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  1. Jay Emmanuel Thomas would be right up there for me. The most exciting player I’ve seen at AG in the last 10 years and was instrumental in keeping our head above water in the O’Driscoll era.
  2. As of last year, women can attend football matches in Saudi
  3. Bollocks from the OP. GT lives and breathes local football and serves both Bristol clubs well. We all know how much the BBC invests in local sport. Pound for pound we’re lucky to have a broadcaster that gives it so much heart.
  4. Was mentioned by Jon L in the latest A Cider With OSIB podcast. The answer was that the pillars didn’t go away, they just stopped talking about them. Talk is cheap. Credit to the club for the way they’ve silently and diligently implemented things in last 5 years.
  5. I was Match, my brother was Shoot in the nineties. Can remember Match mag’s weird obsession with Wimbledon player Peter Fear. And Matchman’s jaunts with the Liverpool ‘spice boys’. What it lacked in football insight, it made up for with good humour.
  6. Hope so. A good January could be the difference. We’ve got it wrong in the last couple of years and faded when it truly mattered. Not for the want of trying I’m sure. Just hope we’ve learnt from it.
  7. See above mate. Mean probably but it’s not bigotry or discriminatory. There’s nowhere for the Gas to hide on this one. Barely a season goes by without some kind of hate fuelled incident from that mob. A real embarrassment.
  8. That’s the point though, all homophobic chants are aimed at gay people in the population. It’s the same for race or disability. Surely it’s not difficult to see the difference between chanting on these lines when compared with being fat etc. And yes, the holding hands chant is obviously homophobic. It’s also cringeful to hear. Whether the Brighton fans were offended is irrelevant.
  9. The law is crystal clear on this. Homophobia (as with race or disability) is a discrimination issue. Calling somebody fat or ugly is not. Put simply, the former is bigotry aimed at a whole group of people in the population. To allow ‘less bad’ homophobic chants while condemning the rest would be hypocritical and impractical so ‘red lines’ are drawn on that basis. I’d say that’s fair.
  10. Agree. I think there’d be lots of interest. One a month, tenner a head. Exit through the gift shop. Nice little earner
  11. Agogo was reported as feeling abandoned by former clubs, his national team and friends in the game after his health took a turn of the worse. There’s a cautionary tale in there. I hope we are doing more to reach out to former legends/players - we have been famously bad at this in the past.
  12. All fall under the broad category of pyrotechnics. In answer to your question, that would be a marine flare. Smoke bombs have a moderator that stops the reaction from getting hot. There may well be shades of grey in between. Another reason for proper regulation in my opinion.
  13. So many contributors to this thread do not understand the difference between a marine distress flare and a smoke ‘bomb’. The first is essentially a firework and in my opinion highly unsuitable for anything other than it’s intended purpose (ie. on the high seas). The second is basically a canister or similar device that lets out colourful smoke. These do not ‘burn’ you as people have stated. But they can affect breathing if not used properly and by the right people. The issue here is that the law as it stands doesn’t work. Smoke bombs in the right hands as part of an organised display are awesome! In the hands of one individual who doesn’t know how to use it properly, and most likely panicked that he’d get caught before launching it, and near a disabled section all looks like a lack of joined up thinking. The same thing will happen again unless they are permitted and regulated. I have seen how they improve the atmosphere abroad. For those that look down their noses at fans in Eastern Europe, take a look at the Scandi leagues. They have their own issues with enforcement and regs, but they love their pyro. Are they just as worthy of your distain?
  14. Brilliant initiative this. Well done Blagdon and everybody involved
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