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    Hi Rockinrobin sadly passed away on Thursday evening. Bristol City Football Club was Chris's biggest passion and I know how much he enjoyment he got from the Fans Form even though it did drive me mad the amount of time he spent on the website. As our daughter Amie said today - at least he can watch football all the time now he is in heaven. Best wishes to everyone and thank you for the many hours of entertainment you have provided to my husband. Carole x
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    @AdamB Please can you do your job as Fan Liaison Officer and let us know what the current situation is regarding the Manager and why the Board apparently deem it ok for us, the fans, to be treated with complete contempt given the lack of action after the last two inept and embarrassing performances that have been overseen by Lee Johnson. You were happy enough to produce videos praising all and sundry and patting yourselves on the back after the 4-0 win. We deserve to hear something now also. Thank you.
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    First off I would like to say just how impressed I was with Ashton Gate. I'd not visited since about 2010 or something. It is beautiful now, I loved it. I wasn't in with the Barnsley supporters, I was in the big, shiny stand, upper tier. Superb view, padded seats, so aye, thoroughly impressed with what now looks a stadium as good as most in the country. Be proud of that. My only complaint being the PA system. They must have the volume turned up to 11. In terms of the game it was a blow not to have Matty James available. His partner had given birth that morning. He's been such a key player for us since January and will be playing for Leicester in the Premier League next season I would guess based on what I've seen. Unreal presence in midfield with his size, composure and passing ability. We were bound to miss him. On top of the players we lost in January, plus injured players like Hammill, Jackson, D'Almeida and Yiadom, we were down to the bare bones. So much so we had Will Smith on the bench. No, not that one. But a 17 year old Academy kid. However, it was a first opportunity to see both Mowatt and Moncur together in the same midfield.. I felt we dominated the first half regardless, and deserved our lead. We nearly always play 4-4-2 but yesterday went with one up front which I think probably confused LJ. It confused us! But aye, we dominated the midfield and Kent was giving Little a torrid time of it on the left wing. We should have done more with a few chances created but ever since January we've been all foreplay and little penetration. In fact, the goal was fortuitous itself. The terrible referee should have stopped play in my opinion and then Moncur's strike deflects kindly off Mowatt for the goal. We had referee Duncan at Oakwell this season for a 2-2 draw with Birmingham where we led 2-0 until he decided to give an iffy penalty to Brum AND send off our captain Marc Roberts. He cost us that game. And just a couple of weeks ago now he was in charge of our game against Cardiff. As ever, we absolutely roasted them but couldn't get the goal our play merited, yet when Scowen danced through the midfield he was hacked down by Sol Bamba who had already been booked. Certain red card. Bizarrely, Bamba stays down 'injured' from his foul and instead of still giving him a red card, the ref allows Warnock to sub him off. Unbelievable decision. So I expected more of the same from Mr Duncan yesterday. But he didn't prove to be 'against' us. He just proved to be incompetent. And you suffered for it the most on this occasion. The standard of refereeing since they went professional has only declined in my opinion. You did have one or two moments yourself. I think Davies did well to keep a shot out from the edge of the box and some good blocks prevented the follow-ups. But I certainly felt we were good value for our lead at the break. Roberts rolled his ankle and was replaced at the break and I feared the worst. He holds that defence together, he's such a commanding presence and in the first half he kept check of Abraham who'd been largely anonymous. But I feared the worst mainly because I knew we had nobody on the bench to replace him. The aforementioned Will Smith is a centre half. But I suppose Hecky didn't fancy chucking him on against one of the best strikers in the division. Instead he brought full back Callum Evans on and moved Gethin Jones to centre half. I felt it was the wrong call, personally. I'd have put the 17 year old on. At least he knew the position. City came out in much more aggressive and direct fashion. Looked a different team. And, our defence buckled. It was sad to see actually. When you envisage something happening you still hope to be wrong. But I wasn't. Without Robbo we folded defensively and I think Scowen looked scared to get stuck in following his deserved first half booking. City were attacking us at will and it was no surprise to see the game levelled up. But then a moment of magic as Armstrong took advantage of a sloppy pass to dance through before slipping in Moncur whose finish was devastating. It was classic Barnsley. From nowhere, pace on the break and a clinical finish. We've worked that to perfection this season. But could we stem the tide now? Would that goal re-settle us? Not a chance, sadly. City continued to dominate and our defence offered up chance after chance and I'm relieved actually that you didn't score four or five. I think you deserved the three points. Yes, Robbo going off was massive but ifs and buts are irrelevant. You were the better team on the day and warranted the victory. I felt Abraham was first-class in the second half. He seemed to drop deeper or wider, to take the ball and hold it while others came up to support. Paterson looked lively and impressed me, but Abraham was standout. He's going to be some player I guess. Great acoustics in AG too now. Once you finally found your voice it was good to hear and I can imagine it being very helpful to the players if the place is rocking. I know it's not been the season you hoped for but I kept saying stick with it, back LJ, he will get it right. I still believe that, even though he has completely done everything else I said he'd done when our head coach. He is never average or boring. It's consistently crap or consistently great, and those two sides switch around a lot. He needs to find somewhere inbetween I suppose. As I've said before, he takes too much on. He probably grafts too much. I think he'll come good for you next season and many of these players will have come out of this struggle stronger as players and people. I look forward to returning again next season. Andy.
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    In amongst the joke decisions by our head coach and those that employ him , the bullshit , the pitiful PR and fan interaction from the club , the pitiful performances and lack of fight from players downing tools , one glowing beam of light has shone through for me Tammy Abraham 19 years old , first experience of First Team football Talented but with no apparent ego Humble Committed - Leaves absolutely everything on the pitch in every game Seemingly the player who cares the most , looks devastated at every loss , but still has the balls and strength to interact with supporters less than happy And he's not even ours ! I cannot like this lad enough Take a bow young man and take extreme pride in yourself You are a credit to Chelsea Football Club , to your parents , and most importantly to yourself You literally put to shame the coaching staff and squad of so called professionals on our books Your attitude is as good as I've seen from any player on loan here in the last 46 /47 years and up there with any player to have represented us in this time A massive Thankyou - Football supporters aren't stupid , have noticed and will remember for many years to come In the unlikely event you play at AG in the future you will undoubtedly see what impression you will have left
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    I'd suggest people listen to the radio interview before making their mind up! I was really annoyed having read all the snippets on this forum then I listened to interview! Arrogance? Where? The man has openly said yes we have considered Lee's position. He didn't at all back him unconditionally, he just said they have thought about it on a game by game basis and he continues to believe that what's going on behind the scenes justify him being head coach. The comment about him putting more money into the club was meant in a 'yes I put a lot of money into the club too so I understand why the fans are annoyed'. At various times he said he understood the fans annoyance. He even talked about his plans being for the best interests of the football club, at no point did he even sound like he was saying it's my club I will do what I like. And before I get a load of abuse about being a Johnson lover / lansdown lover / gas head etc I don't believe LJ is the right man from the performances on the pitch, I do believe Lansdown will be proved wrong in his decision to keep him, and I've supported this club for as long as a lot of you. sounds to me like some fans listened to that interview to find an issue with SL rather than take everything he said in the true context. Deluded he might be, time will tell, but arrogance? Not in my view
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    It has taken a long time, and it is with sadness and a little bit of regret that this season the reasons for the continued failure at Bristol City has brought the focus to one man. Lee Johnson ? No, absolutely not, he is the pawn in what was clearly a pre arranged plan to allow Mr Lansdown to finally get his way. On any footballing level, Lee J should never have been appointed, and since then, all of the reason for not appointing him, have become clear and evident in the most brutal way. He has not got a clue what he is doing. Any other club would have fired him, and not one club in the Championship would have a coach trio of Johnson, Mcallister and Holden. None. So why have we got this situation ? Why have we got a blatantly incompetent coach, with the worst losing record in our history with the greatest transfer budget ever and 19 new players still sat smugly in a job? The answer lies with the owner. From his interviews he has always wanted to be close, go into the changing rooms, be involved , and be part of the system. As well he might, as he would argue, having thrown millions at the club. He has alledgedly wanted compliant managers and wanted people do do his thing. But the appointment of LJ has taken this to new levels. He himself talks of debriefing with the manager after games and offering advice. Is the only reason LJ is in a job is because it allows Mr Lansdown to play out some middle aged fantasy of being a football manager. It's not new is it ? How many owners have done it, played at it ? Numerous. They cannot help themselves. The passion and desire takes over, and they feel they know better and can do better. Numerous people have left BCFC, but few talk, you don’t want to ruin your name in the game, or you are bound by a confidentiality order with your pay off. Mr Lansdown said the one thing he dislikes about football compared to business is confidentiality. Of course, because he wants to carry on with his game and he does not want the fans of the club to know about it. There have been a few occasions over the last months when people have given accounts of what is going on at AG, but unless you hear that first hand you are reluctant to put it out and it needs to go on record. It goes beyond gossip though, goes beyond tittle tattle and forum chat , it is serious, and whilst we battle relegation, it is hardly supportive to put out anything that could be described as destabilising, not least when you know Mr Ashton will try and use legal means to stop it ( as he did at Watford). But it is the sort of thing that would interest newspapers, the media, not just fans, because what has been happening at BCFC is a form scandal. Not a financial one, not illegal, no one is going to prison, but before fans keep thinking that Mr Lansdown is the savour of this club, you should think about other clubs that have survived worse and start to consider than instead of the saviour, Mr Lansdown is in fact the problem. There is no footballing or business reason Lee Johnson is in a job, not one club in England would still employ him, and now, probably few others ever will. So you have to ask why Mr Lansdown has behaved so irrationally, never explained any footballing reason, or logic for his choice. He cannot, because he is unable to admit, it is he who wants Lee Johnson as manager so he can continue his personal game. There is good reason why BCFC cannot employ top managers, it is because of the way the club is run. There is one common factor. Amongst all this, fans have now become conditioned to thinking that the only person in the world that will support BCFC is Mr Lansdown. Other clubs have shown that there are no lack of buyers of English football clubs. It is simply not true. Someone will replace him, one day they will. But to hear the moaning and complaints of fans, almost held under their breath these days, not transferred to a protest at games has been one of the most shocking aspects of this sorry charade. Our fans have lost their voice, and are now happy to be treated as fools and abject failure as if it is better than nothing. Sometimes you deserbve what you get, and at the moment that is true of BCFC fans. No longer is there a bite no longer is the passion there. We are as limp as a Lee Johnson press conference. It is time we got our voice back. The numbers who write on here are small compared to the fans at games, so you can understand why such forums are regarded as minority groups. If indeed people here are the minority, then forget all of this, and be happy for product that is offered. I rather think it is quite the opposite though, and the vast majority are arriving at the same conclusion. So stop worrying about lee Johnson, he is the least of your worries, the problem is at the top. Hero to zero and time he sold out.
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    With "supporters" like you, who needs rivals..?! You don't know how lucky we are. Or would you prefer the Venkeys/Wally/Vincent Tan etc..? I very much imagine that your late grandfather would have been over the moon at the thought of a genuine City fan, Bristolian Billionaire owner, who'd just spent £50million on rebuilding Ashton Gate and is always happy to support our managers with a seemingly open cheque book. Seriously, get a grip! Or start your own multi billion pound company and then show us all how much of a better job you can do.
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    I don't care about anyone's opinion on our manager and our season right now. That was the worst shambles I have seen since we had no choice but to field 16 year olds. We were awful for 45 minutes even Lee Johnson says so! We sold out the away end, were live all over the world, beamed back to Bristol for the supporters, who again were magnificent, and were served up that absolute trash! Managers fault, players fault, coaches fault, Ashtons fault and yes SL join the club. WTF was that???????? Can someone tell me? No I will tell everyone it was an Utter utter utter disgrace. You embarrassed yourselves, but worse you embarrassed the supporters who despite some of the crap written here have been top draw at every game. Today the club players staff and everyone should hang their heads in ******* shame Quite apart from being completely crap we gifted two goals Joe Bryan wtf were you doing for the first, but the second it was like we decided to take one of those statue selfies in our own box....STEP FORWARD Frank Fielding....You are the only man at BCFC tonight that deserves any praise, magnificent saves keeping a ******* rabble in the game! And breath out!
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    Since our upturn in form I've been going on other forums to see what they have to say about us beating them. Not on about what they have to say.....but this must be the best arranged, accessible and easy to read forum in this division, well done
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    This was a monumentally bad performance on a day that was all about the managers - given that this was a game where both clubs had two weeks to prepare and so their respective managers had every opportunity to study and conceive a ‘set piece’ performance designed to beat their opponents. But in a proverbial battle of wits, we turned up unarmed. We now know (as if it were a surprise) that Lee Johnson wouldn’t win a tactical battle with an empty can of Fanta. The first half today, as well as being amongst the most anonymous from our team since the depths of January, was as comprehensive tactical victory as you will see. Brentford’s manager must have felt like he was pushing against an open door. It was unquestionable to me that he had watched us and knew our flaws. Keep the ball, use the full width of the pitch, target our full backs, pass and move in the knowledge we won’t press and we won’t tackle up the pitch and will stand yards off and invite the cross. Do so also knowing we will quickly get demoralised and sit deeper and start hitting long balls. This is what happens when a halfway competent manager actually studies an opponent and sees what to punish. The way Brentford went about punishing us was quality - passing and switching play, committing players forward onto knock downs. We got off lightly to be just two down at half time. At times they were queuing up to shoot, it was Brentford vs Frankie. It was obvious within 5 minutes of the start that this was a match only one team prepared for. Whereas Brentford had a plan and set about executing it, we offered nothing in midfield and our only threat was two breaks by Joe Bryan with few options - there was so little in front of him. It wasn’t the shape from Huddersfield, Tomlin was far deeper, not playing off Tammy. With Brentford’s first attack they had the time and space to setup a knock down and shot that Fielding had to beat away. The half would continue in broadly the same one-sided way - passing easily through us and creating the space to test Fielding repeatedly. Time and again they would target our full backs and Joe Bryan in particular was simply miles off their winger. We were sluggish and statuesque. It was honestly like watching 2 teams playing at different speeds. This had already been well evident before it gifted them their opener as they lifted a second ball over a flat, static City line to setup an easy chance (to howls of derision from City fans behind the goal who could see Brentford movement far more quickly our players would). The second came soon after, a spot of pinball and close range finish but again the result of Brentford being able to knock the ball about at will without City players getting close to it. It was total one way traffic. Joe Bryan was beaten repeatedly and our central midfield was non existent. The crosses rained in and Brentford always had a spare man over to take the shot. The only surprise at half time was that we weren’t further behind. It is no exaggeration to say that Brentford were quite simply teeing off on us - they knew how to exploit our weaknesses and kept on doing it. Lee Johnson argued with Tomlin about his positioning - and it’s true he was far too deep and wasteful - but in truth none of the players knew what they were doing. The second half continued the same with shots flying in at Fielding - the poor guy must have wondered where his defence was - while our shape got progressively worse as Cotterill and O’Dowda drifted to control Brentford’s movement. One early Bryan cross did let Tammy head onto the post, and Cotterill knocked in two dangerous crosses, but it was against play. Whether it was just Brentford sitting back deciding to hold what they had, but we only got going after our subs for a final 20 minutes, with our abysmal central midfield removed. Bobby Reid, and particularly Hegeler offered something we hadn’t seen yet, players actually playing with their heads up and seeing where the space to run or pass was. We started to build. In the end we could still have nicked something from the game - though scarcely deserved. Hegeler was a class above what we’d been doing all game and was taking on opponents (compare to Tomlin, by now virtually anonymous brooding deep in midfield). Several times he beat players and had the likes of Reid, Taylor and even Korey Smith streaming forward. Reid hit the outside of the post from a well worked move, and then unforgivably Taylor - who looked off the pace and rusty of touch - missed a sitter after Tammy did brilliantly to take on the defence and square the ball unselfishly. But that was it, and we finished with Joe Bryan - among our worst - miscuing one ball out for a throw in and lifting a cross into the stand. This was a shocking performance. It was replete with many of the worst aspects of the past 5 months. That it came on the heels of a mini unbeaten run and big win last time out, says more about incompetence of the manager than losing 8 in a row does. It was a well prepared game you couldn’t possibly screw up this badly unless something is very rotten at City. It’s not hard to see what it is. Fielding 7 Embarrassingly overworked. Smith 6 Works his proverbials off, says a lot about how abjectly we’ve invested in full back that this is the best we’ve got. Bryan 4 Not a left back not a left back not a left back not a left back. Miles off their winger. Hit and miss going forward. Flint 5 Not quick enough - battled in the second half but badly exposed in the first. Wright 5 Sluggish and also slow to react. O’Neil 4 Never got in the game. Pack 4 Barely got in the game. Cotterill 5 Our shape fell to pieces which limited him, but unlucky to be subbed when he is probably our best crosser of the ball. Not surprised he reacted badly to being taken off. O’Dowda 6 Also limited by the complete collapse of our midfield and disappearance of Tomlin. Had to drop back to stem the tide in midfield. Didn’t really get the chance to go at them. Tomlin 4 I’ve been told I’m too negative about the guy. I like him. He’s a flare player. Against Huddersfield he played off Tammy just like he used to with Kodjia and he looked great. What the hell was that today? Didn’t look interested and got deeper and more anonymous the more the game went on. Abraham 6 First half was like the worst of winter - punting long balls to the poor guy on his own. In the end he had to start creating openings, which he did, but it’s getting to the point where he looks like a good player wasting his time in a poor poor team. Subs: Taylor 4 Had the appearance of a League one footballer who hadn’t played for a month. Which is exactly what he is. Reid 6 Looked bright and intelligent when he came on, offered a link up to attack which Tomlin failed to provide. Whether he could do so over 90 minutes remains to be seen. Hegeler 7 Played with far more poise and belief than any of the rest of them. Perhaps it was just the luxury of playing against a team who had largely done their job, but he took the game to Brentford far more than anyone else did.
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    Apparently it's awful from pretty much anywhere in the ground this season. Why not take her camping? We have some lovely tents available in Horfield.
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    Apologies if this post is too long to read in one go, on mobiles, smart phones etc. I just thought it might be helpful to actually see the interview in full rather than people just picking out quotes out of context and then repeating them again and again, so that his words are misinterpreted, taken out of context and then regurgitated as fact to be used as ammunition against him. Personally, I believe that Steve Lansdown only has the best interests of the club at heart. I fear for us if we drive him out of the club. Whether or not retaining Lee Johnson is the right decision, after listening to his interview on Radio Bristol, you can't be in any doubt that SL isn't genuinely doing what he feels is right for Bristol City football club, whether or not we agree with all of his decisions. Not many owners would give such an in-depth interview to the local media at such a time and face up to the criticism flying his way, and he deserves great credit for not shirking any of the questions fired at him today. Let's hope we see more of the Wolves and Huddersfield type performances in the next few games. There will be plenty of time to pick apart the season later once championship status has been assured.
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    This is no longer Johnson's fault. Steve lansdown is firmly to blame
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    Freeman deserves a superb reception, rapturous applause - the guy played a major part in the only City team to win a division since 1955 - how anyone can think he deserves anything but a good reception is way beyond me....
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    We all saw that yesterday. I would have been apoplectic if I had been you! I watched the 16 year olds in 82 fight for everything and yesterday I watched abject failure. I'm sure you noticed? Your manager is completely out of his depth! Your team were simply awful except for the goalkeeper! Your money has clearly been wasted, until this manager resigns or you send him On gardening leave! This farce has got to end soon. How are season ticket sales going? Sales around the club shop or in the ground? Not good I suspect. There is one place where sales are going well, that is for 1000s of supporters to follow that utter rubbish away from home. The support for you and your choice of head coach has been immense and yet you make statements about the support needing to get behind the team. They have to give us something too it's symbiotic. Yesterday we got nothing from the players and the club, nothing! As you felt it necessary to fire the only man within the club that had a clue, nice job there, we are now in a huge bind that you have deliberately put us in. The vast majority of supporters are behind you, but many won't comment for fear you may take your ball back, however these are the same people who come and don't let you down. You are let down by your hand picked men. LJ has no credibility left in football neither does Mark Ashton who I am sure can persude some other club to employ him even after this It may be past the point of no return, hey maybe LJ can find three teams worse than the one you all created, but good luck rebuilding the bridges you and your team of club officials have burned
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    I'm beginning to understand why people from the club, police whatever don't come on here to respond to anything. We constantly grumble that they don't, then when they do they are given such a hard time I bet they wish they'd never bothered.
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    I'd hope he gets a good reception, did nothing wrong here just was unfortunate to find himself being managed by LJ
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    Sack him due to 'differences in views on academy football'. Ends up at a Premier League academy less than a year later. That just about sums up this club at the minute.
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    Just needed a goal for a perfect performance, thought he was outstanding today.
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    With the greatest respect to @glos old boy 's post asking everyone in a thread to respond by saying 'OUT' if you want LJ gone, it's not going to have the required impact. Now is surely the time for our fan base to GET ORGANISED and stop this madness. STARTING SATURDAY I am horrified to hear that what sounds like a majority of the fans at Deepdale last night actually clapped the players off?! Sorry, but we are complicit in this apathy and if we want change we have to do something tangible! The apathy shown in and around the stadiums at the moment reminds me of the attitude of Roverzzz supporters who accepted being lied to and bent over and shafted for years under Dunford/Higgs. We always have been and always will be better than that! So what can we do? I understand hundreds of supporters have written/emailed the club and these comments have simply been ignored, so we need another plan. We need recognition in the local and national press that we have an owner acting against the best interests of the club and who is ignoring the views of the vast majority of the fan base. How do we do this? We need a visual and vocal presence at all games, starting Saturday, that says to everyone involved in the club that the actions of SL are irresponsible and against the best interests of the club and that LJ is a fraud! banners held at all entrances into AG? Organised meet before the game in one area at say 1.30pm? Let local/national media etc know. It's with great regret that it's come to this but I feel we can't stand by and watch the custodian of our club willfully ignore the will of the supporters anymore.
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    You missed our owner sacking one of the most successful managers in our history following a difficult period caused in no small part by said owners failure to support him in identified targets needed to strengthen us in a higher division. Followed by said owner replacing successful manager with a divisive figure with a win rate of 35% in League One, backing him with sums of money denied to previous successful manager, and continued support by said owner for manager with zero man management or leadership qualities, during a period incidentally which saw crap manager take the Bristol City record for consecutive losses. That's what you missed.
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    If you're "stunned, absolutely stunned", by the possibility that a football manager may pick one player instead of another, in case a third player is injured; it's difficult to understand how you cope with life and its vicissitudes on a daily basis.
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    Haven`t seen a topic on here yet but think the boy deserves his own thread. For a player who`s been out for so long to come in and put in a performance like he did today was incredible. MOM for me by a country mile. Well played Jamie, keep it up.
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    Bat, you are more than welcome to continue to get on all fours and bite the pillow. You are exactly the kind of supporter that SL wants AG populated with. Those who will be there come rain or shine, will clap politely and not question the decisions or motives of those in charge. An increasing number of supporters of our great club aren't willing to accept failure however, and would prefer to challenge the custodians of our club and understand their motives and plan going forward to address the aforementioned failures - significant failures. I trust Geoff Twentyman will fire straight into SL tomorrow with some uncomfortable questions and I'm looking forward to hearing how SL if going to worm out of it this time to try and keep an increasingly angry and disenfranchised fan base on side.
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    He's had about 20 last chance games. He isn't going anywhere more's the pity.
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    Not just for all five goals conceded last night, including the 3 where he was not on the pitch. I also hope he accepts he was at fault in the Suez Crisis, the Panama Affair, the dot-com bubble and the financial crash. Who knows what other damage this man has done whilst seemingly being in a position where they were not able to influence events?
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    Think he's only just got full fitness / confidence in his shoulder Never lacked effort
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    As a Swindon supporter for many years I would like to say well done to Bristol City for turning things around when it seemed a few weeks ago you were going down it's a shame that we never had your fight and a decent chairman who puts his money where his mouth his. Sadly it could be years before we play each other in the league and although we're not your main rival I've always enjoyed the games either at Ashton Gate or the county ground as there's always been a little edge which without doubt many decent fans will miss
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    How amazing is our April signing Mark Little!? Superb player and key to our home resurgence. So glad we signed him! :-)
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    What other Championship club with Premiership ambition would have a management team with the playing and managerial experience of: Johnson - played for whatever team his dad happened to be manager of and Kilmarnock; 36% managerial win rate in 3rd division McAllister - I like "Macca", a lot, but us, Yeovil and Exeter; only recently got his coaching badges I believe, but he is mates with Johnson Holden - played for most of the northern 3rd and 4th division teams; 20% managerial win rate at Oldham, but he is mates with Johnson In all seriousness, just what other club would entertain this farce?
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    There isn't any significance to the Wolves game. Johnson is going nowhere. It should be clear to everyone by now that he has long since been assured of his future by Steve Lansdown come what may, this may seem highly unusual and exasperating to the rest of us, but it's abundantly obvious there is some hidden commitment to him that remains unchallenged. There is a guarantee that whatever happens, he will not be accountable nor will he lose his employment. You can see it in the vacuousness of his comments (down play everything), the apparent normality with which he treats the situation (convinced that his normal schedule will continue), and why it is he never sounds like a man who fears for his job (just think of all those experienced managers down the years who looked downbeat and resigned to their fate after just quarter of what LJ has survived. You know the type, staring at the floor "you'll have to ask the board" etc). The body language is all wrong. Johnson never sounds beaten, don't tell me it is because he is mentally stronger, you know he isn't, he's a rookie and not really your bloody minded leader type. It's because he simply knows his job is not at risk. You could also see it in the clear irritation Lansdown addressed the subject two (!) months ago. Some interpreted it as 'final chance' anger, I saw it differently - annoyance at having to even deal with a non-negotiable subject for him. Everyone will have a theory on why such an unbreakable commitment exists (and I'm not at all comfortable with some of the more logical reasons) but I suggest people start to deal with this as there is no point OTIB descending into torrents of one line abuse. Shouting and screaming about Johnson isn't going to change anything (if I'm right, it's likely to do the opposite - make them more defiant), we need to think rationally about the motives of the club and address those. By the way, for what it's worth, whatever the reason there might be for stubbornly protecting Johnson as manager at all costs (and I don't buy the idea it's a manager vs players struggle - he has bought many of the players, they all joined the club open-mindedly, he's tried all of them, and now none are responding to him), the logic for any guarantee has been poorly thought out. It just sets off a chain of complacency that now runs through the club, manager, playing staff. Winning isn't the most sacred thing in our strategy. That is very dangerous territory. Hell, even as supporters the complacency is real. The reason many people applauded players at Preston, is not because they're stupid, but because there is no accountability for results now, all that is left is to show some gratitude for them turning up. It's black humour. Bigger picture, we're being made tolerant and compliant, once we've learned not to get our way, we'll never get our way. I guess what I'm saying, is stop getting an aneurism hating Johnson, who is short term the problem but long term the symptom of a much bigger problem, and start getting to the bottom of what the club's actual strategy is, why it is so imperative to maintain this structure. Sorry to say, but the kind of things proposed in @Kid in the Riot's thread, feel like precisely the sort of things that will end up demonstrating how complacent and compliant so many have been made by this. Football clubs only exist for one reason. Don't lose your voice.
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    Quite liked the 8 yr old who'd supported City for 10 yrs as well.
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    Thought he had a good game and was involved in patersons goal. Chased every lost course. Wolves defenders were rushed when he was on the park.when he went off wolves had more time on the ball. So felt he put in a good shift
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    Be careful what you wish for! Steve saved and rebuilt the whole club and set up the infrastructure to help secure our future. His project is still (roughly) on track and he has the financial muscle to shrug off temporary problems. Unlike many on here - he can count!!
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    Worthy of a separate thread here... Geoff; you're a great bloke - asked SL the questions we'd be wanting to ask him and not accepting SL's physcobabble / sound bites... Geoff, you've gone higher up in my estimation whereas SL has gone further down... Essential istening to that interview -says all what's wrong with our club...
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    We are lucky to have him
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    I wish people would stop comparing the LJ situation to Brian Tinnion's. When Tinnion lost to Swansea he sat in that dugout and looked like a broken man. He loved City and it showed in that photograph that failing hurt hard. Does anyone get the impression, especially after yet another garbage post match interview that LJ will ever feel like that. Tinnion had some class and dignity.
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    He's tried it all mate. He's tried every formation, every player, every substitution, two new assistant managers - everything. But everything he tries doesn't work because he is fuxking useless. You could give him Chelsea's squad and he would piss about with the tactics, formations and line ups, annoy the majority of the squad and end up turning them into relegation candidates. Promise you, the longer he stays the further we will fall.
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    Maybe we can organise a lap of honour for you at the final game?
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    We really do need a 'Dislike this' button
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    I am, for this season anyway, and I haven't renewed. I'm unhappy with how WE've been treated. I'm unhappy with our club at the moment, most certainly not just the happenings of the on pitch scenario. I'm taking a break for now, which is easier done when we've been playing poorly. I'll be back, of course, I still go on OTIB a dozen times a day & do everything I did before. I just, genuinely, do not want to be at Ashton Gate right now. I'm not a 'hater' and not a 'glory hunter', I'm 'CTID' but that doesn't mean I have to follow the 'super fans' does it? Each to their own I guess.
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    No. Some City players retained possession instead of hoofing the ball forward hopefully and giving it away. Months of begging the team to play more football and thats the response when they do. ******* brilliant!
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    Many slag it off, but I see nothing wrong with option 2 (i.e. The original set up). Cleary the new way piloted this year was utter mince, but what's wrong with those league sides below championship level getting a dedicated cup? Might be on my own, but have enjoyed our runs in the competition (sometimes it was the only good thing about being stuck in League One), and if it doesn't cause financial harm, I see no problem with it. Just sack off the faux champions league format with groups and all that; knock out from round one.
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    So, the taxpayer practically paid for West Ham to move to the Olympic Stadium and all along they have been shafting HMRC......... Rangers were demoted several divisions for similar indiscretions, maybe West Ham should be punished similarly and be made to swap places with Leyton Orient!
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    How exactly have WE been treated? Board keep faith and support a manager through a sticky patch, and all of a sudden the entire club is the antichrist?
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    Yes I have had this email and here is my reply to the online "customer feedback" questionnaire which can be completed, which includes the question "Reason you have not renewed": Yes. Performances and entertainment this season have been awful, not just the league position. I think it is an insult to supporters who have had season tickets for many seasons, to not allow them to make their minds up at the end of the season, other wise they lose their seats. Existing season ticket holders could have been given the opportunity to move to currently vacant seats, but to offer seats of those who have not renewed, before the current season has even ended, is extremely poor form. You did the same last season, and most people put up with it. There is a mood now that the fans do not have to be treated with such contempt. I will not renew if at all, until I know who the manager is next season. It is interesting that under your headings of reason for non renewal, you have not included "Manager", when you will have seen all over social media that is the reason why many will not renew. I would suggest that if you wanted a true reflection of the reasons why thousands have chosen not to renew, this factor should have been included. Maybe you do not want this strength of feeling to be measured. Many others will not renew until it is not known what division we will be in. Many will not be renewing no matter what. This is not unreasonable.
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    You're missing the fact that our one season in ten, I've seen eight in sixty seven years following City, when we have a promotion is always followed by nine years of either mid table mediocrity in the third tier or struggling at the bottom of tier two. The big difference that you and many others don't seem to understand, is that this year we have a brand new 27,00 stadium, have spent around £15 million on about twenty new players, mostly "for the future",yet we have a completely useless Head Coach who couldn't win the raffle if he had the only ticket in the bag. And on Saturday we were totally outclassed by a team that is a suburb of London and who had a magnificent attendance of 9,750 when the City's away fans are removed from the total. One day Reddogkev, you may be able to understand why so many of us are so pissed off.
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    Not my favourite but praise where praise is due, I thought he played well today.