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  1. 143 points
    As a three year old my dad took me to Ashton Gate for the first time, he was a steward in the old grandstand for over 40 years. I have consequently spent the past 58 years supporting the City. He died at 5 am today aged 90. Thank you dad, rest in peace.
  2. 78 points
    At the moment I couldn't be prouder of my team. 4 years ago today we were heading into oblivion at the bottom of the league one, about to go to Carlisle to get our first win of the season, we hadn't won a conpetitive game in our last 21 and we'd just come off the back of a defeat at home to Brentford in front of just over 10000. Now we are 7th in the championship, we have been drawn in the quarter finals of the league cup to one of the biggest clubs in the world, we have lost 2 home games since February and we have had over 49000 through the gates in our last two home games, we have just put 4 goals past a Premier league team. I am really proud of my team, of our supporters who have stuck with it through thick and thin and of the club who have progressed in ways none of us could have imagined, and no matter what happens this season or beyond Bristol will always be red! COYR
  3. 75 points
    I'm a Bristol fan. Have been since my dad took me in the Landsdown Stand in 2002, great game. If anyone has a spare ticket, please pm. Cheers. Come on Bristol. Drink up Irene!
  4. 69 points
    Sorry for the delay but it turns out that if you want to see what living off the grid is like, you can get the equivalent experience on East Midlands Trains. In a parallel universe modelled on several of our prior managers, Bristol City are still labouring through a home game only to claim an ugly 0-0 draw. In this universe however our team (and its now fully redeemed manager) have set a new and unprecedented baseline for our standard, comfortably dominating every aspect away at a big club and being hugely disappointed to 'only' secure a 0-0 draw. It's not often I have walked out of a 26,000 crowd as an away fan and felt frustrated with getting a draw, but today absolutely, Sheffield Wednesday got away with one. I should be mad, but look over your shoulder, see how far we've come. This is the best team in my lifetime. I'm seeing the same quality of football that I see on TV when the big teams are on. Today, every single player (maybe bar Magnússon) looked better than their opposite number. We played right from the start with pace and width and an energy that Wednesday couldnt match. They were cowed and regressive, we spread the team wide and looked to stretch them at every opportunity. We compensated for a lack of height by pumping the ball forward and then winning second balls from their first clearance. Every second ball. We had a spring in our step and were onto every loose ball outside their box, often then releasing Bryan or O'Dowda to cross. For the first half we looked like the home side. Possession and majority of the game in their half, Wednesday reduced to sporadic breaks and Rhodes drifting between our centre backs looking for tame headers from balls lofted forward. We were committing far more players forward and regularly allowing our wingers to make light work of their full backs, supported gamefully by our central midfield pushing up and setting the tempo. All that was missing was a target man. Our best chance of the half was an exchange outside the box that allowed O'Dowda to get behind them and square for Reid who at close range headed straight at the keeper. O'Dowda, among our best players of the past month, showed no sign of World Cup hangover and routinely abused their full back, also cutting in and steering a shot just over the angle of post and bar. In the second half we came out even more determined to make our dominance count, and led by Taylor, were pulling their defence in all directions. But as with the first half, the lack of a target man meant end product was sadly lacking, often falling to midfielders on the edge of the box to test the keeper, Josh Brownhill going closest, drilling a shot just wide of the post. For all our confidence with the ball, it was becoming that sort of game where Wednesday might land the sucker punch. Magnússon had started to look the weak link and two mistakes during swift Wednesday counters - beaten on the touchline and again giving it away in his box when the clearance seemed easy, seemed to give the home side some belief, and they would win a series of corners, building some momentum. But they never troubled Frankie and didn't have the pace or fluency that City's midfield showed when it sprung forward with significantly more menace and threat. Ironically it was during Wednesday's best spell that the game really opened up for City - the introduction of Duric with 20 minutes remaining making an obvious difference. He won all his headers and gave O'Dowda and others plenty of opportunity to threaten. Suprisingly it was the shaky Magnússon who stepped up into one of their swiftest counters and executed a perfectly timed tackle to rob the ball as they poured forward, initiating a fast counter from which Reid dragged a tame shot wide. But the chance(s) of the half - and the game - came in a barnstorming twenty seconds of assault on Wednesday with 15 remaining, when another typically sharp central midfield incision allowed the commanding Brownhill to release Duric clear on goal from the left, his low shot was blocked by the keeper and with City pouring forward the ball spun loose on the edge of the box. Reid and Paterson converged and arguably got in each others way, but Reid, who is majestic whenever the ball is near, kept his composure to collect it up, shift away from the defender and spin and deliver a reverse cross which Flint met with an overhead kick that flashed agonisingly wide of the post. In the end City had to ride out Wednesdays best spell in the final ten minutes but there was really never any serious threat and I doubt any City fan really panicked, it would have been an act of monumental injustice had City not at least got a point, to be honest Wednesday's late surge had the look of a lower division cup side trying to make good the fact they were still in the game against much more capable opposition. So all in all a great game that demonstrated comprehensive superiority of a City side that plays with an energy, pace and confidence to move with the ball that from memory is virtually unprecedented in my life at this level. The players to a man were the better of their opponents and in Bobby Reid, even in a quiet day by his standards, we have a legitimate superstar, twice in the second half in either half of the pitch he executed unbelievable skill to sneak the ball away from an embarrassed opponent. But overall the biggest feature for me was the confidence using the ball. We dominated by playing a forward thinking 'prepared to take risks' game where we bet on quick passes knowing that even when they didn't come off we had the energy and swarm to recover possession. No wonder we had such sustained presence in the opposition half. Wednesday conversely looked nervous and uncertain, compact to our width, and sunk deeper and deeper, even Bannon retreating to a position in front of his box such was City's dominance. A goalless draw away at a big team that we should not be disappointed with, but which does represent two points lost more than one point gained, as it was surely such a strong performance that we win from 9 out of 10 times. I have seen enough now this season to say that it will be a surprise if we are not in the top six by the end of the season, and in Lee Johnson we have a manager who has not only redeemed himself but - let's call it out - is comfortably into credit. Fielding 6 Didn't have a lot to do, and kicking was poor Smith 8 Back in his unconventional right back spot and as per usual wherever you put him he doesn't put a foot wrong Magnússon 6 One brilliant tackle but mostly looked like a mistake waiting to happen Baker 7 Solid in the air without an awful lot to do Flint 8 Also solid and went closer than anyone at the other end with another finish you would expect from a top class striker Pack 7 Solid and neat as the base of our midfield Brownhill 8 Will still be running in his sleep tonight, an absolute engine that doesn't stop, box to box, needs a drug test Bryan 7 Got the better of full back several times but often didn't have room to cross O'Dowda 8 Probably out best player, never stopped running at them and positioning and instinct spot on Taylor 7 Didn't have many clear chances but was a nuisance and his unselfish play to spread the ball was key to the joy O'Dowda and Bryan were getting Reid 7 Not his best game but several glimpses that he was the best natural footballer on the pitch and never stopped going Duric 7 Won everything when he came on, and had our best chance of the game Paterson 5 Didn't really get into the game
  5. 67 points
    Even before today, it's quite obvious there is an underlying hate towards Lee Johnson. And today it has been surfaced once more. Its been coming, and as much as I dislike it, it's not surprising. 1 loss in 13, and 2 losses all season, yet there is fans on local radio stations and social media platforms laying into him. A large portion of fans have been waiting for this game to come in my opinion, because those fans are the ones who are still red faced from last seasons revival and a revival that has been carried on thus far this season. And they will sit there or reply to this calling me out, saying things like "I just want the best for this club" blah blah blah, but there sat there waiting for it to go wrong so they can say "told you, told you we should of got rid of him". And ofcourse no one will admit this, but today's reaction/ meltdown says it all. Its unbelievable how easy it has been for fans to almost flip a switch today and go back to "Johnson doesn't have a clue" & "Team selection doesn't make sense" One of the main criticisms I've seen today is Hegelers selection. Well last time he played, against Stoke, he was absolutely fantastic. Admittedly he was poor today, but how dare people berate Johnson over this? He's picked him based off previous performances and rightly so. And to those fans who booed the players off at half time, you're an absolute joke. We're punching well above our weight at the moment in the top 6, we're not a big club, the sooner people realise this the better. We have the 14th highest attendances in the championship, with a good but not quite a finished article squad. But fans seem to think we have the right to go out and out perform every side we come up against. If people really thought along the way this season, we weren't going to have poor performances now and again, then you're deluded. The boo's as half time particularly annoyed me like I said, especially after a good 20min spell from City leading up to half time, it was so poor and massively embarrassing. And it goes back to a underlying hate towards Johnson. And like I said, no one will admit this, but it's true. This will upset a few, because how dare I criticise fans who pay an entry fee. They can do and say what they want, you're right they can. But doesn't mean it's not highly embarrassing to the rest of us who appreciate the season as a whole so far and appreciate the effort the staff and players have been putting in. Get a grip and get behind the boys through the ups and downs. Up the City X
  6. 63 points
    I need to keep it short because I've been drinking for the past 24 hours but once again we see the new improved City - win the tactical battle second half and physically miles ahead and finish the game strongly. Actually a poor game and we were second best for an hour against a very average side. The two short guys up front didn't work, we didn't know who to aim for and the passing on both sides was poor. I think the plan was for the wingers to get on the ball and get forward to create space for the forwards but Paterson over elaborated and cut back too much in the first half - in fact O'Dowda was our only real attacking outlet and with devastating affect for the final 20 minutes. I think our opener was our only shot of the half (excluding Flint's which produced the corner) - classic sucker punch with two short guys and Reid heads in at the far post. Equaliser was deserved but shocking goal, 30 seconds of penalty area ping pong, Flint possibly pushed and they eventually turn in. Second half didn't get better although our best move was Reid dancing across the edge of the box, backheeling for Pack whose shot spun loose behind the defence but City could not follow up. A word on Pack, he's our best ball player but he was poor and is not good enough at this level, too many careless or loose passes undermining good play. Inevitably it was the subs that changed it although arguably we looked like we were starting to turn the screw before they were all on - Johnson is clearly winning his tactical battles. Đurić was an obvious change but indispensable, a class act who wins everything and brings others into play perfectly, there could not be a more perfect sub in windy scrappy conditions. Then Korey Smith came on and for me we were such a better team. Our midfield is far better with him, he does the simple things and other players look far more confident going forward. From then on there was only one winner and Đurić and O'Dowda, who abused their opposing numbers relentlessly for the final half hour, obliged. Đurić latched onto a loose ball in midfield before an opponent, to initiate a move that would put O'Dowda clear on the right, he drew the defender, beat him (as he did repeatedly second half) and floated a perfect ball over which Đurić nodded inside the far post. Đurić, what a player, raced over and jumped onto the advertising hoardings gesticulating to the City fans up high in the upper tier, in that ultra passionate way only Eastern European footballers truly manage. We were all going nuts and he got booked but it was worth it. We ran the final 20 minutes and O'Dowda abused the full back repeatedly, while Reid, Smith and Đurić worked neat triangles out of midfield. Injury time highlighted by us managing to hold the ball by the corner flag for 2 minutes such was our dominance. Final word for someone I haven't even mentioned. Joe Bryan. What. A. Player. Not a good game but best footballer on the pitch by a mile. Best game in a City shirt and his coming of age as a true defender. Totally bossed it, opponents didn't have a chance, as flawless a defensive full back performance as I've seen at City and easy man of the match. Fielding 6 Suspect kicking Wright 6 Dodgy distribution but solid when moved to CB Bryan 9 Best player on the pitch Flint 7 Solid at both ends but also dodgy with his distribution Baker 6 Solid until muscle tweak. Missed his no nonsense for their goal Brownhill 6 Didn't get into the game as much as he has done Pack 5 Passing was loose and too often careless Paterson 6 Wasn't direct enough, tried to be cute in the wrong positions and didn't end up getting forward O'Dowda 8 Our best forward player, was all over their full back second half and nearly got a third that would make him MOTM. Taylor 5 Struggled to get in the game and looked like he wanted to come off before he did Reid 7 Sharp throughout and energy sets an example to others, had more joy with Đurić on when we got consistent possess Pisano 7 Absolutely solid Đurić 9 Class to me is doing everything right beating everyone around you and being a winner. Đurić is class. Smith 8 Our most reliable central midfielder To the pub.
  7. 57 points
    Cue (in a Yorkshire accent) I've always liked Bristol me. They've a great Stadium now and a team ta be proud of. Lee has had a fantastic summer and med some greet acquisitions. They're absolutely flying at the moment and I can say we'll be the underdogs for shuwer. The atmosphere will be reet loud as it always is, the Bristol fans will certainly let me know they're there ah can tell ya. They always do.... Saved you a listen!
  8. 56 points
    www.bristol-sport.co.uk/news/steve-lansdown-receives-cbe-at-buckingham-palace/ Well done Steve and thank you for all you've done for Bristol City.
  9. 56 points
    Hi everyone, I want to bring some clarity to this. Firstly, the club statement in the Bristol Post is not entirely on the money - I won't go so far as to say "fake news", but we are disappointed that a statement of this type has been put into the newspaper, when such publicity, we feel, was not really necessary. We have always had very good dialogue from Mark Kelly, so we do not understand why a response could not have been given to us through our regular mode of contact, rather than going through the press. To challenge some of the points in the article, firstly, we have NEVER given the impression to the club that the display was going to be a poppy, so we are disappointed that the club statement reflects that as their understanding. The article also states that the Head of Security, The EFL and A&S Police all agreed it would be antagonistic. This is also not true, as far as we were aware, we had the agreement from the police that the displaying of a St George Cross was not in any way antagonistic and would be allowable, as long as it was not held during the minutes silence, to which we agreed we would only hold the card up when the team's emerged from the tunnel. We feel it is important to correct those errors in the Bristol Post article. On Friday evening, as the final pieces were being placed, the Head of Security pulled us up on the display and said it needs to be removed. Contact was made with the Police Liaison Officer, who agreed that the display was ok. The Head of Security continued to disagree, but we understood that they were to have discussions and have a final call on Saturday morning. We advised the Head of Security that having spent nyon all Friday afternoon and evening setting this up, none of us were going to be available to remove/change the display on Saturday morning (what with the early kick off). We were advised at around 9am on Saturday morning that the club had made the decision to pull the St George. I left my house earlier than desired to check what was happening, and when I arrived at the stadium at 10:05, I discovered around 50 stewards making the changes. Prior to the changes being made, it was our intention to station people at each entrance to inform fans to hold the card up ONLY when the teams emerged from the tunnel. As the display was changed by the club we decided not to communicate the display to any fans, probably a reason why there were so many gaps in the eventual display. All in all, we feel very disappointed that the time, effort and money put into this ended up in such a way. We did not, and do not, feel the presence of a St George Cross is in any way defamatory or antagonistic toward the opposition - we had even contacted the Cardiff Supporters Trust, who had no issue with it. We have today been contacted by The Sun, who are keen to run a story which would portray the club in a negative light. This is NOT what we want, we are only trying to achieve positive outcomes for the club and it's supporters. We have 'politely' told The Sun that we are not interested. We just wish the club had also not deemed it necessary to go through such public channels to register it's disappointment, and to bend the truth to their advantage. This is now the final word on the matter from Section 82. We now wish to move on and we will continue to work with Mark Kelly and the club to find ways of enhancing the match-day experience of our supporters.
  10. 56 points
    After the delight of drawing man Utd in the cup came the despair. Rather than people celebrating and acknowledging one our biggest game in years, and all the positives we get with it, we receive fans moaning and arguing about tickets and how their individual view should be the way forward. First we've had season ticket holders only, then don't allow new members, then don't give a full away allocation, and now seeing no child prices. This all screams of selfishness by posters who create these threads, a singlemindedness and superiority in order for THEM to gain. Quite frankly, I'm not a season ticket holder, and I doubt very much I will be able to get a ticket to the game.....but I will not start making pointless demands in order to suit myself and for me to gain. The fact is people are going to miss out, that's life.....we are not in s communist state and quite probably people who have never seen city before will get tickets when hardened fans won't.....move on. As much as I would like to be there, I will settle for 2nd best.....no doubt on the box and enjoy watching players against some of the best in the world. Let's enjoy the moment but this nonsense and self importance (which of course is something you will never see me do) is very tiresome and lacks class.
  11. 54 points
    In years to come we will have to talk about Johnson era wins at Craven Cottage by first asking "which one was that?" - so let's get that bit out of the way first, by saying this was the one where Fulham were absolutely dire and we were most in control. Yes, more so than the 4-0, which was actually a close game for an hour. This wasn't. Apart from a 5 minute spell towards the end where the Fulham subs, trying to save some face, drew two typically sharp reaction saves from Frankie, and quite an even opening 15, when we were feeling out their weaknesses (it turns out we found an awful lot of them) there was only one side that was going to take control of this game. Fulham played three across the back, held a poor shape with Sessegnon and Fredericks (remember him) offering up little cover while being wasteful going forward. Up front Kamara was, as one person put it, a comedy version of Barry Hayles, forever crashing into people (mainly Joe Bryan) without ever doing anything of value. City on the other hand, once settled, were a brilliantly compact and mobile 4-5-1/4-3-3 - solid with two lines of bodies across our box when out of possession, fast and incisive in possession, springing forward via dominant central midfield play from Korey Smith and Brownhill, who ran the game and could both justifiably claim to be MoM. This released O’Dowda (another contender) and Paterson on the wings, who continually got outside the back three, often joined by Joe Bryan overlaps, to quickly cut a direct path to the byline. In the middle, Bobby Reid was his energetic best, drifting behind the centre backs or dropping off to give the wingers someone to lay the ball back to. Once settled, Fulham could not live with an in-form team playing with pace and purpose. We did have to ride out another early defensive injury, and Magnússon on as sub took a while to settle; brilliant when stepping up into a Fulham pass in midfield, initiating our best early move, but poor with two clearances, from one Fulham’s best chance. But our opener was deserved and was typical of how City’s pace and movement is tearing opponents to pieces. Bobby Reid started the move in central midfield, Korey Smith lifted the ball out to the right wing, and with City’s forward players breaking in all directions, dragging defenders in their wake, Brownhill squared the ball for Reid to finish. In response to City’s confident approach - pace and passing going forward, throwing bodies at Fulham's shots in defence - the home side's response was physical. Frustrated by their inability to find their own players with attacking passes, and routinely putting shots wide, the hosts started flying into City’s players, Joe Bryan a particular victim. Footballing justice would prevail, rewarding the side playing with enterprise and ability, not the side playing with hopeless bluffers like Fredericks and Kamara. Again breaking with pace and width, Reid released O’Dowda on the right, and with our attacking players again making runs to near and far post, Korey swept home from the edge of the box. By now City were teeing off on Fulham. Brownhill, Smith and O’Dowda all had chances, while into the second half Paterson raced away and beat two defenders before firing narrowly over with players better placed either side of him, and soon after Joe Bryan would lash a shot across the face of goal with his Palace strike in everyone’s minds. It was comfortable now against an utterly awful and largely dispirited Fulham side, and the only question was not if but how many. Wright had a goal disallowed for offside after Flint had hit the cross bar, before the home side’s meltdown consumed Kamara, physical all game, he appeared to connect with Wright, getting a red card and storming off. It would kill the game as a spectacle as a combination of substitutions and energy meant that City perhaps took pity on their forlorn opponents - turning attention to Saturday. That’s not to say Johnson took his foot off the gas, quite the opposite - he chucked on Leko and then Duric, but the former particularly careless where he didn’t need to be. Fulham’s subs created some chances in the final five minutes, Fielding springing to his left to tap away with one reaction save, while collecting two other high shots confidently, one of which was wildly spinning and dipping in front of him. But in truth Fulham had been punting most of their chances high and wide, such was their wastefulness in attack. For City, yet another convincing away win (no I am not still drunk!), where players in all positions were convincing, played exceptional counter attacking football on the break, dominated their defensive duties throwing themselves at everything, and utterly demoralised and made to look very slow and ordinary a talented, physical Fulham team. Why shouldn’t we start dreaming? There isn’t any aspect of how we’re playing that is a fluke. Fielding 8 Faultless with his handling Pisano 6 Injured early (Magnússon 7 - a few loose balls and Flint doesn’t look as confident with him in, but generally solid) Bryan 8 Battled well at the back against physical opponents, caused lots of problems going forward Wright 8 Won all his battles Flint 8 Won all his battles and a threat at set pieces Smith 9 Ran the game with Brownhill, dominated central midfield and always picked the right outlet ball Pack 7 The weakest of the central midfielders, but by no means poor (Duric 6 - didn’t have much time to get into the game) Brownhill 9 See Smith. Ran the game, his energy and drive is frightening now. Will be a Premiership player Paterson 7 A problem for Fulham but wanted to cut in at times and didn’t always make the right decision, perhaps not back to full fitness (Leko 5 - was very poor and careless) O’Dowda 8 Looks better and better, constantly gets inside defenders, strong enough to create chances and delivery is spot on Reid 8 A constant nuisance wherever he drifted and made light work of my fears about having no target man
  12. 54 points
    What an unbelievable talent we have on our hands. 21 years of age and an accomplished appearance against a Premier League side. Didn’t look a touch out of place. Absolutely superb all season. Tie him down to as long a contract as we can.
  13. 52 points
    I would spend it all on cider and whores - the rest I would waste.
  14. 50 points
    Perhaps the best thing you could say about today's performance was that despite being at far from our best, we were still better than a Wednesday side who are 9th and have just been coming into a bit of form. Defensively we have improved ten-fold on last season,with the only obvious weakness of Magnússon today. Our away form has also improved ten-fold on last season. I feared the worst after an abysmal display at Griffin Park back in August but skip forward to the performances at Ipswich and again today (the ones I've seen but obviously put S'land and Fulham it the mix too) and we can now competently contain teams for long periods if we need to whilst still looking a threat going forward. Brownhill, O'Dowda and Djuric all worthy of a special mention today. As of now, play-offs are very much an achievable goal for us IMO. We have strength in depth, score goals, can defend and can play a bit too when given the opportunity. There also appears to be a great team spirit that as we saw in 2006-08 and in 2015 is key to any successful City side. Top two cannot be ruled out at this stage either. There, I said it. Wolves are the outstanding team in this division (and we gave them a fright up there despite them being excellent on the night) but beyond them I don't see another strong contender, at the moment. We should fear neither Sheffield U, who are riding the crest of a wave, nor the sheep shaggers. All in all, good times. Well done LJ, DH and my boy Jamie Mac . I can now say beyond doubt that lessons have been learnt after last season and we certainly* won't be in a relegation scrap. Take a bow, boys *well, almost certainly!
  15. 47 points
    Evening all , posted on here a good few times and like to think I try and post a balanced view of the team I have supported for 40 + years and as always for the third season on the trot will be making the trip to Ashton Gate as its one I pencil in immediately due to the guaranteed good humour between both sets of fans ( can only base this on the numerous times I have seen Preston play away at Bristol City and having done Preston away at 90 + clubs found your supporters amongst if not the most welcoming ) so what of our visit on Tuesday ? Having lost Grayson to Sunderland I felt and still do that he was a real loss and season on season we had progressed as a club ( player wise from last season and a bit more football ) despite two 11th placed finishes and identical points for both seasons ( but a terrible one win in 10 at the end of last season ) , we had to find a replacement for Simon quite quickly and I am lead to believe it was pretty much a two horse race between Neil or Rosler from Fleetwood , Neil got the nod perhaps down to having promoted a side from the Championship although Norwich with there squad/recent Prem history is a different prospect to coming to manage Preston without top flight football for 53 years , our start surprised me and I think a good few of us , not just the 1 defeat in 11 , nor 3 goals conceded but the manor of high tempo pressing football , loads of chances created ( not taken in the main ) but outplaying Cardiff , Reading , Sheff Wed , Moro and Leeds and the only defeat a narrow one at Derby , we first conceded two goals at home to Sunderland and the players looked out of sorts against a club in turmoil on the back of a 5-2 defeat at Ipswich but Grayson knew our players better than Alex Neil and 2-2 was fair , we then go to Fulham and perhaps put on our best performance of the season and could / should have been 4-0 up , even at 2-1 we create and miss two glorious chances and concede in the 96th min for a 2-2 draw , then Wolves away we let in 3 but having gone deserved a point in a 3-2 defeat but defensively we look suspect , then we play IMO very poorly at Home to our bogey side Brentford ship another 3 in a 3-2 defeat , injuries are piling up and we simply have no Plan B in games nor can we park the bus , Villa was men v boys but I wander off Deepdale thinking this is a squad assembled for around £2.4-£2.5 Mill what more should we expect ? , Ipswich away we had 6 defenders out and get trounced 3-0 and Friday we look content to stop the rot and grind out a pretty uneventful 0-0 but with no Hugill and Maguire we are toothless... One thing I haven't seen under Alex Neil except a little bit at Home v Bolton is us playing for a point , with No Cunningham , Clarke , Davies we have 3 of our back 4 out ( Clarke will be on the bench but hasn't kicked a ball from a serious injury ) , confidence is low and the high passing tempo and stunning football at the moment is a distant memory , I am certainly not looking up ( a few weeks ago even I was starting to believe ) but I also do not think we will be dragged into the bottom 3 ( 14-19th a likely finish ) , I have never witnessed a team with 8 defenders out and having to play kids / players out of position all over the pitch and think most teams would suffer and we really are on a bad run , I would be very surprised if we get any form of result at all on Tuesday and hope I'm proved wrong but with your current form / squad it looks like a pretty comfortable home win but I will cheer the team on and take a win/draw/defeat and hope to see a decent game of football , things change very quickly in football wasn't long ago at Deepdale after that 5-0 defeat that I didn't think Johnson could turn you around but he has and its nice to see you at the right end of the table and you with 1 defeat ? all season look real top six contenders , whether Alex Neil is the man to progress us is way to soon to tell , he will be given time and a limited budget but we have perhaps the 3rd smallest budget in the division and think we punch way above our weight .. Regardless of the result on Tuesday all the best Mortis
  16. 46 points
    I’ve seen our wonderful Club représented In some weird and wonderful ways although over the globe but thought this deserves a special mention. A huge shout out to Ricky Wiltshire. Great work fella and hope you have a very safe journey up and down COYR
  17. 45 points
    I myself spent closer to 7 hours in AG on Friday, arriving at 12pm, setting up for the display. In those hours, I had a decent length chat to the Head of Stadium Security and a Groundsman, niether questioned anything about the display’s nature. As we had only the upper right section of the display to complete, a security guard approached us saying Dave Storr was unhappy. We contacted Storr, through @Dollymarie, and were told that, as long as A+S police were okay with the St. George’s Cross, he was. We contacted @JulieH who agreed to the display, so long as it wasn’t held up in the minute silence. We continued to finish the display before we were contacted by Julie, saying Storr had said no to the display, full stop. In fact, we heard no official word from Dave Storr, until we contacted him ourselves. He went on to say that he had 200 stewards on stand-by to rip it down and that, he didn’t care about the club, only safety. Storr also refused to put this into writing, clearly fearing the backlash. Then on Saturday morning we learned Storr would order stewards - who are paid to ensure the safety of fans - to rearrange the display. From photos I then learned the club removed all card from S20, to suit the presumed desires of Corporate guests seated in the block. I, personally, am more than happy to spend hours setting up our displays, however I am obviously extremely annoyed. I just feel sorry for all the fans that wished to be involved and that donated to us. Many thanks for the support and hopefully this will not deter us too much. Forza Eastenders. Section82
  18. 44 points
    @bert tann I have enjoyed many of your posts, but given that I was around in ‘82 and experienced the strange, obscene vitriol and joy that your fans expressed at our impending demise, all I can say is karma is a bitch and I hope to see your vile club expire and disappear from the league. That might seem childish and unforgiving, but tough shit.
  19. 43 points
    I think that the people that fought and died in wars to preserve our freedom would be somewhat confused by the annual intolerance shown by many on the subject of poppies. It's quite simple - if people choose not to wear poppies then they don't have to and no one should criticise their choice. (I always wear a poppy, but then that's my choice and it doesn't make me more patriotic or virtuous than the man who doesn't).
  20. 40 points
    They’re Welsh Who cares about their opinions
  21. 39 points
    Great pitch level view of Lee Yomlin preparing to take his free kick yesterday.
  22. 38 points
    I despise Warnock the football manager with a passion...he might be a nice bloke, but he is what Don Revie was to Clough...anti football, cheating bastard. Gets his teams to waste time, feign injury, get in the refs face...today his plan backfired. It was obvious that he had targeted Pack after the start of the second half. He was looking to get it all fired up and get physical. His way of playing football is over 20 mins with boxing gloves. Complete cock of a manager. Imagine being in the Cardiff academy with him in charge. Anti football...can't wait for his type and him to retire. Keeping British football in the dark ages. Colin the Dino...
  23. 36 points
  24. 35 points
    OK, I tried. How did I do? Arab owner of English third-tier ex non league side is bidding to fulfil lofty ambitions with passion and pragmatism out any money London: Wael Al-Qadi is no ordinary football club owner billionaire, it immediately becomes apparent from interviewing him. “I am a football freak,” the engaging and enthusiastic charlatan president of the English third-tier ex non league side, Bristol Rovers, tells Gulf News. “I followed Chelsea [as a boy] and I never used to miss a second when they played friendlies or cup games or league games had the funds to invest in them. If [football] is rarely not covered on TV, I follow it on the radio. It’s like any other fan person who can’t afford a ticket. “I live and breathe every second of the game.” English football has increasingly become a playground for faceless and often-clueless foreigners, for whom owning a football club is ostensibly just a vanity project; exhibit ‘A’ being the Venky’s much-maligned running of Blackburn Rovers. As such, Al-Qadi represents a welcome breath of fresh air amid the all-pervasive stench of greed and self-interest in the modern game. But the Jordanian businessman has clearly developed a genuine passion and affection for financial interest in Rovers since his family’s Dwane Sports business assumed control of the club in February 2016 secured a £10M loan against the club’s ground. This is illustrated by the 47-year-old’s desire ego boosting decision to eschew the directors’ box in favour of mingling with the club’s fans. “To go to a football game and not be able to express your emotions and support your team and being restricted in your behaviour, racially abuse the opposition you’re not watching a football game [properly],” explains Al-Qadi, who has attended five World Cups as a fan a timeshare on a £15k watch.“You have to express [yourself]. You have to chant, you have to scream and shout, so I am much more comfortable watching the game and enjoying it [by being in a] section that has fans – and especially your own fans – home and away.” Al-Qadi’s ardour for football was nurtured in the 1980s when, while studying in London, his father took him to see Chelsea home and away. “The [Rovers] fans remind me of the old-school Chelsea fans way back then. They are very passionate, committed and loyal no matter what to their team. That got me to buy in [to the project] and I feel I’m one of them now racist." Aside from their fervent over exaggerated fanbase, Rovers appeared a highly unattractive proposition to potential investors given their continuing parlous financial state two years ago. Relegation to the amateur Conference Premier in 2013-14 – the first time the club has spent outside the Football League since being admitted in 1920 – was largely to blame for this hilarious Al-Qadi was undeterred, though, as he had been scouring Europe for a club with a specific profile very limited funds “Basically we were looking for a club – and this goes back to the investment return side of it – where a club was at the pure bottom the owners were prepared to sell without full due diligence and the fans are gullible" says Al-Qadi, who was born in Qatar and who is assistant general manager of the Arab Jordan Investment Bank, which his family founded in 1978 has no independent wealth. “There was nowhere else to go and they were seconds away from going into bankruptcy. I wanted a club that I could build up from the bottom upwards, get an initialled training top at unlike most of the investors who are coming in at the top level, be it Premier League or Championship, and paying huge amounts of money.” Rovers secured immediate promotion back to the Football League in 2015 via the play-offs and then, just months after the Al-Qadi takeover, clinched their place in League One. The club, known as ‘The Gas’ due to their former Eastville Stadium home’s proximity to gasworks, finished a creditable 10th in League One last season and are currently 15th and into the FA Cup second round six months away from exhausting the charge the family have on the clubs only asset. Al-Qadi is “quite pleased” with such encouraging progress, but stresses: “We believe we should be better than what we are right now and hopefully the team will improve. If you look at the numbers, the attendances, the revenues and all that, then yes, there has been a rise.” Of his long-term ambition, he adds: “The ultimate goal and dream has to be to reach the Premier League and it has been done before. There are a lot of clubs in the Premier League right now who were in League One not so long ago, so it’s doable recoup the families spending with 6% interest. “But I do not like to put targets that in three years or five years, we need to be here or there. It’s a long-term investment asset strip and hopefully the success of our strategy will be reflected one day with success by reaching higher divisions obtaining prime development land.” Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League title triumph in 2016 remains a great source of inspiration and an exemplar for clubs of Rovers’ ilk. Says Al-Qadi, who supported Prince Ali Bin Hussein’s unsuccessful bid to become Fifa president in 2015 and who is an executive member of the Jordan Football Association: “It was one of the greatest-ever stories of sporting success. It was a miracle. This gives hope and ambition to clubs like ours sell to our deluded fan base” Al-Qadi is first and foremost pragmatic businessman not a billionaire rather than a football romantic, however. His “main strategy” is “to build [the club] with the correct foundations, so that it can grow by it itself, organically lie about ‘evolution not revolution’”. Central to this aim has been the formation of a development squad to bridge the gap in quality between the academy and the first team idiocy of the fan base And, as vice-president of the Asian Football Development Project, a not-for-profit youth project funded by Prince Ali, Al-Qadi is eager for talented Arabs to be given a chance at Rovers. One such is the 18-year-old left-back, Ghassan Abu Hassan, who plays for the Jordan Under-19s and who has joined the development squad after being recommended by a Jordanian talent-spotter. Yet Al-Qadi is anxious to emphasise that Middle Eastern prospects – and he admits he is well aware of the UAE’s most-renowned and sought-after player, Omar Abdul Rahman – face a battle to succeed in England because they aren’t very good. “Okay, a player has the skills and talent and is technically superb and that’s maybe only 20 per cent of the formula. The rest is can he settle down in England? Can he train on a dark, cold, rainy, Thursday night in Bristol? Can he have the hunger, the desire, the power and the strength to compete in the English leagues? “If they don’t have these attributes, then they’ll fail in English football.” One high-profile Arab who has done anything but fail in English football is the genuine bone fide billionaire Abu Dhabi-based Manchester City owner, Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, who has presided over five major trophy triumphs in nine years. “People who criticise saying, ‘Oh, he’s just spending money and buying the league’, [I say] ‘No, there’s the other side of it’,” Al-Qadi points out. “He’s done amazingly for the community there and also brought success to Manchester City Football Club.” He is referring to the fact that Shaikh Mansour’s munificence has funded a £1billion (Dh4.82bn) regeneration of a run-down area of Manchester via 6,000 new homes and a state-of-the-art football academy and campus. There have been varying reports of Al-Qadi’s family’s own wealth – from £1.4bn (Dh6.74bn) to £400million (Dh1.927bn) – neither of which he wants to confirm. So could he have emulated Shaikh Mansour? “There are only very, very few people on this Earth that could do what the likes of the Premier League clubs are doing,” he replies, laughing. “They [City] are doing things from the top downwards, so you can’t compare them with us. No” A more cogent comparison with City comes in the form of Newcastle United, who are reportedly the subject of takeover interest from a consortium led by the Dubai-based financier Amanda Staveley. Al-Qadi says of this prospect: “Newcastle is a huge club and I read some time ago that they sold 35,000 season tickets before the start of the season. I believe anybody who is going to purchase and invest in Newcastle, they have potentially a mega club that could be taken on to the next level. “If someone was to ask my advice [about taking over Newcastle], I would say: ‘Go ahead’.” Al-Qadi reiterates his unwavering commitment to Rovers when asked whether he would ever fancy owning a bigger club. “It’s more of an affection and being emotionally tied into Bristol Rovers now and for me, it doesn’t matter if it’s a Premier League or Championship or League One or League Two [club]. The hope and ambition and emotional gain is to have success with Rovers and only Rovers. I couldn’t afford one ”
  25. 34 points
    Wow I have money - bore off
  26. 34 points
    Credit to SL for sticking by LJ last season.
  27. 33 points
    I couldn't afford to get a personalised number plate for my car. Instead, I changed my name. It was cheaper. Regards, SA17 NBD
  28. 33 points
    No thread on him?! Boy became a man today. Showed skill, intent, passion, intelligence and fight. Think we've got a hell of a player developing here.
  29. 33 points
    Looks like an absolute disgrace. You'll struggle to find a more honest defender/player than him.
  30. 33 points
    Not really sure what your point is. We are a football club from England. We use our national flag to honour those who fought for our country. We are also part of the United Kingdom, a collection of 3 other countries who also fought with us in wars. Should we also fly flags of USA, Poland, Australia, Bhurma, France, Russia, Siam, Serbia, Portugal and numerous others who also fought and died alongside us? As English people, why is it so wrong to honour England and English people?
  31. 32 points
    What a season we are having this far...4th place and a fantastic cup run and Lee now looking every bit the highly rated young manager many pundits suggest he is. i can’t help thinking that last season and in particular the losing run was the best thing that could have happened to him. It takes real guts and resilience to stand your ground when pretty much 90% of the crowd wanted him gone during that period. Turning round and seeing a banner sayin o’drisvoll save us must have been a particular low point. however the confidence lansdown showed in him must be a fantastic feeling in a climate where most teams would have got shot of him. i think he has clearly learnt from that and is now benefiting from the experience. still early days but he takes all the plaudits from me 10/10 this season from transfers...team set up..tactics and communicatio with the fan base. i really hope he can take us places this season.
  32. 31 points
    I've tried to pick up all questions asked and get them answered from the last 24 hours. I’m a season card holder, am I guaranteed a ticket? Yes, your seat will be reserved to purchase during the first week of sales. It will not be a case of first-come, first-served, so there is no rush. You will have a whole week to purchase your seat. Note: The first three days will be online only. As a season card holder, can I buy just my own seat, or a different seat in the stadium? Just your own seat, which will be reserved until 10am on Monday, December 20th. What about half-season card holders? For committing for the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign, you’ll benefit from the same period afforded to season card holders. Why is it just home games factored in and not away games? The club spent a long time going through all options regarding ticketing, priority groups and more for the Manchester United game. It’s never easy and there’s never going to be one system that suits everyone unfortunately. This is a home fixture so we have based priority around home purchases. In addition, a large number of our supporters opt to pay on the day for away games, of which we would have no record whatsoever. With all home purchases, this is recorded and can be utilised for priority purposes. I'm a member. Can I buy for future home games and have that count towards the priority groups? Yes. For example, if you've purchased for two home games already this season, and then buy tickets for, say, Reading and Wolves, you'll then qualify for Priority 2. Can I upgrade my child's concession ticket for an adult ticket? Yes. You would pay the adult rate for that seat. Do season card holders or members get a discount on ticket prices? No, the prices set are at Gold category, non-member rate, as agreed with Manchester United. Can I purchase for multiple season card holders? Yes you can, as long as they are linked to your account online, or as long as you have all Supporter IDs when you call up Supporter Services. Shouldn't season card holder plus members be able to purchase two tickets? The majority of our season card holders are plus members, so if we offered everyone two then we wouldn't have enough left for members. Can I buy four tickets for the Preston game on my account and be in the Priority 2 group? No, it must be four individual home matches per member. Additionally, each ticket purchased for that Preston game should be linked to a Supporter ID so those fans can also benefit from priority. I’m a Forever Bristol member, how do I know how many home tickets I’ve purchased this season? This can be seen online. Login to your member account, hover over your name and click ‘personal details’. Next, select the ‘history’ tab and then choose ‘view your previously purchased tickets’. I've already attended two games but I'm not a member. If I purchase a membership now, will I jump into Priority 3? And if I purchase a membership and tickets for two more upcoming home games, will I jump into Priority 2? Yes and yes. But also consider a half-season card and jump into Priority 1! Does the FC Twente friendly count as a home ticket purchased? No, just 2017/18 league and cup home fixtures. Do disabled supporters have to wait until Thursday when phone lines open for everyone? No, disabled supporters only can call up from Monday as their tickets cannot currently be purchased online. Why can’t I currently purchase a concession half-season card online? As with 2017/18 season cards in the summer, we need to have full proof of age for all new purchasers. If you are interested in a concession half-season card, please call Supporter Services on 0117 963 0600, where the full process will be explained. I’ve seen tickets for this fixture available on other ticket sites. Can I get tickets through those sites? The only way to purchase a ticket for this game is via bcfc.co.uk or by phone to 0117 963 0600, or via Manchester United for away tickets. Any other sites are not affiliated to Bristol City or Manchester United; you cannot be guaranteed tickets on these sites and there’s no guarantee you will receive your money back if you don’t get tickets. We strongly advise all supporters to only purchase through official channels. I’m a dual season card holder – can I purchase two tickets? No, you will be in Priority 1, where you can purchase your Bristol City season card seat.
  33. 31 points
    So you're on the fence about this.
  34. 30 points
    If the decision was 'not based on the flag' why were the cards re-arranged into something else? When you turn picture 'A' into picture 'B', it's usually because you don't like picture 'A' We tried to get away with it on the quiet but someone leaked the picture of 50 stewards being paid by us to ruin the work of S-82. It took me 2 days to come up with something to cover my arse. If I say that everyone else agreed with the decision, then I spread the blame, even though the Police have said they were fine with it, the EFL weren't even there, and the Cardiff safety officer was so angry he let stewards help Cardiff fans put up Welsh Flags inside AG during the game I have been caught with my pants-down and really hate being thrown to the wolves by the club. So I'm not saying anything else. Let Rachael bloody Lemar take some shit for a change. As for that tosser Dave Stoor ............ I'm just going to have to remind them who is the boss around here. It's Dave Stoor. So behave or he will make me sanction more overtime and have 50 Coppers in there next time. I'll try to con the old codgers with some Bullcrap in private - that's the best plan. Dave Stoor told me so. God, I hate my fricken job. Thank god Rachaels here to help. Rachael? RACHAEL?? If she's washing Dave and Jon L's cars again, I'm going to lose it. Big Time. Bloody Bristolian people wanting to display flags and sing and cheer and be noisy - why can't they just be like Chelsea and Fulham. Just be quiet and spend money. God, they make a great prawn sandwich at Fulham.......
  35. 30 points
    Plaudits have to be given to Lee for this outstanding start to the season. When things are going so well, both on and off the pitch, when teams start reaching quarter finals of serious cup competitions, it means the manager is doing a superb job. Top work Lee, let's hope you can take City onwards and upwards - firstly to become a feared Championship side, and then push for a spot in the top division.
  36. 30 points
    Hoping you remain here for a long long time yet Aden Warrior
  37. 30 points
    I’ve said it in another thread. But this lad is most improved this season. Love his style and direct approach and has worked on his final ball which gave him many critics last term. Man of the Match performance today according to reports.
  38. 29 points
    We have a display planned for tomorrow that will need full participation of the whole South Stand in order to be a success. Under every seat (as per picture below) you'll find a piece of card. These are to be held up as the players come out, through to the end of the minutes silence please! Spread the word! COYR S82
  39. 29 points
    *digs out theincider image archives*
  40. 28 points
    I hope the club temporarily suspend sales of forever Bristol memberships to give current ones a chance of getting tickets for the Utd game.
  41. 28 points
  42. 28 points
    It changed the game and it wasn't totally down to luck - if you watch MTs movement, he knew he wasn't winning the first header or the second and positioned himself for the mistake. Really intelligent play.
  43. 27 points
    On behalf of the vast majority of us, thanks for your efforts mate.
  44. 27 points
    Can someone at the club decide if they want active supporters or not please? Yesterday texts and tweets were flying about encouraging us to take on the FA over this Bailey Wright injustice. Today, I understand Jnr and Dave Storr decide to mess up a display fans had spent 5 hours of their free time creating. 1 step forward, 2 steps back.
  45. 27 points
    @Olé I don't know how you manage to write such detailed and excellent match reports. This is how I imagine you watching games: On the other hand, I probably sit there a bit more like this:
  46. 26 points
    I have done. Hence saying I hope he is banned
  47. 26 points
    Club response: https://www.bcfc.co.uk/news/bristol-city-fc-statement-bailey-wright/ Fair to say that Mark Ashton has come out fighting with that statement.
  48. 26 points
    So Holden isn't the devil incarnate and a complete jonah and Macca wasn't just promoted because he's one of the boys. Well I'll be damned...
  49. 26 points
    According to your title it was 17 years today. So by my Sherlock Holmes like powers of deduction, I make that 1963.
  50. 26 points
    Based on my time working at AG, there will be some very careful scrutiny of anyone without a previous booking history looking to buy tickets for this game (even if they have recently purchased a membership). I was part of a team checking ticket applications for the West Ham Cup game a couple of years ago, and had a very entertaining phone conversation with a young lad from Croydon who had bought online tickets in the Williams during the general sale period. He claimed to be a proper 'fan of Bristol' who came to three or four games a season, although he couldn't quite remember the last one. I asked him why he didn't show up on our booking history and he said he always paid cash on the day. I pointed out that you couldn't pay on the day, so then he claimed his mate always booked the tickets. I asked him his mate's name, but he only knew his first name, not his surname. I then asked him how he could explain the fact that I was sitting at my computer looking at his Facebook page which showed quite clearly that he was a West Ham fan. He told me to **** off and put the phone down. We cancelled his tickets and made sure they went to City fans. We were under no obligation to offer refunds to people who had knowingly booked tickets in the home end, but generally speaking we did. In his case we made an exception :-)
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