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  1. 242 points
    Hi everyone. I'm a Hungarian fan (clearly obvious from my name I suppose ), thanks for letting me join the forum. I would like You to have a little insight on Ádám, not the usual stats, etc. I don't want to convince anyone if he's a good or bad football player, just give a little deeper insight on his characteristics, something You can't know about from articles and the usual introductions. Waited for the finalisation of the transfer with this just to be sure and it will be a long read. I'll start by being very honest: he's my absolute favourite player. And that's a very rare thing in Hungary, He's not a “showman”, an enforcer or a crazy dribbler who catches the eye at first sight so everyone should make up his own mind on him after seeing a few games. He won't make the stats tops in tackles but he's very strong in interception, covering passes and a real baller DM. He's quite different from any other DMs I think that's why there are some coaches / managers who don't know what to do with him, how to use him on the pitch. When he was introduced to the first team of Ferencváros in our Cup final he was ok but nothing more to me. I watched him over and over again when he instantly became a regular starter and after about 5 games – when everyone else started to call him 'ok' – I had an epiphany. I admire his game from that moment because for me he is absolutely different from everyone else. His style, his elegance, his pace and outstanding 'football intelligence' amazes me. I was afraid that this angel-faced kid is mentally not strong enough but then I heard him giving interviews, looked up his past and relaxed. He was fired from his club at 11 because he wasn't strong or muscled enough. He wanted to finish football - which he started to play only because of the good company - but there were 2 very young coaches who saw him play. They persuaded him not to give up, it took them a few weeks' hard talk...After that he played in lower kid leagues and paralell to that futsal. Three years later the coach of Ferencváros was Bobby Davison who saw him play and offered him scolarship to a Spanish-English academy. He went to Spain for 3,5 years, amongst his coaches was the current fitness coach of Wolves and Ian Wright as well. Then he played 2 years for Ferencváros's U21 team and continued playing futsal, it defines his style. Now after 3 years in Italy he muscled up in a very athletic way, became much more forward-minded in his gameplay, but remained just as fast as before and tactically very-very disciplined. To show some aspects of his thinking and honesty I would like to quote a bit of his interview after this season. “ When Mihajlovic came in as a coach ( to replace Pippo Inzaghi) it became clear after 2-3 training sessions that he won't count with me at all. He didn't speak to me at all, we only spoke once after we defeated Crotia in the qualifiers, then he congratulated me and that was all of our interaction in the 5 months. But it didn't mean that I can relax in trainings or skip them just because I knew I won't play no matter what. I was first in, last out; always try being the fastest and hardest working because in these situations You have to do Your best so Your teammates, club and country could do their best as well. And I don't like whining either, these things happen in football, still You have to do Your best in trainings.” So it's not really that he “doesn't find his place and all these sorts of stupid things: the same thing happened in the national team as well; Leekens said he don't know how to use him, then now Rossi says he's irreplaceable for him. Regarding his fitness and pace: for stat fans I can only say that in his last 4 EC qualifiers he ran 13 kms / per game and 70% (!!!) of this was at sprinting speed. He's not a sprinter, but he runs constantly very fast and a lot. He came 2nd in the last Serie A year in ground covered with 11,7 kms / 90 mins. He loves running and he's genetically very-very good at it. In mentality he's very different from players at his age or younger. He's old school, gives the outmost respect to the older players, his coaches and an extreme hard worker. Thomas Doll, the former Lazio player was his coach here, he said about him: “ You put him in the training ground, don't look at him for a week and he'd do 120 % of the work and knows everything about the weekend tactics”. He's also very honest and loyal: for him being a foreign player only means more respect for club, country and fans. Once he chooses the club then it becomes “we” and beware everyone who wants to hurt his club. He doesn't need constant media attention,not a poser; You won't spend hours watching his instagram as he puts like 1 picture on it per every 2-3 months... So with my knowledge and study on him I can say that he might looks like a little, mostly sad boy it is all part of his act, he's the angel-faced devil if You ask me. When the big guys put fierce tackles in to stamp authority he plays mind games there on the pitch, like he's playing rapid chess games throughout the game. He speaks 3 languages fluently: English, Spanish, Italian and also basic Portuguese. He definitely won't get homesick as he spent half of his footballer life abroad. Last but not least: all pronounciaton You heard is false. Trick is in the “gy” at the end. The closest is like You say Nadja without the “a” in the end.
  2. 155 points
    Pics of the card. Taken 4 days to put it all together. Hope I’ve done you all justice. Will get it over to Benik as soon as I can. Social media gets a lot of bad press, but it also does stuff like this, which some would do well to remember.
  3. 148 points
    Truly today must be our 'finest hour'. I learn today that Weimann should not be on the pitch and Fammy is actually the problem in our team. Meanwhile signing a truly mega exciting player age 18 with Champions League experience from a major European club is questioned as worryingly too much money and a big gamble- then largely glossed over on our forum because it's just not enough or the right position . Un-####in believable !! ( Welcome Han-Noah - I will cheer you at every touch) Signing a goal keeper with the pedigree of Dan Bentley, Making our Chelsea loans of Kallas, DaSilva and Palmer permanent for mega millions. Boom. Signing a very exciting player from Benfica ( Benfica FFS!) who gave one of the best messages about joining BCFC that I have ever read- but no, it's irrelevant because it's nothing compared to an unknown Arse second string player who may or may not condescend to play for our great club. And people are making it out to be the end of the world???? We have a chance of signing a great quality Hungarian International and who knows who else?. Meanwhile-loads of spoilt school children think that SL or MA or more stupidly Lee Johnson only had one single striker target in Eddie whatshisface whose Club has made it clear of no guarantees of him going anywhere. So really??? In a market where virtually every single club in Europe- no, the world, wants a striker who can get goals and our fans believe club's will obviously sell to BCFC? - you silly silly children. There will be a Plan B even if it's not the one fans dreamt of. So- just to sum up what has been the most unappreciative day in OTIB history - we've made some cracking signings and cracking sales. We are doing stuff that I never dreamt possible because I saw my Club almost disappear in 1982, I stood on the terraces of Trumpton when we lost the title and when the Green'un announced yet another pointless journeyman signing for us in order to join a team of journeymen not playing for us. Same old same old for decades. I'm actually in heaven about what's now going on at BCFC, so grateful to SL and pretty much laugh at a 50± page thread of hysteria about a player that 99.9% of posters have never seen play, can't spell and can't pronounce. And the funniest thing that it's always the same group of posters who never believe( I'll be reminding you later in the season, boys) because they always criticise and unless we are guaranteed the Prem - they'll keep on being pretend supporters. If we get to the play-offs we'll have done well- actually,brilliantly in a tough tough League but I just don't get how people are just not able to see how far we've come and how far we can still go. COYR
  4. 104 points
    Haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere and thought it deserved a thread. A couple of days ago, a young Peterborough fan made a post on social media suggesting that he was imminently going to take his own life. Sam sent the guy his personal phone number via message and told him to call him whenever he needed to talk. And today he met up with the lad for a coffee and a chat. Class young man.
  5. 102 points
    Many apologies for posting something which is another (to add to all the others) negative perspective on my beloved BCFC. I have been supporting them now 62 years, so I do have a bit of a history, but I have rarely felt so low and disillusioned as at present. In recent times we have been so full of hope and promise - the wonderful title winning season, the new ground completed, new income streams, new strategy for youth development, beating all and sundry in the Premier and, yes, year on year progress in the Championship - until now I fear. I do hope I am wrong and my low state is just a mid season blip but much evidence I feel points to the club having gone off the rails after those glorious moments up until mid season a couple of seasons ago. Since then for some strange reason the football has regressed from high press, energetic and exciting football to dour safety first grinding out of results - of course there have been exceptions but this season has been a real struggle to get excited by even in the heady days of only a few weeks ago. How many were really enjoying our football? How many really felt we deserved the lofty league position when we were in touch with the top two? How many believe we are showing signs our position was a false one. Yes we are only a few points off the top six, yes - many are saying this or that signing will kick start our season. We have however reached such a point, in my view, that we are now looking or need to sign players all over the pitch whilst at the same time saying we have our strongest ever squad. No one, not even the Head Coach seems to have a clue what our best eleven are, what our game plan is, is it more about matching opponents rather than stamping our plan, our skills on fearful opposition, where are our strengths? The squad is the most bloated ever, it is the most expensive ever gathered at one time, it has promised so much and certainly at present indicates it will achieve little. We have a very inexperienced coaching squad and an innovative chief coach who are not it seems using the players in a positive focused way. We have very good expensive players losing confidence, we have a number of very expensive poor players or so they have seemed worth only a fraction paid for them. We have good players brought into the squad and not given a good enough run to deliver their true value - mainly because the squad is so big too many have to be given an outing. No worker wants to feel they are a highly valued recruit to watch what goes on in the office. Who wouldn't get disillusioned. It seems we have a great squad losing its way. In the early part of the season we were grinding out results but our optimism that it could only get better as our most potentially exciting players returned mid season from serious injuries. What is unfolding is that now we have a fully fit squad, results and more seriously performances have plummete like a stone with shocking football, it seems poor attitude and or confidence. To be outplayed as we have been in the last few games, to play, generally, poorly at home with drab football has knocked the confidence, enthusiasm and excitement yet again of this crazy long suffering supporter. So seriously at this point in time considering not renewing my season ticket. Who in their right mind believes we are anywhere near gathering a squad capable of getting to the premier and staying there - how many of us thought we were getting close to that mid winter a couple of seasons ago. Since that time we have enjoyed great wealth, relatively, and our football has just gone into reverse. Again I acknowledge we were well positioned only a few weeks ago, we are only a few points of a play off place. We clearly should, without any god given right, be comfortably at the top of the chasing pack. The last five or six games suggests we are to fall further. We need consistency, a plan, to be more assertive and aggressive, have stability within the first team. We, the supporters, need to maintain our confidence, our excitement, our desire to get down the gate and expect to see quality top of the table performances - much more than we are getting at present. Yet again it feels we need to regroup, review and refresh the plan and yet again be renewal planning for next year. Sorry about emotional night time ramblings but I know I am not alone. I don't know how many feel as I do but becoming a stable premier team, so long overdue for Bristol, is still many years away under the current club direction. So hope I am completely wrong and a new signing spreads confidence throughout the club and we start getting excited about the playoffs again.
  6. 101 points
    Not sure many on here would have known my dad, who passed away on the weekend at 82 years old, but nevertheless thought I’d share some City related memories. Charlie James – or Charlie Boy, as he called himself – lived during his childhood at Exeter Road, Southville, and spent a significant part of his time socialising in South Bristol where he lived most of his life. Dad was a City loyal. He often spoke about players from the early 50’s like Mike Thresher, Tony Cook and Alec Eisentrager, as well as the FA Cup game against Blackpool in 1959 which saw Sir Stanley Matthews play in front of 43,000 at Ashton Gate. Apparently Matthews didn’t get much change out of Thresher, who was one of the hardest nuts ever to wear a Bristol City shirt. Dad took me to my first game at Ashton Gate as a 5 year old in 1967, a 0-0 draw against Middlesboro, where I remember being sat on the wall at the front of the old Park End with other young kids. Mostly after that we were East Enders, he’d sit me on a stanchion and hold me there for the duration of the game, another earliest memory was a 6-0 win against Blackburn. Another memory was home to Hull on a wet and windy night in 1972 when Ray Cashley punted from his penalty area, the ball bounced deep into the opposition half and sailed over Jeff Wealands for what I had previously thought impossible, a goalkeeper scoring. In the early 70’s, I think my dad’s little business took off enough so he could afford season tickets in the old Grandstand, where we sat with his cousin Pete Scragg, Bob Hunt, Brian Harding, my uncle Roger and a scouser mate of my dads, Chris Ashcroft, who had moved to Bristol and was an Everton fan. One of City’s first games back in the old First Division in 1976 was away to Everton, so we travelled to the game and stayed at Chris’ relatives house overnight after the game and went to a few Liverpool pubs, which at the time felt like being in a different country. City lost the game 2-0. After each home game, we’d go into the Supporters Club, which in those days was under the grandstand, where most of the players would come in for a drink and a chat. Dad was a drinker, night owl and sociable person, to say the least, and became quite friendly for a while with Roy Ashton, who was a big City fan and ran the Nelson (later the Fusells and now the Assembly Rooms) in East Street. A lot of the City players of the time got in there, that was the era of Gerry Gow and the other heros of the mid 70’s, and dad got to know a few of the players, mainly the drinkers which back then was most of them, through that. Dad was also friendly with a great City player from the 60’s Alan Williams, like my dad a social butterfly at the time who went on to run the Miners in Farrington Gurney and the White Horse in West Street. “Willie” was also a very nice man, sadly also no longer with us. Sadly his pubs aren’t either. Dad had distant family relationships through marriage with David Russe who was briefly Chairman during the 90’s, and Angus who is also well known for Bristol City reasons, both like him passionate City fans. My wifes dad Phil Coggins, played a few games for City in the 1950’s, and they would occasionally share memories about friends and players from their generation. Some stand out away games with dad in my early days were Leeds 1974 and Coventry 1977. Anyone like me at both of those games as a kid would probably agree that they were the most special games ever. Leeds 1974 was an FA Cup 5th round replay and they were unbeaten all season. We drew the first game 1-1 at Ashton Gate and I can recall hugging my dad with sheer joy when Keith Fear lobbed Gary Sprake for the equaliser. It was the time of the miners strike and so no floodlights for the replay hence a Tuesday 1.30 kick off. No all-ticket in those days, they just played the game the week after the first one and you just turned up. So for that game 49,000 did, and as we arrived shortly before kick off I can remember the turnstiles to the terraces were locked, and me and my dad running around the stadium to bag the last few seating tickets for us, my uncle and sister. Not sure how many were locked out, but I can recall looking down from the rear of the stand where we were sat and seeing loads of lads on top of the roofs of the stands at each end, and the amazing moment when Donnie Gillies scored what turned out to be the only goal and winner. Liverpool visited Ashton Gate for the Quarter Finals but I think it was Keegan that saw us off and after the previous cup game it was an anti climax. Coventry May 1977 followed the game at Ashton Gate against champions of Europe, Liverpool, who we beat 2-0 to give us a chance of staying up. The infamous 2-2 draw at Coventry on a Thursday night had been preceded by an evacuation of South Bristol as City must have had what seemed like almost half the crowd of 38,000 and the draw kept both clubs in the First Division at the expense of Sunderland, a surreal experience capped off by a celebratory return journey preceded by a pub stop and continued with dad’s mate Brian producing a bottle of whiskey and literally drink driving all the way home. City had been promoted to Division One in 1975/76 but another memorable away game was Southampton the previous season, March 1975 the terraces were packed with City fans including me and my dad, City won 1-0 and we thought we were going up, only for City to blow it with a home defeat to Norwich on Easter Friday and a home draw against Rovers the following Tuesday, another game incidentally where in addition to the 30,000 crowd that night at least hundreds were locked out. An away game on a Tuesday night at West Brom in March 1976 also stands out, we were rivals for promotion, I got picked up from school by dad and his mates in a mini bus. West Brom battered us but we had taken a 1-0 lead through a goal from an unlikely source, think it may have been Gerry Sweeney, and we held on and that was the point where dad believed that after 65 years we were finally going back to the top division. When I was about 10 or 11, dad took me and a mate to Eastville for a GFA trophy game. On the way into the ground, he spotted a City fan with blood streaming from his nose, and a bigger Rovers bully trying to wrestle the lad’s red and white scarf away from him. Dad was a passive man but I can recall his anger and words “give the kid his scarf back” as he gave the Rovers lad a couple of hard kicks who ran away with a deserved look of fright across his face. But it wasn’t because the victim was a City fan; dad would have done the same had it been a City bully doing the same. Back in the 50’s it was common for City and Rovers fans to attend Ashton Gate and Eastville alternately. Not sure dad ever did that, but I do recall we went to Eastville on a couple of occasions when Rovers had a cup run in the early 70’s, against Ipswich and then Southampton; my main memory being the Southampton fans invading and running the length of the pitch in an attempt to take the Tote End where we were stood, and particularly a Southampton lad using a corner flag as a spear to throw into the Tote Enders. In my teens, late 70’s early 80’s, I started playing local football, but dad continued his season tickets with his mates, and I would attend whenever not playing, but by now in the East End with mine. At some time during the slide through the divisions my dad and his mates gave up their season tickets, and he would go as and when, but after a while he started going more regularly again with a different group of mates. That must have been around 1989 by which time City were back in the old Third Division having got out of the Fourth, because I recall being in the Supporters Club with dad and his mates after a game when the Liverpool disaster at Hillsborough started coming through on the TV news. My dads mate Dave Bright, also sadly no longer with us, became a member of what was called the 51 Club, which was basically a club in the Grandstand for those with aspirations of becoming directors and I can recall going with dad on some 51 Club away executive type coach trips, which were a feast of booze and food followed by the game itself, West Ham and Forest spring to mind. Home games during this period were often followed by a session at a drinking den at Whitchurch, the Little Thatch, now a travesty of semi detached houses. Then of course there was the FA Cup win at Liverpool in 1994, by then I had been regularly travelling away with mates whenever possible when we weren’t playing, so usually Tuesday nights at Mansfield or wherever, but for that one went with my dad and his mates. The atmosphere in the Liverpool pubs was electric, City had taken over the place, both me and my dad bumped into many other mates, I can recall seeing in one pub a great character and mate Dave Rich. The sight of City filling the entire away end and around into the adjacent stand, Brian Tinnion’s goal, plus the memory of the Kop applauding our team and us City fans after the game is something I will never forget. For some reason, not long after that, my dad’s mates stopped going, so I decided to buy season tickets for him and our family, juggling playing football for a few last seasons with attending Ashton Gate whenever possible, and for the past at least 20 years we have all had the same 7 or 8 seats in the Dolman. Each home game usually followed by a few pints, to begin with in the Luckwell but for the past few years the Hen & Chicken. In a token concession to my liver, I don’t generally drink before a home game, but dad did and so he would go early with our mate Austin, my brother-in-law Karl and a few others for a couple of pre-match in the Coopers. A number of years ago I started running a coach to one City away game each season, drunken trips which started with a 20 seater then a 50 seater as more wanted to come, but dad always said the best trip, don’t know why, was the first one, at Port Vale in I think 2006. The season before last, dad stopped going to some games when it was colder, the first one he missed was the Man Utd game in 2017. I was abroad at the time, but was gutted for him that he didn’t get to go to the game either. If I’d been home I’d have made sure he got to Ashton Gate but anyway after that dad started missing other games and then more and more, until finally he wouldn’t go in the winter months at all. I managed to hire one of the exec boxes in the Lansdown from a mate for him and family for the Wolves FA Cup game in February, so we sat in there before the game and he was able to sit outside long enough to watch the game, wearing as he always did his red and white City hat. That turned out to be his final game, I tried desperately hard to get him out of hospital and along to the Derby game in April, but he just wasn’t up to it and all I could feel was sadness as dad spoke to me about what a big crowd and great atmosphere it was going to be. I hope those I’ve named are ok with it, they were all just some of those with Bristol City connections that were a part of my dads action packed life. Cheers and thanks dad, great City memories and I will miss you so much.
  7. 95 points
    Allow me to introduce Bristol’s newest football team : Bristol Sands Utd FC Made up of blokes and their families who’ve suffered the devasting impact of babyloss, Bristol Sands Utd FC has been set up by one the committee members of Bristol Sands - the Stillbirth and Neo-Natal Death Society - to try and reach out to guys who find it hard to talk about their experience in a more formal setting. Using football and shared experiences to break down barriers we hope to get men talking about babyloss and the impact it has had on them. Statistically there will be plenty of guys on here who have been through this, myself included. Our daughter, Elizabeth, was born sleeping in March 2012. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about her and only yesterday I ran the Bristol 10k to raise funds for Bristol Sands. So. If you’re a bereaved parent, or your close family have been affected too, and you fancy a kickabout with others who just understand, feel free to get in touch. PM more for more details. Here’s a few links to give you some more info about the football team, Bristol Sands and our fundraising efforts https://m.facebook.com/sandsunitedbristolfc/ https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/my-world-crumbled--men-2695048 http://bristol.sands.org.uk/ https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/reg-coombs
  8. 90 points
    So, after 45 games we’re still in the mix with something to play for. Boro have to win because of GD, Derby have to get something from a tough assignment. It’s still possible. But whatever happens, the fullest of credit to the team and management. We’ve been through a GK crisis, a spate of terrible decisions and some godawful home form - yet we’re here and have a shout still. We could finish on 72 and miss out - and anyone would have taken 72 at season start. I’m still calling it. It’s still on. But if it doesn’t happen, we can all be exceptionally proud of our club
  9. 88 points
    Dan Bentley does his usual one v one save at a crucial time, and now we barely notice it. It is almost to be expected. What a signing this giant has been. Cheers, Dan cheers mate you really are fantastic.
  10. 86 points
    Several months ago I reported on here about how the Frame Footballers of Bristol had had their funding stopped by the FA primarily because they weren't involved in competitions, particularly international competitions, from which the FA could derive kudos. The organiser, Nick Dewfall of 2nd Chance FC, stated that it was a triumph in itself to get these children with walking difficulties to turn up, let alone play in competitions. I am chuffed to inform you, that Bristol City have stepped in and have attended some of the sessions and provided kit etc. The media team from City will be at the Frame Football tomorrow to help with giving this noble cause some publicity. So well done to Sam, the City disability development officer, and thanks to all those at Bristol City for stepping in when the FA stopped their funding.
  11. 82 points
    Takes a lot to come back to your parent club that deemed you surplus to requirements 5 months ago and hit the ground running, inspiring us to victory in recent performances. Has been criticized on here, sometimes rightly, however think we should appreciate how professional the bloke has been. I for one would love to see him continue his form for the rest of the season and fire us to the play offs. Keep it up Pato!
  12. 81 points
    Bringing on the most inexperienced kid on biggest game of season. This is why we tire of getting behind the club. Sick of fans saying get behind the team. People do that every game every year and city in return give you nothing.if you pay your money you have every right to do what you want so fair play to those that leave early.#johnson still out
  13. 80 points
    As most of you will know, I'm a fan of Lee Johnson, but, today I've got to say my confidence was a little bit rocked. Yes, I've got strong opinions, but I'm also not arrogant enough to have my opinion swayed, changed or debated. Lets take a step back for a second, which I know will be hard, especially if you have just witnessed that complete shower. Now, what Lee Johnson has done for this club over the years is far bigger than these last 6 games. It really is. He's turned this football club into a well run, respected and rated football club within English football (and outside). Little old "Brizzle" was nowhere to be seen on the footballing spectrum. Ironically, the only reason we are having these sorts of discussions is a testament to how far he has taken us! A few seasons ago, we were counting down the points until we reached the magical 50 mark. This leads me on to my point. Without Lee and the rest of his staff, we as a football club wouldn't be in this position. We wouldn't, I think we can all agree on that. I'm not just talking about the team, I'm talking about technology, scouting methods, ethos. There is so much more to being a manager than simply picking a starting 11. What I'm trying to say is, I'm shocked at the simple lack of respect that is being shown by some of our supporters towards someone who has taken this club and pushed it forward to a new level. A level, where we aren't happy unless we are sat within the playoffs. Just let that sink in a second. He's taken us to a position where we feel we have the god given right to be there. He has taken us to a place where we are shouting vitriol at someone who has set our exceptions so high, that we must compete with teams who have 10x the spending power. Is he the man to take us to that next level, who knows, but one thing I am god damn sure of is, he deserves our RESPECT. The guy deserve this window. He deserves to get until the end of the season and then we can reevaluate. SL himself has said he wants progression, so lets give the LJ one last push of support, because he f**cking deserves it.
  14. 78 points
    This guy works his bollocks off without any support or any player within twenty yards of him for over a year. Then we sign Afobe. And Johnson immediately plays a striker alongside him. I am sick and ****ing tired of the abuse he gets He has become my favourite player. Not because I can see what he brings to the table when other embarrassingly thick "supporters" can't. But because of the disgraceful, vitriolic and unjustified abuse he gets. And for what? Sacrificing his best game for the 'good' of a club under a manager's instructions. I hope he gets a shedload
  15. 76 points
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  17. 74 points
    SUMMARY. LJ has spent the last few days having one-on-ones and reviewing the season with individuals. Has had 45 one-on-ones with what sounded like the whole football club. Recruitment; stressed they are looking at all positions all the time, and would not say explicitly that we did need a striker, despite Geoff pushing him hard to say that. As usual the club is looking at character when they recruit. LJ pointed out that we needed to fill left back slot because only Cameron Pring is a left back at the club. There have been relaxed discussions with JDS, and City have made him an offer, but LJ does not want to force the issue. JDS is ambitious, has received a good offer from the club, and is thinking about it. The ball is in his court. No decision imminent because JDS is off captaining the England U21s. Sounds like the only issue is whether JDS accepts City's financial offer. LJ stressed how much of a blow Korey Smith's injuries were this season. Other clubs now believe BCFC can get promotion, so that helps when you are signing players because you can use a promotion clause to get the fee lower. LJ is painfully aware we haven't scored enough goals at home, owing to the respect other teams show us when they come to Ashton Gate. Says up to the box we have been consistent, but not good enough in the box at home. He says it is difficult when teams come for a draw, and that we have had 99 golden chances in front of goal, but only taken 35. We have hit the woodwork 19 times. LJ says he likes an unchanged side ideally, and when you pick a team you only have to pick it to get to half time. He said that as a lot of our players are under 23, that comes with inconsistency. Said that Nicolas Eliasson is "one minute the best player on the pitch, then next minute he goes mission." But he is not afraid to take someone off because you can always put your arm around them after the match. Semenyo. He needs work, because he has never scored a goal in the box in his career. "Physically he is a beast." Famara. Says he needs to be on the move more, so that he can get a cross out of a wideman with his movement, like Beckham-Van Nistelroy. Eisa. We have had a few bids for Eisa, but we do believe in him. LJ stressed what a big jump the level was for him, and seemed fairly clear that he was not ready yet. There have been offers, and that could be from SPL/League One/Championship/abroad. He will sit down with him this summer, and he could easily go out on loan. Says he has improved, though, but the Championship is "a big old level". Vyner and Moore. Decisions have to be made about them. Because you have to be a Premier League standard player to play for BCFC, since to get promoted you need five or six of them and this is the fifth best league in the world. The usual story about they have to compete, and we will see how they are doing in pre-season. Reading between the lines you get the feeling LJ is dubious about them, but he did stress that you have to leave the pathway open for these guys, and they can surprise you in pre-season, particularly if they put on 3kg of muscle. He mentioned Rory Holden on loan at Rochdale, who is 21 but with the physique of an 18 year old. Kalas - Difficult to talk about. A host of clubs after him, and he will not come cheap. We are looking to sign him. Hopeful but it will be tough. Lloyd Kelly. When asked whether 13 million was correct LJ said he did not know (come on, Lee!) but said it was a record sale, which surely is him saying it is above the 15 million for Kodja, even if we never got those add ons. He points out that LK is going from an U23 contract to a Premier League wage. LJ sounded very disappointed to lose him and lose the opportunity to carry on working with him. Repeated he is a centre half. Physically a late developer. Clever from Bournemouth to go early and buy him, and LJ seems to think the bigger clubs were interested but will now watch him at Bournemouth. LJ assumes there is a sell on because Mark Ashton is good at his job. Thinks Bournemouth is good for Lloyd because he will get games. Says that it was Lloyd's England performances that got the top clubs interested. Said that at times this season he had to put his arm around him, and at other times he needed a kick up the backside, and that Lloyd is intelligent and over-thinks things, which creates its own problems. Oh yes, Lloyd has a new girlfriend, and is punching above his weight. Geoff Twentyman said that Aidy Boothroyd told him that at an England training session they were practising diagonal cross field passes, and Lloyd, with little backlift, instantly pinged an 80 yard ball from left to right and the right winger on the end of it did not have to break stride. There were Premier League players there who were impressed. Joe Morrell. "I was thinking about releasing him, but I forced my dad to take him for free and it worked well, he is a great lad, a proper footballer and we plan to loan him out again. I believe he can play at Championship level, but we have had 4 or 5 offers at League 1 level.@ Walsh. LJ praised his talent, and said that he can pass a ball with backspin and topspin and all kinds of spin, but said he needs 40 games, either for City or for somebody else, plus some home truths, and a good pre-season, and I hope he can produce what we are after. Sounded less than impressed with him. Callum O'Dowda. LJ sounded very frustrated and disappointed when talking about Callum. Says after his injury he did not want to play because he did not feel 100%, but with knee ligaments you don't get 100% fitness, and you have to play through them a bit. COD made a wage demand of the club in negotiations, and the club eventually agreed, and then COD said no to his own demands, so LJ said someone has got into his head. Stressed he liked COD, and wants him to sign, but has to be professional and do what is right for the club. Really sounds like a lot of tension and ill-feeling between the two of them. How does LJ relax? He doesn't, but he is highly motivated and does not feel tired or exhausted. SL ordered Mrs Johnson to put Lee's phone in a safe for five days on their holiday recently. Next season. He wants promotion but obviously cannot guarantee it. Said finishing 7th is not progression. (that's a relief) Progression is top 6. Said if we make enough right decisions promotion will come to us. Future at BCFC. Says he is committed to the club and the project. Has no roving eye. Does not court the media. Does not go on "The Debate" on Sky Sports, even though he is often asked. They were supposed to speak about a new contract last week, but he was in Portugal and SL was not in England. LJ does not use agents, and negotiates face to face. LJ squashed Geoff's suggestion that LJ will make demands about transfer money to be made available. The usual PR about the club and the long-term project and the good working relationship SL, MA, and LJ have.
  18. 73 points
    Just looking again at last night’s match thread and the en-mass overreaction to the performance, “Johnson out” calls and generally ridiculous statements about how terrible we are and how we’ll never achieve anything. I’ll start by saying I agree about the performance. While I don’t believe we should assume to best anyone in this division - especially this division! - we should of course have seen the game out. We played poorly throughout and our game management was poor. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - some people really need to find some perspective on where we are as a club, how far we’ve come, and what we might still achieve. Only six years ago we tumbled out of this division and our club was an absolute shambles. Just over four years ago we were still playing in the third tier. For five consecutive seasons now we have improved our league position - the only team in the entire football league who can claim this. All the while working with a midtable budget and selling our better players to balance the books. Oh, and we also rebuilt our stadium. Today we are 5th in the Championship. Yes, we might drop down today. But we have lost twice in 15 games. All this despite injuries to Nagy, Smith, Afobe, Kalas and Dasilva. All first team starters. Last night we were also without Famara. Any side - particularly one in the second tier - would miss that much quality. It is remarkable that we are where we are without them. Its also ridiculous to say that if we don’t beat Barnsley how can we hope to finish in the top six. It simply doesn’t work like that. Throughout a 46 game season you will win games you don’t expect to and lose games you don’t expect to. Our performance level will vary. The same goes for all teams. I’m not pretending everything is perfect. Clearly recent performances have been disappointing. We are not entertaining enough at home. But look at that quality we have to come back in, and look where we are. Things have been an awful lot worse.
  19. 69 points
    I bumped into josh in Cabot circus the day after the Millwall game and we had a chat . Coincidentally my son was mascot the following game vs Blackburn - I explained to josh that he was very nervous and suffered with anxiety . Josh made a call there and then into the club - when we got to the ground the staff all knew about my son and said he would be walking out first with him . Something he was over the moon with . I could see on the big screens of Josh chatting with him - my son said he was really kind and talked to him about various things. I didn’t ask for any of that to happen - but the fact it did has made memories for my son and I for the rest of our lives . Thanks Josh - a truly amazing thing to have done .
  20. 69 points
    Not sure if it’s been mentioned elsewhere but feel the magnificent support today is worthy of mention. I took a non City fan and he was hugely impressed with how the fans supported the team and the atmosphere created. He asked at half time whether the fans would keep up the level of support if we went behind. Well he certainly got his answer. The fans stayed with the team right to the finish. What a moving moment with that young Blues mascot getting great applause and a big cheer from the City fans and giving a thumbs up. Not ashamed to say that brought a tear to my eye. Extra proud to be a City fan today - well done lads and lasses.
  21. 69 points
    And me too. Have a lovely memory of TC from a year earlier I think. We all remember how he brought the club through times of hardship and back almost single handedly. Well some may remember that he said at one point that his office was open to any fan at any time. I was working at Eagle House Youth Centre and being cynical thought I would test him out. The next day I phoned the ground to complain that no Bristol City player had been seen in Knowle West for a long time and how they should send a player to coach our kids. To my great surprise I was put straight through to Terry. “Eh lad what can I do for you” like he was talking to one of his players. He quickly agreed to send a player to us and asked if there was anything else that I would like. I told him a stadium tour for my boys would be good and he said “hang on I will find out who the guy is to speak to about that.” After a fairly lengthy pause he came back to the phone and said “well apparently you’re speaking to the man that organises the tours”. He called me back later on having arranged the tour and asked me if I could pop down the ground the next evening to pick up a player and take him to meet the boys. Next day I went down and David Moyes literally having just signed for us that day was waiting, as he was once a week from then on. What times they were Terry Cooper an absolute legend and Moysie who was inspirational to a bunch of young Knowle Westers’.
  22. 68 points
    Absolutely superb today. Apart from the poor finish with his head first half. Not seen him play so well at home all season. Won most balls and held it up well. Passed it well and even went on some runs with the ball. What a handful. MOTM
  23. 67 points
    On the day that we gave a debut to an expensive new striker, City’s established frontman Famara Diedhiou, so often the source of dismissal and ridicule from fans who barely set foot anywhere but Ashton Gate, produced not only his best performance under Lee Johnson, but perhaps the most complete forward contribution City has seen for a generation. For 90 minutes the Senegalese would not be knocked off the ball, QPR could not get close to him, and as well as drifting off his markers to power a first half header past the hosts keeper, he also reproduced Nicky Maynard’s insane overhead kick from a far harder location, then finally sprinted back to head an 89th minute equaliser away at the far post. It is no exaggeration to say that Diedhiou secured City not only the lead, but the three points - in a fixture where he was simply the best player on the pitch: a striker that lead the line, imperiously maintained possession, but somehow roared back into the backline to defend corners and (impossibly) in the final stages head off the line when others were lost. City are in form and they came flying out of the traps as they did at Reading on Tuesday - in fact it was a carbon copy of the Madejski Stadium as Diedhiou marauded from the left wing channel and exchanged passes with Paterson before cutting inside and curling an early tester at the Rangers keeper which was well held as it arced towards the top corner. QPR were having to bundle into Eliasson and others to curtail City’s early purpose and after 7 minutes Ashley Williams took a free kick from the halfway line into the box which was half cleared, but Paterson collected, fed the irrepressible Diedhiou who easily skipped past a defender and forced the keeper to save down low. So far all City - QPR non-existent. On 15 Paterson did well to intercept in his own half and send Weimann away, and when the Austrian miscued, determined City recycled possession quickly and Hunt at right back turned his opposite number brilliantly to break, hooking a long distance cross which saw Diedhiou roar into space to prepare an unmarked diving header into the bottom corner. A stunning lead for City and comfortably deserved as the only side showing any ability to threaten. It could have been more - at the midway point of the half Hunt scooped in for a rusty Massengo whose cross was half cleared, but from Eliasson’s follow up Dasivla retained possession and slammed a rising shot at goal that was desperately deflected wide. Direct City had the better of the chances but not the possession, and despite QPR rallying, on the half hour centre back Williams lifted a long ball over the home defence to where Diedhiou drifted off the shoulder of the last man and let the ball drop to fire a stunning - but technically tough - first time volley which rose over the crossbar and into the crowd. QPR had probed with slick passing and interplay but off the ball Johnson’s men had been brilliantly compact and unplayable - causing the hosts to exert energy without chances. But before the break Baker slipped on halfway and right winger Osayi-Samuel ran on, laid the ball into the path of Jordan Hugill, whose early angled shot sailed over the far post. City went in at half time rightly - and comfortably - ahead, but the second period saw the Londoners move the ball quicker and more directly as the whole balance of the match changed to favour the hosts. Although in minutes star man Eberechi Eze cut a frustrated figure as again he collected a ball in space but his pot shot from range was well wide. The second period was more scrappy as Johnson’s side highlighted their ability to simply absorb and repel pressure, but right winger Osayi-Samuel - incredibly raw with propensity to simply dribble out of bounds - also got to the byline and cut back dangerously, indeed when City turned behind for a corner, on the hour Hugill’s header was blockd point blank. City sent on new signing Nahki Wells for Paterson, and then Pedro Perreira for the injured Jack Hunt - who once again showed Loftus Road is where he plays his best football - and it was the debutant who almost doubled City’s advantage, Weimann’s throw in lifted over the top by Massengo and Wells sprinting clear to glance a header on the turn just over. A minute later Diedhiou underlined a faultless display as Pereira threw in from the right, and 10 yards out and wide, the City top scorer watched the ball drop, held off a defender, flicked it up into the air, then executed a flawless bicycle kick from an acute angle which was tipped away near post . Maynard’s famous goal in W12, but from an improbable angle. City were not finished and a throw in on the left inside the last 20 minutes saw the irrepressible Diedhiou muscle clear with defenders hanging off him, powering into the box before seeing his shot - under a lot of pressure from retreating defenders - easily held by the hosts keeper at the near post. This was simply a tour-de-force from the underrated striker. By now QPR had found their range and were blitzing their visitors when in possession, in growing expectation of an equaliser, indeed Oseyi-Samuel, occasionally careless, was now proving a nuisance or Dasilva and regularly getting to the byline in City’s box before cutting back and hoping for a finish - thanks to Baker and Williams no such finish was possible. In the last ten minutes on 82 the classy Eze swept a long cross into the back post which striker Hugill met and forced Nathan Bentley to brilliantly tip wide. And then finally - and perhaps fittingly - in a last 10 minute assault on City’s goal, before injury time Diedhiou, already racing back repeatedly to help City, headed away a certain goal at the back post. For five painful minutes added on, QPR - dominant in possession but nowhere close to City on quality of chances or shots on target - would bombard the visitors box: occasionally aided by a remarkably lenient referee who insisted on booking no one despite the hosts continually hacking down City breaks, and yet carding manager Johnson late for protesting. In the end the match was won as it was at Reading, and so often away from home last season - by sheer will to win and organisation at the back, Baker and Williams putting their bodies on the line to clear any ball thrown at then, while their teammates also capped a flawless display of organisation and compact shape, by stalling every last QPR attack. Bentley 7 A couple of fantastic saves at the end - and again his reaction at the end shows how much he wants it Hunt 7 Like the cup game in August, loves playing here, was a threat all first half and setup our winning goal Dasilva 7 Some brilliant interceptions on the run and always busy but got Oseyi-Samuel beat him more late on Baker 8 Threw himself at and won everything he could - one mistake late in the first half but otherwise perfect Williams 9 Actually was perfect, think we take him for granted too much, tidies up with such class it’s ridiculous Smith 8 Possibly a 9 - City didn’t own midfield but Korey regularly turned markers and kept possession - classy Massengo 6 Looked rusty, gave it away cheaply 2-3 times in the first half. Always energetic but not strong enough Eliasson 8 A nuisance, was sure he would create another goal, as it was deserves credit for being solid throughout Paterson 7 Link up early was a feature of how dangerous Diedhiou was - but quickly faded in the second half Weimann 6 Yet again lots of energy but not really on the wavelength of teammates, not the same level of threat Diedhiou 10 His best ever, not sure how you sum it up, unplayable centre forward who was best on pitch at both ends Wells 5 Bar early headed chance an odd debut, either too keen or doing QPR a favour: gave them free kick after free kick Pereira 6 A little raw replacing the injured Hunt but settled and made some important later interventions in midfield Rowe 6 Came on too late to really rate, but certainly part of a team full of character that were never going to surrender
  24. 66 points
    Currently out of work and spending some quality time with my young son, but time to start getting some feelers out there, so been getting the CV out to see what is going on Yesterday morning I had a missed call from a Leicester number and a message from Tony at ATA Recruitment to give him a call. Never heard of them before, so googled them and they had a useful 'meet the team' page on their website. Tony looks very much like the Tony Thorpe. So give him a call back, little chat about the situation then I ask the question, and it's the man himself Great guy and remembers his time here with great affection. Also described his spell at Swindon as his worst time in the game! Had a follow up conversation this afternoon and another little chat. Still good mates with Scott Murray and Louis Carey and gets down a couple of times a season. I said that he's remembered fondly by the fans, suspect the winner against the Blue Few in the Christmas game helps, and the lightning quick opening day hat trick at Northampton are the highlights Anyway, ex player so of no interest to some (keep the comments to yourself if so ) but thought I'd mention it to anyone else who remembers him in the same way I do If he gets me the dream job then he'll be even more of a legend in my eyes!
  25. 65 points
    Would be a shame if he retires. I know there's this whole Pantomime villain dislike between him and Bristol City (which is a well rehearsed act to divert attention away from his players), but he's a real character and a good man too. His autobiography is a good read, he has a lot of respect for our club despite all the history.
  26. 64 points
    Those of us who want (or wanted) Johnson out had (have) genuine concerns about him. We won today and put a decent string of results together but still will still feel there are those grounds for concerns. Petulant & Childish threads like this do no good mate, grow up a little.
  27. 64 points
    Passed the test today, well done son
  28. 63 points
    I'll say this now.. any City fan reading this who would verbally abuse a player who came out as gay. **** off out out of our club and don't come back. (hopefully there aren't any)
  29. 62 points
    Name the South Stand the Atyeo Stand. Then rename the current Atyeo the Dicks Stand. We then have an away end with the word "Dicks" written on it in 10ft tall letters.
  30. 62 points
    This has got to be a joke, surely. The context of the chant is that he’s so popular you’d allow him to ‘charm’ your dearly beloved and you wouldn’t hold it against him. What on earth does that have to do with the colour of his skin? It’s this sort of shit stirring that actually detracts from the fight against actual racism.
  31. 62 points
    Now this is the story all about how My life got flipped, turned upside down And I'd like to take a minute just sit or kneel I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Horfield In west Jordan town born and raised In the watch shop where I spent most of my days Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool And all watching Tom Nicholls hitting row Q When a couple of guys, they were up to no good Started making trouble in da fional turd I got in one little fight with a horse and my mom got scared And said "You're moving with Nick Higgs and the Tramp in Horfield” I whistled for a dog and when it came near The Collar said "Darrell” and it **ssed Fanta clear I bought a TV and thought it would fit on a tent spine But I thought nah, forget it, these things take time I pulled up to a slum about seven and a bit And I yelled to the cabby "Yo, homes This ain’t Stamford Bridge” Looked at my kingdom I was finally sealed To sit on my throne as the prince of Horfield
  32. 60 points
    38 years ago today the Ashton Gate Eight saved our club. As we challenge once more for promotion to English football’s highest division I guess it’s appropriate to take a minute to be grateful we actually have a club to support. Whatever the rights and wrongs of what preceded the events that unfolded, these men should rightly forever remain in the consciousness of all City fans for what they did. Thankyou. COYR https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38750475 and who could forget this iconic image from that era too
  33. 60 points
  34. 59 points
    Think our very own Bakes deserves a mention. Brilliant today I thought! Happy to have him back in there.
  35. 58 points
    Personally I think Twentyman is excellent for local football and a very decent presenter
  36. 57 points
    Apparently they are suspected of injecting MDMA directly in to their mouth, a technique known locally as... "Eee, by gum". (Sorry).
  37. 57 points
    An interesting story in the Post ( never thought I’d write this sentence) Palmer is unhappy with what’s happening at City and his relationship with LJ is at rock bottom. With several clubs interested he could be out the door this window. A big problem is that KP is friends with Nketiah who has asked him what life at City is like . The implication is that as LJ is cold shouldering KP the report will not be very positive. If we sell KP it will be ‘ LJ OUT ‘ for me . The whole KP scenario screams of mismanagement and he is not the only player who has suffered from it .
  38. 57 points
    Kodjia £15,000,000 Reid £10,000,000 Bryan £7,000,000 Magnússon £2,000,000 Flint £7,000,000 Kelly £13,000,000 Championship tv rights x3years @£7-8,000,000 =£21-24,000,000 Not alot to show for it!
  39. 57 points
    My father was born in 1903 in Tonypandy in the Rhondda Valley, Glamorgan. His father, my grandfather, was born in Claverham, North Somerset about 1875 and taken as a young boy, by his father to South Wales. So my grandfather and father had relatives living in Coronation Road who they visited occasionally, coming to Hotwells by paddle steamer. On such occasions, if City were at home, all the males would walk the short distance to Ashton Gate. Thus my father told me about Billy Wedlock. He was short for a centre half but read the game extremely well, very quick over a few yards, (possibly quick reading of the game) and very good in the air against players much taller than him. He also mentioned that he was a natural leader and likened Geoff Merrick to him. The period for his visits to City would have been around 1910 to 1914, before the first World War. He came to live in Bristol in mid 1930's, an uneventful period at City but went when not working and/or funds available. He took me to my first City match on Good Friday 7th April 1950 against Aldershot. City won 2-0 and to say I was hooked is a big understatement. This Saturday will be the 69th anniversary of my indoctrination date. I'll take 2-0 again.
  40. 56 points
    I would say that a manager who has been supported like no other in our history is in no position to be questioning the commitment or ambition of others.
  41. 56 points
    ....what a bloke he is. People talk about the Snowflake generation, but this lad has so much determination and balls. Always challenging himself and trying to improve. Both on and off the pitch. Never shirks, always takes constructive criticism and looks to improve himself. Top lad imo. From LJ today...quote.. He knocked on the door and asked ‘can I be captain’ because he wants to work on his leadership and sees himself as a long-term Bristol City captain so I love attitude like that.
  42. 56 points
    No it's not. The club have every right to control any messages the fans wish to put out. If a big chunk of the support base wants to go down that route than that's their prerogative and if enough agree, their message will get heard. But right now it's just plain stupid. I certainly don't agree with everything Johnson's doing at the moment but the calls for him to be sacked right now are crazy.
  43. 56 points
    "A Cider With: Jonathan Pearce" is now out! I chat to the legendary commentator and broadcaster for 90 beautiful minutes. He talks us through growing up a mad City fan, working with Bobby Moore, Robot Wars and meeting Pelé. Loads of mentions for old city players and he has some great Bristol City stories I'm sure many on here will enjoy. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook (@OSIBPODCAST) Listen on Libsyn Our iTunes page (Subscribe and give us a review)
  44. 56 points
    I like to warm up on gin and tonics in Clifton at 10am, then switch to stellas on the harbourside, followed by machine gunning some sambucas on Hotwells. Challenge is getting them all down quick enough to be able to still find a parking space near the ground.
  45. 56 points
    That's a different version of events to LJ saying he didn't want to play. Perhaps this version is from his agent, it certainly reads that way, and might suggest that Mr. 10% has failed to drum up enough interest himself so has now resorted to barely disguised "come and get me" ads in the national media. Never a good look for player or agent, but that's him finished at City.
  46. 55 points
    Do the honest thing for the fans of Bristol City fc, get rid of this clown (LJ), he's taken us as for as he can, not experienced enough to get us to the top flight, he's got a plan A but no Plan B when losing at home, in the last 4seasons we've hovered around the playoff place's, when we've had the chance to go 3rd or 4th we've flopped, if you say you want top flight then LJ is not the man, we need a more experienced manager,
  47. 55 points
    If you are reading Jon and Steve Lansdown: Please realise if you give someone the model of selling their best players every season and expecting them to improve you have to expect the odd bump in the road. The task set before Lee is a very difficult one. Please keep the faith. He has credit in the bank for what he has achieved thus far. It is LJ that has raised fans expectations. Please don’t sack him for this blip.
  48. 55 points
    Absolute nob jockeys on this thread right now, We’ve added 11 players
  49. 55 points
    hats of to u matt. you could have gone for goal but taking the ball to the corner showed a football brain and wasted time. good on you fella.
  50. 54 points
    I wonder where we would be if he was given even a fraction of the money LJ has
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