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  1. True! Was thinking more about seating areas
  2. Bit difficult, as it has the plan of the old stadium on the app
  3. Certainly a fair comment that Lampard will call the shots, but it’s interesting that we managed to get the Dasilva and Kalas deals over the line before Lampard was appointed, but was not the case with Palmer. It may just be that we didn’t treat any negotiations with KP with the same urgency as the other two, or possibly we were never aiming to bring him in at all, though his twitter activity suggests something could have been happening. I wonder if it just wasn’t meant to be and he wasn’t ready to buy into what the club are trying to do. If so, it’s better that KP and BC go their separate ways.
  4. Fair enough, but out of the three Chelsea lads, he did the least to warrant regular game time, so he can’t really complain and certainly didn’t appear to be busting a gut to improve the situation on the pitch. Some players work hard to improve, but maybe he’s just happy to be loaned to club where he’ll have a better chance of being in the starting 11. If that’s the case, imho that’s someone who we need to steer clear of anyway. The way we’re set up now, we want players who increase their value, not just tread water. Could obviously be reading this all wrong, but with our recent record with flair players, it doesn’t bode well for getting the best out of him, even if we did have him here. I’m sure we’ll be watching the situation at Chelsea with interest and I’ll be amazed if he breaks through, but good luck to him anyway.
  5. Makes you think he’s being very badly advised. When you look at the massive impact his fellow Chelsea loanees Abraham, Dasilva and Kalas had for us at Championship level, if they still couldn’t get a sniff of the Chelsea first team, you have to wonder what he thinks he’s done to have a better chance than any of them. I hoped we could bring him in this season, as he’s got something about him, but it’s fair to say that even among City fans, the jury is out as to whether he can make it at Championship level, let alone top end Prem. We talk about only signing players who really want to play for Bristol City and have the right ‘DNA’. Well, it looks like KP may be wanting in both these requirements. Even if we were originally interested in bringing him in, this should be the signal to put that behind us and move onto other targets. A shame but he’s made his choice now.
  6. 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.
  7. What you’re saying is all very well and good, but if our model is going to be a rebuild every close season, if we get it wrong just once, things could go horribly wrong. It would be nice to have one season start with a strong group of players from the previous season starting strongly, rather than a new group of players having to ‘gel’. Of course, that could still happen this seaon, but the longer it goes without us securing our Chelsea targets, the more I feel we’ll be looking at the latter option again. Here’s hoping !
  8. 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!
  9. I reckon the Brexit balls up is all LJ’s fault though!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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