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  1. It is with a heavy heart that I have to share with you that OTIB member “One Team in Keynsham” (Phil is his real name) has sadly lost his fight with colon cancer and passed away in the last few days Many of you would have known of him, he’s someone I counted as a friend. He used to live in the Cayman Islands, but returned to the UK in 2019 to get treatment for his cancer. It sadly spread and he was told in March that there was nothing further they could do. He’d been writing a blog, and I’m going to share the last post he wrote on there, when he was told that treatment was no lon
    93 points
  2. I’ve been watching City for 35 years and this is by quite some distance the city team I’ve disliked the most - I would not care one bit if i never saw the vast majority of this lot never pull on a City top again
    72 points
  3. Doris the tea lady at Ashton Gate is leaving the club with immediate effect to join Ipswich Town where she will again link up with Mark Ashton. Doris - the Head of Refreshment and Beverage - has been at Ashton Gate for 5 years and previously worked with Mark at Oxford and Watford. Speaking to Ipswich Live today Mark said "Before I commence any task I sit down and have a nice cup of tea and Doris can deliver a class leading brew. As soon as I accepted the role at Ipswich Town the first person I wanted to come on board ws Doris. She will bring a strong work ethic, excellent people skills
    68 points
  4. Brilliant article in The Athletic this AM: Roughly 30 minutes have elapsed of Shrewsbury Town’s game versus Oxford United, on the face of it a regulation League One fixture on a Saturday afternoon in sunny Shropshire. The home team have just taken a 2-1 lead and a voice emanates from the directors’ box. It’s raspy, hoarse and a little faint, but what you can detect loud and clear is anger. Two of Shrewsbury’s coaches stop watching the game and turn around to face the shouty man. Then journalists in the press box turn around. Then Shrewsbury’s substitutes. Then Oxford’s. The
    64 points
  5. An impressively random thread which I approve of. ****ing love Joe. Might be my age, but you can keep the Cotts/GJ teams. It’s all about the 89/90 and Smith burning pace one side, Gav taking the piss on the other. Carnage beating centre half’s up for super Bob to score. Rennie flicking it on at the near post. Psycho scaring strikers. Ronnie Sinclair being 8 stone soaking wet but keeping everything out. I repeat. I approve of this thread.
    60 points
  6. Hope he doesn't tweak his hamstring carrying his belongings out the building.
    60 points
  7. This obsession with getting something out of the players here now. This insistence in the myth in football of one bloke sweeping in and single-handedly transforming a rotten team into the opposite. Why would this group of players - safe from relegation, not going for promotion, weeks from an injury free summer break, out of contract in the summer, playing in empty grounds, probably aware of the disdain of absent supporters - why would they up their game now? What's in it for them?
    59 points
  8. Many will disagree with me, and I can perfectly well see their logic, but I was closely involved with Sean when he was here. He had huge challenges during his tenure. He had a large number of players he didn’t want, on large contracts that he couldn’t shift, he had players who had severe alcohol problems who were horrendously unfit. He had a limited budget, in fact, he didn’t really have a budget, he had to create his own by manoeuvring players out. He was on a remit to bring in youngsters, but knowing that pressure of results would still be his performance indicator (much like Nigel has in
    56 points
  9. An excellent appointment. I know Richard from his work at City and at Somerset. He has a proven track record, and understands the club and the fan base.
    53 points
  10. Whilst you disgrace our shirt with your half-arsed efforts, here's what people who don't earn 10K per week live like. My father-in-law died on Tuesday of Covid. My brother-in-law (52 and fit as a flea) is on a ventilator - 50/50 odds - covid again. My wife has cancer My niece has developed a type of blood disorder similar to sickle-cell anaemia. She is 22. I love my AFL - Hawthorn - bottom of league but one I love my family - they are dying or very,very ill. My heart is broken. And I love City. Always have since I was 5. Home a
    50 points
  11. Yeah, result a shocker, no way did we deserve to lose. But a side devoid of confidence, this is what happens. But for me, enough bright spots. That was the first time we’ve passed the ball in weeks. Wells, if played in the right system can play well. Nagy, can offer something outside of the bustle of central midfield. Bakinson, has a big future here. Conway, Scott, Bell and Pearson can all expect to get EFL minutes next season, whether on loan or as cover for 1st team. Defensively, we were too deep, but that happens when you’re lacking confidence and leadership.
    49 points
  12. Comments like this make me laugh. You’re obviously just looking at results alone & nothing else . You have no concept of things that have obviously gone on behind the scenes that are out of his control. If you thought he was going to come in click his fingers and things would change then you’re deluded. We’ve been in decline for three years. results have nose dived recently but it’s a culmination of everything especially the recruitment, **** up by MA making contract negotiations public , injuries etc. It all has a knock on effect. conversely , when things start to click behind t
    48 points
  13. Fantastic news if this is true, exactly the sort of player who needs to move on.
    48 points
  14. Ultimately, though, the reason he was brought in - and the reason fans overwhelmingly supported the appointment - was because of his vast experience, know-how, understanding of the game and previous success at this level. None of that has changed because we’ve lost a few games, so why would he suddenly now not be the right option? I find it incredible, though not at all surprising, people have been seriously swayed by what’s happened in the past two months. A team that was losing prolifically has continued to lose prolifically. It is giving them a headache in terms of the timing of a
    47 points
  15. I think bashing Simpson and Downing is harsh. We should trust Pearson’s judgement on this, he knows a lot more about the game than anyone on here and would of seen enough to know if they could work with himself and trust them with the players. No more bitching about staff, let's get behind them 100%.
    46 points
  16. 70 today. What a player, what a captain. Pretty unlikely any Bristolian will play for his boyhood team & captain us to the top flight these days.
    45 points
  17. As soon as any breakaway is announced, the clubs concerned should be immediately banned from their domestic leagues and cup competitions. If they wish to come back, they start at level 10 in the pyramid of that country. **** 'em. Those clubs have lost all perspective and respect. Glad to see German and French clubs have refused to take part.
    44 points
  18. No word of a lie, but Massengo (19), Conway (18) and Scott (17) put most of the senior players to shame today. Wells and Lansbury excused. The rest not.
    42 points
  19. Here we go....Turning Off The Gas........Enjoy
    41 points
  20. ******* brilliant. Finally calling the club and players out for saying we aren’t as good as we’ve been Harping on about for years. Please give him a 3 year deal ASAP.
    41 points
  21. I have never felt such contempt and utter embarrassment for this pathetic squad of players, apart from the youngsters I could not care less if they were all released or sold. There was a moment in the 2nd half where Conway was trying to gee up his team members, they should be embarrassed that a youth player making his debut is trying to motivate his senior counterparts. Pathetic all of them!
    39 points
  22. Although its depressing to hear Nigel Pearson say it, it's positive that he has a big understanding of the reality of City’s situation in his post-match interview. Other managers would of said ‘it ain’t for me’ by now If we do offer Nige the job. It is so pivotal that he has his backroom staff as we can’t afford to go into next season with Pearson, Simpson, Downing and Pat Mountain
    39 points
  23. Our results have exceeded performances for years. I was never convinced by LJs brand of busy bee football bar the 6 month high press when we beat Utd etc etc and how the hell we stayed up this season I’ll never know. We were the worst side in the league from December onwards by a country mile.
    38 points
  24. Thank **** for that. Right or wrong at least we are being decisive.
    38 points
  25. Genuinely interested who those that want rid of Pearson want instead, realistically. Be careful what you wish for, Pearson has proven himself at this level and higher. Yes I am disappointed too with the start but I think we need to plan long-term, invest in NP and allow him to develop his own team. He’s basically inherited a load of nonsense which he can’t change until the summer, Pep himself wouldn’t be doing much better right now with this shower.
    38 points
  26. This is why imo, football needs to get rid of transfer windows. We have FFP in place to control spending, so why keep transfer windows? What's the point in having a recruitment team working all year, building a team with diligence, only for all that hard work to be torn up by selling a player/s, and having to panic and replace with make shift? You can't stop a player from wanting to better himself, but at least stop the madness. They want clubs to run properly, but all transfer windows do is encourage inflated prices and panic. It contradicts the ethos of FFP and runni
    37 points
  27. Incredible that some people had more patience for a novice like Holden, who knew the players, had a pre-season and two transfer windows, than they do in Pearson (who’s had none of those, by the way). At some point you have to have a good look at these players, not the manager.
    37 points
  28. Just seen on Twitter that today marks the 47th anniversary of Adge's untimely death. All these years later, with Drink up thy Zyder still being played after a home win despite being the best part of 60 years old, as well as us still running out to One for the Bristol City it's quite a legacy for one man (and band) to be so intertwined in our history. Who hasn't belted out Drink up thy Zyder at the top of their voice after some of our most famous victories (or any victory at the moment would probably do) Can't help thinking City are much better off with having his songs as part of th
    36 points
  29. Sorry, it’s a no from me. You can’t compare our ownership and the running of our club with foreign owned money making shitbags
    36 points
  30. Excellent. Look forward to seeing so much more of this lad. First time since Pack left that I’ve seen a midfielder want the ball all the time, position himself to be available for the ball all the time, happy to receive the ball facing his own goal and remain composed, and able to play 5 and 10 yard passes at the right weight to give the recipient immediate options. I like this lad. First name on the team sheet for me next week. Give him the start and see what he can do.
    36 points
  31. Apparently before he decided to leave Mark Ashton had said to Steve Lansdown that "I'd rather let the bodies pile high in their thousands" than sack Andrew Rolls.
    35 points
  32. and the good news is, if we appoint him, we have a manager that knows our weaknesses inside out and is ready to press go in the transfer market. A damn sight better than wasting half the summer finding someone who needs to go through the learning process again and has no clout in the transfer market whatsoever.
    35 points
  33. I was delighted with his appointment but surely everyone is a little disappointed in what he’s achieved so far.
    34 points
  34. Good grief............. Why are you slagging off a guy who’s been here such a short time and who inherited a poorly recruited and poorly coached squad of players - add to that the horrendous injury list that not even Pep would have turned around. Nige has a proven CV of promotion from the Championship and is an experienced manager who now has a summer to off load the OOC players, bring in the type of player he feels we need, a full pre season with an arduous fitness regimen with time to train and implement his style of play. I really fail to see why you’re so negative...........
    33 points
  35. There's talk the clubs who have signed up for this should have their records expunged for the last 3 years and the competition retrospectively awarded to the highest place legitimate club. That makes Bristol City 2018 League Cup winners. Admittedly I am the one that started the talk.
    33 points
  36. David James takes some beating (or not if you’re trying to score past him)
    32 points
  37. I’ve been approached……but Mark Ashton is taking me to Ipswich….currently sat in a car with Andy Costin. He tried to adjust my seat and I’ve only gone and tweaked my hamstring.
    32 points
  38. Mmmmmm......I wonder? My snoops have come across the following footage :
    32 points
  39. For those concerned about conflict of interest, I am assured that Ashton has unofficially left. The club are just putting the usual spin on it to save face. SL had a wake up call - and he ain’t happy. Rest assured - HE HAS GONE. I am glad to finally see many of our fans coming to the realisation of who Ashton is. I’ve been warning you all for 5 years. What a massive relief that he’s gone and taken his toilet with him. For those who’ve commented on the Paul Cook juxtaposition. I spoke to an agent last week who’d been in conversation with Paul. He jokingly broug
    31 points
  40. 100%. He’s absolutely mad but I love him to bits. He builds a side, a spirit & I’ll always be grateful for that title winning team. His faults are obvious, he’s stubborn beyond belief & really crap at the politics of football, but his time with us was great, I know some will now reply & say he was taking us back down (which with the games left that is only an opinion) but his side, even then, absolutely battled for everything, totally unlike now.
    31 points
  41. https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/sport/18403020.leicester-citys-kasper-schmeichel-talks-depth-working-watford-head-coach-nigel-pearson/ Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has spoken about working with Watford head coach Nigel Pearson and his remaining legacy at his former club. Speaking on the BBC's That Peter Crouch Podcast, presented by Hornets' fan and Radio One presenter Chris Stark, Schmeichel said the Foxes' recent successes owes a lot to the work put in by Pearson during his time with the club. "I've always said that we owe Nigel a great deal because even today,
    31 points
  42. Jesus! Its got to the point where we have to analyse our performance over the season before deciding if we’re entitled to take the piss out of our rivals getting relegated I hear this from Gasheads a lot, which is funny because they certainly didn’t care when we were relegated into a division ABOVE them. ’If, if, if....” ”If there were 5 more games shitheads you’d be down” Yeah, maybe, but there wasn’t 5 more games. ”If you hadn’t won 4 games at the start of the season you be down” ...yeah, and? I guess we were playing pub teams at the start of the seaso
    30 points
  43. Here’s the league table when Super Joey took over. He’s taken them from 2 points above the relegation zone to 10 points below it. A miraculous 12 point swing in 16 games. Glorious. “But it wasn’t me guv”
    30 points
  44. Good riddance, “family feel”? More like cosy ******* club. Bet he cried into his corn flakes and pissed his pants when “Deano” was finally sacked to be replaced by Pearson.
    29 points
  45. All I can say is we needed this run and these performances. Desperately. We had to move back, to move forwards. Those who were honest with themselves could see through the consistent pattern of winning runs, followed by a series of losses. The lack of dominance of virtually any match for years, the 7/10 performances by players, followed by a series of 3/10’s, the consistent lack of ability to beat physically strong, hard working teams.....The writing has been on the wall for 3 seasons and more. We were fakes. Fortunately, this run has occurred at the right time. We ar
    29 points
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