Monday, October 25, 2010


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

It was Ankaragucu's turn to receive a footie lesson yesterday after being 'the teachers' last weekend, and it only took Bursaspor 45 minutes to show their multi-skills.

ANKARAGUCU 1 Bursaspor 5

I left the Stadium wondering why the Ankaragucu defence was posted missing and why Bursa didn't manage to beat Rangers and ManYoo with this style of play ?!

However, it all started at midday when we met in the Beer Bus Bar for morning coffee. We were all fired-up with optimism pills, but I think I have to check and see if they are time expired !

Bellshill Kanka Nadeem (showing off his new Ankaragucu Centenery top), Weegie Kankie Rebecca, Pu Kanka Fabio, Flying Dutchman Kanka Carlo, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Roger the Dodger Kanka and yours truly.

We were all praying for an Ankaragucu win, not just for the 3 points, but for Nadeem to see his beloved Ankaragucu win a match .......... hmmmmm ......... no comment !

Off we went to the Stadium where we met up with Maniac Kanka Harun, Angel Kankie Hazal, Yankee Kanka and Husso Kanka. btw, Huso left at half time, and in hindsight .... a wise move !

Team line-up -

Muhammed, Aydin, Klukowski and Rajnoch
Guven, Weeks, Ozgur and Sapara
Sestak and Metin

Substitutes used - Turgut, Umut and Kagan

The Stadium was almost full and the love-in between the Ankaragucu Tribunes and Bursa's Teksas had already started. Also, the two teams came out together which is an unusual sight, but this is the brotherly spirit which these two teams are famous for.

The match started at a frantic pace and it was Ankaragucu who drew first blood. A great solo effort from Sestak (similar to his goal last week) and we were all up hi-fiving and hugging each other fully expecting a reprise of last week's match.

Ho ho ho ...... wishful thinking ........ we were soon silenced when Bursa started to take control and in the 16th minute Ibrahim sent in a rocket of a header from a corner kick. Why wasn't he marked and allowed a free header I ask ?!

10 minutes later the writing was on the wall. Another Bursa attack with a cut-back header, and there was Turgay unmarked to slot it into the corner with Ozden having no chance.

We were all up on our feet again shouting 'penalty' when Sestak was pushed in the box, but the referee seemingly played advantage when Metin latched on the the loose ball and scored. The linesman had other ideas and signalled for an offside. Bad luck ? Yes.

Bursa went straight into the attack from the resulting free kick and was awarded another in the Ankaragucu half. From that free kick the ball was sent into the box and Omer had all the time in the world to send a header into the top left hand corner ..... and again there was no marking ..... grrrrrrrr !

A few minutes later it was almost 4, but Ozden made a great save to tip it over for a corner.

5 minutes to go to half time and the speedy Serdar left the Ankaragucu defenders for dead to cut back from the goal line for Ergic to score No4 with the Ankaragucu defence posted missing AGAIN !

Into injury time and that man Serdar again left defenders in his wake and lobbed the ball over Ozden for the 5th. A simple goal, but Ozden was left exposed once more.

What a disastrous perfomance from an Ankaragucu viewpoint, but a classic attacking performance from Bursa - breathtaking at times !

It was pretty obvious on the 2nd half performance that Bursa had been told to take their 'foot off the gas'. Also, further goals from Bursa may well have incited a Gecikondu boys to riot with plastic chairs being used as missiles !

Ankaragucu almost made the scoreline more respectable when Sestak had two glorious chances to score, but he blasted both efforts over the bar when a tap-in was all that was required.

Anyway, the love-in between the tribunes continued all through the 2nd half. I suppose singing to each other was more desirable than falling asleep with boredom as Bursa passed the ball around to kill time !!!

So, it is to be hoped that Ankaragucu learned something from their footie lesson. Instilling a sense of discipline and organisation into the defence would be a good place to start !

Next weekend, Ankaragucu is away in Eski's City. However, prior to that there is the small matter of an important Turkish Cup match to negotiate if Ankaragucu is to reach the financially rewarding group stage.

Ankaragucu will play Tokat in Ankara on Wednesday KO 7pm. I will be going to The Beer Bus Bar at 5pm and going to the Stadium at around 6pm. Anyone going to join me ?

Let's hope Nadeem chooses an 'easier' match next time !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim


  1. Anonymous7:43 pm

    Is Nadeem still around for the Tokat match?Surely he'll see a home win there.

    Dublin Neil.

  2. Unfortunately he's going to miss it Neil because of his flight schedule.

    However, as you saw on the post, I'll be there and I'll give a brief report on Thursday.

    We really need a good Cup run for the players AND the fans.

  3. Let's not get too down. How often have we been able to say that we are sandwiched between GS and Beşiktaş in the rankings? On top of that, we don't have the most threatening of schedules coming up until we hit week 16 when we face tweetie the fat headed canary.

    Speaking of 16, just noticed that our first (and unfortunately only)goal came in the 6th minute while theirs came in the 16th. Kinda poetic. If we had to give up three points, at least it was to the team whose fans sing lai lalali Ankaragucu on international television.

  4. Anonymous10:54 pm

    Is the Turkish Cup held in high regard there Jim?Meant to ask before.Do the winners qualify for Europe or anything like that or is it a case of more matches generating more profits for the clubs as they progress?

    Dublin Neil.

  5. I good point Neil, and one which has bemused me over the years.

    I think you hit the nail on the head when you talk about generating profits as the successful clubs progress to the next stage. However, I'm sure it means a lot to the players to get their hands on a piece of silverware and a medal.

    What has always amazed me is that the final is on a Wednesday night, and it could be held anywhere in Turkey. Therefore, not easy for most fans to enjoy the live atmosphere of a Cup Final.

    The TFF could learn a lot if they sent a representative to Wembaleeeee or Hampden to see a real Cup Final me thinks !!!

  6. Anonymous3:10 pm

    ach well what a trip that was, we may have lost but it was great to see everyone and be back in Ankara, i will be back again to see us win lol. we need to sort our selves out at the back, rajnoch is not a centre half hes to small and aydin is the slowest defender ive seen. In january defence is a priority as we have a good attack and midfield now.