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  1. Team for Bolton ?

    Fair point. I would play him anyway. Not to be complacent but Bolton might be one of the games where we can give the new boys a run around to get them up to speed for when things really get tough.
  2. Team for Bolton ?

    You know and we're contractually obliged to play him...
  3. New Training Ground

    The only person I know from Failand is a Rovers fan who ironically didn't make a complaint. Here are his thoughts:
  4. Promised land

    Thursday nights in Bucharest. Eventually
  5. Loïs Diony - Confirmed Loan Agreed

    He was 15th in the top scorers list with 11 goals and 11th in the assists list with 7 assists. Dijon finished 2 points outside the automatic relegation places, with the same number of points as my French team, Metz. Now i didn't see Dijon play much but Metz were pretty dreadful for much of the season. Looks like he might have been one of the loan bright lights in a bad side. Ismaiila Saar who was that player for Metz got a transfer to Rennes for a similar price as Diony went to the Stephanois. Saar is, for what it is worth, excellent. Another Sadio Mane style player of the Metz production line.
  6. Loïs Diony - Confirmed Loan Agreed

    It says roughly: "He's making his own mess. Championship has a lot of international TV rights so it's clear how he sees his own career developing. Not scored with ASSE, ruined his last games at Dijon by preparing his exit before the end of the season, while their other striker continued bust a gut. No regrets, not got a good mentality, but he was an asset at Dijon when he was motivated." Hopefully he can find his scoring boots for the second half of the season and replicate the form he had at Dijon. I thin that's what the clubs sniffing around him are hoping. Has a high ceiling, just needs to reach it. More concerned about attitude tbh. Our 'no d***heads' dressing room has had a positive impact on the team.
  7. Dynamo Berlin won 10 straight titles in the East German league but I think that might have had something to do with the fact that they were the favourite team of the head of the secret police...
  8. That's a good shout. Title of biggest city never to have had a top flight team belonged to Hull until they went up in circumstances I can't seem to recall... But it is about 1/4 size of Bristol
  9. The Guardian's knowledge column tackled this question. Here's what it said (https://www.theguardian.com/football/series/theknowledge): “The beautiful city of Bristol has had two league clubs pretty much consistently since 1920, combining for a total of 212 years of league football, with only three Football League Trophies and one Welsh Cup to show for it,” mails Andy Field. “Does this make it the least successful multi-club city?” Paul Levay thinks Stoke-on-Trent can challenge Bristol. “I admit that Bristol has a pretty rubbish record but Stoke-on-Trent is a competitor for the country’s most inglorious multi-club footballing city,” he says. “Stoke City and Port Vale have very little to show from a joint total of about 290 years (with around 226 of those in the Football League). Since 1863, and as founder members of the Football League, Stoke have won one major trophy, the League Cup in 1972. They’ve also managed the Football League Trophy in 1992 and 2000. “Stoke were second-tier champions in 1933 and 1963. They were third-tier champions in 1927 and 1993 and have one other promotion from that level. They were FA Cup runners-up in 2011 and got to the semi-finals in 1899, 1971 and 1972. “Port Vale have been around since the late 1870s (1876 or 1879 depending on who you ask) but in that time they have won the grand total of two Football League Trophies, in 1993 and 2001.” To me that looks like a very good argument for it not being Stoke. Not only is Stoke actually six different places at once, really, but together it's not even as big as Bristol. Pound for pound that's some serious unsuccessful-ness. Call me a masochist but being the least successful English footballing city is key part of my identity as a City supporter. Our collective (and justifiable) persecution complex makes us who we are and, in my view, hands us the moral high ground in any conversations about football. Fans of successful clubs are invariably obnoxious. Hopefully we'll keep the chip on our shoulders if we go up (which doesn't mean I don't want us to!) Open to the idea that somewhere else might have it harder, but I'll need convincing.
  10. Looks like we are not a very watchable side on Sky

    Either way it feels like 1 in every 2 Championship televised games involves Leeds.
  11. Stockhausen goes national

    For those that missed it, our good friend Andy Stockhausen was The Sunday Times's reporter at the New Lawn for that 3-3 thriller between Forest Green Rovers and Exeter. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/sport/forest-green-rovers-denied-by-late-exeter-city-leveller-jwpzx2xnr Always rated him
  12. Sheffield United 3 points or none

    I don't know whether their small number of draws says something about the way they play of their team mentality. It could just be one of those random distribution things. I don't doubt they are a decent side but I think their seeming success and good league position might have something to do with the number of games that are being drawn that then break their way. That's the way things work in a league where wins get 3 points not two; a few lucky wins can really push you up the table. As their luck runs out it could be that they are drawn back down. You could make the inverse argument for City. At the moment we have a lot of draws. You look to Sheffield Wednesday where we were the better team, there's every chance that on another day we come away with a scrappy goal and three points. Then you're looking up. I put a lot more store in our performances over a 10 match period than i do in the outcome of the last game. Theres just too much randomness in a game of football not to. But then maybe I'm being an optimist. God knows why after all these years.
  13. This is one that always puzzles me. It's tantamount to saying we're proud of inventing football clubs going bust and effectively conning some poor lads out of money we owed to them. Theres a certain dignity in what they did but there also tragedy in the fact that they barely had a choice. Apart from that though I agree that we have a lot that marks us out, that we might not be the country's most successful club by a long shot, but that we have an identity and we have a passionate group of fans who its a pleasure to travel the country with.
  14. Magnússon in the papers today (Merged)

    He's just a really lovely bloke, isn't he? Would like to see him get more of a chance. I think he's a real talent. Understand that he is stuck behind Baker at the moment but if you ask me I'd be going to him first to play left centre back next time Baker can't play.
  15. Eliasson Signs!

    Typical Evening Post. He's Swedish, not Finnish