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  1. 15 points
    It seems increasingly likely that many clubs will not be able to survive the current crisis and - sadly for me- Rovers would appear to be one of those at serious risk. What will become of this thread if we do go? You need to start thinking of your exit strategy, would it become the 'Cardiff dustbin thread' or will you wait to see if a 'phoenix' Rovers starts up and start hating them instead? Personally. I'm beginning to see the upside of this scenario. I can continue disliking City and laughing to myself when they fail without having Rovers ******* it all up for me by, well just by being Rovers really,
  2. 12 points
    I reckon I would quite fancy Cotts side then to beat Johnsons present side to be honest.
  3. 10 points
    Andre Gray, Harry Maguire and Dwight Gayle wasn’t it? But then the rug got pulled from underneath him. Disgraceful. And now Johnson has got carte Blanche to buy whoever the **** he wants and still have no attempts on goal and be absolute dog shit at home. The comparison is so far from fair it’s untrue.
  4. 8 points
    We lost 2-3 at home to Norwich City. Nothing strange about that.....until you realise it was the last time we played at Ashton Gate in the top flight. I'd had my last day at school the day before, bar going in for exams. I was starting work full time the following week and was so excited that for the first time in my life I could now afford to get to all of City's home games from West Somerset where I lived. As I left the ground and we were all but relegated with 2 away games to go, I was so upset but as a naive 16 year old was sure we'd bounce straight back up the following season. 2 and a half years later we were bottom of the football league and the first year's of me being a full time City fan hadn't quite gone to plan, but at least we were still going.... Just! Does anyone have memories of that game v Norwich and around that time of relegation in particular? I can remember a few Dicks out chants. I can remember world Cup winner, Martin Peters scoring what I think might have been his last ever top flight goal, not his most important I'm guessing.
  5. 8 points
    How do you reflect on that season now, five years on? "Great memories with some great people. I’d like to thank the fans around Bristol who still come up to me now and thank me for that season. I reply that it was a long time ago now, but they say it’ll never be forgotten, which is quite nice. I thank them for their kind words and it’s nice to feel you made a lasting impact because the fans there were superb." You just know he means every word.
  6. 7 points
    Surely 'Only fools punch horses'? 'Smack a pony with a right hook Headbutt windows on the van Preach pure delusion every bloody season Cus sister, you're my mam Where we both come from is a mystery Now every bugger supports the City A Billionaire owner who ain't got no bread God, why wasn't I born a City red?' I thank you!
  7. 6 points
    While I was looking through he box of old programmes, I came across an old Green Un that I didn't know I had, July 23rd 1977 to be precise. No reports obviously, but some might find bits interesting, and a piece on the lovely Gerry Gow. Anyone from on here in the letters page, long shot that one
  8. 6 points
  9. 6 points
    Found this bit interesting... Sometimes you have to be flexible, but the key is communicating that to your players clearly. For me the key to a good team is having a clear idea and that gets muddled up these days when people talk about ‘identity’. If you have an identity it means you can only play one way, so I don’t think you want an identity. People may say my team had one, but they had a clear idea of what to do if a team pressed us, or dropped off us. That’s what in the end gave us a winning system, the players being comfortable with us on the pitch. We spent a lot of time in the classroom and that was key, especially when the lads’ legs were a bit heavy due to the amount of games we had to play. Football can be played in a lot of different ways: aggressive, defensive, attacking, counter-attacking – you can’t say one is good and one is bad. There is not one winning system, you just need to be comfortable with yours. It’s about having a clear idea, not an identity, otherwise you’re easy to work out.
  10. 5 points
    Love the newspaper clipping - where did you find that? Came across this a while ago, from late 80s I'd guess - not sure why we never used it:
  11. 5 points
    Why? It’s a perfectly legitimate point of view.
  12. 4 points
    I’ve also noticed it, it’s almost as if they want us to forget about him, it’s very weird. They posted a video on Instagram of the Swindon highlights a couple of weeks ago which was edited to remove Cotterills celebration after the 3rd goal. He also hasn’t been in any videos/photos either. We should celebrate Cotterills reign as a great point in the clubs history instead of trying to remove all signs of him from the past.
  13. 4 points
    I thought we had agreed fees for Maguire and Gray and someone at the club decided to try and get them cheaper after SC had agreed deals for them both.
  14. 4 points
    I have to agree with him on this If a club cant afford to pay wages of players and other staff they cant then afford to pay say £10m on a transfer A simple rule should be ALL staff paid in full before a club can sign any new players Just my opinion
  15. 3 points
    Apologies if this one has already been mentioned in the numerous discussions on music our chaps should hear when emerging from the tunnel - but I just thought “Back Home in Bristol” by The Dreadnoughts is a rousing little ditty that may pump up the atmosphere a notch when we are finally allowed back into our second home, especially as it samples ‘Drink Up Thy Zider’ as part of the tune, here it is ...
  16. 3 points
    Following a thread on Twitter, @Davefevs was asking about pics/photos of Mick Harford. That lead me to check out my old programmes. I have a few from that time, one from the week after the Ashton 8 tore up their contracts . Very sparse programme, just 7 pages including a front and back cover, I would guess due to funds, made up with what I assume is the Football League review of the time. The Fulham game was massive, one it meant we were still alive and kicking and two they were top of the League. The team was as Programme, with Gary Smith sub, his fact file is on the back page. 9,312 turned up to watch a very young side, which may not seem a good crowd, but it is over 5k more than the previous 2 games (not counting the Villa cup game where over 20k turned up ). I really think some didn't realise how bad the situation was. 5 teenagers were involved , 4 starting and Mick Harford who would be sent back to Newcastle as we didn't have the funds to complete his transfer. He would go on to Birmingham , and in the records it looks like we sold him, but as I remember it he was sent back then Newcastle getting the fee from Birmingham. Roy Hodgson is his notes , and the board in their printed statements touch on what had happened, I've put the Fulham notes in as some may be interested, a certain Sean O'driscol playing in defence. City 0-0 Fulham , Att: 9,312 3 wins and 2 defeats meant coming into the home game Vs Oxford we sat 7 places off the bottom, but level on points with Exeter who were in the relegation zone. Obviously the Club were in need of money as the Supporter club share appeal and the player sponsorship shows. Hodgson's quote in the diary section is interesting, the need for experience or else relegation. City signed Ray Gooding from Coventry (I have no memory of him) taking the squad to 17, which was effectively was 15 as Terry Boyle and Peter Devine were long term injured.Gooding came in for Musker , the rest are as programme. City 0-2 Oxford , Attd : 8,156 Jumping on to 15th of May, City home to Chester and Hodgson has gone and the Board do what would have been the managers page and the figures quoted are interesting. As for League position it's pretty much done, although the table throws up a question, why were the gAss docked 2 points? An interesting outcome of staff layoffs, due to Kit man Bill Tovey was one laid off so 17 year old Colston Gwyther took over the kit for the trip to Wimbledon. How do I remember Gwyther and not Peter Devine and Ray Gooding. City 1-0 (Chandler) Attd : 4,475 For those that don't Know, the season ended in relegation to Div 4 for the first time.
  17. 3 points
    Bravo, absolutely superb! Can't be arsed to do it properly!
  18. 3 points
    A little table I knocked up.
  19. 3 points
    Football enjoyed it's boom years after the Second WW, lasting most of the 1950s, but then beginning to tail off and slowly decline through the 1960s (coinciding with the abolition of the maximum wage, and a widening of leisure pursuits and opportunities). There was a spike post 1966, what with us being World Cup winners and all that, with crowds going back up again, lasting two seasons, before attendances again continued to decline. Crowds shrank steadily through the 1970s, as fewer goals were scored, players were paid more and wore their hair longer (then having it permed, and blow dried) and behaved more "unsportingly," the game became more "professional" and increasingly less like it had been during the post war boom years, reaching a low point in the 1st Division in 1984. Crumbling grounds and crowd violence contributed to the decline. And unemployment and recession. People were giving the game a miss (just as we were getting our act together on the pitch). Crowds were made up of a greater proportion of young (angry) males. Attendances didn't really recover until the late 90s. We - City - missed a great opportunity to cash in on potential support by messing about in the bloody 3rd division for much of the 50s, and the lower half of the 2nd when we finally got out of the 3rd. The advent of televised football, from the mid 60s, was a great time to have a great team. Leeds United timed this perfectly (and still enjoy the benefits of this today). Liverpool did nicely from it to, as did some smaller but also successful clubs (eg Ipswich, Forest, Derby). By the time we got to the top in 1976 the game was becoming deeply unpopular, loathed by much of the rest of the country. Crowd violence at home and abroad (eg England games) helped to turn thousands of those who might be tempted into armchair viewers, if that. We missed out again by only playing top class clubs on a regular basis as football across the country began to nosedive into its greatest unpopularity. Interestingly, although Fewers like to seize upon our disappearing support through three successive relegations, the 4th division's lowest two seasons for support in its existence were the two seasons following our promotion out of it in 1984. To suffer an unprecedented "trauma" of three successive relegations and play two seasons of 4th division football at the same time as football was at it's least popular and support nationwide was at its nadir was bloody unfortunate / typical for us, and is the context that Fewers always neglect to include, or simply don't understand, when saying how massive their support was in the Banana pub league (when football's popularity, and attendances, across the country, the game and the divisions, was the polar opposite of the game in 1983 and 4). Wolves' support dropped lower than ours, when they were in the 4th in the 80s (a greater decline from bigger crowds than ours during the good times). Cardiff's attendances in the 4th were thinner still, sub 3k average in more than one season). Our support was ok, in the circumstances, more than ok, and only less than theirs, Rovers,' for one of those dismal seasons: the first season down in the 4th, when we were 92nd for a week or two. And they were a division higher than us, chasing promotion/having a good season. So, in conclusion: we're more bigger-er than Norwich; they're more bigger than Northwich.
  20. 3 points
    If we had followed his plan from the start of the season ( transfer window) we would have been pushing at the top end of the table imo.
  21. 3 points
    Agreed. I think what this discussion highlights is that of course we don't want any team to take advantage of such a situation, that to me is the bleeding obvious and because it is we don't need a fellow manager demanding City and others are placed on a transfer ban. That is at best disingenuous but more likely exceedingly condescending and an attempt to ensnare the agenda in a very underhand way at a time when the world is upside down. The guy should retract his comments or a lot of managers and owners will give him the cold shoulder I reckon. It's simply uncalled for at this extraordinary time.
  22. 3 points
    Assheads believing that they would be using a new ground entry system, similar to most grounds (including AG), where entrants simply swipe their season card, and entry is automatic. The sags perhaps arriving in the 20th, never mind 21st century ? No, of course not. It transpires that swiping the new card sets off a buzzer. Then, “some bloke”, who resides behind a wall, stamps on a foot pedal, thus allowing said asshead entry into the “stadium”.
  23. 3 points
    That number 7 for Chester must have got some stick
  24. 3 points
    Taking a year to get their “big” screen up, then finding they didn’t have the power to run it. Subsequently finding out the company providing it was owned by “the rosy cheeked tax dodging lady garden” from Guernsey.
  25. 3 points
    Thank you for posting the link, I really enjoyed listening. I recall that I was at home in Hereford and couldn't get radio Bristol - I got the news about Rovers's relegation from Sky TV reports I celebrated with the bottle of Bristol City branded champagne that my nephew/godson bought for my 60th birthday. I reflected that if it wasn't a City promotion to the promised land, Rovers being relegated to the Conference was well worthy of celebration. As I drank I recalled how in 1982 I contributed in my own small way to the survival of the club by purchasing shares which I could ill afford. I reflected on the fact that the Rovers created difficulties that without their objections would have otherwise led to potential financial support from the Council.... then their trying to grab our ground (they're well practised at that). It was karma, a horrible club and horrible fans. I always support teams in difficulties across the football world... but the Rovers are something different. Listening to the link has brought a smile to my face during these troubled times
  26. 3 points
    Radio Bristol post-relegation reaction: https://vocaroo.com/3STeE9fJlGE
  27. 3 points
    And how differently it would have panned out for them had they not won that game: Relegation to non-league, no training ground, no new stadium, no refurbishment of the existing one, dwindling crowds, massive debts, non-communicating owners, sports science graduate on work experience for a manager, players only on £300 a week. Yes you can certainly say that they dodged the very biggest of big bullets on that day. Had they lost then it would have been the beginning of a slow protracted dwindling into a footballing irrelevance rather than being the thriving rival club that we see in Bristol Rovers today.
  28. 3 points
    interesting read. I think if you would have followed the Cotterill model he probably would have had is up by now, but it comes with great risk. It’s the same way Bournemouth and Brighton did it, but what a gamble. If you don’t manage to do it you are well and truly in the ****. We’ve chosen a different route now and the real success from that will not be promotion, but sustainability. That is the prize ultimately. A one off, bounce up and down year, may happen if the planets align.
  29. 3 points
    May 1984 v Chester at Sealand Road was a great day for all city fans. it was the day we got promoted from the old 4th division. We had 3k up there and the atmosphere was fantastic. Those there i am sure will never forget that day. coyr
  30. 2 points
    A great interview and really good to see Cotts talking about his time at the club so positively and enthusiastically. I'm in the camp that thinks he had to go at the point he did as - irrespective of where the "fault" lay - the simple fact seemed to be tension between the manager and the board was impacting negatively on our season. But the 14/15 season was the best football I have ever seen the club play and I'm really glad that, five years on, Cotts, can hold his head up high and talk positively about it.
  31. 2 points
    I could've sworn that they survived the week before at Wycombe? No...oh..... 'There are no words to describe this', try Darrell, just try......
  32. 2 points
    There were some great players in the 90s. Reggie Miller and Karl 'Mailman' Malone were two of my favourites! Other names come flooding back: Alajuwon, Sprewell, Shrempf, Shaq, Stockton, Ewing, Mourning, Dumars, Majerle, Barkley, Payton, Mutombo, Robinson, Kidd, Hardaway...
  33. 2 points
  34. 2 points
    3, Relegaton 4, 6th richest chairman, coming for you city 5, santas grotto 6, babestation 7, thier UWE display 8, daryl clarke saying "happy days" when we lost, we then got to use that against them for the best part of the season 9, training ground 10, new stadium 11,tents 12, new stand and many more
  35. 2 points
    Crewe at home 0-0 , last game in the old Eastend.
  36. 2 points
    Also the day Rovers all but secured their league status by beating relegation rivals Wycombe away from home
  37. 2 points
    If this has already been discussed in the Dustbin thread, apologies and Mods please delete etc.. However, it could be one of the few topics that isn't worthy of being assigned to the 1279 plus pages. Well done that man. https://www.millwallfc.co.uk/news/2020/april/lions-fans-incredible-gesture-for-daughter-of-covid-19-victim/
  38. 2 points
    One rare positive of all this pandemic would be rovers going bust,
  39. 2 points
    Understand what you are saying. My main point is that there is a big difference in employment conditions between playing and non playing staff. Like you I think football is going to change after all this. Can't help but feeling that alot of smaller clubs will return to having part time players like in the old days. Can't see a lot of transfers happening either except for players out of contract. Interesting times ahead.
  40. 2 points
    He is absolutely spot on. If you can’t pay a part-time wage for perhaps months - if only just for a bit of solidarity - don’t dare spend millions. @BigTone was Gary O Neill £20k pw a capital investment? Not all players are. Is Ashley Williams an asset? It’s really not that straightforward. If club shop staff are furloughed then any player old or 6m left on deal - maybe even a year - furlough them also Remember tax payers are paying for furlough, for many years to come. If a club subsequently spends millions having relied on the state - us - it’s up to you but I really really want my haypenny back. And that isn’t a joke. More generally I do wonder how football will survive this - I don’t think it will as it was personally. People are now accustomed to life without it. I dont know about you but I’m definitely seeing people are happier; friendlier; nicer. People say hello when you pass in a street; people say please and thank you. I have zero hunger for the vulgarity that football has become returning anytime soon. PL clubs furloughing was so damaging I didn’t renew my ST before purely for entertainment (lack of) but suspected deep down I’d crumble during the summer. That won’t happen now for sure. I’m so excited for many things - but football is so low, it’ll take me a while to get to a point that I want to fill my Saturday with football because there is so much more I’d rather do. To be excited to watch football just seems like such an unfulfilling life and prospect.
  41. 2 points
    .....and don’t forget the (very timely) last ever game at their spiritual home - Eastville. It was 34 years ago tomorrow: April 26th 1986 - Bristol Roverzzzz 1 Chesterfield 1 Last ever game at Eastville Attendance: 3,576 Yep, ‘loyal and true’ ladies and gentleman ....
  42. 2 points
    Is #4 @Rudolf HuckerI have heard he goes like one?
  43. 2 points
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  45. 2 points
    You mean they played a team who were so ‘on the beach already’ that they forgot to bring any kit? Imagine losing your league status to that?
  46. 2 points
    5 years ago today that Rovers avoided relegation to non league, by beating Wycombe, in their winner takes all relegation decider.
  47. 2 points
    One of the best seasons I have ever had as a BCFC supporter, and that's quite a few
  48. 2 points
    What a season that was, a great team of players and fond memories.
  49. 2 points
    Some good news in this troubled time. Today the Dutch Football Association has decided that the current table in the Netherlands will determine who qualifies for the championsleague and Europe League. The club on the fifth position will be allowed the play in the second round of the qualifying rounds for the Europe League and guess who is in this position! Yes, it is Willem II!!!! So next season european matches for Willem II!!! Let’s hope that the corona virus will be over soon (not only for football purposes) and that the qualifying rounds still will be played, hopefully with supporters...
  50. 2 points
    Quite simply merge Rovers with City. Convince those with the power that Bristol is a passionate place that supports sport but realistically only one team, just like Newcastle and Leeds. If you look at the number of committed season ticket holders and away followers, for both clubs over the decades it’s a brilliant amount, especially considering the level both clubs have played at. Imagine the family and local support that would have been garnered over the years with vast urban sprawl of Bristol, S Glos, Banes and N Somerset, all behind one club. A one club Bristol would have been the jewel of the West Country and a national power house imo. I know Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool healthily support 2 clubs, but they are probably the exception to the rule.
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