Friday, 18 October 2013

Kolo Kolo Kolo...Yaya Yaya Yaya...

The song has dance moves all of its own. City fans still sing the bit in it about Kolo Toure, despite the fact the defender moved to Liverpool this summer. It's the terrace chant that has now spread to Newcastle - the Yaya and Kolo Toure song.

Set to the 2 Unlimited hit 'No Limit', which reached number one in the United Kingdom upon release in January 1993, revelers took to the streets of Newcastle city centre in the early hours of Wednesday morning after their night out and instantly broke out into the song. The crowd was so big, taxi drivers couldn't pass through the blocked street the students had taken over.

A gift or a curse...

It’s not very often people are given a second chance in life. Occasionally individuals have the capacity to excel, but are tainted by demons. Sometimes things do go wrong and that chance to put things right is gratefully received and grasped with both hands. That’s exactly what is happening at the moment with West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison.

After years of hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, he wrote them himself with that incredible solo goal against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane recently. Add to that his performance for the England Under-21s this week, in which he scored two goals in a 5-0 drubbing over Lithuania, and you have a lot of plaudits gushing over the 20 year old.

The only thing that stands in Morrison’s way is him. He does himself no favours. Despite the sparkling display during that 5-0 victory he attracted negative attention again, this time for having an on-pitch bust-up with England team-mate Wilfried Zaha. Having a fiery temperament is all well and good, it’s learning to control and channel it in a positive and constructive way - that behaviour certainly doesn’t belong on the football pitch. 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Remember Kazimierz Deyna? No? Read all about him...

When City supporters turn the conversation to choosing their best loved players, there’s always a wide variety of names proposed and no shortage of favourites. The most recognised names are familiar, celebrated and remembered fondly, along with their background stories.

However, the generation gap means that certain players are not as readily brought to mind and their stories, if not forgotten, are often consigned to the further reaches of the collective conscience. With that in mind, perhaps it’s time to introduce the younger City fans to Kazimierz Deyna – and to remind his past and present admirers of what the man also known as Kaziu or, affectionately, ‘Kazzy’ was all about.

Elegant, composed and blessed with wonderful vision and football brain, Deyna’s brief stay at City earned him countless admirers both within the club and on the terraces. He was born in Starogard Gdanski in northern Poland, on October 23 1947. He was the son of a dairy worker and was one of nine siblings in a big family. Football was in the bloodline as two of his brothers also played the game; Henryk for Wlokniarz Starogard Gdanski and Franciszek for Starogardzki KS.

Kaziu began his career playing youth football at the age of 11 for his local side, Wloknairz Starogard Gdanski. When he turned 19 he moved to LKS Lodz before heading to Legia Warsaw. Deyna had been called up into the Polish army and at the time Legia were known as an army club. It was during his time at the club when the midfielder really made his name.