Wednesday, April 16, 2014

No one can stop us from finishing ninth!

"Are you this shit every week?"
We had a couple of guests on Sunday. David from Istanbul and Bernard from Ankara. A shame Genclerbirligi were not very good hosts. Yawn.

Genclerbirligi 0 - 0 Kayseri Erciyes

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Alanyaspor 1-5 Ankaragucu match report !





Finally, Finally, Finally the Ankaragucu team arrived and showed exactly what we knew they were capable of with a stunning 5-1 win at Alanyaspor in new Coach Celal Kibrizli first game in charge !

Team - Bayram Olgun, Aytac Oden, Sehat Aykuz, Selim Teber, Onur Atasayer, Serhat Gulpinar, Kaan Kanak, Emre Tasdemir, Muhammed Gonulacar, Levent Kale, Umut Nayir

Subs - Gokhan Akkan, Metin Aydin, Omer Yalcin, Aydin Toscali, Mehmet Cakir, Harun Aydin, Mehmet Tasci

So the new coach made a number of changes to the team, and there were even places on the bench for Mehmet Cakir and Aydin Toscali who were supposed to have had their contracts terminated. The first noticeable change was that as i predicted midweek, he moved Emre Tasdemir into a further forward role and young Onur Atasayer came back in at left back.

Celal bey showed that he isn't just going to settle for defensive performances in away games against the leagues stronger sides. He played to our own strengths and played both Umut and Levent up top. And guess what ? We produced our best performance of the season. Well done to our new coach !!

The problem with Ankaragucu this season, has been the poor choice of coaches who haven't played to our own strengths and instead gave to much respect to the other teams. Can Ankaragucu now build on this at the perfect time with the playoffs coming up ?

Things didn't start to well with Emre Akbaba giving Alanyaspor the lead after 14 minutes. I actually said to Damon here we go again another poor performance coming up against one of the stronger sides. How wrong was i not to show any faith in our new coach ?

The equaliser came after 29 minutes through Kaan Kanak who has started to show the form we know he is capable of.

The score stayed that way until half time, none of us could have predicted what would happen in the second half.

Three goals in 10 minutes from Umut Nayir, Kaan Kanak (with his second) and Levent Kale put Ankaragucu 4-1 up to send the travelling Ankaragucu fans wild ! I must also mention, The European Ankaragucu group Avrulali Guculer made the trip to the game in their numbers from Germany, Belgium and Holland and looked like they had a great time.

There was even time left for Aydin Toscali to make it 5-1 and the result will send out a message to anyone involved in the play offs that Ankaragucu mean business and won't go down with a fight !!!

Well done lads !!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Alanyaspor match preview !




Ankaragucu today appointed Celal Kibrizli as their new coach ahead of this weekends match at Alanyaspor. After the disastrous 3-2 defeat at home against Ofspor last week, Fuat Aykuz was sacked along with Serhat Aykuz, Ibrahim Sahin, Mehmet Cakir, Erhan Guven, Aydin Toscali and Serkan Sirin. Celal was given a 1.5 year contract today and took charge of his first training session at the clubs training facility.

The new coach has previously had spells as coach with Sekerspor, Goztepe, Karabukspor, Caykur Rizespor and Kizilicahamamspor to name a few. This time the club have went with someone who wasn't previously with the club. Both Hayati Soldas and Fuat Aykuz this season were sacked having previously played for the club.

The match at Alanyaspor will be a tough match and with so many changes to the team it will be a challenge for Celal Kibrizli in his first game in charge. Alanyaspor like Ankaragucu lost last weekend too and it looks like their title hopes have also ended. Both teams will be looking for the 3 points to keep pressure on leaders Altinordu and also secure their play off spots.

Gokhan Kaba and Emre Akbaba are the two players Ankaragucu will need to watch out for with them scoring 25 goals between them this season. It will be interesting to see how the new coach will set the team up. Will their be places in the team for the likes of Harun Aydin, Mehmet Tasci and Metin Aydin ? Will he go with Umut and Levent up front or will he be more cautious ?

Kick off on Sunday will be 1230, lets hope we get back to winning and the team can bring the 3 points back to the Capital Ankara !

Monday, April 07, 2014

Ankaragucu terminate 7 staff members contracts !




Mehmet Yiginer and the Ankaragucu board have wasted no time in taking action for yesterdays embarrassing 3-2 defeat at home to Ofspor. As reported after the game Mehmet Yiginer entered the players dressing room and vented his feelings to wards the team with reports of punches even being thrown.

Today it was announced that Manager Fuat Aykuz and his assistant Umut Gecemen, along with players Mehmet Cakir, Aydin Toscali, Serhat Aykuz, Erhan Guven and Ibrahim Sahin have all had their contracts terminated. At such a critical time in the clubs history Yiginer has shown that he will not tolerate these type of results and performances.

From the players who have been released only Mehmet Cakir will be missed from the playing side. Aydin has struggled since he returned to the club, while new signings Serhat and Erhan have failed to impress. Ibrahim Sahin has struggled with fitness too and wont be missed.

The one thing the Ankaragucu teams gave over the last 3 years was hard work from the young players. Some of these new signings have the talent but lacked the desire and work ethic of the youngsters.

It will be interesting to see how replaces Fuat Aykuz. Both Hakan Kutlu and Mustafa Kaplan have been mentioned. In other news Galatasaray are interested in Emre Tasdemir and Umut Nayir. If the club lose any of those two players then it will be a huge blow to the club.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

THE OLDE cliché ….... A GAME OF TWO HALVES !!!

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Erhan Guven, Selim Seber, Serhat Aykuz, Emre Tasdemir, Muhammed Gonulacar, Kaan Kanak, Mehmet Erdem, Mehmet Cakir, Serkan Sirin, Umut Nayir

Subs - Bayram Olgun, Metin Aydin, Mehmet Tasci, Harun Aydin, Omer Yalcin, Onur Atasayer

Ankaragucu kissed goodbye to winning the League today in Ankara after a shocking 2nd half performance, and with Altinordu winning today in Nazilli, will have to hope that they can be sure of making the Play-Offs by beating Alanya next weekend.

ANKARAGUCU 2 Ofspor 3

It was joy joy and more joy when we, Maniac Kanka Harun and Sixty One Kankie Elif, entered the Stadium where we were met by Apple Kanka Erman and long time Blog Supporter Ahmet Arif Sezgin.



Gecikondu and Maraton were full and the others almost full. In the away end there were about 50 'immigrants' from Trabzon !

The noise factor was high volume and during the National Anthem the Gecikondu boys covered themselves with yellow Ankaragucu Crests.





The match started at high tempo with Ankaragucu in all out attack and after 4 minutes played could so easily have been ahead with shots going over and past.

7 minutes in and it was mental in the Stadium. Gecikondu was showering confetti all over the place and Maraton unveiled a huge Ankaragucu flag which covered most of the tribune.

10 minutes in and Ankaragucu won their 4th corner for sustained pressure, Umut attempted scissors kick was off target.

The breakthrough arrived 2 minutes later from an Ankaragucu free kick. Man of the Match (in the first half !!) Selim sent a free kick just outside the box over the wall to open the scoring with the Goalkeeper rooted to the spot. Here we go I thought !!! Mmmmm, sometimes I hate myself for being so optimistic !!!

16 minutes in and we were serenaded with the Bursa chant. Btw, they won today !!

25 minutes gone and it was still all Ankaragucu and from a corner Selim's header was just wide. 5 minutes later it was Selim again trying to waltz the ball through the Ofspor defence but his shot was blocked and from the rebound Mehmet's shot was saved.

One minute later it was almost 2 when Emre's cross was connected by Umut but his header narrowly missed the top left hand corner. 5 minutes later Umut missed another great chance when he should have tapped-in, but …..... he didn't !

Ofspor finally got into the act in the 40th minute from a breakaway, but a great saving tackle by Selim saved the day. Selim was involved again 3 minutes later when another free kick was sent goalwards, but this time the goalkeeper was ready for it !

Approaching half time and Emre was through on goal but as he about to shoot he was 'brought down' or 'fell down'. The referee blew immediately and we all thought he would point to the spot, but …...... grrrrrrrr ….... he ran directly to Emre and bandished the yellow for diving ! I shouted some 'naughty words' to the referee, but I don't think he heard me ! Harun and I were convinced he was brought down !

Half time arrived and only 1-0 up was a miracle. How many chances do you have to spurn to keep your supporters on edge ??!! Also, at this stage, Gokhan didn't have a save to make, and all he did was to kick out the occasional goal kick !

Into the 2nd half then and it was still all Ankargucu but, as it the 1st half, the telling ball and shot for goal was missing. However, 12 minutes in and the best chance of the game eluded Ankaragucu when Mehmet's shot hit the post and rebounded back to him, but the 2nd shot was over.

Just after this, Levent came on to a hero's welcome as Kaan went off, and it only took 3 minutes for Ankaragucu to make the game safe (as we thought !!). A great right wing cut-back cross came over for Umut to nod in for a simple goal.

Here comes the avalanche …........ yessssssssssssss. But …...... noooooooo !!!

5 minutes later there was an Ofspor free kick on the left just outside the penalty box and the free was swung over with Gokhan rushing out to clear, but ….... he missed it ….. and the lurking Ofspor forward slotted in. Bayram's height would have been useful !!!

Ankaragucu rallied and from a breakaway, Umut almost scored but headed over.

Into the 66th minute, and it was at this stage when the game swung in Ofspor's direction. I couldn't quite decide if they stepped up a gear or if Ankaragucu switched off, but the tide definitely turned, and what was more irritating was that Ankaragucu was kicking into the Gecikondu end !!!

Then, when cool heads were called for, Ofspor scored within 2 minutes to equalise ! Gokhan must accept the blame again when he failed to dominate his box and allowed the headed equaliser !

All square at 2-2 with 20 minutes to go and all the tribunes were urging them forward …... attack …. attack ….... but, to be honest, Ankaragucu was looking shell-shocked and shaky, and ….. I felt that Ofspor smelled …........ blood !!!

It was end to end now and with 15 minutes remaining, Gokhan was almost caught out again, but managed to punch clear.

2 minutes later and Ankaragucu should have broken the deadlock. A great lay-off by Levent left Mehmet with a shot on goal, but his goal bound shot was blocked.

Back to the other end, and Gokhan prevented another goal from Ofspor with a fortuitous block with his feet.

Into the last 10 minutes and the tribunes were baying for a goal. Emre crossed from the left and Umut's header was wide. Levent crossed for Umut, but he delayed his shot and the chance was gone.

4 minutes left and I suppose, hand on heart, you could settle for a draw after the spirited Ofspor fightback. Yes, me included !

However...... how many times have I used that word in my posts ??? Yes, however, with the Ankaragucu defence posted missing with the push forward, Ofspor broke away and scored the winner with ease to silence the Stadium.

To use my favourite statement when I'm playing darts …...... never say ….. never ! So, all credit to Ofspor for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat and putting Ankaragucu into the brown smelly stuff !!!

So, the play-off beckons for Ankaragucu with Altinordu looking comfortable at the top. Next weekend's '6 pointer' against Alanya on the south coast takes on new meaning for both teams who lost today. We all hate the prospect of a Play-Off Lottery, but …... it's Ankaragucu's last chance to avoid another season in the 2nd Division.


All the best from a very disappointed Eski Kanka Jim

Friday, April 04, 2014

Hello industrial football

Got a friend in town and want to take her to the footy? Maybe your son wants to take a friend to a match. Relatives are visiting and want to experience what it is like to have real singing in a stadium. Maybe you just read this blog now and then and decide on one lovely sunny day, "Bugger it. I'm going to the footy this afternoon!"

Well, you can all get stuffed because the government are introducing a new e-ticketing procedure called Passolig. Without a Passolig card you will not be able to get into the stadium for matches in the Super Lig and the 1st Division. For the moment you Ankaragucu fans are fine... just don't get promoted.

From the Passolig website:
With the new regulation which will put into force as of 14 April 2014 paper tickets will no longer be used and fans will enter the stadiums with PASSOLİG Card. With this new card system, tickets will not be printed and the information on matches will be uploaded to electronic tickets. This will enable a more speedy entrance to games, without waiting in queues.
The match tickets of sports fans who own PASSOLİG Card will be uploaded to their cards automatically. Season tickets will also be uploaded to PASSOLİG Cards. The information on and all details of the match will be sent to the e-mail addresses and mobile phones of the card holders. The card holders will also be able to print-out their ticket (information*) on the mobile terminals which will be installed in the stadiums. In short, PASSOLİG Card holders will have an easy access to all sorts of detailed information about the uploaded matches.
* I added the word information as they seem to have mistranslated. You won't need to print out tickets at home or on these fancy mobile terminals. 

Okay, so basically to go to a match you will have to have a card that is similar to a season ticket card that many of us already have. You casual fans are a bit stuffed though.

Apparently there are lots of benefits to having a Passolig card. Let's take a look at the "Advantages of Passolig" page.
No waiting in queues in front of the stadiums.
Except for that queue at the actual gate.
Enjoy watching a match safely and comfortably with your acquaintances on your own seat, away from all the negativity.
It's the negativity and the standing that I like! Also make sure your acquaintances have Passolig cards.
Benefit from pre-match stadium activities and have a chance to win free tickets and promotions.
If pre-match activities includes free beer down in Kizilay, I'm all for it! Free tickets? I already buy mine. Promotions? Refer to beer.
Easily access licensed products of your favourite team at home and abroad. 
When I'm abroad I often have this sort of conversation with Mrs Oz Kanka.

Me: You know what London/New York/Paris/Wagga Wagga really needs?
Mrs Oz Kanka: Friendly cultural respect for foreigners?
Me: No. What they need here is somewhere to buy a Genclerbirligi scarf. And not just any scarf you can buy for 10tl down at the stadium, but an official licenced scarf at four times the price!
No need to another card for your transportations.
This is pretty good as you won't have to line up to get tickets for the metro or buses or what not. One slight hassle is that this has not yet been introduced for cities including Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Adana, Konya, Eskisehir, Diyarbakir, Trabzon etc etc. It will be good though for when we happen to be in Gaziantep, Kayseri, Kütahya, Düzce or Aksaray.    
Use your PASSOLİG Card in the cafes and buffets in the stadiums without having to carry money in your pocket. No need to worry about coin change being taken by security before you enter the stadium.
It is true that I often forget to put money in my pocket. I don't have any hassles with losing coins though as I have a 10-year-old mule for that purpose.

So despite my lack of enthusiasm some of you may want to continue to go to the football and now you want to know how do you get your free card.

Well firstly, it isn't free. The card will cost 15tl. This is to increase every year with inflation. According to an article in Klasspor, 40 percent of this will go to the clubs, 5 percent to the TFF and Aktif Bank, who are running the system, gets to keep 55 percent.

By the way, it is just a pure coincidence that Calik Holding that owns Aktif Bank has extremely close relations with certain people.    

Aktif Bank probably won't make that much money out of the yearly fee, but they will hold something much more valuable, they will have all the details of every football fan in the land. And in the name of offering us "promotions" our mobile phone message folders and e-mail accounts will be forever spammed.

There are three types of bank cards that you can choose from (none is not an option). They are the normal bank cards - debit, pre-paid or credit card.  

Whenever you sign a deal with a bank it always comes with a 27-page terms of use agreement that nobody has ever read. To save you having to even think about ignoring the Passolig terms of use, I decided just now to take a look.

Oh look... that was quick. Section 2 is the official "you agree to get spammed by anyone Aktif Bank damn well like" section.
By accepting the Terms of Use, you accept that the personal information you provide may be shared with Aktif Bank’s affiliates, companies in the same group, Turkish Soccer Federation, associated program partners or contracted institutions; and that electronic messages of a commercial nature concerning marketing activities regarding products and services provided by Aktif Bank or the aforementioned institutions, including promotions, advertisements, commercials, campaigns, announcements, etc., may be transmitted to you by electronic mail, telephone, mobile phone (SMS), fax, letter, printed materials, and similar methods.   
Don't worry though because the very next section states:
Aktif Bank shall not disclose personal information to third parties except for the circumstances set forth in the Terms of Use. 
Number nine is a nice one which seemingly bans this blog post. Lucky I haven't actually accepted the terms of use yet.
Use of the information supplied in the Site, including reproduction, translation to another language, storage or processing, is subject to Aktif Bank’s prior written permission. Therefore, information published on the Site may not be reproduced, published, copied, amended, derivative works may not be created, provided and/or transmitted without Aktif Bank’s written permission. All or part of the Site may not be used without permission on another internet site, and links may not be provided to the Site.        
It doesn't matter how much I blather on about it here. We are going to have to get these cards at some stage. On the Gencler site it says that season tickets for this year will not require a Passolig card, but that no paper tickets will be sold as of April 14. For next year, we will have to get them.

I'm not sure how it is going to work out for all. My son doesn't have a mobile phone. Does that mean he isn't allowed to go to the footy anymore?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Amongst the chaos... Gencler win!

I have to apologise, thus breaking my lesson from my last post, because I completely forgot about Gencler's match this weekend. If the match had have been on Friday night or on Saturday I would have been all over it. But instead it was on a Monday night after the elections and I was so caught up with the news and the corruption and vote-stealing that I forgot the match!

We won though. So that's good.

Eskisehir 0 - 1 Genclerbirligi

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tepecikspor 0-4 Ankaragucu match report !




At last the real Ankaragucu turned up today as they destroyed Tepecikspor 4-0 to keep up their bid to become Lig 2 Champions. We have spoke over the last few weeks how Ankaragucu have failed to win the big games this season. This was another of those big games and the team certainly shut up their critics with an excellent win.

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Metin Aydin, Serhat Aykuz, Selim Teber, Emre Tasdemir, Serkan Sirin, Serhat Gulpinar, Kaan Kanak, Mehmet Erdem, Mehmet Cakir, Umut Nayir

Subs - Bayram Olgun, Orhan Evci, Aydin Toscali, Harun Aydin, Ibrahim Sahin, Omer Yalcin, Onur Atasayer

Ankaragucu were without Levent Kale, Hasan Ayaroglu, Aytac Oden, Volkan Yilmaz and Erhan Guven through injury, while Muhammed Gonulacar was suspended. It just shows the strength in depth of the team that they can still put out a very strong side, Thats why losing some of these matches this season have been inexcusable.

If you also wanted more evidence of the gulf between the two clubs then you need look no further than the stadium of Tepecikspor. It looked like a Sunday league public park. With the two promotion rivals Alanyaspor and Altinordu both winning again, Ankaragucu needed the 3 points to keep up their chase.

For 40 minutes it looked like it was going to be one of those days with Tepecikspor holding Ankaragucu to a 0-0 scoreline. Then on 42 minutes Mehmet Erdem Ugurlu scored to put Ankaragucu in front. Just as it looked like we would be heading into half time 1-0 up, the veteran Selim Teber made it 2-0.

Half time Tepecik 0-2 Ankaragucu

Mehmet Erdem Ugurlu has looked a good signing since his move from Polatli in Januray, and he made it 3-0 on 65 minutes with his second of the game.

Tepecik had Kemal Ozyurt sent off while Ankaragucu midfielder Serhat Gulpinar was also sent off with 13 minutes remaining. Four minutes later Kaan Kanak completed the rout to make it 4-0 and a fantastic win for Ankaragucu to take back to the capital.

Their are 6 games remaining and Ankaragucu have the easier run in out of the 3 teams. They do however have to go to Alanyaspor in 2 weeks.

Ankaragucu remaining games

Ofspor (H)
Alanyaspor (A)
Bozuyukspor (H)
Iskenderun (A)
Altay (H)
Bandirmaspor (A)

Altinordu Remaining games

Nazilli (A)
Polatli (H)
Bandirmaspor (A)
Kizilcahamamspor (H)
Pazarspor (H)
Bayrampasaspor (A)

Alanyaspor remaining games

Altay (A)
Ankaragucu (H)
Gungorenspor (A)
Eyupspor (H)
Diyarbakir (A)
Korfez (H)

Its all to play for !!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Tepecik match preview !




Ankaragucu travel to Tepecik at the weekend for yet another must win match in the race for the Lig 2 title. A 2-1 win last weekend against Bayrampasa kept Ankaragucu in the hunt with leaders Altinordu and Alanyaspor. Fuat Aykuz will be looking for his side to up their game as the performances of late have been below par.

The last time the two sides met Tepecik win 2-1 in Ankara in a disappointing performance from the home side. Ankaragucu will be looking to put the record straight and return back to Ankara with the 3 points. The game takes place on Saturday afternoon, whilst Alanyaspor are at home to Iskenderun and Altinordu are at home to Korfez.

We have spoken many times this season about how Ankaragucu have failed to beat the teams at the top of the table. With the largest budget and biggest squad in the league it is unacceptable. Tepecik is another difficult match but look at Altinordu last weekend. They travelled to Diyarbakir for what was supposed to be a tough match and destroyed them 4-0.

With the talent we have in this Ankaragucu team, we have yet to see the best of them. At least the coach has realised he must play both Levent Kale and Umut Nayir who have both won games for Ankaragucu over the last couple of weeks.

Another big performance will be expected from Emre Tasdemir who has been the star of the team for the last couple of months. If Ankaragucu want to hold onto him they need to be playing at a higher level.

Lets hope its 3 points in the bag come Saturday afternoon !

Monday, March 24, 2014

Europe!!!!! Probably not but mathematically we could get there

One piece of advice I read a few years ago about writing blog posts was that you should never apologise in the first line about how long it has been since your last post nor for the fact that the following post is not going to be up to the usual Pulitzer Prize-winning standards that you normally post. So I won't.

Genclerbirligi 3 - 1 Elazigspor

Whether in the northern or southern hemisphere I don't think I have ever moved out of the sun and into the shade in March. Me and Spine had to at the Beer Bus on Sunday afternoon. The weather here is just bloody madness. We are surely all going to die. In the meantime though, lets enjoy the sun... and the footy.

We got in just in time to be handed pictures of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old kid who died last week from injuries sustained during the Gezi protests of last summer. For those who don't know, Berkin had been heading to the shops to buy some bread for his mother when he was hit by a gas canister fired by the police. He was in a coma for nine months or so. No police officer has been punished for the murder. Mourners at his funeral were gassed.

Footy started and all was fun. Elazig were crap and we were ahead in the 16th or so when Stancu showed some good skills. On the edge of the box he slipped over. Got back up, slipped around two defenders and somehow got the ball across to Jimmy who headed in a low ball. Fun in the sun.

The second goal was pure class and was all started by Spine's man of the match, Doga.

This is serious!
Do any of you remember Rob Andrew, the England fly-half from the 1980s, early 90s? He was the most negative rugby union player in a team that was known for its absolute and utter negativeness. Amazingly great attacking opportunity for England? He would it kick it. Always! He never got tackled and would finish matches with his uniform still pristine. I remember a huge cheer go up once in Sydney when he actually passed the ball.    

Anyway, this is nowhere near Rob Andrew levels of non attacking but last week Spine said he would buy me a beer if Doga made an attacking pass... I didn't get a free beer. And so yesterday it was our turn to give a cheer when Doga not only made an attacking pass but one that directly led to our second goal. There was some stuff in between Doga's pass and Stancu scoring but I didn't really see it.

In the second half Elazig got one back and then we all laughed again as the Elazig keeper, who wears his socks like a Japanese schoolgirl, messed up and tapped in an own goal.

That's it. Match over. Off to the pub. Never apologise.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

ANKARAGUCU .... 'GET OUT OF JAIL' !!!

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

It was a beautiful Spring day when I arrived at the Stadium and there were two amateur matches in progress on the Astro Turf pitches outside. Interestingly, on one of the matches there was a lady referee and a lady assistant referee, and from what I saw, they were doing a fine job.

Into the Stadium and Gecikondu and Maraton were full as usual with the others half full. A quiet 100 in the away end - quiet ? Mmmmm …... probably because they were not used to Ankaragucu tribunes and the noise they make !!

I was joined by Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Cider Kanka John and Aussie Desert Kanka Robbie and then we were up and running.

ANKARAGUCU 2 Bayrampasaspor 1

Ankaragucu set their marker early by going into all out attack and it only took 3 minutes for Mehmet to test the opposition defence, but the shot was over the bar. Serhat had another attempt minutes later but his shot was over too.

7 minutes in and Ankaragucu should have opened the scoring in a goalmouth scramble but the ball was cleared.

18 minutes in and it was still all Ankaragucu and Mehmet almost made the pressure count in a free kick, but it went just past the post.

It took until the 20th minute for Bayrampasa to threaten, but the shot was over the bar. Then 4 minutes later Volkan had a great chance, but his header went past the post.

Gokhan had his first save to make shortly after when he smothered a tame shot, and minutes later Volkan was put through with only the goalkeeper to beat and he sent his shot straight into his arms.

Ten minutes to half time and the break through arrived …...... at last ! Yet another Ankaragucu attack and in a goal mouth melee, Umut had a 2nd 'bite of the cherry' and poked the ball in for a goal to settle our nerves.

(At this stage I was receiving messages from Maniac Kanka Harun that our rivals, Altinordu and Alanya were winning).

Approaching the half time whistle and Ankaragucu had two more attempts which should have been converted, but going in at half time one up was ….. acceptable.

Ankaragucu resumed where they left off and were off in pursuit of the 2nd goal. It duly arrived 14 minutes in when Emre (Man of the Match AGAIN) went on one of his attacks down the left and sent in an inch perfect cross to Levent at the far post to slide in for No2. Yesssssssssssss …. relief all round. However, not very impressed with Levent's celebration when he ran off to the VIP Section and to the Coach instead of running to Emre. The tribunes obviously agreed by chanting Emre..... Emre …..... Emre !!!

Then came the turning point in the match with 30 minutes remaining. A free kick was awarded to Bayrampasa just outside the Ankaragucu box, but before the kick could be taken there was a protest around the referee. First, the referee pulled out a yellow card and proceeded to organise the free kick, but suddenly, the referee turned and showed a RED card to Muhammed. Presumably he said something to 'displease' the referee ??!!!

Levent off …... then Mehmet......... to be replaced by defenders and runners. It was desperate times going into the last 15 minutes and a great 'backs against the wall' performance from the whole team.

There was one last chance for Ankaragucu to make the game safe, but substitute (No 57 – didn't get his name) had a great shot from outside the box which rebounded off the crossbar and cleared to safety.

A fortunate win some might say. However, Ankaragucu showed great character to hold on to their 2-1 lead and …......... get out of jail !

Back to The Chopin to celebrate our win, and ….......... Harun's birthday, where we were joined by Maniac Kanka Harun and his gorgeous daughter Hazal. Then, off to Cider Kanka's new apartment to sample his Isle of Mull Malt Whisky which is distilled in Tobermory. Mmmmmm …..... it was …... yummy !!!



So, the pressure is still ….. ON. The same can be said for Altinordu and Alanya, and …... as we have to go to Alanya in 3 weeks time, it is up to the players to bring 3 points back from there.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Bayrampasa





As Jim said in his email this morning, Ankaragucu are at home this saturday against Bayrampasa and Gencler take on Elazig on Sunday also at home, both kick off times are at 1330 Turkish Time. Ankaragucu need to keep up the pressure on leaders Altinordu and second place Alanyaspor and nothing more than a win will be acceptable against in form Bayrampasa.

The visitors have won their last 3 games although those victories have come against Bozoyuk, Iskenderun and Altay. Their last defeat was a 5-1 hammering against Alanyaspor. After a late 2-1 win at Pazarspor last weekend, Ankaragucu know they need to up their game if they want to become champions. Alanyaspor have an easy home match against Bozoyuk, while Altinordu travel to Diyarbakir BB in what will be a difficult match.

The last time the two sides met Bayrampasa won 1-0 in Istanbul. Any defeat against an Istanbul side is unacceptable for the Ankaragucu fans who will be demanding the 3 points this time around.

As so often has been the case this season Emre Tasdemir will be the key player for Ankaragucu. The youngster has put in a string of excellent performances and will have no doubt impressed some of the Super Lig sides. Its important that the rest of the Ankaragucu team, especially the experienced players put in the same level of performance if they want to help ensure Ankaragucu can hold on to their best young players. Players like Emre Tasdemir, Hasan Ayaroglu, Umut Nayir and Gokhan Akkan will all be looking to play at a higher level.

Jim will have the match report which is even more handy these days with Baskent TV not showing the last 2 home games. Im predicting a 3-0 win for Ankaragucu.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

ANKARAGUCU STAY IN THE HUNT




Team - Gokhan Akkan, Metin Aydin, Erhan Guven, Aytac Oden, Emre Tasdemir, Serkan Sirin, Serhat Gulpinar, Mehmet Cakir, Volkan Yilmaz, Levent Kale, Umut Nayir

Subs - Bayram Olgun, Orhan Evci, Muhammed Gonulacar, Onur Atasayer, Harun Aydin, Ali Sinan, Omer Yalcin


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Bellshill Kanka Nadeem is taking care of Bellshill Kankie Rebecca after an illness and can't report on the match today. We all wish her a speedy recovery.

Pazarspor 1 ANKARAGUCU 2

I was out this afternoon, but thanks to Maniac Kanka Harun for keeping me up-to-date with the match as it progressed.

Fuat Bey is listening to us and started with Levent and Umut up front....... at last.

However, it was Pazar of Rize who opened the scoring after 10 minutes, but Ankaragucu equalised on the half hour mark with a goal from Volkan Yilmaz.

That's how it stayed at half time. Meanwhile, down south, Alanya was leading Bandirma 2-0 at half time. So, with Altinordu winning 2-1 yesterday against Eyupspor, the pressure was back on Ankaragucu today to pick up 3 points and stay in touch with Altinordu and Alanya at the top of the league.

70th minute and Umut made the important breakthrough, and with Alanya winning 4-1 today, Umut's goal came with some relief. Thanks Umut !!!

We Ankaragucu fanatics never say …...... never ! So, with 8 matches remaining it is still all to play for.

Next weekend Ankaragucu host Bayrampasa in what is yet another must win match. Nadeem will give us a preview of the match during the week.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Are we there yet? Gencler claim an important three points

What better way to start the day!
Are Genclerbirligi safe yet? After Saturday's match we are in 12th place (for the moment). It can all still go very, very wrong.

Kasimpasa 1 - 2 Genclerbirligi

A very strange way to watch the match. I arrived at the Red Lion Club fully expecting the Gencler match to be relegated to the small screen once the rugby started but what I didn't expect was to be relegated to the small screen with no sound because of a live singer singing all the hits of an age that had no musical taste at all.

It was all a bit weird as we (Spine, Carl, Flying Dutchman Kanka and myself) politely clapped the poor singer after each of his songs. Luckily for him Gencler were being completely outplayed and so there was no reason for us to clap any louder at the TV screen.

From left to right: Carl, singer, Genclerbirligi
Indeed, Kasimpasa were all over us and were unlucky not to go ahead early on. The general consensus, a point would be a good result for us. Half-an-hour into the match and our singer had packed up and Stancu had the ball and with a brilliant move got away from his defender to pass to Jimmy on the run. Just the goalkeeper in front of him, he jigged, past the goalkeeper... and tap ... in, in, in!

It was a lovely goal and the 15 or so Gencler fans danced in the sunshine.

Not long later came the equaliser. It was an unstoppable free kick which no keeper, it was Dahlin this time, could have stopped. 1-1 at half time and the big screen and commentary was taken over by the rugby fans.

Over a St Patrick's Irish Breakfast of bacon, eggs, mushrooms, toast and potato gozleme (that was the Irish bit I think), one eye was on the Gencler boys and the other on the Italians. We seemed to create some chances and so did Kasimpasa. In the end it was just after half-time in the rugby and close to the end of the football that the winner came with someone crossing it into the box, a Kasimpasa player seemingly stepping over the ball and then Mervan (coming on as a replacement) simply sliding in and GOOOOAAAALLL!!!!

A few minutes later and a very relieved Genclerbirligi left the field in victory.  


Sir Eski and Spine in a funny hat

Saturday, March 15, 2014

GOOD NEWS AND ........... BAD NEWS .....

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

We are missing Bellshill Kanka's pre-match report this week, so we must assume that Sir Tom Hart (rescuer of Hibernian FC) and patron of Kwik Fit Euro, has kept him busy busy busy !!!

So, to the bad new first .............. and Ankaragucu's fiercest rivals, Altinordu, won 2-1 today against Eyupspor.    Unsurprising ?    Yes, but it was 1-1 at half time and 'Mr Optimistic' was hoping for a miracle from Eyup, but it never happened.

Good news ........... Eyeirrlind beat France in the Funny Shaped Ball game to win the 6 Nations Championship and put Ingallind into 2nd place ...... boo hoo hoo for the Ingallish ........... and ha ha ha from the rest of us yesssssssssssssssssssss !!!

Back to the real shaped ball game, and ......... it was more good news in Istanbul today when Gencler picked up 3 valuable points against Kasimpasa.    Gencler moved into mid table and a sigh of relief all round ...... phew !

Looking forward to tomorrow, and a vital match for Ankaragucu in Rize when nothing less than 3 points will suffice against Pazarspor.  

Ankaragucu has to live with pressure on the last 9 matches run-in, not just against Altinordu and Alanya, but .............. with themselves.   Do they have the character to win all their matches in the run-in ?    Tomorrow will be an acid test !!!

Watch for details tomorrow.   All the best from Eski Kanka Jim