Thursday, 27 January 2011

Guessing the goals?

In "CityNews" 27 January, Steve Pumfrey writes about Dany N'Guessan going out on loan to Southampton.
He goes on to state "He has made 19 league appearances and scored three goals, including the winner in City's first match back in the Championship after League One promotion when they defeated Swansea 2-1 in August 2009. He also scored the winner to sink the Swans in the FA Cup five months later with his other strike coming to rescue a point at Watford in a 3-3- draw, also back in August 2009."

This "other strike" infers that N'Guessan scored three goals in the games mentioned and no others.

However, his record during the 2009/2010 was slightly better as he scored in the following games:

8 August 2009         - League         - Swansea (H)
12 August 2009       - League Cup - Macclesfield (A)
19 September 2009 - League         - Watford (A)
2 January 2010        - FA Cup       - Swansea (H)
6 February 2010      - League        - Blackpool (A)

Our cat can see that he scored five goals so why does the Mercury continue to churn out sloppy articles with little or no research?

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Sol Bamba and case of the mysterious missing game.

Leicester City's new defender Sol Bamba has now scored three goals in his four appearances since joining from Hibs.

Manchester City (H) - scored
Preston (A)
Manchester City (A)
Millwall (H) - scored twice

However, in City News ( 25th January) Rob Tanner reports " The Ivory Coast international followed his debut goal against Manchester City with a double strike against Millwall on Saturday to make it  three goals in as many appearances..."

Where did the other game go?

Sunday, 23 January 2011

West is East... or the clue is in the name.

This little gem was featured in Rob Tanner's City News on Saturday 22 January (p.50).

" City winger Danny N'Guessan has been linked with a moved to East Midlands rivals Coventry City..."

The last time I looked at a map, Coventry was in the West Midlands metropolitan county and formerly in Warwickshire but to my knowledge has never been in the East Midlands.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Just when you thought the Mercury couldn't get better... a flea!

Page 7  Tuesday 18 January 2011 by Suzy Gibson.


What can you say?  These howlers are the best thing about the 'paper ... Long live electronic spell checkers!

Pitch relay

On the back page of the 14th January 2011 edition, Rob Tanner wrote: "Leicester City have relayed the pitch at the Walkers Stadium..."

This error was spotted by Graham Lloyd of Kibworth and appeared in the Mercury Mailbox of 19th January (below)


Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Lend us a fan!

On January 6th, Rob Tanner's "City News" on page 47 featured Manchester born Richie Wellens' thoughts on the forthcoming F.A.Cup 3rd Round tie against Manchester City.

" "I am a Red, and my dad is a Red," said Wellens, who was born in the Moston area of Manchester. "But he must have eight brothers and loads of sisters, a big family, and they are all City fans. I think in his local pub they are all City fans, and he is the loan United fan. It would be lovely to put one over on City.""

Perhaps Coventry City should utilise this fan loan scheme as they only managed to pull in 8,162 for their home 3rd Round match!

Monday, 3 January 2011

How near is nearby?

In the 29th December edition there was an article about the B582 road being due to be closed on several occasions during January. The article ended:

"The road is being closed to enable network rail to replace a nearby road bridge." 

As this is the only road bridge over the railway between the M1 and the A426 in Blaby it would be safe to assume that the nearby road is actually the B582!  see map