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  1. That Forest semifinal , highlights video

    The 1988/89 season was an anti climax in the League. Sheffield United did the double over the club and went straight back up as Champions. That season's excitement was saved for the League Cup. By now the first two rounds were played on a home and away basis to ensure every club at least one home game. In the first round City beat Exeter, now managed by Terry Cooper, 1-0 in both games. The second round draw paired City with strong second division Oxford United. Despite winning 4-2 away only 6,255 attended Ashton Gate for the return leg which they won 2-0. Crystal Palace fell 1-0 at the next stage and the weakest two clubs met in Bristol for round four where Tranmere were beaten 1-0. The quarter final saw City away to Bradford City who had hit three without reply against mighty Everton in the previous round. A goal after just three minutes by Carl Shutt was enough to see City through to the semi final for the first time since 1971. Towards the end of the game, Jordan came on as substitute to put his experience on the field. For the semi final, City were paired with Nottingham Forest and the first leg would be at Nottingham. As it would be such a one sided encounter, I.T.V. televised the other match live. At times there were ten City players in their own half with Joe Jordan ploughing a lone furrow up front. Those expecting a rout may well have been surprised with a goal less first half, but were well and truly shocked when Paul Mardon scored for City on a break out mid way through the second half. This could well have been a bigger upset than the win at Leeds in the F.A. Cup fifteen years previously. The defence remained firm, but the pressure was mounting. Five minutes from time a defender with two international forwards bearing down on him, stuck out a leg to concede a corner but instead converted the shot into an own goal. In fairness, if he had not gone for the ball, Nigel Clough would have scored. The return leg was televised live on a Sunday afternoon, but kick off was delayed as a bandsman collapsed and died as the teams came out! Once more City defended like lions while Jordan ran himself into the ground in Forest's half. Towards the end of the game, the referee was looking at his watch and preparing to blow for time, when a City player got a shot in. It beat the Forest keeper, but just as at Walsall a year before, it passed inches wide of the far post. The only goal was scored by Forest halfway through the second period of extra time. The outstanding player of the two legs had been goal keeper Keith Waugh who had performed miracles between the posts. In the close season he moved to Coventry City as understudy to their first team 'keeper. Just before the transfer deadline, Carl Shutt was transferred to Leeds and for an extra £175,000 their Bob Taylor came to Bristol. The following season, both players scored vital goals that helped their new clubs to promotion.
  2. The 1998 promotion push. Oldham (A) video

    Here you go then for the 97-98 season; as always please correct any errors. A number of rule changes were introduced during the summer of 1997. Goalkeepers would only be allowed to hold the ball for six seconds, but they could now move prior to a penalty kick and goals could be scored direct from kick off. John Ward prepared for his first full season in charge at Ashton Gate by bringing in Terry Connor as Coach. The directors made £410,000 available for transfer spending, but both midfielder Paul Tisdale from Northampton and defender Adam Locke from Colchester were signed on free transfers. £150,000 bought Doncaster’s top scorer Colin Crambe and that fee was repeated for Wycombe defender Mickey Bell. Sean Dyche had captained Chesterfield to a F. A. Cup semi final appearance the previous season, but was now available for £275,000. The directors reached into their own pockets to enable him to be snapped up. Swansea striker Steve Torpey was also sought, but at £400,000 City could not afford him. Two days before the season began, Barnsley, who had just been promoted to the Premiership, paid £750,000 for Darren Barnard. The following day Torpey was a City player. Kevin Nugent went to Cardiff for £35,000 with more after so many appearances. David Seal went to Northampton initially on loan, but bought outright a few weeks later for £30,000 rising to £90,000 depending on appearances. Domestically the “GreenUn” newspaper was reintroduced. The first fixture was at Grimsby and three of the signings made their debuts. Steve Torpey gave City the lead, but was stretchered off after 20 minutes with Colin Crambe substituting for him. The next away fixture was at Northampton where Crambe opened the scoring. David Seal equalised and then laid on the winner for Northampton. John Ward permitted him to play despite the game falling during the loan period. August saw two home wins, 2-0 and 3-0 plus a 2-0 defeat in the League. The first round of the Coca-Cola Cup paired the two Bristol clubs with the first leg goal less at Ashton Gate. During the second leg, Rovers star Barry Hayles gave them the lead, but City fought back and it went into extra time. Junior Bent ran through the Rovers defence and smashed a goal to win the tie. Blackpool bought him the following day. The second round was at Leeds who scored in the first half and converted a penalty in the second. Goodridge then scored to give City some hope, but Leeds cruelly scored a third at the end. The second leg saw Hasselbaink score for Leeds after 10 minutes but later get sent off. City rallied in the second half, but could not score a third goal and slipped out 4-3 on aggregate. A few days later City lost 2-0 at Gillingham and dropped to seventeenth position. That was the season’s low point as they won the next three games, drew at Walsall and then had nine consecutive victories to equal a club record set in 1954. Injuries gradually depleted the squad and the glorious run came to an end at Bournemouth in the F.A. Cup second round. In the League City were second, four points behind Watford, but eleven ahead of the third placed club. The following week Scott Murray, a 23 year old midfielder with UEFA Cup experience, was signed from Aston Villa. Shaun Goater, City’s leading scorer with 13 goals so far, refused to sign a new contract when it was offered and was immediately placed on the transfer list. Two days later he showed his commitment by scoring at Vicarage Road in the table top clash, but Watford later equalised. All agreed the draw was a fair result and with the pack losing en masse, City were now 12 points clear of the third placed club at the seasons mid point. A Christmas defeat at Fulham was a temporary set back as the tenth consecutive home win saw City top the table in January. The first goal that day had been scored by Crambe after just 15 seconds. Watford resumed the lead when City drew a few games. The draw at Blackpool was particularly galling. Blackpool took the lead ten minutes into the second half, Matt Hewlett then scored twice. Two minutes from time Junior Bent scored his first goal since the September transfer. This was followed by a pair of defeats, the second of which was home to Gillingham. A week before they had won 2-0 at Watford and now they did the same at Ashton Gate. City got back on track with a 1-0 win at York and on March 14th, Scott Davidson’s birthday, City beat Rovers 2-0 and went back to the top of the table. During March quite a few City players received international recognition: Greg Goodridge for Barbados and Shaun Goater for Bermuda, Tommy Doherty, who had progressed from youth to first team, was selected for the England under 18 squad and Louis Carey went into the Scottish under 21 team. Russell Osman and Joe Jordan had both tried to sign Oldham forward Sean McCarthy, but on transfer deadline day, John Ward managed to sign him on loan for the remainder of the season. 21 year old Jason Roberts also came on loan from Wolves. Manchester City paid £400,000 for Shaun Goater who had scored 18 goals and all three played for their new clubs on the Saturday. McCarthy and Roberts contributed to City’s goals at Wycombe. Roberts scored in the next game and then disappeared without a word! There was a tournament taking place in the Caribbean and he was eligible for Grenada. City sacked him and the following season he joined the Rovers. On Good Friday Grimsby drew their game and City were promoted. The following day City lost 1-0 at Burnley whose fans gave John Ward a standing ovation. Adam Locke scored from 30 yards out, but Tommy Docherty out on the wing was ruled offside! Nearly 20,000 filled Ashton Gate for the next game when Watford visited. This was billed as the Championship decider, but ended 1-1. City’s performances tailed off as injuries took their toll and Watford clinched the Championship on the last day of the season.
  3. Bromley's cup travels.

    Not City, but football in general. The Kent club Bromley are in the National League and have reached the semi final of the FA Trophy. Spare a thought for their travelling supporters. So far they have had away cup fixtures at Blyth, Workington, Spennymoor and in yesterday's snow - Gateshead.
  4. Next seasons Bristol Boys...

    Perhaps loaned to the gas where they can be effective double agents!
  5. Positives v Ipswich

    Beating Ipswich was our 16th win of the season, (after just 38 games). Last season City only managed 15 in all 46 games and the season before 13. Looking back over the last ten years in the Championship; 2008 - 20, 2009 and 2010 - 15, 2011 - 17, 2012 - 12 and 2013 - 11 when we were relegated. Since coming back up; 2016 - 13 and 2017 - 15.
  6. Bristol Rovers Dustbin Thread

    and your problem is.....?
  7. Looking at the two games this season and the reactions to both on this forum, a thought struck me. If that September game at Portman Road had been dire, but City won 1-0, then an open flowing game at AG yesterday resulted in City winning 3-1, i reckon the mood of some people on this forum would be much brighter.
  8. But we've four pages of posts here saying we can't do either.
  9. Ipswich at Home

    Statto moment; this game v Ipswich will be City's 2.100th game in Tier 2 of football. Duuno bout you, but to me the phrase "Football League Division Two" sounds better than "EFL Championship" or "The 2nd tier of English football".
  10. Corner kicks.

    Why in recent years, do players place the ball as much out of the corner quadrant as possible when taking a corner kick? Do they think their kicks are so precise that a few extra inches will make all the difference in the delivery? Law 17 is all about corner kicks. A defender may not get closer than 10 yards before the kick is taken and the kicker may not touch the ball again until someone else has. An infringement by the defending or attacking team is to be punished by an Indirect Free kick being awarded against them. Anyone ever seen that punishment meted out? In the fifty years I've been watching, can't say i have.
  11. Not really. Anyone nicknamed The Cat is usually a goalie.
  12. Mangotsfield FC

    On what grounds? No obscenities, no racial or homophobic abuse, just making fun of a player having a bad day. Something that happens at every club at all levels of the game.
  13. Ipswich fans organising a boycott of their next home match

    For nearly forty years City have not won up there, but some fans make the journey every time regardless of how City are performing.
  14. Todays video,Sunderland away 1998

    My memories of 98-99. Please correct if my memory is failing. City spent more in the summer of 1998 than ever before. 7,500 season tickets had been sold, a third of the ground’ s capacity. Forwards Ade Akinbiyi came from Gillingham for £1.2 million, Tony Thorpe from Fulham for £1 million and Danish International Soren Anderson was secured for £700,000. Other International players to arrive were midfielders Moldavian Ivan Tistimetanu and Hungarian Vilmos Sebok. This proved to be a dubious advantage later in the season. One night as defender Brennan played for Canada and Sebok scored a hat trick for his country, City were losing a vital game against fellow strugglers. It was to be a season where they scored in nearly every game, but with Sean Taylor missing through injury and other stalwarts absent every few weeks, the defence was just not strong enough. Watford visited in August and won 4-1, in late Autumn City lost consecutive matches 5-0 and 6-1. The first win had not occurred until late September, 5-2 against fellow strugglers Crewe. In four consecutive games City had been winning, but conceded an equaliser in the last minute. After 16 matches, Benny Lennartson was brought in as a specific defence coach. John Ward felt this undermined his position, so he departed leaving Lennartson in charge. He had the worst start of any manager in the club’s history, just two wins in the first 22 games. Keith Welch was replaced in goal by Phillips, a local lad. Bo Anderson had been signed but Phillips kept him out for two months. Welch was released at the end of the season. Dyche, Torpey, Crambe and Thorpe all finished the season on loan to other clubs. The first three because they had not regained their places following long injuries, Thorpe because he was a disappointment. Hope had emerged at Easter when three consecutive victories were recorded, but then they slipped up as the others around them achieved shock results. City finished bottom of the division. There had been bright moments though; Akinbiyi scored 23 goals, Sunderland had been running away with the division, but were held to a 1-1 draw at home by City. Aaron Brown and Matthew Hill progressed from the Youths into the first team, attendance’s never dropped below 11,000 and many managers stated they wished they could have the support at home that Bristol City had at away games. After the game that saw City relegated at Sheffield United, several thousand fans stayed to salute their heroes and their efforts. It was suggested the reason for the great atmosphere at Ashton Gate was due to “fair weather” fans staying away and only the true fans still attending.
  15. What a great ground

    Rushden, the one time we played them in L1 Driving up to that ground I was stopped by uniformed stewards who asked if I was stopping, or merely dropping someone off. I was then directed to a large, free car park (Tarmac, not gravel). The programme sellers & turnstile operators all said please & thank you. The catering staff were interested in serving you and prices were reasonable. Inside the Stewards didn't simply say "Up there mate", but directed you to your seat. Afterwardas on the way out we were able to chat & joke with them about how the game had gone. Outside those stewards were still there ensuring cars weren't stolen or vandlaised during the game and they were now directing traffic so everyone got away promptly. Yes those smaller clubs still make fans welcome.