

2: Boy, is it good to see Andy Dawson not just playing, but playing like he did at his Premier League peak. Yes it was just one game, and Jimmy Kebe is hardly Theo Walcott, but a fit, focussed and firing Dawson, with his decency, leadership quality, gravitas and experience, is one hell of an asset still to have in the Tigers squad, especially given the abundance of youth surrounding him right now.

3: City do seem to have a habit of changing their form just before a two-week break, thereby risking a loss of momentum. The game at Peterborough United will be as much about the players’ attitude as it is about their form and confidence.

4: That game will be our only chance to stand on a terrace this season, barring an interesting FA Cup draw. Which is unlikely, as we’ll probably lose to Wigan in Round 3 again. It’ll be nice to have the facility, which they are inexplicably eradicating from London Road shortly – our first time since the League Cup game at Brentford over a year ago, and the first time for a League match since Colchester away in 2008. It’ll be a rare treat.

5a: With malingering crock Jimmy Bullard now mercifully in their side and not ours, it’s fascinating to note that of the four ex-Tigers in Ipswich Town’s squad, three are a feckless, gluttonous waster (Bullard, obviously); an underwhelming square ball merchant with peculiar thumbs (Keith Andrews – notwithstanding his sudden capability as a goalscorer, and there’s no harm in scoring a freakish injury time winner to defeat Leeds United, in truth) and a player forever to be remembered as one neither Phil Brown nor Paul Duffen actually wanted, but recruited in a blind panic (Ibrahima Sonko) when flogging our most glorious centre back ever for peanuts. The exception is Damien Delaney, who is a) good; b) not a Jewell recruit; c) less liked than the others by buffoonish Suffolk types; and d) a Tigers hero of yore, as opposed to someone who will be roundly booed and vilified upon future visits to the Circle. So expect Delaney to be sold soon.

5b: If Bullard really has insisted upon Joe Corrigan’s dismissal as Hull City’s goalkeeping coach as part of the terms of his final departure from the KC, it represents an act so despicable as to be not matched by any past Tigers villain. Dave Bamber buying a house in Blackpool with club money has nothing on this.

6a: Mark Maguire’s intentions were good with the balloons, but he should have learned when taking his seat for the Reading game at 2.55pm that the Tiger Nation has no time for such superficial gimmickry. A boy of no more than four years old was sitting in front of Amber Nectar, with his mum, for the match and proceeded to stamp on as many balloons as he could. Still, with a home goal at last, we can be grateful not to have Pigbag or the Piranhas inflicted upon our eardrums. Had that happened, then it would have been the shortest goal celebration ever, and possibly the first known example of a set of supporters using a crucial goal as an excuse to boo the club hierarchy. Robbie Brady could have been scarred for life by that.

6b: However, a ticket deal is always understandable when attendances are dwindling, and so Mr Maguire should be commended for trying. We should wait until we have a home game against a side with a more plentiful away following before concluding for certain that local interest is truly declining, though. Both Crystal Palace and Reading brought far fewer fans than either did last season, which distorts the figures a bit. And though the club will disagree for obvious revenue-related reasons, slightly smaller gates may mean fewer moaning, negative gobshites and a more positive atmosphere at the Circle. If so, we’re all for sub-20,000 attendances.

7: Is it wrong to be frustrated with the Allams for talking about funding squash tournaments and rugby games nobody is clamouring to see, but not about their ambitions for Hull City? This isn’t motivated by a lack of gratitude; we’re very much indebted to them for paying off/underwriting the club’s debts, but we’ve missed out on several good players (Danns, Howard, Ayala) that could have really helped a promotion push, and it seems our owners think they’ve invested enough in the Tigers already, and have moved on to other things. This may be an irrational mindset but it is there nonetheless.

8: Good to see Robbie Brady reveal, via Phil Buckingham’s candid and informative Twitter feed, that he didn’t intend to shoot when scoring the winner against Reading. As amazing as it was, an intentional effort from that bit of the field is going to fail 999 times out of 1,000 and in the 75th minute of a 0-0 draw when the team is playing disappointingly at home and urgently needs a win, such showboating, were it to be admitted, will only prompt criticism. This isn’t to take away the brilliance, or importance, of the goal at all – the team and the supporters may prove to be forever grateful for it should it spark the beginning of a decent run. But as he’s succeeded once, maybe he should quit while he’s ahead.

9: Hopefully, we saw the real Paul McKenna in the Reading game. He’d been, at best, a passenger and, at worst, a gaffe-prone liability in previous outings, but this time he ran the show, both driving us forwards and destroying opposition attacks in the middle. He, as much as the switch to 4-4-2, made the difference.

10: The “how shit must you be…” chant has, occasionally, been amusing. Sometimes. It wasn’t amusing on Saturday, and we’d be better off with its permanent exclusion from our repertoire.

Things We Think We Think #12

1. When we were last so downcast about a season just five games into it? The mood of dismay is palpable, and we’re still one game away from August being over – that’s pretty remarkable.

2. The reason is arguably not just the results, it’s the lack of goals – to go without scoring in all three games this season means we’ve almost literally had nothing to cheer at the Circle.

3. That said, the booing of the side is becoming ridiculous. Doing it at the end of a particularly deplorable performance is one thing; doing so after the Blackpool match was hyper-meffery, and doing it DURING a game is the act of someone who does not have City’s best interests at heart.

4. Something else to worry about: Saturday’s gate of 17,797 is the lowest for a League game at home since March 2008. With the current dearth of entertainment, it’s hard to imagine a lower not arriving fairly soon.

5. Should City ultimately be successful in terminating Jimmy Bullard’s contract, that’d be a little something to cheer. Whether the savings made on firing the feckless southern waster will ever be redirected in Nigel Pearson’s direction is another matter, but we take a malicious glee in seeing him denied millions he’s done nothing to deserve.

6. Anyone expecting Robbie Brady to be the finished article is missing the point. Of course his decision-making is suspect – he’s a 19 year old winger with four first team games under his belt. That’ll come, but only with experience. In the meantime, we must accept that he won’t always get things right, but be thankful that he possesses skill and pace in a side that all too often attacks with easily-neutralised sloth.

7. What price some of Brady’s colleagues in the Manchester United youth setup being the subject of discussions between the Circle and Old Trafford this week?

8. Aaron Mclean, very simply, deserves to start against Reading. Let’s not forget that he has yet to open his account at the Circle and he’s more likely to do that while enjoying a bit of confidence, even if his impressive displays against Leeds and Crystal Palace have been partially negated by a Red Adair element to them.

9. So far, neither Joe Dudgeon as a left back nor Jack Hobbs as skipper have shown why they are respectively a better option than Andy Dawson.

10. Dean Windass wants £1,500 for his play-off medal to give to a cancer charity. Over to you then, Mr Maguire. Get the club’s chequebook out and get it bought. If it can’t stay in our finest modern day hero’s private collection of mementoes, it belongs only in a display cabinet in Hull City’s reception.

Things We Think We Think #11

1. Tom Cairney was outstanding at Ipswich on Saturday, and must be very hard to drop on current form – he doesn’t do the ugly stuff too well, but he looks stronger than he used to and ran the game at Portman Road with finesse and style

2. Is Andy Dawson’s long career at City coming to an end? Only Nigel Pearson knows that, but the current signs aren’t good for someone who’ll rightly be remembered as a City great.

3. 4-5-1 at Ipswich made us look a better attacking threat than either of the two home games that preceded it – but is it a viable option at home? We fear not, which leaves the City manager needing a plan fairly soon to improve things at the Circle.

4. It’s difficult to imagine that anyone associated with City is going to keep regular tabs on how Kamel Ghilas is getting on at his Ligue 2 club, despite the heroic “loan watch” updates from whoever is charged with running the club’s Twitter account.

5. The BBC One highlights programme, The Football League Show, is fantastically tedious, not to mention horrendously late. Fair play to Sky Sports News, therefore, for noticing these anomalies and pledging to show every goal from the three sub-Premier League divisions by 8pm on Saturdays. The format is typically vulgar but it does the job of getting action on televisions quickly and neatly.

6. So then, Leeds. Victory at Portman Road two days ago was the first in 21 years; it’s been 24 since a win at Elland Road…

7. Hopefully, opinion posted on the internet isn’t truly indicative of what fans think, because if it is, rational thought has become extinct leaving only knee-jerk idiocy. Last week we had no decent strikers, Fryatt was rubbish, uff uff uff. This week, Fryatt is ace! Fryatt for England etc. Basing opinions solely on what has immediately occurred rather than on a body of work is the act of a fool.

8. Liam Rosenior is though, the greatest City right back ever! Heh.

9. A few months ago, former City defender Jon Whitney expressed thanks for putting old highlight clips on our YouTube channel, as he’d finally been able to convince his sons that he’d scored with a ludicrously long range shot against Peterborough in 1999. On Friday, YouTube terminated our popular TigerTube channel after Hull City complained about our use of some 12 year old footage of a Division Three game. Presumably City want to charge people to see this stuff on their Tigers Player thingy and don’t want such content freely available; still, it leaves a sour taste in the mouth. City made no attempt to communicate with us, we could have taken off club-produced footage and let the old Calendar, Look North, Match of the Day and Anglia TV stuff remain.

10. We can’t help but feel that this was a little personal, given that we’ve been critical of the club’s CEO and staff changes of late. Many other City clips remain, including some taken straight from Tigers Player! If stopping copyright violation is the main motive for complaint, surely you’d look at current highlights with genuine commercial value rather than grainy footage of City playing, in some cases, 30-40 years ago. If that isn’t the case, then the club has the right to reply.

10a. We’ve received many missives from fans mourning the loss of TigerTube, and we’re glad so many people found it a useful and entertaining resource.

Things We Think We Think #10

1. Booing a narrow, opening day defeat really is the act of a treacherous div. Sure, losing to Blackpool was frustrating, but to boo the team you claim to support after the first of 46 games indicates you have a tenuous view of the bigger picture. An inauspicious beginning for the ‘Ulltras movement.

2. Though if we lose to Macclesfield, anything goes.

3. We weren’t outplayed or outfought against Blackpool, we just needed to finish some of the many chances we created. Matt Fryatt showed us last season that he’s a damn fine striker, he looked out of sorts on Friday, but he hasn’t become crap overnight.

4. Some fans just have to have a scapegoat. With no Harper or McLean to criticise, McKenna and Adebola became the phantom menace for some. The knaves.

5. Tom Cairney split opinions on Friday, some thought he was excellent, others thought he was idle. He was a bit of both.

6. Richard Garcia coped admirably and professionally this week with the barrage of meffelated questions that some seriously cretinous City fans asked him on Twitter. Fair play to him.

7. There are already quadrillions of reasons to dislike The Sun newspaper, but we now have another. On the front of its npower Championship supplement on Saturday, which featured a collage of all the division’s managers, it used a photo of Nigel Pearson in a Leicester City training top. We know the dispute between the media coalition and the Premier/Football Leagues meant games weren’t covered as normal, but even using stock images, couldn’t the morons find a more up-to-date photo of our manager?

8. If the Met want to put a stop to a relentless, ruthless swathe of attacks in Tottenham, then it should send for Boaz Myhill.

9. If Jimmy Bullard’s squad number is really an indication of a truce between player and club, then tell us. And get him on to the pitch. We could just about cope with the leech if he was actually kicking a ball in anger.

9b. Not all of ‘we’ agree that last statement. Some would rather he be sealed in an iron ball and fired into the Sun.

10. The decision to replace the massive black sponsor patch on the away shirt after it drew ire from supporters was a wonderfully magnanimous, highly commendable one. Kudos.