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  1. What a sad loss of a really massive character. Some of the posts on here really bring back some great memories of the great Jack House, particularly of his RE lessons at Ashton Park School. Although he didn’t take any nonsense, his one weakness was if the subject of his beloved Bristol City was raised during the lesson. He would then spend half the lesson discussing anything BC related. As a teacher, he was one of those rare characters who could be strict, but had the total respect of the pupils; many of them he would still be in touch with, decades after they had left the school. His passion was infectious and actually made a lesson I had no interest in actually more than bearable and entertaining. He really was a larger than life and fascinating character, who had so many interests, but would never just dabble in anything. Whatever he did, he would get totally involved and Bristol City was certainly right up there in his passions I was chatting to him on the supporters’ march to Ashton Vale ‘village green’ a few years back and was amazed at the unbridled passion and enthusiasm he still had for the club after all the years of relative underachievement that he had witnessed over his decades a a supporter. An absolutely lovely bloke and a massive loss to Bristol City, the church and everyone who had the huge pleasure of knowing him. Sincere condolences to his wife Rosemary for her tragic loss.
  2. I thought the atmosphere was superb in the 2nd half last night. It was really noticable from my seat near the back of section 21 in the SS that the reason the noise level cranked up was due to fans in all areas of the ground joining in in large numbers. I don’t think it was any coincidence that the songs were all pro City and encouraging the team and were starting in different areas of the stand, not just section 82. I think this talk of formally expanding the singing section is missing the point imho. This may be a controversial statement but while I admire their efforts and enthusiasm, I believe section 82 shoot themselves in the foot by marginalising themselves by singing too much stuff that the rest of the ground won’t generally follow. Tbh, I really get bored with the over use of anti sag songs and I wonder if many others share that view and maybe that could be the reason why more people don’t join in with them. Don’t get me wrong, I hate the gas as much as anybody and will lose my voice when we actually play them, but if we aren’t actually playing them, the scum are a total irrelevance in my eyes, so on principle I won’t sing about them. We all know they like to bang on about us being obsessed with them, so why give them any ammunition? Last night proved there are plenty of fans in all areas of the ground who are willing to join in with truly positive support of the team, so maybe with a change of emphasis on the section 82 songs, they could find the singing section expanding into the whole ground!
  3. I reckon the Brexit balls up is all LJ’s fault though!
  4. Got loads of the City history books too Dave, though haven’t got that one yet. That first Wembley appearance was awesome and the interest around it was incredible at the time. We had to hire a self drive minibus and due to the interest that game, there was absolutely nothing available in Bristol, so I think we eventually managed to find a beaten up wreck somewhere around Timsbury. I know that competition has been so devalued these days, but the Freight Rover Trophy really meant something in those days. Absolutely loved it and that Wembley final and the huge support we took really was the sign we were on our way back up after some very dark times for the club.
  5. Yes, piss on your shoes isn’t one of my greatest memories of those days. Didn’t they have some sort of trailer for the toilets at the back of the Muller Rd end at Eastville? I’ve got a really clear memory of walking in there one time and because the thing hadn’t been achored down, as you walked in the whole trailer tilted, mening the bloked urinal slopped most of its contents onto anyone unfortunate enough to be stood in front of it! Completely agree on the view from the East End, but for me, the atmosphere made up for the inferior view. I did move into the Enclosure in later years, but again the terracing was a bit shallow. Atmosphere was still good there, but nothing compared to the East End in full voice. I’ve been in the Dolman a fair few times and while you get a fantastic view of the whole pitch, I just couldn’t take to it for some reason. I’m just happier behind the goal, so up in the back of the SS now and a great view from my perspective. Just wish it could have been as good a view from the East End, as that sould have been perfect.
  6. Could be right RR. On the other hand, I can be sat bored to tears at the Gate most matches, but only need to glimpse one of these old clips and the excitement comes flooding back. I’m just glad we had the chance to enjoy football as it was in those days and hopefully the younger ones can enjoy current football just as much in their own way. Sadly it won’t work for me, being able to compare the two, but good on you, if you can get the buzz from what we’re being served up today.
  7. Lucky you if you enjoy today’s football experience as much as these classics of the past. I was at almost all those games mentioned on this thread and imo, following City today is a pale shadow of some of those fantastic matches in the past. The passion, committment and intensity just isn’t there any more for me and neither is the connection between the players, club and supporters . Even thinking about those games sends a tingle down the spine and I can remember them clear as day. Most of what we’re seeing today is instantly forgettable by comparison imo.
  8. This polarisation of views is getting really boring now. Some bad results and the so called LJ ‘haters’ are swarming over the forum whereas, with some good results, it’s the turn of the imo even more irritating LJ ‘lovers’ to start crowing about how great and underrated and unappreciated he is! The way I see it, we are right in the middle of a typical run of LJ results. In fact it couldn’t be more typical, as we’ve followed a run of four straight defeats with a run of nine unbeaten and who’s to say the run of defeats don’t repeat in the very near future. The only consistant thing under LJ is our inconsistancy and that shows no sign of changing. The childish point scoring from both sides is even more boring than the football we’re being served up at the moment, but is unfortunately far more predictable than our next result! I was concerned this was the danger of appointing a HC who had been such a ‘marmite’ player and this fear has sadly been borne out. My other concern is that this club is never going to be unified under his stewardship, but I really hope I’m wrong on that one. There will always be differences of opinions, but this really feels pretty distructive at present.
  9. Lloyd Kelly was inexperienced when he first got a shot at the first team and that hasn’t turned out too badly has it? If we want to go down this sustainable route some are banging on about, why not give our young ones a chance to stake a claim? For example, George Dowling has looked tidy on those rare occasions when he got some game time, but now he’s nowhere to be seen. At least it would give the fans a lift and something to cheer, given the piss poor ‘entertainment’ we’re currently getting. Getting lumps kicked out of our young loanees by some league 2 cloggers is only going to teach them so much, so why not give them a run out in our first team? Just one at a time, but we could find ourselves with other gems like Kelly if they step up to the plate. Imo unless we show some belief in these young players, we’re just kidding ourselves if we think we’ll ever become sustainable.
  10. So you think 99% of clubs are running up debts as big as ours do you?
  11. so your argument is completely and utterly hypothetical, isn't it. Where are the millions he has "pissed up the wall?" You're always going to get players that make a loss and ones that make a profit. Name me one club that doesn't "piss money up the wall"? Thats football, swings and roundabouts. One thing I can assure you, we will not exceed FFP, so what is the problem? Apart from having another needless pop at the owner of the club that has given us so much. Its pathetic. I admire your confidence about not needing to worry about ffp Badger, but not quite sure why that is and don’t share that view. Don’t forget we won’t see all the money for the player sales this summer in one go, as there will be installments. We can’t keep losing 25 million a year and expect to cover it with player sales. Looking at our performance levels this season, with due respect, I think it needs a very strong pair of rose tints to not think a very large quantity of cash HAS been pissed up the wall!
  12. A brilliant effort considering all the London clubs they have to compete with to get all these promising players. Given their small crowds, it makes you wonder how we manage to post such huge losses in comparison and I really question if we’ll ever be good enough at this sustainability game to ever compete with clubs like them. Hopefully we don’t find ourselves slipping down the leagues as well, because as we all know, with the ‘fine margins’ in football, the Championship in particular can be very unforgiving if you get things wrong.
  13. Exactly LP and Brentford are a great example of the type. Sadly we’re miles away from competing with them. They seem to have everything in place to make it work, while we give the impression of playing at it, but without the correct personnel in place to make it work. It’ll be interesting to see if the success continues after losing their manager.
  14. Completely agree, but for true sustainability, you’ll need to be constantly replacing all departing players with ones of equal standard, just to stand still. Given our past record on recruitment, I really can’t see that happening in all honesty.
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