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  1. Our wage structure is way more restrained than Sheff U, Leeds or Norwich - it has had to be for FFP. These clubs have historically had far higher crowds and revenues than ourselves which has enabledf them to attract and more importantly pay, top quality Championship players. That is now changing and we should be able to see the difference this summer. Fingers crossed!!
  2. Totally agree, however....Its the wages that are key in this divison rather than transfer fees. I would guess that both those XI's wage bills are far in excess of our starting 11. You can pick up some incredible bargains on transfer fees (esp in Europe) for players nearing the end of their contract if we are prepared to pay the wages. Surely paying inflated signing on fees to 'exceptional/ international' players is one way round this
  3. I'm not posting the "lyrics" on here !!!
  4. I like it and it was banging right out last night at S. Bermondsey Platform 2.... What I do not like or even understand is that weird Jill Dando song ?!?
  5. Interesting discussion this one and something me my mates chat endlessly about. The short answer is that what Derby have said is largely true and its never going to be resolved until the Atyeo is replaced with a proper home end - ideally with safe standing. The South Stand is designed to be a Family Stand and having S.82 shoved in the corner in there doesn't really work - despite them giving it a proper go. Thing is you cannot really blame the club. Attracting a family element and yes, 'middle class fans', is vital in this day and age - as this demographic spend serious £££ in the stadium on a match day and it also attracts big sponsors etc. As a result setting up the Stadium as it is currently, makes a lot of sense - as Jaquinta Carington-Smythe on her first trip down the hill from Clifton to the 'footie', is hardly going to be phased by the experience and can have a thoroughly pleasant time. Lets be honest, this demographic never went near the pace in the 90's and sharing the Gate with the rugby certainly helps in this regard Unfortunately, what this means is that we are pretty much a three legged table at home, corporates, family, 'sit and clap' all v well catered for - with arguably the most important leg - the young vociferous support, either dispersed around the ground or shoved into the corner. I can understand that the idea of hordes of KWBB roaming around the Gate cause the suits cold sweats but we really need to solve this issue, if we are ever going to be Premier League off the pitch.
  6. Unfortunately he was truly 1970s old school... a horrible racist. Look up some of the quotes re Howard Gayle on his wiki.... truly dreadful “In 1988, Smith caused controversy after stating in an interview with the author Dave Hill that Howard Gayle "suffered from a black man's attitude towards the white man. See, everybody thinks whites have an attitude towards blacks. In reality it's blacks who have a problem with the whites... I used to call Howard the 'White *Racist Term Removed'. Now that is a compliment. It was the only way I could find to describe that I thought he was OK." Smith then went on to comment to Hill that "I'm not prejudiced but if a coon moved in next door, I'd move, like most white people would. If my daughter came home with a *Racist Term Removed, I'd go mad. But I'm only being truthful and normal."[36] Smith intended to sue Hill, but found he had no grounds to take legal action as Hill had recorded all of Smith's comments on tape during the interview.37]
  7. Well..... its not fantastic by any means. The lack of consistency in fonts etc looks pretty sloppy and they are clearly pretty cheap tiles, rather than the granite bricks as initially described/marketed. The club have clearly looked at this as a revenue generator, which is a bit of a pity. As far as I could tell there is still plenty of space in the 'City part of the ground' (which in my view is the Dolman/South Stand concourse) to locate it - cannot understand why it seems to have been stuck out the back, as a bit of an embarrassment.... In my view the Liverpool Cup game mural looks a bit 'lower league' now and is not in keeping with our current status and aspirations. Last seasons cup run was as least as impressive - are we going to get that up on the wall too? That being said it is not anything like the Gas standard install I was expecting and its probably worth drawing a line under it. I will certainly be proceeding with caution going forward, as i can't see this Wedlock Wall lasting more than a few years... Unfortunately, it seems that some of the powers that be at BS don't really understand or value, the generational aspect of supporting a local football club.
  8. Cheers Monkeh. I'm aware from various discussions on here, that is unfortunately the case. Really cannot understand BS's attitude to fan engagement, as issues like this fiasco could and should be easily avoided. BS attitude is why I mentioned filing a claim form if its (a) its as bad in the flesh as it looks and (b) other fans feel the same. As once claim forms are filed they are pretty hard to ignore. For the avoidance I couldn't care less about the £££ - I just want the 'Wall' to be in keeping with the rest of Ashton Gate and something that the fans, the club and my son (!?!) can be proud of....
  9. I'm sure your right. However they might do if we highlight he fact hat they are clearly in breach of S.13 of the Sales of Goods Act - as what has been delivered to date, clearly does not meet the description. S.13 (1) Where there is a contract for the sale of goods by description, there is an implied term that the goods will correspond with the description. Not a huge amount of trouble or risk, to file such a claim form in the Small Claims Court and see what view a judge takes. Am sure it would be fairly embarrassing for BS having to publicly justify that they delivered something that met the initial description....
  10. Tomo mate. I'm going on Saturday to have a look. If its as bad as it sounds/looks from on here I think we need to get some form of collective complaint going. Individual whines on here will not be enough to engage BS and we'll need to bring a form of 'group action' to focus minds. Would also imagine that this could generate some nice easy content/clicks for the Post as well....
  11. Don't tell me its all in different fonts !!! Any in Comic Sans?? Cannot wait to see this.....
  12. The Reading one is what I genuinely thought we would be getting. Would be more than happy with that on the inside of one of the concourse. I genuinely cannot understated what BS are doing with such a cheap and nasty proposal. Surely plonking cheap tiles on a hut this just damages the high quality look and feel of the stadium ? I'd like my money back, nit cause I'm bothered about the £55 - its just that I think I have unwittingly contributed to something that's embarrassing and that makes Ashton Gate looks worse. Whats more when my 2 year old son is old enough to see it, he's not going to be bursting with pride and feel compelled to be a City fan for life - which was the whole sodding point !!!
  13. Not exactly excited to show my little boy his name on that. What a heap of *****!!! To be frank that wall looks an absolute sub-Gas embarrassment. I thought I was buying a quality granite brick on a wall within the ground, not a cheap tile stuck on a substation !!! The rest of the ground now looks superb and this is is totally out of keeping with the quality of the finish of the rest of it. They must be making £50 a brick from the enterprise. Do they really need to fleece the fans like this ? Is that really more important than devaluing the brand and antagonising some of the club's most loyal supporters.... JL if you (or your Mum!) are reading this - sort it out !!
  14. Lets face it, as much as we love these guys as the spine of our team, they were not good enough to get us in the playoffs and were not not nearly good enough for the automatics. Bobby excluded, the fact that they others effectively down tools at times in the second half of the season waiting for moves leaves a bitter taste, as there was still an awful lot to p[lay for. IMHO £25M for Flint, Booby, Bryan, Mags and possibly Pack is excellent business. If the money is wisely invested in 4/5 quality players of £4/5M each, then we could (and ****ing should!) well be in a much stronger position to make the top 6. Like others on here tho, I'm not full convinced by our scouting team's prowess especially in the foreign market where we can be mugged right off as evidenced by Diony, Engvall, Hegeler etc.... Interesting time to be a city fan !!
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