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  1. That was a fine win. First match at the gate for a while - delighted to see us playing some ambitious attractive football!
  2. Outclassed at times today by a side with players who should be playing at a far higher level. Got to accept that. However...we've shipped 6 in the past against far worse sides and recovered (Ipswich under GJ was a painful trip!)...and anyone watching us today would have seen signs of younger players gaining confidence and stepping up. We'll need them to do so. Ok, we'll not be walking this league any time soon but we'll have some fine local talent to enjoy watching develop. After several years of uninspiring dross there may just be the makings of a side we can get behind. COYR
  3. Deceptive scoreline in some ways. Obviously they are head and shoulders above us man for man...a Prem team playing in the Championship. Mitrovic is a class above. Any side with him up front should be walking the second tier. We are trying to take the game to them and they have ripped us apart at times. But we have given it a go. Bold as it seems to say this at 5-2 down at H-T, play like we are today week in and week out we'd win more than we'd lose.
  4. Great article - and great to see that the thread started by my late - and cheerfully subversive - brother on the supporters club and GJ makes the cut as amongst our finest!
  5. Andi would surely get into any City squad of the past 50 years - and be a crowd favourite. Energy in abundance and Ashton Gate crowds have always loved that. Delighted for him today.
  6. Following from a distance so can’t comment on the performance - but that is a big 3 points. Fair play to those who made the journey.
  7. For me the fundamental problem this season is our inability to nurse the ball and retain possession. We build next to nothing...our attacks are dependent on worldie passes or a bit of a lucky break. It's what makes it so frustrating to watch...and is why I've given up for the afternoon! That said, we're not going to be relegated...it's going to be a season of frustration.
  8. I was there. Crushing disappointment! Through the 80s I kept a cutting of the photo of Mabbutt scoring - felt like the end of an era....as indeed it was! Hadn't they just signed Trevor Francis for £1m - and we had a youngster marking him?
  9. That's a great result. The first match in an age that I've not followed minute by minute. Maybe I need to make a habit of that? COYR
  10. 9 minutes - Jesus wept. I've been purposefully keeping away from updates! COYR
  11. I was more surprised at the use of the word 'fickle'. Do they even know what it means? To have stuck it through so much dross is the very opposite of 'fickle'! As for being careful what you wish for...on the basis of those ratings it was perfectly legitimate to have wished for better at many points in the past 40 years! We've had some decent managers, Terry Cooper, Joe Jordan, Denis Smith, John Ward, Danny Wilson, GJ, Cotts. The problem has been that with the exception of the Cooper-Jordan handover almost every successful manager has been followed by an appointment that's undone much of the good work. We're living through just such a period now. Our fan base has been far from 'fickle'!
  12. Unfortunately City have form when it comes to failing to plan ahead, or indeed - to use your earlier suggestion - coming up with plans that look as though they've been calculated on the back of fag packet. Dean Holden being a case in point. It's what got the club into this mess.
  13. Well said! I suspect that we both work in the media. As I said immediately after he'd finished speaking I felt the Richard Gould interview with Geoff was a car crash - stumbling and mumbling, drawn into speculation, optimism for the future built on nothing more than wishful thinking. When what was needed was clarity, confidence and reassurance. Geoff Twentyman is inclined to be generous to his interviewees, he doesn't want to burn bridges, but he is very good at his job, has been for a decade or more, Gould needed more preparation and a positive story to tell. The club has been in turmoil for several seasons. A shambles for over a year. This has all the hallmarks of previous Lansdown debacles. I note that elsewhere there has been a call for Tinnion...I can recall exactly where I was when it was announced that Brian Tinnion was being appointed manager, my heart sank, seemed as terrible a decision at the time as it does now. I've broadly given up - but find myself drawn back to the flames as yet again City appear to be crashing and burning.
  14. I thought it a fairly accurate representation!
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