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  1. On this day in 1970 England began their World Cup campaign with a group game against Romania in Guadalajara, Mexico. And I was there, after winning an all-expenses-paid trip courtesy of the Ford motor company. As a 16-year-old football-mad kid traveling with my Dad it was an absolute dream come true. With the 50-year anniversary now upon us, I’ve dug out some memorabilia from that trip and hope that you’ll enjoy a few of my anecdotes and faded low-res photos from this amazing experience. Our first stop was the Hilton in Guadalajara, the same hotel that the England squad were using. You
    28 points
  2. 14th in the division for wages LJ's budget not quite as mega as some think then?
    10 points
  3. Season ticket customers are the most vital. They commit to the year to get the tickets cheaper than paying each game. If they lose their money on the last 9 games, they'd of pay considerably more per game than the less regular fans which is massively unfair. The club used the Furlough scheme to pay for a lot of non match day staff salaries, and also players are earning thousands per week. Why should common folk with far less money have to pay the brunt again by missing out on refunds?
    9 points
  4. Dear friends BUSTER FOOTMAN'S FUNERAL COURTAGE TO PASS THROUGH ASHTON GATE STADIUM Buster's funeral takes place at Bristol South Crematorium on Thursday 4 June at 3.30pm. Due to the current regulations, only close family members are able to attend. In order to allow others to pay their final respects, the funeral cortege will pass through Ashton Gate Stadium along Marina Dolman Way. This is expected at approximately 3pm. Those wishing to attend may use the Winterstoke Road car park then proceed to Marina Dolman Way. Social distanci
    8 points
  5. For me the Smith situation is simple - we offer him a new deal. While I hear what’s been said about giving Morrell/Walsh a chance, and I agree they should be in next years squad, without Korey (and on the assumption we don’t keep Henriksen) our CM options are: Nagy, Massengo, Walsh, Morrell. (Rowe at a push but he’s purely cover). People like COD, Pato, KP are more attackers than pure CMs I think I’m right in saying only HNM of those 4 has played more than 20 games at Champ Level or above in English football - and he’s still adapting, For all Joe and Liam’s potential, they’re un
    5 points
  6. Totally my view. In order for my business to survive, I've taken no money out of it for 4 months. I have to pay my ex's mortgage and support two school-age kids. Even in our happiest months, I take home less than any of the starting XI, less than Lee Johnson, Mark Ashton and probably a number of other BCFC staff. More to the point, I earn a tiny percentage of what Lansdown does. My support for the club does not extend to giving it privileges I don't extend to other businesses, even businesses I like, such as my local pub. I will expect a full refund and will take it out o
    5 points
  7. Brilliant. 1970 was the first World Cup I remember, although it passed me by a bit, my dad wasn't a football fan and I was too young to really appreciate what was going on, I just remember there being a lot of football on the telly and going to neighbours houses to watch it. I remember really enjoying the excitement of the other dads in the street in the game which looking back must have been the West Germany v England game and being a bit confused how the atmosphere was flat after. By 1974 I was obsessed with football and watched every game I could and cheered on West Germany (For
    4 points
  8. 4 points
  9. Football clubs have long been treating fans like customers so IMO they don't get to lean on fans special attachment to them now. Other businesses won't be looking to their customers' largesse to pick up the bill. They might try increasing prices going forward but that's a choice customers can make in future. So if the club are not able to fulfil the fixtures a pro rated refund should be the default option given to all ST holders. We did, after all, pay for these games more than 15 months ago. They can include instructions on how to make a donation for those who wish to op
    4 points
  10. If the sixth wealthiest club in the U.K. Can't pay their debts football is finished
    3 points
  11. Whilst at a wrap up party in Germany for General Dynamics, the head of GD Europe gave a speech, as soon as he opened his mouth I turned to my boss and said "He's from Bristol, can recognize that accent", after his speech we were introduced so I asked which part of Bristol he was from, "Blackhorse" he replied,I lived there as a kid and it turned out we went to the same school though he was a year younger, then he asked "City or Gas?" "City of course!" I said so he took me to the bar and told the staff that I could have free drinks for the rest of the night, Top man!
    3 points
  12. Swiss Ramble's report is based on Bristol City Holdings Ltd which includes them all including Ashton Gate Ltd. I guess that's why our commercial revenue is so good.
    3 points
  13. Are exceptionals being managed by Tony Pulis? 0-0 0-0 0-0
    3 points
  14. I was living / working in Melbourne down under back in late 2008 / early 2009 and got yelled at while having a wander around St Kilda one sunny weekend - you don't hear too many locals shouting out "alright me babber" when passing a bar! When I turned around it was a City fan wearing a training top, so we had a good catch up over a cold one - I was actually wearing a "Gert Lush" T-Shirt from the Beast Clothing range......
    3 points
  15. Bet my seat in the Dolman is next to a cardboard cut-out. A cut out with a weak bladder, a bus to catch and a putrid arse.
    3 points
  16. Me and my wife were at a Folk Festival at Butlins Skegnes a few years ago . I was wearing a City hoodie and remarked to my wife that I felt a bit out of place as most others there were wearing band/festival attire but as the words came out of my mouth a old guy appeared wearing a City shirt .The fact that someone else was wearing a footy shirt was one thing but it being a City top was amazing . The guy never took it off all weekend and was pissed every time I saw him ,did have a chat with him and a few pics .Great guy have seen him at gigs at the Fleece since and of course at the Gate .Dont th
    3 points
  17. What if we make the Prem ? That is a possibility and a game changer .
    3 points
  18. Bentley Pereira Kalas Baker DaSilva Smith Nagy Massengo Palmer Afobe Wells
    3 points
  19. I don’t suppose “quit and leave team selection to someone capable of ensuring a shot on target” is a reasonable answer?
    3 points
  20. I think Korey has been very good since his return...become a key player again.
    3 points
  21. The remains of this season I'll happily take a hit as long as they offer something in return, tv rights or merchandise offer. Next season is a different matter. They were happy to take next season's money even when the pandemic was upon us, I wouldn't feel happy with them taking my money for games missed. I don't hear anyone saying - I'm not bothered about you keeping my money Easyjet, Ryanair that's fine. I know City are close to our hearts but we get treated like customers of a business nowadays so they've got to act like a business now and do the right thing, which I'm sure they w
    3 points
  22. Just as well the nurses , porters , cleaners and doctors have a little bit more about them...........plus the supermarket checkout girls etc etc etc No sympathy, just another over paid , over rated pillock
    3 points
  23. Will probably need a spot of WD40 on the tombola handle. It's been a long break.
    3 points
  24. For me ,if any football club has fully supported non-playing staff as well as the players,I would be more than happy for the club to keep my money.If not ,then I wouldn't want the club to have it.Even if it was only a fiver it is the principle of the thing that grates with me.Won't be long before clubs are throwing millions of pounds at players who may barely even get on the bench. Not a pop at City specifically, just football in general.
    3 points
  25. Last season's form is almost irrelevant now imo. It's gonna be like a mini season, and over the past few years we've been pretty impressive after 9 games or so. With the squad we've got and position we're in, I reckon we've an excellent chance of getting into the play offs.
    3 points
  26. That's like me releasing a statement proclaiming that I'm not going to pleasure Rachel Riley until she agrees to a threesome with Beyonce..!
    3 points
  27. Copied and pasted from Coppello's post some time back!
    2 points
  28. Around 4/5 years ago I was on a flight home from Gran Canaria (admittedly to Bristol!) and the bloke sat in front of me was the same bloke who sat in front of me in the south stand. (cue my boy kicking his seat!!)
    2 points
  29. A large amount of it is a depreciation in AGs value but not in the pure “stadium” value. There’s several minor additions and disposals in the accounts but the crux is that in the YE 5/2017 accounts the total land and building value was £45.1m, which included a large transfer in from assets under construction of £11.4m, which would follow as it’s when the stadium was finished. Notes in 2017 accounts also indicate that £44.1m was freehold and £1m was leasehold - by deduction I’d say the former was AG and the latter Failand. Against that, £1.3m of the freehold land isn’t depreciated so I further
    2 points
  30. Is it finally beginning to dawn on them? The thing with our debt figures is I just can’t understand where it’s all coming from. We’re only spending a certain amount given restrictions on wages. Our budget for transfers is modest at best. Where is all the rest of the money going? Other than on a London office which shouldn’t be too much.
    2 points
  31. For me, it’s always been about how he’s used those wages....and also the trajectory of increases together with amortisation as part of our overall costs. I look at it as there are probably 7-8 clubs on parachute payments, so we are say 6th out of the remaining 16. Overall we are undoubtedly “punching”....it’s just Brentford and PNE are punching a “tad” better at the mo’. By the end of the season that hopefully won’t be the case.
    2 points
  32. Yeah,might get one. But with extra petrol money it will probably still work out cheaper going to the Gate.
    2 points
  33. There's certainly an internal debate about how best to balance the existing EFL commitments with a new bumper number of PL games, but it's inevitable there's going to be some overlap and we'll just have to deal with it. Within reason, more coverage overall can only be a good thing.
    2 points
  34. How long do we have Dunder for? We appear to be doing much more with Thatchers at the moment, would much prefer them over a generic gambling company.
    2 points
  35. WA? Emu or a Swan longneck surely
    2 points
  36. Absolutely baffles me that people cannot see what Korey brings to the side. He is a captain, a leader, a battler in the middle of the park who is also good on the ball. Without him we would have Nagy and Massengo as a midfield two. Inexperienced in this league and not exactly strong. Why we would let him go on a free and then have to spend millions of pounds to replace him in a time of financial instability I do not know and thankfully I don’t think we will.
    2 points
  37. The good thing for Afobe is that he’s had 10 extra weeks to be ready if you consider we might have seen him early April. At that point it would’ve been a real gamble for us and Benik. Only just recovered, no fitness in the tank, everyone else match sharp....it’s likely he would’ve looked well off the pace, despite his admirable determination. He would probably have been tentative too. Now, he’s had an extra 10 weeks to prove to himself he’s ready as well as us. Everyone else isn’t match sharp now so it levels the playing field, which is good for Benik. He’ll have been training at
    2 points
  38. What I don't get is the level of animosity shown to cyclists in this country. Just appears to be something else for this unhappy nation to get angry about. I ride in France, Mainland Spain, Mallorca , Italy, Holland and the US, rarely an issue, motorists are courteous and frequently encouraging. I actually feel safer riding around Manhatten and Brooklyn than the back lanes of Glos and Wiltshire, where quite frankly some people genuinely try and run you off the road. I would point out that I take any opportunity to let cars pass on these lanes as I don't like them up my ass any more than t
    2 points
  39. Suspect we'll revert to something like what we saw against QPR last summer. Essentially a 352/532 with 3CBs (I'd guess Kalas, Baker and Williams are the first choice 3). Dasilva as the left wing back, with COD deputising. RWB is Hunt with Pereira rotating in when needed. 3 in the middle would be Smith and Nagy first choice with Massengo on from the bench and Henriksen as needed. 3rd midfielder is Paterson or Palmer when we want to be aggressive and a third from those already listed when control is required. The front two could honestly be any from Afobe, Wells, Fam and Weimann. With rumours
    2 points
  40. Spot on. This isn't a "club" as it may have been in days gone by and we are not members. We're customers and should be protected by consumer rights, although I think there are different rules when it comes to tickets Do I want to watch a match, behind closed doors, streamed through an old smartphone, on a cracked 5 inch screen? nah.
    2 points
  41. Very true, but he will be in breach of the contract that he signed and Charlton will have every right to throw the book at him Footballers are really in a fortunate place where they are being tested so often and will be having the best care available to them I wonder if I ask to have next week off as I am afraid my work may impact on any future job I may apply for I'm intrigued what Taylor thought he was going to do with the last 9 games of the season if it hadn't have been interupted - was he going to down tools anyway?
    2 points
  42. No, but then it should be no play = no pay. Everyone else in the country is getting back amongst it.
    2 points
  43. I think my broader concern is that if, as rumoured, we were one of the clubs in for him it would give me serious concerns over his attitude and make me less keen on the transaction. I get that he only has 9 games left and the chance of a big move. But he is contracted, and therefore it’s a two way street - he should play when he has the ability to do so. It’s not like it’s slavery - and tbh, with the testing regime professional football will be one of the safest COVID professions. So I don’t see a reason for him not to play other than selfishness, whether for himself or his family. And I
    2 points
  44. Firstly he's been playing football for years so I bet he has a good amount of savings. He's probably on at least £5k a week at Charlton, £120k a year minimum. Hardly peanuts. Secondly Chartlon have paid him during the pandemic, during Injuries, it's a club close to where he was born. It's disrespectful to them. If Famara and Elliasson said they wouldn't play this season and next season as they are then out of contract would you say that's fine? Makes a mockery of contracts.
    2 points
  45. The Club should offer a refund to those that want it. People bought a ticket to attend matches at Ashton Gate, nothing else. Personally, I don't want to pay full dollar for a TV experience, have already paid for next year's ticket and don't buy stuff from the shop. A refund is the only thing I will accept from them.
    2 points
  46. Scott Murray has requested, Braveheart, Local Hero, Restless Natives and Gregory’s Girl.
    2 points
  47. Mike Stowell was a solid keeper (definitely much better than “Flapper”). A shame we only had him in his twilight years though.
    1 point
  48. I think as a lot of clubs now see fans as customers and treat them as such it's only fair that refunds are processed as they are with most other companies. Can't have it both ways really.
    1 point
  49. I'm definitely conflicted on what I'd do. I think on some level all of us would have the best interests of the club at heart, and would equate that with refusing a refund to keep the money with the club. On the other hand, I see comments in here about 'fair enough taking the refund if it's an airline or bank or fat cat retailer' and I can't help but think that for years now the club has treated us exactly as those companies do - as customers not supporters. It's all well and good for clubs to play on the loyalty of die hard fans now, but what about the years they've been raising pric
    1 point
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