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Midlands Robin

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    City, Brizle Rugby, Formula 1, Scrumpy, Cheese, The Wurzels.

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  1. In order to meet financial fair play rules, Liverpool have ditched the expensive electronics and resorted to using a steward to explain on field coaching tactics painted on the front of a naked man.
  2. The trouble the saggys have is that they have no real way of generating further cash out of the Mem unless their gates significantly increase. As it stands (sorry, as it tents) at the moment, in order to generate more revenue Wally needs to spend proportionally more revenue. Let's be honest, without a new ground they are are never going to progress. Whoever owns them is going to find it impossible to close the gap between income and out goings. I would be willing to bet that City make more money on match days from concessions sales, bars, the fanzone and shops than the Sags get from non season ticket match day ticket revenues. Their training ground is dead money hence its a muddy patch of scrub land. There is no way of generating short term cash from it so its going nowhere. The family have tried to spend some cash polishing the turd that is the Mem. A tent here, a TV screen there and that has enabled a few quid to be added to the ticket prices, screen a few more adverts and increase the price of sausage rolls. That 3.4 million pound gap won't be closed unless more people click through the turnstiles. It's all nice and lovely that their nice man with his lovely watch wants to keep the club going but in the long run he has two options, significant investment or sale. The longer he waits, the more he needs to spend to close the financial hole or the more of an asking price he needs to put on the club. In the short term they will keep ticking along but in the long run, with their debt the highest its probably ever been, their gates at what they've always been, no significant value in the team and the ground massively secured through a foreign shell company to enable the owners to have at least some form of financial exit, they are in deep poop. If there is no sign of any big investment in facilities or finance in the next 18 months, I can't see how they can come back. Oh, shame.
  3. That Peterborough game was the first time my sister had come to to a game. She was friends with my mates girlfriend so we went together. I remember saying to her on the way out after the game not to get used to seeing matches like that as it wasn't the norm.
  4. Opening day of the 1996 season, a few of us drove up to Gillingham. Getting there very early we were able to park in the road leading up to their away end. We then used the little lane that takes you on to the next road and around to the away turnstiles. The match itself was going well, we were two goals up (possibly 2-1,can't quite remember). When the second goal went in a couple of our fans spilled onto the edge of the pitch but the Gills stewards calmly ushered them back onto the terrace. There was one fat, bald bloke with his shirt off on the Gills terrace next to the away end who had been a one man agro machine and after seeing our fans on his beloved pitch he went absolutely apoplectic. There was much laughter and banter from the City end when said fatty got lead away by a copper and thrown out. The game ended 3-2 to Gillingham which wasn't the best start to the season. After the game we couldn't walk back to the car the quick way via the lane because the police were stopping fans from using it so we had to walk to the end of the road and round and back up the next to the car. This was probably a good thing as it let the Gills fans clear away. All that was for one little kid who looked at our group in our City shirts pointed and went "hah hah" before running back into his house. It was a long journey back to Bristol.
  5. @slartibartfast That's last years picture. Here's this years:
  6. I loved the Chrstopher Lee and Peter Cushing Vampire films. Hammer did a lot of great stuff. I seem to remember the BBC showed a series called Hammer House of Horror and I saw a few as a kid and they scared the crap out of me.
  7. This was taken from the BBC Website. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51962930 It doesn't really tell us too much more than anyone could guess already but it's a slow news month
  8. The 86 game against England summed up the man's entire career. From the hand ball goal to one of the greatest goals scored by any player, certainly by any player at a world cup, all in the same match.
  9. @ShtanleyTo be fair to you mate, don't know what you're background is but your interview technique is great. You certainly kept up a 90 odd minute conversation, letting the stories flow out. I guess when you have over 20 years of history with the club to cover there's a wealth of riches.
  10. Listened to the whole interview well into the early hours as I couldn't sleep last night. I really enjoyed it and Scott clearly absolutely loves the club and enjoys talking about his time here. I really enjoyed his memories of the Cardiff game and of Wembley. My only slight issue is that Scott comes across as so positive the interview brushes over some of the stuff that could have been explored a bit more. Did the obvious drinking culture effect the team performances under Danny Wilson and what were some of the things that went on under O'Driscoll for example? The O'Driscoll era was particularly glossed over and if you listened to Scott in the interview everything the manager was doing at this time was fine. As I said though, overall it was a brilliant interview.
  11. 5. Couldn't even guess at who the other 10 were.
  12. I'm glad to be proven wrong to be honest and reject the accusation that I'm in anyway blinkered. I've seen very little made of the wider relationship that @phantom has spoken of but it does indeed sound great. To reflect that side of it, clearly far more should be made of it. I think its quite possible a number of city fans, as I did, see the relationship between City and Wilhelm as being a relationship purely between ultras with all the connotations that brings. I've got a number of Dutch relatives and have visited them many times so I am very familiar with the country and Dutch hospitality.
  13. I may be wrong but isn't the link between the two sets of fans more based on the old school sort of post match fun and games involving punch ups and the violent definition of the "ultras" culture? And nothing to do with the family day out stuff. Everytime I've seen posts come up mentioning our supporters link to Wilhelm there seems to be a connection with the CSF.
  14. OK, it's only connect 4 but finally we are in a European competition. Its been a long wait since those great "Anglo Italian" Cup days of the early 90's.
  15. I looked into this before Gentle Ben won his first match for them. I couldn't find a record of worst start for manager or longest wait for first win. The only high profile, long running car crash of a managerial career was Paul Jewel at Derby who won his first match on joining the club but it was an FA Cup game and only won on penalties, and then he didn't record a league win until 10 months later. I believe Rovers owners don't give the furry crack of a rats ass anymore and getting out is their focus now.
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