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  1. Not so sure about that. My wife hasn’t renewed this year after having a ST for about 12 years and her seat next to me has already been snapped up. When you look at available seats in the SS, there are very few showing.
  2. .... and they even had Hollowhead in charge and were owned by tight wad Oyston. With the limitations and handicaps those two provided, if they could still make it to the Prem, it really shouldn’t be beyond us to do the same, though I fear it may well be.
  3. Oh totally agree with all that Major. I’ve got to be honest and hold my hands up and say, however well we’re doing, I’ve always got that question nagging in the back of my mind, ‘I wonder how we’re going to contrive to cock it up this time’? Past history tells us with very few exceptions that we inevitably will and we really need a period of sustained success, or a real sign of intent from the owner to to really prove we have it in us. I really hope SL or JL have it in them to believe, as they’re the ones who have the real power to make things happen. I think their next big test is how long they’re prepared to tolerate the current situation and when, as seems likely that LJ moves on, will they be shopping at a higher end store, or Poundstretcher for their new HC/manager? That should tell us how positive and ambitious they really are for this football club. With what Pat Lam has shown with Bristol, SL has a great example of what’s possible with the right man in place. Interesting times ahead I think and could be a defining moment for BCFC.
  4. I’d also add that we need the fanbase to really want it too. We all know the usual suspects on here who are happy to accept any old dross dished up on the pitch and trot out the usual crap that we are just little old Bristol City and we’re up against all these big clubs. We’re 7th in the table don’t you know, so what more could we want or expect?!! Who knows how representative of the fanbase they are, but if God forbid, they are in the majority then my answer would be Premiership ..... not for a very long time, or possibly NEVER. With that passive mentality, where is the pressure to push on if the general fanbase is happy to just sit back and accept mediocrity without complaint. In some cases, they are sure enough of themselves to come on here to regularly tell us we should be happy with what we’ve got and LJ really is the messiah, but we’re just not smart enough to see it! If we’re prepared to accept and even welcome second best, I think it’s a pretty safe bet that’s exactly what we’ll end up getting. You can accept trying but failing, but who in their heart of hearts can claim we’re going balls out for it on the pitch? We’re playing like rank outsiders and underdogs, just hoping to snatch a win against the run of play, even at home against teams at the bottom end of the table. Imho, until this club shakes off the small time and small club mentality, I fear the Championship will be our ceiling. That might be fine for some, but wouldn’t if be great to get a taste of the big time again, after all these years.
  5. Think this could go some way to backing up the suggestion that the more players LJ has at his disposal, the more rotation we have and teamwork and performances suffer. Over the last three seasons, we’ve had a lot of injuries early in the season. As these players start to return to the squad and there are multiple choices in each position; rather than providing competition for places, it seems everyone’s form takes a dive. I think we’re crying out for a settled team, so the players can build up some much needed understanding. Unfortunately the policy of picking players to counteract the style of the opposition we’re playing each week just doesn’t allow that and accentuates the problem.
  6. Maybe you could get the mods to pin a Happy Clappers thread? That would allow you and the tiny number of fellow deluded and blinkered fans to post to your hearts content, without those other nasty people pointing out that everything really isn’t all fine and rosy at the Gate and contradicting what your extreme rose tints are telling you. That would then leave this Forum free for everyone else to debate all things BCFC, good or bad, without having pointless arguments with a small group of people who are so out of step with the current mood, where even die hard LJ supporters are now seriously questioning what he’s doing. It’s now becoming increasingly obvious with posts like yours above that we’re now left with a small group who are either wums, attention seekers, deluded, Johnson family members or have their heads permenantly stuck up their arse and can’t see how bad it’s got. Sorry to be blunt, but while we all agree this is a place for discussion of various viewpoints, posts like yours appear to be made with the aim of provoking people, as you seriously don’t believe what you’ve written, do you???
  7. I really hope there aren’t only 1500 fans who want to see the back of LJ. If so, our fanbase don’t deserve top level football, as that shows a complete and utter lack of ambition to stick with what we’re doing so badly.
  8. My wife’s ST is going to be free for Fulham next week, so I stupidly invited a mate along for the match. I’ll be apologising this week and warning him what to expect, to give him the opportunity to pull out of what is very likely to be a horror show. What with the horrendous shirts and very likely non-performance on the pitch in front of the Sky cameras, I think the Club’s image is going to take a very big hit in this game and we may well all be very embarrassed and fed up by the end of the match.
  9. It’s unbelievable that he gets anywhere near the squad considering his performances this season. He’s another player who gets far more chances than he deserves. Really think this could have been a game to give Marley Watkins a go, as while not being the most cultured footballer, he’s never lets us down . He’d certainly gives some much needed energy and physicality and those are qualities we’ll need against a side like Millwall.
  10. Completely with you there. The Johnson apologists keep banging on about us being in 7th and only X points of 6th and I left stone cold. I honestly reckon I’ve got more chance of sprouting a spare head than seeing this lot forcing their way into a top 6 finish, so am not getting even the remotest feeling of excitement and just want the season to end now and get it over with.
  11. Oh come on, Liverpool were immense at that point and those successive managers and assistant managers were trained up in what was effectively a trophy machine. The infrastructure, players and all the tools for success were there and their main purpose was to keep maintaining that. Liverpool are completely the wrong example to use in our case. They were determined to keep doing what was working amazingly well for them, so their answer was to employ from within. Are you seriously saying you want to see us continuing with this shit??? Imho, the longer this goes on, the more we need to flush out all the coaching staff who are responsible for this mess, not promote them. As you very often like to say JEEZ
  12. Would be interesting to know how competitive Brentfords B teams games are. If they are a good standard, there is certainly some logic going that route. You’re keeping all your squad members playing together, rather than loaned out all over the country, so can all be coached in the same playing philosophy, rather than that of the loan club. Assumedly there would be less natural wastage, as with young academy players, who could be on the books for years, only to be eventually released when they don’t make the grade. The best case scenario is you’ve got a smaller squad, but all will generally be available for the 1st team when needed, or ‘oven ready’ as old Boris would say. I’m guessing there must be way more to it than that, but would be brilliant if it was that simple. As you say, Brentford definitely appear to have a very good supply of recruitable talent on tap at present, so will be interesting to see how that pans out long term.
  13. Didn’t know that about Brentford’s academy and that’s an interesting one. If selling clubs start upping the transfer fees when Brentford come calling, the Bees could have themselves with a bit of a problem and could be over the proverbial barrel.
  14. Amazing isn’t it. People talk about it being one of the most competitive leagues around, but it seems like everyone’s competing to stay down!
  15. You’ve absolutely nailed it in your last paragraph Bob and is what really boils my piss. This one of the reasons why I now want to see the back of LJ. He’s just so mega cautious. We never hammer teams, because you can guarantee if we do get a comfortable lead and the opposition are on the ropes, instead of going for the kill, we then sit deep and invite them to put us under pressure, with the painfully familiar result. We’ve got plenty of examples of us losing 3 goal leads for the same reason. Our crap goal difference during his tenure is another good indicator. So yes, what you say is completely true and when you put it that way, makes a lot of sense. I think it’s also another very solid reason why LJ isn’t the man for the job in hand here if we want to bring our own talent through. If our young ones aren’t good enough on the other hand, we’ll never get anywhere near being sustainable.
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