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  1. 36 points
    Gerry Sharpe (1946-2019) – an appreciation We are sad to announce the passing of former player (1963-71) Gerry Sharpe on 17th December at the age of 73. He had been settled in the USA for over 30 years. Gerry was a very fast forward with an eye for goal. Under manager Fred Ford, he made his City debut aged 18 against Carlisle at Ashton Gate on 23 October 1964. In the next ten matches he scored six goals, playing up front alongside John Atyeo and Brian Clark. Later, under manager Alan Dicks, he played increasingly at number 11, on the wing to better make use of his pace and he scored many goals by cutting in to shoot. He was coming into his prime and in the sights of many top clubs, when his career was cruelly cut short by injury. That was against Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate on 16 January 1971. Fans at that match remember the sickening crack, heard around the ground as his leg was shattered. Gerry Struggled for two years to get back into the game and played a few reserve matches but suffered a reaction each time. He could bring himself to return to Ashton Gate for many years but eventually did so as City’s Youth Coach. In the turmoil of Bob Houghton’s sacking in 1982, he acted as caretaker-manager for 19 days, during which City lost only one of their six games. Three years later Gerry began a new career in the USA, where he remarried and settled. Our thoughts are with his daughter Julie and his son Robert.
  2. 21 points
    My son is taking part in a social experiment. He has to wear a Bristol Rovers top for 2 weeks to see how people react. So far he has been spat at, punched and verbally abused. It will be interesting to see what happens when he leaves the house.
  3. 21 points
    I actually think this is one of the lowest ebbs in my lifetime as a Rovers fan. The fact that Mansfield, 18th in League Two have managed to poach a manager who has-within one calendar year and on a very limited budget- from relegation certs to 4th in the table (we could even go second today) should confirm to every Rovers fan that the current board have absolutely no interest other than their own financial one in the club. It should also be remembered that the manager was employed on the cheap, I didn't even realise he was at the club until his appointment! Against all the odds, Coughlan has done a great job, probably too good for the owners who have now been exposed for what they are. Mind you, there are a few who have now turned on our former manager for the way he left (personally I think once he was refused permission to talk to Mansfield, he engineered a situation which forced the boards hand) Those who now blame Coughlan, remind me of people who blame those on benefits and immigrants for all of societies ills rather than looking upward to those who created the conditions in the first place. Anyway, the point I am eventually trying to get to, is that many people on here have said 'City fans wouldn't take this' and my answer to that is, yes you would, all football fans do. Sure there may be a few banners and shouts of 'Sack the board', but there are very, very few occasions this has any effect and even when it has worked (Blackpool for example) it takes years and the damage has already been done. There is very little appetite for people to get involved with anything let alone football as long as they are doing reasonably okay. I saw nothing but scorn thrown at Labours plans to change how football clubs were owned ,bizarrely in my social circle by a few people who go to games in Germany because they love watching games over there, but also in the wider general media. The Premier League certainly changed football and there are many, many of those changes that have improved it but it has been at a cost to some and while forums are full of fans crying crocodile tears over the likes of Bury, most of them couldn't give a flying **** as long as their team are okay. City fans have very little to moan about, but if Lansdown's interest did ever wane, any anti board shouts would soon disappear as a couple of wins came along. Tis the way of the world
  4. 10 points
    Still family reasons. The family being the Al-Qadis
  5. 5 points
    World Cup winner 1966 has sadly passed away today.
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  8. 5 points
    I sometimes think that there are many city fans, even on here, who would have a dilemma if City played Liverpool. I’d love to see Liverpool and the other 19 premier league clubs all fail
  9. 4 points
    Those of you with long memories and empty lives may recall that my last 'meeting' with LJ occurred 5 hours prior to the Man Utd victory on 20 December 2017. A chance encounter in Cafe Nero, Clifton Village. Leap forward 2 years and Part Deux happened at the Passenger Shed, Temple Meads last night. My firm's Christmas party and in amongst the corporate revellers I spied familiar faces in fancy dress. Scott Murray resplendent in a pink dress and tutu, Jamie McAllister as the Beast, sans Beauty (probably washing her hair) and our gaffer in regency garb. I reminded Lee of our previous encounter and he was charming as ever, despite me getting his wife's name wrong, again. Whats the point of this post. Well, l'll be at Hillsborough this Sunday and hope this is another good omen. As Barry Norman used to say, "and why not." See all you hardy travellers on Sunday. Merry Christmas one and all.
  10. 4 points
    I was there today on duty. they were intending to throw them onto pitch but had a slight change of plan due to the weather and mud! instead they walked around with a large piece of tarpaulin that fans were encouraged to throw cuddly toys into, the reaction was amazing, hundreds of toys donated including a large sackful from us . an incredible response and a brilliant tribute to a very sweet little girl, very touching, Peterborough fans brought some as well , very pleasing duty today .
  11. 4 points
    It's got Operation Yew Tree written all over it.
  12. 4 points
    The key difference is that City fans do that and your fans don't. This oddly is taken as a badge of pride by Rovers' fans who see themselves as super loyal compared to the fickle teds. Sometimes you need a change of ownership. I'm very happy with the City board but I don't see why the Rovers' fans are so passive when their board is running up debts of £3m a year against the ground. City is making much bigger losses (£25m operating losses, this year offset by £36m profits on player sales) but these are being regularly converted to equity (= written off when you already own 95% of the club) and all small shareholders were offered their full money back last month with many of them, including me, taking that. You wouldn't get anything like that offer for your supporters club shares. Rovers' fans are like frogs being slowly boiled; when the club loses its ground and starts "temporarily" renting at Twerton or The Lawn will there be "sack the board" protests even then? What will it take? Playing in the Downs League and operating out of a garden shed; keeping yourselves warm on a winter's day by hugging tight around you your supreme loyalty compared to them gurt fickle teds playing in the Premiership in their state of the art stadium.
  13. 4 points
    A superb part of Bristol City’s history - rest easy fella, and thanks ...
  14. 4 points
    His career was cruelly cut short by one of the most appalling fouls I've ever seen. And not even a caution (no yellow or red cards at that time). As a player, he was exquisite. Very good ball control, took goal scoring chances with aplomb and a turn of speed that left defenders wondering where he had gone. My thanks for his contribution to Bristol City and condolences to his family.
  15. 4 points
    Promoting veganism yes, top marks but forcing it upon their fans, and away fans is just wrong.
  16. 3 points
    ...if only kits looked this classy now. No bloomin sponsor to ruin it. I'd love our 76 to 80 kits to be made available like this. https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2019/12/21/iconic-fa-cup-anniversary-shirt-unveiled
  17. 3 points
    Came off in the last game. Not 100% presumably. He's been consistently one of their best players (if not the best) which has been rewarded with international caps. Nothing to see here.
  18. 3 points
    RIP Mr Peters, you were part of something special and went a long way to getting me into football. There aren`t many left from 1966 now.
  19. 3 points
    8030 . 4th in the league massive game. Fans will flock back now the negative Irishman has gone. Pathetic but I suppose Xmas will be the excuse. Tinpot
  20. 3 points
    Latest MRI scan results show no spread as does the internal pics after tumor removal; so all good...so far Please guys/gals get any signs checked A.S.A.P dont hope it will go away it wont without help.
  21. 3 points
    The Good Old Days, ...…ON THE BUSES .
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    RIP Gerry, an early City favourite of mine during my youth.. Was there in the enclosure on the fateful day vs Boro.. The sound of the crack still haunts me today when I remember it, was sickening then as it is in memory today... One of the saddest days watching City without a doubt... I'm saddened again today to hear of your passing at such a relatively young 73years of age.. Thoughts with your family and friends...
  24. 3 points
    @Curr Avon that original restraining order ran out now then ?
  25. 3 points
    'Well this is unbelievable, we meet again Lee!' 'Sorry, who are you... have we actually met before?' 'Yes Lee, it's me Cafe Nero, we met in Curr Avon 2 years ago, I mean I'm Curr Nero, we met in... anyway, remember now?' LJ. No. baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat, nice to see you, um... Kurt' 'It's Curr. Yes Lee, you'll remember the last time we met we beat Man. Utd only hours later! Us meeting again like this must be a lucky omen for another unlikely victory at Sheffield!! Where we may meet yet again, because I'm going!' 'Um....yes, that's great Curr, um....Scotty! Pssst......Scotty! SCOTTY! SCOTTY, GET ME OUT OF HERE!'
  26. 3 points
    Some good news. . . . Hull City defender Angus MacDonald has been given the all-clear after being treated for the early stages of bowel cancer. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with the condition in August and has now completed successful treatment. "It's been a long couple of months but it's a great time for me now," MacDonald said. "There were some dark stages but my friends, family, partner and everyone at the club helped me through it." He added: "I'm going to enjoy Christmas and then hopefully get back to working with the physios in the New Year. "It'll be nice to get back to doing what I love, you miss being around your team-mates." The club said in a statement that "Angus has shown tremendous courage and strength of character during the most challenging of periods". The Tigers added they were "looking forward to seeing Angus back in and around the club". MacDonald missed almost all of last season after being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in November 2018. The centre-half, who started his career with Reading and joined Hull from Barnsley in January 2018, previously suffered from a blood clot on the lung at the age of 15, but made a full recovery. Taken from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50856955
  27. 3 points
    Hate to disappoint you but he already part owned by Chelsea!
  28. 2 points
  29. 2 points
    Been to a fair few. Some that spring to mind: 1989 Man United v Wimbledon, end of season nothing to play for, lowest league gate post-war at OT (23,000 ish) 1989 Man City v Crystal Palace, division 2 promotion battle. Only actually saw 15 minutes of it, arrived drunk, passed out in the gents in the away end, woke up at FT. Late 80s Leeds v Bradford, 3-3 draw from what I recall. Last time I saw NF stuff sold outside a ground. Mid 1990s Rangers v Hibs. Sat in the away end. Abuse from Rangers fans for being in that end , abuse from the Hibs lot for being English. Mid 1990s Harrogate v Chorley. Struggling to finding something to do midweek when working in Harrogate Early 1990s Cheadle Town v Christ knows, a friend got a few games for Cheadle. 2012 San Lorenzo v Boca Juniors, one of most intimidating atmospheres I recall being at. 1998 Juventus v Inter Serie A title decider and some of the most biased reffing I have ever seen. 1998 Spartak Moscow v Inter, UEFA cup, Ronaldo at his Il Fenomeno (sp?) peak. Plus loads of international matches not involving England. Germany Brazil 2014 semi final being a stand out.
  30. 2 points
    Don’t know for sure but there is a quiz question going round about who has only lost 1 game in 51 but still haven’t won the PL title
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  32. 2 points
    He scored England’s 2nd goal in the 1966 World Cup win at Wembley.
  33. 2 points
    Does it matter if one side wore tee shirts and the other i suits and ties ?
  34. 2 points
    One of the standout players in the first team I watched. I also remember his long fight to play again, like Cheesley a little later, which was ultimately unsuccessful. Also his work with the youth team players who were soon thrown into the first team due to the events of 1982. Plus his short, but fairly successful stint as caretaker manager when Roy Hodgson got the boot. Very sad news RIP
  35. 2 points
    I agree mate...I really like the way Morell plays. I think its time he came back and became part of our midfield. He needs to get used to playing with the other players.
  36. 2 points
    I was searching for a way to remove the dunder logo but not possible apparently without ruining the shirt
  37. 2 points
    Slightly off-topic, but I remember having Teletext on watching out for that result (was it a Thursday evening??) I’d minimised it while I watched TV so only the page number was showing. When the text colour changed, meaning something had happened, I thought it would be for full-time, but checked anyway. YES!!!
  38. 2 points
    Love this song, especially the guitar playing.
  39. 2 points
    It was 72 and tracks I can remember were Rock & Roll, The Wanderer, Ain’t that a shame and Donna. Wow we are old farts
  40. 2 points
    The old Friday & Sunday Eastville Markets had more customers in the carpark than Rovers usually got inside of the stadium.
  41. 2 points
    And still as funny now as it was then. it`s a shame they never adapted more Tom Sharpe books, they are truly hilarious. I think they`ve only done Blott, Wilt and Porterhouse Blue.
  42. 2 points
    Wouldn’t surprise me if it was or perhaps his agent. If you notice, always very disparaging about other players around CO’D’s age who are seen as a bit more exciting or interesting. Never criticises CO’D’s mate Brownhill either..
  43. 2 points
    LJ has gone as @RedDave......see, he does read otib. Unless, dun, dun, dun....RedDave is LJ!
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  45. 2 points
    I had the shits 2 days before our 7-1 thumping at Swansea and guess what I’m only shitting through a eye of a needle again
  46. 2 points
  47. 2 points
    We never did, it was the fact you wanted to fly up, take some pictures and then fly back again without seeing the game!
  48. 2 points
    For a team who average 20k at home I disagree. Especially when you look at other clubs but hats off to those going.
  49. 2 points
    Ben Sherman...?!!
  50. 2 points
    How is it forced upon fans? What a ludicrous point of view............it is no more forced upon fans, than the gristley meat pies, mushy pasties and cardboard burgers served at most grounds. You have a choice, to buy or not to buy? Nobody is forcing you to do anything.
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