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  1. Hi everyone, a long time reader of this forum here, but my first post. My reason for joining at this time is to report on the sad news of my Dad’s passing a week ago. I have read a few tributes for long time City supporters on here over the years so I hope you find this one interesting, particularly the older supporters. Dad died aged 91 and had supported City since the early 1950s. Growing up and living in Wiltshire, Dad was a talented sportsman and had the fortune to play cricket for Wiltshire U19. In doing so he met a certain John Atyeo who was in the same team and they became friends. Once John started playing at City, my Dad became hooked as a fan and started regularly riding his motorbike down to the Gate at a great era in City’s fortunes. In the early 60’s Dad followed a job opportunity and we lived in Luton for a few years. In 1966, he was able to buy a book of tickets for the World Cup finals including the final itself. Some of my most treasured possessions are the ticket stub, the commemorative program and the London Evening Standard from that 1966 Final. We moved back to Wiltshire soon after and in the 70s Dad started taking me and sometimes my sister, to home games. I was still very young so whilst he stood in the Open End, I needed to spend the match sitting on the stanchion bars in front of him so I could see over shoulders, getting numb legs every time (hence the user name). I can remember some big games in those days. I was on that terrace to see the FA Cup run games v both Leeds and Liverpool plus was directly behind the net for the winning goal in the promotion game to Div.1. After that final whistle was the only time I got onto the pitch! We loved the big games and the packed crowds. As City progressed, life in the Open End for children was changing for the worse so Dad decided the best place for us was the Enclosure. I usually stood right at the front hanging onto the railings toward the East end, Dad was further back. I was happy with the new view as it got me closer to the magic that was Geoff Merrick’s left foot. We had our other favourites of course – Trevor Tainton, Gary Collier, Gerry Gow, Clive Whitehead, Tom Ritchie, and Paul Cheesley. We knew the team sheet well. The additions of Joe Royle and Norman Hunter in later years brought some glamour, but the core of the team, the unsung heroes were his favourites I think. We went to most home games before and after the promotion season. We would drop off Mum at St Nicholas Market before the game to do some shopping and pick her up from outside Brentford Nylons on Fairfax St after the game. My regular treat before each match was half a shandy in the Try Again pub after parking on Leigh St. and a cheese roll whilst admiring Marina Dolman’s dark red Rolls Royce behind the main stand – I even recall Harry’s old private number plate too. I can almost smell the beer in the pub, the cigarette smoke on the terrace and the line of buses warming their engines on Ashton Road after the game. I can remember the opening game in Division 1, a win away v Arsenal. In those days the ITV Sunday highlights always had a London club playing and everyone assumed (with London TV bias) it would be a walkover for Arsenal. It is those occasions (also beating Leeds and Liverpool away) you don’t forget. There were other games that were memorable too, beating Man Utd 1-0 when they had dropped into Div.2. I think Emmanuel scored the goal, the away support was ugly - my sister and I counted 65 smashed windows when walking down Coronation Road afterwards. A cup game v Wrexham which finished 4-4, what a thriller that was. Dad occasionally bumped into John Atyeo. When we were in Luton in the 60s, City played one night and John, now near the end of his career, spotted my Dad by the tunnel after the game and had a good chat. Dad last saw him a year or so before he died. He didn’t talk about it much but Dad was pleased to see the stand named after John, was very interested in the statue and recently, the blue plaque at the Atyeo family home. Jumping forward many years, eventually we stopped going to games. As Dad’s health declined I needed to prompt him to watch the games on Sky, but if I gave him a call he would always watch the games and we would still compare notes on what happened. We booked a supporters VIP day for a home game a few years ago, meeting Paul Cheesely as one of the hosts - that was a big thrill to meet an old hero of ours. For Christmas 2021, I bought Dad the John Atyeo biography. As he became more frail, I realised I needed to read the book to him. He was nearly blind and deaf towards the end, but when I started reading about Atyeo, his good ear would turn to me and he recalled many of the names from the 50s and 60s. Unfortunately I never got to finish the book with him. It remains with the bookmark at just over half way, but at least he got to recall the internationals and goals that were the highlight of the Atyeo career. At some point I hope to make a return to Ashton Gate. I admire all of you who support in person, especially to away games and hope City can have a better season. Reading the OTIB forum has kept me, and therefore my Dad, in touch with events over the last few years. For Dad, 1931-2022. Thank you for taking us to all those games and the lasting memories.
    160 points
  2. Stoney has passed away, City legend, condolences to family and friends.
    73 points
  3. If anyone thinks singing your dad is a n**ce to a little girl is a funny thing to do then they are a sad individual. Embarrassing.
    60 points
  4. I had to sit in the home end because I missed the deadline to buy away tickets. People around me seemed surprised by how well we played and equally felt that it was a foregone conclusion that Bournemouth would finish bottom of the league without some new signings, particularly in defence. First time seeing Sykes in person and I thought he looked excellent, also a shout out to our centre backs who made a number of towering headers and made Bournemouth’s attackers look ordinary. Thought Naismith was a vocal, dominant and reassuring presence at the back particularly as he was talking both Vyner and Atkinson through the first half, both of whom played better than I was expecting. I was fully expecting us to capitulate in the last 30 mins as we brought on the youngsters and Bournemouth’s team were strengthened with the introductions of Moore and Stanislas. Overheard someone say “this is now our first eleven” after those subs were made. Was really impressed with how we coped, with Kadji (someone I’d never heard of) demonstrating a really interesting range of passing, and Massengo growing into to “senior” player in midfield (which I thought as ironic as he is always seen as the young player usually!). Massengo showed some excellent touches and kept the ball in tight spaces, which was very handy as the game felt quite congested at times. Overall can’t help but be impressed by what was a very professional display today, which makes me feel more confident going into the new season. You reds!
    58 points
  5. There’s good banter, witty banter, intelligent banter and brain-dead banter. I’m with the OP.
    52 points
  6. Accept this isn't in line with the broader narrative after two games, but I think it's important to discuss the good things as well as the bad. Celebrate the small successes in an attempt to resist a spiral down into full on "City are useless" depression. So here's an attempt, without going into huge detail, to note down a few of the good things I've seen over the first 180 minutes of our season. 1. Decent passing numbers. 78% success yesterday (436 attempted passes), 82% success at Hull (382 attempted passes). 2. We're still dangerous going forward. 4 shots on target v Hull, 5 yesterday. 39% of shots are on target. 3 goals in 2 games is ok. Just think back to Holden's days and do a comparison. 3. The shots we're taking are dangerous. xG per shot is 0.116 and per shot on target is 0.29. those are good figures. Lower than last season's final figures, but still good. 4. Weimann's carried on his form. Perhaps surprising, but he's still performing at a very high level. 5. Sykes is looking to like a pleasantly surprisingly great addition. He looks to be working well with Weimann. There's other positive points as well, but that's just a few that I think we can bear in mind when we look at what's not working. Very ready to be accused of happy-clapping and ignoring the failures, and yeh in this particular opening post I am. There's other threads where the bad aspects of our games are being picked over ad nauseam.
    47 points
  7. His goal yesterday was his 45th at Championship level for us, the same number as Nicky Maynard managed in red & he’s now 3 behind the great Wayne Allison. I cannot work out the last player to get 50 goals for us at this level, maybe Tom Ritchie? But seeing as he has now scored 24 in his last 48 league games for us (pretty sure that we can all work out that is a one in two strike rate) & of course that doesn’t include a single penalty, it is a truly phenomenal effort & seeing as he now only needs 5 more, he looks odds on to get there. I know some are now regretting their stereotyping of him as someone who “just runs around” “almost stealing a living” but let’s be completely honest, we would be absolutely fecked without him, wouldn’t we?
    47 points
  8. I'm Iain I'm from Glastonbury 53. I have lived in Somerset since 2001, I am from Lancashire. I decided to make Bristol city my team, 4 seasons ago, I followed Everton as that was my local team but being in Somerset I don't get up to Lancashire that often and I have been to Aston gate more then I ever went to goodison. I try to get to Aston gate as often as I can but due to work I can't get to every game, I did contemplate get a season ticket but as work gets in the way it wouldn't be cost effective. I am going to the first home game of the season
    45 points
  9. Ok, so this post is going to annoy some. First off, I'm not naive about the behaviour of football fans. Before moving away from Bristol, throughout the 90s, I had a season ticket in the upper part of Dolman block C so was fairly close to the 'excitable' fans and have heard, joined in with and laughed frequently at the songs and general banter that is standard across football. But yesterday was, for me, a different experience. Now my views will be affected by the fact that I was taking my 7 year old to his first ever football match and I wanted it to be a success. It wasn't (ok the football didn't help but that's not the issue). I had already warned him that he would hear lots of swearing and I expected to hear all forms and lots of it. Again, not the issue. For me, the issue is the anger and vitriol that accompanied it and the apparent obsession with paedophillia. This was a pre season friendly in sunny weather at another West country club. Perfect opportunity for singing, banter and classic terrace humour. Why then did I ( and more importantly my 7 year old) have to listen to at least 25 minutes of foul abuse, singling out a Plymouth fan as a ****ing n*nce, a ****ing p*edo and various other forms of the same abuse. All delivered, as I say, with what seemed like genuine anger. Why? Even when the target had to relocate because of the abuse and there was a kid left there, apparently crying (according to the bloke next to me), it prompted songs of 'where's your daddy gone?', 'we want our paedo back' etc... My lad didn't know where to look and when I asked if he was alright he said he was a bit scared. I asked why and he said because of 'all the angry men'. When did paedophillia become funny? He heard the terms so many times yesterday that all he wanted to know afterwards was what a 'paedo' and a 'n*nce' were. I dread to think what he'll be saying in the playground tomorrow. Why can you go to the cricket or the rugby and still have great crowd interaction without all the extreme abuse. I know some will read this and think I'm being over sensitive, and there may be some truth in that, because I was so keen for my lad to enjoy the day (and he didn't) but I really think there is a question of appropriate behaviour to be asked.
    45 points
  10. Many fans? Don't assume the few vocal bed wetters on here represent anything like the majority of normal fans please.
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  11. Delighted with that. We all needed a lift after Tyreeq's depature.
    39 points
  12. The ex City player is currently battling cancer, wish him all the best in the future battle and hope he makes a full recovery
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  13. Gas Player diagnosed with cancer. Best wishes to him and his family as he fights this terrible disease.
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  14. I think this has been done on several occasions on here and my answer is always the same. However well intended the family/friends intent is, it doesn’t seem “right” that we acknowledge some fans with a minutes applause while other fans don’t get the same. You could have someone who went home and away for 50 years but because the family aren’t that “Twitter literate” they have a muted 2nd minute applause and nothing else, whereas someone else who may have attended 20 games in their life gets the full ovation. Neither is a lesser fan but because one arranger shouts louder, there is a difference. Also, as said, what happens if there is a sustained attack during the designated minute and it’s missed? How do the family feel then I totally understand the families asking for the acknowledgment but we seem to have a request every game. The club got this totally right last season with the Swansea “memorial game”. Pictures on the big screen and names on hoardings, photo flyers in the shop. Minutes applause before the game for all. One game every year, everyone equal, everyone acknowledged, one club, one family.
    36 points
  15. A 3 year banning order is what can be expected of anyone convicted in court of setting off a pyrotechnic during a football match and City have pre-empted that. Yet again though we have this pointless debate about the setting off of smoke bombs and pyros in stadiums. The fact is its not allowed... Period. You break the rules and get caught you get punished and have to suffer the consequences.
    33 points
  16. Recap I've taken from NP tonight: Nigel wants to be competitive. May just be me. But wants this squad of players to aim high this coming season Squad looking fitter than last season Naismith secured a better contract offer here than at Luton. Naismith excited at the project at Bristol City. Confident Sykes & Wilson have the technicality, motivation and desire to be successful. Something that is often not talked about in players. 3 players that were brought in on a free helped us massively due to our financial predicament. Wants to achieve his 3 year objective as originally set out. However, now believes it may take a bit longer due to our situation and the current market. Still has ambition to sign more players. Less likely to do more business due to current financial challenges. But states things could change. Highlighted there has been interest from some clubs with a couple of our players but doesn't want to lose any of these players. Will not disclose who's impressed him this pre-season. Spoke with Tins, wants to put some young players out on loan. Due to the numbers, cannot afford to do so. Young players pathways could be disrupted as numbers are short in the squad. Joe Williams - always going to be a concern with his injury record. Joe may not play 2 games in a short space of time (i.e, Saturday, Tues, Saturday). Semenyo - Hoping to be back in September from injury. Kalas - Not making much progress on his injury. Something that has cropped up before Massengo - No update on Massengo contract. Offer on the table for over a season more or less to sign. Squad player who may get game time (sounds like he won't be a first starter going forward). No interest in him from other clubs. Sounds like he will run contract down. Vyner - Appears to me the club cannot offload him. Sounds like he's just making up the squad numbers. NP highlights he's had a good pre-season however. In terms of the operation of the football club. Wants those high up to take on the challenge of moving up the ladder and having the ambition to progress. Understands the challenges and issues but everyone involved with the club needs to find a way to progress. Loan Players - Not keen. You sign PL loan players, their wages are high and it bites into the wage budget. Not a cheap option. Again, not ruling out but would have to be the right loan signing. Also highlights other Championship clubs are chasing the same young players to loan. Starting XI for Saturday not yet finalised. Knows the bulk of his first XI but players still have 4 days to change his mind.
    33 points
  17. A very nice way to put it. How about stop the tributes which now seem to happen at every single game? I can appreciate Stoney was a more unique case but if we have 50,000 City fans then approx 12 pass away every week by law of averages. Personally I go to football for fun, not to be reminded of death. A tribute to deceased fans once per year would be great.
    32 points
  18. City started the 22/23 season with stability and continuity - a largely familiar team and developing identity - and yet fell victims to the complete opposite extreme of ridiculous and unpredictable freakery as a clearly new and hastily assembled Hull side claimed an improbable comeback win through a bizarre penalty and then wild late deflected winner. The new look hosts lacked fluidity and were every inch the thrown together strangers the transfer window suggested - City in control and comfortable heading into half time with a 1-0 lead following a one sided half - but in a ridiculous final 20 Teteh blagged a bizarre penalty after doing a forward roll in the box, then Seri spooned in an injury time decider. Nigel Pearson's side settled instantly and so took control of the game from the start. In 4 minutes debutant Mark Sykes bamboozled his marker and got clear on the right wing to cross for Matty James to nod down beyond keeper Ingram who managed to desperately push the header away beyond the far post as a bumper crowd enjoyed a lively opening. A minute later and another Sykes right wing cross following good work by Weimann and Williams found Martin arriving far post only to flash his header just over the top corner. It wasn't until well past the quarter hour that Hull found any momentum - and two shouts for a penalty, the second seemingly clear as Zak Vyner pushed over his man in the box. Hull enjoyed a series of right wing corners at the midway point in the half but City stayed well organised and before half hour went in front from a spell of possession on the left. Alex Scott was fouled just and debutant Kal Naismith floated a deep ball beyond the far post which Vyner stretched to steer across goal, Andi Weimann roaring in to stab home. Hull's best chance came 10 before half time as a quick reverse by Seri weaved the ball through defenders to put Estupinan clear but Dan Bentley raced out to smother the close range shot. In injury time Weimann raced back to rob a man in space, Naismith turned over a dangerous header across goal, and City repelled pinball in the box from a final corner. In truth the hosts were more effective after the break but they really couldn’t have been much worse. After a wayward Sykes long range effort and a brief fast paced crossfield City break wasted by Williams, Hull grew in confidence as Jones was put away in behind DaSilva and cut inside to lay it back for Tufan to smash onto the near post at the edge of the box. By now Hull were finding space behind both of City’s wing backs but wasting good opportunities by lifting balls into the home crowd. The visitors looked for a reboot as Kane Wilson and Tommy Conway entered to replace Sykes and Scott - and won back possession high up, Conway getting to the byline to feed across goal where Ingram stopped Martin turning in. Both subs looked assured right away and at the three-quarter mark Wilson’s throw in saw an exchange which Conway raced away with, striding into the box to lash inches over as the away end held its breath. So a sucker punch at the other end as a break down the right found Teteh in the middle who under little pressure tumbled comically and yet won a penalty. Tufan stepped up and sent Bentley the right way - to the stoppers’ right - but finished unerringly into the far corner without a glove on the shot. To compound the sense of frustration for the suddenly silenced travelling fans, in contrast to the ridiculous spot kick, at the other end Rob Atkinson was mauled down from a Naismith right wing corner with no award. In the final exchanges City looked good for a winner - Conway was found on the right and a half clearance saw Weimann feed DaSilva’s run, the wingback dropping a shoulder, slipping inside a defender and slamming a shot past the keeper but just past the post. Then Wilson strode out of midfield and laid off to Conway who rolled defenders but saw a shot blocked. Into injury time and the impressive Wilson got to the byline easily before cutting back and instead of crossing as he had done several times in the prior minutes, slipped a clever, disguised low ball into the path of Weimann sprinting in at the near post, who spun quickly and stung the keepers hands at close range. Somehow City would not get the win they deserved. But then the ultimate sucker punch - to compound the ridiculous equaliser, a comical winner deep in injury time for the disjointed hosts. A throw in deep on the left was hooked speculatively into the middle where Seri swung a pot shot from the edge of the box which collided with late sub Tim Klose’s diving block and spooned in an arc into Bentley’s opposite corner. A big home following buoyed by new owners roared their approval, but in truth this was a comical conclusion to City’s season opener. Pearson’s men showed everything even their most optimistic fans expected of them - a settled side with more identity, energy and control than their opponents - and yet fate contrived to instead reward the patched together hosts. Bentley 7 Did brilliantly to stop Estupinan first half, couldn't do much more on the goals Naismith 8 Looks classy at the back and playing it forward - a wand of a ball for the opener Vyner 7 Easy to expect the worst but competent throughout, free of mistakes, and an assist Atkinson 6 More adventurous down the left than he has been but caught in possession a few times Sykes 7 A revelation early on, gave us width and crossing, a vital outlet for us, then picked up a knock DaSilva 5 Our weak link, too easily exposed in behind at wing back, and sketchy crossing going forward Williams 7 Helped us play through Hull with ease first half, and threw himself at every Hull opportunity James 6 Tidy and effective but seemed to be increasingly bypassed during the second period Scott 7 Looked comfortable on the ball whenever he got it but faded second half before substitution Weimann 8 An inspiration - ghosted in at one end to score, at the other end to stop a goal. Everywhere. Martin 6 Led the line well and important role, but felt like the odd opportunity to flick on was wasted Wilson 7 Looked seriously classy after coming on, had the beating of his man at every single opportunity Conway 7 Did not look out of place getting the shout before Wells - went close and never stopped running Klose 5 Only on for a few minutes and the most unfortunate deflection from his full blooded block
    32 points
  19. Here we go, let's start the Pearson out debate before a ball has been kicked in anger. Unlucky for you but imo we will have a good season and he will be offered a contract extension.
    32 points
  20. given the hand he was dealt, i sincerely hope not. hes done well to keep us in the championship with the mess he was left to clear up. a few seasons with some proper money to build his own squad capable of a promotion push is what i think he is owed
    32 points
  21. It's even worse than that. Some threads are appearing multiple times.
    31 points
  22. Quote from "Cans and Megabus" A travel guide for Sunderland fans; After years of traversing the many villages and industrial estates League One has to offer, what a pleasure it is to go to actual cities in the beautiful Championship. This year we get to visit Bristol and not have to go to the car boot sale stadium that Bristol Rovers hilariously call home.
    30 points
  23. No surprise, the bed wetters are out after one game. Unreal. That was a much better performance, a ludicrous penalty decision, that should cause the ref to be banned for 3 games it was that unreal. How he did not make 4/5 yellow cards in the first half was also astonishing. They guy was terrible. Yes he did influence the game and the result. That should not happen. We had our moments, but soaked up pressure, that last season we would have folded under. Much to like about our game, and much to work on. But really, some fans really need to question why they bother. It just brings unnecessary negative energy.
    30 points
  24. You know my wife as well then
    30 points
  25. Factually wrong on both counts. Naismith took them at Luton & Sykes played a fair few games at right wing back last season. Problem is when we lose, the criticism moves on from the logical (such as we are still conceding too many goals) to absolutely everything & bleeding anything.
    29 points
  26. Blimey - that comment about loans "The existing culture that we've had within the club is not strong enough to have people in who aren't necessarily going to be here the year after. I think it's a viable option for us this year because the existing strength within the group of players is really a lot stronger than anytime - since I've been here anyway" He's saying what we can all see when we look at the players on the pitch and in the club videos. The togetherness of the squad seems to rise and fall over cycles of quite a few seasons, I've seen comments saying this group looks like the 14/15 one, which is a bit premature, but the fact it looked a million miles away from that the last few years and NP identified that and wanted to fix that first as a priority without diluting the club further with loans - that's experienced management. Not going to use this as another bash LJ comparison but it's a great shame for everything LJ put into his time here that he poured over so many things and minute detail but never understood the pragmatism that less is more and no amount of building and spending works on weak foundations - the absence of focus on culture and leadership was always a great miss and a great waste, and once the last of the 14/15 personalities had gone, so largely had his chance of succeeding.
    29 points
  27. Listening to Sagheads over the Summer you’d be forgiven for thinking they ran away with L2 last season. They seem to forget that they were third best behind 2 bigger Westcountry clubs.
    28 points
  28. Okay, fair one, it was me. Don't worry, this isn't a Gashead infiltrating, just a Gashead who has signed up to set the record straight. Born in Eastville, then joined the Army in '77 and met a Sussex lass. Now support The Gas and Lewes FC where I volunteer on the SC Committee, do stewarding and maintenance. At the end of last season the match board was still showing the final game so I was asked to clear it. The temptation was too great. No offence intended, just a bit of banter. I never expected it to be seen outside of Lewes. In fact, being on a no-through-road, it was only likely to be seen by people on their way to the council tip. It's come down now. As it happened, a lass from your women's team was coming for a look round and diplomacy prevailed. On the back wall of the main stand are just over 70 scarves from around the world. Rovers and City are represented. Rovers prominently, City maybe less so, but that's what happens when a Gashead puts the scarves up . Anyway, good luck for the season. Please don't get relegated, then we can have a couple of derbys when we come up for the 23/24 season. https://photos.app.goo.gl/XdCzFr8rYjnohLJb8
    28 points
  29. Sticking with going early with The MDT. Ha’way the lads. As it stands it’s 18th v 13th They have an allocation of 3,338 tickets for Saturdays game so there will be a good atmosphere at Ashton Gate for this encounter. With 23,000 tickets sold as of Monday. There is even cheap beer to be enjoyed! https://www.bcfc.co.uk/news/cheers-to-that/ In front of nearly 41,000 they began life in the Championship with a 1-1 draw at home against Coventry City, who we face next in the Carabao Cup. The Black Cats need to strengthen in a 'host of positions' according to their manager but are in a ‘competitive queue for Premier League players’ whose departures have not yet been sanctioned. A goalkeeper is required, as well as depth and competition in other areas of the pitch. Their business to date: In Leon Dajaku (undisclosed, Union Berlin) Daniel Ballard (undisclosed, Arsenal) Jack Clarke (undisclosed, Tottenham Hotspur) Aji Alese (undisclosed, West Ham United) Alex Bass (undisclosed, Portsmouth) Ellis Simms (from Everton on a season-long loan) Out Aiden McGeady (released) Arbenit Xhemajli (released) Jordan Willis (released) Lee Burge (free, Northampton Town) Will Grigg (released) The Black Cats beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 back in May to win the play-off final and secure their place in the Championship. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/may/21/wycombe-sunderland-league-one-playoff-final-match-report and https://fb.watch/db7qyXd8rq/ Of course LJ had a 13 month stint in charge before moving to Hibs. Lee Johnson claimed that he ‘absolutely loved’ his time on Wearside. He was relieved of his duties at the end of January 2022 on the back of the 6-0 thrashing by Bolton Wanderers, a result which saw the club drop out of the automatic promotion places. Alex Neil took over and despite a poor start, winning just three of his first ten games in charge, he guided them to promotion. If you haven’t watched the Netflix series, ‘Sunderland ‘til I die’ it’s well worth a view, over two seasons it documents the remarkable role SFC plays in the community and the passion of their supporters. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunderland_'Til_I_Die Sunderland stuff A Sunderland man survived the Titanic. Sunderland-born Charles Whilems was a glassblower on his way to start a new life in the United States. He boarded the Titanic in Southampton on 10 April 1912 as a second class passenger and was one of the few survivors after it sank. Which reminds me I was in Belfast recently and if you are there the Titanic Experience is well worth a visit: https://www.titanicbelfast.com Sunderland was one of UK’s most-bombed cities during the Blitz. With the outbreak of The Second World War in 1939, Sunderland found itself as a key target of the German Luftwaffe because of the city's reputation as one of the biggest and busiest shipbuilding ports in the UK. They claimed the lives of 267 people in the town as well as causing damage or destruction to some 4,000 homes. It devastated the city and crippled local industries. Football fans may have heard the story of Swedish footballer Stefan Schwarz who signed for Sunderland in 1999. His contract included a rather bizarre clause which was dubbed the 'Space Clause' banning him from travelling into space. Schwarz was known to have an interest in space travel and it was reported that one of his advisors had secured tickets for the first passenger space flight due to take off in 2002. However, Sunderland put a clause in his contract banning him from going into space warning that doing so would result in the immediate termination of his contract. Unfortunately, Schwarz ended up retiring in 2002 before any potential space flights became a reality. Sunderland was home to Britain's first female serial killer. Mary Ann Cotton is thought to be Britain's very first female serial killer in the 1800s. Known as the ‘Black Widow’ she was thought to have murdered around 21 people, including three of her husbands and 11 children. She took out life insurance policies on her family members, before poisoning them with arsenic and collecting the insurance pay-outs. Alice in Wonderland was inspired by Sunderland Lewis Carroll may have been born in the North West, but he spent a lot of his childhood in Sunderland, visiting his sisters Elizabeth and Mary who lived in Southwick. It's said he took inspiration from Sunderland and the northeast for a number of his works. He came to see his cousin Margaret Wilcox in Whitburn, and the coast around her home is believed to have been the inspiration for the Walrus and The Carpenter. It's also understood he composed the opening lines of The Jabberwocky as part of a parlour game he was playing with his family at their home. The Victoria Hall Disaster was the worst of its kind in British history On June 16 1883, 183 children died when they rushed towards a staircase for treats during a variety show at the Victoria Hall- a large concert hall near Mowbray Park. Over 1,000 children surged towards the front but at the bottom of the staircase, the door had been opened inward and bolted in such a way as to leave only a gap wide enough for one child to pass at a time. As the children rushed down the stairs, those at the front became trapped and were crushed by the weight of the crowd behind them. In total, 183 children aged between 3 and 14 and with the compressive asphyxia of the children the disaster is the worst of its kind in British history. It’s the Three Lions flag day and in a fitting tribute to Stoney Garnett red hat day too, along with a minutes applause on 73 minutes. For those fans bemoaning us throwing a way points, we were 3-0 up at half time at Ashton Gate against Sunderland back in 2018 and drew 3-3 (with two og’s and a 92 minute equalizer) and as I recall the point was thanks to Frankie Fielding pulling off a great save, which isn’t actually featured in the highlights: Kalas may get his name on the team sheet following a five month absence. The officials…KEITH STROUD, Graham Kane and George Byrne. Fourth Official: Gavin Ward. Finally - animal nicknames, last week it was the Tigers, today it’s the Black Cats, there are 21 in all, see how you do on this quiz: https://www.sporcle.com/games/Tjpbb/football-club-animal-nicknames Enjoy the game COYR!
    27 points
  30. We’ve all seen the photo, now the video. Brilliant!
    27 points
  31. So we kept our third clean sheet in 3, played without 2 of our best 4 central defenders, all 3 of our likely centre midfield & Antoine up top & some come on here on a beautiful afternoon just to relentlessly moan after a win. Ok then.
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  32. Ok folks it’s here , first home game massive crowd ,Now let’s make some real noise , intimidate the opposition.lift our players we all have a role to play , players and fans so let’s make sure we play our part , wear something red let’s go all out for this on Saturday.everyone reading this will be sitting in different areas on sat so make sure the noise is coming from your area not just the singing section we’re all supporters so let’s support the team Saturday ALL OF US COYR
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  33. One good game. One bad game. Otib always consistent.
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  34. I really don’t think tonight is the night for this. Can we not just enjoy a wonderful occasion and a fantastic achievement without this constant need to compare it with the men’s game? Today is a day to celebrate victory for a team that represents our country. End of.
    26 points
  35. Yep, that was one of the main things I took from the piece. Wants to build a team, not collect individuals. That’s a significant change in the Club’s/ Ashton’s approach and about ******* time! Pearson was/is absolutely the right choice. Smart, with a clear plan and ruthless when needs to be. I like. Nearly all issues I had under LJ/MA have been or are being addressed. Great foundation being constructed on which we can move forward. We may surprise a few this Season and more optimistic about things than I have been for years.
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  36. No idea how this'll go down, but at this point I'd be in favour of a minute or two's applause and images on the big screens before a single game each season to remember everyone who's died that year. It might just be me, but once we get to multiple minutes applause per game - and most of them usually result in everyone around me going "what's this all about then?" it seems to lose any impact. It's obviously still important to the families/ friends so I'm really trying not to come across as dismissive or anything, that's definitely not what I mean! I just think the above would end up having much more impact and be easier to manage.
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  37. From FB: Hi All I posted on here a week ago regarding my brother Martins passing and contacted Jerry at the club to see if a mention could be held. He was trying to add small write up below in the match day programme but doesn’t look like it’s happened for some reason. I have asked the club if his photo could be put up on screen in 57 th minute for a round of applause and would appreciate support from all you fellow reds. I know it’s Stoney’s day we both knew him from our playing days at fry’s where he refereed many matches and was always a key figure in dressing room and end of season presentations , lovely chap and legend our thoughts will be with him & his family Saturday as well. Below is the information I sent to the club for my brother. Martin was an avid Bristol City supporter all his life and for many years held a season ticket in south / lansdown stands , he loved his football and followed the team both home and away. Martin took his life and passed away due to mental heath illness on 12 th April at age of 57. He was a loving person who will be sadly missed by his family and friends . Mental heath is a hidden disability for anyone suffering from this illness don’t be afraid to ask for help support , it’s out there. Martin renewed his season ticket before he passed away held in row 1 W1 of Upper Lansdown stand and his wife Roseann will be present along with family and friends at Saturdays match to honour Martins memory. If his photo is displayed on screen at 57 minutes the family would be over the moon for your support with a round of applause, it would mean so much. Many thanks Brother Andrew
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  38. There was a big thing a week or two back about clubs coming down hard on this following the problems at the end of last season. They are being made an example of but, it begs the question of, given all the publicity, how much of a bellend must he be to do it?
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  39. Welcome to a new season fellow-Reds, let’s light the red touch-paper and look forward to supporting our team through all of the ups and downs of a Championship campaign. Let’s get behind the boys from the start to the conclusion of the season, COYR! We have an allocation of 1,214 tickets for this fixture. A long trip for our first away game of the season, their stadium is 233 miles away from Ashton Gate! If you are driving you might want to go via Scunthorpe on the M180 and enjoy the great views from the Humber Bridge. Due to train strikes on Saturday, it will be difficult to get to Hull from Bristol. However if you do manage it, the nearest station is Hull Paragon Station which is about a 20 minute walk from the stadium. They featured in our biggest home victory last season: At their place a 91st minute Matty James goal gave us a point. However, the game on 24 May 2008 is the result that most of us will remember most painfully of all: After a 56 year stay at Boothferry Park, Hull moved into the MKM Stadium (previously the KCOM Stadium) in 2002. It is also home to Rugby League team Hull FC. It is a modern stadium, and has won a number of awards for its design. NP spent 17 months in charge at Hull City, inheriting a side in June 2010 that had been relegated from the Premier League under Iain Dowie. They finished last season with four points less than us in 19th place. Hull City headed to Türkiye and Spain in pre-season in preparation for the new campaign. Their first pre-season friendly was against Turkish giants Fenerbahçe at the Sakarya Atatürk Stadium in Adapazarı, which Hull lost 2-0 The Tigers then headed to southern Spain for a seven-day warm-weather training camp at the renowned Marbella Football Centre on the Costa del Sol. They played two matches while there the first behind closed doors against Brighton and Hove Albion’s Under-23s which they won 2-1 and the second against Spanish Segunda División side Málaga, which they won 3-1. Shota Arveladze’s men returned to East Yorkshire on Sunday 17 July. They beat Cambridge United 2-1 in a pre-season game. Last Saturday they lost 3-0 away at recently relegated Peterborough, with Sammie Szmodics getting two, their line up was: (3-4-1-2): Ingram; Figueiredo, McLoughlin, Greaves; Coyle (C), Seri, Slater, Fleming (Jacob 46’); Tufan; Allahyar, Estupiñán (Tetteh 72’). Subs Not Used: Fisk, Wallis, Hall. Shota Arveladze naming the same starting XI that faced Leicester City in the Corendon Cup at the MKM Stadium, which they lost 4-0: After the game their manager came across as clinically depressed! They look to be a challenging team for commentators given their summer business! They have been very busy, Shota Arveladze has bolstered Hull’s squad with ten new additions in the summer transfer window. Nathan Baxter Baxter has rejoined Hull City on a second season-long loan from Chelsea after spending the previous campaign at the MKM Stadium. The 23-year-old was initially signed to deputise for Matt Ingram when he arrived at the club last summer. He made his Championship debut in a 2-0 win at Barnsley in November 2021 and retained his place between the sticks for 12 matches until a hand injury ruled him out for 10 games. He was restored into the starting XI for the final four league matches of the season, while Ingram headed out on an emergency short-term loan at Luton Town. Tobias Figueiredo Figueiredo featured 28 times for Nottingham Forest last season as he helped them return to the Premier League after a 23-year hiatus. He was deemed surplus to requirements by Steve Cooper following their Championship play-off final victory, after spending four-and-a-half years at the City Ground. The 28-year-old initially joined Forest on-loan in January 2018 before signing on a permanent basis from Sporting CP in the summer of that year. He made 121 appearances for Forest and will add both quality and experience to Hull’s back-line. Free. Ozan Tufan Tufan will be determined to prove himself in England after his loan deal at Watfor$ was terminated by Roy Hodgson in February. The 27-year-old, who has 65 caps for Turkey, played just seven times for the Hornets in the Premier League. He is a product of Bursaspor’s academy and went onto register four goals and 10 assists in 66 appearances for the Green Crocodiles. He switched to Turkish heavyweights Fenerbahce in the summer of 2015 but has failed to win a single trophy with the club. The versatile Turkish international can play in both a defensive or attacking capacity in the heart of midfield but also has experience as a right-back and right midfielder. Undisclosed Jean Michael Seri This free signing is seen as a real coup for the club. Not only does he have top-flight experience in Portugal, France, England and Turkey, but he also played 33 times as Fulham lifted the Championship title last season. Seri started his career at Ivorian outfit ASEC Mimosas, who are famed for producing some of Ivory Coast’s biggest talent, including the likes of Didier Zokora, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Salomon Kalou and Emmanuel Eboue. He started his European adventure with a loan stint for FC Porto’s B team. Since then, Seri has taken in spells at Pacos de Ferreira, OGC Nice, Fulham, Galatasaray and Bordeaux respectively. His spell at Nice was perhaps the finest of his career as the Eaglets finished 3rd in the French top-flight and Seri was named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season in 2016-17. Dogukan Sinik Sinik has spent his entire professional career at Antalyaspor, bar a loan spell with third-tier outfit Antalya Kemerspor in 2017-18 and made 122 appearances for the club. The 23-year-old enjoyed his best individual campaign for the Scorpions last term – scoring three goals and providing seven assists in 32 league appearances. His performances even earned him his first call-up for Turkey in March 2022. Sinik has made a good start to his international career with two goals in his first five caps. Undisclosed Oscar Estupinan Only bottom place Barnsley (33) scored fewer goals than Hull (41) in the Championship last term. Keane Lewis-Potter finished as their leading goal scorer with 12 goals but left for Brentford this summer, while Tom Eaves and George Honeyman, who scored five each, have also left the club. Therefore, it’ll be intriguing to see who takes up the goal scoring responsibilities for the Tigers next season. If Estupinan can adapt to English football then he could be a very good bet. The 25-year-old joined Vitoria de Guimaraes from Colombian side Once Caldas in 2017. He struggled to break into the side during his first two seasons in Portugal and was loaned out to Ecuadorian outfit Barcelona SC Guayaquil and Turkish side Denizlispor respectively. Estupinan returned from Turkey to score eight times in 23 matches in the Portuguese top-flight and enjoyed his best scoring season yet with a further 15 goals in 28 matches last term. He made his debut for Colombia in June 2022 and joined Hull on a free transfer after his contract with Vitoria expired at the end of the season. Undisclosed Benjamin Tetteh Benjamin Tetteh became the latest arrival of this summers transfer window last Saturday. He has spent the last two seasons in Turkey with Yeni Malatyaspor – amassing 14 goals and 10 assists in 60 appearances. He started his European career with Standard Liege but failed to break into the side in Belgium. A move to Czech Republic reignited his career as he joined Sparta Prague following his loan spell with Bohemians Prague during the 2017-18 campaign. Tetteh scored 11 times in 28 matches during his debut season at Sparta Prague and scored a further eight goals in all competitions in his second and final campaign in Czech Republic. He won the Czech Cup in 2018, setting up the winning goal for Guelor Kanga in the final against Slovan Liberec. Tetteh has also played seven times for Ghana and could feature at the 2022 World Cup as they face a group containing Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea. Free. Allahyar Sayyadmanesh Sayyadmanesh signed on a permanent basis from Fenerbahce on a four-year contract with an option for a further year on 9 July. He joined the Tigers on-loan in January. He scored once in 12 appearances and was named Hull City’s Player of the Month in April 2022. The 21-year-old joined Fenerbahce from Iranian side Esteghlal but made just three appearances for the Turkish outfit. He spent a short stint on-loan in the Turkish second-tier with Istanbulspor, before joining Zorya Luhansk on-loan for one-and-a-half seasons, scoring 15 goals in 50 matches. Undisclosed. Vaughn Covil - Forest Green Rovers, free Jack Leckie - Burnley, free More arrivals are expected for the Yorkshire club and they are reported to be working on two new arrivals from the Premier League. One is a number 10 and the other is defender but it is yet to be known whether they will arrive on time for this weekend’s game. Outgoings: Keane Lewis-Potter - Brentford, £20m George Honeyman - Millwall, undisclosed George Moncur - Leyton Orient, undisclosed Tom Eaves - Rotherham United, free Richie Smallwood - Bradford City, free Harvey Cartwright - Peterborough United, free Tom Huddlestone - released Louis Beckett - released Henry Curtis - released Sam Deacon - released Rio Dyer - released Billy Leach - released Admed Salam - released Their expected starting line up is below. Following the Turkish broadcasting group, Acun Medya, completion of the £30 million takeover, new Hull City owner Acun Ilicali said he will do ‘the craziest things’ owners have ever done in the history of football as he seeks to put his own stamp on a club he has ‘fallen in love’ with.The Turkish businessman and TV producer saw his purchase of the Tigers finally completed in January after the Yorkshire club captured his interest six months earlier. His first interview: https://youtu.be/7g2kGKfdFEI Pubs New Walton Club, 243 Walton Street, Hull, HU3 6JR The Admiral of the Humber (Spoons) 1 Anlaby Road, Hull, HU1 2NR, a 25 minute walk from the ground: https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/hotels/england/east-yorkshire/the-admiral-of-the-humber Brickmakers Arms, 57-65 Walton Street, Hull, HU3 6JB The Boot Room, 354 Anlaby Road, Hull, HU3 6NS The Bowery, 30-32 Princes Avenue, Hull, HU5 3QA, https://www.boweryhull.co.uk Ye Olde White Harte, 25 Silver St, Hull HU1 1JG, a seven minute drive from the ground, it claims to be the most historic pub in East Yorkshire, https://www.yeoldewhiteharte.com Hull facts Hull is named after the River Hull. Its proper name is Kingston-upon-Hull. Boiled sweets, liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and Lemsip all had their origins in Hull. Hull is proud of its many uniquely designed public toilets which even attract coach parties! The George Hotel in Hull claims to have the smallest window in England. Hull is home to The Deep, which calls itself the “world’s only submarium”. Visitors may see its 3,500 fish, including sharks and manta rays, while walking under the water through a viewing tunnel. People from Hull are referred to as Hullensians. In 1856, Thomas James Smith opened a chemist's shop in Hull and established his business selling cod liver oil to hospitals. And finally, when during closed-season I asked for suggestions on how to improve the match-day thread posting it earlier was mentioned, thereby giving more time for fans to contribute and time for Big Tone to provide a condensed version. I will try to post them a bit earlier, however, that may not always be possible.
    24 points
  40. No, an improvement on last year's points total is all that's required, there's still alot of work to do to clean up Ashtons mess
    24 points
  41. Oh wow. Seeing him and his red hat walking around pubs/towards ground on match days was part of the ritual
    23 points
  42. In the year 2525, we’ll still be having Britton threads with people saying he wasn’t given a fair crack of the whip. Dispassionately - it’s insane. He’s been at the club at a time when the manager has given more opportunity to youth than anyone in the recent past. He’s been given loans at Conference level and not pulled up trees. He’s now playing at a level somewhere around Weston Super Mare and was on the bench last night. I have no axe to grind with Louis whatsoever, and in isolation there may be a good reason for each of the above. But logically - there is no metric or evidence to suggest that Pearson wouldn’t have given him a go if he thought he was ready, or that he’ll become a proven striker at our level anytime soon. In the opposite of Sam Allardyces “if I’d been called Allardici” quote, if Louis Britton’s family wasn’t known on the local scene and he was a youth player who grew up in, say, Berkshire, would there have been anywhere near as many column inches devoted to him?
    23 points
  43. City goal (Weimann): https://streamja.com/GoZ1Q
    22 points
  44. Michael Jackson - Young Boys.
    22 points
  45. Have a night off. Plenty of us are able to enjoy the women’s game without this bizarre need to drag it down all the time. And, yes, when that winner hit the back of the net I really cared, and so did my son who was enjoying the game by my side.
    22 points
  46. Preamble: I said last season that I thought this year we’d mount a promotion challenge. So there is confirmation bias here. There are two weeks to go to the new season. Day one I expect us to line up Bentley-Wilson-DaSilva-Klose-Atkinson-Naismith-Williams-James-Weimann-Wells-Martin That’s at least a mid table side. We have a (projected) £20m striker and midfielder to come in and an international centre back, together with HNM. Depth is also there that wasn’t at RB (Tanner), CF (Conway with the extra year), MF (Sykes). So, again, I ask why we can’t do it? And I look at the competition… Rotherham - lost players, fall into too good for L1/not good enough for champ Birmingham - In crisis Reading - Building a great side for 2014-15 Wigan - Untried Sunderland - Will be typical Neil side - nasty, hard to beat, but mid table Blackpool - Appleton shows budget cuts - in trouble Luton - can argue decent signings but from relegated side. Overachieved, unlikely to do so again Burnley - Massive transition, both players and style Millwall - lost best player. Mid table at best Hull - untried team, unused to division. Shit keeper. Watford - who the hell knows Boro - expect to be up there. Solid and decent manager Sheff Utd - transition again. Poor manager, coming to end of cycle Norwich - Yeah, they might be good WBA - two strong signings at this level, experienced manager, Dike fit - should be good Swansea - if in 2022 Joe Allen is your hope, you give up Stoke - see Joe Allen and read Aden Flint Cardiff - lots of quantity, questionable quality. Rookie manager to knit it together. Huddersfield - see Luton. Lost manager, overachieved and unlikely to hit again Coventry - should be solid and playoff contenders Blackburn - lost Lenihan, likely to lose Brereton - transition Preston - a whole heap of nothing. Signings reflect that QPR - meh So, I reckon with two weeks out I’m seeing nothing to change my opinion. I’d ask this. If a side, at this level, had: - A 20 goal championship striker last season - A central midfielder who is worth £20m - A beast of a CF who can win games by himself - The L2 POTY - from bloody right back! - The best performer from a top 6 side last year - A proven international CB - A CM who when he’s in the team increases points by 50% - A gk proven at this level Then I’d want that. So, why not?
    22 points
  47. If 3.5k allocation hands them an advantage over our 20k home support, then that's nobody's fault other than our own supporters..! Yes, I know away days are different to home games, but if we sing as much as they do, then there is no advantage to them whatsoever. I always prefer a big away following & it usually gets everyone up for it. Man Utd & Man City games showed us what it can be like & it's down to us to make our advantage prominent.
    22 points
  48. We did have an unusually hot summer in 1976. The image shows why this is not the same, and why those who are across the science are so concerned. I appreciate that it will not be a massive issue for most of us in our lifetimes. However it will likely be the most important issue for our children/grandchildren. Remedies are complex and probably too little too late. But those who write it off saying it was hot in ‘76, calm down and have an ice cream, are seriously missing the point.
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