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The Rock-itt : June 2010
It's been looking bleak. Since the last issue of The Rock-itt there have been five league games and we lost four of those. The good news is that we won the last one, 23rd May away to Blacktown convincingly, 2-0. As well as losing those four games we also lost our Head Coach, Phil Moss who has gone to the A League. Central Coast Mariners to be precise, where he will be assistant manager to Graham Arnold. Thankfully we were aware of the situation and had plans for his successor. The new man at the top is Craig Midgley, an Englishman who came to the club three years ago after a 14 year career in professional football in the UK. Craig Midgley Manly United's new Head Coach Craig signed as a youngster with Bradford City then moved to Hartlepool United before moving back to Yorkshire to join Halifax Town. Craig has been right hand man to Phil Moss, he has a big job to do in helping Manly avoid relegation but I'll back him all the way to do it. He started off really well with the victory at Blacktown. Up until Blacktown the only bright spot was the welcome relief of the McDonalds Cup which saw United come out of a great home tie against Super League neighbours CC Strikers with a 5-1 Victory. Manly followed up that victory with a 4-1 win over Fairfield City Lions in the next round. Shock of that round was Sydney United going out to Blacktown Spartans! I've supported Football for a long time and the true supporter does not desert his team in times of strife. Back in the UK I moved south from Manchester to Watford and started to support the local team who were then at the foot of the Fourth Division (League 2 now). A few years later Watford finished second only to Liverpool in the Premier League. I felt I had been a part of that meteoric rise and you know, in a small way, I had. By the time you read this we will have played APIA at home and June sees home games against Rockdale City Suns 6/6, West Sydney Berries 20/6 and a special day on July 4th when at the home game against Bonnyrigg White Eagles we will be raising money for Cancer Research by becoming part of their 'Call To Arms' initiative. No one can have missed the fact that it's coming; Harvey Norman and JB Hi Fi have been discounting televisions and recorders since January. The World Cup is finally upon on us. Australia struggled against New Zealand in their last game before making their way to SA. The first game on African soil is against Denmark on June 1st and the game against the USA on June 5th will probably also have been played by the time you read this. The Socceroos first game in the World Cup proper will be against Germany in the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on June 13th, this equates to a 4.30am KO early on the 14th in Australia. Our group, group D is very strong. Despite losing Captain Michael Ballack to injury, Germany will take a lot of beating. Coincidentally, the The Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban where Australia play Germany in their first game of the World Cup. Stylish South African Limo South African Football Fans love to get in the dressing up box.