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  1. 85 points
    Let's just get this out the way from the get go. That was ridiculously easy. The score flatters Ipswich. This team is the real deal and that result was either evidence that we are in the right sort of position or that Ipswich are in the wrong position. This was my fifth trip to Ipswich (lovely place) and my first win. And it wasn't even close. We just abused them. The first half was a 3 or 4 goal difference in terms of performance. Reid was put through and hit the cross bar and their goal was easily avoidable. Most exciting for me was that it was Diedhiou's best game in a City shirt. He is really growing into the role and for most of the game he won everything and defenders didn't get near him. Johnson and Co are spot on he is the perfect foil for the pacey wide players. Our passing was fast and confident and we went at them every time we could. Bobby Reid is obscenely talented and glided past defenders. When they got the ball they were clearly a sharp passing side but the players themselves didn't move and were easily disrupted. In the first minute Diedhiou won a ball in our own half, shifted past midfielders and broke. Paterson charged forward and took over, running at the defence before cutting it back into the middle. Brownhill took aim and it bounced past the keeper. It was one way traffic and in the next 15 minutes Diedhiou would go clear but hesitate and be tackled on the edge of the box, while a well worked move would slip Reid inside the defence just eight yards out, but his snap shot crashed back off the crossbar. Diedhiou was causing all sorts of problems but it was Bobby Reid as per who was the class act on pitch, controlling or winning balls he had no right to get near, beating his opposite numbers so frequently on 50-50s that they'll probably be waking up this weekend seeing dreadlocks. And of course it was Reid that made the second. He won another 50-50 ball on the halfway line in front of the benches, casually shifted past his opponent, released Paterson whose cross found Famara rising highest to glance it past the keeper. Delirium. Ipswich probed but it was chalk and cheese. City pace and endeavour. Ipswich nothing balls in front of our defence. Garner would instead try to neuter Flint off the ball with a kick while on the ground, before they pulled one back against the run of play. They dropped a ball into the left of our box. Brownhill like the terrier he is knocked it clear of the forward player but our defenders held their line and didn't attack the loose ball and another Ipswich player ran onto it and crossed to the middle for Waghorn to crash it under the bar. Largely undeserved. Second half we shut up shot and it was a bit of a non entity apart from a few long range shots at Frankie and Flint reacting first at a corner and smacking a decent shot just over the bar. Meanwhile at the back City were as comfortable as you'll see away from home but we saw the same second half last week at Norwich too. This is a really good team. Ipswich had made all their subs inside the hour such was the one sided nature to the game (Flint and Baker win literally everything) and O'Dowda, a constant threat, was put clear but hesitated and had the ball stolen when he tried to get a shot away for that illusive first goal. It felt like the game was drifting out to an easy 2-1 win, but to make sure the away crowd left as noisily as they arrived, Johnson threw on Leko and his trickery immediately caused problems and won a corner. Reid, the class act on the pitch, met the ball just outside the box and his shot deflected wildly past the keeper. The score was no more than we deserved. The Ipswich fans were already drifting out in their numbers, probably moaning away in that fake-Cockney accent that makes them so distinctive and different from the country drawl of Norwich. 3-1 but to my eyes a better performance than the 4-0 at Fulham last season simply because the team looked so comfortable in all positions and dominated their opponents far more in the general play to the extent that the second half was largely a non event. I was not a fan of Johnson and with good reason last season but this campaign he has them playing with energy, confidence and no shortage of talent. Diedhiou is growing into leading the line and Reid is the best player in the division by some distance. Fielding 7 Wright 7 Bryan 7 Baker 7 Flint 7 Smith 7 Brownhill 8 Paterson 7 (Eliasson 6) O'Dowda 7 (Leko 7) Reid 9 (Taylor 6) Diedhiou 8
  2. 71 points
  3. 71 points
    Last season it became a bit of a cliché how my reports foretold the quality of the team even if the initial results were misleading. To be honest I found it all a bit embarrassing, in the words of Roy Walker it's not hard to say what you see and I didn't think I had any particular insight, it shouldn't be a surprise that the way the team play is most indicative of standards and progress. This season we have already been (Brentford aside) significantly better than I can remember at this level and Lee Johnson has gone a long way to redeeming himself. But you always need a selection of winnable/losable games to form clearer judgement and today delivered another lesson in how far we have progressed. Today after a first half Norwich shaded we had a) a perfect half time adjustment from our manager and b) an absolutely dominant second half display to run the game and offer only one winner. In our recent run we've had some impressive performances but I actually take even more faith from seeing the team look so comfortable in taking control of a knife edge match and winning everything in defence and in midfield. People usually do that to us. The first half was very even, if anything we got away with poor finishing from Norwich who got wide and broke quickly, setting up several clear chances in front of goal that Norwich wasted. In fact you could say they did a number on us as they stopped us pressing by committing players wide and looking to break quickly, so limiting us getting any sustained pressure at the other end, where Diedhiou and Reid looked more isolated than they have been. The prime culprit in this was Leko who has looked sensational the past two games but was completely taken out of today's match. They made sure their full back was pushed up on him and their winger was further forward and Leko did not know where to play - there was no hole and they closed him down quickly if the ball got near him. He suddenly looked just the 18 year old he is and wasn't able to get on the ball or stop them playing through him. While largely an even half, Norwich created all the clear chances on the break while we played short passing through the middle as per usual but were limited only to a Brownhill shot from distance, not getting behind them and only having square balls outside the box to shoot from. Norwich skewed two clear chances wide but the other feature of their forward play was their young number 11 tumbling theatrically a couple of times. The ref didn't book him but then he didn't book anyone until the 90th minute in an excellent free flowing officiating performance. The feature of the game for me was the comprehensive number Lee Johnson did to take control of the game at half time. It's no secret that I didn't believe in much of what he did last season but I've given him praise for a very different style of football and energy this season (Brentford aside) and today he has further cemented for me that he now knows how the team should play and what to do to adjust. Taking Leko off was obvious but he got O'Dowda on hugging the wing and giving us the outlets to push them back and then press. Later he'd also rightly identify that Diedhiou, despite winning a lot of headers, was not getting behind the defence nor contributing to the slick forward interplay we so exploit these days, and introduced Taylor, which increased our ability to run in behind them and spread the defence. There was only one team controlling the game second half, Smith and Brownhill in particular absolutely ran midfield, our centre backs cleared up anything fired forward, the home team looked exactly like those familiar City sides at home that totally run out of ideas. Brownhill and O'Dowda both had chances from outside the box as we continued to pick out shooting opportunities around the box, before our first really quick passing move saw O'Dowda thread Paterson in and he lifted a dipping shot - out best of the game - that the keeper had to tip over in mid air. Any response from Norwich was eaten up quickly by Smith and Brownhill in midfield who by now looked to be in full control. Reid had a shot cut out, Bryan was put clear on the left and fired way over, before yet another attempt to play in the late running man outside the box saw the ball squared to Korey on the edge of the box with the goal fairly open, but his first time shot was loose and high when a more accomplished finisher would have drilled home. In all this time Norwich had threatened very little such was our complete control of the midfield and our back line. The last five minutes was uncharacteristically scrappy. Keith Stroud was the best referee I've seen in a while with the amount of common sense he used to just let the players play, but he started to call out shoulder barges and other physicality and in the end Norwich got a couple of set pieces to boot the ball into the box from which they had a couple of good chances, one that we desperately cut out, another that they hammered over. It would have been a travesty as Johnson had absolutely run the second half with his changes, and in the end this was a goalless draw that like many of the away games last season had a performance that said more about the team and the manager than the result would. We rode our luck and looked second best in the first half but we adjusted perfectly at half time and it's a long long time since I've seen City look so comfortable for an entire half of football away at a decent team. Ladies and gentlemen this City squad is the real deal and it's manager is making me a believer. The football is a country mile better than last season, we are not scared to pass the football forward where last season we would panic and pass backwards and unlike Tammy we have willing runners across the front to build and press with. But the real difference for me is we finally do not look like conceding and have a set of central defenders who will kick, head or harass anything that comes near them. We haven't looked this solid at Championship level for years. Finally Brownhill, I watched him for some of the second half as I was trying to understand how we were winning midfield so easily. If you drew the pitch as three thirds, he covered every blade of the middle one back and forth, he was pushed up behind the strikers as we broke and an absolute terrier when we were without the ball. Norwich were thoroughly harassed by him. He's still young and he is going to be quite a player. Fielding 7 Flint 7 Baker 8 Wright 8 Bryan 7 Leko 4 (O'Dowda 7) Smith 6 Brownhill 9 Paterson 7 (Pack 6) Reid 7 Diedhiou 6 (Taylor 7)
  4. 56 points
  5. 56 points
    Nothing to say but congratulations. Only listened to it on the radio - proper oldschool I am, but it's obvious the best team won. Best wishes for the rest of the tournament. Hope the draw is kind to you. Gutted!
  6. 53 points
    You can get 25/1 on England to win the World Cup. For people that don't understand betting, that basically means that if you put £10 on England to win the World Cup, then you lose £10.
  7. 49 points
    Just a helpful pointer for those who haven't had to study legal Latin: Actues Reus is the criminal deed (punching, glassing, stabbing etc.) Mens Rea is the criminal thought (wanting to cause bodily injury). Chris Rea is driving home for Christmas (unlike Rooney, possibly).
  8. 47 points
    You on here when GJ was in charge?
  9. 45 points
    Even as a fan of Johnson's; I feel these type of threads that have been springing up are a bit hasty. Yes - there's a clear improvement in our recent form. The squad looks great, we're playing well and everything seems to be ticking along quite nicely. It is only September though - plenty of time for things to go horribly wrong. I would suggest we enjoy the moment and hope it continues. I'm enjoying this season so far.
  10. 44 points
    Noted. It was set to 50% today which is standard for evening games. I agree there were times it was v bright. This will be reduced at next evening game accordingly
  11. 43 points
    I agree. We're not good enough at breaking down teams who sit in. But don't forget how far we have come, we're not the finished article, and I'll be surprised if we are still sitting in playoffs come the end of the season. But if there was ever a sign of how far we have come, it's teams coming to AG and refusing to play and going home delighted with a point. As much as it is frustrating to watch, take it as a compliment. I don't think we are ready for a play off/ promotion push? We're a good team, no doubt, but still have a bit of building to do. I just hope fans don't forget last season, to where we appear to be now. It's a massive difference. We're 12 unbeaten and 3rd in the table, but after last night, people were moaning like ****. Last time out at Ipswich, Diedhiou was class, but after last night "he's shit". Just calm down and see the bigger picture. Yes last night was frustrating, but we are 12 unbeaten, we are 3rd in the table. And after last season, I'm delighted at where we are. Onto Leeds, Up the City x
  12. 40 points
    It's great reading all the positivity at the moment. Not just from posters who last season wanted LJ to succeed but even those who it seemed like there was nothing he could do to win them round. I think we can all agree that there is pretty much no one who could have argued with him being sacked at a number of times last season (I know there were times that I thought 'He's gonna have to go for things to improve' even though I didn't really want him to) which makes Lansdown's loyalty to him even more incredible. He truly believed in his man and that sure is bearing fruit now. Many would have caved into the calls to sack him but he stood firm and must feel so so happy he did at the moment. It's too early to get carried away but I completely agree with the sentiments in @Port Said Red 's thread that this just feels different than last season's start. We seemed to be in a false position last with performances not really mirroring results but this year we are fully deserving of our results and I feel quite confident now of at least a top half finish. Great decision SL. He deserves so much credit for sticking to his guns. We are extremely lucky to have an owner like him compared to some of the car crash clubs out there.
  13. 40 points
    I'm pretty sure they will but I hope Aaron Wilbraham and Mark Little get a huge reception prior to tonight's match. They were both instrumental in a City Team that have given my some of my fondest memories in watching City for nigh on 40 yrs I know Mark little wasn't universally popular with everyone but for me he was always gave 100% whenever he pulled on the shirt and was one of the instrumentals playing in that formation that helped us romped the league. The injury he sustained to his shoulder was very close to being career threatening and I know personally that he spent many a long lonely hour in the gym to get back to full fitness As for Wilbraham then boy what a professional. When he was signed I have to admit I looked at his goalscoring record and was underwhelmed but he had one of the best seasons of his career and was blinding during our promotion year. More so I think he had an amazing effect on a lot of the young players that we have. He was the consummate professional and I think during an interview last year he mentioned during pre-season training that it was his 21st season preparing for professional football. He looked after himself immaculately with his yoga and also the way he conducted himself around the club and off of the pitch and I think he was a good confidant for the young players. I hope they both finish up on the losing side this evening but wish them the very best for the rest of the season and beyond Thanks guys
  14. 39 points
    Just think how far we have come, we are playing one of the least attractive teams in the division, a team we have played regularly in the last few seasons, it is midweek, Champions league on the box, only 300 away fans and yet we should have 18,000 plus. Just a few years ago that would have been about our biggest crowd of the season. I think the growth in support has been excellent when you consider we have waited 37 years for top flight football.
  15. 38 points
    Here is a joke one that I made https://instaud.io/1iNY The whole of Mikes call https://instaud.io/1iO0 And another one with Holloway's 1990 speech at the end....makes more sense now than it did back then. https://instaud.io/1iO2 You can download and enjoy.... Will try and find a way to get the whole shows uploaded. I might have to break them down when I have a bit more time, either later this evening or tomorrow. And a bonus video..... http://sendvid.com/l6789ifk My gift from the gift that keeps on giving......
  16. 38 points
    good pro, was good for England and always played with a smile on his face and fairly (for the most part) worthy of a clap imo
  17. 38 points
    The crowd last night of 13,826 was very good. There was 6,600 at Palace v Huddersfield, an all-Premier League tie. 11,000 at Villa v Boro 11,800 at Burnley v Leeds 8,700 at Reading v Swansea etc etc
  18. 38 points
    Probably didn't understand the question.
  19. 34 points
    I have to say I am full of respect for the way this guy has played since he got here. No fuss, no bother and most of all no settling in period. I realise he has been here before, but that was a different time and under different coaching, so it doesn't really change my opinion. It doesn't seem to matter to him who he plays alongside either. Starting with Bailey Wright he took more of a first ball role, and now paired up with Aden Flint he has switched to the covering position. I don't get the impression that he is "Mr Bristol City" by any stretch of the imagination, but he's clearly a professional doing a very good job, let's not take him for granted.
  20. 32 points
    One 0-0 draw and all of a sudden we need to change the front two who are 2 of the top 5 scorers in the league so far this season...Taylor is a useful player but not prolific at this level thus far..12 games unbeaten why change the personnel...glad you are not a manager
  21. 32 points
    Bring it back without the ******* PL kids involved. Spits on lower league teams with proud histories.
  22. 32 points
    One norwegian and 27 swedes will be at the gate vs Leed. We are all Cityfans. Think it gonna be a good game with a big crowd and 2-1 City!!!
  23. 31 points
    I was with my parents in Germany, holidays. My father was from Kiel, a city in northern Germany. Bristol City played there in preseason. 3 july 1970 it was Holstein Kiel- Bristol City, 0-2, Garland scored both. I was 13 years old and played football all the time in Sweden. It was the first time I saw two foreign teams live. Since then City is my team. Met Gerry Gow a couple of years ago in Weymouth. He told me he was 17 and had his first contract with City. He told it was his first game, also my first game, life is funny sometimes. About 44-45 years later we meet eachother in Weymouth. I Liked Gerry Gow, top man. Ok thats my story, Always believe, COYR!!!
  24. 31 points
    It all started back in 2000. I'd finally managed to find enough time and money to be able to get my first Season Ticket. The 99-2000 season was not a great time to start though. It was the season after our relegation in embarrassing fashion after the John Ward / Benny fiasco. Halfway through the season the most unpopular City manager of all time, Clueless Pulis had walked out on us to join Pompy prompting a One Team cover that thanked all of the directors, players and supporters of Portsmouth Football club for taking him off our hands. For some reason our board decided to replace him with a scout (Tony Fawthrop) and the acadamy director (Dave Burnside) whose collective managerial experience at any level was zero. Scott Davidson our young chairman was running out of ideas and clearly starting to realise that he didn't have enough money to get City to where he wanted us to be and the whole mood around the club was as flat as pancake. Attendances had barely climbed above 10000 all season and to cap it all, we spent most of the season behind the sags in the table. There was however, a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to a 5-1 drubbing of Exeter in the Southern Area final first leg and the intervention of Peter Beadle's backside salvaging a 1-1 draw on a cold wet Tuesday night in Exeter, City were on their way to Wembley for what would be their first appearance there in over a decade and the last chance to see the old twin towers before their demolition at the end of that year. The Northern Area winners were Stoke City. A big club with a big following which would set up a great day out in London. There were signs however, that it was just not going to be our day. In February 2000 Stoke legend Sir Stanley Matthews had passed away and it was announced that this game would be dedicated to Sir Stanley and that the FA Cup hymn 'Abide with me' would be sung before kick off. City announced that we had lost the draw to wear our home shirts and therefore as the nominal 'away team' we would celebrate our trip to Wembley with a special shirt to mark the occasion. Bad omen number 2. I can almost hear the telephone call to our kit supplier. The one where the guy on the other end of the phone has to cover the mouth piece and tell his mate that he's finally managed to find somewhere to offload that kit that no one wants. So, for our big day out at Wembley, the mighty Reds would be wearing an horrendous gold shirt with a BLUE and WHITE stripe down the front. BLUE and WHITE? Seriously? I know, I know, City had a blue and white kit for the 1909 FA Cup Final but that was in pre gaseous days when the Eastville Squaters FC were still playing in a park somewhere with jumpers for goal posts. By the year 2000, the last thing any self respecting City fan wanted to see on a kit at Wembley was blue and white. With ticket sales totalling over 75000 the atmosphere on the day was set to be a cracker. As most people know, Stoke sing a song about some Welsh bloke who murders his wife with a knife for laughing at him. No, I don't get it either. So to ensure that every City fan would do his duty, the last issue of One Team had the words to Drink up thee Cider printed on it in the hope that we could all get beyond the bit where we are 'going down the rovers' and actually give the Stoke fans a run for their money in the song stakes. So come the big day and the stadium announcer says here's a song for the Stoke fans and 37000 voices sing Delilah in unison it was rather impressive. The stadium announcer then says 'here's a song for the City fans', I turn to my mate and say this is going to be good as I expect 37000 City fans to launch into the Cider song. Suddenly, from the Wembley PA System comes 'you're everywhere and nowhere baby.....' as Hi Ho Silver Lining plays. Cue 37000 City fans all looking at each other in confusion. The song falls flat with a half assed 'Hi Ho Bristol City' for the chorus. This day was not going well. And on to the match. In two previous attempts that season, City had not managed to beat Stoke. We'd drawn both games, 1-1 away thanks to a late goal from Brian Tinnion and 2-2 at home just a few weeks before the final thanks to a brace from Tony Thorpe. Stoke started the better of the two sides and went a goal up while City really struggled to find their feet. Moving into the second half, slowly City started to come back into the game and then, in the 74th minute the ball was hit across the Stoke goal and Paul Holland sprang like an arthritic salmon all of about 4 feet into the air and headed the ball home. 1-1 and at last things were going our way. But it wasn't to be. in the 82nd minute, Louis Carey gave away a free kick on the edge of our box. To this day I have no idea what his conversation with the referee was about. Maybe Lewis was trying to find out which idiot thought Hi Ho Silver lining was the appropriate song or maybe he just felt like having a nice chat with the ref but either way the Stoke player politely enquired of the ref that while he was having a chat to Louis would he mind very much if he got on with the free kick. The ref told him to carry on and a few seconds later the ball was in the back of the net. 2-1 Stoke and that's how it ended. To make matters worse, as the coaches left the stadium at the end of the game we found ourselves stuck in the inevitable traffic jam. Just then, passing us slowly in the outside lane a coach load of Stoke fans drew level with the windows of our coach. Insults were exchanged like two passing ships at the battle of Trafalgar. A broadside of middle fingers, bare arses and general abuse all directed from the Stoke coach as we were sat in our gloom after the days events. It was a long, long journey home. City ended the season in 9th place in the table, 2 places and 16 points behind the sags. Scott Davidson resigned as chairman the following year. Tony Fawthrop almost had the City managers job full time but it fell through and City would have to wait another 15 years to taste further success at Wembley. And to this day, I still don't like Stoke. Let's hope we can knock them out of the cup tonight. COYR.
  25. 31 points
    FF has been outstanding this season - as good as Bobby Reid His shirt unless he loses form
  26. 30 points
    This Forum is beginning to sound and behave using the tactics that Millwall fans used to employ. For those youngsters who started supporting after the hooligan era, I'll explain. One Millwall fan would assume the attire of a Rovers fan and then get into the Tote End. For about 20 minutes of the match he would act and pretend to be a Gashead. Then, out of the blue, they would start punching and hitting all those around them. The confusion this created made Gasheads start fighting other Gasheads in the ensuing mayhem. So, one solitary idiot caused a major upset. That is what is happening here on this Forum. I suspect a Sh1thead has probably infiltrated us and is constantly spreading stupid rumours about takeovers, the financial concerns about the Al Qadi family, their family rifts etc. etc. NONE of us has any real idea what happens behind the closed doors of a board meeting. Maybe someone connected to the directors is leaking little tit bits every now and then (as with WW2 espionage.....release a few truths to give it credibility and then add loads of lies that you want to spread) but why can't we all just get behind our team. We have probably the best manager in League 1 (and probably the Championship!) We have a team of players who want to play for the Blue and White Quarters and , thankfully, we have a huge following of true Blue fans who get behind the team every week. So, can the moaners and the lie mongerers just give it a rest. You are playing into the hands of the Teds, who know we are coming up on the outside and they are running so scared they will employ any tactic to try to drag us back. When I started viewing this Forum is was useful, interesting, funny and well, everything you want in a fans Forum. Now, however, I log in, see the usual boring (We're doomed!!') topics. The longest I've spent on this Forum recently is now, writing this. Come on, let's get back to issues that are true and positive. Don't give the Teds any ammo to stir things up.
  27. 30 points
    With Reid and Fam getting all the plaudits at the moment for their goal scoring, let's spare a moment for Jamie Paterson ladies and gentlemen...
  28. 30 points
    I'd like to be able to the reduced price for pensioners however, I'm just not old enough. What I'm trying to say is: "pay the 'kin ticket price which is appropriate for your age". By your own admission, you seldom put any money into the club's coffers SO DON'T DEPRIVE THE CLUB (AND THE REST OF US, WHO GO EVERY TO EVERY HOME MATCH) by trying to cheat the system.
  29. 29 points
    Reckon it's about time he had a thread better suited to him, now that it seems he has found his feet at the club. I love him, and love the way he plays the game. He has pure drive and determination; he celebrates a goal with a roar and tears around the pitch at times like a lion. I had the pleasure of being sat directly in front of his celebration for the goal against Derby and he won my heart with his display of passion. Hell, I was almost going to rush onto the pitch and beat my chest with him - though after reading the other thread, thank God I refrained! Long Live King Diedhou - just hope he can stay here for longer than one damned season!!!
  30. 28 points
    What an outstanding, remarkable turnaround we have shown, from a point where many/most people could see little/no light at the end of the tunnel. To only lose 3 games (in all competitions) in our last 23 matches is testiment to just how much hard work must have been going on behind the scenes during those tough times last season. It wont last forever. We know that! We've all seen false dawns. Too many. However, I'd go so far as to say that this is possibly the best squad & best set up, we have ever had here. Certainly in my 30 years of watching City. Long may the positives outweigh the negatives! P.S. Fix the bloody PA system!
  31. 27 points
    Turn the stand lights out during the game... Turn the advertising boards brightness down... Turn the pitch floodlights up... And improve the atmosphere as a result It would be lovely during an evening game to actually be able to see the players and the game...!
  32. 27 points
    What a great story about Julio Arca (Argentinian who used to play for Middlesbrough), retired through injury in 2015, went back to Argentina but missed the north east of England & told his wife he wanted to move back to the north east of England & started playing Sunday League football where he was paying £3 or £3.50 subs but would get 2 pints if he won ‘man of the match’, before joining South Shields & helping them to win the FA Vase at Wembley last season & he was so excited to of qualified to play at Wembley that he shed a few tears in the dressing room afterwards. And he loves being able to have a drink with the supporters in the club house after the games. Just how many ex-Premier League players would be willing to just drop down to non-league, just for the joy of continuing to play football? Especially nowadays when they earn so much money.
  33. 27 points
  34. 26 points
    Perfect, that is exactly the kind of things I was hoping for (just found an amazing Picture of the 3 Lions Pub wrapped in Bristol City flags )! Will definately also try the pies and look for some Bristol chants on YouTube @Ska Junkie: Borussia Dortmund is my Club since my early childhood (family holds two season passes) and...no, I wasn't even aware of another club in Bristol
  35. 25 points
    Sat in the Lansdown tonight and could barely see anything far side first half as the boards were too bright! They seemed a bit dimmer second half but first half was horrendous! I appreciate it's probably a good revenue and they are there to stand out to some extent, but it made it impossible to focus on the game. I know it's been done to death but the ground in general is too bright and this doesn't help at all, anybody else have any issues with this tonight?
  36. 25 points
    Aren't we getting ahead of ourselves just a little bit? We're 11 games into the season - let's put some perspective on this
  37. 25 points
    After Alan Dicks, Joe Jordan,Paul Cheesley and Kevin Mabbutt next up for Flashback for the fans treatment is Terry Cooper. I would say our best and my personal favourite manager. Good as a player absolute legend as a manager. Putting money into the cash starved club and running himself into the ground to make us better and keep us alive. The man deserves legendary status as much as anyone , but if you're not sure watch the clip of him crying after we beat Bolton at Wembley to see just how much he cared. Seeing him bombing down the wing aged 40ish , and the story of coming on with an already torn sock so at the first tackle he could complain to the Ref about the bad tackle and show proof . Seeing him nearly dropped off of the stand at Chester when we got promoted from the old 4th division. I love the man for what he did for us. I loved that period in our history, as hard as it was , small hardcore of players and fans , I'm glad I got to see it , and him.
  38. 24 points
  39. 24 points
    I'm the opposite, I think it shows a unity among the whole coaching staff, a confidence that the same message will come from any one of them and a refreshing lack of ego. Sign of good man management too I reckon.
  40. 24 points
    It is posts like this that 'scare' me. People who swing from one end of the spectrum to another, inevitably quickly swing back. OTIB is on a kind of knife edge at the moment. I'm sure others feel it. Will we keep up this form, or will we fall away, again.....then....... Don't get me wrong, i'm positive about the start, and felt positive about this season in the summer, but I think some people are beginning to get too carried away. If you read the opinions of some, we've gone from 'one of the lowest points as a club, no direction, a owner who only appoints his mates, who happens to be the worse manager in our history, whose Dad is interfering with our club and a squad of players who want to leave' etc etc etc to literally only a few months later 'having the most exciting and unified squad we've had for as long as many can remember, and an exciting, ever learning young manager who has given us a clear style and is the "real deal", oh and thanks to our owner for having the balls and vision, and money, now we have a real chance to do something in this league' etc etc etc. How is that possible? In a few months. Anyway, I guess what i'm saying is - expectation, and a dose of level headedness right now. Because, what I see, is slowly, slowly, post by post, expectations rising this season. And rising too quickly IMO. We've quickly gone from "i'd take fourth from bottom this season now with LJ in charge" to "i'd be happy mid-table" to "we should kick on in this league now" to "we should beat Bolton, no problems"......which will inevitably turn into talk about the playoffs and all of a sudden not finishing in the top 6 will be a huge waste, given LJ has spent £25m, after all. Maybe we should just all enjoy the ride so far, and if we all stay calm when we lose a few, i'll be happy to eat these words.
  41. 24 points
    We've beaten more Premier league sides than they have this season.
  42. 23 points
  43. 23 points
    Some peoples view on Cup draws baffles me! We've got a Home, winnable tie, against premier league opposition, which could see us reach the quarter finals of a major domestic trophy, yet some people would prefer us to go and get spanked at Old Trafford or the Ethihad..?
  44. 23 points
    He deserves a standing ovation just for bagging Abby Clancy HUBBA HUBBA!!
  45. 22 points
    Whoever said that they were worried about Sheffield United have been proved right, albeit four seasons later!
  46. 22 points
    https://www.thenational.ae/sport/football/the-long-read-merry-times-ahead-for-bristol-city-saved-from-brink-of-collapse-now-targeting-premier-league-status-1.632880 Man Untied Fanzine chap who's very friendly with Holden. Wrote this after watching the Derby game.
  47. 22 points
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  49. 21 points
    Worst ref i have seen in a very long time. I am astounded he let them time waste from the start. I am gobsmacked that he told the keeper to huryy up over 15 times. I am shocked by 4 minutes added on. He got played and fell for it.
  50. 21 points
    Match days book ended by Havanatopia and Ole. I doubt any other forum can boast such quality.