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Fiale last won the day on February 24 2014

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  1. Bags in Stadium

    I have been in three times with my large work rucksack for games. They have had a quick rummage through it and then stuck a tag on it (like the airport luggage tags) - not sure how big your bag is though, mine is 35 litres so not what you would call a small backpack. But yeah check just in case.
  2. Senior Reds today

    Just kill of those older than you whilst keeping a eye on those younger.
  3. He, his company and employees have contributed millions (possibly hundreds of millions) of tax / NI over the years - if your so keen on extra money going to these services what have you done to increase your tax payments / taxable income or do you just have a standard job and moan at others who have contributed more to the system than you could probably do in a dozen or more lifetimes.
  4. I wonder who the current owners are - family ?
  5. Out of interest what software are we using for ticketing, just seems a lot of money for something that I would think you could buy of the shelf.
  6. Save the Thekla

    It's one of the few open areas of the waterside now, do we really need yet more flats crowding the edge of the river. Surely the land could be put to better use.
  7. Best Chinese in south Bristol

    I used to get it delivered from the one on Baldwin street and it was really good - they then opened one on Liberty Lane Ashton and stopped taking orders from the City centre one directing you to the Ashton branch. I did not have one decent meal from them, three strikes and they were out.
  8. I enjoy a nice Chinese takeaway pretty often but have had a few rather disappointing meals recently (late delivery, cold, missing items etc) so was looking for what other peoples favourite, experiences are. Do you have a good recommendation.
  9. Bristol Rovers Dustbin Thread

    Well they are the best supported ultra family orientated team in the world so why wouldn't they support them - but yes, good spot, I wonder what the maximum the FA have given any one club.
  10. Bristol Rovers Dustbin Thread

    My favourite is our friend Henbury Gas who has hinted that Wael has had meetings including with Marvin Reece and has made a few hints re something happening Reece, Bristol Mayor, Bristol Arena, Stadium blah blah blah... so let's use this as the test and see what happenes Henbury Gas full of crap or in the know ?!
  11. Bristol Rovers Dustbin Thread

    Dwane Sports acquired Bristol Rovers 1883 Ltd (which owns the football club and the Mem) by refinancing that company's assets. They provided a loan facility of £10 million to Bristol Rovers 1883 Ltd and in the 2016 financial year Bristol Rovers 1883 Ltd used this to : 1) Pay off the MSP Capital loan of £2.7 million 2) Pay off most of the old directors outstanding loans and bonds of £3.5 million (which is why they gifted the shares to Dwane Sports) 3) Pay approximately £1 million to cover trading losses for 2016 This is why the Dwane Sports loan stood at £7.2 million at 30.06.16 In the 17 months since then the club has continued to trade at a loss, which can be estimated at £1.5 million per year, so the loan must be close to £10 million now So all of Dwane Sports "investment" in Bristol Rovers 1883 Ltd has been in the form of a loan and, because of the legal charge, if they want the loan repaid they are entitled to sell the Mem to get that repayment. If the trend from the 2016 accounts is continued, and Nick Higgs and Barry Bradshaw are still owed nearly £1 million between them as they were then, the position would be : Pre acquisition. Loans of about £7 million with annual interest of £420 000 Post acquisition. Loans of about £11 million with annual interest of about £ 650 000 I would suggest that things are considerably worse than before. Even if we are super optimistic and say that substantial new revenue streams will appear in 3 years time it is likely Rovers would be £15 million in debt and running up £1 million per year interest bills by then. The 2016 accounts state that Mr Hani Al Qadi has confirmed his intention to maintain support until at least March 31st 2018. When Nick Higgs found it impossible to carry on covering the losses and looked for someone to take over, and get him out of it, the best offer was apparently the £6.2 million Dwane Sports initially paid. But that was in February 2016 when £6.2 million would clear the whole (MSP) external debt and most of the debt owing to the directors/shareholders. In November 2017, to get the owners out, that figure has risen to £11 million. Who is going to pay £11 million for something which was only worth £6.2 million 17 months ago apart from a property developer who is purely interested in the land and has no interest at all in a loss making, homeless, football club ? I suspect this is the issue which Edward Ware, Gasincider, Severncider, Wael, and many other people with Rovers best interests at heart, are wrestling with at the moment. The club will get the going rate card for the mem site so the club won't lose out in any way financially, it will enable us to move to UWE as per the original plans. At that point it will become another capitalist venture and not solely built by EWH. There is also up to a £6m grant available from the FA for all clubs building new stadia outside the championship which we qualify for. BRFC will own the stadium. I do not know any other commercial details presently. I don't know either whether the approach has been made to the ALQ family yet or whether this is actually a viable alternative or whether the ALQs will actually want to sell up. I do know that there have been 2 other consortiums interested. One has now completely cooled its interested. The other is American backed and the consortium have attended 3 games this season. Whether that's to invest or to take over I don't know. I doubt EW has the finiancial clout himself to run rovers and build the stadium. There will be partners and other parties and I don't believe all this information has come from one source, namely EW, I know for a fact it hasn't. According to another ex director I spoke to, it was believed very much at the time the ALQs were going to build the stadium without the need for them to do it themselves. That was the clincher for them to takeover. All things were in place. The ALQs, for all their reasons have not decided to build UWE and go a different path. Whatever Wael or Hamer says only depends on whether Hani and the old man want to open the cheque book so to speak. And quite clearly for whatever reason they aren't now prepared to do it. UWE still want to do the project and maybe EW feels that it was the wrong decision to sell the club to the ALQs and if he can take over he can get the job done. NH was also the majority shareholder of the club with BB. EW had a minority stake so unless he had the people alongside him 3 years ago he could have never have taken over himself. I believe this was the plan b the club also talked about. These aren't new plans. I saw the blueprints for redevelopment for housing around 4-5 years ago when Sainsbury's fell through and the JR appeal was in process. We don't know who the partners are. BRFC will own the stadium. No suggestion DS will give the mem away. there is more profit on building apartments on the Mem land and other commercial ventures than just houses. I think due diligence was done to the best they could have done it. It wasn't as if the ALQs came in and shut it all down once they got ownership of the club. I don't think there is much more they could have done. Its the ALQs that have changed the terms of the stadium build. No matter how you try and keep things close, someone always has loose lips. I know Ed is on holiday at the moment and returns just before the Wimbledon game so don't expect to hear anything just yet.
  12. Well the answer is out - but just out of interest I did try a google search and other options were
  13. Bristol Rovers Dustbin Thread

    I wonder how many clubs will be willing to pay a managers 5 years contract out - I really hope he has some one year compensation option or he has probably signed himself out of a move. He has been pretty much hounded and abused for that thread. They claim he knows nothing, is lieing, guessing etc which is all semantics as he obviously knew something had happened but was not 100% sure what, and asked whether anyone else had heard anything, when someone said yes he said he thought so, and has been hounded in the thread ever since.
  14. Bristol Rovers Dustbin Thread

    I wonder if he has much ambition - he seems to have stayed at Rovers under some sort of misplaced loyalty, and his star is not so bright or ascending now. Just feel a more ambitious manager would have jumped at some of the alleged offers he had