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  1. I read an interesting stat recently about Newcastle under Ashley. On his watch their average position among the 92 was 14th. In the 70 seasons before his takeover their average position was 17th, so compared to their historical average over a fairly long period he actually improved their position. Newcastle fans would argue the 15 or so seasons prior to Ashley’s takeover (during which they qualified for the Champions League and came close to winning the premier league a couple of times) is a more apt benchmark. Going back more than 70 years would also bring in some of the seasons when they did win the league (and would improve their average from 17th), but it’s interesting nonetheless.
  2. Not sure if this was mentioned in the match day thread but whoever the City fan is who successfully hit the crossbar from 18 yards three times out of three during the half time challenge, kudos to them! Even some of the Millwall fans were applauding. Probably the most entertaining part of an otherwise fairly dour evening.
  3. Keegan's first game against us was a 3-0 win for Newcastle, on 8th February 1992. The 5-0 was the following season, on 19th September 1992: https://www.11v11.com/teams/newcastle-united/tab/opposingTeams/opposition/Bristol City/
  4. Anyone remember Aussie? Only went to away games, and used to post on here all the time, but their profile says no visit since September 2015.
  5. Wikipedia list 153 appearances for Sharpe, and 162 for Terry Bush: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Bush
  6. Yes, Atyeo was the most recent of the four Bristol City players to play for England: http://www.englandfootballonline.com/TeamClubs/Clubs/BristolCity.html
  7. I’ve seen England play in Doha in November, back in 2009 (friendly v Brazil). The heat wasn’t as bad at that time of year as some are making out. It was quite a bit hotter in Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod and Samara in the World Cup three years ago, and we didn’t do too badly there.
  8. The security was absolutely shocking tonight and I think Wembley are lucky there wasn’t a much more serious incident. We ended up getting shoehorned through the main entrance on Olympic Way without anyone asking to see our Covid vaccination status or negative test, and without a ticket check or e-ticket validation. Luckily I remembered that we needed to get our e-tickets activated by a steward before we got to the turnstiles. Plenty got turned away from the turnstiles as their tickets hadn’t been activated.
  9. It’s six group winners and four games in the quarter finals, not eight games. Therefore if all six group winners won their last 16 games, it’s inevitable that there would be at least one quarter final match between group winners.
  10. I think you'll be fine. The bigger issue could be actually getting onto the portal, especially if UEFA release any more for general sale at the same time as the ESC ticket windows open. I'm not sure how many people need to be trying to get in before it starts timing people out, but it happened the other day when some extra tickets went on sale for last night's game. I got booted out just after 1pm today when trying to use my access code for Sunday, but thankfully all went through OK on the second attempt. For anyone in any of the priority windows, it's worth logging onto the portal before the window opens (just so you can get onto it) and then just hitting refresh every couple of minutes.
  11. The goal should have been disallowed though, as Denmark had players within a yard of the England wall when the ball was struck, which is an infringement. Haven't seen much mention of that today.
  12. 8,670 tickets for the England Supporters Club, with the first tranche going on sale at 1pm.
  13. Also, Denmark’s goal should apparently have been disallowed as their players were too close to the England wall, but it wasn’t spotted by the referee or VAR: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/denmark-goal-england-laws-game-20997128
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