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  1. Hello there, I am a lifelong Partick Thistle supporter, just turned 60 and have been revisiting my match program archives. Amongst them, I rediscovered one last night which I thought may be of interest. It's self-explanatory and presumably quite rare, given the likely small attendance and number of programs sold therein. I simply can't remember and haven't actually checked what the score was - perhaps 0-0...? From my side... standout player in what looks a fairly competent, squad is Denis McQuade. A Firhill legend, he was tall, lanky, just always looked so awkward on the ball, yet could typically dribble past 4 or 5 players with ease, go round the keeper and....miss! Within your own, I suspected maybe a couple of familiar players, however, Norman Hunter, Kevin Mabbutt, Gerry Sweeney and Peter Cormack in the same was quite a surprise. Some quality there. I have attached copies of the relevant pages and hope you might enjoy some reminiscence.
    20 points
  2. Coppell was appointed in late April in the knowledge he had prior family commitments in the States that summer; Millen was left 'in charge' for those day to day transfer arrangements Coppell discussed with him via phone that summer; Coppell arrived back in mid July and was extremely peeved no progress had been made in signing a keeper (something he'd stressed was a priority;) Coppell used his contacts and discovered Paddy Kenny was available at discount (£250k) for a very quick sale (within two days as Sheff U had tax to pay,) plus Kenny's salary demands were well within budget; Coppell immediately passed the details to Lansdown who said leave it with him; Two days passed and learning Sheff U had had little contact from us Coppell spoke with Lansdown only to discover Lansdown had no interest in signing Kenny but instead was informed, 'great news and don't worry about the keeper; I've just agreed to sign David James'; Coppell went ballistic; he correctly adjudged James to be past it, a liability and above all else disruptive to team morale; James contract came with a raft of concessions, he wasn't obliged to report for training for example. For Saturday matches he only had to travel from Exeter to attend the Friday sessions; Those who witnessed his first shambolic outing against Millwall will recall he barely recognised any of our back four let alone was on speaking terms with them as he'd only met them they day before; It was his performance and that on the Tuesday at Southend that had Coppell tell Lansdown he couldn't work with him and would resign immediately; It is said Lansdown's only concern was about any compensation Coppell might demand and when he replied 'none, I'm off', he used the door and never looked back. Whilst there are many other oddities about Coppell the reasons behind his short tenure here were well known at AG.
    10 points
  3. A bit more central than the hip - he couldn’t be arsed!
    8 points
  4. I think @Clevedon Redmeans it more literally. Their forum looks absolutely terrible, like something from the late 90s and littered with ads. We are very lucky to have OTIB! Much more professional than the vast majority of other club forums I have visited.
    8 points
  5. Read the post. "Amongst them, I rediscovered one last night which I thought may be of interest." "I have attached copies of the relevant pages and hope you might enjoy some reminiscence." It's a great gesture from a Partick fan kind enough to post something on here that not many of us will have ever seen. Fair play to them.
    7 points
  6. Sigh. WRONG. Any sources? There was a nonsense facebook post and YouTube video recently spreading this lie. The "C19" PCR test only finds C19. https://sciencefeedback.co/claimreview/pcr-tests-for-covid-19-are-specific-for-the-novel-coronavirus-sars-cov-2-and-do-not-detect-other-coronaviruses-contrary-to-claims-in-viral-article-and-video/ https://fullfact.org/online/PCR-test-coronavirus/ https://fullfact.org/health/coronavirus-pcr-test-accuracy/ https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/wuhan-virus-assay-v1991527e5122341d99287a1b17c111902.pdf It's like when you said this: You. Are. Lying. I don't know how to make it any clearer. It has no effect on the numbers which is what you are trying to imply. The ONS found in a study that only 14% of death certificates mentioning covid did not have it down as the underlying cause. Additonally the government dashboard show deaths 28 days after a positive test. Getting a positive test will not show on your death certificate 9 months later. https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/deaths It would take 2 minutes for you to find. Compared to the expected deaths based off previous years we've had around 50,000 extra people die since April (ish). 92% of them had covid mentioned. What do you think happened there? Coincidence? That's a lot of bloody bad bus drivers!! https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/static-reports/mortality-surveillance/excess-mortality-in-england-latest.html You are just spreading dangerous lies and misinformation. It's morally wrong. It's not a case of "Let's agree to disagree." as you said earlier. I don't agree to disagree. You are lying and putting people at risk. Stop it. Do your research. Click those links and read - but I bet you wont.
    7 points
  7. I hope he hasn't. He deserves to be paid the going rate. Why should he be paid 20-30% of what Kalas is getting? In your job have you offered to have the lowest liveable salary?
    7 points
  8. I really can't believe how many people believe figures being banded about by the Government. Before Covid...the majority of people believed politicians etc were in it for their own personal gain, were liars, and had agendas, and gave out stats that suited those agendas. Covid comes along, and all of a sudden people believe everything they are being told by the Government. It's nuts. It's a world pandemic, that's being addressed differently from country to country. Each doing something differently...like covid acts differently in each country Look how Sweden has worked, compared to us. They haven't locked down...they just isolated the vulnerable. Scientists across the globe have said it's here forever. We will all eventually get it. So if that's the case, how can you proceed like we are forever? You can't...it's impossible. Isolate the vulnerable...carry on as normal but with self distancing. We have to build Immunity. Vaccines aren't the answer...we have flu vaccines...we still catch the flu. If isolation is the answer...why is it that the biggest reported covid deaths are in care homes? They are isolated from the outside world, don't receive visitors and care workers are tested regularly. So how are they getting it? Or as I suspect...they aren't, they are dieing from other causes. The figures of covid in the UK are also wrong. Every positive test gets put down as two. One from nostril swab, the other from throat swab. The Government have admitted this. So you can half the positive rates straight away. Also...as an example...if you get tested positive say back in January, and get knocked down and killed by a bus tomorrow, your death certificate will show it as covid. That's been admitted too. If it's so contagious...how has my friend's wife tested positive for covid, and was really ill, with extreme flu like symptoms, she has underlying health issues, yet her husband who lives with her, has been tested twice, both times negative...how does that work? People with serious health issues, like cancer, are being shunned and put on the back burner so to speak, because of 'mismanagment' and an agenda. More people will die because of the restrictions in place and the consequences, rather than covid. It's ridiculous how people are just going along with government guidelines without thinking for themselves or researching. The one thing that is frightening, is how easy it is to manipulate populations into doing things without question. Staggering.
    7 points
  9. https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/so-much-more-could-happened-4560986 Really good piece in the BEP today with David James. Admits he wasn’t fully fit at city, talks about Coppell and has some good words for the community trust. Comes across excellently and a great read
    6 points
  10. No it’s payment up front and then spread over an agreed timescale.
    6 points
  11. I’m sure he will look good in any team that can allow him the flexibility to play to his strengths....but as the standard gets higher so does the necessity to confirm with tactics and shape without the ball (both in and out of possession)....and that is his weaknesses. Absolutely brilliant left foot but I can see why Prem clubs aren’t knocking. Celtic would’ve been a good move though.
    6 points
  12. A very important piece of business if this is correct; and shows great trust in TM who placed such faith in himself the other year when he wanted to stay.
    6 points
  13. We are the masters at ending teams bad form.
    6 points
  14. Football insider reporting Taylor Moore has signed a 4 year deal. Fantastic news if true.
    5 points
  15. Perfectly competent for this level. Fantastic that our academy can produce players you can compete in the championship.
    5 points
  16. So on this point you pay as much as you can for games? If a ticket is £30 and you can afford to pay £60 you pay it right? Cause the money goes to the club so it's better than you only paying £30.
    5 points
  17. Whoops didn't read properly, thanks for the correction! I hope he's taken another pay cut to extend his contract. That would help the club we support. Paying each of our players as little as possible should be what we supporters want. Because the less we spend on wages for one player the more money we can spend on others to help improve the overall quality of the team. Or hey, keep other staff employed, or maybe even reduce ticket prices! Remember that he benefited from staying at the club longer. He was doing it to improve his own career chances. And the gamble worked out so fair play to him. But we definitely don't owe him for that. He believed we were the club to help him develop. We invested coaching time and the use of our facilities into him for another year so it's mutually beneficial or it wouldn't have gotten done. Great that it seemed to have worked out for everyone. The narrative that he did it because gee golly gosh darn it he just loves the club sooooooooo much is a nice story to tell children.
    5 points
  18. Not fully fit? He'd just come in off the back of a major international tournament where he was the number 1 goalkeeper. More inclined to believe he was just past it (although I was never a huge fan of his before hand either).
    5 points
  19. Ok. In a totally NOT surprising demonstration of total irony it turns out you "thinking for yourself and researching" is watching a few youtube videos. In fact you can't even type in your response, I presume because you don't understand it. First lets see who this bloke is from his "About me" section: Ooooook... not off to the best start. I thought I remembered his name, he's the bloke who was arrested a few years ago for shouting anti-Islam stuff with a megaphone in front of a city hall right> But lets not discount him on that, that'd be unfair. Clearly he is a balanced and learned man if he is your source of "research" and "thinking for yourself. Double irony though: He's a politician mate. Maybe you just believe the ones you like? I dunno. Anyway I watched the video. This bloke is either stupid, or intentionally lying and misleading you. I reckon it's a bit of both. He is WRONG. I don't know how to make it any clearer than that. He is lying. It should be an immediate red flag he thinks the FPR reduces the cases from 90-100%. 100%? For real? What were the 3,000 admissions PER DAY meant to be then? You don't go to hospital and end up on a ventilator with a false positive diagnosis. Amusingly he even shows he hasn't read the white paper he links. He says the 2.3% rate in the paper is the "mean average". It's not, it specifically says it's the median and you wouldn't use a "mean average" in that situation. And it also was 43 OTHER tests, not the COVID one. His false positive rate is higher than all the positives we have... what? So he's saying we should have MORE positives than we do. Let's even take a DIRECT quote from HIS OWN bloody source: But he went for his "mean average" 2.3% anyway. Just think about this: Between April and August the amount of tests done increased by perhaps 600-700% from 30k to around 180-200k. If apparently most positives were actually due a 90-100% false positive rate then SURELY the number of cases per day also increased by 600-700% right? Is that what happened? Are we now seeing 6-7 times the number of positives as we did back in April? Has the positive rate gradually increased pretty well in line with the numbers of tests done over this last 6 months? No? So what's going on there exactly? How were we doing 7 times MORE tests and getting maybe 10-20% of the cases? And once again, he also doesn't understand how to apply a FPR. He is lying to you. If you want to continue "doing your research" and "thinking for yourself" I recommend not using youtube videos as your main source, and if you do want to watch them (there are some great ones) I suggest you apply your own words to them - think about it. Absolutely bonkers. Stick to the footie mate.
    5 points
  20. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54380471
    4 points
  21. 3 years. https://www.bcfc.co.uk/news/vyner-signs-new-deal/
    4 points
  22. Thankyou For taking the trouble to take a photo of the pages, and posting this on our forum. Thoughtful I hope you’re boys enjoy a sucessful season. Thistle - One of my favourite club names in British Football
    4 points
  23. And more importantly could sign a pre-contract with the same club in 3 months time for nothing
    4 points
  24. Great news. Will only improve, future City captain for sure.
    4 points
  25. No, that’s not the solution. A solution is to protect the vulnerable. You can do that by minimising spread. You can minimise spread by having an effective track and trace so that you can isolate those with the virus, and those in recent contact. Through the earlier “lockdown” phases (I’m not gonna go into what constituted lockdown) we got better control on spread. At that point an effective (we didn’t need world leading bollax) track and trace solution. would have been able to start to pick up cases, identify localised hotspots, etc. That solution needed local tracers, links to GPS, PHE, etc, not effin’ Serco. The app was not the be all and end all, and I actually agree with Hancock that should’ve been the cherry on the cake. Unfortunately (crap word) they didn’t bake the right cake in the first place, but that’s another story. With manageable numbers a proper T&T could be efficient. They didn’t need 25k contact tracers, because the numbers of cases outside of the likes of care homes and meat packing plants were smaller. PHE / Local Health were picking up 90% of cases, because they could pick up e.g. 300 cases in one phone call, because they applied to one location. (But T&T was given to Serco - to siphon millions of pounds out of public funds to their mates! Serco’s performance is abysmal. My mate made 2 calls in 4 months! I’ll stop on that point there). So back to numbers bring under semi-control. Rather than just monitor for a short period, Johnson - the bull in a China shop, started unlocking. T&T wasn’t ready for what was a gradual increase in cases...and now even less ready now we are back to thousands of cases per day. I actually think we need to go back into lockdown to try to get us back to where we were pre-summer holidays. Get T&T working and go from there. That’s gonna be very difficult for the population to accept. But the government needs to be accountable for unlocking too early without the correct processes in place. The 50-60 page “alert level and phased unlocking” document was bloody awful. It had no measures, and the woolly criteria in it, e.g. R < 1 was changed to another R once that didn’t suit their removal of lockdown. They have failed us....but want to say it’s the public’s fault.
    4 points
  26. Leaving aside Holden's behaviour many of the responses to this thread clearly demonstrate why we won't be having live attendance at matches this season. For your ignorance, stupidity and downright selfishness - thanks for nothing.
    4 points
  27. Really hope he gets his career back on track. I absolutely loved him at City (under SOD he was literally the only thing worth watching) & the goal against the blue few was one of the best I have seen us score against them in my 50 years of watching City. Wish him nothing but the best.
    4 points
  28. Or people are looking at the information given and drawing a similar conclusion. I see lots of criticism of the government, not people believing everything at all. Using Sweeden as an example just shows you don't really understand the situation. There has been a lot of discussion and good articles written about it. Firstly it did lock down in places, it wasn't completely open. It's a very different country to the UK. Try comparing them to their neighbours. Hint: Sweeden had 57 deaths per 100k, compared to 5 in Norway and 11 in Denmark. Nobody I can see has suggested we proceed like this forever. But we can delay until we're better prepared or have increased understanding of how to tackle it. And yet the flu vaccine is still given, updated each year, and very popular and successful. What's your point? Because people in care homes are older and have more underlying comorbidity features. Some have but ONLY if the test was done in both ways. They think it led to about a 20% increase back in May. Not double. Yep. That's why people now look at excess deaths (i.e. how many more deaths compared to previous years) to work it out. And people with a 99% deadly cancer still survive. It happens. It means nothing. I agree, on the mismanagement point at least. Well if the alternative is the type of research you did to write the above thank god for that The point is that it's an incredibly complex subject, so looking at a few facebook posts from "free thinkers" and reading the odd article then drawing your own conclusion and doing your own thing is not a sustainable strategy to tackle a problem of this magnitude. Perhaps it seems less bad because we DID lock down and have taken huge measures? It's all very well saying it wasn't that bad after we take drastic measures isn't it.
    4 points
  29. Some cracking bad drawings
    3 points
  30. Andreas Weinmann Arguably good enough to be starting in that XI Arguably not good enough to be starting in that XI But, I have never seen a Bristol City player work harder in a City shirt than Weinmann does. The attacking and recovery runs he makes for 90 mins is something else. I really do hope the respect he deserves is put on his name by everyone, and that it remains on his name even during difficult spells of results. What a player, proud to have him in our shirt!
    3 points
  31. Freight trains on Portishead line pretty much given up completely now. Remember how it was going to 10000 car transporters off the road each year. Ha. The only thing that’s gone down lately is the weed killer train because it’s getting overgrown. No reason why 1/2 hour service couldn’t run if they double track at Pill like it was originally. Get it built abs propose that later I guess
    3 points
  32. No. I don’t. Just said on the other thread I’m yet to be fully convinced, definitely not +3yrs convinced anyway. I wish him all the best tho.
    3 points
  33. I was living in Scotland and went to the game with my old man who was working at Ashton Containers in Livingston at the time. Score was to 2-0 Thistle. Having travelled all the way up there by coach, there was apparently a dressing room bust up when Kevin Mabbutt was left out of the side. The only thing I remember about the game apart from the score was that the guy in front spent the entire 90 minutes shouting “pleasantries” at Norman Hunter We won the return 3-0, thus going through on aggregate.
    3 points
  34. So their first game in strange circumstances due to Covid and playing in a new formation with several new teammates? Seems fair....
    3 points
  35. Well thanks for "Mansplaining" economics to me, I feel so honoured. I am sure he has agreed the terms of the contract and it's at a figure that both the club and the player are happy with. As he is already in contract (all be it a shorter one), I doubt it going to be for less money than he is currently earning. Is that reasonable to assume?
    3 points
  36. I appreciate that clubs have to start to cutting their wage bills, which I guess is what you are alluding too, but I don't think the way to do this would be to tell a talented younger player that his reward for hard work and perseverance is to take a cut in wages for the next 4 years. It would be an odd piece of motivation both for him and any other youngsters who might be considering their future.
    3 points
  37. If he was good as most of the people on here think he is then he certainly wouldn’t be joining nimes
    3 points
  38. @RedRoss. @Johnny Musicworks I was being sarcastic as the post I was replying to had the price as £2.25 (no m), you’d be lucky to get a bag of chips nowadays let alone a Championship winger for £2.25
    3 points
  39. An amazing Roman amphitheatre too. Cracking place is Nimes.
    3 points
  40. Whatever the contract Taylor will be a premier League player in the not too distant future... Will help obviously to get the best deal possible for ourselves when the time comes,,so great news all round. Hope he's now being financially recognised for his loyalty & professionalism!
    3 points
  41. They might be, but the article says that West Brom were interested in him. I seem to remember that Taylor took a huge pay cut at his own instigation to stay with us when signing last time, has that continued? If so, I hope this contract is generous enough to make up for that.
    3 points
  42. It was for his old team wasn’t it, a ‘farewell’ match. In Egypt but not for Egypt.
    3 points
  43. 3 points
  44. Yep, the only 100% accurate source of what’s happening at City.........
    3 points
  45. Sadly, of the various strains of Covid19 none appear to produce strong or enduring immunity responses. That's why an artificial stimulus is being sought. Even should one have a strong immune response that doesn't prevent one from transmitting the virus, it's physical measures that prevent the spread.
    3 points
  46. My immediate reaction was this is nonsense, but I thought I'd do what ironically you actually said you do, and I would listen, research and come to my own conclusion because to be honest it wasn't something I understood immediately. Firstly, and I assume this is common sense, false negative is actually likely to be pretty high for a few reasons. The virus is hard to detect in the early days so getting enough "virus" on the swab can be difficult in the first day or 2, plus human error. Also some places (https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2015897) based on studies of people suggest the sensitivity of the test may only be 70% (ie only 70% of truly infected people actually test positive). ONS has it somewhere between 85-98%. As for false positives, the specificity is 99.92% (about 1 in 1000 or less). Now with a bit of maths that's explained much better here https://medium.com/@gidmk/most-positive-coronavirus-tests-are-true-positives-60c95fe54fec you can see how they confirm the accuracy. A valid point in that article is that if false positives were really that high, why is somewhere like New South Wales in Australia that tested 60k this week and 90k last week only getting 1 and 4 positive results respectively? Based on the video, that should be over 3000 false positives? Basically I was right, that video is nonsense, and it's actually dangerous for people to keep peddling this crap. I'd rather believe scientists, medical journals and official sources over a right-wing racist with, as far as I can see, no qualifications on this subject? I think @IAmNick covered the test situation quite well and the differences between testing 1000 people at an airport and 1000 people at a test site.
    3 points
  47. We are also masters at getting opposition managers sacked after a defeat to us. 1-3 City
    3 points
  48. 3 points
  49. I just googled cases and deaths. Based on the above data, and very crude maths, if 439k have had covid and 42k died, that’s more like a 90% survival rate. Yes very crude, but 1 in 10 is a lot more stark an outlook than 3 in a 1000 isn’t. People are forgetting longer term affects too, not just death. My schoolmate was in ICU in London for 7/8 weeks....gangrene in his joints etc etc. He won’t know the longer term impacts on his health yet either. I think @JollyestOliis taking government incompetence with them over-reacting to it and it’s not really that bad. He could be right. My view is their incompetence is in underplaying the seriousness of it, and not getting it under control by acting more quickly and imposing more strict rules in the early days. But one things for sure....it isn’t like flu. And secondly as cases rise again, people get admitted to hospital. They may not die (let’s hope not), but they are taking beds away from people who might need other treatments. Those beds might be lower in numbers because a nurse, or doctor can’t go to work because they are having to self-isolate, or have caught it themselves. It’s a vicious circle.
    3 points
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