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  1. Martin was beyond all of us. He followed City home and away for more than 50 years while living in South London. He was so positive and brought City fans together at away games all over the country. I spent hours with him on trains and night buses. He loved his friends and family and was chatting to me during 99% of my abysmal match reports. The best City fan ever.
    133 points
  2. Good for him. Hopefully he helps a lot of other young people.
    89 points
  3. I first met Martin in 1976 when I joined the London Branch and immediately struck up a rapport. It was hard not to as he has to be one of the most friendly individuals it was ever my privilege to meet. We shared a passion for City and Real Ale and enjoyed countless trips watching games. I fondly remember our days in Division 4 at such wonderful venues as the Shay (Halifax), Spotland (Rochdale), Victoria Ground (Hartlepool), Feethams (Darlington) and especially Bootham Crescent (York). In each City/Town we found a wonderful pub recommended by CAMRA and additionally in York we were part of the London Branch party that contributed to the upkeep of the Minster and I have a scroll to show for it. We shared a belief that City's best ever centre half was Jack Connor and the most skilful man to wear a City shirt was Jantzen Derrick. As a result of his friendship and guidance in the early 80s I became Chairman of the London Branch, a post he had previously held. A tenacious midfielder we played both 11 aside sand 5 aside football together and his encyclopaedic knowledge of football was invaluable in the APFSCIL quiz league. Despite living in South London, this Filton boy rarely missed a game home or away and it will be very strange next season without his presence. Rest in Peace Tinners. Prayers with love to all family and friends.
    63 points
  4. The phone line broke up a couple times so I might have missed something but here's the bulk of what Nige said: - says Mark Sykes has the qualities he wanted. That is that Sykes has something to prove and is ambitious. - 4 players have been told they aren't in the plans here. Nige said these players need to make a career choice to stay and pick up a wage without game time or go and play. Says the club don't encourage them sitting and picking up a wage. Wells isn't one of them. - says he's slightly behind where he hoped on the 3 year curve. NP said it's been a tough year but that the work that's happened this year will pay dividends. - Said if we are serious about making a cultural change it has to have a lasting effect. Thus, what's important for his role is that we move in the right direction rather than the prem in three years. - he is delighted with how we've developed as an attacking team, but not the defensive side as a team! He doesn't want pats on the back for the progress so far, rather he acknowledges the progress and work left to do. - Nige says it's been satisfying and rewarding for the coaching staff to see the availability of Martin and Weimann this season - Injury length has reduced, availability up. Says Joe Williams has been available for 70% of the year, and that we're much more likely to win or draw with him in the side. Said Joe is a good player and a nutcase who has worked hard to get back to where he is. - Says Semenyo is self-aware, is ambitious, a good listener who is receptive, studies his own game, doesn't waste time and energy when injured and this is why his development has blossomed over the season. Says he has the natural tools, but his finishing is improving and he practices in a professional way. He says he'd be disappointed if we weren't worried about losing him and in time we'll have decisions to make about him. However, it'd have to be the right deal for us and he hopes Semenyo will be here next season. - Nige says an aggressive and tight culture at Luton is a reason for their success. He says this will be achieved when we hit targets of wage bill and people know what their job is and where they sit. Says Luton might drop next year as the players and agents will cash in on a good season and this is the reality of it, so it might not last. However he focuses on us rather than focusing on Luton or anyone else. - Nige bans Sky Sports in his house so he can relax! - he says our identity is being formed now and next year we will be competitive and better than we were this year just gone. - to our fans he says: he will try and keep fans updated in a realistic way but this won't be with speculation and there's a lot of fake news in football. Overall it was nice to hear a manager who's down to earth and direct. If he doesn't want to answer, he is comfortable to say that and explain why, or Re O'Dowda he simply said we thank CO'D but it's time for change. So refreshing to hear that interview following plenty of buzz phrases from Ashton and a lesser extent Johnson.
    48 points
  5. I have some sympathy with him. His signing was ill thought out. He has never really fit with our style of play, whatever that is. Shunted out onto the left wing, never given a run of games up front, as he should be. Similar situation to Weimann to me, play him in the right position and he will score. According to NP, he is a model trainer and has asked to play for the U23's to stay fit. Good luck to him if he can find the right club to take him.
    45 points
  6. Flint was immense for us and has had a good career. Presumably he’ll drift down the leagues now as he gets older, but good luck to him.
    35 points
  7. I really liked McInnes and was very disappointed it didn't work out for him here. He took on a massive job and I thought he was poorly treated by the Board. He really liked the club and was appreciative of the fans. He was on his own in Bristol for much of the time and I've heard many stories of him being alone in restaurants in Bristol after a game and spending his evening happily chatting to fans. One story. It was my son's 21st coming up and we sent a card in to the club asking for it be signed by the players and staff. It was duly returned in good time and we put it aside as my son was going to be away for his birthday. On his birthday the phone rang at about 7.30 in the evening and a broad Scottish voice asked to speak to my son, claiming to be Derek McInnes and wanting to have a chat and wish him a happy birthday. Knowing my son to be a joker who often put on ridiculous accents on the phone I assumed it to be him. I laughed and said, ' Derek McInnes? Ha, ha, good try but you've overdone it!' Anyway, it WAS Derek McInnes, who'd taken the trouble to note the date and phone up. Despite my initial incredulity (and inadvertent mocking of his accent) he was then happy to talk to this embarrassed City fan for a quarter of an hour and ended by asking me to pass on his birthday wishes to my son. Top bloke who should have been a good fit for City and, as I say, really sorry he wasn't here for much longer.
    35 points
  8. Players do come and go, however do remember that they are no different than you or I and have feelings etc. Callum was amazing when he met my son, giving him so much time and encouraging him to pursue a dream of playing football. Last week was mental health week, and many don't know about some of the injuries that Callum has faced as he is quite a private person. Many may say he should/could have delivered more, but I will say this - from what I saw, he gave his all and both he, and his family cared deeply about this club. He also did a lot in the community that was unnoticed and unreported, and represented Bristol City as a professional at all times. Good luck Callum and I for one hope you go on to achieve more in your career.
    35 points
  9. Hmmm and that board, let's remind ourselves again who they were . Bit of Deja vu methinks, manager trying to sort another ones mess and having to deal with FFP , reducing the wage bill, and getting rid of over paid , quite average players. At least this time it looks like we are breaking the cycle, without getting relegated and getting set back on the right track. But the similarities are startling.
    33 points
  10. I cannot convey how sad I was to have heard this yesterday evening. Like many, I first met Martin whilst living in London in the 80s. He found out that I'd gone to his school (QEH although 10 years apart), knew his cousin (Dave Perkins - German teacher and ex-Bristol scrum half) and that was always the opener in any conversation we had. When the boys came along (I have 3) and I started taking them to games, Martin would always engage them in conversation and seek their opinions like they were adults. Their sadness at this news was just as deep last night when they passed the news on to me. Every home game, in the Orchard or under the South Stand, we'd chat and if we didn't, one of the boys would say "didn't see Martin today". When we moved to Wales, the conversation was invariably about how he had family in the Rhondda. I know that I am dealing with my own grief at the moment, but when I heard this (at a 60s reggae night in Cardiff), I had to step out of the pub and I cried. A lovely man. A truly lovely man.
    32 points
  11. What is so beautiful about everyone's comments is they convey the same warmth and outgoing nature that those of us who were lucky enough to meet him all recognise so well. On every single train I shared with him he'd quickly strike up conversation with all those around him and instantly engage on their interests and background not his. He was selfless like that. In recent years on GWR - BTM to PAD I'd be waiting for the trolley to buy us some drinks, he would be waiting because he was curious on the background of a member of staff and to speak with warmth about where they were from or even because he'd been there. "Oh you're from Cameroon originally, how amazing, do you know x, what's interesting about the country is y" etc etc. I've seen more of the world through Tinners stories than I will ever see for real. My most vivid memory of him but that sums him up best is sharing the 00:52 night bus Paddington to New Cross Gate after the last train back from many home midweek games (he would depart somewhere in deepest South London for a change of bus to Wimbledon). 45 minutes together at gone 1am on a bus with all the waifs and the strays and on a work night - cleaners, shift workers, night owls all around us from the four corners of the globe (as is the way in London) and by the time I was in Peckham he would have struck up conversation with the South American guy behind me, established that the teenager at the far end of the upper deck had an uncle who used to play for Sheffield Wednesday, and explained to the rest of the bus about the finer details of a City performance in 1959. He was outgoing and connected people. @ExiledAjax I remember the Blackburn game where we drank together in the Old Vic in Preston afterwards. As is his way with all the people he meets and engages along the way, once you'd gone your separate way he spoke with a genuine warmth about you as he does many people "what a smart guy he was". He didn't suffer fools and hated moaners - but if you engaged his brain he had all the time in the world for you. Others have known him for a lot longer than I have but he is a fixture week in week out for those of us travel from the South East which I've spent the best part of ten years now doing. He connected many of us too. I sent flowers to his wife last night and hoping to meet @allyolly later to raise a glass.
    30 points
  12. As I frequently point out, probably tediously, Wilson was a failure. Four years and ultimately achieved almost nothing except a destructive player culture which took years to dismantle.
    26 points
  13. I thought the most important point to come out of the interview was his point that any change in culture had to be continued ie Post him and that the plan was still to make Premier League , and pointed out that may not be under him , but in a continuation of the journey In my years we’ve had maybe a couple who attempted / started to change the culture of the Club as a whole , in Joe Jordan certainly , and Steve Cotterill , ( and to some degree Gary J) On neither occasion did we continue with , or build on , that culture change - It’s a reminder that the appointment after Nigel Pearson will be an extremely important one. Whatever anyone’s issues with results , league position , selections ...... I’d be surprised if there was anyone who can’t see he’s having an impact in trying to change the mentality - However long he stays in post it’s going to be extremely important that we retain , and build on that IMO It can’t always be driven by the Manager / Head Coach , it’s a culture and mentality the whole Club and all the staff , needs to foster if we are to ever achieve
    25 points
  14. Don’t ever forget, that a certain Mark Ashton was working with the club as a Recruitment Consultant during McInnes’ time here. No wonder Derek is critical of the recruitment structure.
    24 points
  15. Some people complain about Steve Lansdown avoiding tax by living in Guernsey but the truth is obvious. He’s prepared to suffer the hardships of living on this small island so that he can act as City’s Channel Islands chief scout. Well done Steve
    23 points
  16. Why should the club be punished for the moronic behaviour of one of its fans. It is very difficult for stewards to stop a few thousand people running onto the pitch.
    22 points
  17. Wycombe replacing Derby has a certain karma about it.
    21 points
  18. Some brilliant news this afternoon
    21 points
  19. Didn't realise that ex city centre half john mcphail had a fall in December and is still in a coma. Understand they are having a minutes applause at Wembley on 5 minutes tomorrow. Very sad news loved watching him play a no nonsense defender .Best wishes to the family
    19 points
  20. No, before anyone suggests it.
    19 points
  21. Things are quiet and as an Oxford fan I've been looking at this thread with interest - for the record, I like Sykes and you may have got yourself a player on the cheap here. If you visited our forum you will have witnessed one of the maddest and longest running threads we've had regarding a player in a while. When Sykes arrived from Ireland he publicly said that we he saw us as a 'stepping stone' - not the most sensible thing to say but he's certainly not the first and won't be the last. We saw some glimpses of what he could do in his first season but he was generally off of the pace and needed to be more physical. His second season followed a similar pattern - increasingly frequent cameos but still not holding a place down. At this stage the club seemingly made a few attempts to offload him but for whatever reason, he stayed. 21/22 saw a distinct step-up, at least until January. His decision making, physicality and final ball all improved and he was getting into scoring positions and actually putting the ball away. At his best he was playing wide of a midfield four or front three and while best on the right, can also play on the left. I've not looked at the stats but he's fit, it's not unlikely he covered the most ground of any player and and has rarely been injured. He has enough pace and a good level of skill. However, from January his form dropped off, partly down to having a long stint at right and occasionally left wing-back, neither of which he is. This was primarily down to our manager not having recruited enough defensive back-up. I thought he generally gave it a go (although others would disagree) but he was nowhere near as comfortable or effective. As it became increasingly likely he wasn't going to sign an extension, people became more antagonistic toward him - it's fair to say he became the scapegoat toward the end of the season and some idiots referred to him as 'coward' (he pulled out of a couple of heavy tackles that went for throws at Rotherham - didn't bother me) and 'cheating' the club of a wage. It's fair to say that most fans never warmed to him - he was slow to acknowledge us and avoided ostentatious kissing the badge gestures. I liked him as a footballer and was disappointed we didn't get more out of him but I don't have a problem with someone wanting to better themselves - after all, it's a short career for most. I'm not sure I'll miss him much but he won't be as easy to replace as some would have it. He'll probably need some TLC from the management but it's a worthwhile gamble on your part.
    19 points
  22. About 15 years ago, I was mocked on this very forum for creating a thread saying that I felt uncomfortable with homophobic chants… some of the responses were vile. Now a player comes out as gay and the response is overwhelmingly supportive. If this forum is representative of our fanbase, it shows how much more inclusive we are at BCFC these days! Jake Daniels’ coming out is rather bittersweet. In one sense, it’s a sign of progress that a player is comfortable enough to come out. But it also shows how far we still have to go because in an ideal world, this wouldn’t even be newsworthy.
    19 points
  23. As RoystonFoote'sNephew so eloquently writes, since the early 80s come Tuesday or Saturday and wherever City were playing you'd find Martin (aka 'Double Ex') in the best 'proper' boozer in town and other side of the turnstile as soon as entering the ground. Forget where City were in the league, forget recent performances, forget distance, weather or any other variables - Martin was a standing fixture. If there were only 50 men and a dog in attendance Martin was one of them. Too many London Branch jaunts to recall, none bettered than in his company - who else might recall the buying and selling club for that nameless full back City signed in late 63 (or was it 64,) balding, played twice, one-footed? Martin, the ubiquitous settler of mysteries and arguments. As the years pass it'll be strange next season that yet another of the perennial stalwarts won't be there to bump into for a chat, reminisce and 'glass half full' halftime assessment as to how City were going to turn round that dire first half performance. Ever the optimist Martin, always saw the best when sometimes best there was none. That was his nature, his enthusiasm. Condolences to Carole & the boys.
    18 points
  24. Legalise it, regulate it, tax it. Improve education, reduce crime and ensure that the product is not cut with toxic substances.
    18 points
  25. A few minutes at the end of a Scottish football podcast. Key points: He'd knocked back a couple of job offer in England when Bristol City contacted him. He was warned by a few people that we'd had three managers in four years and it may not be a good move. 2nd bottom when came in in October but felt there were enough games to stay up. Staying up, given the circumstances, is as proud an achievement as any he's had in football. Chris Wood was brilliant. In the summer he feels he should have been kicking and screaming about getting rid of more players. He presented to the board a number of lists of players that should be moved on but the board never acted He felt there were 14 that should have been moved on but it was hard as Bristol City was as good as it was ever going to get for those players and they were all well paid Four different managers signings in a dressing room made it difficult Board talked of FFP and said he needed to cut the playing budget in half - from $15m to just over $7m - by shifting senior players and bringing young ones in. Proud he gave Joe and Bobby their chances and brought Bolasie in from the reserves. Bolasie was sold but he thinks the board should have worked much harder to keep him. He loved his time at Bristol City. He loved the club and wanted to be the guy that got it going… but he put too much faith in the board. Was told: "If we go down with Derek McInnes, we come back with Derek McInnes… you help us sort out the financial mess and we'll come back up". Lost a home game to Leicester and was given the boot as the board felt they needed to try something new. Getting the boot was a shock - it shouldn't have been given the league position but it was given all the conversations he'd had with the club. He took the learnings to his next role at Aberdeen a couple of weeks later and he had eight very good years there… so everything happens for a reason.
    18 points
  26. IMO one of the best managers we've had in the last twenty years. But clearly not backed or understood by the Board. Cotterill in similar vein also came and went. It's taken a long time for SL to realise that we were a shambles, overpaying average players, a holiday camp attitude throughout the club which meant that we struggled to achieve anything other than mid to lower table in Championship. Some may consider that the restoration into a football club under Pearson, is taking a long time. We'll, my view is that we have achieved in twelve months what it used to take three or four years. Real progress and I genuinely believe that we will surprise other clubs and our own fans, how we will do in the coming season.
    18 points
  27. Do some people on here not understand what a contract is?
    18 points
  28. 17 points
  29. Martin is one of a kind and I feel privileged to have known him. His knowledge and passion for our club is beyond anything I have experienced. Legends are frequently spoken about on the pitch. Today we respect and honour the memory of a true legend off the pitch and a friend to so many of us.
    17 points
  30. "Why have we suddenly got a minority of fans being absolute dicks lately?" I think the answer to this is simple. People see the government flouting any rules they see fit, and think, **** it, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Doris J and his cronies setting a poor example, the gloves are off for the mindless.
    17 points
  31. I just had to Google what MAP meant. But you honestly seem to be equating being gay with peodophilia. I've got no words. If this doesn't prove why there's still so much work to be done on acceptance of LGBTQIA+ issues then I don't know what does. A truly awful thing to thing to say.
    17 points
  32. Couple of points I picked up that haven't been mentioned yet, I don't think: - We had player unavailability due to injuries for a total of approx. 250 days last season, that's down to around 75 days this season. So undoubted progress on that front. - When talking about success of Luton he said something along the lines of "they have equality in their wage bill, which we don't have yet". Thought that was a really revealing comment and hints at some of the dressing room issues he inherited in that first season. Also points to more financial mismanagement under Ashton. Must admit I've been pretty disinterested these last few months, but that interview was encouraging, and Nige sounded very confident we'll be better next season. Definitely going to be interest/offers for Antoine though.
    17 points
  33. Not really as he is still under contract
    17 points
  34. Or he can make his fortune at Watford whether he succeeds or fails. No brainer for me. Back yourself to win promotion and be a premier league manager, knowing if it goes wrong you paid to be sacked and then get a league one or two job again anyway.
    17 points
  35. Truly shocked to hear the news about Martin. I had a text from him a fortnight ago when after exchanging news on City he wished me a happy summer and also expressed his good wishes to my son who had been ill. Typical Martin. I had no idea he was ill. Very proud man. I first met him on the train back to Paddington after an evening game at Ashton Gate. When we met up subsequently at other evening matches at the Gate he didn't trust me to keep up with him on the jog back to Temple Meads to catch the last train back to London and would disappear into the distance! I had a call from Mike in Brighton just now. Martin, Mike, Ellie, another Martin and I travelled to Away matches together regularly for some years. The away experience was truly the best way to appreciate Martin's many qualities as others have already said. I also was touched by the way he would strike up conversations with passengers on any train in which he was travelling while simultaneously revealing his encyclopaedic knowledge of passing historic landmarks as well as his beloved Bristol City. There can't be many who knew more about City than him, as well as being aware of players, past and present, throughout the League. BCFC was his life. We were of similiar age and it was great for me to be able to talk about City players we had seen in a very bygone era including the great John Atyeo. Martin knew the lot of them. Like Atyeo, Martin was fiercely loyal to City and that included loyalty to the Lansdowns. He didn't take kindly to any criticisms. Couldn't stand people moaning about City. Like the truest of fans he was grateful to be able to support the Club he loved. R.I.P my friend. My deepest condolences to the family. SK.
    16 points
  36. LJ’s CV. 1) Oldham. First season. In relegation zone when he took charge. 10 games, 15 points. Survival. Points per game ratio would have seen them 8th in the league across the season. 2) Oldham. First full season. Took them to their best league finish in years. 3) Oldham. 3rd season. Had them into the top 10 before being hunted by Barnsley. Oldham would win only 3 of their remaining 15 without him. During that 2 years he also took a previously struggling Oldham to a semi and a quarter in the JPT. 4) Barnsley. Took them on at 16th and again managed a 1.5 ppg ratio to guide them to 11th. Then guided them to the final of the JPT before being hunted by City. 5) Bristol City. Took over a relegation threatened team which had won 3 games in 17, and guided them to 8 wins in 17 to safety. Proceeded to present 3 playoff challenging seasons for a club that had challenged the 2nd level playoffs only once in the previous 40+ years. Add in a quite remarkable league cup run. 6) Sunderland. Took an underperforming team to the playoffs and to a JPT victory. Season 2, had the team in the playoffs and when dismissed had produced the highest win percentage of any Sunderland manger in nearly 100 years. So, with 2 unfashionable clubs (for their level) he achieved a quarter, a semi, a final in the JPT, then with another unfashionable club (for the level) managed a league cup semi and 3 seasons of playoff contention, then led a sleeping giant to a JPT win, the playoffs and a best win percentage in 100 years. Ok, no promotions to his name. But it’s stretching it to say he has nothing on his CV. Success is all relative to the club. I’d say he’s improved every club he’s been at so far.
    16 points
  37. A familiar story. We were a bloody mess back then, I think people who criticise him and SOD forget what a state we were in. We're still getting over that mess. You'd think we'd learn...
    16 points
  38. How about we don’t ?
    16 points
  39. Absolutely, sacking a manager isn't always the answer. Look what happened to us after we sacked Gary Johnson.
    15 points
  40. I think the difference for me is that both LJ and Johnson Sr used "clubs in the bags" to have multiple options in the same position, which ultimately tended to leave us with an oversized squad full of players that we didn't work as a coherent unit. I see this more as getting a player who can cover a lot of positions (but hopefully) fits with how we want to play wherever he is situated. I know nothing about him but it feels like that is the intention from what I've read about him. I don't necessarily think it means that Weimann is off either. The major issue with Weimann (and Martin and Semenyo) is we don't have anyone who can replicate them or play a similar role. (That's not to knock Wells, Bell or Conway - just that including them instead of Semenyo, Martin or Weimann changes the system due to the fact that they are different players). If Sykes can provide a similar energy to Weimann it means we've got cover and an option to take him off in games if needed without rethinking our entire playing style. The other thing I'd say is that I think it bodes well to be making a signing this early. That gives the impression that NP knows what he wants and - at least in this case - has managed to get his first choice target.
    15 points
  41. I'm just impressed that we've got so many posters who've seen so many Oxford matches to be able to form a definitive opinion.
    15 points
  42. People have forgotten how to behave. Look at our 'leaders'. Rapists, coke sniffing, liars. They're having a hugely damaging impact on society, let alone their efforts to turn us into a 3rd rate country. Ignore the rules, do what you want, **** the consequences. You'll probably get away with it anyway.
    14 points
  43. Haha piss off rangers! Up the Germans
    14 points
  44. It has to go further than deductions . Swindon , or Swindle as we still call them , we’re initially relegated 2 leagues for an offence that looks laughable in the Derby context . HMRC have been pathetic and so have the EFL. Hilarious Derby fans think EFL have it for them . You should not be able to start a season if you are behind with tax payments . The lack of filing accounts , one league relegation . The punishments are pathetic and encouraged risk taking . That Derby are in L1 whilst defaulting on 30 million of public money is a disgrace . They should be thrust out of the EFL and start from the bottom. The punishment is pathetic . They will be talking about promotion and an instant return in a few weeks . Sorry but it is all too easy . Lose a pile of debt , defraud the tax payer and probably use tax payers money to buy the ground . Slap on hand , start from one league lower . It’s the biggest bargain in football history . Dodgy Derby County , with the O removed .
    14 points
  45. Those Oxford lot are little slugs. Little slugs with no personality and they're just jealous because we're better than them at everything.
    14 points
  46. A bit unfair to Gary Johnson who I think achieved the biggest culture change in my lifetime, effectively destroying the alcohol-fuelled culture that thrived under Wilson and which Tins was unable to deal with.
    14 points
  47. 14 points
  48. Palmer , Vyner, Bakinson and Moore I reckon.
    14 points
  49. About time too. Let’s hope others feel they can follow suit.
    14 points
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