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  1. 56 points
  2. 46 points
    It’s a tough one to call - you have to be favourites, having found your form again, after a rocky patch last month. However, we can rest easy in the knowledge that whatever the result next Sunday, when we wake up on Monday morning, we won’t be Welsh..!
  3. 45 points
    A very random post perhaps , but felt worthy to share. I went out on my bike with some friends this morning around Sandhurst in Berkshire and as is normal - we stopped for a coffee at the end of our ride in a nearby place called Crowthorne. We got talking with a man outside who was vagueably familiar and football came up in discussion - and my love of all things Bristol City. At this point the man we were talking to started to smile and the penny dropped - and lo and behold it was John Gorman. He now lives this way and is an artist doing commissions for many pros and cricketers too and we chatted all things football for over an hour. He still has a huge amount of love for the club and said he was once interviewed for the manager role itself but didn’t get it and how much he loved working with Carey when he was starting out. He spoke of his time at other clubs and what happened at Swindon and with England at work Cup 98 and how his wife sadly passed away 12 years ago when he was a manager etc. To add to this, he was such a humble and genuine person. It was fascinating to talk to him and it was again so nice to meet someone who speaks of how the club are progressing and the impact it is having with those that work in and around football in the UK. The admiration for what we are doing is being identified and recognised by many. Anyone else had a similar experience with a former city player, manager or coach?
  4. 40 points
    Can't say he wasn't trying though. Putting in massive tackles, Getting up for headers, closing down really quickly. Well done Lois
  5. 37 points
    Okay, the bubble has burst. I don't think we have it in us to challenge this year. It's been a very fun holiday in the top six but it will end soon. Fulham, Villa and Derby are rampaging now and unfortunately we've started to bottle games. Yet, before we start to all pull our hair out, this really isn't the end of the world. We have still had a very good season indicative of good progress. If anything, we aren't ready for the Prem just now. We need more signings for depth and for our promising young players to develop. They will learn from the last few weeks. I would have killed to be in this situation last time last year, where I celebrated draws like they were wins. However, don't let this little slump get you down too much. We are a club on the up who are finally starting to get attention for what we can do, and we have proved this against some of the biggest teams in the world. Our reputation for being able to develop promising young prospects is growing, when even a few years so we were never considered in this fashion. Once that Wolves winner went in at the Gate, I knew we would have to remain patient to get to the promised land. We are still in a position off the field that the other teams in the league are becoming increasingly envious of. Sure, some might leave, yet we aren't supposed to get too sentimental about individual players as that's just how football is. Anyone furious about our current situation needs a nice dose of perspective. This is the best we have been in a decade, and perhaps we have become too entitled towards assuming we are the best thing since sliced bread. I have faith in the team and staff that they will learn from this and we will finally establish ourselves as a respectable team in this division, which as a younger fan I've never really seen before. We have come so far and it would be such a shame to ditch it all now during a poor spell.
  6. 33 points
    We're on a bad run, although nothing like last season's debacle. With 14 games to go we're 6th with players returning to fitness. I'm as disappointed as anyone else, but a draw at Leeds is not an entirely bad result, and one most of us would have gladly taken at 16.30. We as a club need to regroup. The players need to ignore all the hype that the cup run and early season momentum generated, the staff need to remain calm and focussed on the 'bigger picture' and as supporters can do our bit too by continuing to get behind the lads as we have done so well this season. Threads calling for LJ to go are frankly either insane or agents of DC playing silly buggers. Some may not agree, but perhaps the return of the likes of Gary O'Neil, once he's match fit, from the 60th minute onwards may just help the team on the pitch manage to see the game out. Korey Smith was outstanding first half but he took a knock and ran himself into the ground and having GON back may help in that area too. I'm using KS as an illustration not attributing individual responsibility, far from it!! He has been a rock this season. And we also have the return of Djuric, COD, Hegeler, Pisano and Matty Taylor to add to the mix, all with something to prove. At the start of the season I optimistically predicted we'd finish 10th and will be a little bit dejected if we did now, but the progression on from the last two seasons is immense. 14 Games to go, bring it on!!!!! At least we're not losing in injury time at AFC Wimbledon.............
  7. 28 points
    I’ll get flamed for this but I think it’s because we’ve become very entitled as a fan base. The whole ‘come on Lansdown, get the cheque book out’ mentality, like we’re owed something. We’ve not been out of the top six all season pretty much and there’s fans going into absolute meltdown because we’ve drawn a couple of games FFS.
  8. 27 points
    Fulham a very good passing side. Dominated the opening spell and think we all feared the worst when they scored. But we responded superbly, and found a new gear. Once back to 1-1 we took control of the game and really were the only side in it second half. Lots of good attacking play which we couldn’t really convert into clear cut chances. A really well earned point and on another day could have been 3. Every single man put in a damn good shift, 110% work rate from everyone.
  9. 25 points
    Really would much rather have the project that Lee Johnson is implementing with a young, energetic side and a good youth pathway. Maybe Warnock could have done slightly better than Lee, but I think Lee is much more exciting and look what he has given us with the cup run success. Wouldn't change our style of football for Cardiff's for the sake of getting in to the prem or picking up more points. Personally I think part of being a good manager is producing entertaining football, and in that respect Warnock isn't exactly succssful.
  10. 25 points
    Going off BBC's top scorers list for the championship, despite his disrupted season with injuries Famara has the 3rd best minutes per goal ratio in the championship behind Vydra and Grabban. The man has been fantastic for us and brings out the best in Bobby at the same time.
  11. 24 points
    Welcome back, sorry to tell you that the 1990's has gone and you clearly have been in a coma for the last 20 years.
  12. 23 points
    Would it not just be easier for you to support Neil Warnock (wherever he goes)? Yep, £6m on Madine, £3m or whatever too much on Tomlin, huge wages to go with several of his squad, he’s spent money on players for now, not looking after the future of the club & he may just walk away from Cardiff this summer, he’s not bothered about the club one bit. Warnock would of taken this club back years, no use of technology or modern techniques & he would of fleeced players of their wages for them to get game time! How many youngsters is Warnock bringing through? And there in lies your problem, you want players who have failed to succeed elsewhere to come in on large contracts. LJ has sorted this club out from bottom to top & has put us in a position to progress for many years to come & he cares about what he’s doing! It’s clear you don’t back the club or the project they are building & if you think playing ‘thugball’ is the way forward, then you’re welcome to follow the messiah that is Colin around the country while he lines his own pockets. Why do I have a feeling that you’ll be gloating on Sunday if Cardiff beat us? You’re a very strange supporter!
  13. 21 points
    Bloody fantastic tonight! Pretty sure that's the best I've seen him this season. Great tackles as well as great long throws. He is going to be a fantastic player for us in the future, was so frustrated when he was substituted (injury?) Anyay great game and should put to bed all the criticism about him, I really really like him.
  14. 19 points
    Who’s budget do you want to compare to LJ’s? Colin’s? He’s just spent £6m on Madine, £3m on Tomlin & signed various free transfers that while they wouldn’t of commanded a fee, the likes of Bamba & Hoillet will be on large wages (along with Tomlin). So he’s not done it on peanuts but don’t let that stand in the way of you finding another stick to try & beat LJ with. Take a look at what our first team cost to what they are probably worth now & what wages they are on & then compare it to Birmingham, Middlesbrough, Forest, Wednesday, Derby, Wolves, Leeds, Villa, Fulham & Cardiff over the last 5 years or so, to name just a few!! You seem to have this perception that we have spent hundreds of millions on buying players & another fortune on wages, we simply haven’t, we have still had an outstanding season & only look like improving further over the years.
  15. 19 points
    Probably going to get lost in the gnashing of teeth over throwing away a two goal lead, but I thought he had a pretty decent game. Not at fault with either goal, cleared his lines sensibly and won a fair amount in the air. His throws also caused mayhem in the first half. Willing to bet he makes way for Baker v Fulham but thought he was a bright spot today.
  16. 19 points
  17. 19 points
    It's crunch time. Every result counts for more than ever now. Understandably, tensions are high. Staff, players & fans all included. But so far, this season has been everything and more than any of us could of expected. Fighting for the play-offs and a cup run that saw us into the semi-finals and beating Man United along the way. Whatever happens now is just a bonus. At worst we will finish mid table. We will probably finish 7th-9th. At best we will be in the play-offs But whatever's happens, I urge everyone to just enjoy it. The Sunderland game hurt, and everyone has been trying to dissect what went wrong, looking at the manager and the players. My initial reaction was disappointment. But then I felt myself feeling sorry for the players and Johnson, hearing them getting booed off. They probably felt they had let us down. Which they did on the day and the boos were probably/ maybe justified.. But over the course of the season, they have been nothing short of exceptional for this club. They have bought Bristol City out of the shadows and sparked life back into the club. And we shouldn't forget this, no matter what happens from now and until the end of the season. As fans, we should just enjoy it. Give the staff and players our full support through the upcoming highs and lows. The club has already achieved what many of us wanted at the start of the season, no relegstion scrap. Ofcourse this doesn't make results like Sunderland any easier, but it adds perspective. Everyone, including fans will be doing their absolute all to see this club finish in its highest possible position, no doubt. If play-offs isn't meant to be then it's not meant to be this year. But we'll be back for more next year, that's a guarantee. For now; relax, enjoy and get behind the boys! Come on you reds!
  18. 18 points
    I don't mind hearing that tbh. Too many times over the years we have been a soft touch.
  19. 18 points
    Exhibit A. No further questions your honour.
  20. 18 points
    I’ll obviously leave the official page to the regulars, but this is the tactical page. Last two games; Defeat to Cardiff 2 games ago: Defeat to Sheffield United in Heckingbottom’s first Game in change. Formation: fairly standard 4231 based around the big-man Lasogga. GK: Wiedwald - not a deal different to the inconsistent Silvestre we saw in previous seasons. Erratic. RB: Dallas (Berardi suspended - again, Ayling out for the season - a Midfielder by trade, and we know what happens when they play RB!! A good footballer, I’d like to see Joe Bryan getting at him if we can create overlaps Down that side. LB: De Bock - rated Belgian, who looked like he has a few defensive deficiencies in him from last week’s showing. CBs: Jansson and Pennington - one very decent, combative defender, the other still developing and a bit lightweight at this level. DMs: Phillips - really like this kid (22). Combative, but can play (sometimes getting in around Lasoggo when not playing DM). Would like to see someone like him at City. O’Kane - another I like, neat and tidy. But could be Forshaw (very similar to O’Kane), or Vieira, who I thought bossed our midfield in the home game. If they play Phillips and Vieira I think we will find it tough through the central areas. Midfield/Forward 3: Hernandez - very good at this level, tricky, clever movement, good from dead ball situations. Roofe - willing runner in behind, can score goals, quick. A threat if we allow him in behind us. Alioski - can be tricky, but also a slightly cynical side to him. Perfect for Bryan to be physical with. As we see from the two previous games, can play either side. Striker: Lasogga - I may come to rue this, but a poor man’s Chris Wood. Will get goals if he gets service in / around the 18 yard box, but not gonna run in behind you like a Wood could. Bench: other than the rotated players mentioned above I can’t say I know much / anything about Sacko, Ekuban ( young, injury prone) or Cibicki. Vernon Anita is capable at this level, but you wonder if attitude / desire is stopping him being a regular. So how do we get something? I think there are a few of key areas. 1) not letting Lasogga get the ball into feet within our final 25 yards, as this will be the springboard for runners and little give and go’s, especially Roofe and Hernandez. I think we can play quite a high line and squeeze the distances to counteract playing through Lasogga. Of course they may decide to chip balls in behind and turn us around. 2) Full-Backs - firstly to not let either get into advanced positions where they may overload us, but offensively I think the channel between Pennington (RCB) and Dallas (makeshift RB) is the weakness. Typically Diedhiou and Reid and whoever plays LM can make chances from here, backed up by Joe. 3) no shit Sherlock but win the battle in central midfield. If whoever Leeds play in there get control and play in our half (rather than 10-15 yards in their own half) then we will be on the back foot. Tomorrow is the game to go: Wright, Flint, Magnüsson, Bryan in the back 4. Lee make think very differently. Cmon you reds. Repreive from Preston, having been 1-0 up today, let’s build the gap.
  21. 18 points
    Am I the only one who isn't really bothered about the Premier League? I actually prefer the competitiveness the Championship and don't relish the prospect of battling every week for premiership survival.
  22. 17 points
    Loving the Gate cake made for my son's birthday - 3 points at Leeds tomorrow would be the icing on it ...
  23. 16 points
    We should take enormous pride in the fact that both Holloway and Warnock have admitted the most terrifying moments of their lives have come on the hallowed turf of Ashton Gate. Welling up here.
  24. 16 points
    Thanks for the kind comments , you saw the worst of us this season at Ashton Gate IMO and I was the first to admit it as we just needed a result , I love this league as its got some really well supported clubs in it and then a few that are on a shoestring in terms of wages us being I believe the third lowest budget in the division but able to compete with the likes of Wolves and Villa ( hopefully ) in back to back games two clubs that have spent over £100 Million on there squads proving that team spirit , togetherness and picking some gems up for next to nothing and a good manager can get you so far , win / lose or draw tonight I will leave Villa Park knowing the lads will have given it there all - no more can be asked for IMO In regards to yourselves you really are a very good side to watch , just my opinion but a mental toughness / game management at times and your key players back and you are very very hard to beat as the cup run / league position suggests , I think if you dont make it this season both of us will be close again next year , mainly because the clubs have a long term plan , don't fire managers after bad runs and are building brick by brick All the best Mortis
  25. 16 points
    I personally think that the day a league One club beating the best team in the land, and a success starved championship team beating the mighty Manchester United in a cup quarter final, doesn’t create enough excitement for such scenes, would be a sad day for football. I love to see a good, celebratory (good natured) pitch invasion. Some of the best scenes at Ashton gate in my time have been the pitch celebrations V Walsall, Rotherham, Palace, Manchester.
  26. 16 points
    If you build it, they will come. If you steal it, only 8,500 will bother.
  27. 15 points
    I absolutely slated him . Saying we should sell him. He is absolutely class. And my favourite player. Sign a contract BR
  28. 15 points
    Class . Getting better all the time
  29. 15 points
    New Video Produced by Bristol Sport shows just how far we've come in the last few years. We were league one a couple of seasons ago, fighting for survival in the championship to now recently pushing for promotion and playing and beating elite tier clubs.
  30. 15 points
    A robin with his foot on a ball with the suspension bridge in the background
  31. 15 points
    As I mentioned in another thread, the Fulham fans on the train were the same. It's odd because if it was Wolves or Cardiff saying it, you know they'd be doing it for the rise, but Fulham fans aren't the malicious type, instead this season genuinely believe they're far better than everyone and somehow the 'good' to everyone else's 'evil'. Yes they are a very pretty team but they're also utterly soft - not physically weak, but that spineless deliberately ready-to-tumble scream and shout softness that some teams cultivate to gain an advantage, and Fulham fans are deluded if they've not spotted it's their own tactic - their keeper was embarrassing with his fake-victimhood. And our glass-house living London friends should never forget that Kamara spent about an hour a few months ago launching himself into City players whether Joe Bryan on the touchline or several of our defenders in the box, and a year earlier they tried to break O'Dowda's legs. So zero ****s were given about their view of aggression.
  32. 15 points
    Click on the image below and watch 20 years of development:
  33. 15 points
    There's a curious pyschology to a score draw like yesterday's. At the end of the day, we've played away from home to a half-decent team and scored as many goals as them. Yes, we scored our goals first, but that meant that we could concede two and still take something away from the game. We give the players far less credit for the good play that brought about the two goal lead, and instead focus almost entirely on the fact that we later conceded two goals. People will say "Ah, but you should never let a two goal lead slip" - but why shouldn't we? Do the opposition stop attempting to score a goal? Do they suddenly cease to have players with skill capable of causing a defence problems? Is it really the case that every goal we concede is due to our own failings, or should we perhaps acknowledge the ability of an opposition to create chances in the same way we were able to for our goals? Others will say we should have been able to "shut up shop" and protected what we had. Easy to say, harder to do. On another day, that would be described as "sitting back and inviting pressure" - a more negative way of describing much the same thing. When we won away at Hull from 2-down, no one was saying how poor it was the Hull let their lead slip. The rhetoric was all about how well we'd done to fight our way back into the game. Does it not cut both ways? It's a cliche to say there are no easy games in the Championship but it's largely true. And away at Leeds is certainly not one of the easier games. I was as frustrated as anyone that we weren't able to hold on for the win, and of course we made mistakes that may have changed the outcome if they'd not occured. But would it really kill us to recognise that there are two teams playing the game?
  34. 14 points
  35. 14 points
    Ingrained in my memory of Leeds United, more than any other, are the long powerful drives from Peter Lorimer. Perhaps because my brother, at the time a misguided fan of Leeds, would incessantly blast a goal past me in the garden and prance around in celebration screaming 'and Lorimer with a screamer blasts another past the inept Jennings' because I had that iconic green jersey and long hair at aged eight. Or he might also scream 'Lorimer drives it past Maier in yet another LEGAL goal*. So the name Lorimer stuck. To be fair he did have a cracking shot on him. Over 526 appearances for the club he scored over 160 goals. Remarkably little footage of them on the internet which is a great shame but here is one.. If there is one thing worse than a smug Leeds fan its a self righteous pompous German. And that clip encompasses it rather nicely. You have to sympathise with Leeds, dirty or not, although what they did to the Parc de Princes in Paris at the end was not condonable regardless. As Allan Clarke remembers; It was 15 years after the 1975 European Cup final when the injustice of it all truly dawned on him. He flicked on the television and caught an interview with Franz Beckenbauer, reliving the night in Paris when Bayern Munich mugged Leeds United and Leeds smashed the Parc de Princes up. The discussion with Beckenbauer turned eventually to his tackle on Clarke 34 minutes into the game; a penalty which should have been given but wasn’t. “He admitted straight up that it was a blatant foul,” Clarke says. “It was the first time I’d heard him talk about it and the jist of what he said was: ‘I brought him down, I took him out.’ I sat there thinking ‘what an absolute disgrace.’” Football’s a small world but Clarke has never seen or spoken to any of the Bayern players who featured that night, or to the referee, Michel Kitabdjian. “To be perfectly honest, I hope I never do,” he says. Read more at: https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/football/leeds-united/leeds-united-whites-still-smarting-from-euro-final-injustices-1-7281571 And that was before Lorimer's perfectly good strike. Ask any Leeds fan about that match, old enough to remember or know their history, and they will shake their head in disbelief of how they were robbed. It is in their DNA now; if it hurts a player that much there is no surprise it rankles the fans beyond normal. I don't like how fans seem to think they have a god given right to be in the top flight, certainly, but what i do get is that such injustices of that magnitude can affect people in subtle ways. I think Leeds fans somehow have that. The recently departed Jimmy Armfield, manager of Leeds at the time, said in an interview to the Yorkshire Evening Post in 2008 “I always felt we were robbed,” . Says it all really. Clarke continues; “To lift the European Cup back then you had to win your league first. There was none of this finish-fourth-and-qualify nonsense." How emphatically I agree with Clarke. “There was no room for error in the early stages either. From round one if you lost over two legs you were out. Good Night Vienna. “But that final against Bayern Munich must go down as the most one-sided in the history of the European Cup. How a team who played like we did could end up as the losing side I’ll never know. Well, I do know. We were cheated out of it.” Beckenbauer would later admit that Bayern were “very, very lucky.” The Germans finally made the most of Kitabdjian’s help in the 71st minute when Franz Roth finished off a move involving Muller and Conny Torstensson. Muller killed the game by converting Jupp Kapellmann’s cross on 81 minutes, 60 seconds after Armfield sent on Eddie Gray in the hope of salvation. Riots inside the stadium were in full swing by then with seats and other missiles thrown towards Maier’s net and short-lived pitch invasions. United were subsequently banned from European football for four years by UEFA, reduced to two years on appeal. Kitabdjian needed a police escort from the pitch at full-time, though Armfield’s players made no attempt to confront him. “I was over near our supporters when he went off,” Clarke says. “There was nothing we could do about it after the final whistle, just as there’s nothing we can do about it now. “But in my mind we were champions of Europe that night. I love that our fans sing about us being champions of Europe because it reminds everyone of what really went on and how shocking that final was. “It was brushed over afterwards, no apologies or anything. It could only happen to Leeds United. “If that had been Manchester United or Liverpool it would all have been different. “But Leeds – well, if it can happen it does happen.” It hurts Clarke, you can see that! That night in Paris, more than any I know, and there are other rather interesting injustices on Leeds we will not expand on here, keeps coming back to remind an older Leeds fan when they fail to score a goal at home to Millwall in the second tier or they spend a few wilderness years in the third tier. Fans hurt. We can relate to that although we have never experienced such highs and such, comparable, lows. Leeds, I think, became dirtier after that match. Maybe those unsportsmanlike words from Beckenbauer baptised Norman Hunter to be the 'bite yer legs' champion. It certainly served City well in our old First Division days and maybe we need somebody reminiscent of that now but in midfield; you know that creative guy we have all been crying out for who also takes no prisoners. Or maybe Hunter is a breed no more. I like watching though.. One win in 11 against Leeds for City. We have to turn that around this afternoon. I hope all those fantastic City fans making the long and expensive trip north are rewarded. Let us get our promotion plans back on track before we get swallowed up by the chasing pack.
  36. 14 points
    Bloke even had a full games worth of football yet? Don’t write him off already.
  37. 14 points
    Haven’t you learned from the signings of brownhill, O’dowda etc. They took best part of a season to bed in and get used to the championship. Walsh will be the same. Its been stated hundreds of times this is how we’re doing things now but people still don’t get it.
  38. 14 points
  39. 14 points
    Last I heard of Rennie, he was selling indigestion tablets.
  40. 14 points
    So you are comparing a season where we only had approximately half the capacity available due to a rebuild? A season where we had to give a big section of the ground over to the away support, whether they had any chance of filling it or not, due to segregation? With logic like that I am sure you might actually survive the Gaschat censorship, if you decided to post over there.
  41. 13 points
    I know where I'd be. Instead of sat at Ashton every other week, I'd be sat on my sofa at home. I don't care whether he's second in the league or not. I have no desire to see that anti-football, serial moaning t!ts teams week in, week out - particularly as my team. So, in answer to your question, where would we be? The royal we, and I suspect several other fans, would be nowhere near this football club.
  42. 13 points
    Seemed a strange sub to me. I was convinced it would be Paterson coming off for JB.
  43. 13 points
    What? That was probably the best atmosphere all season in the league.
  44. 13 points
    Stadium manager is a rather grand title for someone who just carries a mallet and spare pegs.
  45. 13 points
    Two young guys in the analysis and fitness area of the club. Ryhs Carr and Sam Stanton spoke today and listening to them both utterly convinced me just how professional and polished the club has become. The described their roles individually one analylising data and the other being a part of the fitness and recruiting team. They were asked who was quickest player and CoD and Joe Bryan are the fastest with Flint not far behind them. They explained that all players have an app on their phones which they record many several things, how they slept, how their feeling generally and within seconds the info is on the phone of Rhys and that info is tailored to the individual training programme. Prozone is old hat and they use a new system (the name escapes me ) that uses more cameras and is far more accurate that Prozone was. They get instant data on their laptops during games but are unable to transfer said date to the coaches on the touchline as it's forbidden. Apparently the fourth officials are particularly vigilant! Depending on the opposition Pack is usually the one who covers the most ground between 12-15k most games. Kinetic tape - only has psychological benefits. Some players like it despite there being no scientific evidence that it does anything physically. The pair of the were completely fascinating and both have such great jobs. We had a new bloke on our table today and he said how stimulating the whole experience was.
  46. 13 points
  47. 13 points
    Best £3.9m we will ever spend!
  48. 12 points
    Why is there such a Warnock ****-a-thon recently?
  49. 12 points
    Meanwhile over at the family club of loveliness the love-in is in full swing.......
  50. 12 points
    Devastating scenes at the Mem following the earthquake in Bristol this afternoon ...