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  1. Interested to learn that it wasn't just the men's team that Ashton neglected during his tenure at the club, but that it also extended to Bristol City WFC. Apparently he paid little or no interest in the WFC, which contributed significantly to their decline and ultimately relegation at the end of last season. I was told by someone that would certainly know that, and I paraphrase, "the WFC is in need of a complete rebuild outside of the Super League and it is likely to take 2-3 years to get back into the top flight and sort the entire structure of the club out". Now, where have I heard similar to that before? He wrecked the women's team as he wrecked the men's team. Now some people may have cynically seen those pictures of Pearson at the WFC game a few weeks back and thought he'd attended the game either for a photo op and good bit of PR, or because he was bored. Not so, he has in fact been quite instrumental in helping out and providing advice to the WFC. So much so in fact that he recommended the new Head of Operations Grace Williams to the WFC, with whom he had worked with at Watford. He considers the WFC to be part of the Bristol City FC team and project, just like he considers everyone that works at the football club to be part of the project, from the ticketing team, to the media team, to the changing room cleaners to the bus driver. How encouraging and refreshing to have somebody in charge that takes such a keen interest in all aspects of the club. A far-cry from the previous regime.
    120 points
  2. Pearson just isn't the man for this. It's easy to blame Ashton etc but this team, the way we play and the mentality is ******* dire and doesn't seem to be improving. I wouldn't be too upset to see him gone anytime soon
    75 points
  3. I guess it's inevitable when there are no other competitive teams in this city.
    46 points
  4. We know all about City's terrible current home run but it's nothing new really, the results have been pretty awful at AG now for at least 3 seasons, and now continuing in to a 4th. Over those 3 seasons, plus the first 3 home games this season, City have played 72 home league games. 18/19 Played 23 W8, D8, L7 Goals scored 28 Goals against 26 19/20 Played 23 W8, D7, L8 Goals scored 29 Goals against 32 20/21 Played 23 W7, D3, L13 Goals scored 18 Goals against 30 21/22 Played 3 W0, D2 L1 Goals scored 1 Goals against 2 Overall record Played 72 W23 D20 L29 Goals scored 76 Goals against 90 We've failed to win almost 50 home games in those 3 years (so in most of those cases will have left the ground frustrated and/or disappointed.) We've been outscored on our own pitch each season but 1 - and that was close - and have only scored just over an average of 1 goal per game, and overall the away teams have scored 14 more goals than City. Just 19 City goals to celebrate in our last 26 home games. The entertainment for 3+ years has on the whole been poor, the exciting games, imo, few and far between. Even some of the 23 we've won have been largely completely forgettable when it comes to excitement. Yet people question a lack of atmosphere and decreasing crowds? It's meant to be entertainment, and if that's not to be, it's a huge consolation is at least to go home with a hard fought scrappy win to celebrate more often than not. There's been a paucity (poor City?) of either wins or excitement at AG for far, far too long. In the same period, our away record is: Played 72, W30 D13 L29 Goals scored 96 Goals against 103. So we've won 7 more games on the road than at AG, lost the same number home and away, and scored 20 more goals on our travels. Not too bad an away record at all, and just as well - but it's the performances and results at Ashton Gate that set the mood of most City fans and in those respects there's been a long term depression lasting several years.
    42 points
  5. In the context of Hughton vs Holden in August 2020 then it’s Hughton every time. We should never have appointed Holden. In the context of Hughton vs Pearson in September 2021 then it’s Pearson. It’s also not a case of people being ‘wrong’ about Hughton for wanting him over Holden last year. Forest are a different club with a different set of circumstances. At the time he was clearly a far better option than Holden.
    41 points
  6. A few more of these and we might make the play offs...
    40 points
  7. Yes, against Swansea, 2 games ago. The lack of perspective on here after a bloody draw is incredible. edit- how much do you think Lansdown spends on rugby compared to football ffs?!
    40 points
  8. Spare a thought for the poster who started this thread. It`s a crying shame @havanatopiadidn`t live long enough to see justice served.
    39 points
  9. Faithful and true. What a club they are
    37 points
  10. To me, rugby is a game for public school boys and Welsh people. It simply doesn't matter. Therefore I couldn't care less what happens to the Bristol Bears. Only BCFC count. Simple.
    37 points
  11. What happened to all the conversations on these boards in pre-season about the fact the best we could realistically hope for this season was painfully slow progress? Why does everyone tip us to struggle and then shit the bed when we draw at home to a resilient side?
    35 points
  12. City goal (Martin): https://streamable.com/zjtoij
    33 points
  13. We have a mismatch of players that don't fit a single system. Hes working with what he's got. This isn't his squad by an stretch. He signed two players that started in the squad today. Luton have a settled squad and on that display could easily be top half this season if they're more composed. They are not a bottom half team. Can we not have this every time we drop points against a team people perceive as weaker than us?
    33 points
  14. Bristol City's third straight away win was incredible theatre for a side that can't buy a win at home and was taken to pieces by far more incisive QPR hosts - only to steal an improbable win via none other than ex Loftus Road hero Nahki Wells, who came off the bench as sharp and tidy as he has ever been at City, racing clear deep into injury time to secure a ridiculous win. Chaotic limbs in the compact away end were an unlikely culmination for a fixture that City were easily second best in - and owed much to Tomas Kalas heading away an endless supply of left wing crosses as QPR targeted debutant George Tanner on our right, while Daniel Bentley performed heroics throughout a one sided second half repelling wave upon wave of chances. The old cliche is that City will play better and lose but in truth City will lose 99 out of 100 games they turn up to as ineffective and lacking cutting edge as they did today - QPR played through our middle with an embarrassing ease throughout the game and yet Han-Noah Massengo's first half run and Wells' last minute poise claimed easily Nigel Pearson's least likely victory. Amazingly for what followed, City opened the better side, Massengo a terrier on the left, the visitors winning a couple of early corners. On 15 Kalas steered a header onto the roof of the net. But that was it for the away side and on 20 QPR's double up on new boy Tanner on our right saw them reach Dykes to loop a header over Bentley onto the bar - Pring clearing desperately. Tanner actually got away from his marker at the other end from a throw in on 27 and was clear to drill a low cross and win the corner which Kalas headed straight at the keeper before a QPR player fell to ground feigning a head injury, City's momentum curtailed. On the half hour yet another left wing overload let the Rs cross, Odubajo's diving header flashing right across goal. On 37 City's otherwise best outfield player Massengo slipped in midfield to let Andre Gray in from the same left hand weakness - cutting inside and drawing a save from Bentley at close range and then almost converting a follow up when suspiciously offside. Minutes later a well worked City move saw Pring overlap into space for a cross, QPR countering down our right. By now the London side were piling on the pressure and a sloppy Pring clearance let Willock smash a 25 yard shot that stung Bentley's hands. Then De Wijs headed wide at close range after City were again targeted on their right. So it is remarkable they could go in ahead before the break - perhaps a brief microcosm of their smash and grab success in the game as a whole. It took a smart forward ball by Bakinson in his first game of the season - Massengo in the clear down the left, running at the QPR defender, teasing a quick shift inside only to square to Weimann who shielded well, held off the home keeper and slid back to Chris Martin to slam home. An improbable opener and owed much to Massengo who gave City their only purpose in open play. Jay DaSilva replaced injured makeshift left back Baker at half time - Pring dropping to the fullback role - but any idea to distract QPRs overload on Tanner's opposite flank was quickly forgotten as they took City to pieces, McCallum equalising from Pring's wayward headed clearance, the full back sweeping home, then Johansen drawing a distance save and Barbet fizzing wide. On the hour Massengo and James tidied up to allow Chris Martin to break, playing Bakinson into acres of space on the left, his interplay with Weimann eventually an opening for Tanner on the other side but a soon to be familiar hesitancy wasted the chance to cross. Willock went close again at the other end but Wells entering for Martin was eventually the difference. For the final half hour City were absolutely getting picked apart across the pitch by a QPR side that seemed destined to claim a comfortable home win. On 64 Kalas gave it away in midfield and the hosts skipped past desperate challenges Chair drawing a save, then one touch passing carved us open and sub Austin got clear in behind and forced Bentley to tip wide down low. Replacing Pring for Semenyo on 70 was a signal Pearson expected more but other than the irrepressible Massengo winning a free kick there was little on show up front. That was until Semenyo was sprung clear wide left and despite Massengo miscuing the cross, sub Wells did brilliantly to hold the next forward ball up in the box, before DaSilva far post couldn't release his shot. Inside 80 Semenyo was hacked down on the break and DaSilva curled a free kick over the keeper and just over the angle of post and bar. At the other end familiar sub Albert Adomah headed straight at Bentley as City allowed the 2,341st easy left wing cross of the day following a throw in. Now Kalas had neckache from throwing himself at early balls swept over debutant Tanner. Bakinson, like DaSilva before him, twice hesitated with chances to get shots away around the box after good work by each of Semenyo and Wells, and heading into five minutes of injury time there was only one winner as QPR picked apart their visitors, Bentley making multiple desperate saves in time added on as the hosts left players ball watching as they slipped in on goal. So the rousing finale was as ridiculous as it was hilarious. Ineffective for so long, an unlikely last minute City ball forward let Weimann - miscuing all day - get the run on his man down the left, and when a lob into the middle was misjudged by Rangers' centre back, livewire Wells was on hand to execute a perfect forward touch out of his feet, race on and slam past the keeper. Denied supporters during Covid, Pearson doesn't have many big away celebrations other than the recent win at Cardiff, but a smash and grab in West London built on Bentley's successive heroics, Massengo being irrepressible in midfield and Wells as sharp as he has ever looked, was unlikely as it was chaotic - delerium right in front of the away end masking a below par day. Bentley 9 After Wednesday's mixup more than integral to the win - more key saves in one game than he should be making in a month playing for us, could do with some help. Tanner 5 Showed occasionay that he will be a solid player but deliberately overloaded and on first view easily beaten at both ends Baker 6 Did nothing wrong seemed to pick up a knock but forward balls all poor Kalas 7 Threw himself at everything and cleared cross after cross - inevitable that he would have moments out of position but we'd be a mess without him Atkinson 6 As always got stuck in but they got behind him and Kalas too often Pring 6 Errors of judgment with several clearances out of keeping with recent form James 6 Tidied up well but drifted out of the game and easily bypassed when they moved the ball quickly Massengo 7 Our best outfield player and never stopped running Bakinson 6 Typically languid style a few great setups but ponderous, wasted clear chances and too easily played through Weimann 5 Poor game for him nothing went right touches all wrong and even worse out left when we changed shape Martin 5 Took goal well but too slow and too far off teammates to be effective DaSilva 6 Linked up better but wasted a good chance & had a battle with Adomah Wells 8 Looked good from the moment he came on - didn't waste a single pass and looked a class above others Semenyo 6 caught offside a bit, Pearson didn't seem happy, didn't add much when defending but one bright run and something different to think about
    32 points
  15. It’s not about crowing. The fact is our Sugar Daddy plays by the rules hence the position Nige finds himself in……..he is trying to build a team with limited funds, Reading, Derby and others have Sugar Daddies who said **** the rules and are now paying the price.
    30 points
  16. Wasn't expecting a post like this even with the win. Brilliant anyway!
    29 points
  17. Sorry - just trying to recreate the histrionics of the other night…
    29 points
  18. The table is starting to take shape we're in 12th at the moment which is better than where I thought we would finish so I'm not going to get too upset. I think the issue is exacerbated by the fact that our problem is playing at home, if we had beaten Cardiff and Reading at home and drawn away to Preston and Luton I don't think there would be anything like the concern that's currently being shown.
    29 points
  19. Rubbish. He’s doing better than we did last season and has taken the massive step of getting rid of a lot of the dead wood. He’s also blooded some of our younger lads and made some astute signings without big fees. I for one am happy with the direction we are going in although it is slow progress
    29 points
  20. There are obvious reasons why we have no sympathy for Rovers stadium issues but they probably run deeper than you think. Rovers tried (and failed) to hammer the final nail in our coffin in 1982 by acquiring our stadium. Also, objecting to the potential financial help offered from the Local Authorities was a nice touch. Ask Bristol Rugby fans if they have sympathy for Rovers stadium problems after the way they lost their spiritual home to the Gas. Rovers refused to support a bid for Bristol to become a World Cup venue if England had won the right to host the tournament in 2018? A bid that would’ve greatly helped our own new stadium plans at Ashton Vale. Their fans were already busy trying to sabotage these plans by setting up petitions against the new stadium for various bullshit reasons. This is all just for balance, not that I would expect you to have an opinion on any of it. Personally I think they’ve now got the ground and manager their club and fans deserve.
    28 points
  21. I can only guess @Mr Popodopolousis either shithousing on the Derby forum or having the biggest w*** ever.
    26 points
  22. Immense. The boy has come of age.
    23 points
  23. Consummate professional who gets unfair and unfounded and uneducated stick on here for no apparent reason. Very pleased for him.
    23 points
  24. :laugh: - “and when a lob into the middle was misjudged by Rangers' centre back” Lob into the middle? And there was me thinking it was a sublime ball with the outside of his right foot which because he played it so early, completely took the CB by surprise…. Had it been Jack Grealish, MOTD pundits would have been crowing but Weimann, on a City forum, gets “a lob into the middle”…….
    22 points
  25. Well, lots of posters have said he wanted to go back to QPR because he scored goals there. Turns out they were right!
    22 points
  26. Do you genuinely have so little idea as to how football finances work to believe that 90% of our income comes from less than 10k pay on the day supporters? And then call it "facts". I'll tell you what is a fact. Something doesn't become a fact simply because you state it to be. You are correct in that it's a fans forum....but you don't ever seem to be supportive of anything, so are you even a fan? Like others have said you'd probably feel more at home on the City Till I Die Facebook page. Equally as awful both in content and grammar on that page. You'd fit in well. For me, I've enjoyed watching us at the Gate. We have to sort out our ability to see games out, but the difference between the football now and the football even 6 months ago is massive and if you cannot see that then you really are a lost cause. And then you call for Lampard to take over! Utterly clueless.
    22 points
  27. Good day fellow Reds. Might need my hard hat after this appears. Tonight at 745 pm it’s Luton Town under the lights at home. The match day programme is here: https://robinstv.bcfc.co.uk/digital-matchday-programme/ Those with Sky Sports can watch live on the Red Button. The first of four consecutive games, in two weeks, against teams in and around London. Luton is in Bedfordshire and about 37 miles from London. I know it’s somewhat old hat but our unenviable failure to win at home now stretches to 13 matches. For the record, and in anticipation of winning tonight, between 26 January to today, there have been 232 days, that’s 7 months and 20 days. The performance against PNE was IMO a bit underwhelming, however, NP (who seemed pleased by our application on Saturday) has hinted that there are not likely to be any changes. I would like to see Wells starting and if he does I think we will see a cap-tivating performance from him. Luton Town Football Club was founded in 1885 and moved to Kenilworth Road in 1905, they are nicknamed “The Hatters.” If you are, by any odd chance, interested in the history of the hat industry in Luton then English Heritage have published this: https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/hat-industry-luton-buildings/hat-industry-luton-and-buildings/ They reappointed Nathan Jones as their manager in May 2020, just 16 months after he’d left Luton to join Stoke City. Stoke sacked the Welshman in November 2019 after he’d won just six of 38 games in charge. Their assistant manager Mick Harford (who played for us in the early 1980’s) is a Luton Town legend, he is currently fighting prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men, but most men with early prostate cancer don’t have symptoms. For more on this including a 30 second prostate health checker see: https://www.lutontown.co.uk/news/2021/july/mick-interview/ Currently we are both on eight points with both teams recording two wins, two draws and two defeats, we’ve scored seven they’ve notched eight and we’ve conceded seven while they’ve let 10 in. The head-to-head stats are equally close, both teams having won 22 games and there have been 17 draws. Based on this a draw seems the most likely outcome. However, although I don’t expect a hatful of goals, I’m going for a 2-1 home win with Nahki Wells scoring our winner oh and just saying, Luton have scored twice this season in the 98th minute, so at the end of the game I hope we are not eating our hats, much prefer us to be taking our hats off to NP and the team. Luton may well be forced into changes with Allan Campbell, Admiral Muskwe, Fred Onyedinma, Amari’i Bell and Jordan Clark probably rated as doubtful. Elijah Adebayo missed the Blackburn game due to illness but my have recovered enough to take part this evening. To cap it off here’s some (kind of) related quiz questions; hats off to you if you get them all right. 1 What substance is associated with the phrase ‘as mad as a hatter?’ 2 What was the name of the UK gents outfitters which started by selling hats? (It was founded in 1887 and ceased trading in 1996.) Clue, the Bristol branch is now a Costa Coffee. 3 What accent did the Mad Hatter have? 4 What hat do you associate with the comedian who was on the Board of Luton Town in the 1970’s? 5 Which sport first coined the term ‘hat trick?’ 6 What was the Luton Town record released in 1973 called? 7 Complete the following words which all start with Hat - A model of car - A tool used for chopping wood - Baby birds 8 Who wrote the song ‘You can leave your hat on?’ 9 Which sort of hat is associated with Che Guevara? 10 Panama hats are made and originated in which South American country? 11 What is the origin of the expression ‘throwing your hat in the ring?’ 12 A classic chef's hat has how many folds? Will post the answers after the game. And finally a dad joke involving a hat. I was in a bar in Texas, when a man walked in wearing a paper cowboy hat, a paper shirt, paper jeans, paper socks and paper boots. In next to no time the Sheriff burst in and arrested him for rustling. COYR!
    21 points
  28. Not sure if this has bern posted before, apologies if it has.
    20 points
  29. He’d suck his own cock if he could wouldn’t he?
    20 points
  30. I too watch Sunderland's results with interest. I supported LJ for most of his time at AG. I felt that there was a certain section of our fan base who had it in for him from day 1 and WANTED him to fail. Ultimately the football 'stagnated' and he ran out of ideas so it was right that he went - and I'm fully behind Pearson now, but I do think LJ took more than his fair share of criticism from some people. I always wondered how LJ would do if he didn't have Ashton pulling his strings with one foot on LJ's head. His current management of Sunderland gives us that picture. I'm curious to see if Sunderland will go on 'streaks' like we did. I wish LJ all the very best. I truly believe that he loves our club, having both played and managed here and I really hope he gets a decent reception when/if he returns to the away dugout.
    20 points
  31. Where is SL Don’t hear nothing of him he doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the team , has his interest of football died , if he was watching this football surely he’d see we need improving and I believe he should address players and tell them , we’re paying your wages ,play up or **** off come on Steve be a man
    19 points
  32. JOHN ATYEO HOUSE PLAQUE John’s family home was 60 High Street, Dilton Marsh, Westbury, Wilts, BA23 4DY. A wall plaque has been arranged by the Local History Society and will be unveiled on: Friday, 24th September at 6.30pm. A gathering will be held afterwards at Dilton Marsh Memorial Hall also in the High Street but BA13 4DW followed by: “JOHN ATYEO’S LIFE IN FOOTBALL” a talk by John’s biographer Tom Hopegood at 7.30pm
    18 points
  33. Gamon has a very short memory or is very young. Do you remeber the Cup run, beating Man U, giving Man C a harder game than most prem clubs do and LJ taking us to the heights of the Championship when we expected to win every game? We have gone downhill since then and no single coach, player (nor MA) is to'blame' for that. We all know SL found MA to be the first person in football he could really trust and in your personal world one should think about that. Most people on here seem happy to criticise MAand for some reason are happy to ignore and forget the good players he brought in and the great deals he did selling players for good money to fit the business model. Complaining about an ex boss at the club has become one of the biggest yawns on here. Let's get this terrible home run under NP sorted out before forgetting where we were at pressing the top of the Championshi See you tonight? CoYRS
    18 points
  34. Lovely warm applause from the City fans when he came on today.
    17 points
  35. Weimann got 2 assists which has to mean more than 5, surely. Only seen highlights but both showed class.
    17 points
  36. City second (Wells): https://streamable.com/i3r92c
    17 points
  37. Exactly….we have a system that makes us competitive. In 5 of 7 games we’ve been exactly that, if not better in some cases. Boro we were poor bar 20 minutes second half. Tonight we allowed Luton to have 3 or 4 spells where they created decent chances at will. We were still able to take a point. We actually looked pretty solid in spells, dealt with Luton’s changes second half, and almost got an undeserved 3 points. Matt Withers on twitter said perversely it was a point earned, which it was because Luton were the better side. I just don’t think we were as bad as many people made out tonight. Fans expectations of dominating games, hammering the likes of Luton, Preston, Millwall, Blackburn, etc is cloud cuckoo land. We are very much a new team, staring from a low base, and we’ve picked up 9 points from 7 games.
    17 points
  38. Don't really want Lansdown making any football decisions if I'm honest Nearly quarter of a century of under achievement tells you he knows **** all about football. Leave it to a man who knows how to run a football club. Tonight was disappointing but Nige can't legislate for a keeper who can't catch a cold.
    17 points
  39. 17 points
  40. Of course we are. We're 8 games into a three-year rebuilding project. We will be inconsistent for a while yet.
    16 points
  41. Disagree. I thought he played very well. Impressive, solid performance.
    16 points
  42. Imagine how good we’d be if Dan Bentley was good enough.
    16 points
  43. 16 points
  44. Now isn’t the time for flaky fans
    16 points
  45. I'd imagine that what he says publicly is somewhat poles apart from his private view.
    16 points
  46. I’m sorry but we are shit, really shit. When did things get this bad? As soon as LJ left.
    15 points
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