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  1. Looking back into the history books; Alfie Rowlands, John Atyeo & Billy Wedlock all free. When Sam Hollins was about to leave Arsenal and become City's manager instead, he persuaded four of the Arsenal first team to join him at AG for nothing other than the honour of playing for Bristol City! All four even agreed to waive any signing on fee! Hey; Arsene Wenger is looking for a new challenge in football and they say history repeats itself.
  2. Presumably played on a Sunday lunch time at Police insistence. Chester & Wrexham are no longer in the League, but the Police insist that's a lunch time kick off when they meet. Until recently, possibly still, the Greater Manchester Police would not allow Leeds to play any afternoon games in the Manchester area. When in League 1, games at Oldham, Bury& Rochdale were all midweek evening games.
  3. Remember the 1986 LDV Final? Bolton’s best player was Mark Gavin who later joined City. Summer 1990; Mark Gavin went to Watford and City received Wayne Allison plus £100,000 and in December 1991 City signed Mark Gavin for a second time at a cost of £65,000.
  4. Some of the Celtic fans have green banners, others have white, all mounted on poles; are these offensive weapons? Some Rangers fans are holding up blue cards, others silver. No poles for them. However, as it's sunny, could/would those silver sheets (think stiff cooking foil) reflect sun into the eyes of a forward bearing down on "their" goal?
  5. Sky Bet EFL fixtures announced: 21st June 2017 Sky Bet EFL season starts: weekend of 5th August 2017 - well, we know it won't be Blackpool away. Carabao Cup starts: week commencing 7th August 2017 Checkatrade Trophy starts: week commencing 28th August 2017 Not applicable to City Sky Bet EFL regular season ends: weekend of 5th May 2018 Sky Bet EFL Play-Off Finals: weekend of 26th - 28th May 2018 Read more at http://www.efl.com/news/article/2016/efl-key-dates-for-201718-announced-3586238.aspx#7QgtjIQtut8Z58to.99 The EFL Play-Off Finals will then take place on successive days at Wembley Stadium over a Bank Holiday weekend in May, starting with the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final on Saturday 26th, ahead of the season finale for Sky Bet League One on Sunday 27th and Sky Bet League Two on Monday 28th May. The order of the Play-Offs has been reversed – i.e the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final will take place on the Saturday - to assist with international call-ups ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Supporters will have plenty of opportunities to watch their team play over the festive period with full fixture programmes on Saturday 23rd December, Boxing Day, Saturday 30th December and Monday 1st January 2018. Yep, four games in nine days. Read more at http://www.efl.com/news/article/2016/efl-key-dates-for-201718-announced-3586238.aspx#7QgtjIQtut8Z58to.99
  6. City scored three, Barnsley only two, City remain in Tier Two. Gas scored two, Posh scored four, Rovers stay down below once once more.
  7. As Newcastle have gone straight back up, do their remaining payments get shared amongst he rest of the Championship?
  8. James Vaughan at Bury has scored nearly as many as Tammy. Yes, I know Bury are in League 2, but Adam LeFondre was once banging 'em in for Rochdale, who were League 2 at the time. Several people on here suggested City should sign him, others said no as he's only a League 2 player. Reading signed him and the rest is history. Of course in an ideal world, LJ will compliment Chelsea on reaching the Cup Final and then ask if City can keep Tammy for one more season. If nothing else that would give us 12 months to find a replacement. If we can't keep Tammy, ask if Chelsea have another up & coming youngster we can loan.
  9. I get your point about amateurs, but I think they've been in the bottom tier more recently. Not so long back they played Bradford, another former Prem club in the fourth div. It was a quiz question at the time
  10. When Barnsley went 2-1 up, only weeks ago, City would have lost that game. It's a new & improved City now. Looking at tonight's table it's pleasing to see the likes of Forest & QPR beneath us. It's doubtful I admit, but is possible that Ipswich and or Wolves could yet be overtaken. By finishing 16th, that puts City in the middle rather than bottom third of the table. That makes City more attractive to potential players and sponsors. I believe we also get more money from the League the higher up we finish. COYR!
  11. He wore his heart on his sleeve at the end of today's broadcast. He praised the Orient fans who went to Crewe and declared "They are real fans supporting their team in it's hour of need". When the full time result came in confirming Orient were down he stated the owner had reduced the club, London's 2nd oldest professional club, to non League in just13 months. Then when Newport & Hartlepool's results came in confirming 'pool had dropped into the bottom two he exploded. "Dave Jones, nothing personal, but you are out of your depth at this level; just go"! Then he turned to the Chairman; "If he won't go.sack him! If you want me to resign as club President, I will do, just get rid of him before next week"!
  12. Yep! August 2018 is the earliest Rovers can be above City in the League. Rovers finished above City for 14 consecutive seasons 1949 -1962. City were then the higher placed team for the next TWENTY consecutive seasons 1963 - 1982. As Rovers last finished higher than City in the year 2000, it is possible that twenty year streak could be beaten.
  13. Oh dear; there were some people on this forum looking forward to a local derby next season. Gas (thanks to my adopted home team) ain't gonna make the playoffs and if City even now drop, no Swindon. Cardiff, Reading and Birmingham the only places we travel to in the League within 100 miles of AG, (unless Swansea drop from the Prem).
  14. You're right; Masson did not play that day. Tristan Benjamin was the (please note - singular) substitute for Notts that day. In the programme notes, Benjamin came from St Kitts in the West Indies. He had made his League debut against City the previous season when playing for WBA. They also had Dave Smith playing in midfield. Was that the same Dave Smith who was part of City's 1990 promotion team? Finally, proof perhaps that a settled team is a successful team? There were FOUR players who played every League, League Cup and FA Cup match that season without being substituted in ANY game; Cashley, Gow, Merrick & Tainton. Collier missed just the win at York. Drysdale missed three games and was substituted in the win at Fulham.
  15. I remember there was a poll on this forum "Do you want City in the Prem"? At the time the majority of those who answered posted they would rather City were consistently strong in the Championship with a good cup run every few years. Then came the 2007 promotion (and almost another in 2008). Suddenly everyone changed their opinion to say we should go for it.