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  1. Lack of space is probably the answer. An indoor facility and a 3G type pitch may need to go on a different site. The original training pitches are leased from QEH, only the new facilities are on land owned by City.
  2. Never seen that before. Nice to watch, apart from the result. Rovers’ keeper Dick Sheppard was never the same after his fractured skull. That was the last league game he ever played. Died at only 53 years of age.
  3. It was half time and I needed something to take my mind off the impending second half!
  4. This would be the training ground that wasn’t going to be completed, because we were negotiating an extension to the lease at our previous base? The name is “The Quarters” by the way. I’m surprised a committed Rovers fan like yourself didn’t know that.
  5. It’s in the green belt and has permission for use as a sports training facility. It has a gym and will have changing rooms/offices within the next 6 months or so. Not exactly likely to cause a huge increase in value unless you know someone desperate to buy a football training ground.
  6. 1950s camp site, I’ll give you. But 1050s?
  7. In six months time that would be a potential cause for worry. But not two weeks after the resolution was passed.
  8. The original plane was for City and Bristol to have their training centres co-located at Failand, but North Somerset thought that would be too large for a green belt site. Hence the rugby boys having their own centre. Not sure the average professional footballer would like to be tasked with kicking Premiership rugby players off their indoor pitch so that they could have a kick around.
  9. I’m no expert on this, but as far as I’m aware there is no regulation that says all the facilities have to be on the same site. Your planning application for the Failand site specifically refers to making alternative provision for an all weather pitch/indoor facility somewhere else.
  10. I believe that’s correct. A floodlit all weather pitch is also a requirement, but there isn’t room for those on the Failand site. They would have to be supplied elsewhere.
  11. The shared experience of the war years produced a lot of social cohesion that persisted probably into the sixties. The pathe news footage of Rovers v City games in the fifties doesn’t seem to show any fan segregation and games passed without trouble. I remember speaking to some people at Eastville who watched Rovers one week and City the next, something I can’t imagine doing. While rivalry/banter between teams is part of being a football fan, the illogical vitriol that can be found on any of the football forums, towards people who enjoy the same sport and come from the same city, I have t
  12. He’s referring to Rovers’ keeper, who was on the bench for Finland.
  13. The original application in 2001 to convert the site to a rugby training centre, is the one being used. Sufficient progress was made at the time for the planners to consider it had been started and South Glos have confirmed it is still extant. The PT16/4965/RVC is an application (in 2016), to change two of the conditions attached to the 2001 permission. One condition (no. 13) was to change the wording referring to Bristol Combination Trustees, as this was no longer relevant. The other (no. 7) limited the use of the site until after 6pm on school days. This was because in 2001, the planner
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