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  1. True. Kick them out the league now for ease in my opinion.
    10 points
  2. Bout to record. I finished work on Friday and haven’t sobered up yet. Appreciate the concern genuinely x
    10 points
  3. Poor little fans happy to give the manual manipulator sign and dogs abuse to players but go crying when they get some back. Grow a pair
    9 points
  4. Yep. Contrary to popular belief, LJ did a lot of dealing with Eddie during that transfer saga. Someone else who shall rename nameless was the one who ashton-ed it up!!
    8 points
  5. The guys seem to be getting support already. Push the Boundary (Oldham's supporters group) have sent the below. Note that this is competently written and addresses each point in turn. It also actually provides relevant legal bases for the comments made, and reference to Oldham's own rules and codes. The only strange suggestion is that Scunthorpe is Oldham's biggest game of the season. They know they're in the same division as Bristol Rovers don't they?* *as always, I had to check which division the Gas are actually in.
    8 points
  6. Unfortunately the club didn’t meet the ambitions of the players (Bryan, Flint and Reid) in 17/18. Bryan allegedly had offers in the Jan window but club wanted him to stay to see if he could help get us up. We tailed off badly as we all know, and all 3 left in the summer, plus Magnússon (and Djuric) netting us £20m+. We bought Weimann, Hunt and Webster, loaned Kalas and Dasilva, then Palmer. It was the lowest amount in fees we paid in LJs reign, which was surprising with the amount brought in. Re the 3 players that left: I bumped into Joe Bryan at Cribbs just after our season ended. There was all kinds of shit flying around that he was in Barbados (or somewhere like that) on a pre-booked holiday because he’d downed tool second half of the season and therefore knew we wouldn’t get to the play-offs. Yet here he was chatting for about half an hour with me and (my) Joe, who he’d met several times at the Hospice, whilst waiting for his brother to pick up the wedding suits. He was pretty open about his future. Said he loved it at City, but needed a new challenge. It wasn’t about money, he said he’d been brought up in a pretty privileged position. It was obvious he wasn’t staying. Flint, we’d managed to delay his sale by 12 months, again, a case of him wanting to do the best he could in a short career that started late for him. I think it was play-offs or bust that season for him. Reid was just a case of him having a stellar season and not being able to do anything about it. Cardiff was a strange choice, but from the club point of view, you take the highest bidder. So, yes, we should’ve built on that season, but the failure to get to the playoffs meant a mini-rebuild was needed. In some respects finishing 8th (best finish under LJ) in 18/19 (we finished 11th in 17/18) justified it, but I think many would agree we weren’t the same team that season, we didn’t play great, but results kept us moving up the league (was it 13 unbeaten?), but having got into the top 6 we let didn’t win in 5, got a couple of results (West Brom (h) Sheff Utd (a)) before we didn’t win any of our last 5. It was more boom and bust. And then we lost Kelly (Bryan succession planning), Pack (the key to the system) and Webster. Even Paterson going on loan to Derby had an impact. In fairness to Johnson, he kept results going, but it wasn’t great to watch. We didn’t really improve the squad, we just made loans permanent at a cost of £14m, and Nagy for Pack was a huge risk that ultimately failed and in part cost LJ his job. So we lost 6 or 7 of our best / key players over two summers….then Brownhill. I don’t think any replacement player, other than Webster for Flint, albeit, for 1 season only, has been an upgrade. Couple that with the plethora of players that went this summer and it’s hardly surprising we are where we are now. I can just imagine what LJ would be like if he had to deal with the current squad and it’s size. It is a real shame. What we need to do next (and are doing) is to continue to cut the wage bill and then recruit young, hungry players (like Ayling, Freeman etc) and develop our own. We need to match the ambitions of the likes of Scott, Massengo (who has been up and down this season) and Semenyo, guiding them with signings like Wilbraham, Elliott and James. We could actually have a very low cost squad in 18 months, that then gives us the opportunity to “go for it”. It’s about getting through this season intact. Feels like a waste, it is, but I don’t think there’s any other way.
    7 points
  7. Nope. It was purely that the club has picked up he has been playing well, so want to get him back to coach that out of him. Needs to reacquaint himself with the BCFC "system".
    7 points
  8. Would love him to come out with this post-match: well, I tried to get him when I was at City, but my CEO stuffed up the deal and then Leeds gazumped us even if it was a lie
    4 points
  9. Blimey, if city tried that there wouldnt be anyone going to games
    4 points
  10. Holy shit what a shower of shit our football club has become, I see the media team have been posting our Man U victory!! It’s actually nearly 4 ******* years since we’ve played well and had a decent team, 4 ******* years!!! ******* shambles!!!
    4 points
  11. We recorded it an hour before we had to leave for 7 a side, so naturally it’s a zinger, and in no way rushed at all…..
    4 points
  12. Yep, he played right back against both Man Utd and Man City I'm pretty sure. Right of a back three against Arsenal now 3 years later - not too bad!
    3 points
  13. A lot would depend on how well the guys in question are known to the stewards, ticket office, club in general etc. If they're the kind of fan who has an ST in the same seat every season, lives round the corner and everyone just knows, then it'll be tricky for them to get back in. If they're a bit more occasional, or quiet then yeh grow a beard, dye your hair, get your mate to buy you POTD in cash, and 'enjoy' Oldham's impending relegation from the front row. It's a private ban so any 'breach' is unlikely to be criminal trespass, instead they'd have to sue him under the normal tort of trepass. Oldham get fewer than 5k fans as well, so it's not gunna be that tricky to find three guys in that small a crowd. Honestly this guy should pay a lawyer £100 to write a letter of response breaking down every sentence and saying 'prove this', 'prove that' etc. If he cba with that then getting it into the national press will probably help him. Agreed, although my feeling is that as it's not specified, Oldham/Brown would quite like to know as well. If it was a specific thing then they'd name it. Nebulous, vague accusations such as in that letter mean "You're doing something we don't like, it's not bad enough to actually peg you under any particular law, but we just don't want to deal with it. Please F off."
    3 points
  14. Overriding memory was the shock/elation of the winner and the immediate realisation I needed to bottle that feeling up and begin a complete rewrite. That match report was read by 3.2 million people. City were probably the biggest sports story in the world that night.
    3 points
  15. I'm sure the Cymru Premier will consider their application positively if they want to play in a league where everyone plays to the same rules.
    3 points
  16. Get the one that smells like suntan lotion and you can make some vague promise about going away when the pandemic is over. Don't worry, you'll never have to make good on that promise.
    3 points
  17. Splashing your love gravy about SLG? Keep up the good work @Shtanley and @petehinton. I, for one, appreciate the free therapy.
    3 points
  18. Whatever your thoughts on LJ the bloke gave us this magical night against Man Utd and their megastars and for that I will always be grateful to him.
    3 points
  19. What utter tosh. He was running hard, working the channels and starting every press from the front in the first half. (Didn't notice so much second half as I was in the South stand). Just because the press isn't successful is not Martin's fault. Blame those around him who should be making sure Martin's man has no outlet ball. He did not stop working hard first 45 yesterday. Not his fault that most long balls pumped up long from the back favour a taller more powerful Centre Half. Most of the time all he can do is make it awkward for the Centre half to get a clean header. Not saying he should not be replaced but some of the criticism on here is wide of the mark, just spend 10 minutes in a game watching him and his work rate rather than jumping to preconceived ideas.
    3 points
  20. He wasn't that good tonight either.
    2 points
  21. Because the bloke who wrote the letter doesn`t have a clue what he`s doing?
    2 points
  22. Imagine us playing Ipswich, the chants would be very similar to what is getting sung about Boris at the moment
    2 points
  23. Bailey Wright starting - remembering the service he did for us, playing our of position through injury at the expense of his international career. Also that weird retroactive red card away at Fulham
    2 points
  24. Well "Ian" of radio Bristol fame would be first name in the frame
    2 points
  25. Some background on why the fans are angry here: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/oldham-athletic-protests-lemsagam-news-21483705 Note that the article is from September and Keith Curle has since been sacked, with no replacement yet appointed.
    2 points
  26. I,ve always wondered how the home club enforce these bans anyway. I accept that if a banned person is caught entering the stadium, it is a criminal offence, however a big coat, hat and facemask would render anyone unrecognisable. They should just carry on regardless, obviously though with someone else buying their ticket.
    2 points
  27. Happened to a mate of mine once. Went to the French capital and bought his missus the only can of fizzy drink in the garage as a Christmas present. It was the last Tango in Paris.
    2 points
  28. You've just reminded me that whenever I'm asked the best way to get to Ashton Gate, I always say, "pissed".
    2 points
  29. Does anyone sympathise with the players on the pitch though? They aren't even allowed to give a slap to a coked up pitch invader without getting a red these days. How is that right?
    2 points
  30. Good overview that. Marlon Pack and Korey Smith were so important to that team. Never got my head around them leaving. I can see Lansdown trying to sell off/find new ££ backers for the football part of Bristol Sport at some stage soon. If City was run as a football club and not an accountants business model (Bristol Sport), some of those players would have stayed. From what I heard, there was very little attempt to keep some of those players. It was all about getting ££££s in. In effect selling the family silver and buying brass. Awful mistakes made. Put the club back 10 years.
    2 points
  31. 2 points
  32. Yep.........the reason the defence lets us down is because Pearson keeps putting the wrong players in the wrong positions? I just don't get it? How can a man who played his career as a central defender, get our defensive set up so wrong? He keeps coming out with the same BS after most games......that's 19 defeats in 38 games since he was appointed, I try to support him, but his bizarre choices are beginning to change my mind. As was mentioned on Bristol Live, when asked why Pring did not play, Pearson stated, he felt he was not ready to play? When asked by the reporter, why this was the case.......Pearson replied "I don't know".......so why didn't you ask him?...your his manager, and supposed leader of men? Ha! It's your pheckin job to know why he was unable to play? If their was a problem, then address it, and if you prefer for it not to be made public...then say so, Do NOT say "I don't know"? I worry about Pearson?
    2 points
  33. Oh, I agree with Root trying to assert his authority, even if he never will shake off the public schoolboy who wouldn’t say boo to a goose tag. As far as the batting’s concerned, I don’t think it’s a lack of experience down under at all. Most of these players have played either Tests, white ball, BBL, Lions, or even Grade cricket in Australia before. It’s got more to do with your spot-on final point IMO. These batting collapses have become the norm for England, at home and abroad, and the finger of blame at the ECB. They absolutely are reaping what they sow, and it’s a brain-dead strategy when you consider Test match cricket in England remains their biggest cash cow.
    2 points
  34. Ive picked up on osib this season, and listen after every game, checked yesterday to see if it was out and got the notification last night to say it was out. Thats this mornings work from home entertainment sorted, thanks for your efforts stan
    2 points
  35. Look at the toll its taken on Rovers and where they've ended up uo after having to deal with this for the past 50 years..!
    2 points
  36. I think Root is trying to assert some authority with the bowlers, as they aren't doing as they're told imo. It's not like he wasn't critical of the batting. That's clearly the main concern, though you could argue our batsman are also seriously lacking in practice/experience in Aussie conditions (certainly the openers where the main problem lies). And that's the thing with Broad and Anderson - they should know how to bowl in these conditions, given their experience. Notwithstanding this, the whole squad is being hung out to dry by the ECB who haven't given Root and the Test side the support it has needed for years, with white ball cricket prioritised instead. You reap what you sow.
    2 points
  37. Few rumours up here of a potential stop to National League again so would make sense for Towler to get a league move.
    2 points
  38. This is the ‘ Towler on the sea recall ‘ thread ! Keep up Lino.
    2 points
  39. The demands are much higher now and the science has improved dramatically. Just because it was done in the past doesn't make it right. It can take upto 48 hours to recover after a competitive game, and upto 72 hours for performance markers to return to "peak" levels. That;s just muscular recovery, doesn't account for knocks and injuries Factor in that that's assuming perfect recovery protocol which isn't always the case. I was lucky enough to spend the day with an England footballer recently, he'd played the night before and I asked him about recovery. It was an 8pm kick off at home, he got back to his house about 2 hours after the end of the game, but then didn't get to sleep until about 5am because of the adrenaline etc from the game. He was up at 7am to do the school run, and then had the day with us fulfilling sponsorship dutires. That's going to seriously impair recovery Of course they are very much pampered compared to the game 50 years ago, but looking after players bodies has to be a good thing right?
    2 points
  40. Which is exactly the sort of news we should be expecting with the greatest of respect. If Towler couldn’t drop down to the conference and shine then something would be seriously wrong.
    2 points
  41. 5L of 0-30 engine oil and a car wash sponge......... every woman's dream come true right there - thanks for the tip !
    2 points
  42. Crikey! If I didn’t remember the good times every time City have been in a rough patch in the last 45 years, there would really be no point in carrying on with this affair.
    2 points
  43. Everyone else is working through this pandemic . IMO so should footballers. If they have positive cases then yes obviously postpone it. If not crack on
    2 points
  44. I would give you more than the one laughing face if I could! So bloody sad that the best gags are based in truth!
    2 points
  45. There was me thinking Boxing Day is ages away yet, when in actual fact it's this blinking Sunday!
    2 points
  46. Hint towards the possible suggested retirement of baker?....
    2 points
  47. Players give it the big un on the pitch as do fans in the stand. I sit in the Dolman, don’t judge me, and regularly laugh at some people who get all het up stand and gesticulate at the away fans threatening to come over and invite them outside,I presume for a coffee and chat, when in all reality they are just big pussies who don’t need a covid pass but a brain cell pass.
    2 points
  48. Some of the football under LJ come the final 12-14 months wasn’t better than what we have now.
    2 points
  49. Alice couldn't help laughing, as she said, 'I don't want you to hire ME - and I don't care for jam.' 'It's very good jam,' said the Queen. 'Well, I don't want any TODAY, at any rate.' 'You couldn't have it if you DID want it,' the Queen said. 'The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.' 'It MUST come sometimes to "jam to-day,"' Alice objected. 'No, it can't,' said the Queen. 'It's jam every OTHER day: today isn't any OTHER day, you know.' 'I don't understand you,' said Alice. 'It's dreadfully confusing!'
    2 points
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