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  1. That Leeds game though, Dec 1976, abandoned at half time due to the fog.....was in the East End with my Dad, couldn't see beyond the edge of the penalty area & only had the odd glimpse of the orange ball. Pretty much the last time i can call us having a game called off because of fog......
  2. Tomlin's winner vs Fulham in March 2016 was pretty special......
  3. In my Top 5 Posts Of All Time. Fantastic perspective, and superbly laid out. i too am incredibly excited for the months ahead. Very well said Marina !!
  4. How do you know he was all our eggs? That’s the implication from quite a few on here and it’s laughable. He was clearly a primary target but will be far from the only one we have. Football is not a linear, binary industry as I thought everyone would have figured out by now.
  5. Whatever we all think of the relative qualities and strengths of all our new signings, (and for me, as a grumpy 51 year old lifelong fan I really like the business we have done so far) I think we have to tip our hats to what a great, decisive job the club seem to be doing bringing in new additions to the squad at the start of this summer, especially as it would seem we are not done yet. All the new signings have clearly been identified as right for the club, each for their own different reasons, a good while ago, and the range of new recruits we have recently been introduced to certainly suggests a level of sophistication to our recruitment policy we may not have seen before. In addition, to get so many deals over the line at such an early stage of the summer transfer window not only gives the new additions the very best chance of bedding in with a pretty much full pre-season, but is also a great statement of intent by the club, and from my perspective is indicative of just how much the club as a whole has learned from the past couple of seasons. This all feels like the result of a lot of reflection, analysis, research, planning and hard work, and I am impressed.
  6. oh do grow up. this is 2019 not 1819.
  7. Have seen a fair bit of Odubajo this season as I take my Brentford-supporting daughter down there quite a lot (we live local). For me, he'd be a great addition to the squad, would give us cover across the backline and could easily press for the "number 1' number 2 spot. Maupay would also be high on my list as would Romaine Sawyers in centre midfield.
  8. Perspective my friends, perspective. Living in West London, my daughter has despite my best efforts become a Brentford fan (could be worse I suppose) & as we live very local to Griffin Park and getting to Bristol at weekends is tricky, we have seen a dozen or so games at Griffin Park this season, including Leeds last night. On paper & on pre-Easter form, that should have been a tough but winnable game for Leeds, but they were taken apart (much to my delight) in the end by a slick, fluid & resilient Brentford and crumbled under the pressure of being in the hunt for an automatic spot. Across the season we have seen Brentford beat Villa, draw with Norwich & Derby (and lose to City of course , had to sit on my hands in the Family Stand for that one !!) so I guess my point as someone who sees a fair amount of non-City Championship games this year, is that it really is the case that fine (often very fine) margins make the difference in the majority of games in our division. Just about all of the teams we have seen this year really are capable of beating or at least drawing with one another on any given day, and even reasonable levels of consistency are no guarantee of 3 points. For that to happen, a team needs to be better than their opponents in every department for every minute of a match every week and even then certain elements of good fortune can still swing the balance (match officials, lucky bounces etc). So many teams are so close in quality choosing between them can be like splitting hairs. I still absolutely believe City have what it takes to secure 6th spot (and frankly having seen Leeds last night i would quite fancy playing them if that was what they could offer), but I don't buy into the "we were crap thats why we lost/drew" school of thought as being a given in those recent games we dropped points. The Championship is renowned for being the toughest league in the world to get out of (upwards) and this season is yet another reminder this is not just a truism but the harsh reality of second tier English football.
  9. 50,000th reply coming up. Nuff said.
  10. me too - can clearly remember watching many games holding on to the fence at the front of the enclosure with all the other young 'uns
  11. Any amateur psychologists out there help me decipher a very strange dream I had last night ? Colin was in my dining room throwing forks at the wall and taking chunks out of the plaster ....... scared the bejeezus out of me. Nurse !
  12. Yup me too. Remember Tomlin's pen looked awful but went in somehow and we managed to get LJ's reign off to a winning start.
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