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  1. 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
    15 points
  2. I reckon I would quite fancy Cotts side then to beat Johnsons present side to be honest.
    12 points
  3. 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.
    10 points
  4. 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
    8 points
  5. 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.
    8 points
  6. 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
    6 points
  7. 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!
    6 points
  8. 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
    6 points
  9. Why? It’s a perfectly legitimate point of view.
    5 points
  10. 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.
    4 points
  11. 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:
    4 points
  12. 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.
    4 points
  13. 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 ...
    3 points
  14. 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 tu
    3 points
  15. Bravo, absolutely superb! Can't be arsed to do it properly!
    3 points
  16. A little table I knocked up.
    3 points
  17. 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
    3 points
  18. 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.
    3 points
  19. 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 ti
    3 points
  20. 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”.
    3 points
  21. That number 7 for Chester must have got some stick
    3 points
  22. 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.
    3 points
  23. 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
    3 points
  24. 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
    3 points
  25. Radio Bristol post-relegation reaction: https://vocaroo.com/3STeE9fJlGE
    3 points
  26. 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 Br
    3 points
  27. 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.
    3 points
  28. 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
    3 points
  29. Crewe at home 0-0 , last game in the old Eastend.
    2 points
  30. They’d still find a way to blame Wycombe Wanderers ....
    2 points
  31. Also the day Rovers all but secured their league status by beating relegation rivals Wycombe away from home
    2 points
  32. 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/
    2 points
  33. One rare positive of all this pandemic would be rovers going bust,
    2 points
  34. Having a tramp in the squad and the witty OTIB one liners that followed always made me chortle. Selling season tickets for the non existent Row M in the South West in the corner tented supermarket trolley stand takes some beating. But the best bit is the to55ers who regularly phone in to Radio Bristol to give their view on a match they haven't been to & that they've only heard on the radio AND in their best dumb a55 Cletus accent " it sounded unbelievable on the radio Geoff, and it definitely wasn't a penalty"
    2 points
  35. Squeaky, zero class, embarrassing little turd. He was such a perfect fit for the Gas.
    2 points
  36. You mean like the FA cup side at Shrewsbury ? Cott's team would have stuffed them.
    2 points
  37. Is #4 @Rudolf HuckerI have heard he goes like one?
    2 points
  38. 2 points
  39. You are an absolute Legend. Im going to sit back and enjoy that later with some Cider whilst my wife watches some shit on the telly.
    2 points
  40. Whilst not trying to belittle anyones job at the club we have to remember that the difference between Playing staff and Non Playing staff is that Playing staff are a saleable club asset. We can sell a player for £20m to another club but can't do the same with Mavis in the club canteen when Nailsea School make a bid for her services. Also we cannot just make players redundant due to their contracts unless it is terminated for maybe disciplinary reasons. SL is doing what is needed to make BCFC survive this pandemic. Personally I take my hat off to him. With regards transfers I doubt too many clu
    2 points
  41. Not as easy as I thought. The keyword 'Thatcher' brings up about 9 billion references to cider.
    2 points
  42. Let me guess, PNE aren't deferring wages ?
    2 points
  43. 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?
    2 points
  44. 5 years ago today that Rovers avoided relegation to non league, by beating Wycombe, in their winner takes all relegation decider.
    2 points
  45. One of the best seasons I have ever had as a BCFC supporter, and that's quite a few
    2 points
  46. What a season that was, a great team of players and fond memories.
    2 points
  47. 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 supporte
    2 points
  48. 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 hav
    2 points
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