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  1. 9 points
    A Hungarian journalist went to Bristol to get this interview and pics. I won't write down the whole thing (Google translates quite well to English so those who want can put it in the traslator column by column) only some main talking points: http://www.nemzetisport.hu/legiosok/legiosok-otthon-nem-tepik-le-egymasrol-a-mezt-nagy-adam-2748993 - importance of the emotional support from his mrs - adapting to the life in Bristol (pretty much the same he said in that long press conf interview) - shutting out the social media of his life - Hungarians playing abroad - EC qualifiers And the most important thing: " My ankle is stronger day by day however I'm struggling with this injury for 6 months now. We agreed (medical and coaching staff) that I will play like this till the end of the season and if I'm still not 100% I'll get the minor surgery. That will mean about 3 months in the summer for recovery."
  2. 5 points
    It’s a shame that some fans have judged him so early. Seems a very good player who has had to play through injury.
  3. 5 points
    What’s most annoying is when cyclists don’t actually use the cycle lane. There is a cycle lane on the pavement pretty much all the way along Coronation Road. The road itself is narrow, and only just fits 2 cars width, so if a cyclist is on the road rather than the path, they hold up the traffic. Last home game this is exactly what happened after the game. I couldn’t get past a cyclist as he was on the road and there was constant oncoming traffic. I beeped at him, and wound my window down to inform him that there was a cycle path he should be using, and of course all I got back was angry waving and disagreement. And it was a city fan too, on his way back from the game. If you’re on here, own up. And next time, use the ******* cycle path!!
  4. 4 points
    It all depends on which treatment he had. 1) Remove damaged Anterior Cruciate Ligament and replace with patella tendon. Can also be done with partial strands of hamstring tendon (not usually in a pro athlete). I'm regularly involved in the procedure in my work, so I have been involved in this op many times. The damaged tissue is removed completely , and a new tendon is removed from the patients own body, cleaned,and then surgically attached by metal screws into the 'thick' parts of both bones above and below the patella on the replacement side. This usually takes 12 months to take, renew the muscle wastage and allow the new tissue to fully bind into that area. Fluid build-up is common and often require surgical drainage. You have to understand that the red marrow of long bones produces our red blood cells, and these screws are inserted very near to this marrow - hence the swelling problem.Human bodies use protein to repair wounds, and protein binds easily to H2O and draws fluid to the area. Clotting (also involved in the healing process) involves RBC's to create a 'web' around the area, so as the screws go into the exact spot where some of our RBC's are produced, you get extra swelling potential from that as well. The recovery by default HAS to be very conservative, as it can be delayed very quickly and for a long period of time if you rush it. An infection is career and even joint threatening. Looking at the picture above, he is nowhere near a chance of playing this year. He is braced into position via hand grip and back support to prevent 'lateral slide' pressure on the knee - ie the new "acl". He will be able to jog/ light run in a straight line at best. He is still at the extra muscle building stage. Next step will be the beginning of sideways movement at very very low speed and angle. If that's the op he had, he is no chance for this season, unless the club/player agree to take an incredible risk. Sideways rotation and hard contact - that tendon will shread like wet paper,and both parties will know that.It's just too soon. 2) As above, but using an artificial graft (LARS). Straight swap, no loss of body tissue except the buggered acl - usually good to go in 6-8 months full contact. Has a very short lifespan though at professional sports with contact patients - it sometimes goes within minutes, although I have seen AFL players play within 6 months for the rest if their career after a LARS repair - it's a crapshoot tbh. Looking at what he is doing, it would appear to be option 1. He won't be taking any part in anything until next year, unless he wants to put his entire career in jeopardy. Sorry Guys - it ain't happening!
  5. 4 points
    It is space along the rows that is key. Ideally you increase it. At worst you don't reduce it. Two ways of doing this: 1. Replace the existing seats (which take up a lot of space from front to back, i.e. 300mm) with rail seats that don't, The slimmest version allowed in England right now takes up only 100mm, i.e. 66% less than the current seats. 2. Don't add any new 'stadium furniture' that reduces the current amount of space, e.g. barriers that narrow the rows by 85mm The images below strikingly show how much difference this can make. The red seats illustrate option 1, while the blue seats show the impact on space of no 2. Hopefully City won't be doing a number two!
  6. 3 points
    Today's MDT is brought to you by the letter B for bum. A puzzler for the cleverclogs that frequent OTIB. An image popped up on my FB memories from exactly 2 years ago and I have absolutely no memory of what and why it happened. Answers on a postcard please. Image at the bottom of the post. Some rustling was made this week with regards to today's opponents. In a 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest, reffed by fan favourite Keith Stroud, the salt was liberally thrown by the Forest twitter account, to which, WBA responded with a two worded tweet that finished it. Outstanding work from the WBA admin. Take note David. Also in other news. Man Flu. Reports suggest that we have a squad of just 12 fit players after a serious outbreak of man flu spread through the Failand training ground. I have no idea who was the first to succumb to the Lemsip and Kleenex mansize box but I would bet that they have kids because children are walking germ factories. North Korea has so far prevented any trace of coronavirus entering the country (that we are aware of) so I suggest that LJ and MA take a summer holiday to meet the Supreme Leader and get some tips, to ensure this kind of outbreak doesn't happen again. On to today... As previously mentioned, the squad has been depleted. Expect a hodge podge line up straight from the tombola. Naughty boy Charlie Austin has been given the nod to play for WBA after sending naughty tweets taking shots at his previous employers fanbase. Tut tut. One to watch is on loan Callum Robinson from Sheff Utd. Like Hernandez last week with Leeds, he likes playing against us, averaging a goal or assist in most games. Saying it now. 3-1 Baggies. They'll go up for a reason. Here's the picture btw! COYRS!
  7. 3 points
    SL is running the club at an £8m real loss (ignoring player trading, depreciation and ammortisation) - the wage bill this season will be above £25m on an income of ~£17m unless we make the playoff final. It's only by selling players that we fund bringing players in and that is a fairly risky business, we can't rely on it every year. There are no ways to significantly improve the income in the Championship. That means we have a runway during which he's expecting to get promotion or he'll have to change the way the club runs drastically - cutting the playing budget and cutting jobs in the fairly massive support staff. LJ has delivered year on year improvement in league position, that is true, however it is not quick. SL will be asking himself how many years away we are from promotion and how likely it is LJ can deliver it in the next few years, and if he thinks there's an option more likely to succeed - particularly if that option doesn't involve tearing down the structure that has been built - he will consider it. It's not purely financial either, there's an unusually high level of dissatisfaction amongst fans given our league position for a few reasons: Our home form is much poorer than our away form. Our performances particularly at home are very inconsistent and that's easy to attribute to a manager who changes formations and selections an awful lot. There's a small residual feeling of LJ not deserving the job probably going all the way back to when GJ kept picking him despite his obvious weaknesses as a player. Sentiment comes into it only slightly, if we miss 6th this year I think LJ will be on his last chance - even more so if nobody is sold for big bucks as that will shorten the promotion runway due to FFP.
  8. 3 points
    I was about to post exactly the same thing... honest
  9. 3 points
    Some more from the weigh in
  10. 3 points
  11. 2 points
    Ah, here we go - another dig at @BobBobSuperBob for giving his opinion on an open forum and demanding that he be positive or else he should ‘piss off’ ... What is ‘utter drivel’ is people trying to regulate free speech on here by trying to push everyone towards the same point of view. What a dreadful place this Forum would be if everyone agreed and just shared their admiration for every player and every member of the management team! Utopia! Within reason, every poster can post whatever they wish without being told to ‘support or piss off’ ...
  12. 2 points
    Streakers with their pants still on. The game went soft long long ago.
  13. 2 points
    You’re friends with Robbored..?
  14. 2 points
    I’d go as big and physical as I can today. I think we’ll see tweaks to the: Bentley | Hunt Williams Benkovic Dasilva | Eliasson Smith Henriksen Paterson | Wells Diedhiou He wanted to start last week with.
  15. 2 points
    I'd sooner let Nagy have his surgery now rather than be as ineffective as he has been so far through not being 100%. Doing it this way pre-season is not butting up against the recovery period
  16. 2 points
    Equally, we can't complain that the prices are to high and then moan about the fact that we can't sign a £15m striker, can we.
  17. 2 points
    Just as a comparison & one that I often make regarding price... if I woke up today and fancied buying a ticket to watch the Book of Mormon at the Hippodrome, today, then the ticket options appear to be £32, £52, £60 or £80 options. I paid £97 for my ticket to see the Killers in June. Today, my ST ticket has cost me £18 I think. If I didn’t have an ST, I could get one today for £32 (£27 if I had previously shown enough interest to but a membership) if I wanted a “top seat” I guess it would cost me £42..? That would be my choice to select that price level though. Basically, live entertainment is expensive, I agree - but it’s not just football and certainly not just BCFC.
  18. 2 points
    No,London Paddington.
  19. 2 points
    That smug little face knowing he has a job for life..safest job in British football.
  20. 2 points
    I'm sure they haven't sold 23k HOME tickets, but it's pretty pathetic writing by someone to actually put that!
  21. 2 points
    Caught some of the game on Sky- did Rooney play? Didn't hear his name mentioned .......
  22. 2 points
    Did they say whether Cheesley has recovered from his knee injury yet?
  23. 2 points
    Wells and Afobe next season in a 352 with someone threading it through to them. That would be nice.
  24. 1 point
    One winner today I’m afraid. City aren’t very good at home, West Brom are top for a reason. City 0-3 West Brom
  25. 1 point
    Ken Sherman? I remember seeing some Ralph Lauren shirts down there, looked like Indiana Jones with a whip!!
  26. 1 point
  27. 1 point
    What about Burnley and Sean Dyche? There is a tendency to look at expansive teams as displaying clear identity. The identity of Burnley is pragmatic, conservative and based upon clear playing principles. Burnley bring in players that fit the football it plays (identity) and display the mental characteristics (dna) to match - Selfless hard workers. Sean Dyche will also take command of teams outside of the XI for matches and training to oversee further that Burnley's approach to its football runs throughout the club. Its wholly pragmatic.
  28. 1 point
    At least the Stadium of light is big enough to accommodate most of them today. Hopefully those that can’t get in are able to find a nice pub to keep warm in, because this wind must be bitter, in the car park up there today.
  29. 1 point
    Let's hope that we set up to go at them and not sit back and play on the counter attack
  30. 1 point
    I’ve got off at Bedminster this morning. I like it better.
  31. 1 point
    I had the first option together with tidying my damaged cartilage. I was told 9/12 months, if I was a pro 6/9 months. I was ahead of schedule until fluid problems occurred. I lost little to no muscle (obviously not as defined as Benik’s!!) until fluid stopped me working on them.
  32. 1 point
    To parson street I hope ......
  33. 1 point
    It was printed on the BBC sport website Friday so blame them you cheeky b^^^^rd. And it's Tuesday and everyone's if we're going to get bitchy.
  34. 1 point
    Utter Drivel. What owner would sack a manager delivering year on year improvement despite losing key players every year? I get the fact you are bored by the football (your billion posts have been noted) but owners don’t think like you. Johnson ain’t going anywhere this season so I suggest you support or piss off. Negative bollocks all the time does my head in
  35. 1 point
    Ah, quite a subject that has exercised my mind for quite a while. I'm sure there is a university student somewhere who is basing their thesis on this subject. I've been taking an interest in women's football in the area for some time (back to the days of Marcia Dean, if you have any idea who she is) and have watched many games at various levels. The idea that the women's game is essentially the same as the men's is undeniable, at least in principle. However, there are a number of important differences that have naturally been part of the different journeys the game has had in this country. Firstly, the men's game has roots going back to the late nineteenth century and has continued as a popular sport ever since. Initially an amateur past-time, it has become (today) a massive vehicle that encompasses so much that wasn't there in the beginning - like professionalism in athletic, technical, psychological and economic disciplines. The women's game has had similar roots, but was effectively strangled in the post-war era. Since that ban was removed and efforts made to allow women to embrace the beautiful game, we have seen an expansion and elevation beyond all that has gone before. Their football world is still a very young, evolving and somewhat unpredictable one. Given that, it is indisputable that the two have many more similarities than differences - the laws are the same, the dynamics of play is the same, the spirit is the same. Perhaps it is no surprise that they are following a common path, albeit not at the same point. I have long pondered if the women's game will replicate the men's in all its aspects, good and bad. Will we ever see the time when hooliganism takes place at a WSL match? Will the social media storms that brew up occur with females? Will a player be sold for £millions? Will a woman achieve world-wide fame/notoriety? Could the Lionesses be as exaulted as the Boys of '66 one day? Time will tell, of course. But are there fundamental differences that will never be overcome? We can see clearly that women are undeniably different to men with regards to size, strength, physical assets and the like. Men have a biological advantage, plain and simple. But can it be argued that women will never be able to match men for intellectual capacity? Could it not be said that women can be as skillful, or be as determined? Take other sports as a comparison. Already we have seen this year a woman darts player win against a man in the big tournament. The 'soft' skills are perhaps where women can take a slight advantage. Ultimately, it appears to be the case that women's football has got its own character with regard to a few things. The general nature of play brings out less physical stuff, less aggressive behaviour (although not without occasional flares-up!) and tends to put more emphasis on skills; brains rather than brawn. Another thing that strikes me is that there appears to be a higher degree of camaraderie between sides - a common bond if you will. Men's teams are more prone to disregard their opponents. The warrior takes no prisoners. What really intrigues me is the way a game ends and often women players will usually stop at the pitchside to meet the fans and do the autographs and selfies. I remember watching the 2012 Olympics football tournament when Team GB was beaten by Canada at Coventry. After the final whistle, the players didn't scuttle into the changing rooms and hide from the media. Instead, I was surprised to see a Canadian player wander into the stands and walk a fair way up the aisle to talk to some people (I assume friends or relatives). I thought that men wouldn't do that! I accept that a male player in the midst of the crowd would be considered (sadly) unwise, but that is the real difference. And it's a common theme in just about all women's games - I often see the City Women take their time to leave the field due to speaking with all the (admittedly young family) fans. But do I detect that there is a very slight shift that male players are beginning to do something similar? So should mens' football be more like women's? I suggest there is room for some improvement, on both sides, but of the many things that men could do they might need to take a leaf out of their counterparts. What I think is more important is the way these changes would need to be felt off the field - particularly the fans. Perhaps the biggest difference between the genders is not the realm of the teams, the managers, the owners, the media or the accountants. It's us. We make the game what it is, for all its aspects. Women's football is a much more family oriented occasion, with very young fans attending that would not be at a men's. Of course, crowds are much smaller (show pieces apart) and so there is a more peaceful atmosphere because of that. Will this be eroded if women attract the size of crowds that men do? Maybe it will. I have watched the growth of women's football and can see there has been a rapid 'catch-up' on many fronts, mainly on the playing side. Whilst there is currently a great divide between the two, the gap is surely shrinking. Whether they will eventually stand shoulder to shoulder or remain as distinct and discrete sports is to be accounted in the future. As it is, I enjoy watching the various levels of football, be they professional men's, women's or local Toolstation League. I appreciate the positive ways the game is played out, accept the differences and standards of skill on show. (Anyone who has seen me try to play in our 6-a-side league will quickly understand why I am below all of the above; I look up to them all.) I try not to look at these lower tiers of football from the point of view of a professional men's team, and don't assume the players are any the less for their level. What joins us all is the pleasure of playing and watching this game. The Beautiful Game has no gender.
  36. 1 point
    "Oh Tracey Palmer......... I'd let you shag my husband" doesnt have quite the same ring to it.
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    Thinking about this a bit more, I think the club could be more innovative in encouraging new support. For example, people signing up for a Bristol Sport ticketing account for the first time could get their first match for £10, their second for £20, then pay ordinary price thereafter. It would enable City to grow their database, send emails etc, and gives potential new fans an affordable route in which might be enough for them to catch the bug. Appreciate there are sometimes offers but they tend to be match-specific, or rely on new fans knowing an existing STH. £32 for a seat in the corner for second tier football would be enough to put many curious or half-interested potential fans off.
  39. 1 point
    Colombian coffee too strong for me,fine blend coffee for me.
  40. 1 point
    Theres the excuse for Saturday at 5pm right there.
  41. 1 point
    I might be mis-quoting but I recall that Secret Footballer wrote in book 1 that players have a tendency to think that football fans are clueless when it comes to their opinions about performances. I think the reason given was that we don't understand the tactics enough to know why certain things happen on the pitch. I think Johnson's spot on that fans (99% I'd say), don't understand the concept of overloads or patterns of play. I mean when did you last hear a bloke in the crowd stand up and bellow "Come on City, you're not executing the pattern Johnson set for winning the ball in the opposition half, on the left hand side when we've got a 3 v 2! Oh and ref, you're a ******!!"
  42. 1 point
    Don't I know, it many years ago my wife bought tickets to see Mary Poppins at the Bristol Hippodrome, I casually asked her how much were the tickets? she ummed and ahhed and said £68 pounds I said that's not too bad, then the killer blow, EACH!! so yes going by that city are a bargain.
  43. 1 point
    Agreed. Though I think there will be some big interest in Fam in the summer and we’ll do well to keep him.
  44. 1 point
    He only has a year left on his contract this summer, so I don’t think Stoke will be in a great position to recoup a big fee. His contract (£12m fee / 3 years) will only be valued at £4m this summer in their accounts, and it will be probably be an opportunity to free up his wages. They may of course decide to keep him, play him and hope he does well and they can offer a new contract (should City not exercise their option). Ashley Williams wasn’t particularly complimentary about Stoke, and Benik was certainly open about how much he was enjoying here (you could read that as he wasn’t happy there!). But then again they have a different manager these days. Stoke nowhere near guaranteed to be in the Champ next season either. Lots of factors. Would be brill if he makes it back with us, shows us he’s worth buying, and we go from there.
  45. 1 point
    I'd of liked to of seen more from him and was impressed with what I did see. My thought is would we spend more money on another striker if Wells starts banging them in? This is his second ACL injury I believe? I'd like to see how he comes back from injury before signing him, if he comes back and scores regularly and partners up well with Wells etc it's a no brainer
  46. 1 point
    To be fair £400 for bed wetting and choking is pretty good. You normally have to pay top whack for that. Yes Chazza lad.
  47. 1 point
    Everything else no, two completely different sports. England women getting a bigger than normal attendance at Wembley against Germany was more a combination of riding on the euphoria created by the world cup run, playing at Wembley, being cheap, being against Germany and tickets being well marketed to local girls sides County cricket grounds will continue to sell out for their games, nobody is interested in the 100, they will have to do like the IPL and give away thousands of tickets just to get people in the grounds
  48. 1 point
    @MattRushton1995 , if you need video footage or photos to map the concourse areas I'm sure we can help you out. They are among the best features of the redevelopment. https://www.ashtongatestadium.co.uk/the-venue/our-spaces/concourses/
  49. 1 point
    For me the only reason we wouldn't offer the away support the maximum number of seats is if we were selling out our home allocation, that way at least the seats would be still used
  50. 1 point
    Don't worry, will be fixed by 2025.
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