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  1. Important to stress that things are much, much better than they were. I remember the NF openly recruiting outside AG and later on the whole C18 thing with England in the 90s. In that era, live football must have been incredibly intimidating place to be non-white and its unsurprising you v v rarely saw a black face in the crowd at the Gate, other than within the hoolie scene. The last time I heard something explicitly racist was in the Landsdown at the Palace ghost goal match - when some simpleton shouted at Stern John to get back on the banana boat when he was subbed off. Everyone around me just shook there head and a few laughed - at him. Its not just socially unacceptable these days, if you started using racial epithets at match now - you would have a v good chance of being caught on camera reported, banned and depending on the context, prosecuted. Still along way to go - but we are definitely on the road to getting there.....
  2. Family Club making our city proud again on Twitter. As has been highlighted with their nickname this beggars belief. That lot have some serious issues....
  3. Am in London mid-week - so am all over this... Don't really understand the issue tbh and cannot believe it materially affects attendance figs. Watching the game on the red button is a million miles from being in the Away End.
  4. Coldwar Steve is right on it...
  5. If I was a Gas Head I would be asking what the Consortium is planning regarding the development at the ‘Colony’? There should be no planning issues holding up the works at this site and as they are on a rolling tenancy at their current hovel, surely if they are genuinely investing in BRFC, then this should surely be their first capital spend? I wonder why nothing has been mentioned?
  6. How does this square with any form of wider transfer strategy that complements our intended 19/20 style of play ? How is a direct striker who loves the channels like Afobe, going to fit into the same style of play as a fox in the box line Nkheita ? Afobe, was at least, our 3rd choice striker and probably a lot further down the pecking order than that. In all honesty you or I could have picked up the phone and signed him at 5pm yesterday. Stoke wanted shot of him and there were literally no other takers. There was no skill or strategy in his signing - plus no time to negotiate on salary, so Pack and Patterson were unceremoniously booted out the door to make head room. What concerns me most is that this is so out of character for MA. The management of the window was fantastic up to this point. Am really excited about the Benfica RB and the new lads in midfield and totally get that strategy, as all should increase in value and Negy should have taken a lot of stress off, rather than replaced Pack. Not replacing Webster at all is very weird, as surely we knew that was always a domino that could fall? Moore, Wright and Baker can all do a job if fit, but is that enough for top 6 ? Most worryingly we don’t have any real LB cover for JD. Is Rowe really going to fit into that system ? It all smells like SL refused to sanction the salary required for a top half champ striker and possibly another CB. Not necessarily Steve’s fault if he was told by MA we could land one for circa £25k per week and the market then moved. Either way I think this collective failure could have massively set us back. There was a reason no one else wanted Afobe If it hasn’t, and as we all hope, Afobe is a beast for us - then it’s going to be due to accident rather than design...
  7. That is 4 very big IFs Stoke and Bournemouth fans are wetting themselves about Afobe. Hope he proves them wrong, but... I was incredibly positive when Massenga landed on the weekend and had total faith in the Club to sort at least one quality striker and a CB. We would then be in a cracking position to push top 6. We are now seem to be in a spin the bottle position (like a promoted club) which is unforgivable really, when you think of the fees received. I also think that losing Webster is going to be a much bigger blow, than people are prepared to accept... Anyway it’s done and dusted now, so let’s get behind the boys and hope the magic somehow works again !!
  8. Pep did not win the Champs League in Germany. His overall record is pretty poor in that competition Your football knowledge is pretty weak.
  9. 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!!
  10. 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
  11. I'm not posting the "lyrics" on here !!!
  12. 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 ?!?
  13. 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.
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