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  1. 148 points
    Truly today must be our 'finest hour'. I learn today that Weimann should not be on the pitch and Fammy is actually the problem in our team. Meanwhile signing a truly mega exciting player age 18 with Champions League experience from a major European club is questioned as worryingly too much money and a big gamble- then largely glossed over on our forum because it's just not enough or the right position . Un-####in believable !! ( Welcome Han-Noah - I will cheer you at every touch) Signing a goal keeper with the pedigree of Dan Bentley, Making our Chelsea loans of Kallas, DaSilva and Palmer permanent for mega millions. Boom. Signing a very exciting player from Benfica ( Benfica FFS!) who gave one of the best messages about joining BCFC that I have ever read- but no, it's irrelevant because it's nothing compared to an unknown Arse second string player who may or may not condescend to play for our great club. And people are making it out to be the end of the world???? We have a chance of signing a great quality Hungarian International and who knows who else?. Meanwhile-loads of spoilt school children think that SL or MA or more stupidly Lee Johnson only had one single striker target in Eddie whatshisface whose Club has made it clear of no guarantees of him going anywhere. So really??? In a market where virtually every single club in Europe- no, the world, wants a striker who can get goals and our fans believe club's will obviously sell to BCFC? - you silly silly children. There will be a Plan B even if it's not the one fans dreamt of. So- just to sum up what has been the most unappreciative day in OTIB history - we've made some cracking signings and cracking sales. We are doing stuff that I never dreamt possible because I saw my Club almost disappear in 1982, I stood on the terraces of Trumpton when we lost the title and when the Green'un announced yet another pointless journeyman signing for us in order to join a team of journeymen not playing for us. Same old same old for decades. I'm actually in heaven about what's now going on at BCFC, so grateful to SL and pretty much laugh at a 50± page thread of hysteria about a player that 99.9% of posters have never seen play, can't spell and can't pronounce. And the funniest thing that it's always the same group of posters who never believe( I'll be reminding you later in the season, boys) because they always criticise and unless we are guaranteed the Prem - they'll keep on being pretend supporters. If we get to the play-offs we'll have done well- actually,brilliantly in a tough tough League but I just don't get how people are just not able to see how far we've come and how far we can still go. COYR
  2. 95 points
    Allow me to introduce Bristol’s newest football team : Bristol Sands Utd FC Made up of blokes and their families who’ve suffered the devasting impact of babyloss, Bristol Sands Utd FC has been set up by one the committee members of Bristol Sands - the Stillbirth and Neo-Natal Death Society - to try and reach out to guys who find it hard to talk about their experience in a more formal setting. Using football and shared experiences to break down barriers we hope to get men talking about babyloss and the impact it has had on them. Statistically there will be plenty of guys on here who have been through this, myself included. Our daughter, Elizabeth, was born sleeping in March 2012. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about her and only yesterday I ran the Bristol 10k to raise funds for Bristol Sands. So. If you’re a bereaved parent, or your close family have been affected too, and you fancy a kickabout with others who just understand, feel free to get in touch. PM more for more details. Here’s a few links to give you some more info about the football team, Bristol Sands and our fundraising efforts https://m.facebook.com/sandsunitedbristolfc/ https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/my-world-crumbled--men-2695048 http://bristol.sands.org.uk/ https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/reg-coombs
  3. 88 points
    Hello everyone, Someone asked in another thread how Oskar was getting on. I’ve contacted Lizzy his mum and she’s given me permission to post the following.
  4. 76 points
  5. 68 points
    Absolutely superb today. Apart from the poor finish with his head first half. Not seen him play so well at home all season. Won most balls and held it up well. Passed it well and even went on some runs with the ball. What a handful. MOTM
  6. 62 points
    Now this is the story all about how My life got flipped, turned upside down And I'd like to take a minute just sit or kneel I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Horfield In west Jordan town born and raised In the watch shop where I spent most of my days Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool And all watching Tom Nicholls hitting row Q When a couple of guys, they were up to no good Started making trouble in da fional turd I got in one little fight with a horse and my mom got scared And said "You're moving with Nick Higgs and the Tramp in Horfield” I whistled for a dog and when it came near The Collar said "Darrell” and it **ssed Fanta clear I bought a TV and thought it would fit on a tent spine But I thought nah, forget it, these things take time I pulled up to a slum about seven and a bit And I yelled to the cabby "Yo, homes This ain’t Stamford Bridge” Looked at my kingdom I was finally sealed To sit on my throne as the prince of Horfield
  7. 60 points
    I don't get why people on here have this attitude about players who have left, at least not the ones who love the club. If it were Maynard or someone who left in that manner then I'd understand but I like Joe and I wish him well, it's nice to see him doing well.
  8. 54 points
    Evening all Apologies after disappearing for several reasons after the forum posts - Anyone who asked a specific q resulting from it and not answered below - I will try and answer directly at some point Will stay out of the today’s post match reaction and rewind the clock to my Post Forum thoughts and some bits that came out that some might find interesting, relevant and want to chew over , and clarify some misinformation that has surfaced from the Forum The badge I see one of our posters has indicated that ‘Concorde’ was mentioned unless it was mentioned Post Forum it wasn’t mentioned by JL on stage ‘ Replacing / Finding a striker from the academy ‘ In fairness this has been misrepresented , when asked about finding a Goalscorer MA and LJ explained that they are at a premium and very costly in the Championship and we had to look to see how we could replace goals including seeing what we could develop from within. - it was NOT a case of we will / need to replace from academy Leaders & Characters Lee was asked about characters / Leaders and having said in 2016 we needed leaders and the same again recently 2 years or so later , why we were still saying the same thing and hadn’t recruited a leader(s) LJ explained that they had been retrying to develop leaders amongst the group and mentioned MP specifically Position in Possession LJ , in response to a question spent some time explaining what he means by this. I won’t go into detail on this post but simplified , where he wants players to be when we are in possession - suppporting , or, protecting the player in possession - ( becoming more cautious ? may be relevant to some of our turgid play IMHO) Side v Leeds said he was picking a side that would ‘run and sprint’ Then named side as played today except COD was starting instead of Adelukan When he named Paterson I think most let out a noise of surprise off the back of his run and sprint comment Which takes me into Jamie Paterson From a number of comment , Lee is clearly confused himself whether or real problem is creativity or taking of chances and unsure whether to look for a Goalscorer or a creator Lee didn’t say this specifically but he clearly sees JP as one of our best chance of being a creator and I think that’s why he keeps trying to shoehorn him in Famara Diedhiou LJ appears, unsurprisingly , clearly disappointed in Famaras influence / performances recently and kept saying he ‘needs to get him going’ as he did with a number of the players and the players as a collective Matt Taylor Been struggling as he’s been having 2 hrs sleep at a time due to a new baby The way we’ve been playing Lee thinks we have been playing well , and cutting through the first two thirds of the pitch with ease but struggling with creating and taking chances He, on a number of occasions , accepted Preston performance was awful but put it down to one bad game on a number of occasions it was pointed out to him that in Fans opinions it wasn’t a one off bad game and cited Wigan , Rotherham etc but LJ didn’t accept that I thought it summed up when one chap said to Lee ‘ It’s not one bad game Lee it’s 10 wins or so since January’ LJ turned to the supporter and said ‘ I know , and why ? ‘ the supporter together with the others present looked bemused and the supporter rightly said ‘ I don’t know Lee , you’re the manager , you tell me’ Lee’s explanations were a mix of refereeing decisions , injuries , the loss of ‘ 3 £15. Million pound strikers’ in 3 seasons and the loss of Flint Bryan and particularly Reid (I think he’s right about Reid) Slightly worryingly he particularly highlighted as an example Hordurs long throw to Flint but in fairness also explained why he felt Bobby so valuable I won’t go into full detail but he is absolutely full of and focused on stats Lee Himself In discussing the pressure on him I thought Lee made a very good point Someone on here asked if LJ feared the sack - would he have been brave enough to blood Max Lee made a similar point insomuch he said he tries to get involved with U 13s etc and if he thought he was going to get the sack soon why would he bother with the acdemy, ie was he doing the right thing and the message that he needs that security / backing to get involved that way - It’s a fair and valid point but more a question of priorities at present time for me Lee comes across as a decent bloke and have to say again how I admired him for stating so long stood amongst supporters answering questions and discussing various things There are some things he mentioned that I don’t think fair to post on here but most don’t reflect on him or his abilities or otherwise Having listened to him at close hand for a hour some of my general thoughts about him were strengthened Very passionate lives and breathes football and his post Very confident in his abilities, possibly to a degree not yet born out by his performance. He made a claim at one point that with a top end budget he’d ‘walk the championship’ - Confidence is good, indeed probably vital but over confidence or belief is possibly not Lee appears a bit confused and maybe shocked by recent performances or lack of and kept saying about needing to get the ‘players going’ Unsurprisingly, He is clearly feeling the pressure He also appears in confusion and dilemna as to whether our real problems lie in our creativity in the final third or our lack of real goal scorer I have to confess, listening to him closely I think he could be described as dillusional ( IMHO ) in the way he describes and sees us playing and our performances He again spoke about his ‘Busy Bee’ philosophy , but when asked how Famara fitted into any ‘Busy Bee’ philosophy he couldn’t really explain In all honesty Having spoken to him on a few occasions and watched him since he’s been here I keep coming back to the same thing Somebody on the Forum thread mentioned ‘aura’ I heard GJ speak and on a number of occasions and thought he epitomised aura, I recall thinking ‘Yep I’d want to play for you’ I’ve been lucky enough, on occasions to meet various characters in the game and some have had a natural aura and presence , some not For me personally , Lee just doesn’t have that aura / presence - that’s not a criticism , that’s just the way it is So when it comes to managing the players and getting the best from them Lee can try the bullying or Churchill approach , or cajoling with a backdrop of credibility If I’m honest I believe that Lee has , and does try both For me he simply doesn’t have the presence / aura or credibility to,pulll off the first the second, - He clearly tries this and clearly appears to back up his coaching with a lot of stats and analysis - credibility still a question ? His passion is clear , but I just don’t see him tactically or maybe more importantly , a clever / good ‘manager / leader / motivator’ Personally I think he gets too hung up in details and stats and he has the misfortune of saying , what I regard as silly or strange things which as I stood there the other night , and on previous occasions , if I was a player I’d be thinking ‘oh shut up’ or ‘What ?..eh ? ‘ I’m not at all sure he has either the respect of players or that they fear him or any other motivational factor I’d love to know the real truth about recruitment - a conversation I had at the Forum makes me suspect MAs fingers in the pie I think LJ is trying to follow some demanding ‘wants’ from the owner as best he can if I’m honest I’m not sure he’s up to the whole task At one point you could almost see his exasperation as he said ‘ I’ve got to develop players from the academy , sell players to get funds in , and be twenty points clear at the top of this league’ Slightly dramatic but you get his drift So just a few bits for people to mull over My immediate fear is that I sense / smell a Head Coach and Squad that looks lacking in ideas or consistency in approach and has a relegation fight feel all over it atm - And Personally I don’t fancy this squad in a relegation battle As I said earlier in the week , right man , wrong job for me
  9. 50 points
  10. 48 points
    Tomorrow everyone knows the importance of 3 points so please don’t just sit there moaning and having a go at manager or players , get out your seat and show your passion , show how much you want the club to go forward , cheer these players who have taken the season down to the last home game and gave us something to cling to cheer them on Congradulate them on another year of improvement we can’t ask for more , we have no Devine right to promotion in this ever improving division -so enjoy tomorrow, paint the kids faces red and be PROUD to be a city fan . Let’s hear the ASHTON ROAR it’s down to you boys
  11. 45 points
    There won't be many games this season City approach with the upheaval of radical change to their squad and formation, but Lee Johnson's men settled quickly and on their second half deserved the win from a close, well matched day at Birmingham. Kasey Palmer was the standout player, by his prior standards on loan, a much more conventional all action midfield threat that dropped as needed and was at the heart of everything City did well. No surprise his third sublime through ball got City level. Alongside him Adam Nagy also impressed as the rebooted City midfield showed first glimpses of the fluid, incisive passing LJ wants, albeit City fell behind after Hunt's reckless challenge, Rowe's unstoppable equaliser grabbing a well deserved point. The new look side went into the game in a thoroughly different 3-5-2 formation with debuts in Rowe and Pereira as wing backs and Nagy in midfield and Afobe up front. It took a while for City to find their football in a forgettable, cagey first half. The highlight was probably Pereira having a painful first 25, twice putting the ball out via unforced errors, the second time with no threat he decided to announce himself with a typically Portuguese Ronaldo-style slash turn and back heeled it out of play. The only action in that period was lively Birmingham midfielder Villalba flashing a rising shot at the top corner which Bentley did well to tip over. It was a rare moment of threat as City stayed solid while trying to pick out Afobe via quick deep balls. But on the midway point of the half City's fans were on their feet, Nagy robbing the hosts in attack, feeding Palmer, who picked the first of three exquisite through balls of the day, Afobe clear to test the keeper, Weimann unable to snare the rebound. On the half hour Brownhill robbed the ball in the Blues half and spread play wide to the lively Pereira, and his swept cross into the box had to be headed behind at the far post as Afobe closed to finish. City's new look side were finding their range. Three minutes before the break again it was Palmer, starting and finishing another sweeping counter attack, Weimann racing off the last man before reversing to swing it over for Afobe on the left, his miscontrol requiring a lay back to Palmer who smashed over. After the break City looked confident and came out fast. Pereira was crudely chopped down - he'd later depart injured - and at the second attempt from a resultant free kick, Brownhill crossed, Kalas nodded down and Brum hacked out with Afobe ready to finish. A minute later Bailey Wright, who'd been particularly poor with forward balls when called upon, produced a brilliant overhead kick from a Pereira long throw (yes we've got that threat back) which drew a good save right in front of the massed City fans. Pereira was forced off by his injury and on 54 replacement Hunt crossed into the box and both Weimann and Afobe tried to turn over the line in a desperate scramble by the hosts - before Nagy finally connected at the far post, his shot deflected over. Minutes later City goalkeeper Dan Bentley produced a world class save at the other end following a neat passing move by the hosts, feeding Jutkiewicz on the edge of the box, his turn and rising shot destined for the top corner - brilliantly tipped wide. On the hour City were looking more and more fluid and Weimann dispossessed a home player in the Birmingham half, from the resultant clearance Nagy charged the ball down and collected it to stride clear, forcing a diving save with a hooked shot. Yet it was the home side that went in front against the run of play minutes later. Brum broke quickly, Hunt choosing to clatter his man on the half way line - lucky just to get a yellow. Off the free kick Roberts crossed and Jutkiewicz headed in at the far post. City threw on both their remaining subs - Diedhiou and Eliasson - and it took until 15 to go for Diedhiou and Palmer to combine clinically, the latter picking a killer pass to put Afobe clear on goal, his tame low shot straight at keeper Camp, parried away. But by now Palmer was running the show, dropping deep, holding off opponents and looking for passes, and in the 83rd minute it told - dominating midfield he spied a 20 yard angle to left wing, Famara dragging defenders as Rowe raced in to laser into the far corner. A stunning equaliser and certainly no less than City deserved - and right in front of their 2200 fans. Bentley looked careless in the aftermath as Birmingham threatened a quick response but in truth City finished by far the stronger and well worth 3 points. Not a win but good response after Leeds and against a well organised side. Given we were in a new formation and with new players we found our game relatively fast and in Nagy and Palmer had a far better midfield than City have enjoyed recently. Bentley 6 Tidy, one world class save but not asked to do much and bit of a muddle right after our goal Baker 7 Pick of our centre backs, quietly efficient Kalas 6 By his own standards looked a bit loose and wasted two chances at the other end Wright 5 Looks out of his depth in this side continually wasted possession with poor distribution Pereira 5 Was real culture shock - flashes of quality but blowing after 20 and gave it away cheaply twice. Crosses were good and brings a long throw. Will be okay but clearly Pisano style rabbit in headlights intro to Championship. Rowe 6 Not a real wing back or full back, positioning often suspect but got forward well and finish was perfect Nagy 7 Very clever footballer always in the right place and covering. Unspectacular but vital to how we played, covered all the hard yards and made sure we were never exposed Brownhill 6 Muscled off the ball too easily for my liking a few times but looked like he was taking on responsibility post Pack and always busy Palmer 9 Absolute stand out performer - was not the show pony of Ashton Gate last season, always in space, used the ball well, never muscled off it, and picked sublime through balls not once but three times Weimann 7 Much better through the middle and worked his proverbials off against his old rivals, makes such a difference having two up front as there is always space for one or other Afobe 6 Definitely an upgrade and always running off last man and will score a hatful of goals... BUT didn't today and he blew a clear one on one, if it was Fam he'd be crucified Hunt 6 Stupid foul led to their goal, more comfortable than Pereira after that Diedhiou 6 Funny how his headers find others when there are two up top. Looked hungry and was busy once on Eliasson 5 Not quite the threat that was anticipated when he came on, largely bypassed by Palmer's stunning midfield play
  12. 44 points
    Interesting reading some Monaco views on Twitter. Even accounting for dodgy translation it seems as though they think he’s been really badly advised by his father in coming here. We’ll show them when we finish 14th and go all the way to the third round of the Carabao Cup!
  13. 44 points
    I’m not sure I’ve ever known such a consistently good performer play for city for so long and just not get the level of respect they deserve. Frankie is very nearly worthy of legendary status at this club. It’ll be a sad day for me when he leaves. Top bloke and really good keeper. Won us many, many points.
  14. 43 points
    Just a question then, why doesn't Taylor get the same vitriol? It's like a "face doesn't fit" thing with our supports sometimes I feel. It's like if you're funny, or have a good chant, our supporters seem to overlook things. It's actually pretty funny. I'll give you a few examples: Matty Taylor. Awful. Not good enough at this level. He's 15% of Fams ability, but because he runs around a lot and we stole him from Rovers he's like a cult ******* hero. He's shite. Flint. Wasn't actually that good (defensively). Says a comment about Swindon and becomes some sort of superhero. Albert Adomah; Had flashes of brilliance, but was an absolute liability when it came to tracking back and lost the ball in some stupid areas fairly consistently. But because these players have / had good chants etc all the other stuff is overlooked. My advice to Fam would be, ask the media team to do an interview with you so you can do a silly dance or drop in how you much you hate the Gas and then you'll be fine. The fans will then love you. There is no consistency and a lot of hypocrisy when it comes to "picking" on a player too. Look at Hunt for example. The guy in the last few games has scored an absolute screamer and a couple of assists, but he's too inconsistent according to some, but yet Palmer is a footballing god. Erm, he's probably one of the most inconsistent players on our books. He's always giving the ball away, but yet because he has a chant about "shagging people's wives" this is overlooked. Then we have the Afobe situation. A lot of our fan base said on transfer day that he was awful. A panic buy and we were scrapping the bottom of the barrel. He's scores some great goals, but that's now because he's a confidence player and that he's playing well because we love him and the Stoke fans got on his back. That's why he was bad for them. Erm, but it's ok to do it to Fam? Maybe he needs some love? Has anyone thought about that? Anyway, rant over.
  15. 41 points
    I really don’t know what your problem is with Joe Bryan. As a casual observer of this forum I’ve noticed that every time Joe comes up in conversation you’re straight into it trying to bring him down. I even remember you commenting that he didn’t like football, and because he was privately educated he preferred rugby (how you came to that conclusion I have no idea). Joe Bryan did a lot for Bristol City both on and off the pitch. I certainly don’t resent him leaving or looking to better himself. Perhaps you could take a leaf from his book and post something more constructive rather than trying to garner favour for your agenda against him.
  16. 41 points
    Cancel your Sky subscription, stop buying products advertised at football and so on. Or stop complaining about it.
  17. 41 points
  18. 39 points
    Having won at Birmingham and held the league leaders last Saturday, resurgent City took a convincing point at a raucous Derby, rightly sharing the rewards in an end-to-end encounter that showed the Championship at its exhilarating best. City under Lee Johnson lost their way in November but there should be absolutely no complaints about the team that is now playing with the energy and determination of last season, today going toe to toe with a promotion favourite - and could've won. This was stunning end to end stuff, sadly for City fans starved of action at Ashton Gate most of this season, the team have really shown away from home, and while Derby had clear chances of their own, the players in red did the away fans proud. Derby came racing out from the kick off but it was City that showed first, Pato in behind them, and a minute later Kelly beat 3 players, disguised a pass to Paterson on the left, but his tame cross easily claimed with Weimann the only player in the box. The hosts were pushing players forward, their quick passing was working us, and on the half hour Jozefzoon cut in from the left and saw a shot blocked. Minutes later they pressed, intercept a Maenappa kick, Nugent forcing the save from 25 yards. City had their chances and on 18 minutes Baker intercepted the lively Harry Wilson and his quick ball to the left let Weimann run on, only to drag a tame shot beyond the far post. It wasn't a big response, but it was a warning Derby didn't heed. Within five minutes Pack lifted a ball over the top and Derby's defenders got mixed up under pressure from Famara Diedhiou, failing to clear their lines, leaving Paterson to run straight through the middle onto the loose ball, calmly lobbing the keeper. 0-1 and Paterson ran to celebrate right in front of the away fans. He had been his usual self in the opening exchanges, full of energy but rarely looking up, and giving the ball away frequently. But his poise and speed had put City into an amazing lead. Derby inevitably went at us looking to get back into the game in front of lively fans, after the half hour Wilson got past Kelly inside the box and got to the byline, lifting a cross to the far post which was headed over by Nugent with the goal at his mercy. In minutes Derby handed out more gifts. Another mistake teed up Famara in space with just two defenders to beat, 30 yards out he unleashed a dipping shot onto the crossbar. On 35 he caused more problems and Paterson then lashed a shot over. City were clearly on top now which is why it's no surprise that Derby equalised. They worked it down the left and Mount made easy work of Pisano and crossed into the middle where Waghorn got in at the near post to flick past a helpless Maenappa. While Derby bossed the possession, lively City were creating chances, and five from halftime Brownhill brought down a half clearance outside the box and flicked it neatly past his marker before volleying it just wide left of goal. City really in this. After the break Derby came roaring out on the front foot but once again on 49 it was City that went closest - a half clearance falling to Weimann just 15 yards out but he was slow to react and by the time he took his shot it was easy for the hosts to block. Three minutes later Tomori headed badly over at close range from a Mason Mount corner but a minute later Pack seized on a Derby clearance to set Diedhiou away off the shoulder of the last man on the right, his low shot stinging the keepers hands. On 56 minutes City created the chance of the game with a stunning break. O'Dowda drew a midfielder and sprung Famara into space between lines - he found Weimanns run down left and a quick cross into Pato clear in front of goal, was stabbed wide. Just before the hour Nugent left a boot on Maenappa at a set piece and Derby fans jeered bizarre disapproval at his injury. Within ten minutes O'Dowda ran 30 yards from his own half but Famara was offside from his pass (Weimann turning home). Pride Park is noisy for a modern stadium and Derby fans roared for a winner - the hosts going for it. On 72 Mount unleashed a fierce shot from 25 - just left, and three minutes later Mount's corner was cleared outside the box and Wilson volleyed over. City brought on Eliasson and from then on it was the visitors who were as likely to win it. On 79 Brownhill got clear down the right and crossed deep to the left. We worked it into the box, Paterson wriggling clear but getting cut down - a clear penalty shout. Minutes later Eliasson was again involved, winning a flick on outside the box which found Diedhiou at feet, he curled his shot just over from outside the box. On 83 O'Dowda robbed Tomori on the right and crossed, Diedhiou's bicycle kick parried wide. Eliasson was causing all sorts of problems City got him clear on the left again but his early cross/shot was well over. A minute later we slipped him in on the edge of the box but his quick cross was cut out at the near post before a City player could finish. Before the end Keogh found himself in space outside the box and his pot shot was tipped over from 25 yards. In injury time Jozefzoon ran at us again and spread wide to full back Bogle whose well drilled shot was brilliantly tipped wide by Maenappa. In the end City rode their luck but were more than good value for their Christmas point. Derby is a formidable place to go, their fans are lively, but we played out of our skin today and despite being handed our opener, were relentless for a winner. Maenappa 9 Best game in a City shirt without question. Saved everything. Pisano 6 Could have done better with the goal but worked hard Kelly 6 Was classy in places in the first half but by his own high standards was careless and casual second half Baker 6 Solid, not sure why he went off Kalas 7 Solid as per Pack 7 Loose for the first half hour, after that the best ball playing player on the pitch, some sublime assists Brownhill 6 Tireless today but perhaps didn't get into the game as much as he has done today Paterson 7 Started poorly but his usual energetic self, a nuisance, albeit lightweight, between the lines, and took his goal well Weimann 6 Worked hard but didn't really trouble their defence and no finish O'Dowda 6 Strangely subdued after good recent games and loose with the ball - a bit more lively second half Diedhiou 8 Best game of the season - won everything, caused problems, setup most of our attacks Webster 7 Quite honestly didn't realise he was on - but we were much more solid with him Eliassson 8 Could have turned the game decisively in our favour - and Derby couldn't deal with him Adelakun 5 On for 30 seconds
  19. 38 points
    All got overshadowed by the young lad from Arsenal, but at the end of it: - Kalas, DaSilva, Palmer all ours: - Bristol City signing players from some of the top European clubs (I know, who would have though it on a cold day at Chesterfield): - Also spent best part of £8m on a kid who looks like they might be quite decent. - Looked like we were going to get no striker, then wham, a half decent one at the last moment. Overall rating B+. A shame on the one we missed, but we got loads. Huge congrats to MA, LJ and SL. Must be knackered. Go and have a half of cider and relax for a bit!
  20. 37 points
    If we can get this guy, the Monaco youngster, and 9 others I think we’ve got a real chance
  21. 37 points
    Well I can honestly say I cannot remember the last time I left a game hurting as much as I did yesterday. Its been a long time I can tell you. The lads gave absolutely everything on that pitch, we couldn't have asked for any more. Was the referee poor yesterday? yes. As was the referee that we had vs Villa, and you could even argue the ref had a shocker in the Derby v QPR game last week....but now the dust has settled, the reason we haven't made the play-offs is we have just not been good enough over the course of the season, especially at home I know I am normally construed as the negative one on this forum, but I will be first to say that the other thing this season has proved, is what a fantastic coach Lee Johnson is. What he has done with some players this year, especially following on from what he done with players like Bobby Reid and Bryan etc, has been fantastic. Do I think he will ever become a 'Top manager'?.....a manager who can manage the big occasions and pressures? I honestly don't know, however his stock and profile has certainly risen over the last 18 months and he is proven himself to be a very good coach. Which leads me on to pre-season. I genuinely believe this is the first pre-season LJ has had since he joined us where he now holds all the cards, rather then all the cards being held by the board and Lansdown. Many could argue with how last season petered out and ended, he was fortunate to keep his job. I certainly don't think he went into last pre- season in a position where he could make certain requests / demands when it come down to money. This pre-season is completely different. Again, I've always been one to push the argument for needing to invest in more experience, however I have loved the fact we have loaned from Premier League clubs the last couple of years. Some have been exceptional for us. I hope we continue to do this, HOWEVER, its time to back Johnson with some serious money now or face losing him. He said something in his interview the other day about next year, and how he is happy here as long as both him, and the club, continue to meet each others ambitions. There are plenty of fans who just don't think LJ will leave no matter what. My personal opinion is LJ's ambitions are starting to out grow the clubs. Now as I said, whether he will go on to prove himself a top manager I don't know, but for the first pre-season since he joined us I think there will be other clubs willing to take a chance on him and give him a better budget to work on This summer will really tell us how ambitious this club and its owner really are....over to you Mr Lansdown
  22. 36 points
    Saw this picture on Facebook. Brings back memories.
  23. 35 points
    Some of you have asked about the donations that you have made in return for using our season tickets or enduring away trips with us.... Just topped up the donations this season to £160. Everything you’ve paid me has been paid across to this very worthwhile cause. Unless the Ls or the stewards stop it I’ll be doing the same next season. Keep an eye out on here or feel free to message me if you’re interested. Or if you want to book the tickets for a specific game. FLDC or Colin tickets carry a premium And to all those who have chipped in. Thanks
  24. 32 points
    Hi, Blues fan here. Just registered to thank all of you there today for applauding little Bobby. The kids been through 3 and a half years of chemotherapy and is still Keeping Right On. I won't ever forget that gesture from you. All the best and thanks again
  25. 31 points
    I've absolutely no sympathy with any bookies so even if he had been texting to try and get someone ahead of the bookies...who cares? They're happy to use technology to let you install an app on your phone that makes it incredibly easy to take your money, but if you try to then use that same phone to get a tiny advantage. Wham: heavy tactics to reduce your chance of winning to the absolute minimum. Pathetic. The scandal here is that the bookies are so deep into football that they feel they can legitimately get the club's own security to attempt to enforce this?
  26. 31 points
    If Brighton sack Hughton then they’re a basket case and I hope they suffer 18 successive relegations.
  27. 30 points
    Few concerns from some he isn't quite ready. Motm for me. Elite fitness levels. Kept winning the ball, winning fouls. Deceptively very quick and strong. Just turned 18. Mental. Has to be in every game when fit no doubt. Also thought Brownhill was very good like always. Together we relied on them massively to not lose that game. I'd play them both and Nagy when all available.
  28. 30 points
    What a fantastic signing Dan has been . his kicking and his general goalkeeping is first class. cant think of a better keeper in the championship
  29. 30 points
    Please stop this chant, this isn’t the MLS... Just because you add You ***** at the end, you’re not hard! horrific and utterly embarrassing cheers rant over
  30. 30 points
    Just don’t understand why LJ, MA and our 30 strong recruitment team, ( plus the Wales manager) with all the stats and figures available for almost every player in Europe should blatantly ignore the OTIB experts who clearly know that his legs have gone.
  31. 30 points
    Outplayed them. Positive signs going into next season. Red card killed it. Looked a horrible decision as semanyo slipped? Very proud of this team.
  32. 30 points
    I know he’s not the fashionable choice amongst many on here, but genuinely thought he had a fantastic game today. Handling was spot on and a couple of really good saves, not least the header from the corner. Nice to have some genuine competition for the No 1 jersey. Welcome back Frankie!
  33. 29 points
    The Supporters Club & Trust is delighted to announce that we are again running our free tickets scheme this season. 'Fans of the Future II' kicks off this Sunday against Leeds (we couldn't announce it earlier, as we didn't want to do so until we had the season cards actually in our hands, and they only arrived today). Here are the details: https://www.bristolcitysupporters.org/kids-be-our-guest-take-2-019-20/ The scheme is the same as last year: we have 2 adult and 6 kids tickets (up to age 18) available for free for each game, ideally to go to adults who otherwise find it hard to afford coming to games and on this occasion are bringing at least a few of the kids to their first ever match at Ashton Gate. The tickets are front row in the Lansdown, right behind where the City players warm up pre-match. The Leeds game is up for grabs, so if you can put together a group of 6 deserving kids in time for Sunday, send in your e-mail now! The address is in the website article.
  34. 29 points
    Well ‘McDonalds123’ isn’t a hard password to guess
  35. 28 points
    I know nostalgia isn’t what it used to be but I was looking through some old programmes the other day and noticed the quality items you could buy off the lovely smiling Beryl back in the day
  36. 28 points
  37. 28 points
    All the Johnson haters have retreated back into their shells and so they should. Lee isn't perfect, but given the so called "crown jewels" we sold last year he has done remarkably well to get us near the play offs. I feel the club is now being run the right way and we would be fools to hound Lee out of the club. Look what has happened at Ipswich, where the crowd got fed up with mid table mediocrity and now face league 1 obscurity.
  38. 27 points
    Haven't had a chance to read through all the threads today, but I was really surprised by Semenyo today. I've never seen a player like a rabbit in headlights as much as today. I watched him intently...he literally had no idea where to go on the pitch. Everyone around him was trying to get him going, advising etc. I was literally astonished at his lack of understanding and movement and where to be on the pitch. I get he's young...but I've never witnessed a professional footballer of that age look so clueless in his positioning and movement. Sounds harsh...but he must be bloody amazing in training. I've yet to see what all the fuss is about. Like Famara...I want him to do well...but jeez, one of the worst performances I've ever seen when it comes to understanding what to do.
  39. 27 points
    We have to go up at some point, even if it turns out to be a disaster on the pitch, to even be able to compete financially in the Championship. Unlike some who implode off the back of a Premier league stint, I honestly believe that getting there, just for one season, initially, would be the making of this club (under SL’s guidance) and make us serious challengers on our return to the Championship.
  40. 27 points
    If you have watched City for any amount of time you will be used to massive excitement being the prelude to complete capitulation. After a stunning victory on the road at second place Sheffield United, this always looked like a second exertion too many in 4 days. As bad as Middlesbrough’s form has been, talking to people in the North East tonight, they were expecting City to get bombarded. Yet we got the polar opposite: a second consecutive imperious away performance putting us right back in the promotion shake up. The game was full of mistakes, but ultimately it swung end to end - and if any team could move the ball smartly it was Bristol City. We carved Boro open time and again, their defence offering little resistance - it was at the other end that City earned their stripes. City dealt with periods of bombardment - Wright and Kalas stopping 2 certain goals - but we also tore through Boro on the break. In the end, after surviving an end-to-end first half, City, roared on by their irrepressible 200 fans, became comfortable second half. Yes first half City rode their luck and cleared off the line, but in the second half we were more energetic and hungrier for the result. The game started scrappily but City showed ingenuity, a brilliant Weimann flick putting Paterson clear to setup Dasilva at a corner. Boro were sharper on the wings and after City gave it away, O’Leary made a brilliant 19th minute block with Shotton clear through. Midway point in the half, Boro should have stormed in front, Kalas clearing off the line not once but twice from Howson and Fletcher. And immediately Brownhill won a central free kick at the other end, and in a carbon copy of Saturday, forced the keeper to tip wide. On the half hour Weimann’s run won a corner after good work from Wright, and Dasilva found Webster at the corner to power home! At 1-0 up City should have gone further in front. On 34 Brownhill raced in and spread to Dasilva whose low show was bundled away. On 39 we steamed forward via the all action Wiemann, who fed Brownhill to run at the defence and force a save with a curling shot. By now all action Weimann was clearly struggling with injury, yet put clean through by Paterson he’d draw defenders and curl wide. With minutes left in the half, City produced the move of this season, as Diedhiou and Weimann intercepted Boro and raced upfield. Again City looked electric on the break and Fam exchanged with Weimann before rolling to Paterson, whose shot was beaten away. A minute from the half Boro had their second clear cut opportunity, now Wright clearing off Assombalonga’s foot with an open goal! And seconds later Boro broke again to get Jonny Howson into space on the right, O’Leary standing up to beat away his fierce shot. By comparison to an end to end first half, the second 45 minutes was tame, with chances at a premium and City on top throughout. City had thrown on Korey Smith for a hobbling Weimann and it signalled an intention to close ranks, to play even more on the break. Though Boro always threatened to pour forward and level the match, in truth the visitors shut down the second period as a contest. On 51 the hosts should have equalised: a brilliant free kick move with touch passes tearing into City, Assombalonga hitting the post. But minutes later Diedhiou held it up to release Webster on a barnstorming run, his shot beaten away, Hunt firing over the rebound. Inside an hour Boro caught City cold again, racing forward from a scrappy spell, Howson’s raking shot on the run was high and wide. To City’s benefit, the game grew increasingly scrappy and chances were harder to come by as both sides clattered into one another. After 70 Pack missed the chance of the half in another stunning break: Dasilva intercepting, Diedhiou holding up, and Pack racing on. City’s midfielder had been our most wasteful, but he drew midfielders, exchanged with Dasilva - then steered a shot agonisingly wide. In any case by now City were defending robustly, and the introduction of Lloyd Kelly just added class to the visitors rear guard action. Into the final ten minutes the away side were literally under assault from corners and shots, but always looked comfortable clearing. With minutes remaining Boro’s fans lost hope as the hosts became more and more wasteful, a fine move ending in a ball out of play. Amazingly City finished the game on top in injury time, Diedhiou finding his touch to hold it up and bundle past defenders three times. In the 4th of 5 minutes of injury time the warrior-like striker again won it in an advanced position, squaring to Brownhill who fired over. At the final whistle a minute later, Diedhiou collapsed to the floor yards from the away section, his efforts rewarded with three points. Winning at second place Sheff Utd had been spectacular and surprising, but at Boro the 3 points had been hard fought and deserved. City were always on top with their counter attacking football and at the back were far more robust and convincing than nervous Boro. Pulis, ridiculed by travelling fans throughout (home fans joining in too) uses centre backs everywhere, who were easily outmanoeuvred. LJ sent him back to the dinosaur age with a smash and grab away win that actually owed more to our quality with and without the ball! O’Leary 7 Solid throughout but scrapes 7 as his tendency to punch rather than save was a liability at times that could’ve been found out Wright 8 Close to man of the match, our most tireless defender, first half he roamed everywhere in his half to cut out Boro attacks Kalas 8 Double clearance first half was sublime, and was clearing up all day long, wanted to win, and the absolute heart of our defence Webster 8 Sublime performance against old City hero Flint - won everything at the back, raced upfield at will, and crashed in the winner Hunt 6 Probably not the same attacking contribution he has made in other City wins away - like Saturday - but rarely threatened Dasilva 9 Getting better and better, didn’t put a foot wrong with and without the ball, was up and down the pitch to good effect all day Pack 5 Bar easily the best chance of the second half that he did brilliantly on, was oddly a weak link, careless with passing repeatedly Brownhill 6 Pushed forward when Korey came on, he provided his usual energy and all action football without much threat on the ball Paterson 7 Like Pack the odd loose touch in possession was frustrating, but Pato at least showed poise to keep threading passes Weimann 7 Picked off after Saturday with some stunning counter attacking runs, carving open Boro and teeing up teammates Diedhiou 8 Rarely had chances but after Saturday more of the same, a foil for everything and commanding hold up in the last half Smith 6 Yet another surprise inclusion after injury, battled strongly and energy got in some amazing forward positions before injury struck Kelly 7 Can we ever be in a position to bring on a defender of his quality with time ticking down? So comfortable and classy tidying up Baker 7 Had little time on the pitch but a few vital headers and clearances. A revelation to have LJ throwing on defenders to win games
  41. 27 points
    Probably our best signing of the season so far...
  42. 26 points
    There's something about Brentford away. We rarely play well and are always second best. Today was no exception. The hosts passed their way through City repeatedly while we lacked any cutting edge, so the Bees first goal was deserved, ours less so. In the first half it was only Kasey Palmer who played with any purpose or direction, regularly carving through his opponents, only to squander our best chance before the break, while at the other end Baker cut out the hosts clearest opportunity. Second half City switched to 4-4-2 and if anything Brentford dominated even more as space opened up on both wings. It took Bentley to keep City to just one goal down, and the visitors stole a last gasp away end "limbs" equaliser from Weimann. It was City who showed first as a break by the visitors won a free kick and Brownhill's set piece was deflected into the keeper. In minutes City robbed the ball and Weimann fed Palmer on the left who cut inside and flashed a fierce shot wide of the far post. But by now Brentford had settled and from a spell of pressure after the quarter hour an overhit right wing corner was quickly recovered by Canos on the left who easily beat Taylor Moore and then crossed for Jeanvier to force a save at close range. A one sided game saw Brentford continue to dominate possession but after 25 there was a chance for wonderkid Massengo to drive from midfield against the run of play, the ball worked into the middle where star Palmer's back heel finish was blocked. It would be a further ten minutes before City went close again, some neat work by the otherwise anonymous Semenyo fed a quick break but a dangerous cross from the right was claimed quickly by keeper Raya as the visitors flattered to decieve. Just over five minutes from the break Brentford looked set to capitalise on their dominance as the dangerous Canos tore through the lines and straight into the centre of City’s box but Baker instinctively closed down and slid in to rob the midfielder. And out of nowhere City’s best chance of the game, Brownhill winning possession on the edge of his own box from a corner, direct to Semenyo to feed Weimann out right, who crossed for Palmer in acres of space to finish - only to place it wide of the post. City returned after half time in a 4-4-2 formation with Diedhiou replacing Semenyo up front and Eliasson introduced wide right at the expense of Moore at the back. Palmer almost threaded Diehiou in within minutes, but it was Brentford that rallied. After a rare spell of City pressure, against his old club it was visitors keeper Bentley who had to save down low from Canos after the Bees midfielder found space on the break to lash a shot towards the far corner, the first in a series of one way traffic. Ten minutes after the break Brentford bombarded City and while Bentley spilled the first shot from the right, Massengo headed away, only for the hosts to return with Norgaard’s dipping 20 yard shot tipped over by the overworked number one. From the resulting corner Bentley was again called into action, brilliantly saving at the near post, allowing City to break, Palmer’s no-look pass feeding Massengo who danced past opponents, fed Eliasson, who crossed for Brownhill to glance wide. After the hour a rare City foray promised much as Weimann did well to square to Palmer on the edge of the box, but this time the midfielder was muscled out, and on the break Josh Dasilva had room from the right to arrow a long range shot into the far corner. Now behind - and deservedly so - City, bouyed by the addition of O’Dowda for a largely neutralised Massengo, rarely threatened an equaliser even if their hosts started to sit back, giving sub Eliasson the odd chance to cut in and rain in crosses. Yet with less than five minutes left the visitors levelled, in front of their banks of sold out fans. Brownhill again did well out of midfield and Eliasson made a run, leaving room for Hunt to swing a cross in for Weimann to head into the bottom corner. Delerium in front of the massed ranks of travelling fans - thus far starved of acton - and improbably LJ’s men were back in a game they looked out of sorts in. And unsurprisingly for such a poor performance, the final minutes passed without incident. So in the end City emerge as they have done for three consecutive seasons at Griffin Park - earning a result well in excess of what their performance deserved. And indeed to keep their form ticking over, unbeaten since the opening day of the season. Bentley 9 Against his old club a man to the match performance, overworked but commanding, stopped (almost) everything fired his way Hunt 7 Another fine assist and for 60-70 minutes part of a wing-back pairing that was consistently strong, albeit became scrappy later on Rowe 7 As with Hunt, had an hour or more of being organised, but final half hour exposed in a back 4 as Brentford made room to threaten Williams 7 A few painfully wasted long balls in the final minutes but on the whole well organised and neat at the back Baker 7 Several brilliant - and clattering - tackles, particularly to deny the irrepressible Canos, was physical and got stuck in, Moore 6 Beaten easily once, and yet again subbed off to move to 4-4-2 - did nothing particularly wrong but can’t hold his place Massengo 6 By his own very high standards, a few flashes of brilliance were tempered by carelessness and easily being muscled out of the game Brownhill 7 Anonymous in places but largely a driving force out of midfield, as he has continued to be since the captaincy Palmer 8 Our best outfield player again by a mile… doesn’t always come off (badly missed Afobe today) but his strength and vision is unsurpassed Weimann 6 Besides the goal he rarely got in the game as City’s frontline struggled to link up or impose itself on the game Semenyo 5 A couple of classy touches can’t hide the fact that as at Preston, he is wasting these chances, waiting for the ball to come to him instead of getting stuck in Diedhiou 5 A few bright touches in of all places midfield, but up front sorely lacked both pace, and strength or hunger to ever trouble the Brentford central defence Eliasson 6 When fed and given room his crosses did cause the problems our team sorely lacked, and his presence gave Jack Hunt the space to cross for our equaliser O’Dowda 5 Didn’t have much opportunity to do anything when he came on and was easily swarmed out of the game
  43. 26 points
    Chelsea will soon be wanting to loan players from us !!!!
  44. 26 points
    ... awful, awful tactics first half. Showed far too much respect first half and clearly setup defensively. Both Dasilva and Hunt during the first 30 minutes were clearly told to hold back with niether making runs past O'Dowda/Weinmann. This massively hurt us as those out wide had no support which forced us to go centrally and made it so easy for Leeds. Slow, ponderous and unsure what to do when we won the ball back in defense meant we struggled to play out from the back almost like they didn't know if to attack or not which killed any chance of a counter attack. This often led to a long ball up to fammy. Contrast that to leeds who as soon as they won the ball knew exactly what to do and got into positions to allow them to play out. When that failed they knew they could just hit it to the channel's out wide knowing there would be a player there to chase/recieve it. Diedhiou up top on his own at home, again? Lee, please, stop.... please. I really feel sorry for the bloke, no one within 20 yards of him. So he wins the header, whose he meant to head it too? Has LJ not learnt from last season? What was worse was this wasn't fixed at half time, once Weimann was moved up top later on to support Diedhiou, we started to win it back up top as there were players to pick up the headers and bits and pieces. Honestly Weimann is full of running, having him or a new striker buzzing around Diedhiou is the way forward if your using him to play as a target man. By the time Lee had fixed his tactics and team the game was already lost. On a positive note, liked the look of Taylor Moore, a few maurauding runs forward when he was allowed to attack in the second half. Looks promising.
  45. 26 points
    2013/14 - 12th in League 1 2014/15 - 1st in League 1 2015/16 - 18th in Championship 2016/17 - 17th in Championship 2017/18 - 11th in Championship 2018/19 - 7th in Championship (Currently) Seems like we've been pushing on rather nicely for the last few years
  46. 26 points
    16 points off of relegation, 5 off the playoffs. What a turnaround from a minor slump. Manager and players deserve a good deal more credit than they’ve got recently, hopefully we can follow this up with a win vs Bolton.
  47. 25 points
    That Dyson Box actually contained a 12 pint Jug of natch and two bottles of Smirnoff ! Clever lad
  48. 25 points
    I certainly wasn’t convinced a 19/20 year old striker with no experience of the Champ was someone to pin our hopes and 20 goals on. We aren’t a side like Leeds who he will suit more....and you hear something like £5-6m to loan him!! We got the right striker for Bristol City.
  49. 25 points
    It is a common misconception that Bristol City do not own Ashton Gate but we do via a holding company. This is very common for football clubs and is 100% owned in the following structure: From a FFP perspective, we report as Bristol City Holdings Ltd to incorporate the stadium costs and revenues from other events. The prior year accounts of Ashton Gate Stadium Ltd show that event income was recognised by this company and not in the accounts of Bristol Sport*: As a result, the concerts will benefit us significantly but I do not have oversight as to how much that is. As mentioned by other posters, the revenue will be split across different accounting periods depending on when the gigs are. *the revenue will be recognised in the Bristol Sport consolidated accounts as well but I can't be bothered to go into that!
  50. 25 points
    The doctor ordered a red wine, the solicitor ordered a double whisky and the warehouseman ordered a pint of doom bar. The doctor explained that he ordered a red wine as, it was good for his health and the same colour as City's shirts, the team he supported. The solicitor explained that, the whisky was a spirit and strong, just like City, whom he supported. The warehouseman admitted that he was a gas head and, his drink was bitter like him and Doomed like his team.
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