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  1. Bailey Wright - Suspended for 2 matches

    To me the issue is about being shoved! If someone shoved me hard enough to push me over ( on or off the ball - although God forbid I was actually PLAYING rather than watching!..), then I would feel justified in falling/ holding in any way I chose- ie: if I thought my face might be at risk from the fall or anything else ( once I’d been shoved once, how could I know what might possibly happen next...) I might hold that part of my body, or at the very least aim to protect it as I fell. Clunking tackles in the course of play are part of the game - witness Bradley Orr against Hull...- but an off the ball, unexpected/ unanticipated “ shove” ( assault???), means you’re not playing and prepared for it. To me the issue is - no shove, no simulation ( or not!!), Bailey couldn’t even be accused of simulation were he not to have been shoved over, off the ball, in the first place! Grrrrrr!!!
  2. Season Ticket U22

    I’ve just phoned & asked about this- need a photo of ID which can be emailed to the club - birth certificate/ passport/ driving license.

    I agree but think people may well buy them, even though they know they can’t use them and then sell them on... which makes me cross!! There are loads of scenarios which make buying a season ticket, no matter how devoted a fan you are, unviable...

    The issue is they can’t go on their own!!! My nieces and nephews all have forever memberships and we ( my siblings and I) take them when we can but none of us are in a position to have season tickets and don’t have forever memberships ourselves SO children who have this have to wait until general allocation ( as far as I can see..) in order to have an adult actually take them!!!

    Anyone know if there’s any hope of an adult getting a ticket to accompany a child with forever membership who has attended 4 matches with said adult!!!
  6. Best looking squad and gaffer in the country?

    Ooh now... Gary or Aden?????
  7. Bailey Wright - Suspended for 2 matches

    Surely there is an element of every sport which involves, to a certain extent, trying to hoodwink whoever is “reffing/umpiring etc”... when a bowler shouts “Howzat!” in cricket, he’s basically asking the umpire to give it, similarly in tennis, John McEnroes tantrums about balls being in and chalk dust we’re again all about getting a decision to go his way. These sports have therefore compensated for human error/ eyesight etc by bringing in video technology. If football were to do the same, not for every incident but certainly for apparent red cards surely any “simulation” could be spotted then and there. It’s a hard thing to teach kids that a refs decision is final when it either isn’t ( see numerous appeals which have resulted in decisions being overturned) or isn’t checked out at the time. I’m no expert and can’t tell if, I’m this case, there is simulation or not but then, neither am I being paid to make that decision...we either say the ref is always right ( and if there is an error this is addressed as would any other error in any profession be) or we give him/ her the technology with which to review critical decisions- penalties/ red cards would surely be enough as these have the most impact. Personallt I feel if Bailey is shoved hard enough to fall over he is entitled to hold/ protect any part of his body as he falls as it’s the shove that is the misdemeanour....
  8. Best looking squad and gaffer in the country?

    I’m gutted! Was sure he’d realise a slightly older lady was what was missing from his life! Get him back in that cupboard Dolly, for the sake of us all xx
  9. The rising star of Lee Johnson

    From a management/ leadership it’s incredibly difficult to change a culture overnight and, it’s the culture of any organisation that needs to be right before anything can be built on it. SL, I feel, understood this and LJ was very clear about exactly what he wanted and how he planned to achieve it and they would both have known it would take time which was, against usual footballing norms given despite it looking hopeless. You have to engage the energy givers and diffuse the drainers whilst all the time staying positive yourself. I was once told ( in my leadership days) that draining the swamp was relatively easy it’s just fighting off the b***** crocodiles at the same time that makes it hard! Add someone lazy, not prepared to change and downright antagonistic into the mix and you get where we were last year when the dressing room was supposedly lost...I’m convinced LJ stood there tearing his hair along with the rest of us last season, thinking I’ve been really clear about what I want you to do but you’re just not doing it! I once had a run in with an employee who told me a system I’d introduced “ didn’t work”... my response was “How do you know? You never use it!”. How I empathised with LJ last season!!! So well done to everyone for persevering, onwards and upwards!
  10. Supporting two teams?

    Moved to Bristol from Alton in Hampshire when I was 4 and had Southampton as my kind of “ birth/home” team in my head ( Bizarrely remember early on at school being almost not allowed to support a Bristol team because I wasn’t actually born here !!). My dad took me to Ashton Gate at about age 8 AND then a few years later a lad from Hartcliffe who I fancied the pants off moved to my ( North Bristol) Primary school and that was it- City forever!! Bizarrely my eldest brother is a two team fan ( Man U being the other...). My 7 year old nephew has made the unpleasant outcomes which will occur should he support the wrong team come December VERY clear and all priorities are now correctly aligned!!
  11. City vs Manchester - Dustbin Thread (merged)

    I have AGES to wait for the draw in Turkey... damn, another beer by the pool it is then!
  12. City vs Manchester - Dustbin Thread (merged)

    I’m probably the only person quite wanting Bournemouth away! Daughter at uni there AND works at the Vitality!!!
  13. Still hoping for a stream in Turkey...
  14. Would be great if there was a “ pay per view” option abroad- I won’t be in Cyprus so will be doing a mixture of “ live” ( 5 minute delay ) text and OTIB match thread!
  15. Hoping I might get to see it in Turkey too!