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  1. I wouldn't normally go in for this sort of thing, but just wanted to pay tribute to a fellow Red, my Dad, who sadly lost his long battle with COPD last week. He became very unwell in January 2018, and whilst he was in a coma fighting for his life I contacted the club who sent him a get well card and an incredibly moving video message from Mad Frankie Fielding. I showed him the vid very soon after he came out of the coma, and will never forget the moment. He was absolutely delighted. He first took me to AG in December 76, when I was 6 years old, when we played Leeds United. We stood in the enclosure in front of the Williams stand, and although the game was abandoned due to fog, I was well and truly hooked. He then used to take me and my two brothers into the East End, with a rickety stool each to stand on. He'd plant us right in the middle behind the goal, in front of a barrier to protect us from the surges. He was always one to start the chanting, and often used to nearly split my ear drums belting out "come on you reds". The only time I remember him leaving us alone was when Arsenal tried to take the East End. Well, he wasn't having that and off he went with his steel toe capped boots and donkey jacket to sort it out! Some great away days followed when me and my mates would pile in the back of our clapped out Bedford Romany camper, and go off on an adventure. One of those occasions was the notorious Corinthian Casuals game, where once again he stepped up when Millwall made their unwelcome appearance. He dearly loved the club, and would always write letters to various managers with his insights. In his mind, I think he was the best manager we never had He was also a great supporter of local youth players. Having not been able to visit him for six months because of covid, I was finally allowed to see him last week and even when I was saying my goodbyes he was asking about Zak Vyner! Sorry to bang on, but I just wanted to put it out there as he'd love the attention from fellow Reds! In the words of my dearly loved old man "COME ON YOU REDDDDSSSS!"
    169 points
  2. Could equally announce the new home kit with Famara or Eliasson on a new 5 year deal.
    15 points
  3. Yes it will be worn by Chris Hughton the new to be announced Director of Football (an alien called Roy told me)
    15 points
  4. So, after a prolonged period of non-communication, and following the club appointing a coaching team that few of us wanted - us ‘customers’ were largely ignored. Now though, as the clubs cash flow is poor due to the impact of the pandemic, it very much needs its ‘FANS’ help. According to JL, it will shortly appeal to all ST holders NOT to request refunds, basically due to reduced crowd numbers, to allow the club to keep the money toward future season tickets etc. As opposed to a refund, and in support of the clubs needs, I recently opted to take Robins TV recently but, I have to say that after recent events I have no interest in watching City on TV, playing in a sterile stadium with no atmosphere. I hope our form is good, however, the scar of recent events is still far too deep. You might say support the club through thick and thin etc., (as I have done as a ST holder for the last 30 years or so) but, I am sorry to say my love for what was our club has gradually died since the day SC left. I sincerely hope it returns but when I witness how our club is run and how we as ‘fans’ are lied to and only seem to matter when it suits, sorry, but no thank you.
    14 points
  5. Or it’s just simply that the egg-timer for his self-isolation has finished?
    14 points
  6. I die a little on the inside every time I see that hideous red circle around the badge. It angers me just how much better it would be with just the outline of the Robin (same as Forest just having the outline of the tree). The benefit of that is you can do it in any colour to match the kit theme and it looks class. Red on purple looks absolutely awful, and that sponsor is utterly hideous.
    13 points
  7. 2nd may 1990. That is all
    12 points
  8. I’m just incredibly bored with it at the moment. We were promised a mega super Exciting appointment by SL and we got Holden, it was a real opportunity to bring the buzz back. There’s been nothing since to attract my attention. I hope something happens soon.
    12 points
  9. Ajayi got relegated with Rotherham, West Brom signed him, he played nearly every game last season and is now a Premier League player. Vaulks also got relegated with Rotherham, signed for Cardiff, didn't play too much until Harris came in, but they ended up in the play offs. Freeman came to us from Stevenage who got relegated to League 2 that year. Writing off players because of the club they come from is silly. AC Milan nearly signed a Wigan player in January, are we really too good to be signing players from them?
    11 points
  10. It'd be nice if the club treated supporters like supporters instead of customers, and then I'd be inclined to act like one. It wasn't us fans that changed this relationship, it was the suits.
    11 points
  11. We do need to stop constraining our thoughts by seeing some midfielders as direct replacements for certain players, e.g. Joe for Korey, now Williams or only being able to play one position. They all have different games, and in several cases a variety of attributes that mean they can perform multiple roles. That is good news for Holden (and us fans). The good thing is that bringing in Williams has raised the bar, improved the quality we have in there. There is gonna be healthy competition in there, something we’ve not really had in the past few years (in some cases because of injury). Re Morrell, I don’t think a Lg1 loan is in his interests at all, he will be trying to force his way into getting as many minutes as possible. Walsh will be trying the same. Neither are proven at this level. I really rate Joe, and I honestly believe he can play a role in the 1st team this season. The glimpses we saw v Bolton and Huddersfield in 18/19 has been what he’s done week in, week out at Lincoln....and subsequently on the International Stage, which is no mean feet. Even Wales had a number of players it would’ve been easy for Giggs to pick over Morrell...but he didn’t. As for Walsh, he’s had a stellar season at Coventry, and I really hope he performs for us. My worry is that the creative types generally find it harder stepping up (Freeman)....less space, less time on the ball, harder to get on the ball. But if he can, he has a nice array of passing. I think both will have a point to prove, as will Massengo and Nagy. I suspect we will need them all throughout this season.
    10 points
  12. Good signing, obvious replacement for Korey, excellent.
    10 points
  13. Apologies if this has been posted before, but saw it other night and was impressed how DH came over, very entertaining and not as i envisaged him to be. Its a decent watch. (If not allowed I am sure the mods will delete it)
    9 points
  14. I agree with the comments about Morrell staying with us this season. He’s earned great reviews at L1 last year. Same as Walsh. If we’d signed either of them this summer then fans would no doubt be happy. Exactly what we’d need to be doing - picking the most outstanding players from L1. But they’re already ours. I think he’s ready to play for us. He won’t be the finished article, but I want to see him learn on the job, with us, at this level. I’ve actually got a slightly different theory to many in regards how we could potentially set up with 3 CM’s - Walsh, Williams & Morrell. All 3 have quite similar qualities - energy, passing ability, tackling ferocity, vision. So if you look at all 3 you think they can all do a job in DM, CM or AM. Morrell, I believe, played quite a deep role at Lincoln last season. We tend to look at Williams and think DM, but Morsy tended to be the strict DM in that Wigan side with Williams more the B2B. Likewise Walsh was more the creative element for Cov, playing slightly more advanced. I’m liking the idea of playing all 3, with Morrell as the holding player, Williams as the BoxtoBox and Walsh slightly advanced. Playing all 3 would certainly gives us a very solid centre, with tackles aplenty! That would be a tough, tough midfield to break down. Yet there’s still plenty of creative spark, passing ability and vision in all 3 of them for it not to be a ‘defensive’ combo. All 3 can hold, screen & tackle, yet all 3 can also play forward and travel. I think this triumvirate has the makings of a quite spectacular midfield. I think those 3 should be the starters, with HNM & Nagy as the backups. I wonder, even, if a 4-3-3 might be possible. We seem to think that, because of the last 5 games, Holden will play 5-3-2, but with this midfield I wonder if 3 up top might be more possible now, knowing you’ve got a solid core. One thing is for sure. I’m stoked by the return of LW & JM, plus the addition of JW. Given our awful midfield options last year, these 3 are a huge boost.
    8 points
  15. Fingers crossed we offload him what a disaster 5.3million!!
    8 points
  16. Would absolutely love it if he extended his contract. Such an important team player
    8 points
  17. Losing a parent is tough for anyone and you’ve described your dad in a wonderful way and I’m sure we’re all sorry for your loss. The grieving process is different for everyone. For me it took me months to recover from losing my dad and these days he’s In my heart but not my life. I cherish the memories I have of him and you’ll be the same.
    8 points
  18. My real life name is Joe Williams. This is a happy day.
    8 points
  19. Very concerned about this signing. No mention from Ashton about Joe being a really great human...
    8 points
  20. That's your opinion not insight...maybe arrogance.
    7 points
  21. 7 points
  22. Comes across as a really sound bloke, sort I'd like to go for a pint with. I really hope this goes well for him, and any animosity is aimed in the right direction if it doesn't.
    7 points
  23. If we were a serious club seeking promotion next season we would be looking at a higher caliber. Dele Alli, Bradley Dack, Tim carney. The club has the money after all
    7 points
  24. This has to be a 'whooosh' surely but I'll bite - how many of the great signings we made prior to our double winning season of 2014/2015 did we sign for 'big money' as established 'stars' of the league? Very few if any I'd argue. Who we did sign was on the whole young, hungry, talented players who had stood out in their respective teams previously, many from relegated sides, who we were able to get for great value and that's a model I'm very happy we are going down again (at least in this signing). Williams was a stand out player for a team that effectively finished 13th last season and surely will only get better with age. For me this signing only adds to our ability to challenge for promotion and certainly doesn't diminish it in any way.
    7 points
  25. I get the worries about Mark Ashton, but he does seem like someone who could nick your car and sell it back to you for twice its value.
    7 points
  26. This reminds me of the sort of signing we made to such great effect in the summer before our double winning season, just a division up! Great value, great age, really good experience in the division, obvious talent and fans of the team we've taken him from gutted to be losing him. The more I think about it the better a signing he seems!
    7 points
  27. This from Wigan fans on twitter bodes very well! The thought of him and Walsh in centre mid together recreating their Everton youth days is mouthwatering!
    7 points
  28. Bayern’s current manager had nine years’ managerial experience under his belt, plus eight years as assistant with Germany - including when they last won the World Cup in 2014. To compare him with Holden is ridiculous.
    7 points
  29. If they think people are going to be happy with Robins TV for £350-500 they’re about to be in for a big shock
    7 points
  30. We are going backwards. Buying a player for this amount of money confirms we are not serious contenders for promotion next season. We need big signings and I’m a bit pissed off that the club thinks we are mushrooms. Well that’s for us old farts on OTIB any way.
    6 points
  31. Yep, Williams and Walsh played together in midfield for the Everton youth team which Walsh captained to become PL2 Champions in 16/17. Very encouraging signing and you'd imagine a positive one regarding Walsh's own future at AG - presumably Walsh will have been asked about the move by his old mate, and put in a good word for City, so perhaps Walsh has been convinced that under DH he has a major role to play at AG going forward. I hope so, and even more enthused about Williams' signing if that is the case.
    6 points
  32. Going to stick my neck out here. Over-complicated collar design. Sponsor logo makes shirt look too busy and the colour scheme clashes with the rest of the shirt. Always prefer a clean, minimalist design. All looks a bit 90s to me and not in a good way. Sorry, not for me.
    6 points
  33. Because that’s the hallmark of Hummel. Would be like having Puma without the cat
    6 points
  34. Anyone with a dolman seat will need to watch on an upstairs tv and slowly make their way downstairs about 10 minutes from time. Maybe with the dog blocking their way.
    6 points
  35. Walsall away. Play offs 1989. 0-4. David Bloody Kelly + West Midlands Police = very bad day!
    5 points
  36. I’m not telling you what to like, Mr Edge. I’m giving an opinion. Not telling you what to do! If it helps though, open again tomorrow.
    5 points
  37. I think the players will really like him too. From the outside looking in, I wasn't sure they'd warm to LJ and he'd definitely rub a few up the wrong way. I hope Holden is able to grow into the manager role, rather than a matey coach.
    5 points
  38. Trying too hard
    5 points
  39. God, I'd forgotten how bad the old badge was no thanks!
    5 points
  40. 5 points
  41. Yes - Its either Dele Ali or Tom Cairney. I have it on good authority
    5 points
  42. Just seen your suggestions! haha Dele Ali!! I'm not going to even bother replying anymore to you. You might well be in Australia but that Australia must be on another planet.
    5 points
  43. Ok i agree a bargain. Especially if we end up staying in the championship. It looks like our expectations have been lowered and most of you have been brain washed by SL
    5 points
  44. Last week on here we didn't have a midfield. Now we have signed one and we have too many.
    5 points
  45. Imagine the camera panning up and Ending on Fammy’s smile!
    5 points
  46. 5 points
  47. Got to say credit where its due to Ashton and the Club on this one after recent events. I wasn't convinced we'd sign anyone until right at the end of the window but we've moved quickly to get this deal done. Pleased also that even with the financial challenges of the club right now, Landsdown is still putting money in. Well done City and welcome Joe.
    5 points
  48. Joe Williams, purple and lime away kit, at last some good news!
    5 points
  49. I don't think anyone would disagree essentially with your point but this mess originated with SLs interview on Talksport then subsequent statements about numbers of applicants and types of quality applying. Then five weeks later to announce someone who was under their noses all along. Obviously like for like amounts are miles apart but both the rugby and football clubs have to operate within financial constraints but % wise the investment and quality of player brought in for the rugby is how SL bigged up the football club, yet we've gone full circle with ambition yet again. So when someone asks the supporters to back the club I can see swathes of people turning their back this time.
    4 points
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