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  1. 17 points
    I never saw Atyeo live but have seen all our best forwards in the top two tiers since then, Galley, Garland, Goater, Super Bob, Cole not Gas, et al. This post is not to suggest Diedhiou is the best but to provoke positive comments on how far the guy has come since our coaches got hold of him, in all aspects of his play: 1) build up play; 2yrs ago he wouldn't know the meaning. Now most of our goals have him heavily involved (all v Derby) 2) first touch, for those watching Tammy at Burton when everything came off the Chelski's knee or shin, it was like a premonition to our Diedhiou. Now it sticks to his boots 3) heading; last season it always went to an opponent and now he scores, finds neat plays to a red shirt and, Wow, QPR? 4) shooting; had a decent right foot eg at Hawthorns last season but now looks up when ready to let loose, without being greedy 5) Finding the net; stats speak for themselves despite us often only playing one up top this season 6) workrate; compared to that tireless colleague Bobby R, Diedhiou looked lazy when he arrived but now his effort s are immense, long runs after 89mins most games 7) allrounder; have we ever had a forward who also did as much good work in our own defense? running the channels; to start we thought he'd taken offside lessons from Kodjia but now his vision, channel-running and timing are better than Tammy's. 9) fans favourite; he got his name sung just because S.82 had an unusually good song for him (Senegal and Knaaawle). Now everyone in the ground, and not just the fans who travel away, see his impact, commitment and skills. 10) objective views;all of us like some players more than others as is the norm at all clubs. I like Rowe and NE this season but have been won over on Diedhiou so although Lj will get all the credit, and the Club the transfer money when he leaves, I would like to credit the guy with massive improvement and significantly under-rated skills. Even Rob (Ole) who has been harsh on him all season gave him the ultimate 10 after QPR so I'm glad it's not a minority that love the bloke. More please Diedhiou, starting against these top two sides
  2. 11 points
    Mark Ashton. -"remember when I signed Diony. What a **** up! No one will ever top that!!!" Kit designer - "...hold my beer"
  3. 11 points
    I think it looks bloody good tbh, not an identikit soulless stadium
  4. 9 points
    Just reading through these posts makes you realise what an apprenticeship/journey Ashton Gate was for many of us. I also started out in the East End as a young kid who was skint, the old man then bought me a season ticket when in the old 1st Div for the Dolman. Was then addicted to Bristol City. He got fed up when we got relegated from Div 1, Div 2, etc, so I then went in the Parkend for a year or two until I nearly died of pneumonia one game. It used to get bloody wet and when it was backed by a Force 9 gale from the East End/Dundry hills direction, it was bloody wet and freezing cold. Met the legendary Ricky M from Bath (also now passed - RIP Ricky) in there a few times (too many stories to tell on here about Ricky who was a well known character down AG) and then ended up in B Block Dolman for many years with him watching some great City teams. Used to love how Dolman B Block would quietly fill up prior to kickoff, the away fans would be singing there songs thinking “where are there lads?”. At 2.59pm, the whole of Dolman B Block would stand up in unison and sing “Baaaristol”. Quite often, the look on the away fans faces was one of white fear when they realised what was waiting for them post match. Great thing about Dolman B Block is you always had a great view of the Parkend when it kicked off! They were brilliant days - always remember how quite often the Parkend would start a song, followed by the Dolman, then followed by the East End & Enclosure. On a big game, quite literally the whole ground would be singing. Makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up just thinking about it here in 2020. Loved the old ground!
  5. 8 points
    I think the operative word here is "Grounding" as his feet are nailed to the floor .... no big head Prima Donna's allowed in our house....
  6. 7 points
    Anyone else suprised Derby's keeper was allowed to wear a kit so similar to their outfield players
  7. 7 points
    Getting all misty-eyed with this thread, so started skimming through the photos on the Ashton Gate Through The Ages fb page: found this corker. Not my picture, but bloody hell, it brings back memories of walking onto the terrace before a match and making the way to the top corner, craning over the fence to see if the away following was any good, the stench of stale fags, cider and last night's curry hanging thick in the air
  8. 6 points
    Permission granted to redevelop current stadium for this 30,000 seater modelled on the colosseum
  9. 6 points
    Only migrated to the Open End once the East End was seated so my memories are fewer than some of our more wizened posters, but woah, what a great place that was. Those last couple of years of the Open End had some great moments - Cardiff unlocking the gate before getting battered, the middle pen being opened for Forest (an inflatable Mr Blobby and some Gas in the away end that got clobbered after the match!), and the game against the gas (I was in there not for the Donowa match, but the 2-1 that had hundreds locked out). Packed like sardines we were, and an absolutely belting atmosphere. The sound of our tailored version of Irene echoing around the whole ground was simply hair raising. It's the more random games I remember most fondly though in terms of the Open End. Jacki waving goodbye to us after being sacked by Osman (who then went on to score that match only to get met by mutinous boos from us), the sack the board protests against Barnsley and... singing the Rainbow theme at one match because we were so diabolical that no-one had the heart to sing anything about city. And what a joy it was gloating in front of the away fans! I think one of the most shambolic matches I've ever witnessed was our 5-1 drubbing at Brentford, so to then relegate them on the last day of the season by whacking them 4-1 was an opportunity too good to miss. How we crowed Nowadays, you'd probably get a ban for doing so! The top corner of the Open End by the away fans was a great laugh, and although I only had a brief two or three season flirtation with it, the memories are golden.
  10. 6 points
    East ender, the Park ender ,then into the enclosure ,then into B block,then into the Ayteo and finally back to the East end.Too many stories to tell.
  11. 6 points
    I haven't bought a replica shirt for about ten years (when we still were supplied by Adidas) - but can we have one of these beauts as a training top please?
  12. 5 points
    That is huge! No doubt will be appealed and reduced but that would have a devastating impact on Man City. Lets see if UEFA take the same action against the likes of PSG!
  13. 5 points
    @ohhhshauntaylor meet @Robbored You’re welcome.
  14. 5 points
    A personal view - the club should retire the number 8. A City shirt with this number + the names of all the Ashton 8 should be put on permanent display in the proposed museum (when/if ever built).
  15. 5 points
    This might be met with aubergines but Man United should be signing Phillips and he should be in England squad. Better than Rice and Dier. Seen a lot of him now and he’s incredibly impressive.
  16. 5 points
    Sol Campbell had to restart a post-match interview after mistakenly saying he manages Southampton instead of Southend. The former Arsenal and England defender has been in charge at Roots Hall since October 2019, but has failed to pull them away from the League One relegation zone. Campbell was speaking after watching his side lose 4-0 to second-placed Peterborough on Tuesday night, and appeared to get in a jumble over which club he manages. Campbell said: "I think I have got to say the young lads who - quite a lot of them played their first game for Southampton. They played really well and stuck to their tasks." The reporter then cut in suggesting they start the interview again: "Can I stop you? Do you want to do that again? Because your team is Southend." Campbell said: "Oh did I say Southampton?" The Shrimpers have won just twice in the League since Campbell's appointment and are 13 points from safety. TAKEN FROM: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/soccer/sol-campbell-mistakenly-says-he-manages-southampton-in-post-match-interview/ar-BBZYbTn
  17. 5 points
    Oi, don't forget the "Enclosure mob" ! Had a few "differences of opinion" with away fans who thought they were safe to get all chopsy in an area full of old men and kids.....................they were wrong !
  18. 5 points
    Not sure how i feel about Bentley up top on his ones to be honest. I like the idea of playing two strikers in goal but with only Paterson in defence i think we might stuggle.
  19. 5 points
    Loved his personality previously, he was always the one I wanted to do well but he'd always lose the ball - squad player, didn't really fit either target man or poacher category... This season. My word.... yes he's not as prolific as he should be, and that miss against derby sums him up but...... His all round game this season has been incredible. We will never really know how many goals he has saved us from corners in our own box, winning headers. He is finally that outlet when under the cosh, the ball is cleared to him and now he has this knack of knocking the ball into space, holding off a defender or winning a free kick. I absolutely love it when we are facing a counter attack and Fam is head down, sprinting to get back to help. He just seems absolutely everywhere at the moment. He wins so many tackles in midfield, his passing is getting better and his work rate is immense. I love it when he scorrs, as at the moment, i know he genuinely deserves it. I know him and Lee had a bit of a moment at the start of this season, but whether its the coaching, Benik coming in and giving him a kick up the backside, his international opportunities or playing Elliason more - I don't know - but playing like this, right now he is my player of the season and think we will struggle to keep him over the summer. Think him and Wells could be a devestating partnership and one that could highlight Fam again - like when he played with Bobby - and that will push him to the next level. Keep it up Fam.
  20. 5 points
  21. 5 points
    Massive signing. Do we drop Williams or Benkovic though?
  22. 4 points
    God im an idiot!! Been watching the Wolves Leicester game most of the night went out made a cuppa Came back in and after about 5 mins noticed that Leicester had changed their kit mid match Said to my old man that i never seen that before He then tells me that he had turned over and we were watching Hull v Swansea!!!!!
  23. 4 points
    East Ender - front and central - loved it! The original East End was just an amazing place to be .... the more recent East End was so far removed in comparison, the youngsters who think the seated East End was great have sadly missed out on a proud terrace that, in its pomp, was as good as any ....
  24. 4 points
    UEFA rule 4.08 states: "A club which is not admitted to the competition is replaced by the next best-placed club in the top domestic championship of the same association, provided the new club fulfils the admission criteria. In this case, the access list (see Annex A) is adjusted accordingly."
  25. 4 points
    And this is why people need to understand (like Oscars article) why it can't be like the good old days. If you want to progress as a club, be sustainable and run within FFP, having a bigger commercial income needs to happen. I really do believe we are ahead of the curve. This also explains our buying "one for the future" tactic. As clubs around is fall, we are becoming stronger and stronger.
  26. 4 points
    Welcome to Friday nights live show from Sweden lol
  27. 4 points
    I'll wait until the results of any appeal before I start getting excited at UEFA doing something positive.
  28. 4 points
    Well, @Spike designs kits and @Olé has his South Bristol clothing brand. Do it lads.
  29. 4 points
    3-5-2 is absolutely NOT the way to play at Leeds. They play Bamford on his own. We don’t need 3 marking 1. Their strength is down the flanks, creating overlaps and utilising the pace of Harrison & Costa. You can’t let wing backs deal with these overloads. If we play 3-5-2, expect Dasilva & Hunt to be pegged back, expect the CB’s either side to be pulled out wide to support the wing back on the overloads, leaving their 2 midfield ‘penetrators’ (Hernandez & Klich) the freedom of the box when crosses arrive - which they do at will. I’ve also noted Leeds often cut back their crosses, rather than whip across the box - thus very important for the CM’s to track Hern/Klich and be aware of their positions just inside the area. I don’t want us to switch from 4-4-2. We’ll need the two wingers to provide defensive support for the full backs and prevent the CB’s being pulled out, ensuring they defend the box and those crosses. Wells & Diedhiou have to play every game together. But for this one they’ll have to work immensely hard. They’ll need to pressure the full backs when on the ball and try to prevent them advancing, and they’ll need one of them to just sit a little bit deeper to get on Phillips’ toes. 3-5-2 would be a disaster in my opinion.
  30. 4 points
    I wish a fan would make a really decent anniversary shirt and sell it. I think I would wear one to make a point. There shouldn’t be any issues with copyrite, just don’t have a badge or sponsor, or make up an anniversary badge. Any profit could go to charity after expenses of course. Yeah, I’m only dreaming but I cant believe we can’t do something more appropiate. Just to stress, this is my option as a fan.
  31. 4 points
  32. 4 points
    1) not a "lad", 38 years of age 2) Yes I live in Cardiff because that's where I met my partner and where my work is located 3) I design football kits myself, so I appreciate the work that goes into them that is often overlooked. It doesn't validate my opinion on a shirt anymore than living in Cardiff devaluates my opinion. 4) If living in Cardiff makes me any less of a City fan then tell that to the Cardiff fans who gives me shit for wearing my City shirts. It's easy to wear a City shirt in Bristol, try doing it for 20 plus years in Cardiff
  33. 4 points
    Possibly, for me personally I’ve never really agreed with it but appreciate that socially I’m on the minority in terms of its detriment. with that being the case I accept that city are currently sponsored by a gambling company, as is the fashion. I really don’t see the need to put it on what Is supposed to be a special one off shirt.
  34. 4 points
    Fair to whom though? Surely it has to be primarily fair to all the other championship clubs who, knowing the new ffp rules ( as did every other club ahead of the 3 year assessment period), took whatever steps were necessary to bring their finances in line, even if it meant selling their best players at the cost of competitive advantage.
  35. 4 points
    Must admit.... I've Thought he was a donkey for the last 2 years. Always liked him as a bloke who's trying his best but found him frustrating. Still has his moments but his touch has improved so much and his awareness and defensive duties have too... genuinely think if we can improve him another 10% he'll be a premier league striker.....
  36. 4 points
    I’m a proud Bristolian and anything which makes this great city better is fine by me, the football club has done very well out of Lansdown so far, so I’m more than happy that his wealth is spread further for the good of the whole city and other sports, I love we are part of something bigger personally
  37. 4 points
    Meanwhile, Jon L thanks you for your views and feedback as he makes his way home in his well-designed Lansdown mobile!
  38. 4 points
    How to commemorate 125 years of our great football club: With a vintage heritage shirt capturing the simplicity of time gone by With a frankly ridiculous looking shirt sewn together by someone on acid
  39. 3 points
    Lee Johnson just took us one place closer to Europe and we weren't even playing. Is there nothing this man can't do.
  40. 3 points
    To be fair, you can't just make a good football kit. It needs months of planning. Although there's been huge developments in "direct to garment" and "all over" digital shirt printing, generally unless you are in full on mass production, you will be using a "blank" (a generic* item of clothing in a default style and pattern) and then adding a screen (ink design printed over in a few colours) or embroidering a logo. A great design of football shirt (ie like the broken glass nibor shirt in my first season) needs the material printing with an utterly amazing pattern, the shirt sewn together and the badge added or embroidered. This is why Adidas and other big brands simply give clubs templates to add their badges to, costs too much to tool up for a unique material and fit. Not going to happen. Given all the preparation required it is even more amazing that people at City had this long organising material and production of a bespoke design they must have thought up while overdosing on PCP and MDMA. For anyone who knows them, Streatham Rovers are an exception, if we can find out who did their shirt which I assume is low volume but utterly ridiculously bespoke in a way our 125 shirt can only aspire to, I'm happy to work with @Spike to see what's possible. *self-indulgent disclaimer: I use blanks but go out of my way to never use the default or cheapest and always find less common or higher quality items, like the ultra soft summer cotton tees or new fitted hoodies.
  41. 3 points
    So, without knowing the details of the rules... how can they possibly have broken European FFP but NOT premier League FFP..? Surely they must be on a par, if not more limited at PL level..? In which case, when will they be docked points in the PL..?
  42. 3 points
    If you check back through this thread I think you will find that there was equal scrutiny of Derby's and Sheffield Wednesday's situations in similar circumstances i.e. the sale of their stadia. I would suggest the feelings of many City fans ( and probably those of other clubs that have taken the necessary, albeit tough steps, to comply with ffp) are that clubs that appear to have circumvented the financial rules should receive due punishment. Not because it's Derby or Villa, out of some sort of vindictive retribution, but because they appear to have taken the p155 with every other club I'm the division. There is also a degree of anger and frustration with the EFL over their abject administration of ffp, and in particular the cock up in drafting the new rules that left the loophole regarding stadium sales. That Villa appear to have benefitted from this to the degree that you are now enjoying life ( and the financial benefits) in the premier league, might explain fans' frustration a little.
  43. 3 points
    Let’s face it, we’ve had some horrible shirts over the years. Combining then to summarise our history ....
  44. 3 points
    Their keepers face here is brilliant
  45. 3 points
    I guess the argument could be made that we wear the version with ‘Dunder’ for the match but a version without the sponsor could be available for fans to purchase. WHAT!! What the flip am I on about. What right-minded fan is gonna buy this utter monstrosity.
  46. 3 points
  47. 3 points
    Subs were spot on. Changed to a 4-2-3-1 but weinman and O’Dowda had the energy to counter When needed and to help close down We won so it worked. Jeeez some people just try and look for negatives in what was a cracking end to end game
  48. 3 points
    Thanks for putting this up, Dave. Makes interesting reading and some of his critics would do well to take notice. This is, of course, cherry-picking from the stats in order to make it look the best it can possibly look, but nevertheless 42 goals and assists in 83 league starts is quite some record. If we were chasing a potential new signing who either scored or provided an assist for every two league games in which he was on the pitch from the start, OTIB would be in a frenzy of excitement. The good news is we don’t need to sign one because he’s already here. Appreciate him for what he does whilst we’ve still got him, rather than moaning about what he doesn’t do. As has been quite rightly pointed out, if he didn’t have some shortcomings, frankly he’d be playing for a far better team than ours.
  49. 3 points
    Surely more in keeping with these would be more appropriate for 125 years?
  50. 3 points
    I feel like this is the club taking the piss out of the fans a bit to honest. No one in their right mind must think that even looks ok and they are charging 45 quid for it. Could they not have let the fans have a vote for their favourite kit from the past and reinvented it slightly without the sponsor. We have some really decent kits from the past which are really hard to get hold of so they would have been able to sell plenty.
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