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  1. Cash out on Bobby???

    How the heck did you see Bobby Reid being top scorer in the Championship this season?!!! I would have put Flinty further up the list despite Bobby's excellent pre-season. Well done on taking that punt. Personally, I would cash out. Bobby is going to be there or thereabouts but £200 is a good return and I'd be happy with that in my pocket. At least you'll be able to enjoy the last few games of the season whether we're in the promotion mix or not.
  2. I went to Old Trafford the season before last (a freebie) and it was swarming with "football tourists". People who had no more clue where they were going than I did. It was a boring experience and a flat atmosphere.
  3. Jaap Stam

    I'll hold my hands up and say that when Reading were chasing promotion, I expected Jaap Stam was going to get the next big manager move. I really thought he was destined for one of the Premier League top six teams. The home game last season when we were leading 2-0 and eventually lost 2-3 was incredibly one-sided (and depressing) once Reading got a sniff of a comeback. They were so dominant in our half of the pitch. The way that Reading have played this season would say that Stam doesn't have any clue how to stop a slide or that the problems at the Madejski run far deeper than even their fans believe. Another case of Chinese ownership turning bad?
  4. Joe Bryan for Manchester Utd?

    Well, Alex Ferguson prised Ralph Milne away from us for £170,000 in 1988 so I see absolutely no reason why Joe Bryan wouldn't be packing his bags already. We're basically Man U's feeder club.
  5. Can't find the Vyner thread, but...

    Brilliant! I love reading stuff like that mostly because there's no bias in terms of the Plymouth fans' views. They've no reason to be anything other than honest. We'll forever debate the difference in level between L1 and Championship but we know from recent experience that it's a physical league and if ZV is being identified as the best defender on the pitch then that's more than good news for us. Particularly like the Plymouth fans who want us to get promotion as that's their best chance to keep him! Well done Zac Vyner for taking an opportunity and making the best of it.
  6. Eros Pisano......

    I'm so out of touch with these modern sex things.
  7. SECTION 82 - Prediction

    I really worry about the mismanagement of season tickets this time around. If the club don't value the efforts of people in S82 to generate an atmosphere then we really are heading in the wrong direction. But, this year's biggest crime (so far) is pushing near all families with young kids into the Upper Lansdown. It's great having the capacity but it's not the right place to nurture the next generation of supporters. Kids need to be near their heros and feel some atmosphere or they will never get hooked. Why can't we let people sit where they want and give concessions as appropriate?
  8. The unfortunate truth, maybe by design, is that the proposed changes and prices hikes haven't affected everyone. I've seen it in my place of work - divide and conquer. You never take everyone on but chip away at the edges and degrade something for a minority. Those that aren't affected will be quietly accepting because their situation remains unchanged. For now. I personally don't support a walkout but I do applaud you efforts @Harry on behalf of the affected groups of people. It stinks to sanitise the lower rows of the stadium by relocating children to the Upper Lansdown. And as others have said, young kids will feel no connection to the players we want them to support. When did choosing where to sit stop being a choice for people taking kids to a match. This is a truely shocking decision. I'm sure I heard Martin Griffiths or Mark Kelly state that the average age of our support was 46. If that's true, the club will die. Price rise or not we need to get young fans to want to support this club for life. Price hike for disabled supporters? Totally wrong. Everyone could expect an increase in ticket price in line with inflation/earnings but by jumping the price over one summer, the club are saying "we've let you watch football too cheaply during these last few seasons". This to a group of people who may have far less enjoyment in their lives than many of us who sit in non-disabled seats. Give them a break, let them watch their football without punishing their pockets. Okay, it might not be you this year but like @Olé has said, look out because it will be you next time or the time after. And the remaining disabled supporters, broken family groups, or parents with children high in the Lansdown won't feel like taking another hit after being treated so badly this time around. I don't think we'll get promoted this season. I think season ticket sales will suffer. If we don't start well in August our attendances may well decline. I'm afraid that only then will the club act to bring back the disenfranchised and disenchanted. Football is a business. There's no point arguing about that. But there are good businesses and there are bad ones. I've stopped going to the cinema because it's a rip-off. We all have a choice in the end but I would like to support a football club that didn't rinse groups of fans and understood that building loyalty was the future rather than making fans turn against other fans. Yet another BCFC own goal that was entirely avoidable.
  9. That's an interesting angle on the Diony story and it makes even more sense that we should sign him on loan as soon as it became possible. I still maintain he was a good signing if you ignore the games he has played for City - basically ignore anything learnt since he arrived. He was fairly prolific, clearly worth a few quid, no injury issues, offered something different and had played with Diedhiou - often useful to have a friend/countryman within the club. It seems unlikely that we'll keep him but I don't blame anyone at the club for signing him on loan.
  10. Refuse Russia

    If that's the case it sounds absolutely fitting. They're both criminals.
  11. Bruce can be an irritating winker at times. They're pretty much buying their way out of the division compared to most. Would like to see them stay down tbh.
  12. Lack of striker options

    An exercise in making a fair analysis: Only use the knowledge you had about a player before he arrived at City. Diony - a striker that Saint-Étienne paid £9M for in the summer of 2017 Kent - highly regarded by Liverpool. Made a big impact on loan at Championship side Barnsley Woodrow - an emergency/urgent loan when we needed cover and we were short of strikers. Had a good spell at Championship side Burton I agree with @Spike that alarm bells should be ringing for an expensive player who achieves so little that the owning club wants to send him out on loan with a view to a sale. But, the majority of the criticism in this thread is directed at each player's performance since they arrived at Ashton Gate. But they are loans. Our outlay will not be anywhere near the cost of buying a Championship/Premier League player with a proven track record. You win some, you lose some. Signing Kodjia and Diedhiou for significant sums shows the club know when to buy a player. Signing Baker on loan also showed us his ability such that buying him from Villa was a no-brainer. All good transfer decisions. I understand the frustration but don't just be wise with hindsight.
  13. Lack of striker options

    I don't think it's fair to criticise the club for Diony. If a French team paid £9M for him then he should have some real quality. It was a risk but we might have unearthed a gem. Now, if we sign him permanently for a similar amount in the summer then we've got a real problem!
  14. Just don't melt down if we lose tonight

    We haven't won at Deepdale for over 300 years and Preston have won 112 consecutive games against us. We don't stand a chance. Even a draw is beyond possibility. Phew, I feel better now.
  15. Bobby- Post Interview

    Great to get an interview that's more than just a selection of soundbites but a shame that Bobby only did 25% of the talking! Thanks to the Evening Post for something different and genuinely interesting. Bobby is a grounded young man with a clear desire to succeed with Bristol City. It's been said before, but he really is one of our own. There is nothing in that interview that hints at the idea that he would want to move. He clearly loves the club and the team place he has worked so hard to secure. I have never seen a player turnaround their own fortunes in the way that Bobby has. The glimpses of ability from 4 or 5 years ago have been traded for regular man of the match performances. The goals have been incredible. His trickery and general ball control have been exceptional. His stamina sets him apart from the lazy journeymen that we have signed during years of relative rediocrity. Lee Johnson, huge credit for seeing a confident striker hiding inside that diminutive midfielder. Massive credit to Bobby Reid for the determination to succeed in one of the toughest leagues in the world. An incredible season already and I hope we get to see many more of the same.