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Everything posted by weeble

  1. 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.
  2. It was half time and I needed something to take my mind off the impending second half!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 1950s camp site, I’ll give you. But 1050s?
  6. In six months time that would be a potential cause for worry. But not two weeks after the resolution was passed.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. He’s referring to Rovers’ keeper, who was on the bench for Finland.
  12. 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
  13. The August 6th application is to meet the condition on specifying the types of brick and roof tiles to be used. The two conditions asked to be removed have already been agreed. The other conditions are very straight forward and will not be an issue, however much BertTann apparently would like them to be.
  14. I have no idea whether a request has been made to extend the agreement with the current training centre. The pitches at Almondsbury are already structurally complete. The first grass cut was yesterday. As for the clubhouse building, architects are working through the planning conditions, which would seem to be a little odd if there is uncertainty over its completion.
  15. The construction of the changing rooms isn't due to be finished until December (and that was always the case). As players are not recommended to share changing rooms at the moment where possible, because of Covid-19, we have the perfect excuse to ask them to turn up already changed. The internal layout of the clubhouse has changed from the original rugby layout, so will not have the arrangement you describe.
  16. Not that I’m aware of. It’s being constructed under an already existing planning permission. The only change Rovers asked for (and had approved), was that the training ground could be used during school hours - which wasn’t the case with the originally intended rugby pitches.
  17. If we get a reasonable offer he'll be off. One year left on his contract and he hasn't signed the extension on offer. The training ground hasn't come to a halt, it's under construction. First pitch ready by September, second by October.
  18. Dwane Sports is owned 90% by Wael Al Qadi, 10% by his brother Samir. BRFC (the football club) after the capitalisation, is 96% owned by Wael, the remainder held by the Supporters Club and other small shareholders. If BRFC(1883)Ltd‘s next set of accounts don’t show the loan dealt with, then that would be a concern, but somehow I don’t think that’s likely. As with Bristol Sport’s labyrinthine set up, money passes between companies, but in the end it’s all Steve Lansdown’s. In this case it’s all Wael’s, just not so much of it.
  19. Rovers’ kit for their first season was all black with a yellow sash. The team on the adjacent pitch was indeed a rugby team called the Arabs. Incidentally a rover is an old word for pirate, hence the nickname.
  20. Actually they didn’t. The inspector recommended that the whole site was designated as a village green. The council only wanted to register half of it, allowing the stadium to be built on the remaining half. This led to another judicial review and the prospect of a second inquiry. At this point SL said that if permission was given to redevelop Ashton Gate, Ashton Vale would be abandoned if half remained as village green and the other half could be used for housing.
  21. Wael took effective sole control by negotiating the acquisition of the other family shareholdings in Dwane Sports after the death of his father. He now holds 90% of the family share holding and his brother Sami 10%. Although I’m no expert on capitalising debt, I think your description is pretty much spot on. By issuing more shares that he then acquires, Wael can remove the outstanding debt, but this also dilutes the percentage held by other people. I believe it’s the process SL has used at City to remove debt, although I stand to be corrected.
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