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  1. Am I missing something? I would have thought this subject would be at the very top with lots of City fans thankful that our Chairman has pumped a reported 40million into this state of the art training facility, which is going to really help push the club on and help develop players of all ages. At a time of financial uncertainty and many clubs looking at cutting costs to survive, we have a forward thinking progressive board who are actively trying to get our beloved club into the Promised Land, and for that I’m very grateful.
    20 points
  2. 14 points
  3. Even better now that pic. Look who’s celebrating a goal on the back montage
    9 points
  4. A survey is being run by the Football Supporters Association on VAR: https://thefsa.org.uk/news/have-your-say-on-var/ The results will be fed into the PL's end-of-season review of the system. So, if you have any views on VAR, it's worth a couple of minutes of your time to complete the survey. I told them it should be scrapped!
    8 points
  5. One of the few City players I love watching.
    8 points
  6. And you forgot the amazing PR department that they have.
    8 points
  7. I just don’t find it necessary for my enjoyment of the game. I like goal line technology and that’s it. VAR offers me nothing. In fact it detracts from my enjoyment of a spontaneous, subjective game.
    7 points
  8. It's absolutely horrendous what happened to the poor lad, but in times like this there is no divide, I'm sure that the family would be very appreciative of any support we can give. https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-thomas-on-his-road-to-recovery?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&utm_medium=chat&utm_source=whatsapp On the 9th March 2021 the world of our 20 year old boy, a keen Bristol Rovers Fan was turned upside down. He was cycling along a notorious part of A4174 near the Hambrook lights in Bristol when he was struck at speed by a motor vehicle. He consequently was hit by 2 other vehicles. Emergency services attended the scene and were quick to discover that Tom had suffered a severe head trauma. He was anaesthetized by the critical care team at the scene and transported to hospital. We as parents were notified by the police and transported by blue lights and sirens to see Tom before he underwent surgery to relief the pressure on his brain, and insert an icp gauge. We honestly thought we were saying our last goodbye to our darling boy. After a successful surgery Tom spent the next 5 days under full sedation and full ventilation. It has now been 10 days and Tom is still in intensive care but he is awake and breathing for himself. He is unable to eat and drink and can only speak very few words. As a result of this accident Tom has a serious brain injury and will need to learn to do many things that we as humans take for granted. We have set up this page to help Tom with his everyday living when he does eventually leave the hospital, and to help him adapt to a world that may have previously been unknown to him. We would be so grateful if you could help. Sincerely, Toms Family
    6 points
  9. Great news! Best left back in the league when fully fit imo. We've missed him so much this season!
    6 points
  10. Rosie and Jim really had it in for the fewers didn't they? <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9o_9sDjh-Co" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    6 points
  11. Nope not in the slightest but the victim has forgiven him and said he should be judged on who he is now and not six years ago , she also said how hard he’s worked to get back on track so how about we give him a chance and stop crying about something you don’t know the details about ( you only know what an absolute rag like the sun has written I bet)
    6 points
  12. I've made my opinions clear on the subject and am married to a woman who has 20 years of direct experience of the issue through her work both from the perpetrator and victim side of the fence and is vastly more knowledgeable of the direct problems and issues and the associated problems and issues caused by domestic abuse than the majority of male "experts" (who seem to be Professor standard with simple, workable solutions for pretty much every subject there is) on this board, not even up for discussion. Being married to someone with some expertise in any field means you tend to pick up a reasonable amount of knowledge yourself just from general discussion. That's not a dig at you, just go through the general responses so far and you will easily pick up that blatant lack of understanding and over-simplification of the issues is one of the biggest obstacles to solving them. Domestic abuse is an emotive and complex subject however simple people try and analyse it and if those keyboard warriors who think they know the solution to everything tried speaking to the victims instead of providing "expert" comment, bereft of experience, from their ivory towers they might just realise that themselves. It's also awful, cowardly and wrong to carry out such acts and in my opinion the punishments are not harsh enough, I'll just make that clear before anyone flies off the handle.
    6 points
  13. This whole situation is quite bizzare, the woman in question who has been apparently so badly beaten and abused can seemingly say no bad about the bloke.. yes they have a daughter together and I’m sure they have had to stay civil for her sake but to be publicly coming out and defending him so strongly seems odd. Anyway as i said earlier in the thread Danny is a top footballer and is a welcome addition IMO. We have all made mistakes in life and IMO if the very women in question has quite clearly forgiven him and moved on a bunch of middle aged men from Bristol posting on an internet forum should do the same..
    6 points
  14. Done, although I had to review my decisions several times.
    5 points
  15. I hate it. Players make mistakes and so do referees and linesmen. It is sport not a precise science.
    5 points
  16. I told them the game would be better with a cricket style referral process, whereby the captain or gaffer of each team has 2 referrals and the referee will not use video assistance unless a referral is made. Just like in cricket, mistakes will be missed, but the flow of the game will be better and teams have a fair opportunity to overturn poor officiating.
    5 points
  17. I'm not sure why it's irrelevant? I don't think anyone is defending his crime or his actions, they are questioning whether he has changed and learned from his mistake. That's where the victim's comments are relevant, she is the only person who will know him well enough to answer that and it appears it has her backing. I still say I wish it wasn't at our club so we didnt have to debate this though - given how none of us are expecting this to be a key signing
    5 points
  18. Exactly. I think OTIB is a decent mood gauging tool on certain linear things (ie whether a manager should be backed or sacked) but something like this, which has so much nuance, is really complicated and everyone has a slightly different opinion. Also you have to factor in the hyperbole on this place. We've seen a couple of posters say they no longer support the club.. they'll be quietly shuffling back I'm sure by the time the news cycle moves on.
    5 points
  19. I am surprised I haven't seen a video like this of the Rovers ground being built, can anyone help me with a link?
    4 points
  20. In that forty years, they've tried all sorts to get someone to build them a stadium, or give them some land. Blamed everyone and everything when it's gone wrong and, even formed a political party to fight the local elections in "Bristol", while they were paying the city of Bath their business rates. and blaming Bristol for their troubles. They have also done everything in their power to stop our club moving away from them, from opposing our new stadium, the superstore at AG, furnishing opponents with information, to not supporting the WC bid. They are a stain on our city, as much as those " anarchy type protesters" who choose violence against the authorities. I'd also go as far as to say that, some of those protesters, even looked and dressed like gasheads. Whenever they bring 1982 up, I always without fail correct them. Even some of our supporters believe we went bankrupt back then. A deal was brokered and accepted by the creditors to "accept" 20p in the pound for outstanding debt. A new company was formed, which took over all assets, except players of worth like Mick Harford and Jan Moller, who were sold to pay those debts. That new company also took over the registration of the football club, so effectively, it was a takeover by a newly formed company. Not too much different than whenever a company gets taken over, which is what I expect will happen to them and, this time the owner will have to swallow their own debts, before selling assets to replace that loss.
    4 points
  21. I really can’t fathom why any City fan could give two shits about Joey Barton and the gas.............
    3 points
  22. I thought he was out for the season. Or maybe he still is as not many games left. But it's great to see. Get him back to 18/19 season form and we have a top top left back there.
    3 points
  23. No. Not in a job where they are role models for younger people. The club need to honour their original signing up to ‘Football against domestic violence’. There is no nuance here. The man was found guilty before the law and should be nowhere near the club. A sad day for City.
    3 points
  24. Having watched Scott 2/3 times now, he’s very casual on the ball and in his movement, but he certainly has lovely balance and confidence in possession. Not one to be rushed, which is a good sign. Certainly one of the brighter players for England, and created quite a few chances with astute passes, and perhaps should’ve done better with the chance he screwed high and wide of the near post. Linked well with Delap too. The England squad made up of mainly Prem Lg (and Celtic) youngsters, so a good barometer of his level really.
    3 points
  25. This has taken 19 pages and a lot of thought to write dv is terrible and there are no excuses for any genuine cases but from personal experience I will share what happened to me . It started with a row with my ex partner. At the time was my partner we lived together. We had been to a party I left as we had . Had a row and walked home . She had got a taxi home and arrived before me. She continued to argue with me . There was a knock at the door and two policemen were stood there. She had stayed in the lounge when I answered the door. I was put straight in cuffs and arrested before they had even entered the house. She Showed them a big bruise on her leg and said I did it .If they would have looked even then they would have seen the bruising was at least ten days old. I spent a night in the cells and was interviewed next morning by this time she had dropped the complaint but the police can carry on without a complaint on dv cases . I had the duty solicitor with me and . When I was interviewed I was lucky that 3 things had happened my father in law had written a statement saying the bruise was old and how she did it . My eight year old son told them I hadn’t touched her . And I had bumped into her mate walking home which proved I hadn’t arrived home when the police had been called. After we split up she got the hump over something and did it again this time I wasn’t even there. Imagine my surprise when you get a phone call on a Monday morning in work inviting you to the police station to discuss the incident on Friday evening later that day I had a phone call from social services telling me I wasn’t allowed to see my two boys. I got a solicitor who took me through the day of the incident. When interviewed between myself and my brief we had managed to prove I wasn’t there. I had moved in to my new flat that day and was busy until the evening luckily it had cctv and showed me coming and going all day . At the time of her phone call to the police I was in the local kebab shop again lucky for me they had cctv which showed me there and then my new flat cctv showing me going in when all this was going on . So the police dropped everything.Even with all this proof it took three months for social services to allow me to see my kids unsupervised. I turned out to be lucky my son woke up my father in law made his statement cctv on my new home . The takeaway cctv. If I had stayed home or had no cctv I would have been in trouble. As far as the police and social services were concerned I was guilty until proven innocent. I came very close to being done for dv and if I had no witnesses or cctv most likely would have been . As a social worker said we have to believe someone but does that have to be the woman all the time women lie and manipulate as well as men . Just for the record my two boys live with me now . I’m not saying Simpson is innocent or shouldn’t have been punished but in a he said she said case in law there is usually only one winner the she . There is a real danger that the current climate including the metoo movement can be used for bad as well as good there are two sides to every story . Most times it is evil men doing these things . But not every time and we must be careful that this does not go out of control . If Simpson did what he did then yes punish him . But be wary of her word against his
    3 points
  26. Jeez the swing on the first 2!
    3 points
  27. BBC2 9PM jack charlton 23:30pm interview with jack charlton and the damned united in the early hours of the tuesday morning at 00:10am
    3 points
  28. To be fair, they have 5 months left to do any snagging ready for the start of the 21/22 season as promised.
    3 points
  29. Im more concerned about the state of the jacket that person on the far right is wearing
    3 points
  30. Ha ha. There's a funny passage in Nick Hornby's book Fever Pitch where he describes an (Arsenal ) away trip to Derby. The Baseball Ground was also a pretty intimidating place in those days: I can remember being pelted with coins and hair-raising trip to the station. Anyway, he describes how, at 1-1 and the end of the game approaching he's thinking that's probably not a bad scoreline in terms of getting safely out of the ground without too much attention from the similar mob of Derby fans. Then Charlie George breaks clear, like you he's praying that he'll miss. Not only does he score, but being Charlie George he follows up with an elaborate celebration right in front of the Derby mob, giving them V signs and the works! As Nick Hornby says...thanks for that Charlie: you don't have to get back to the station!
    3 points
  31. Spot on , reading through this thread you would think we just signed the Yorkshire ripper
    3 points
  32. You like someone who doesn't know how to converse properly in English? Not exactly an attribute.
    3 points
  33. 2 points
  34. Not formally, no, but in my industry - a criminal conviction would mean an end to careers in my sector (health) "Stop crying" And we wonder why violence against women is still tolerated.
    2 points
  35. It looks fantastic, thank you to the Lansdown family for their incredible support.
    2 points
  36. Surely, the trousers are worse?
    2 points
  37. Went past it this morning, it very quickly went from nearly finished to being in use! Just a bit of a landscaping going on but car park full of staff/players cars so presume handed over last week. Looks fantastic.
    2 points
  38. That looks a big step up in quality of club facilities. Previous managers and coaches have been asking for this for decades. So it is obviously important and great that the Academy also has a proper home .Cat 1 next ? Well done Mr L.
    2 points
  39. Looks fantastic doesn’t it?
    2 points
  40. You'd think that with this standard of facilities any coach whether football or rugby is going to want to come here. It must have been a deciding factor for NP and you would think it's going to raise the standard of recruitment for coaches and players in both sports. SL has certainly left his mark on sport in our area.
    2 points
  41. 2 points
  42. BR have very famous quarters BR have prowed fans BR have a chairman with a very nice watch BR always have Babestation on the telly Why wouldn't he want to stay?
    2 points
  43. The irony is, his players constantly make mistakes yet, somehow, officials aren't allowed to make any.
    2 points
  44. I remember that! Bob Taylor scored a brilliant goal in front of the away end. Pissed down with rain. And yeah, lots of coins came our way that day.
    2 points
  45. 2 points
  46. Our so called 'Golden Generation' could not pass the ball and only looked dangerous on set pieces. I think how many look back at Gerrard is slightly inaccurate. I don't think his best was when in a normal midfield role, like when he was alongside Hammann. He was in his absolute prime in behind Torres, almost like a free role with Macherano and Alonso behind him. Even hard working disciplined wide players like Kuyt in the side. Gerrard had absolutely loads of freedom to roam right and left and up top. But because of his physical strength, speed and work rate and tackling ability, he would do a great defensive job, but generally from much further forward than the 2 behind him. So for England he was played in a midfield 2 in a 442. Lampard often being the other. And very similar for Lampard at Chelsea though slightly different in shape. One holder in someone like Makelele, 2 box to box in Lampard and one other but Lampard having more of a licence of the 2. He'd be constantly in and around the opposing box. The likes of Makelele and Drogba and of course Robben who was fantastic, it meant Lampard could mainly concentrate on working hard, and attacking the opposing box and scoring goals and setting up goals. It was ridiculous imo that Carrick or Hargreaves did not play more. Carrick in particular. Pep has said Carrick was as good as all the others like Busquets. But in this country the media and fans were obsessed with goals and assists, not realising that you need those deeper that will not be getting those goals and assists to let the likes of Lampard and Gerrard do what they do for their clubs. We generally went with 442 back then. Which is not so much of a problem and can be a very solid shape defensively. But with wingers and central midfielders wanting to get forward it, it didn't look right. Players in roles they didn't look comfortable in. I also think we had a problem in thinking we were better than we were, including the manager and players. If only a manager could have seen our strengths were in having physically strong, hard working players, very good defenders, but not capable of outplaying our opponents. We should have set up to be solid, almost Mourinho like and realise that once we get the ball in and around the opposing box on the break we'd have the players capable of scoring. And always being so dangerous on set pieces. It was often actually our defending as a team that let us down back then. For me only one player was absolutely world class at international level in his England performances and that was Ashley Cole. Consistently superb and even better in the big games against the very best up against him like Ronaldo in those Portugal games or Arteta in that 1-0 win against Argentina.
    2 points
  47. Done. My age bracket seems to be getting further down the line at an alarming rate!
    2 points
  48. Sad really. Clearly a talented footballer, just plagued with injuries. He played well for us, wish him all the best.
    2 points
  49. Rovers plans moving on at pace too...
    2 points
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