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  1. 69 points
    Sorry for the delay but it turns out that if you want to see what living off the grid is like, you can get the equivalent experience on East Midlands Trains. In a parallel universe modelled on several of our prior managers, Bristol City are still labouring through a home game only to claim an ugly 0-0 draw. In this universe however our team (and its now fully redeemed manager) have set a new and unprecedented baseline for our standard, comfortably dominating every aspect away at a big club and being hugely disappointed to 'only' secure a 0-0 draw. It's not often I have walked out of a 26,000 crowd as an away fan and felt frustrated with getting a draw, but today absolutely, Sheffield Wednesday got away with one. I should be mad, but look over your shoulder, see how far we've come. This is the best team in my lifetime. I'm seeing the same quality of football that I see on TV when the big teams are on. Today, every single player (maybe bar Magnússon) looked better than their opposite number. We played right from the start with pace and width and an energy that Wednesday couldnt match. They were cowed and regressive, we spread the team wide and looked to stretch them at every opportunity. We compensated for a lack of height by pumping the ball forward and then winning second balls from their first clearance. Every second ball. We had a spring in our step and were onto every loose ball outside their box, often then releasing Bryan or O'Dowda to cross. For the first half we looked like the home side. Possession and majority of the game in their half, Wednesday reduced to sporadic breaks and Rhodes drifting between our centre backs looking for tame headers from balls lofted forward. We were committing far more players forward and regularly allowing our wingers to make light work of their full backs, supported gamefully by our central midfield pushing up and setting the tempo. All that was missing was a target man. Our best chance of the half was an exchange outside the box that allowed O'Dowda to get behind them and square for Reid who at close range headed straight at the keeper. O'Dowda, among our best players of the past month, showed no sign of World Cup hangover and routinely abused their full back, also cutting in and steering a shot just over the angle of post and bar. In the second half we came out even more determined to make our dominance count, and led by Taylor, were pulling their defence in all directions. But as with the first half, the lack of a target man meant end product was sadly lacking, often falling to midfielders on the edge of the box to test the keeper, Josh Brownhill going closest, drilling a shot just wide of the post. For all our confidence with the ball, it was becoming that sort of game where Wednesday might land the sucker punch. Magnússon had started to look the weak link and two mistakes during swift Wednesday counters - beaten on the touchline and again giving it away in his box when the clearance seemed easy, seemed to give the home side some belief, and they would win a series of corners, building some momentum. But they never troubled Frankie and didn't have the pace or fluency that City's midfield showed when it sprung forward with significantly more menace and threat. Ironically it was during Wednesday's best spell that the game really opened up for City - the introduction of Duric with 20 minutes remaining making an obvious difference. He won all his headers and gave O'Dowda and others plenty of opportunity to threaten. Suprisingly it was the shaky Magnússon who stepped up into one of their swiftest counters and executed a perfectly timed tackle to rob the ball as they poured forward, initiating a fast counter from which Reid dragged a tame shot wide. But the chance(s) of the half - and the game - came in a barnstorming twenty seconds of assault on Wednesday with 15 remaining, when another typically sharp central midfield incision allowed the commanding Brownhill to release Duric clear on goal from the left, his low shot was blocked by the keeper and with City pouring forward the ball spun loose on the edge of the box. Reid and Paterson converged and arguably got in each others way, but Reid, who is majestic whenever the ball is near, kept his composure to collect it up, shift away from the defender and spin and deliver a reverse cross which Flint met with an overhead kick that flashed agonisingly wide of the post. In the end City had to ride out Wednesdays best spell in the final ten minutes but there was really never any serious threat and I doubt any City fan really panicked, it would have been an act of monumental injustice had City not at least got a point, to be honest Wednesday's late surge had the look of a lower division cup side trying to make good the fact they were still in the game against much more capable opposition. So all in all a great game that demonstrated comprehensive superiority of a City side that plays with an energy, pace and confidence to move with the ball that from memory is virtually unprecedented in my life at this level. The players to a man were the better of their opponents and in Bobby Reid, even in a quiet day by his standards, we have a legitimate superstar, twice in the second half in either half of the pitch he executed unbelievable skill to sneak the ball away from an embarrassed opponent. But overall the biggest feature for me was the confidence using the ball. We dominated by playing a forward thinking 'prepared to take risks' game where we bet on quick passes knowing that even when they didn't come off we had the energy and swarm to recover possession. No wonder we had such sustained presence in the opposition half. Wednesday conversely looked nervous and uncertain, compact to our width, and sunk deeper and deeper, even Bannon retreating to a position in front of his box such was City's dominance. A goalless draw away at a big team that we should not be disappointed with, but which does represent two points lost more than one point gained, as it was surely such a strong performance that we win from 9 out of 10 times. I have seen enough now this season to say that it will be a surprise if we are not in the top six by the end of the season, and in Lee Johnson we have a manager who has not only redeemed himself but - let's call it out - is comfortably into credit. Fielding 6 Didn't have a lot to do, and kicking was poor Smith 8 Back in his unconventional right back spot and as per usual wherever you put him he doesn't put a foot wrong Magnússon 6 One brilliant tackle but mostly looked like a mistake waiting to happen Baker 7 Solid in the air without an awful lot to do Flint 8 Also solid and went closer than anyone at the other end with another finish you would expect from a top class striker Pack 7 Solid and neat as the base of our midfield Brownhill 8 Will still be running in his sleep tonight, an absolute engine that doesn't stop, box to box, needs a drug test Bryan 7 Got the better of full back several times but often didn't have room to cross O'Dowda 8 Probably out best player, never stopped running at them and positioning and instinct spot on Taylor 7 Didn't have many clear chances but was a nuisance and his unselfish play to spread the ball was key to the joy O'Dowda and Bryan were getting Reid 7 Not his best game but several glimpses that he was the best natural footballer on the pitch and never stopped going Duric 7 Won everything when he came on, and had our best chance of the game Paterson 5 Didn't really get into the game
  2. 50 points
    Perhaps the best thing you could say about today's performance was that despite being at far from our best, we were still better than a Wednesday side who are 9th and have just been coming into a bit of form. Defensively we have improved ten-fold on last season,with the only obvious weakness of Magnússon today. Our away form has also improved ten-fold on last season. I feared the worst after an abysmal display at Griffin Park back in August but skip forward to the performances at Ipswich and again today (the ones I've seen but obviously put S'land and Fulham it the mix too) and we can now competently contain teams for long periods if we need to whilst still looking a threat going forward. Brownhill, O'Dowda and Djuric all worthy of a special mention today. As of now, play-offs are very much an achievable goal for us IMO. We have strength in depth, score goals, can defend and can play a bit too when given the opportunity. There also appears to be a great team spirit that as we saw in 2006-08 and in 2015 is key to any successful City side. Top two cannot be ruled out at this stage either. There, I said it. Wolves are the outstanding team in this division (and we gave them a fright up there despite them being excellent on the night) but beyond them I don't see another strong contender, at the moment. We should fear neither Sheffield U, who are riding the crest of a wave, nor the sheep shaggers. All in all, good times. Well done LJ, DH and my boy Jamie Mac . I can now say beyond doubt that lessons have been learnt after last season and we certainly* won't be in a relegation scrap. Take a bow, boys *well, almost certainly!
  3. 47 points
    Evening all , posted on here a good few times and like to think I try and post a balanced view of the team I have supported for 40 + years and as always for the third season on the trot will be making the trip to Ashton Gate as its one I pencil in immediately due to the guaranteed good humour between both sets of fans ( can only base this on the numerous times I have seen Preston play away at Bristol City and having done Preston away at 90 + clubs found your supporters amongst if not the most welcoming ) so what of our visit on Tuesday ? Having lost Grayson to Sunderland I felt and still do that he was a real loss and season on season we had progressed as a club ( player wise from last season and a bit more football ) despite two 11th placed finishes and identical points for both seasons ( but a terrible one win in 10 at the end of last season ) , we had to find a replacement for Simon quite quickly and I am lead to believe it was pretty much a two horse race between Neil or Rosler from Fleetwood , Neil got the nod perhaps down to having promoted a side from the Championship although Norwich with there squad/recent Prem history is a different prospect to coming to manage Preston without top flight football for 53 years , our start surprised me and I think a good few of us , not just the 1 defeat in 11 , nor 3 goals conceded but the manor of high tempo pressing football , loads of chances created ( not taken in the main ) but outplaying Cardiff , Reading , Sheff Wed , Moro and Leeds and the only defeat a narrow one at Derby , we first conceded two goals at home to Sunderland and the players looked out of sorts against a club in turmoil on the back of a 5-2 defeat at Ipswich but Grayson knew our players better than Alex Neil and 2-2 was fair , we then go to Fulham and perhaps put on our best performance of the season and could / should have been 4-0 up , even at 2-1 we create and miss two glorious chances and concede in the 96th min for a 2-2 draw , then Wolves away we let in 3 but having gone deserved a point in a 3-2 defeat but defensively we look suspect , then we play IMO very poorly at Home to our bogey side Brentford ship another 3 in a 3-2 defeat , injuries are piling up and we simply have no Plan B in games nor can we park the bus , Villa was men v boys but I wander off Deepdale thinking this is a squad assembled for around £2.4-£2.5 Mill what more should we expect ? , Ipswich away we had 6 defenders out and get trounced 3-0 and Friday we look content to stop the rot and grind out a pretty uneventful 0-0 but with no Hugill and Maguire we are toothless... One thing I haven't seen under Alex Neil except a little bit at Home v Bolton is us playing for a point , with No Cunningham , Clarke , Davies we have 3 of our back 4 out ( Clarke will be on the bench but hasn't kicked a ball from a serious injury ) , confidence is low and the high passing tempo and stunning football at the moment is a distant memory , I am certainly not looking up ( a few weeks ago even I was starting to believe ) but I also do not think we will be dragged into the bottom 3 ( 14-19th a likely finish ) , I have never witnessed a team with 8 defenders out and having to play kids / players out of position all over the pitch and think most teams would suffer and we really are on a bad run , I would be very surprised if we get any form of result at all on Tuesday and hope I'm proved wrong but with your current form / squad it looks like a pretty comfortable home win but I will cheer the team on and take a win/draw/defeat and hope to see a decent game of football , things change very quickly in football wasn't long ago at Deepdale after that 5-0 defeat that I didn't think Johnson could turn you around but he has and its nice to see you at the right end of the table and you with 1 defeat ? all season look real top six contenders , whether Alex Neil is the man to progress us is way to soon to tell , he will be given time and a limited budget but we have perhaps the 3rd smallest budget in the division and think we punch way above our weight .. Regardless of the result on Tuesday all the best Mortis
  4. 46 points
    I’ve seen our wonderful Club représented In some weird and wonderful ways although over the globe but thought this deserves a special mention. A huge shout out to Ricky Wiltshire. Great work fella and hope you have a very safe journey up and down COYR
  5. 35 points
    OK, I tried. How did I do? Arab owner of English third-tier ex non league side is bidding to fulfil lofty ambitions with passion and pragmatism out any money London: Wael Al-Qadi is no ordinary football club owner billionaire, it immediately becomes apparent from interviewing him. “I am a football freak,” the engaging and enthusiastic charlatan president of the English third-tier ex non league side, Bristol Rovers, tells Gulf News. “I followed Chelsea [as a boy] and I never used to miss a second when they played friendlies or cup games or league games had the funds to invest in them. If [football] is rarely not covered on TV, I follow it on the radio. It’s like any other fan person who can’t afford a ticket. “I live and breathe every second of the game.” English football has increasingly become a playground for faceless and often-clueless foreigners, for whom owning a football club is ostensibly just a vanity project; exhibit ‘A’ being the Venky’s much-maligned running of Blackburn Rovers. As such, Al-Qadi represents a welcome breath of fresh air amid the all-pervasive stench of greed and self-interest in the modern game. But the Jordanian businessman has clearly developed a genuine passion and affection for financial interest in Rovers since his family’s Dwane Sports business assumed control of the club in February 2016 secured a £10M loan against the club’s ground. This is illustrated by the 47-year-old’s desire ego boosting decision to eschew the directors’ box in favour of mingling with the club’s fans. “To go to a football game and not be able to express your emotions and support your team and being restricted in your behaviour, racially abuse the opposition you’re not watching a football game [properly],” explains Al-Qadi, who has attended five World Cups as a fan a timeshare on a £15k watch.“You have to express [yourself]. You have to chant, you have to scream and shout, so I am much more comfortable watching the game and enjoying it [by being in a] section that has fans – and especially your own fans – home and away.” Al-Qadi’s ardour for football was nurtured in the 1980s when, while studying in London, his father took him to see Chelsea home and away. “The [Rovers] fans remind me of the old-school Chelsea fans way back then. They are very passionate, committed and loyal no matter what to their team. That got me to buy in [to the project] and I feel I’m one of them now racist." Aside from their fervent over exaggerated fanbase, Rovers appeared a highly unattractive proposition to potential investors given their continuing parlous financial state two years ago. Relegation to the amateur Conference Premier in 2013-14 – the first time the club has spent outside the Football League since being admitted in 1920 – was largely to blame for this hilarious Al-Qadi was undeterred, though, as he had been scouring Europe for a club with a specific profile very limited funds “Basically we were looking for a club – and this goes back to the investment return side of it – where a club was at the pure bottom the owners were prepared to sell without full due diligence and the fans are gullible" says Al-Qadi, who was born in Qatar and who is assistant general manager of the Arab Jordan Investment Bank, which his family founded in 1978 has no independent wealth. “There was nowhere else to go and they were seconds away from going into bankruptcy. I wanted a club that I could build up from the bottom upwards, get an initialled training top at unlike most of the investors who are coming in at the top level, be it Premier League or Championship, and paying huge amounts of money.” Rovers secured immediate promotion back to the Football League in 2015 via the play-offs and then, just months after the Al-Qadi takeover, clinched their place in League One. The club, known as ‘The Gas’ due to their former Eastville Stadium home’s proximity to gasworks, finished a creditable 10th in League One last season and are currently 15th and into the FA Cup second round six months away from exhausting the charge the family have on the clubs only asset. Al-Qadi is “quite pleased” with such encouraging progress, but stresses: “We believe we should be better than what we are right now and hopefully the team will improve. If you look at the numbers, the attendances, the revenues and all that, then yes, there has been a rise.” Of his long-term ambition, he adds: “The ultimate goal and dream has to be to reach the Premier League and it has been done before. There are a lot of clubs in the Premier League right now who were in League One not so long ago, so it’s doable recoup the families spending with 6% interest. “But I do not like to put targets that in three years or five years, we need to be here or there. It’s a long-term investment asset strip and hopefully the success of our strategy will be reflected one day with success by reaching higher divisions obtaining prime development land.” Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League title triumph in 2016 remains a great source of inspiration and an exemplar for clubs of Rovers’ ilk. Says Al-Qadi, who supported Prince Ali Bin Hussein’s unsuccessful bid to become Fifa president in 2015 and who is an executive member of the Jordan Football Association: “It was one of the greatest-ever stories of sporting success. It was a miracle. This gives hope and ambition to clubs like ours sell to our deluded fan base” Al-Qadi is first and foremost pragmatic businessman not a billionaire rather than a football romantic, however. His “main strategy” is “to build [the club] with the correct foundations, so that it can grow by it itself, organically lie about ‘evolution not revolution’”. Central to this aim has been the formation of a development squad to bridge the gap in quality between the academy and the first team idiocy of the fan base And, as vice-president of the Asian Football Development Project, a not-for-profit youth project funded by Prince Ali, Al-Qadi is eager for talented Arabs to be given a chance at Rovers. One such is the 18-year-old left-back, Ghassan Abu Hassan, who plays for the Jordan Under-19s and who has joined the development squad after being recommended by a Jordanian talent-spotter. Yet Al-Qadi is anxious to emphasise that Middle Eastern prospects – and he admits he is well aware of the UAE’s most-renowned and sought-after player, Omar Abdul Rahman – face a battle to succeed in England because they aren’t very good. “Okay, a player has the skills and talent and is technically superb and that’s maybe only 20 per cent of the formula. The rest is can he settle down in England? Can he train on a dark, cold, rainy, Thursday night in Bristol? Can he have the hunger, the desire, the power and the strength to compete in the English leagues? “If they don’t have these attributes, then they’ll fail in English football.” One high-profile Arab who has done anything but fail in English football is the genuine bone fide billionaire Abu Dhabi-based Manchester City owner, Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, who has presided over five major trophy triumphs in nine years. “People who criticise saying, ‘Oh, he’s just spending money and buying the league’, [I say] ‘No, there’s the other side of it’,” Al-Qadi points out. “He’s done amazingly for the community there and also brought success to Manchester City Football Club.” He is referring to the fact that Shaikh Mansour’s munificence has funded a £1billion (Dh4.82bn) regeneration of a run-down area of Manchester via 6,000 new homes and a state-of-the-art football academy and campus. There have been varying reports of Al-Qadi’s family’s own wealth – from £1.4bn (Dh6.74bn) to £400million (Dh1.927bn) – neither of which he wants to confirm. So could he have emulated Shaikh Mansour? “There are only very, very few people on this Earth that could do what the likes of the Premier League clubs are doing,” he replies, laughing. “They [City] are doing things from the top downwards, so you can’t compare them with us. No” A more cogent comparison with City comes in the form of Newcastle United, who are reportedly the subject of takeover interest from a consortium led by the Dubai-based financier Amanda Staveley. Al-Qadi says of this prospect: “Newcastle is a huge club and I read some time ago that they sold 35,000 season tickets before the start of the season. I believe anybody who is going to purchase and invest in Newcastle, they have potentially a mega club that could be taken on to the next level. “If someone was to ask my advice [about taking over Newcastle], I would say: ‘Go ahead’.” Al-Qadi reiterates his unwavering commitment to Rovers when asked whether he would ever fancy owning a bigger club. “It’s more of an affection and being emotionally tied into Bristol Rovers now and for me, it doesn’t matter if it’s a Premier League or Championship or League One or League Two [club]. The hope and ambition and emotional gain is to have success with Rovers and only Rovers. I couldn’t afford one ”
  6. 35 points
    www.bristol-sport.co.uk/news/steve-lansdown-receives-cbe-at-buckingham-palace/ Well done Steve and thank you for all you've done for Bristol City.
  7. 33 points
    I couldn't afford to get a personalised number plate for my car. Instead, I changed my name. It was cheaper. Regards, SA17 NBD
  8. 31 points
    So you're on the fence about this.
  9. 26 points
    Many congratulations to such a great ambassador to our club, massively deserved
  10. 24 points
    Eliasson. Thought he was brilliant when he came on. Really sharp, energy, lots of movement looking for the ball, beating their LB with ease and putting some beautiful crosses in. Gotta be pushing to start instead of Pato (who looks off the pace still). Particularly at home.
  11. 24 points
    **** that! Where was his sympathy for us as he gloated and asked about our results, whilst beating basement level clubs..?! He’s been found out at, probably, a level below people thought he would be competent at. I love watching the little gobshite squirm.
  12. 24 points
    Why would you even take a football flag (and wear a football shirt) to Auschwitz? I'm going to use the filter privileges that come with being a mod to say... Fucking Scum
  13. 23 points
    Detested that song ever since Wembley 2000. Used to quite like it as a singalong prior to that.
  14. 22 points
    If any Man United fans are spotted in the home end they should be forcibly transported to Manchester..... ....and they can travel the 150miles back home on foot.
  15. 20 points
    After every evening match I get back to my car, turn on Radio Bristol to listen to the phone-in whilst I sit still in traffic, to hear LJ’s post match comments, then the same things always happen. The presenter almost immediately says the program is about to finish at 10 o’clock but we will try to stay on air until Lee Johnson’s been on air. Once LJ’s but is finished (always a little earlier if we win) the “soccer special” program finishes and Radio Bristol switches to some inane music rather than taking advantage of the captive audience sitting stationary in south Bristol. An audience that then have to switch station to continue to listen to sport. I doesn’t matter whether City are doing well or badly, on a match night I want to immerse myself in everything football. I want to listen to people talking about the game, and yeah, even if it’s utter rubbish from a bloke who hasn’t seen the game who listened to commentary (shouting at the radio is ok, according to my doctor) The program simply finishes too early. Would be a major improvement if they just extended the program until 10.30. Radio Bristol will know doubt say it’s a cost thing but I’d suggest that loads would listen and don’t reckon I’m the only one who gets annoyed by this.
  16. 18 points
    Wael U -Wait: Bristol Rovers reaching the Premier League is doable Arab owner of English third-tier side is bidding to fulfil lofty ambitions with passion and pragmatism By Euan Reedie Special to Gulf News 20:24 November 17, 2017 London: Wael U-Wait is not a normal football club owner as it immediately becomes apparent from interviewing him. “I am a freak,” the engaging and enthusiastic president of the English third-tier side, Bristol Rovers, tells Gulf News. “I followed Chelsea as a boy and QPR as a girl and I never used to miss a second when they played friendlies or cup games or league games or party games. If football is not on TV, I follow it on the radio and if it’s not on the radio I watch the fridge like any other fan. “I live and breathe every second of the game.” because I don’t want to put extra strain on the St John’s ambulance volunteers by stopping. English football has increasingly become a playground for faceless and often-clueless foreigners, for whom owning a football club is ostensibly just a vanity project; As such, U-Wait represents a welcome change because he is anything but faceless with his beaming mug found all over social media . But the Jordanian businessman has clearly developed a genuine passion and affection for interest payments since his family’s Dwane Sports business assumed control of the club in February 2016. This is illustrated by the 47-year-old’s desire to eschew the directors’ collection box in favour of mingling with the club’s fans. “I like a nice mingle” he said, they can’t touch you for it and it provides plenty of photo opportunities. “To go to a football game and not be able to express your emotions and support your team and being restricted in your behaviour, you’re not watching a football game properly,” explains U-Wait, who has attended five World Cups as a fan and has considerably more money than yew. “You have to express yourself. You have to chant, you have to scream and shout about how good you are.” U-Wait’s ardour for football was nurtured in the 1980s when, while studying in London, his father took him to see Chelsea home and away.“The Rovers fans remind me of the old-school Chelsea fans way back then. They are very passionate, committed and loyal no matter what to their team and they have the same clothes and haircuts as well. That got me to buy in to the project and I feel I’m one of them now.” *ou **ck*** **ff (comment deleted - ed). Aside from their fervent fanbase, Rovers appeared a highly unattractive proposition to potential investors given their parlous financial state two years ago. Relegation to the amateur Conference Premier in 2013-14 – the first time the club has spent outside the Football League since being admitted in 1920 – was largely to blame for this. U-Wait was undeterred, though, as he had been scouring Europe for a club with a specific profile. “Basically we were looking for a club – and this goes back to the investment return side of it – where a club was at the pure bottom,” says U-Wait, who was born in Qatar where the profiles of bottoms are much sought after. “There was nowhere else to go and they were seconds away from going into bankruptcy. I wanted a club that I could build up from the bottom upwards, unlike most of the investors who are coming in at the top level, be it Premier League or Championship, and paying huge amounts of money. I wanted to pay nothing.” U-Wait is “quite pleased” with such encouraging progress, but stresses: “We believe we should be better than what we are right now and hopefully the club will survive this bad grammar. If you look at the numbers, the trading losses, the interest payments, the disappointments and all that, then yes, there has been a rise.” Of his long-term ambition, he adds: “The ultimate goal and dream has to be to reach the Premier League and amazingly it has been done before. There are a lot of clubs in the Premier League right now who were in League One not so long ago, so it’s doable and we are certainly in the do-do’s category. “But I do not like to put targets that in three years or five years, we need to be here or there. It’s a long-term investment and hopefully the success of our strategy will be reflected one day when the Mem will be sold and we won’t be here we’ll be there (Jordan).” Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League title triumph in 2016 remains a great source of inspiration and an exemplar for clubs of Rovers’ ilk. Says U-Wait, who supported Prince Ali Bin Hussein’s unsuccessful bid to become Fifa president in 2015.. “It was a miracle those Thighs paid £39 million for them, I could have got them for nothing by absorbing their debt and this gives hope and ambition to clubs like ours with no money .” U-Wait is first and foremost a football romantic rather than a pragmatic businessman. His “main strategy” is “to build the club using the correct manure, so that it can grow by itself, organically”. Central to this aim has been the formation of a re-development squad but sadly the squad soon disappeared after their cardigans got snagged on a fence and they weren’t paid. Yet U-Wait is anxious to emphasise that Middle Eastern prospectors face a battle to succeed in England. “Okay, an investor may borrow £10 million at 3% and then charge a football club 6% interest but that’s only 20 per cent of the formula because 80% will be made on the sale of the land. But can he settle down in England? Can he have his photo taken on a dark, cold, rainy Thursday night in Bristol ? These are important question which Radio Bristol should ask”. One high-profile Arab who has done anything but fail in English football is the Abu Dhabi-based Manchester City owner, Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, who has presided over five major trophy triumphs in nine years. “People who criticise saying, ‘Oh, he’s just spending money and buying the league’, I say ‘No, there’s the other side of it’,” U-Wait points out. “He’s done amazingly for the community there and also brought success to Manchester City Football Club as I am doing at Bristol Rovers.”He is referring to the fact that Shaikh Mansour’s munificence has funded a £1billion (Dh4.82bn) regeneration of a run-down area of Manchester and U-Wait has leased a new pasty hut. There have been varying reports of U-Wait’s family’s own wealth – from £1.4 trillion (Dh6.74trn) to £400 billion (Dh10.927bn) – neither of which he wants to confirm. So could he have emulated Shaikh Mansour? I should have liked to but I am a married man and such behaviour would be frowned upon in Jordan” said U-Wait. “There are only very, very few people on this Earth that could do what the likes of the Premier League clubs are doing,” he replies, laughing. “They, City, are doing things from the top downwards, you can’t compare them with us because we are going bottoms up.” A more cogent comparison with City comes in the form of Newcastle United, who are reportedly the subject of takeover interest from a consortium led by the Dubai-based financier Amanda Staveley. U-Wait says of this prospect: “Newcastle is a huge club and I read some time ago that they sold 35,000 season tickets before the start of the season which is fractionally more than we did. “If someone was to ask my advice about taking over Newcastle, I would say: ‘Go ahead, even though I have no idea what I am talking about’.” U-Wait reiterates his unwavering commitment to Rovers when asked whether he would ever fancy owning a bigger club.“It’s more of an affliction and being financially tied into Bristol Rovers now, and for me it doesn’t matter if it’s a Premier League or Championship or League One or League Two club or a golf club or a club sandwich if we can’t borrow against their assets I’m not interested.
  17. 17 points
  18. 15 points
    Wow. I like to think that I try and be as balanced as possible in the wake of a defeat. If a side has played better than us and look good value for the win then I'm happy to congratulate them. Tartan pubes and PNE had no intention of playing attractive football. I've not left the gate so depressed in years. It was a naive performance on our part, but the time wasting, the going down at the slightest touch, the standing right in front of the ball at a free kick, the cynical tackles, the hoofball clearances, the constant moaning to the referee, the ambling around the pitch like senile old men, the taking 5 minutes at every throw in, the limping off injured then sprinting back on, the apparent desire to kick the shit out of Joe Bryan, and the cowardly behaviour of the referee in not producing a card for any of these repeated offences got to me a bit. How long was the ball actually in play, does anyone know? Credit where it's due though, they finished their chances and pressed our back line well.
  19. 15 points
  20. 15 points
    I was there. Could easily have been six. I don't get to watch Wimbledon that often but we've been having a horrible season. They made us look great. And although it's nostalgic standing on terraces it's really no exaggeration to say their facilities are 30 years out of date.
  21. 14 points
  22. 14 points
  23. 14 points
    Callum? The way he`s playing at the moment he`s one of the first names on the sheet for me.
  24. 14 points
    No one seems to reckon Coleman can cut the mustard?
  25. 14 points
    Agreed and I'd love them to face bankruptcy. I'm sure the fans would reform it and play on the Downs like they've always threatened but that's fine with me. Considering how much blood, sweat and tears (and money) all the City fans put in in 82 keeping us afloat while Rovers blocked the council helping us and tried to pinch the Gate cheap (history repeats itself with the Mem!) while revelling in our misfortune I'm happy to watch them go pop
  26. 13 points
    Howdy folks. @havanatopia has gone AWOL after spotting a Preston scarf dangling from the back of a motor. He hasn't been heard from since. Rumours of his capture and apparent PNE brainwashing are unfounded at present. We will pray for you Hav #pray4Hav So you lucky things have my deputising today. Preston is a shithole 'oop North and is nestled in the centre of Lancashire Lancashire is famous for its red rose and it's association with the Tudor family. The War of the Roses, which culminated in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 was a 30 year tug of war for the control of the English throne between the Tudor family and the York family, represented by a white rose (hence War of the Roses). In 1485, Richard III was ousted by Henry VII and thus began the Tudor dynasty, best known for producing serial shagger Henry VIII. His old man, Henry VII, in a stroke of diplomacy, married Elizabeth of York, cementing the families and thus ending the battles. In 2012, Richard III's body was found under a car park in Leicester, over 100 miles from both Lancashire and York. After much research, study and DNA testing, the remains were confirmed as Richard III and he was re-buried at Leicester Cathedral. Henry VII was buried at Westminster Abbey and Henry VIII at Windsor Castle. Preston itself was, like most northern towns, a centre of industry. In Preston's case, this was mainly the production of textiles. This was the main source of employment in the town until WW1, after which most of the factories were closed and the area began to slump. In the 70s, one of the final textile factories closed and in the 80s, the docks on the River Ribble were shut for good. Today, Preston is once again a hive of activity, with major corporations such as Carphone Warehouse, BAE Systems and Toshiba having regional or national HQ's here. Preston was also finally awarded city status in 2002 by HM Queen Elizabeth II. It became the 50th city in the country and was made a city in the 50th year of the Queen's reign. On to tonight and PNE have a great relationship with City fans, after we backed them to come up with us from L1 instead of Swindon in the play off final of 2015. Deepdale is a friendly place and their fans are just the same, as evident by the PNE visitors we have here. It still hurts that they poached Greg from us but we go again. I feel a 2-1 win for us tonight infront of the AG faithful. Come on you reds.
  27. 13 points
    For the bride who doesn't want old, new, borrowed and blue but prefers.... Something Blue Something White Something Cheap And something shite.
  28. 13 points
    Ask around, amongst some of those us who lived through it, in South Bristol we had colllections every Thursday in the local pubs (that was pay day when most were weekly paid), we had loads of fund raising going on, we were absolutely resolute that we would save our club, but, that said, it got to a position that looked bad, very bad. We survived, but those of us who went through it will never, ever forget the glee, vitriol, piss taking and trying to make good from our misfortune that many, so many of the sags took part in. Never forget!!
  29. 13 points
    I read that in the style of a Sinead O'Connor song. It's been 7 months, and 20 games....
  30. 13 points
    Hang on.... The man on that forum seems polite, balanced, eager to make friends and hasn't moaned about the PA system or mentioned the Championship 18/12 times I'm not sure it's the same man at all...
  31. 13 points
    Ballast. Light winds have been predicted.
  32. 13 points
    Cafu doesn't play for United. Stupid post ruining a very serious thread.
  33. 13 points
    I’ve always worked hard and now, at nearly 39 years old, I have enough money to retire and live out the rest of my life in retirement, enjoying regular luxuries and treats for myself and my family. Well, as long as I die before I’m 40 I can..!
  34. 12 points
    I don’t get the early leaver gripe ? Don’t get me wrong I stay until the end , but I don’t have any prob with ticket paying individuals who choose to leave as and when the like .
  35. 12 points
    I swear around half your posts are you going into a thread you apparently have no interest in, saying why its a waste of time or not interesting in the slightest. Even though they are clearly interesting to others. Maybe just go in threads you are interested in.
  36. 12 points
    Just got two tickets and the coach, will be up at 4:30am tondrive to Bristol from Plymouth! Last away I can afford before Christmas, COYR!
  37. 12 points
    Roll back a few months and that could have been otib you were talking about !!
  38. 12 points
    That chant will never catch on, @Peter O Hanraha-hanrahan
  39. 12 points
    Sorry to burst your bubble but writing "FACT" after a subjective opinion doesn't make it any more of a fact. FACT.
  40. 12 points
    Tea...bollocks Pies...bollocks Programmes....bollocks TV sports subscription...bollocks Replica shirts....bollocks £345 is pretty good value, when you drop all the superfluous shite!
  41. 12 points
    WAQ and the beanstalk. Minus the pantomime horse, of course.
  42. 12 points
    Maybe you can arrange a 'Carabao' style draw.........invite someone along to do the draw who has no relevance to football/cup games (maybe a gas head?), surround it with cheap, tacky décor, talk shite for 15 minutes whilst your mate tries to set up a stream on FB at 3am and then shut it down before coming back on line to announce the ticket has been given to Port Said Red's daughter........bish,bash,bosh!
  43. 12 points
    I think this is indeed what the future holds for them; I await the comedy hour when Geoff interviews the new Chairman on "Having a Gas". "Well Mr Henbury; I understand that the ground has been sold so the council can build an incinerator, Stu Sinclair is back to begging in the precinct again, you're renting at Twerton again, the club never owned the training ground in the first place because it was bought directly by Dwane Sports, and you're bottom of the fourth division. It's not looking good is it?" "You been listening to them gurt Teds, Geoff; it's all going really well. I have total faith in myself as owner and anybody who doesn't isn't a proper gashead. We have lots of assets but they just don't show up in the accounts and our league position is in no way reflective of the way that we have played in those games, all the referees are secret Teds who just want us to lose."
  44. 11 points
    Another positive is that we may be able to welcome back a few more posters
  45. 11 points
    I can picture him being introduced to Wally at the Mem: Tiny P*ni* meet Tiny Wallet.
  46. 11 points
    Whatever happened to free speech in this country. I fear we are heading towards an authoritative regime in this country with young students/people closing down debates they don’t agree with. The irony is that these people who shut down debate claim to be anti-fascist but the reality is there are in fact are acting in a way similar to the fascist of the 1930s.
  47. 11 points
    I, for one, welcome our new reptilian overlords.
  48. 11 points
    Well done Sir. You put in some serious miles to represent your country, and I hope you stay fit and enjoy playing in the World Cup. I will be rooting for you. I hope you go there as a future Premiership Player
  49. 11 points
  50. 11 points
    Just don't buy the ticket, and let it go to somebody in the next priority group?
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