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lager loud

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  1. City successfully appeal Taylor sending off (Merged)

    I agree, Dave. Berardi just lowered his head, which is a fairly standard self-defence technique against someone who is about to head butt you. He made no move towards Taylor other than that caused by dipping his head - which probably is a red card offence in itself, but if Taylor hadn't been moving at a rate of knots towards him, nothing would have happened.
  2. Exiles can watch every City game next season (Merged)

    The home team would have to get a share of the money. It then comes down to an analysis of whether they would end up better off overall - which is difficult to do, as it depends on how many people would choose to watch on PPV and how many of those would otherwise have gone to the game. Impossible to know that for sure, of course. My gut feeling is that there would be many games in a season where the home team could make more money by allowing this than not: any sellout, but also midweek games, where many supporters simply can't go because of work commitments; and distant, unglamorous games where the away support will be small. I'm hopeful (but not confident) that this sort of service could be available before too long, at least for some games. In the meantime I may have to consider a 'virtual' move overseas!
  3. Exiles can watch every City game next season (Merged)

    I said I might go to one or two fewer games. But I might also pay per view for perhaps a dozen other games. So, for me at least, it wouldn't necessarily mean I would spend less on watching City play away.
  4. Exiles can watch every City game next season (Merged)

    I feel exactly the same. I usually go to between 3 and 6 aways a season but will alway listen to the game if I'm home. Maybe I'd go to one or two less if there were the option to watch the game live, but mostly I'd still travel, because the game itself is only part of the point of an away trip. You'd have thought it was possible to come up with a subscription service that allowed the home team to share the revenue. Hopefully we'll have something like this in the near future.
  5. Entirely agree. I might still have decided to go to the game, as it's an opportunity to take my Brixham-resident father-in-law to a match. But it would have been nice to make an informed decision about whether I chose to organise my week to be able to get to the game. You wouldn't expect a full strength 11 for the whole of a friendly, but you'd think there would be a few more first teamers in the squad! As I go to see Torquay a couple of times a season when I'm down here I'll probably be in the unusual position of being more familiar with our opponents than I am with the City team!
  6. Happy 100th birthday Margaret

    Margaret knew some of the people we used to stand with in the Enclosure in the late 1980s. I think we first met her at Northampton, when she was standing at the back of the terrace on a stool she had taken along. On one occasion she came with us to watch a City away game (Walsall, I think). When we took her back to Weston-super-Mare she asked us to drop her at the police station, as that was where she had left her bicycle. She was only in her early 70s, then, of course. If I remember correctly she told us that she had played women's football in her younger days - pretty unusual for someone born in 1917, I imagine. My memory isn't good enough to remember what we spoke about on the trip up and down the M5, but she was excellent company even for a couple of lads in their late twenties and although we lost touch with her and the rest of the Enclosure group we've always remembered Margaret with fondness and admiration: a truly impressive person. Many happy returns.
  7. Still plenty to do but...

    Gutsy from City - certainly. Some good performances from City players - yes. I've spoken to other City fans, a Wolves fan and a couple of neutrals since the game: none of them thought Wolves was a good side today. Let's not get carried away.
  8. What is the matter with people on here?

    It's true that it wouldn't be fair to EXPECT a new coach to save us from relegation. But there's no evidence that LJ's influence will make staying up more likely and I still think a change now could have a positive effect. If we go down we will lose several players. If we stay up and LJ remains head coach we will probably lose some players and next season will be no better than this one. In either case (as always) we are likely to lose our better players. Appointing a new head coach, even this late in the season, might mean we keep more of the squad, whether or not we stay up: a month with the players could be enough to persuade some of them there's a decent future for them at BCFC. Although the players aren't performing ATM, I believe we've recruited well and have a capable squad. The difficullty, of course, is finding someone who's available and will work with the structure at the club. I don't follow the wider game closely enough to know who might fit the bill - although Kenny Jackett has always struck me as a competent coach. He comes across as a strong, level-headed character, who might be able to stand up to SL without falling out with him, and would have the respect of the players.
  9. Last day of seat reservation

    I'm having the same experience trying to organise some seat moves. Luckily I was expecting the service to be appalling, so I'm not disappointed.
  10. Building on sand

    Fair enough. All I have to go on is what I see on the pitch, which I haven't found very encouraging of late. I set little or no store by the ITK(?) accounts of what's going on behind the scenes. A remote leader can just as easily be misled by underlings' reports of what's going on as they can be aware of things that aren't obvious to the rest of us. I'm not saying this is the case at BCFC now - we just don't know.
  11. Building on sand

    There are some of us who have bought into the idea of a long term plan of developing our own players, aren't slagging off SL and were quite prepared for some difficult times; but who think that we need an enthusiastic and competent head coach, and that perseverance with an incompetent one in the hope that he might grow into the role might just derail the whole thing.
  12. Results poor, performances not so

    It certainly seemed like a last desperate roll of the dice at the time. The fact that all 3 subs were involved in the goal must mean that at one level it was a successful roll. But if O'Donnell's save hadn't gone where Djuric could reach it we might have ended up with a different result. One example of a small piece of luck going our way.
  13. Results poor, performances not so

    Good analysis. I could quibble about some of your specifics e.g. we could easily have been 3 down against Norwich before we scored. If you imagine a Norwich fan carrying out a similar review they might say they should have been out of sight before we ever got into the game. A Brentford fan could look at all the chances they passed up and conclude they might have won the game by more (I think this would be a bit "one-eyed" but that's the problem if you focus on your own "might have beens"). But IMO the key point here is that, to use a cliche, it's a game of fine margins. Finding a way to win games where there's not much between the teams is the bread and butter of a professional manager/head coach. Failing to do so in one game can be down to bad luck/refereeing. Failing to do so a decent proportion of the time over an extended period with an adequate squad isn't a sign of bad luck, it's generally a sign of bad leadership.
  14. Results poor, performances not so

    Good teams find ways to win games when they're not playing particularly well. Bad teams find ways not to win games when they're not playing particularly badly. So even if I agreed with MA - which I don't - I wouldn't find it particularly encouraging.
  15. Season Ticket Renewal?

    I'm not apathetic. Things could get bad enough for me to decide not to go to games at all until things improved, but I'm not there yet. But the half way house of inconveniencing myself to try to make some sort of point to the club is not my way. If it weren't for the social side of going to football I'm not sure how often I would bother, so for what matters to me it's not a terrible excuse.
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