Sunday, June 17, 2018


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

It’s not ‘goodbye’, it’s only ‘au revoir’ !

Our webmaster, Oz Kanka Chris, is keading Down-Under with his son, Oz Kanka Junior (we can’t call him Little Oz Kanka anymore !!!) next week.    Mathew is ready to begin a new episode in his life at a High School in Canberra and dad will be there for a few years to ‘bed him in’ to the Aussie Way of life and help steer him in the right direction with his studies.

Mathew ........ errrrrmmm ..... a few years ago !!!

Mathew ........ today !!!

The good news is that Oz Kanka will remain our Webmaster from afar, and although he can’t report on Gencler matches, he will still be a contributor here.   Bellshill Kanka Nadeem and I will do our best to keep Gencler scores and news going throughout the season, and we will all be hoping that they make a quick return to the Super League.

Of course, we will all miss Oz Kanka (especially his famous rants when Gencler ‘don’t turn up’) but we can at least look forward to the future when he eventually returns back to his 2nd home in Ankara.

Oz Kanka's mum (Carmen) made the trip all the way from Down-Under to watch the Mighty Genclerbirligi yessssssssss !!!     What a lady !!!

It seems that Oz Kanka and I have been buddies for ever so it will be strange not to see his cheery face around !

Going back in time, we first met way back in 2004 in The Sahil Restaurant in Genclik Park prior to an Ankaragucu match.   He waltzed in, introduced himself and was immediately named as Oz Kanka !    His heart is Gencler, but like all of us kankas we regard our TWO teams as brother teams in the same way as Ankaragucu and Bursaspor.

It didn’t take long for Oz Kanka to make his mark, and his brilliant idea of starting this Blog in December 2005 was a master stroke.   The ‘proof of the pudding is in the eating’ and that the Blog is still going strong after over 12 years of regular reports for both Ankara teams speaks volumes !

The joint Kanka BBQ in the Red Lion Club in 2006 was a great success which cemented the bond between the two groups and that bond remains as close as ever today.

Clean shaven and handsome Oz Kanka !!!

Still handsome Oz Kanka, but with some fuzzy hair on his face !!!

The arrival of Bellshill Kanka Nadeem into the Ankaragucu camp further strengthened the success of the Blog and lots of supporters from other tribunes read it on a regular basis and make comments from time to time.    Nadeem’s pre-match and match reports have been invaluable in that respect.

The Au Revoir Party for Chris and Mathew was held in the Red Lion Club last night and it was a night to remember with a big turnout from kankas and all their other friends.

So, we all wish them both success Down-Under and look forward to Oz Kanka’s return to the fold in the future.   In the meantime, we can keep in touch with him here on the Blog.

Gule Gule Oz Kanka and Oz Kanka Junior !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

PS ....... Thanks for being a great friend for 14 years, and ............ here’s to the next 14 years plus !!!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ankaragucu Round Ball in Ankara - Player of the year 2017/18!

We have spent the last week collecting the votes from Ankaragucu fans on our Twitter and Facebook pages on their 2017/18 Player of the year. After beating off competition from Sedat Agcay who came runner up in the voting, Erdem Ozgenc deservedly was the winner by quite a distance too.

Erdem joined the club last summer from Bursaspor, with some fans disappointed that the club had let Serkan Balci go with Erdem taking his place. After a slow start to his Ankaragucu career, where he looked unfit and carrying a few extra pounds, Erdem has been a start performer both defensively and also in attack where he has 16 assists to his name, which is an incredible achievement at any level.

At 33 years old, Erdem looks like he still has a few years left in him yet at the top level and will be one of the players Ankaragucu will look to keep for their Super Lig campaign.

Umut Nayir, Ilhan Parlak and Kehinde all have Erdem to thank for the amount of assists he created throughout the season, with some top quality crosses into the box from the right hand side. Along with Mehmet Sak they were both a key point in the Ankaragucu attack. Mehmet unfortunately lacked in the defensive part of his game, where as Erdem was key at both ends of the park.

We would like to congratulate Erdem on winning our award and hope he can carry on his excellent form into next season in the Super Lig.

Monday, May 14, 2018

... and that's that

I didn't see this weekend's match and quite frankly I probably didn't miss anything much.

Kasimpasa 3 - 1 Genclerbirligi

Genclerbirligi have now been officially relegated.

Thank you Umit Ozat. Thank you Murat Cavcav. Together you have truly stuffed a great club.

And that is my final Genclerbirligi report as I shall soon be leaving Turkey... heading back Down Under for the next few years at least.

Good luck Genclerbirligi and good luck Ankaragucu...


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

On behalf of all the kankas, our commiserations go out to Baggie Kanka, Dave Parker, and his beloved Baggies (West Bromwich Albion for those unfamiliar with nicknames !).

Dave was one of the 'orginals' from the early days of the kanka group in the early 21st Century and attended many Ankaragucu matches with me.   He even became an honourary Hibs Supporter (surprise surprise !!).

Dave still has connections with Turkey after he bought a house on the south coast and we stay in touch as much as possible, and I'm still hopeful that he can 'fix' a visit to Ankara next season to see Ankaragucu once more in the Super League.

It has been a tough season for the Baggies after a flying start.   Change of Board Members, Managers and comings and goings of players didn't help.   I hate to criticise previous manager Tony Pulis after the fine job he did at Stoke City, but he had a nightmare time during his stint and the Baggies slid down the league.

However, like Ankaragucu, they have a strong support and hopefully they can bounce back into the Premier League where they belong.   Of course, it didn't help matters that local rivals Wolverhampton were promoted this season !

Chin-up Dave and keep smiling that smile you have always been famous for !    We Ankaragucu kankas are programmed to take the highs and lows with smiles on our faces.   Aren't we ??!!

Look forward to a visit to Ankara next season Dave !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Q&A with Ankaragucu assistant manager Osman Zeki Korkmaz!

Ankaragucu return to the Super Lig after a 6 year absence and two men who have played a big part in that are the current Management team of İsmail Kartal and his assistant manager Osman Zeki Korkmaz.

Despite some criticism at the start of the year İsmail Kartal found a way of winning over the Ankaragucu fans and there were no better example of that when the fans sang his name after the Adana Demirspor match on Monday night.

Osman this week kindly agreed to give the Round Ball in Ankara an interview and some insight to the current campaign and what the future looks like. After spells at Eskisehirspor and Gaziantepspor with İsmail Kartal, Osman agreed to join him at Ankaragucu at the start of the season, and it’s been one to remember.

Nadeem -  How does it feel to be part of the team who have been successful in helping Ankaragucu winning promotion to the Super Lig?

Osman - It is very difficult to describe the feeling but I can say in the shortest way that it is the greatest honour I have ever experienced in my coaching career, this success will be one of the greatest memories I’ve ever had in my life!

Nadeem -  Was there a time in the season where you thought it may not be possible for Ankaragucu to win promotion back to the Super Lig?

Osman - I always believed we would actually be champions but that doesn’t mean we always felt comfortable. Although we have had some very difficult and stressful moments, the spirit of the club supported us to fight on in difficult conditions.

Nadeem -  What is your opinion on the Ankaragucu fans and how much influence did they have on winning promotion? 

Osman -  Ankaragucu fans are always the soccer players and our biggest and unique source of motivation and driving force.

Nadeem -  What are the future plans for Ankaragucu in the Super Lig? 

Osman -  As you know the club experienced very hard times both economically and sportively. If the future plans are not done carefully, the same problems can be repeated even more severely. Our priority for the first season must be to stay in the Super Lig with optimal expense.

Nadeem - Will the team look to sign many new players for the Super Lig? 

Osman -  It doesn’t matter how many players we buy or how much we spend. The most important thing for planning a new year with a new team in the Super Lig will be to find the right players and to manage the economy correctly.

Nadeem -  What kind of manager is İsmail Kartal and will this be his big chance in the Super Lig after spells with Fenerbahce and Gaziantepspor?

Osman -  Fenerbahce did not fail in the period, despite being first in many statistics, the league position they finished 2nd. They had not been able to transfer during the season, and there were some very unfortunate attacks. I have been working with coach for 3 years after Fenerbahce. In the last two years at Eskisehirspor and Gaziantepspor these clubs had big economic crisis so we could not do freely what we wanted. İsmail Kartal is a multi disciplinary coach, closely following world football. As you know Joachim Low is his friend and they are constantly talking every day for the last 11 months. I think there is no reason why such a hard working and disciplined person would not succeed.

Nadeem -  Who is the best player you have coached?

Osman -  All of the Ankaragucu players who won promotion to the Super Lig

Nadeem -  Do you see potential of Ankaragucu challenging for Europe in the next couple of years? 

Osman -  I see beyond that but the club still priority must be managing the economy correctly.

Nadeem -  Why do you think this Ankaragucu team were so successful this season?

Osman - During the season we struggled and had many different conditions against us, but we never lost our belief, respect for each other and togetherness. And as I said before the struggle under difficult circumstances is in the spirit of the club.

Nadeem - Finally do you have any message for the Ankaragucu fans?

Osman - They should continue to be different which forces us to be different from other clubs!

We would like to thank Osman for taking time out and give us an interview and wish him and İsmail all the best for the future with Ankaragucu.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

It was strange having the last match of the season on a Monday evening but that didn’t deter the tribunes from turning up in force to salute the players who had achieved the impossible and returned our great Club to their rightful position in the Super League !

If I am to be honest (and yes, I know, that’s unusual for me !) I would have been content to consolidate our position in the PTT League at the beginning of the season after last season’s euphoria of winning the 2nd League.    However, thanks to Mehmet Yigner and Ismail Kartal the impossible became reality after a sluggish beginning to the season.

The away victory in Rize last year was probably the turning point and it has been a roller-coaster of a ride all the way, culminating in securing promotion in Manisa last weekend.

So, it was carnival time last night in the last match of the season.

ANKARAGUCU    1         Adana Demirspor      1

Posh Kanka Ahmet and I met-up in the garden of the TSDY Restaurant for our pre-match ‘refreshments’ and a singsong with our Maraton buddies.   Then we joined the remainder of the kankas in the Stadium – Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Maniac Kanka Harun, Nurer Kanka, Horseman Kanka, Kaleci Kanka Tansu and Vittoria Kanka Miguel.

It was non-stop singing from start to finish and the carnival atmosphere was maintained throughout, including the customary Mexican Wave in the 2nd half.

To footie then, and the match sprang to life in the 14th minute when Enes constructed and scored a great goal.   A piece of quick thinking and football skill from Enes on the right when he back heeled the ball to the overlapping runner, Erdem.   The cross came in which was knocked down to Enes, who had anticipated the cross, and he thundered in an unstoppable shot.

The Bursa Song was next and then on the half our mark Kehinde had a great chance, but with only the goalkeeper to beat, he scuffed his shot which was easily saved.   In his defence, the ball didn’t sit-up for him !

From that point in the 1st half it was all Demirspor as they searched for the equaliser.   They made it abundantly clear that they were not here to celebrate Ankaragucu’s promotion !

On FIVE occasions leading up the the half time whistle Demirspor had opportunities to level it, but Altay came to Ankaragucu’s rescue with some crucial saves.   The Demirspor forward Theo Mendy was a constant thorn in the side of Ankaragucu’s defence and he crafted out some chances for himself and others.   So, I thought Ankaragucu was rather fortunate to go in 1-0 up at half time !

Half time entertainment was provided by the professional Misket Dance Group together with some young boys in the group who put on a great show as always.

Into the 2nd half and play was held-up for 5 minutes when the scoreboard tribune let-off lots of flares which caused a smokescreen across the playing area.   Play resumed with a screamer of a shot (I think it was Kehinde) which was instinctively an acrobatically saved.

Play was fast and furious from both sides, but then in the 77th minute, Demirspor decided rather fortunately, to become party-poopers !   A weak shot (or was it a cross ?!) on the right was well covered by Altay, but somehow he contrived to let the ball go between his legs and in.   A schoolboy error which he may not easily forget !!   However, an immediate response came from all the tribunes when they shouted his name in support.   A fine sporting gesture !

Demirspor had two more opportunities to try and spoil the party, but for the first attempt 6 minutes before the end, M’bamba made a saving tackle to halt a Demirspor breakaway.   Then in time added on, a Demirspor shot went just over the bar.

So, I suppose it would be fair to say that a draw was a fair reflection of the mach in which both team were intent on attack and giving us entertainment on the pitch to match the entertainment off the pitch !!

It was then time to head to The Bira Park to celebrate and we were fortunate to witness the open top bus parade along GMK Boulevard with the players receiving the plaudits they richly deserved.

The Police closed the city centre in Kizilay to traffic and it was taken over by thousands of Ankaragucu supporters, many with coloured flares.   A stage was erected in Guven Park and live music was played.   It was an unbelievable sight and an evening which will live long in our memories.

Now it is over to Mehmet Yigner and Ismail Kartal to start work on recruiting and preparing the team for the coming season in the Super League.

Watch this space for news as it unfolds !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, May 07, 2018

... and Genclerbirligi go down

It was a very sad and very angry day for Gencler fans and players alike. Normally there would have been some pride in Sunday's loss, Gencler played with a lot of spirit, but in the end there was just a feeling that everything was falling apart. There still is a mathematical chance of staying up, we need to win our last two matches and Konya and Osmanli have to lose both of theirs ... but that is just wishful thinking.

Genclerbirligi 0 - 1 Antalyaspor

A wet Sunday but it was Gencler's biggest crowd of the season thanks to hundreds of Ankaragucu supporters at the stadium, including our own Maniac Kanka Harun, who came to support us. well done all.

With the Fenerbahce - Bursa match on at the same time, we (Sir Eski, Flying Dutchman, Little Oz and me) watched the match at the only pub in Ankara to be showing an actual match being played in Ankara - the Alerta.

Right from the get go this was a psyched-up Gencler team. Just 90 seconds in and we almost had a fight on our hands after Ugur Ciftci smashed a ball into an Antalya player. theses guys were going for it.

At the traditional six minutes in the Ankaragucu fans start singing their Ankaragucu chants but for the rest of the match they were firmly behind Gencler.

We dominated possession but just couldn't get many shots on goal. We should have had more but for some woeful crossing by both Zeki from the right and Aydin on the left.


It was nil-nil at half time and I was still confident that we could get it. But as the minutes passed by the tension rose and when Antalya went ahead in the 78th things were desperate.

The boys out there kept fighting but some simple mistakes cost us chances. With just two minutes left of normal time Pogba walked off hobbling and took off his shirt. Ahmet Oguz went off to remonstrate with him and the two had to be separated by security.

What the fuck was going on? Your team is behind, relegation beckons, three substitutes have already been used and you decide to simply walk off the field. In my opinion, Pogba, not of the best of footballers anyway, deserves to be sacked for that simple act alone. For the next few minutes of normal time and six minutes of extra time, Genclerbirligi were down to 10 men.

The thing is, it wasn't yesterday's performance that let us down, it was the crap served up to us throughout the season. Where to look first... look at the great players we let go, Irfan Kahveci, Ahmet Calik, Serdar Guler. With the exception of Sessignon who came midway through the season, we brought in some very average stuff. Look at the way Umit Ozat didn't have a clue who his starting 11 should be. How many matches this season did he make an unnecessary change just 20 minutes in? Look at club chairman Murat Cavcav who clearly learnt nothing from the 30-plus years that his father was in charge. What sort of a chairman makes the decision to sack a coach after five matches and then re-hire that same coach not that long later?

Just pathetic.

And so... Genclerbirligi are relegated in the season following the death of long-term chairman Ilhan Cavcav. Relegated in the Ilhan Cavcav Memorial Season. Fucking pathetic.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Ankaragucu featured in These football times article!

A few months ago i spoke with Jamie Kelly from These football times after i saw an article that he wrote about Goztepe. Jamie specialises on Turkish football and has done a great job on the articles he has worked on.

We had a chat about him doing one on Ankaragucu which he agreed would be a great idea. The article was released yesterday and you can read it here  The destruction and recovery of Ankaragucu!

Its nice to see Ankaragucu get some positive publicity and long may it continue when we are back in the Super Lig next season!

Ankaragucu secure their place back in the Super Lig!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Ankaragucu clinch promotion back to Super Lig!

Manisaspor 0-3 Ankaragucu

Six years after relegation from the Turkish Super Lig, Ankaragücü claimed their rightful place back in the top flight with a comfortable 3-0 win at Manisaspor. A late come back for Eskisehirspor as they drew 2-2 against Boluspor, and a 1-0 win for Rizespor at Umraniyespor sent the large travelling Ankaragucu away sport wild in celebrations at full time.

Team - Korcan, Erdem, Gencer, Alihan, Ferhat, Arif, Mbamba, Kenan, Ilhan, Umut, Kehinde
Subs - Altay, Enes, Sedat, Mahmut, Abdulkadir, Mehmet, Nduka, Ahmet, Lukasz

Manisaspor can count themselves lucky that the Ankaragücü players seemed to have left their shooting boots at home today as they missed so many chances during the match. It was a Manisaspor who had the first chance of the game after good play down the right hand side, Omer got on the end of a cross but his header was deflected over.

Two minutes later Kenan almost got lucky from a cross but Zafer tipped the ball over for a corner. A minute later Kehinde had a shot from the edge of the box which was again saved by Zafer for another corner.

Ankaragucu continued to pile on the pressure and a well worked free kick found Ilhan but his shot was straight at Zafer. Next up was a chance for Umut who was put through by Mbamba but his shot from the edge of the box was comfortably saved.

The best chance of the half fell for Umut Nayir from a great cross into the box, but the big striker somehow headed wide of the post. Just before half time Kehinde saw his header brilliantly saved by Zafer. Ankaragucu were winning every ball in the air and another ball into the box was met by Umut who headed wide again.

Half Time 0-0

Into the second half and it only took 2 minute to open the scoring. A corner into the box for Kehinde who rose above his marker to head the ball into the bottom corner giving Zafer no chance, 1-0 Ankaragucu.

Five minutes later and Ankaragucu scored their 2nd after Ferhat was fouled in the box and the referee awarded a penalty. Up stepped Umut Nayir to blast the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-0.

Umut wasn’t having the best of games and saw another header go wide after a good ball from Ferhat on the 70th minute. Some great play from Kehinde as he powered past two defenders before seeing his shot saved by Zafer. A minute later Kehinde went close again after a good ball from Ferhat.

Umut had another couple of chances but it just wasn’t his day. With the news gathering in the stadium  that Eskisehirspor had equalised against Boluspor, Enes went through on goal and made it 3-0 Ankaragücü. A great end to a great day as Ankaragücü can again look forward to rubbing shoulders with the elite in Turkey.

Well done Mehmet Yiginer and his management team, well done İsmail Kartal, well done the Ankaragücü team and staff, but most importantly well done the fans who have stuck with the team through the darkest of days!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ankaragucu vs Manisaspor match preview!

Only 2 games remaining as Ankaragucu seek their place back amongst Turkeys elite, with the club from the Capital in pole position ahead of promotion rivals Umraniyespor and Boluspor. Two wins will seal the deal for Ankaragucu after 6 years away from top flight football and they are in control of their own destiny. The two matches come against Manisaspor who sit 2nd bottom of the table losing their last 7 games and conceding 31 goals. The other comes against 4th bottom Adana Demirspor at home next weekend.

If someone had offered you to be in that position before the season started you would have bitten their hand off. This is Ankaragucu though and we all know how unpredictable they can be, letting you down when you get your hopes up, or winning against the odds.

Some credit must go to Ismail Kartal who had come under a lot of criticism since the start of the year, some of which was deserved due to awful performances and results. Since the Boluspor defeat, the team has won 5, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their last 7 games. Umraniyespor on the way have dropped points which Ankaragucu have managed to take advantage of and now sit 1 point above with 2 games remaining. Boluspor arent out of the race yet as they are only 3 points behind Ankaragucu.

Ankaragucu will travel to Manisa this Saturday knowing a victory will take them one big step closer to the Super Lig. Mehmet Yiginer has already stated they will build a team that will compete for a Top 5 place in the Super Lig if we win promotion.

Manisaspor as mentioned earlier are 2nd bottom and already relegated to Lig 1. Thea team is made up of mostly youth players as the club are in a bad way financially. There shouldn't be too much problems in this one for Ankargucu but as we have seen all to often in football, especially with Ankaragucu upsets can happen.

Slavko Perovic is the key player for Manisaspor and has had a respectable season scoring 8 goals despite all the problems Manisa have had.

Ankaragucu will again be without Anton Putsila who is suspended, and will likely again go with the same team that produced a fantastic 4-0 win over Gazisehir last weekend. Lanre Kehinde, Ilhan Parlak and Umut Nayir all impressed in attack, while Mbamba Kibong had his best performance in an Ankaragucu shirt. Mbamba has had a disappointing season due to injury which has prevented any real consistency, but he showed his key qualities last weekend and will be an important player again.

Another large contingent of Ankaragucu fans are expected for the trip to Manisa as a win for Ankaragucu could see them promoted this weekend if Bolu and Umraniyespor both drop points. Come on Ankaragucu lets get back to where we belong.

Monday, April 23, 2018


 The National Anthem pre-match !

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

It is ALMOST time to party, however, let’s keep the champagne on ice for the time being.   It’s not over until it’s over !!!

Ankaragucu now sit in 2nd top position and if that remains the same for the last two matches then we can celebrate our return to the Super League.

Thanks mainly yesterday to Balikesir for climbing back from 0-1 down against Umran....spit....iye to snatch a point and denying them the win they were seeking.   So, with only two matches remaining it is all in Ankaragucu’s hands.   Also, it is still mathematically possible to be promoted as champions, but that would depend on Rize screwing up.

Yesterday ............

ANKARAGUCU    4         Gazisehir        0

Team – Korcan, Erdem, Yusuf, Gencer, Ferhat, Kenan, Arif, Mbamba, Parlak, Kehinde and Umut.

Substitutes used – Szukala, Tonia and Sedat

Maniac Kanka Harun and I met up in his Sports Shop where I received this top designed by Tshirtmatik.   Also, as you can see in the photo, my pre-match prediction was spot-on !!!!

We met-up with the remainder of the kankas in the Stadium – Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Nurer Kanka, Kaleci Kanka Tansu, Posh Kanka Ahmet and Vittoria Kanka Miguel.

As you can see in the first photo, there were empty spaces in the stadium due to partial bans for some group using naughty language at previous matches ..... tut tut tut !!!    However, Maraton and Kapali were full.    About 200 brave souls in the away end who stopped singing after Ankaragucu’s first goal and remained silent from that point on !!!

It was pretty much honours even up until the 19th minute when Ankaragucu opened the scoring.    A free kick was floated in from the right and headed in brilliantly by a defender (Ismail) who was under pressure and no doubt trying to head the ball over the bar.

The goal didn’t interrupt Gazi’s insistence on attack but the Ankaragucu defence was looking solid.    Special mention here for Gencer who is developing into a safe central defender and commanding figure.

The 2nd goal came on the half hour mark and was down to persistence from Mbamba on the right touchline to win a 50/50 ball.   His measured pass was picked up by Kenan who crossed into the box.   Umut dummied the ball to allow the unmarked Parlak to stroke the ball in for a well constructed goal.

Gazi upped their pressing forward and had two excellent chances just before the half time whistle.   Firstly, a header whizzed just past the post, but it looked to me that Korcan had it covered anyway.   Secondly, on the stroke of half time, another header just past with this time Korcan beaten.

So, all credit to Ankaragucu going in 2-0 at half time, but Gazi was still looking dangerous and I was hoping that the defence would deny them a goal to sniff a point.   The 3rd goal was imperative for Ankaragucu to put the sword in and put the match to bed !

Gazi came out with all guns blazing in the 2nd half and had two chances to claw their way back into the match.   Firstly, another header just past, and then Korcan came to the rescue with a parry from a goal bound shot.   The rebound came back off the post and cleared with sighs of relief all round !

Ankaragucu received the ‘wake-up call’ and responded positively with the 3rd goal.   Nice work from Parlak down the left wing and a measured pass to Umut who directed his angled shot from left to right across the goalkeeper and in !

It was almost 4 a few minutes later when Mbamba sent Kehinde through.    He avoided an attempted tackle and drove his shot in, but it hit the post and out.   

I know that Harun nominated Parlak as his Man of the Match, and to be fair it was a much improved performance from him after his previous showings.    However, I have to nominate Mbamba for his all round efforts yesterday.    He covered every blade of grass and was an inspiration to his team mates.    Umut also had another fine match.

It was left to our captain, Sedat, who came on with 15 minutes to go to score and put the cherry on top of the cake !    With 5 minutes remaining he won a tackle inside Gazi’s half and took off chasing the rebounded ball.    The Gazi defence were caught off guard and so Sedat had the easiest chance by coolly curling the ball around the goalkeeper and in for number 4.

So, to next weekend and the matches will all be played on Saturday KO 3.30pm.

Ankaragucu will be away at 2nd bottom Manisa who are already relegated, so we will be looking for another professional performance from Ankaragucu to stay in 2nd top spot.

Umran.....spit.....iye face leaders Rize at home in what is undoubtedly the Match of the Day, and the result will obviously have a bearing on Ankaragucu’s situation !

Bolu, 3 points behind Ankaragucu, face Es-Es away in what is a must win match for Es-Es in their quest to avoid relegation.

So ................ let’s do it Ankaragucu !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Genclerbirligi 0 - 3 Osmanlispor 

Enough said.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Makes you want to cry

Sloppy, sloppy defending and some strange non shots from Genclerbirligi leave us staring into the abyss... yet again.

Kayserispor 3 - 2 Genclerbirligi

Bernard and me made it down to the Alerta to escape Ankara's harsh spring conditions and for our trouble we got a pretty boring first 20 minutes.

Kayseri dominated possession but weren't really doing all that much. We had a couıple of goes... but again, not much happening until Kayseri scored after a goal mouth scramble following a freekick.

Gencler tried to counter but looked very tired towards the half-time break and just as soon as Bernard mentioned that half-time couldn't come fast enough for Gencler, our defenders fell asleep and let an easy one through.

Two-nil at half time and all seemed lost.

But then came a bit of a fightback. We started playing the better football and we were deservedly awarded a penalty when one of our players was taken out in the box.

Sessegnon calmly put it away and we continued battling on.

Then came our second shoot yourself in the foot moment when our defence was just rubbish. arrggghhjjj

So, it was 3-1 and just to keep us awake Skuletic clawed one back.

Time was late and Gencler were on the attack, just seconds left and a long ball is sent in and the ball is put into the back of the net. The Alerta erupted in joy. Replays showed he was offside.

Next week is the big one. Genclerbirligi v Osmanlispor.

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Ankaragucu made their intentions clear from the start yesterday with the opening goal in their first attack in the 2nd minute.   It was a well constructed goal from Kenan’s cross and Putsila’s headed effort.    Then Putsila went from hero to villain just when Ankaragucu was looking good to extend their lead !

Knowing full well that a win was necessary to stay in the hunt to win the league, or at least stay 2nd, their indiscipline once again reared its ugly head and now their destiny is in the hands of others, or ......... in the ‘melting pot’ !!

Umraniye    1        ANKARAGUCU     1

Team – Korcan, Erdem, Gencer, Yusuf, Arif, Mbamba, Ferhat, Kenan , Putsila, Kehinde and Umut.

Substitutes used – Abdulkadir, Enes and Parlak

The kankas met-up at The Alerta Pub – Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Apple Kanka Erman and his luvly daughter Ece.    It was a fine Spring day with about 20 other Ankaragucu supporters present and after the explosive start we were all optimistic of Ankaragucu doing the biz.

Rize could only manage a 0-0 in Denizli, so what a golden opportunity for Ankaragucu to move into pole position, bearing in mind that Rize and Umraniye must play each other before the end of the season.   Also, Umraniye must play Balikesir next Sunday.   However, Ankaragucu threw away this opportunity, but having said that, all is not lost ...... yet !

Let’s go back to the beginning ............ after the great start and going one up in the 2nd minute, it became an end to end match and pretty much even until the 22nd minute when Putsila lost his head at a disputed corner and hit out at an Umraniye player.   The referee, who had a good match, produced a straight red and off he went and together with our hopes of a 2nd goal to put the match to bed !

Umraniye sensed ‘blood’ and they went into all-out attack.   It was almost the equaliser on the half hour mark but Korcan came to the rescue with a fortuitous save from his leg when a shot was goalbound.

Heading for half time and Umraniye was doing most of the attacking but the Ankaragucu defence was soaking up the pressure and as soon as I wrote that Umraniye scored an ‘offside goal’ !!   It was grim backs to the wall stuff from Ankaragucu and the half time whistle came as a relief !

The 2nd half was mostly all Umraniye with Ankaragucu defending stubbornly.

Ankaragucu did have a few breakaways when they could have extended their lead – first, Kehinde was put through but instead of going alone and shooting, he passed to Kenan who had drifted offside.   Umut had a chance but his shot was well saved.   Enes had a one on one with the goalkeeper but shot straight at him.

The 2nd half really belonged to Korcan who produced save after save to protect the lead, apart from one occasion when he was beaten, but the crossbar came to the rescue.

Lots of oooos and aaaaas and mutterings of discontent in the 65the minute when Parlak was introduced for Kehinde.   FFS Ismail Bey, when are you going to get it through your head that he’s a liability in our team and contributes absolutely nothing ..... Aaaaaargh !!!!!

15 minutes to go and Ibrahim of Umraniye received a red card, but that didn’t alter the style of play with Umraniye still on the front foot and Ankaragucu defending desperately.

7 minutes of extra time was given by the referee and we were all tensed up.    The Ankaragucu defence was hoofing the ball anywhere to clear their lines and there lay the problem.    If they had tried to bring the ball out of defence and keep possession we might have had a different result.  

Back to Korcan again and he must shoulder some of the responsibility for the equaliser which came in the 4th minute of time added on.    After a faultless display for 94 minutes he could only parry a shot and the rebound was tapped in by Rangelov.   It was a cruel ending for my Man of the Match, but in all honesty when the ball was crossed from the right Korcan should have been protected and Rangelov not given the chance to pounce on the rebound.

So, as I said at the beginning of this report, it is going to be a very interesting run-in to the end of the season.   Rize must be favourites to be crowned champions, but 2nd place is still up for grabs, but ....... and it’s a big but .............. Umraniye is in the driving seat.

Therefore, it is now imperative that Ankaragucu win their last 3 matches and then pray that Umraniye screw up in their three remaining matches.

All eyes now on next Sunday when Ankaragucu is at home against Gazisehir (3 points behind Ankaragucu) KO 3.30.      Same day Umraniye travel to Balikesir (still fighting for a play off place) KO 6pm.

Let battle commence !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, April 09, 2018

Second-last Genclerbirligi defeat Super Lig contenders Galatasaray

Wow. What a victory. Galatasaray were looking to top the league tonight. This was second in the league versus second last. In the end it was a goal in the second minute of extra time that did it. Brilliant stuff.

Genclerbirligi 1 - 0 Galatasaray

I don't have a season ticket anymore but looking at the rather large crowds at the 19 Mayis tonight I was feeling a it jealous. Instead I joined a packed crowd at the Alerta Pub and sat back for what I expected to be a humiliating defeat.

Instead of that we got some good play from Gencler. We should have gone ahead in the 12th minute when Deniz Yilmaz slipped over instead of shooting. Bloody annoying.

Galatasaray took control for most of the match. They had something like 80 percent possession but they didn't really test us. It was Gencler who looked the more likely to score a number of times thanks to some great counterattacks.
Karakizil fans  celebrate with flares.

But nothing was happening...

Until the very end in the 92nd minute when Alper Uludag managed to get the ball past the Galatasaray keeper.

The Alerta Pub erupted, as I'm sure the 19 Mayis Stad did as well. This was amazing stuff. Galatasaray were all over us but we somehow managed to pull it off. I haven't seen a reply of the goal yet. But from what I saw the angle wasn't the easiest.

So... out of the relegation zone... for the moment!

Sunday, April 08, 2018


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Ankaragucu almost lost this important match yesterday after giving away two sloppy goals from defensive mistakes, but thankfully Kehinde came to our rescue in the 2nd half with the winning goal to secure all three points.

ANKARAGUCU    3        Giresun     2

Team -  Korcan, Erdem, Yusuf, Gencer, Ferhat, Kenan, Sedat, Arif, Putsila, Umut and Kehende.

Substitutes used – Tonia, Mbamba and Ilhan

If you have read my report of last week’s match in Denizli you will have seen that I mentioned a stadium ban punishment was a possibility, and so it proved.    Fortunately, it is only a one match ban, so we can return to the stadium in 2 weeks time.

As for yesterday, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Apple Kanka Erman and I watched the match in The Alerta Pub along with a few other Ankaragucu fanatics !

It was a beautiful sunny Spring day and optimism was high on the menu, and that was not misplaced when Ankaragucu came out of the starting blocks like a whippet and took the lead in the 3rd minute.    A bad pass was intercepted by Putsila and off he went towards the penalty box avoiding tackles as he weaved his way forward.   Then his shot was well placed high into the top right of the goal with the goalkeeper only managing to get a touch and help the ball into the net.     What a start !

However, the euphoria didn’t last long – 4 minutes to be exact !     Perhaps the players assumed the match was won, but Giresun obviously didn’t.   The defence was in slumber mode as Giresun broke in numbers and an unmarked attacker had all the time in the world to score with Korcan exposed.    There was a call for offside, but from the replay (I think it was Sedat) the defender played the attacker onside.

Ankaragucu continued to attack and 5 minutes later Kenan was unceremoniously brought down just outside the box in the centre.   Erdem struck a perfect free kick which hit the bar with the goalkeeper beaten and the ball was cleared.

2 minutes later came another defensive aberration when Giresun broke away on the left and when the cross came in there was another attacker unmarked and he calmly side footed the ball into the corner with Korcan rooted to the spot on his line.

Still Ankaragucu kept pressing forward and Kehinde should have equalised 10 minutes later when he headed over from a cross on the right.

The referee then came to Ankaragucu’s rescue 5 minutes before the break when he judged Kehinde to have been brought down inside the box.    Some referee’s might have waved play on !!!     Anyway, Umut claimed the ball and calmly shot into the left corner to send us into the half time break at 2-2.

Half time photo - with 'half smiles' !!!     The singing and dancing comes later !!!

Cue ..... pep talk from Ismail Bey to the defence and midfield to tighten things up and anticipate Giresun’s breakaways which were causing all sorts of problems in the first half !

It obviously worked.    Giresun were less of a threat in the 2nd half as Ankaragucu took the match to them and searched for the winning goal.  

2 minutes from the re-start and Kenan hit the post.    One minute later Kehinde was put through but shot straight at the goalkeeper.   2 minutes later Erdem had another free kick outside the box which went agonisingly close.    Umut had a good chance half way through the half but he dithered and a defender blocked his shot.   It was all Ankaragucu and we were saying ......... surely a goal must come !!!

It did, in the 74th minute.    A corner on the right was swung into the far post and there was Kehinde unmarked to bullet a header in for the winner and play the ‘get out of jail card’.    Chaos in the Alerta with us all up singing and cheering ............ in relief !!!!

It was then a case of Ankaragucu hanging on with both teams obviously knackered after a fast a furious paced match.     Giresun did have a chance to equalise in the 94th minute but thankfully the shot was just past the post.    In the last minute of the match Hakan of Giresun was given a 2nd yellow but it made little difference with the final whistle moments later.

Ankaragucu back up into 2nd place one point behind Rize and 2 points ahead of Umraniye.   They both play today and let’s see if the pressure gets to them ??!!

Next Saturday come the BIG SIX POINTER when Ankaragucu travel to Umraniye KO 3pm.    This will obviously be the defining moment of the season.    A mouth watering match which will no doubt have the players all fired up.

Still all to play for with the Super League still in our sights !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, April 02, 2018


The Away Section in Denizi yesterday prior to kick-off.    In fine voice as usual !!

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Talking of meek and mild animals, Ankaragucu started the match like lambs (bah .. bah .. bah) and allowed Denizli to dictate the flow of the match from the off !

This was not the way I expected the team sitting 2nd top of the league to play against a team in 3rd bottom position.   So, it was all doom and gloom from the off till the end for Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and I watching in The Kara Simit Cafe.

Ankaragucu fanatiks happy smiley faces outside the Kara Simit Cafe BEFORE kick-off !!!!

Denizlispor    3       ANKARAGUCU     1

The writing was on the wall from the 10th minute when Denizli was awarded a penalty when Sedat brought down an attacker just inside the box.   As an ex-Class 1 referee, I can understand the referee’s decision and in all fairness he had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.   Sedat put his leg against the attacker’s thigh and there was only one way he would go and that was ........ to the ground.

It could be argued that he made a meal of it, but, as I said, the referee obviously saw it as a blatant foul.   Korcan almost saved it and managed a hand to it, but it went in and so it was tails-up for Denizli as they continued to take the game to Ankaragucu.

A few minutes later came Ankaragucu’s only serious attempt in the first half when Kenan was put through, but he shot straight at the goalkeeper.

From then, it was scrappy play with lots of niggling fouls and bad temper from both sides.

Then, fast forward to the 41st minute and an unbelievable decision from our Coach Ismail Bey.   The one player in midfield who was showing any enterprise and endeavour was taken off !!     Arrrrrrrgh !!!    It wasn’t as if Mbamba was injured or showing any discomfort, and as he walked off his face spoke a thousand words !    Putsila replaced him, but it could be argued that both of them should have started !!

4 minutes later came the controversial and contentious decision of the match when the referee gave Alihan a 2nd yellow and therefore a red card.   It was an immediate decision with right hand to right pocket for yellow and followed immediately by left hand to left pocket for red !   Alihan had been on the receiving end of some vicious tackles and elbowing to the face during the match but I don’t think his tackle on the Denizli attacker was malicious.   Alihan made the tackle near the left touchline, so there was no imminent danger to Korcan.   Alihan won the ball, but the referee indicated that he had stamped on the attacker’s foot in doing so.   Okay, the referee was up with play, but this was a harsh decision and one which changed the face of the match !

It took about 10 minutes or so before the match could re-start with chaos on the touchline and in the VIP Section.   The cameras didn’t pan to the VIP Section, but is is reported by our Maniac Kanka Harun, who was in the vicinity, that our Chairman, Mehmet Yigner, became embroiled in an argument with the Denizli management and blows were exchanged !   A punishment could be on the cards for this me thinks !!!

Back on the touchline and heated words were  directed to the referee, and substitute, Mehmet Sak, obviously overstepped the mark and was subsequently shown a yellow card.   Order was eventually restored, but from the re-start Denizli broke out on the left.   The ball was crossed into the box and an incoming unmarked Denizli attacker looped a header over the exposed Korcan.   Time of goal ....... 45 plus 17 – perhaps one for the Guinness Book of Records ?!

Lots of mumblings of discontent in the Kara Simit with the bleak outlook of starting the 2nd half 2-0 down and playing with 10 men against a fired-up Denizli who at that stage were flattered by the scoreline !

Both teams had so far served-up a bad tempered and niggling footie match which could quite easily be described as 3rd Division footie !!!

Into the 2nd half then and 4 minutes in Ankaragucu gifted Denizli and ‘offside goal’ after some insane passing in defence direct to a Denizli attacker.   Denizli was cutting the Ankaragucu defence to pieces and Alihans’s absence was beginning to cause panic stations !   Korcan came to the rescue soon after with a good save after excellent approach play from Denizli.

However, the 3rd goal came 10 minutes later, and to be honest, it came as no surprise.   Denizli broke away from a goalkeeper clearance and Ankaragucu’s defence was posted missing at the speed of the break.   The ball was cut back from the right to an unmarked striker who angled his shot across Korcan and Denizli were giving us a demonstration on how to score on the break.

As I said on Whatsap yesterday, Parlak was posted Absent Without Leave during the 1st half, but he revealed himself twice in the 2nd half to remind us that he was still on the pitch !!   Firstly, he had a headed attempt midway through the 2nd half which was parried by the goalkeeper.   He attempted a shot from the rebound but it struck a defender’s arm and went out for a corner.   The ball to arm was on the referee’s blindside, therefore no penalty was given !!

Secondly, Parlak had a goalbound effort well saved by the Denizli keeper on the 71st minute mark, and that was the extent of his match contribution !!

5 minutes later and Umut had a great chance when he was picked-out with a cross, but with only the goalkeeper to beat, he sent a weak shot straight at him

10 minutes to go, came the best chance of the match.   Putsila weaved his way through about 3 tackles and sent a great ball to Kenan who copied Umut’s previous attempt and shot weakly at the goalkeeper.   I hesitate to criticise Kenan who worked tirelessly throughout !

Note for Ismail Bey .........please practice this on the Training Ground this week !     When you are one on one against a goalkeeper, you ‘dummy’ one way to commit him, take the ball around him, and then slot it into an empty net.   QED !!!

Deep into time added on and a consolation goal for Ankaragucu which it has to be said was a well constructed goal.   A cross from Putsila on the right and a bullet of a header from Umut high into the roof of the net.

In the final analysis, a well deserved 3 points for Denizli in their fight to avoid relegation, and I should add that I hope they don’t go down.

As for Ankaragucu, they need to change their match philosophy and start their remaining matches in the belief that they can WIN them.   I repeat (lost count of how many times I’ve said this on this blog)......... a footie match lasts for effin 90 plus minutes !!!!      Yesterday they shot themselves in the foot and I could hear the cheers and laughter from Rize and Umraniye all the way to Ankara !!!

Ismail Bey now has a major job on his hands to prepare them for next Saturday’s visit of Giresun, and more importantly, the ‘six pointer’ in Umraniye the following weekend !

It’s not too late to turn the corner after yesterday’s hiccup.    Let’s do it Ankaragucu !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim