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  1. My all time favourite Leicester player, playing under my all time favourite Leicester manager. There's no manager I'd trust more than Pearson to build a squad to succeed. It might not be immediate but given time I'm sure he will succeed. With regards to King, hard to know where he's at having not played much recently but you won't get a more committed player in the squad, also one of the best characters to have around. Listen to most of our new signings over the last few years and they always mention him being the one to help them integrate and settle. He's not blessed with great pace but keeps everything nice and tidy ticking over. He is a fantastic finisher and our all time top scoring midfielder. There's a video on YouTube of all of his goals for us, some of them are sublime. Really hope they succeed for you this season, will try and get down for a game if possible.
    77 points
  2. Today we celebrated the life of Scooter at the Willem II stadium, because legends never die!
    71 points
  3. Been diagnosed with renal cancer. Good luck in your recovery Paul from someone who has just gone through it. Very best wishes and hope you make a full recovery and return to work
    63 points
  4. 20 today, so happy birthday to him. Incredible really, been a regular in the squad for 2 seasons already, 52 league games as a teenager & he’s younger than Britton, Janneh, Morton, Nurse or Bakinson. Last season he was one of very few who could hold their head up in the second half of the season under Pearson as he kept going, putting everything in whilst team mates crumbled & results were awful. He’s a credit to himself & his family & let’s hope he kicks on, his potential is absolutely massive.
    61 points
  5. Am I the only one who is hoping Gerland don't win this. It will be the perfect excuse for chest pumping xenophobic brexiteers to tell us how fantastic Gerland is and how s**t Europe is. Depressing.
    50 points
  6. Would this even be a question if we had scored 2 more penalties ?
    43 points
  7. Personally I cannot even fathom how people would question him in the slightest but then I’m constantly surprised these days by what the modern fan wants and expects . Semi in the last major championships and final this time around. Progress we couldn’t have dreamt about until recently. Luckily it seems the FA feel the same way.
    42 points
  8. The people who do that will do that anyway! Bottom line is, nobody of any particular political persuasion owns our country or owns patriotism, as much as some claim to do so. I want England to win. And I will feel pleased and proud to be English if they do so. Patriotism doesn't need to be hateful or negative and I think it's great we've got a team of likeable, hardworking players who represent England as it is, rather than England as the xenophobes want it to be. I hope we beat Denmark and I hope to get to finally see us in a final. I'll just feel a bit sorry for those who miss out on a chance to see England in a major final for the first time in 55 years because they feel the need to boycott the team due to the players kneeling before matches.
    42 points
  9. 39 points
  10. If you hate your own country that much there are alternatives. What a sad way to live life……imo of course.
    38 points
  11. What the **** are you talking about? Being told not to sing it is not trying to erase history. Singing a chant about WW2 at a football match just because we're playing the Germans is ******* tin pot. Time and place - that chant doesn't pay any form of respect. It's meant to antagonise opposition fans (the vast majority of which I'm sure are hugely ashamed of their countries history). This is intended not to pay respect but try to stir up trouble. Lest we forget??? Chanting that at a football match does not show respect to the memory of the heros and innocent victims (on boths sides) of WW2. This is right up there with The Sun/Dailymail sensationalist headlines that will probably reference the Hun/ dad's army at some point.
    36 points
  12. We’d have scored after that if not awarded the pen. Denmark were gone. Shall we talk about Denmark’s free kick that lead to the goal? That was just as much a nonsense.
    35 points
  13. Is he the nicest man in football? This is his tweet to Emma Raducanu after her withdrawal from Wimbledon. With all he’s got going on at the Euros, he does this. The more I hear about this fella, the more I like him. Just a shame he plays for Manure.
    32 points
  14. Enjoyed that. Both goals at the end I was in.
    32 points
  15. PRague Red here - don't post often and when I do its usually about Kalas for obvious reasons!! I was lucky enough to get to go to the game yesterday in Budapest (along with most of Czech Rep. it felt) Want to make a couple of points: On Kalas - he has been extremely solid all tournament and has come up against class attacks in Croatia, England and Netherlands (we'll ignore Scotland there!!) and pretty much kept them quiet throughout. He benefits from playing with better teammates in defence (no offence but internaitonal class players a little bit of an upgrade on our other CBs!!). Whats most noticeable though is that he is concentrating really hard throughout. I think he knows he's playing at his limit. In the Championship sometimes I think he finds it a bit easier and can be prone to the odd moment of switching off. Of course the usual heroic blocks and thundering headers. Oh and that assist - a thing of beauty. Second point - this was my first match in a stadium since Christmas 2019. Adimttedly an extreme one (huge crowd, no social distance, game for the ages for hordes of Czechs). But the emotion of just getting into a stadium. Walking up the steps. Seeing that green grass and the stands all around. Was really emotional. And that emotion was felt by everyone in the stadium I think. So a great atmosphere. Living in Prague I don't get many opportunities to get tot the gate. But when you guys and girls finally get back in you are in for a treat. Enjoy it, savour it and get behind the boys no matter what. Anyhow here's to an England v Czech semi with England of course winning!!
    31 points
  16. That’s our anthem - end of. No need to change it. No other club use it nor does any other club use ‘where be the blackbird to’ Both unique to Bristol City.
    27 points
  17. Personally agree with Shearer , never a penalty just folded his legs and collapsed to the ground. Frankly find it embarrassing no matter who does it and would rather lose than win in this way. Been impressed by referees this tournament wonder whether home crowd advantage comes into play . If you win in this way don't moan if it goes against you. Delighted we won but leaves a sour taste to be honest . As a teacher who knows the influence this has on children it's a poor one to set.
    25 points
  18. FIXTURES & RESULTS TEAMS ACADEMY ROBINS FOUNDATION FANZONE TICKETS & MEMBERSHIPS CORPORATE SHOP ROBINS TV LATESTBristol City has unveiled its vibrant 2021/22 goalkeeper kits ahead of the new campaign. LATESTAndy King has signed a one-year contract with City – the club he has supported since he was a boy. LATESTBristol City is proud to launch its 2021/22 goalkeeper kits ahead of the new campaign, with the strips now available to order online. LATESTSteve and Maggie Lansdown finally got to see the Robins High Performance Centre today (July 1st, 2021). LATESTGo behind-the-scenes as City return to pre-season training. LATESTBristol City has unveiled its vibrant 2021/22 goalkeeper kits ahead of the new campaign. LATESTAndy King has signed a one-year contract with City – the club he has supported since he was a boy. MY CLUB: TERRY COOPER SUNDAY, MAY 24TH 2020 The former England and Leeds United full-back ended his playing career at Ashton Gate and managed the club during its fight back from near extinction in 1982 – taking the Robins to Wembley for the first time in their history. I was at Middlesbrough, nearing the end of my playing career, when I got a phone call from my old Leeds United team-mate the late Norman Hunter, who was then in Bristol City’s team, to say that manager Alan Dicks was looking for a left-back. Did I fancy joining him at Ashton Gate? That call changed the course of my life. When I discussed it with my wife Rose, she reasonably pointed out that I was 34 and it would mean uprooting to go to the other end of the country when our kids were settled at school. I don’t know why, but I just fancied it and agreed terms in no time when I came down to speak to the club. Along with the family, I ended up spending the next 13 years in the Bristol and never regretted moving to such a lovely city. Unfortunately, I didn’t play much because of problems with an Achilles tendon, but I still enjoyed being involved at what was then a top-flight club with a fantastic spirit and a good team. Little did I know then that I would return as manager in 1982 after launching that part of my career at Bristol Rovers with so little experience that I contrived to cock them up completely! I did learn a lot from that 18 months, however, and was more prepared for the role when City came calling. Director Bob Boyd, who ran the schoolboy team my son Mark played for, was first to ask if I fancied the job. The club had survived almost going out of business a matter of months earlier and, although a new company had taken over, only a few players had signed on for the following season. It was like an artist being offered a blank canvas to work on. With virtually no money to spend, there was an entire team to build. I still told Bob that City would be brave to take me on as manager after what I had done at Rovers. Fortunately, I don’t think anyone else wanted the job! I agreed to take charge and brought in Clive Middlemass, who I had known since our early days as youngsters at Leeds, to be my assistant. Together we did almost everything, training, scouting, the laundry, and even acting as removal men for Alan Walsh when I signed him from Darlington. I reckoned there was only one way Bristol City could go after three successive relegation seasons, unless I was a complete imbecile. But I was wrong. By December of my first season in charge, we were bottom of the entire Football League. I made a comeback on the pitch as player-manager and, with Tom Ritchie and Chris Garland recruited to join John Shaw in what was basically a team of kids, the tide started to turn. Results improved and, with a few more signings in the summer, we went up the following season, thanks to there being four promotion places available. I’ll never forget during the coach trip home from Chester, where we clinched a place in the Third Division, seeing a car full of supporters with a big banner saying ‘Jesus Said Come Forth.’ And We Did. Two years later came the Freight Rover Trophy final at Wembley and the sight of 30,000 City fans cheering the lads on against Bolton Wanderers made it the most emotional occasion of my entire football career. I had played for England and in a great Leeds side, but this was the team Clive and I had built from nothing and seeing them grace Wembley with some fantastic football in a 3-0 win was too much for me. I choked up during a TV interview on the pitch after the game and couldn’t talk. Memories of that day remain so vivid and a couple of reunions in recent years have reminded me how special it was for players and supporters alike. I wish I could have won another promotion for the club, but I left it in good hands when Joe Jordan, a player I had signed thinking he might one day replace me as manager, did exactly that in 1988. We had gone close to reaching the Second Division on a couple of occasions and I was delighted when Joe achieved that aim in 1990. I still keep a close eye on results from my home in Tenerife and enjoy reminiscing with fans on trips to visit Mark at Forest Green Rovers. He loved growing up in Bristol and it’s always nice to hear long-standing City supporters speak fondly of those days back in the 1980s when the club was close-knit and united in its determination to become a force in English football again. This interview is one of many inside the commemorative 125th anniversary brochure. It tells the story of the club's history, exclusive interviews, profiles of former players, images from the arrives and more. Buy yours from the Bristol Sport Store online for just £5.
    25 points
  19. Hi all, As you may know, popular OTIB poster @One Team In Keynsham passed earlier this year. I never knew, and never met, OTIK, but he started the OTIB runners community. This group has proved invaluable, particularly through lockdown, as all of the OTIB community encourage, cajole, and even mock through Strava to keep us all motivated. So, why am I posting here? In tribute to OTIK, the OTIB runners community want to get together to run a 10k to thank him for bringing everyone together. The pace isn’t important. The time isn’t important. The being there is important. We’re trying to work out a suitable time/date and everyone is welcome - so please go to the “Runners” thread on General Chat and comment if you’re up for (and when) so we can do the time and date that suits us all best. NB - there are c30 members in the otib runners community and I do not know their handles on here so apologies to those i miss @TMWANG50 @mozo @!james @Harry @Masala @Rutland Red @BRISTOL86 @Moments of Pleasure @formerly known as ivan@Rob k @TomF @CyderInACan
    25 points
  20. Whatever you think of him, I can't see him ever playing for Rovers
    25 points
  21. Getting rid of a present club employee convicted of an offence carried out whilst in the employment of the club would not be the same as hiring one who was convicted 5-6 years ago and with no apparent repeat of those offences since is it? If you don’t believe in second chances that’s fine but to put a narrative out there that they will do the right thing and we haven’t is bizarre quite honestly.
    24 points
  22. Interesting reading fans reactions to this, how many are siding with the club whereas if it had been Ashton and Holden/Johnson most probably would have been with Gregor rather than the club. Imo it is a bit shit from the club, Nigel may not like it but it doesn't take long even if Gregor's questions may irritate him. A manager declining to speak to local press but speaking to in house media after the game isn't a good sign in pre-season where nothing has gone wrong yet, come the start of the season if we get off to a poor start is Nigel just going to decline speaking to local press more regularly? Or if he has to speak to them just shrug off questions.
    24 points
  23. So, take a club on PPs, loan in top PL players (youngsters in the main), have access to players on £80k p.w……jump ship when the going gets tough! Nice.
    24 points
  24. Straying into politics for a minute. If you boo these players taking the knee, please don’t cheer them for winning a football match. That taking the knee epitomises the togetherness this team have when they believe in a cause. And a just one at that. Or to put it simply - don’t boo them for doing something you don’t agree with but cheer because they do something you like. Proud of them. On both counts. And I hope Lee Anderson isn’t watching.
    24 points
  25. My stance is that you're a bit of a knob to quote a post about domestic violence in order that that you can ask such an infantile question.
    23 points
  26. I appreciate your contributions on this board and I don't want to be harsh, but here's a well-intentioned tip. When talking about things you don't know about - like vaccines and medicine generally - do plenty of informed background reading from sources that have put in the hard yards of research in those subjects, and can be considered "expert". I am neither a vaccinologist, nor do I possess any sort of medical degree: However, I know from intensive reading on the subject that there is no way being injected with a few microns of matter to trigger an immune system response can possibly affect your fertility. That just isn't how it works. If it was, your fertility would decline every time you caught a cold, or had hay fever, or scratched your skin. Every medicine has side effects. Open up a packet of paracetamol these days and you'll get a fold-out leaflet listing common, less-common, rare and incredibly rare, side effects. In paracetamol this can, in very rare cases, include death. This is to be expected - there are people who will die if they eat a strawberry, whereas most of us love them. The very fact that about 3 billion doses of Covid vaccine has been given around the world, should reassure you that "lots" of people aren't going to die or be seriously harmed from it. 3 billion is a f- of a lot and if even one in 100,000 doses caused death, folk would be dropping like flies. They haven't. We injected tens of thousands last spring/summer and ramped that up to millions starting 8 months ago. If there was something the massed ranks of scientists and statistical researchers had missed in trials, it would have become obvious by now. We've had inoculations for a millennia, injectable vaccines for centuries and have used similar technologies to these jabs for decades. The active agent that promotes the immune response is excreted by the body in hours. The immune response builds over three weeks, then fades. In months, all you have is a memory stored in your bloodstream of the pathogen; just like your body stores the memory of umpteen other things it doesn't require. This is why if a vaccine is going to make you ill, it will do so straight away. Any malign affects will have happened in that three weeks where the immune "charge" builds. A vaccine can no more make you ill 6 months after you've had it, than an off pint you drank in 2019 can make you have the squits today. I know this from reading what medics, scientists, virologists, haematologists etc have found. Proper peer-reviewed science. So my second tip, is distinguish between sources. It's likely that tens of thousands of medical researchers know more than the former Coventry City goalie. If there are "voices from the wilderness who disagree with the consensus" there is a reason they are in the "wilderness". Usually, because they have no in-depth knowledge of what they're talking about. Often because their income derives from grifting
    23 points
  27. No, it wasn't his ideas, just the fact that he spoke total bullshite half the time that pissed people off.
    23 points
  28. One of the worst posts ever on here.
    22 points
  29. Ok, permanent signings only because if we dip into loan signings the results are considerably worse, and off the top of my head since 2016 when Mark Ashton came to the club we are looking at: Andy Rolls (the worst signing ever made in the club's history bar absolutely none) Marley Watkins (do you own £ per game calculation on him, I'm not doing it for you) Liam Walsh (see above) Gustav Engvall Jens Hegeler Milan Djuric Mo Eisa (again, look what he did for US) Sammie Smodiczs (ditto) Hakeeb Adelakun (another who works out at hundreds of thousands per game) Rodri Chris Brunt Adrian Mariappa Taylor Moore (been here about 5 years, when will we finally see a footballer?) There are other more contentious players who contributed to the club like Fam and Paterson but, again, when you do the value for money calculation of output versus investment and wages versus return on disposal you start to think they weren't all that. There were a few high profile outgoings (Webster, Kelly, Bryan and Reid) that Teflon gets credit for and the truth is he only deserves credit in terms of identifying a good player and making a big profit for Webster (which has been eroded by the shit business above), the rest were our players before he ever came along. Over the course of the last two seasons, if you use your football appreciation to see beyond just the results, the team have been consistent in terms of being outplayed in games and picking up results against all statistical logic, i.e. dogged determination to "hang in" games, never ever being on the front foot. I watched one "win" last season that was a total embarrassment to football where the opposition had 21 shots to our zero in the second half. As soon as a couple of the inevitable injuries came along we found out what our squad was all about last season and notwithstanding the avoidance of relegation thankfully I have no doubt we were easily one of the worst three teams in that league. Of all the appointments Lansdown has made in his 20 years of relatively mediocre performance compared to the huge investment he has made and what other clubs like Swansea, Cardiff, Burnley, Huddersfield and Brentford have achieved there is no doubt in my mind that Mark Ashton is up there with the worst.
    22 points
  30. Vyner goes close from a corner.
    21 points
  31. I don't think it was a penalty but that is not to say he dived. I would love to see any of you run at that pace and have to players knocking you and cut you off from both sides and still keep your balance. I get what you say about kids picking up on things but as a teacher why not spend some time educating them about all the good things that he does off the pitch and how hard he has had to work to get where he is today from coming from a non privileged background. I dont mean for that as a dig that you don't educate them just a genuine show them what hard work can achieve in life.
    21 points
  32. Or drink up thee cider?
    21 points
  33. 20 points
  34. In a way, I actually think is this is the crux of the matter. By saying that a) this is a training game so the manager does not have to speak to the media and b) this is a proper match so we're going to charge £10 for people to watch the club is trying to have it both ways, and that is what has created the issue. If it was genuinely a training game - which is clearly how Pearson sees it- it had no place being charged for on Robins TV. As soon as the club took that decision, it made the game a matter of public interest and created a situation where Pearson should have been accountable to the media afterwards. The frustrating thing is that, if the club had called it a training game and streamed it for free, they could have got a lot of good will from the supporters, maybe attracted new people who might subscribe in the future and avoided any questions around media access.
    20 points
  35. Ironic that Liam Walshs main reason for signing for Swansea was to play under Cooper
    20 points
  36. Some of these comments are gold. After relegation form for 6 months, the release of 10 or more players, 6 weeks off, and integrating new players we drew 0-0 against a side who will be competing in the champions league next week. We saw what we needed to see. Effort. It was there in bundles. Yes we want to be a good footballing side but effort wasn’t there end of last season. Good to see it back. We can add the footballing stuff from there. Now, a worry here or there is fine. I agree with @JonDolmanthat Weimann and Martin didn’t look like something I’d like to see long term. Massengo is miles ahead of King as a player. James gets benefit of doubt as I think it was him shouting instructions all first half. If so, that was needed and think will be useful over the season. Palmer is lost/wasted on the wing. He gives effort but just don’t think that is going to suit him. We do need to remember he(and the first half squad) were up against more of a first XI Celtic than the second half lads. Bakinson and O’Dowda looked quite sharp to me. Max again doing himself no harm in the battle against Bentley even if unlikely to catch him if both fit. Atkinson and Baker read situations quite well. I could keep going but overall quite a big positive today.
    20 points
  37. As I see it. The most successful Manager England have had since Sir Alf or Some bloke that there is no guarantee will work? How many tried with out "Golden Generation"? We tried home grown, foreign , younger, older. There is nothing that proves another guy would do as good , let alone better. Every appointment is a risk
    20 points
  38. Ronaldo!!!! If Lansdown has ANY ambition for this club he'd get this one done!!!
    20 points
  39. The criticism of Kalas this season has been way over the top! Was almost like a one man defence in many games. Great that he's doing so well at that level.
    20 points
  40. We really seem to have a group of players with a morale conscious. Maybe some of our politicians could take note , see how they’ve decided to jump on the football bandwagon? England’s players will donate prize money from their historic run to the European Championship final to NHS charities. After Jordan Henderson’s fundraising efforts at the start of the pandemic, members of Gareth Southgate’s squad now intend to make another financial pledge to the health service. England will face Italy in Sunday’s final at Wembley Stadium and victory would take the amount of prize money from the tournament to about £24 million for the Football Association. About £9.6 million, or 40 per cent, of that would be shared among Southgate’s 26-man squad, and their intention is to ensure a chunk of the money goes to the NHS. Further talks are planned after the tournament, to iron out tax complications associated with payments to England players. However, the desire is clear to support the health service and continue the link bolstered when Henderson, the England and Liverpool midfielder, emerged as a driving force behind the #PlayersTogether initiative in May. Henderson and the captains of the 19 other Premier League clubs mobilised to make private donations that helped to raise millions of pounds for those on the NHS front line and other areas of need. An earlier statement on behalf of the players read: “Following positive discussions with the FA, the England senior men’s squad are pleased to confirm that a significant donation from their international match fees will be made to NHS Charities Together via the #PlayersTogether initiative.
    19 points
  41. He didn't throw anyone under a bus. He's calling out a lack of intensity in some unnamed players, who will/have been notified of said situation. If some aren't doing it, then they should be got rid of, particularly after last seasons pathetic showing.
    19 points
  42. You are going to get hammered for this I am sure but the sentiment is right. The booing of the knee is the single most idiotic thing I’ve ever seen in my life.
    19 points
  43. You've made an absolute prat out of yourself here mate.
    18 points
  44. If we had signed on a free a CB from say Forrest/QPR//Derby that they had once paid 3.5 m for , with 60/70 Prem games and a solid Championship performance record with 35 ish games on avg a season ( despite last season) and then a 22 year old from Oxford signs few would be moaning . Baker on his old deal would have been nonsense , Baker on a more realistic wage for the current market has sense. The club also had to look at who was available ( on a free ) with that type of profile . There are very few and some that would interest may still have cost more etc. pragmatic decision by both club and player it seems .
    18 points
  45. Bentley starting, does this mean O’Leary is off ?
    17 points
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