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Sunday, February 11, 2018

EPL January 2017-18

January begins well for the Red Devils after the falter esp the horror show against Bristol City in the Caraboa Cup q-final, in December 2017 They began it with a 2-0 with at Goodison Park, Jesse Lingard the highlight

                                                 Everton 0  Man Utd  2

The FA Cup win over Derby County followed
Man Utd 2  Derby Co 0
Lingard continued his show against Derby County
A lucky 1-0 win at Turf Moor, Burnley
Burnley  0  Man Utd  1
The Red Devils proceeded into the 5th round without any issues.
Yeovil 0  Man Utd  4
The month ended with a poor poor display at Spurs' Wembley Stadium. The Lilywhites totally outplayed the Red Devils, deservedly winning 2-0.
Tottenham Hotspurs  2  Man Utd  0

Sunday, December 31, 2017

EPL Dec 2017 - 18

Arsenal  1  Man Utd  3
It was a thoroughly satisfying win for Mourinho at the Emirates ending Wenger 12 match unbeaten streak. The statistics showed 33 Arsenal shots vs 8 for Utd and yet the Red Devils won with their brilliant counter attack game. Lingard scored a brace with Valencia starting the goal rush. World class De Gea stopped a record 14 shots!! Only black mark was the red card for Progba, who will be ruled out of the derby next week, for a stud up challenge on Bellerin.
Meanwhile, Man City edged on with another late win, 2-1 over West Ham to lead by 8 points.

The Red Devils qualified for the Knockout stage of the UCL at a canter when they came from behind to beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 to top the group.
Man Utd  2  CSKA Moscow 1

Manchester Derby at Old Trafford
The power shift is now towards the Blue half of Manchester as Citizens beat the Red Devils 2-1 with little effort. It brought to a halt of Utd's 40 unbeaten home games and set a league record of 14 consecutive wins for City. More worrying is the 11 points separating the runaway leader City and second place United. It is a very bitter blow to and humiliation for Jose Mourinho and the Red Devils.

Man Utd  1 Man City  2

The Red Devils recovered from their weekend disappointment with a narrow 1-0 win over Bournemouth. Lukaku scored.

Man Utd  1   Bournemouth 0

The Red Devils remained 11 points behind the high flying Citizens in second place even though they beat a poor WBA at the Hawthorns 2-1. Lukaku scored his 10th PL goal. This is the 3rd and last match without the suspended Progba.

WBA 1  Man Utd  2

The Red Devils were stunned by an injury time goal to lose 1-2 away to Championship side Bristol City in the Q-finals of the Carabao Cup. Jose Mourinho said that his players 'did not turn up in the office' in this humiliating defeat. Zlatan scored his first goal since his comeback from injury. Bristol City will now meet Man City in one semifinal while Arsenal and Chelsea meet in the other.

Bristol City  2   Man Utd  1

The Red Devils received a second consecutive sucker punch at King Power Stadium when 10-man Leicester held them to a 2-2 draw. The Foxes scored in the last minute of injury time to draw, leaving the Red Devils a further 13 points away from runaway leader City. Jose Mourinho chided his team to be 'childish' in attack and defence, in a match which they should have won comfortably.

Leicester 2   Man Utd  2

Another late goal drama. This time, United was chasing the game after 2-0 down against Burnley at Old Trafford. Jesse Lingard scored both goals, the equalising goal at the 91st minute. Utd could be 15 points behind City if the Citizens win their later match against Newcastle, as expected.

Man Utd  2  Burnley  2

2017 ended sourly for the Red Devils in the 3rd successive draws which left them further behind Man City and dropped to 3rd behind a resurgent Chelsea. Lulaku was carried off with a head injury. A very very disappointing and frustrating time for Red Devils fans.

Man Utd  0   Southampton  0

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

EPL Nov 2017 - 18

UCL : The Red Devils duly qualified to the KO stage of the Champions League by beating Benfica again. Benfica's teenage goalkeeper Silve  again gifted the Red Devils with an own goal

Man Utd 2  Benfica  0

Jose Mourinho still cannot get one over his former club and employer and his bitter rival Conte when they lost 1-0 at Stamford Road even though the Blues had a disaster midweek against Roma. The  Red Devils are now 8 points behind the rampant Man City side. The goal was scored by Man Utd reject, Alvero Morata!!

Chelsea 1  Man Utd  0

Man Utd 4  Newcastle 1
Rafa Benitez's Toons have no replies to a rampaging Red Devils though they scored first. Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his first appearance this season and nearly scored with a volley!!

UCL Group Match 5
Basel  1 Man Utd  0
Rio Ferdinand blasted the Red Devils for being 'unprofessional' in this 1-0 defeat. The Red Devils needed a result in their last group match against CSKA in order to qualify to the KO stage. Marcos Rojo came back from long term injury just like Zlatan.

Newly promoted Brighton & HA provided Mourinho's side the 'toughtest test' though the Red Devils prevailed with a lucky deflected Young's goal.

Man Utd  1 Brighton HA  0

Midweek 13a

Watford 2  Man Utd  4
A potential 'banana skin' match was avoided when Ashley Young scored a brace in the 4-2 victory. However, Man City maintained their 8 point lead at the top with a 96th minute winner against Southampton, 2-1. Next week, Arsenal at Emirates!!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

EPL Oct 2017-18

The big match : Liverpool vs Man Utd after the international break ended in a similar 0-0 draw like last season's. It was a stifling display at Anfield which left Klopp who had only statistics to show dominance, frustrated.

Liverpool 0 Man Utd  0

UCL Group match 3
The Red Devils are on the verge of qualifying for the knockout phase with this 3rd win in a row.

Benfica  0  Man Utd  1

The Red Devils suffered an embarassing first defeat of the season in lowly Huddersfield. This is the first victory that the Terriers has tasted since 1952!!! After the game, Mourinho blasted his players for their very poor display and that the 'defeat is the punishment', that the 'attitude of the players was poor throughout'.

Huddersfield  2   Man Utd   1

Carabao Cup 4th Round
Swansea 0  Man Utd  2
A victory into the quarter final of the EFL Cup somewhat soothed the pain of earlier shock loss against Huddersfield

Man Utd 1  Tottenham Hotspurs 0

A satisfying win for Mourinho to shut his critics up as the Red Devils edged their nearest rival by a Martial's late goal

Sunday, October 1, 2017

EPL Sept 2017 18

Week 4

The 'test' which Mourinho wanted after three relatively easy wins, was given by Stoke who lead and then equalised late in the second half to take the deserved draw. The highlight of the game was Mourinho's handshake snub of Mark Hughes' as he felt that the latter wanted the referee to send him off to the stand during the match.

Stoke  2   Man Utd  2

Week 4 Goals

Man Utd are back!!!! Easily disposed off Basel 3-0  in the first game. Lukaku continued scoring.

Man Utd   3   Basel  0

The Red Devils kept up with the winning run by spoiling Rooney's homecoming. Lukaku continued his consecutive scoring spree. Valencia's early wonder goal did not start the 4-0 rout as the Red Devils left it very late to score the other three goals.

Man Utd  4   Everton  0

Week 5 Goals

League Cup 3rd Round
Man Utd  4  Burton  1

Romelu Lukaku continued his scoring spree with his eight goal of the season in this narrow win at St Mary's
Southampton  0  Man Utd  1

UCL Game 2
The Red Devils trashed CSKA Moscow 4-1 in Russia. Lukaku scored a first half brace.

Week 7
Another 4-0 win and a Lukaku goal against the hapless & bottom Eagles under new manager, Roy Hodgson. 

Man Utd 4    Crystal Palace 0

Two weeks international break after this.

Monday, August 28, 2017

EPL August 2017-18

UEFA Supercup 2017 : Real Madrid vs Man Utd 9 Aug 

The Red Devils started the season in the UEFA Supercup which pitches Champion League winner against the Europa Cup winner

Real Madrid 2   vs    Man Utd  1
Romelu Lukaku opened his account

Man Utd 4  West Ham 0

Lukaku continued his great form with a brace at Old Trafford, Utd finally winning 4-0. Meanwhile champions Chelsea crashed 2-3 to Burnley at home. A disastrous first match for Conte.

Match 2
Once again, the strike force delivered another 4-0 victory against a weakened Swansea team. Lukaku and Progba continued their scoring spree.

Swansea 0  Man Utd  4

Match 3
The Red Devils, like last season, won its 3rd consecutive game. This time, they did not concede any. Rashford and Fellaini opened their account in this match against Leicester. Lukaku missed a penalty thus stopping his scoring spree.

Man Utd 2  Leicester  0

EPL Week 3 Highlights

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stories from the Relics of the 50s & 60s

These are the records which I managed to retrieve from my mother's cupboard, documenting some part of my parent's life in the 50s and 60s.

My father went to Raffles Institution in the late 40s from Outram but it seemed that he did not complete the full years there. He took a Diploma in Bible Studies and later took the external (British) Accountancy course and examinations.

  The Diploma my father obtained through correspondence school 1950

A letter of Recommendation in 1950

 Leaving certificate 1950s
Application for exemption in his Accountancy Course 1956

 My father's Birth Certificate 1930s
Job application for post of Inspector in the Police force 1950

Meanwhile my mother enrolled into evening class in the early 50s

List of LPs in my father's collection

He finally found a job as a Clerk in Singapore Harbour Board (SHB) at Keppel area. His annual salary was $3240 in 1956 till $3986 in 1962, a raise of $750 in 7 years!!

My father's detailed records of the Salary Scale and the salaries of some of the SHB Workers then in the early 1960s.

The Pass to the SHB Dockyard area was renewed every 6 months

        He kept the receipts of the SHB Staff Association membership

Vaccination cards in the 50s and 60s

Record of collections from colleagues at SHB 1963

We lived in Margaret Drive after moving out from grandfather's place at Silat Road. It was a large 3-room 3-storey SIT flat where the present Dawson flats are being built.

 1958 Rental agreement with SIT for 242A Margaret Drive

Receipt for payment of rental 1958

Envelop to a past competition in the 60s where hair grooming was important

 Poll Card for General Election in the 60s

A receipt for gold purchase in the 60s

Insurance Certificate 1960s

Primary school's School fees receipts in the 60s

In August 1963 when my father passed away, we (my mother and a brood of 4 sons) have to move out of Margaret Drive to a much smaller unit at Blk 5 Bukit Ho Swee. It was a SINGLE room unit with communal toilets. A couple years later, these few blocks were demolished and we moved to a unit at nearby Block 13 which came with our own toilet!! Presently Boon Tiong HDB blocks occupied the area where Block 13 was.

Appeal for remission of my school fee in secondary school

Even in the dark times, my mother's application for an Istana job was rejected after the interview. She finally found a job at The Botanic Gardens.
PUB receipt during our stay in Bukit Ho Swee

Fortunately the Social Welfare Department gave us a monthly allowance to see us through the dark days.