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  1. 79 points
    Not sure many on here would have known my dad, who passed away on the weekend at 82 years old, but nevertheless thought I’d share some City related memories. Charlie James – or Charlie Boy, as he called himself – lived during his childhood at Exeter Road, Southville, and spent a significant part of his time socialising in South Bristol where he lived most of his life. Dad was a City loyal. He often spoke about players from the early 50’s like Mike Thresher, Tony Cook and Alec Eisentrager, as well as the FA Cup game against Blackpool in 1959 which saw Sir Stanley Matthews play in front of 43,000 at Ashton Gate. Apparently Matthews didn’t get much change out of Thresher, who was one of the hardest nuts ever to wear a Bristol City shirt. Dad took me to my first game at Ashton Gate as a 5 year old in 1967, a 0-0 draw against Middlesboro, where I remember being sat on the wall at the front of the old Park End with other young kids. Mostly after that we were East Enders, he’d sit me on a stanchion and hold me there for the duration of the game, another earliest memory was a 6-0 win against Blackburn. Another memory was home to Hull on a wet and windy night in 1972 when Ray Cashley punted from his penalty area, the ball bounced deep into the opposition half and sailed over Jeff Wealands for what I had previously thought impossible, a goalkeeper scoring. In the early 70’s, I think my dad’s little business took off enough so he could afford season tickets in the old Grandstand, where we sat with his cousin Pete Scragg, Bob Hunt, Brian Harding, my uncle Roger and a scouser mate of my dads, Chris Ashcroft, who had moved to Bristol and was an Everton fan. One of City’s first games back in the old First Division in 1976 was away to Everton, so we travelled to the game and stayed at Chris’ relatives house overnight after the game and went to a few Liverpool pubs, which at the time felt like being in a different country. City lost the game 2-0. After each home game, we’d go into the Supporters Club, which in those days was under the grandstand, where most of the players would come in for a drink and a chat. Dad was a drinker, night owl and sociable person, to say the least, and became quite friendly for a while with Roy Ashton, who was a big City fan and ran the Nelson (later the Fusells and now the Assembly Rooms) in East Street. A lot of the City players of the time got in there, that was the era of Gerry Gow and the other heros of the mid 70’s, and dad got to know a few of the players, mainly the drinkers which back then was most of them, through that. Dad was also friendly with a great City player from the 60’s Alan Williams, like my dad a social butterfly at the time who went on to run the Miners in Farrington Gurney and the White Horse in West Street. “Willie” was also a very nice man, sadly also no longer with us. Sadly his pubs aren’t either. Dad had distant family relationships through marriage with David Russe who was briefly Chairman during the 90’s, and Angus who is also well known for Bristol City reasons, both like him passionate City fans. My wifes dad Phil Coggins, played a few games for City in the 1950’s, and they would occasionally share memories about friends and players from their generation. Some stand out away games with dad in my early days were Leeds 1974 and Coventry 1977. Anyone like me at both of those games as a kid would probably agree that they were the most special games ever. Leeds 1974 was an FA Cup 5th round replay and they were unbeaten all season. We drew the first game 1-1 at Ashton Gate and I can recall hugging my dad with sheer joy when Keith Fear lobbed Gary Sprake for the equaliser. It was the time of the miners strike and so no floodlights for the replay hence a Tuesday 1.30 kick off. No all-ticket in those days, they just played the game the week after the first one and you just turned up. So for that game 49,000 did, and as we arrived shortly before kick off I can remember the turnstiles to the terraces were locked, and me and my dad running around the stadium to bag the last few seating tickets for us, my uncle and sister. Not sure how many were locked out, but I can recall looking down from the rear of the stand where we were sat and seeing loads of lads on top of the roofs of the stands at each end, and the amazing moment when Donnie Gillies scored what turned out to be the only goal and winner. Liverpool visited Ashton Gate for the Quarter Finals but I think it was Keegan that saw us off and after the previous cup game it was an anti climax. Coventry May 1977 followed the game at Ashton Gate against champions of Europe, Liverpool, who we beat 2-0 to give us a chance of staying up. The infamous 2-2 draw at Coventry on a Thursday night had been preceded by an evacuation of South Bristol as City must have had what seemed like almost half the crowd of 38,000 and the draw kept both clubs in the First Division at the expense of Sunderland, a surreal experience capped off by a celebratory return journey preceded by a pub stop and continued with dad’s mate Brian producing a bottle of whiskey and literally drink driving all the way home. City had been promoted to Division One in 1975/76 but another memorable away game was Southampton the previous season, March 1975 the terraces were packed with City fans including me and my dad, City won 1-0 and we thought we were going up, only for City to blow it with a home defeat to Norwich on Easter Friday and a home draw against Rovers the following Tuesday, another game incidentally where in addition to the 30,000 crowd that night at least hundreds were locked out. An away game on a Tuesday night at West Brom in March 1976 also stands out, we were rivals for promotion, I got picked up from school by dad and his mates in a mini bus. West Brom battered us but we had taken a 1-0 lead through a goal from an unlikely source, think it may have been Gerry Sweeney, and we held on and that was the point where dad believed that after 65 years we were finally going back to the top division. When I was about 10 or 11, dad took me and a mate to Eastville for a GFA trophy game. On the way into the ground, he spotted a City fan with blood streaming from his nose, and a bigger Rovers bully trying to wrestle the lad’s red and white scarf away from him. Dad was a passive man but I can recall his anger and words “give the kid his scarf back” as he gave the Rovers lad a couple of hard kicks who ran away with a deserved look of fright across his face. But it wasn’t because the victim was a City fan; dad would have done the same had it been a City bully doing the same. Back in the 50’s it was common for City and Rovers fans to attend Ashton Gate and Eastville alternately. Not sure dad ever did that, but I do recall we went to Eastville on a couple of occasions when Rovers had a cup run in the early 70’s, against Ipswich and then Southampton; my main memory being the Southampton fans invading and running the length of the pitch in an attempt to take the Tote End where we were stood, and particularly a Southampton lad using a corner flag as a spear to throw into the Tote Enders. In my teens, late 70’s early 80’s, I started playing local football, but dad continued his season tickets with his mates, and I would attend whenever not playing, but by now in the East End with mine. At some time during the slide through the divisions my dad and his mates gave up their season tickets, and he would go as and when, but after a while he started going more regularly again with a different group of mates. That must have been around 1989 by which time City were back in the old Third Division having got out of the Fourth, because I recall being in the Supporters Club with dad and his mates after a game when the Liverpool disaster at Hillsborough started coming through on the TV news. My dads mate Dave Bright, also sadly no longer with us, became a member of what was called the 51 Club, which was basically a club in the Grandstand for those with aspirations of becoming directors and I can recall going with dad on some 51 Club away executive type coach trips, which were a feast of booze and food followed by the game itself, West Ham and Forest spring to mind. Home games during this period were often followed by a session at a drinking den at Whitchurch, the Little Thatch, now a travesty of semi detached houses. Then of course there was the FA Cup win at Liverpool in 1994, by then I had been regularly travelling away with mates whenever possible when we weren’t playing, so usually Tuesday nights at Mansfield or wherever, but for that one went with my dad and his mates. The atmosphere in the Liverpool pubs was electric, City had taken over the place, both me and my dad bumped into many other mates, I can recall seeing in one pub a great character and mate Dave Rich. The sight of City filling the entire away end and around into the adjacent stand, Brian Tinnion’s goal, plus the memory of the Kop applauding our team and us City fans after the game is something I will never forget. For some reason, not long after that, my dad’s mates stopped going, so I decided to buy season tickets for him and our family, juggling playing football for a few last seasons with attending Ashton Gate whenever possible, and for the past at least 20 years we have all had the same 7 or 8 seats in the Dolman. Each home game usually followed by a few pints, to begin with in the Luckwell but for the past few years the Hen & Chicken. In a token concession to my liver, I don’t generally drink before a home game, but dad did and so he would go early with our mate Austin, my brother-in-law Karl and a few others for a couple of pre-match in the Coopers. A number of years ago I started running a coach to one City away game each season, drunken trips which started with a 20 seater then a 50 seater as more wanted to come, but dad always said the best trip, don’t know why, was the first one, at Port Vale in I think 2006. The season before last, dad stopped going to some games when it was colder, the first one he missed was the Man Utd game in 2017. I was abroad at the time, but was gutted for him that he didn’t get to go to the game either. If I’d been home I’d have made sure he got to Ashton Gate but anyway after that dad started missing other games and then more and more, until finally he wouldn’t go in the winter months at all. I managed to hire one of the exec boxes in the Lansdown from a mate for him and family for the Wolves FA Cup game in February, so we sat in there before the game and he was able to sit outside long enough to watch the game, wearing as he always did his red and white City hat. That turned out to be his final game, I tried desperately hard to get him out of hospital and along to the Derby game in April, but he just wasn’t up to it and all I could feel was sadness as dad spoke to me about what a big crowd and great atmosphere it was going to be. I hope those I’ve named are ok with it, they were all just some of those with Bristol City connections that were a part of my dads action packed life. Cheers and thanks dad, great City memories and I will miss you so much.
  2. 76 points
  3. 74 points
    SUMMARY. LJ has spent the last few days having one-on-ones and reviewing the season with individuals. Has had 45 one-on-ones with what sounded like the whole football club. Recruitment; stressed they are looking at all positions all the time, and would not say explicitly that we did need a striker, despite Geoff pushing him hard to say that. As usual the club is looking at character when they recruit. LJ pointed out that we needed to fill left back slot because only Cameron Pring is a left back at the club. There have been relaxed discussions with JDS, and City have made him an offer, but LJ does not want to force the issue. JDS is ambitious, has received a good offer from the club, and is thinking about it. The ball is in his court. No decision imminent because JDS is off captaining the England U21s. Sounds like the only issue is whether JDS accepts City's financial offer. LJ stressed how much of a blow Korey Smith's injuries were this season. Other clubs now believe BCFC can get promotion, so that helps when you are signing players because you can use a promotion clause to get the fee lower. LJ is painfully aware we haven't scored enough goals at home, owing to the respect other teams show us when they come to Ashton Gate. Says up to the box we have been consistent, but not good enough in the box at home. He says it is difficult when teams come for a draw, and that we have had 99 golden chances in front of goal, but only taken 35. We have hit the woodwork 19 times. LJ says he likes an unchanged side ideally, and when you pick a team you only have to pick it to get to half time. He said that as a lot of our players are under 23, that comes with inconsistency. Said that Nicolas Eliasson is "one minute the best player on the pitch, then next minute he goes mission." But he is not afraid to take someone off because you can always put your arm around them after the match. Semenyo. He needs work, because he has never scored a goal in the box in his career. "Physically he is a beast." Famara. Says he needs to be on the move more, so that he can get a cross out of a wideman with his movement, like Beckham-Van Nistelroy. Eisa. We have had a few bids for Eisa, but we do believe in him. LJ stressed what a big jump the level was for him, and seemed fairly clear that he was not ready yet. There have been offers, and that could be from SPL/League One/Championship/abroad. He will sit down with him this summer, and he could easily go out on loan. Says he has improved, though, but the Championship is "a big old level". Vyner and Moore. Decisions have to be made about them. Because you have to be a Premier League standard player to play for BCFC, since to get promoted you need five or six of them and this is the fifth best league in the world. The usual story about they have to compete, and we will see how they are doing in pre-season. Reading between the lines you get the feeling LJ is dubious about them, but he did stress that you have to leave the pathway open for these guys, and they can surprise you in pre-season, particularly if they put on 3kg of muscle. He mentioned Rory Holden on loan at Rochdale, who is 21 but with the physique of an 18 year old. Kalas - Difficult to talk about. A host of clubs after him, and he will not come cheap. We are looking to sign him. Hopeful but it will be tough. Lloyd Kelly. When asked whether 13 million was correct LJ said he did not know (come on, Lee!) but said it was a record sale, which surely is him saying it is above the 15 million for Kodja, even if we never got those add ons. He points out that LK is going from an U23 contract to a Premier League wage. LJ sounded very disappointed to lose him and lose the opportunity to carry on working with him. Repeated he is a centre half. Physically a late developer. Clever from Bournemouth to go early and buy him, and LJ seems to think the bigger clubs were interested but will now watch him at Bournemouth. LJ assumes there is a sell on because Mark Ashton is good at his job. Thinks Bournemouth is good for Lloyd because he will get games. Says that it was Lloyd's England performances that got the top clubs interested. Said that at times this season he had to put his arm around him, and at other times he needed a kick up the backside, and that Lloyd is intelligent and over-thinks things, which creates its own problems. Oh yes, Lloyd has a new girlfriend, and is punching above his weight. Geoff Twentyman said that Aidy Boothroyd told him that at an England training session they were practising diagonal cross field passes, and Lloyd, with little backlift, instantly pinged an 80 yard ball from left to right and the right winger on the end of it did not have to break stride. There were Premier League players there who were impressed. Joe Morrell. "I was thinking about releasing him, but I forced my dad to take him for free and it worked well, he is a great lad, a proper footballer and we plan to loan him out again. I believe he can play at Championship level, but we have had 4 or 5 offers at League 1 level.@ Walsh. LJ praised his talent, and said that he can pass a ball with backspin and topspin and all kinds of spin, but said he needs 40 games, either for City or for somebody else, plus some home truths, and a good pre-season, and I hope he can produce what we are after. Sounded less than impressed with him. Callum O'Dowda. LJ sounded very frustrated and disappointed when talking about Callum. Says after his injury he did not want to play because he did not feel 100%, but with knee ligaments you don't get 100% fitness, and you have to play through them a bit. COD made a wage demand of the club in negotiations, and the club eventually agreed, and then COD said no to his own demands, so LJ said someone has got into his head. Stressed he liked COD, and wants him to sign, but has to be professional and do what is right for the club. Really sounds like a lot of tension and ill-feeling between the two of them. How does LJ relax? He doesn't, but he is highly motivated and does not feel tired or exhausted. SL ordered Mrs Johnson to put Lee's phone in a safe for five days on their holiday recently. Next season. He wants promotion but obviously cannot guarantee it. Said finishing 7th is not progression. (that's a relief) Progression is top 6. Said if we make enough right decisions promotion will come to us. Future at BCFC. Says he is committed to the club and the project. Has no roving eye. Does not court the media. Does not go on "The Debate" on Sky Sports, even though he is often asked. They were supposed to speak about a new contract last week, but he was in Portugal and SL was not in England. LJ does not use agents, and negotiates face to face. LJ squashed Geoff's suggestion that LJ will make demands about transfer money to be made available. The usual PR about the club and the long-term project and the good working relationship SL, MA, and LJ have.
  4. 69 points
    And me too. Have a lovely memory of TC from a year earlier I think. We all remember how he brought the club through times of hardship and back almost single handedly. Well some may remember that he said at one point that his office was open to any fan at any time. I was working at Eagle House Youth Centre and being cynical thought I would test him out. The next day I phoned the ground to complain that no Bristol City player had been seen in Knowle West for a long time and how they should send a player to coach our kids. To my great surprise I was put straight through to Terry. “Eh lad what can I do for you” like he was talking to one of his players. He quickly agreed to send a player to us and asked if there was anything else that I would like. I told him a stadium tour for my boys would be good and he said “hang on I will find out who the guy is to speak to about that.” After a fairly lengthy pause he came back to the phone and said “well apparently you’re speaking to the man that organises the tours”. He called me back later on having arranged the tour and asked me if I could pop down the ground the next evening to pick up a player and take him to meet the boys. Next day I went down and David Moyes literally having just signed for us that day was waiting, as he was once a week from then on. What times they were Terry Cooper an absolute legend and Moysie who was inspirational to a bunch of young Knowle Westers’.
  5. 67 points
    Currently out of work and spending some quality time with my young son, but time to start getting some feelers out there, so been getting the CV out to see what is going on Yesterday morning I had a missed call from a Leicester number and a message from Tony at ATA Recruitment to give him a call. Never heard of them before, so googled them and they had a useful 'meet the team' page on their website. Tony looks very much like the Tony Thorpe. So give him a call back, little chat about the situation then I ask the question, and it's the man himself Great guy and remembers his time here with great affection. Also described his spell at Swindon as his worst time in the game! Had a follow up conversation this afternoon and another little chat. Still good mates with Scott Murray and Louis Carey and gets down a couple of times a season. I said that he's remembered fondly by the fans, suspect the winner against the Blue Few in the Christmas game helps, and the lightning quick opening day hat trick at Northampton are the highlights Anyway, ex player so of no interest to some (keep the comments to yourself if so ) but thought I'd mention it to anyone else who remembers him in the same way I do If he gets me the dream job then he'll be even more of a legend in my eyes!
  6. 57 points
    Kodjia £15,000,000 Reid £10,000,000 Bryan £7,000,000 Magnússon £2,000,000 Flint £7,000,000 Kelly £13,000,000 Championship tv rights x3years @£7-8,000,000 =£21-24,000,000 Not alot to show for it!
  7. 41 points
  8. 40 points
    In over 50 yrs of watching football I have seen a lot of changes to the game that have made me fall slightly out of love with the game. Each time I have either got used to them or they have been changed back or I have actually been proved wrong and they have been for the good of the game. Watching the England match tonight I saw a glimpse of the future. A beautiful goal created from front to back, given offside because a players toe was deemed to be in advance of the defender. To be completely fair, it’s not entirely the fault of VAR , why the offside rule that required “clear daylight” between players was ever changed, I don’t know. VAR just makes it easier to see any tiny misdemeanours and therefore every goal celebration from now on will be tinged with doubt. I think games will be become more boring, defenders will work even harder to get players offside, attackers will have to check runs to an even greater degree. Less chances taken, equals less chances created. Technology has clearly been a boon in certain sports, cricket and tennis both come to mind, but it has been implemented in a far more sensible way in both cases. I would approve of each team having a couple of referrals to play or best of all, a version of “umpires call” that allows the instant on field decision to have more prominence. I have always been a great believer in “ just because you can doesn’t mean you should”. Yes you can make technology the great arbiter of the game, but should we? I really hope that the feeling of depression I am feeling right now about where the game is going with this, will be lifted. But I have little faith in the authorities making the necessary changes to make this a positive addition to the game.
  9. 40 points
    Pinched from Facebook and bloody funny.
  10. 38 points
  11. 37 points
    Hey all, I know you're probably sick of me promoting One Stream in Bristol on here. I sat down and had a good chat with Brian Tinnion this morning for the podcast, figured I'd share it on here. Not done this kind of interview/long chat before so please cut me a little slack! BT chats time abroad, the various managers he played under and why we should all be positive about the club's future. Would love to hear thoughts on it, also who you'd like me to chat to next! Listen on computer via Libsyn Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts and listen there!
  12. 31 points
    The team spirit and togetherness Cotterill had in that squad was special. I know it’s been done to death, but if that summer wasn’t such a shambles who knows what we might’ve done. I think we could’ve seen something similar to Sheffield United under Wilder!
  13. 31 points
    This just popped up on my memories, how things have changed
  14. 29 points
    I really wonder about some of our fans, brilliant stadium, a constantly improving League position, our recruitment is paying dividends, established in the Championship, League Cup semi final, and STILL moaning.
  15. 28 points
    Well ‘McDonalds123’ isn’t a hard password to guess
  16. 27 points
    I know Keith, not particularly well, but well enough to say that he will be sorely missed at the club. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes for the club in lots of areas but particularly as a sounding board for SL. His sense of humour is brilliant and he hates pomp and ceremony, preferring the 'normal' down to earth chat and banter. His humility allowed him never to seek praise, he just got on with things and when you consider his business responsibilities (RGS) and the amount of charity work he and his sons do, its outstanding what he has done for our club. I raise a glass to you Sir. Top man
  17. 26 points
    Yeah, i know he’s not our player, but nice interview with him on the eve of the u21s tourney. https://amp.theguardian.com/football/2019/jun/14/england-under-21s-lloyd-kelly-bournemouth-bristol-city?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other&__twitter_impression=true
  18. 26 points
    .... with this interview - 33 years ago today ...
  19. 25 points
    They need to put the bridge on it.
  20. 25 points
    A little footnote to my story. We arrived at Eagle House the next evening to an excited bunch of kids. Moysie introduces himself and asked if anyone had any questions. A little lad about 11 asked him how much we had paid for him. When Moysie said the fee the angelic lad looked up and said “**** off was it”. Welcome to Knowle West” I thought :laugh: although Moysie told me on the way back it reminded him of Glasgow in his younger days, and he loved it.
  21. 25 points
    It is a common misconception that Bristol City do not own Ashton Gate but we do via a holding company. This is very common for football clubs and is 100% owned in the following structure: From a FFP perspective, we report as Bristol City Holdings Ltd to incorporate the stadium costs and revenues from other events. The prior year accounts of Ashton Gate Stadium Ltd show that event income was recognised by this company and not in the accounts of Bristol Sport*: As a result, the concerts will benefit us significantly but I do not have oversight as to how much that is. As mentioned by other posters, the revenue will be split across different accounting periods depending on when the gigs are. *the revenue will be recognised in the Bristol Sport consolidated accounts as well but I can't be bothered to go into that!
  22. 24 points
    Who remembers Shoot! magazine? Getting the cardboard league tables one week and then collecting the little cardboard tabs for each team, then updating the positions of all of the teams each week, was a big part of my childhoood.
  23. 24 points
    There are a number of people on here who are interested in women's football but a larger number who aren't. As a consequence most threads relating to it tend to follow the same path of argument which is: comparing it to the men's game. The endless reruns of this debate detract from the genuine achievements of those players. If there was a separate women's football forum then only those who were interested would post there so you wouldn't get the negative responses. Women's football is great for those who are interested in it but, as with Formula 1 motor racing, I'm in the uninterested majority.
  24. 24 points
    Thank you to everybody on here who gave advice and information about attending the Take That concert. We parked in one of the side streets off Duckmoor Road, quite near the stadium. Slight hiccup, as we then discovered that each of us had assumed the other one had printed the tickets off the e-mail - so no tickets! Stewards and the ticket office were very helpful in getting us in, and the people doing the bag searches were very friendly. We then somehow managed to be sitting in the wrong block, and were led out by two stewards and escorted to our correct seats - which were actually a slightly better view as they were in the press box area. We probably shouldn't be let out in a public place without our care in the community support! Catering had run out of burgers, but the slice of pizza was very nice, and I thought that prices were average for a concert. I thought Rick Astley did well as a warm up act, good strong voice, and interaction with the crowd. Take That - spectacular as always, and Lulu can still belt out a song considering she's about 70 these days. Have to be honest and say that's a decent stadium you've got there - no complaints whatsoever. They even had blocks of portaloos in the car park to make sure we felt at home.
  25. 24 points
    Can only echo the Sky coverage superlatives. Against all the odds. Remarkable achievement by Villa. Two clubs allowed by the EFL to do whatever they fancy under FFP. Two clubs unendingly and disproportionately indulged by EFL match officials. Incredible that they both got here and even more incredible one of them has won it. What. An. Accomplishment. To do it with the deck continually stacked against everyone else. Fair play, that is quite some achievement. Hope the EFL get the credit they deserve before long too.
  26. 24 points
    Popped in to see any transfer news and. Breaking my OTIB exile for this Great post Great thread And legends are ‘discussed’ often on here Quite simple. Terry Cooper was an absolute legend in this Clubs history , and notably survival , let alone a happy resurrection I don’t think I missed a game in TCs era , And tough it was as a club but fun , so much fun and togetherness Beryl Fudge (Another Proper Club legend in my eyes) was the one to tell more about Terry I spent many hours at games and in the shop , chatting to Beryl about what TC had been up to behind the scenes As for Walsh’s , TC and Clive Middlemass hired a van and moved Walshys furniture themselves ! down from the North East The things he did behind the scenes to keep this club going were mainly unknown to supporters and the man literally kept life breathing in our lub Difficult to explain to those who are young enough to have missed this era just how important this man was to our Club and it’s survival The fact that we all roll up to a newly revamped AG and watch our Club punching it out in the Championship is down to Terry Cooper as it is to Steve Lansdown I firmly believe without TC (And I make no apologies for again highlighting Beryl Fudge who was incredible in all the things she did behind the scenes) we may have been set for a long period in the basement, if we survived at all I find it sad that TC is not more recognised or revered by the Club Would like to see him guest of honour for a game every season , Leeds would be a good one to start A Cooper South Stand would be good........ If the club aren’t inclined to do anything , Id be all for us supporters doing something and whilst TC is still with us (So sad when things are done after someone leaves us) A Statue or tribute / recognition on Marina Dolman Way - funded by supporters ? Id certainly be up for making a decent donation as I’m sure many of my vintage would too Thankyou TC a Proper Club Legend Bless you
  27. 24 points
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, it’s criminal that Terry Cooper isn’t recognised somewhere at Ashton Gate. Surely a box in the Lansdown Stand could be named after him?
  28. 23 points
    As someone who has followed England home and abroad for years, I can honestly say this is much more than that. For years people have moaned about having friendlies, UEFA have replaced these with a league competition which includes promotion and relegation. so you are playing games against equal opposition, yet people still moan about it. When we scored our 3 goals out in Seville against Spain you could tell that it meant something to everyone there. We are taking over 10,000 fans to Portugal next week, that's more than we have taken to some major tournaments in recent times. Every person i have spoken to who attend England games thinks its a brilliant competition, the only people unsure are the armchair England fans who have little interest in the national team. I for one cant wait to go to Portugal, we have a realistic chance of winning something which is worth winning. Not as grand as the world cup or Euros, but still a legitimate competition worth winning.
  29. 23 points
    It's just what they do...
  30. 23 points
    Some people have their priorities all wrong RedDave. It’s probably the biggest day in their lives and they miss it for a wedding.
  31. 23 points
    Sorry to be pedantic but isn't it Frank Lampard's Derby County's Frank Lampard?
  32. 22 points
    There is only one word, deluded. The trouble is that all of his acne faced morons in their "Windyass 9" jester's top lap it up every time so much so that if you say it enough times then it must be true. (Sag) 40,000 fans (reality) 4,000 season tickets (Sag) if we had a 25k stadium we'd fill it (reality) they can't manage five figures (that's figures not fingers although they'd struggle with even that) at their dump. (Sag) "family club, every one likes us" (reality) they've had more incidents of racist abuse, equine boxing & theft. Everyone thinks they're a laughing stock as one away fan put it "there's a tent, a cricket pavilion and a hut and that's just on one side of the ground. (Sag) Our away support is massive like it's an extension of their manhood (reality) its just bang average at best. The most prominent part of their manhood sticks out of their foreheads. (Sag) we have our own identity with our kit and song ( reality) Other clubs early in the last century wore that out dated design before they did. The dirge is an old Plymouth Argyle song reminiscing about a prostitute, hardly original & hardly family club material. (Sag) We should be pushing top half championship (reality) until they accept that they have to learn to compete with the likes of Shrewsbury, Fleetwood and Accrington both on and off the field and show them the same level of respect, they won't be going anywhere. As I said, deluded.
  33. 22 points
  34. 22 points
    Horrendous night - in a pub full of Bristolians supporting Liverpool, wearing the shirts, kissing the badge, crying when singing YNWA - yet all obviously Bristolian - not a scouse accent amongst them - I just don’t get it... I don’t care if they grew up watching MOTD when Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish were good... why the hell do they feel much more allegiance towards a club hundreds of miles away up north than they ever could towards their local clubs?!
  35. 22 points
    the sooner those pricks go bankrupt and disappear the better for me vile club with vile fans .
  36. 21 points
    It really wasn't, there are timber framed houses all over the place. If you are worried about fire hazards, you may want to avoid going to any stadiums that have electricity.
  37. 21 points
    Obviously had too much to drink at the wedding.
  38. 20 points
    A DILTON LEGEND I wanted to share the amazing comments and stories that we received over the weekend about the legend John Atyeo. We put a very small post on facebook to make our young players at Dilton Marsh Wanderers aware of the great man that was born in our village, Dilton Marsh. Since then, we have received such a great reaction to our post that I felt we needed to share this with Bristol City fans and allow them to read the comments and stories.
  39. 20 points
    Jon Lansdown is nuts. If I were the son of a billionaire, I'd be far too busy jet-setting around the world acting like an obnoxious douche with too much money to worry about bothering myself with whatever Bristol City were up to!!
  40. 20 points
    When I was shopping in the Bullring in Birmingham, I saw Jack Grealish unknowingly drop his wallet as he was leaving John Lewis. I tapped him on the shoulder to tell him at which he threw himself to the ground and rolled over, holding his face.
  41. 20 points
    Not really! I want Derby to win so that we can watch the fallout of Villa missing out on promotion!
  42. 20 points
    After 1982 Terry picked up our club by the scruff of its neck and dragged us upwards and onwards - his contribution to our history cannot be ignored - he gave everything to bringing Bristol City back from the brink - he’s a true legend - and that interview after our first ever appearance at Wembley just has me in tears, every time - 33 years ago today .... never forget ...
  43. 19 points
    One again City push to get season tickets in cheaper (When bought early) Promise everything for next season Then after the season tickets are bought. They sell their best players Looks like Brownhill will now go to the Prem We continue to be a selling club, even though the board say they are ambitious not to sell and make the Premium themselves Enough is enough
  44. 19 points
    Going to stick my neck above the parapet here as I fully expect to be considered a stooge for Portuguese opinion, but here goes, might even surprise some people. On train up from Lisbon to Porto today had loads of England, 5-6 "lads" in particular, early to mid 20s, separated as didn't have tickets together in carriage, quite loud, and... wait for it. Couldn't have been more polite. Moved about 3 times for local Portuguese passengers. Summoned up untold levels of wifi alchemy to make sure they had their tickets for the inspector. Helped old ladies with their bags in Porto. And trust me, hear them speak they were on a proper England away jolly. But very well behaved and great ambassadors. At Porto station a lot of England songs not from those lads but other older ones.. but you get that at away games. If does scare locals but to be honest as someone who travels away, singing in train stations is a useful filter for all of us of who to avoid. It is boisterous but ultimately harmless. Main point, for me, stigmatising England away is daft. It's the same as anything, you have all levels of behaviour, not just what the media jumps all over. Lots will find a popular bar in a town but it's no different to the average holiday in Newquay, Ibiza or Faliraki. It's nice to see people you know and have a drink with them. Judging by my Facebook feed lots of people have been all over Porto today. It's a minority that are inclined to hole up somewhere and act to locals like they're taking over. With all this said, am not surprised that a few morons saw fit to react to Portugal scoring goals today by throwing bottles, goading locals is an age old minority sport practised by the most introverted away fans but nothing new, when Portugal lost their opener to Greece in 2004 I had a morbidly obese West Ham fan the day before the England France game follow me and wind me up, desperate to goad me into a fight about the result, thinking I was a local. I was with a load of England fans so really wasn't that bothered. Seen it so many times but it is a minority, the same lot that pick the worst bar/pub in any town on then main square and pay tourist prices all day, I don't hate them I feel sorry for them.
  45. 19 points
    Not pointless at all, We bought a prolific lower league striker who had every chance to make the step up. It didn't work out, we got our money back plus some.
  46. 19 points
    A reasonable punt that did not quite work out. Good luck to him!
  47. 19 points
    Their fans? It wasn’t that long ago we were promoted to the second tier under GJ and that season they finished above us ... no need to look down on other clubs, we ain’t in a position to be condescending are we ?!
  48. 18 points
    Okay own up then... Who was this?
  49. 18 points
    Max has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad by Mick McCarthy.
  50. 18 points
    Phew..! Thanks for letting us know..! When I saw the title of this topic, I just had to read on into, to discover your opinion. Can you imagine my relief now that I know you don’t actually have one. I don’t know what these threads would do without clarification on your indifference, so thank you for saving us all from spending our bank holiday distracted by your position. I’d rather Villa stayed down, personally.
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