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  1. I’m a bit biased as I’ve got an ex-work colleague who’s a Bees fan and we’ve had some excellent days at AG and GP over the last few years. But I’ve always enjoyed going to Brentford and think, like a lot of clubs with more glamorous teams nearby, Brentford have a very high proportion of proper “thick-and-thin” fans and no glory-hunters. So I’d love to see those fans get their ‘day in the sun’. Ideally going up automatically, with us beating Leeds in the PO Final!
  2. When he was about 7 my son told me that he was “a City fan and a Manchester United fan”. “No you’re not,” I said. Subject closed - never heard another word about it.
  3. Having grown up in Leicester I supported them properly in my teenage years (home and away, hugging strangers when last minute winners went in etc). For my first few years watching City (from 1984) I was probably more a Leicester fan than a City one. Over the years, though, City became my main team, and I’d want the City in red to win when the two teams met. I’ve carried on “following” Leicester, watching if they are ever on TV and wanting them to win against any team other than City. I still occasonally go to a game and support them properly for the day. Obviously I got a bit more interested in the season they won the Premier League and celebrated the moment they won the title as much as I’d celebrated Christian Roberts’ winner against Hartlepool or any other City high point. I was literally jumping round my front room screaming when the final whistle went in the Spurs-Chelsea game that clinched the title. Having supported them properly for a few years I think the attachment has never quite gone away, even if it can be dormant for long spells. Maybe maintaining contact with family and friends in Leicester has helped keep the connection alive.
  4. Slightly off-topic, but I remember having Teletext on watching out for that result (was it a Thursday evening??) I’d minimised it while I watched TV so only the page number was showing. When the text colour changed, meaning something had happened, I thought it would be for full-time, but checked anyway. YES!!!
  5. Too many Play-off finals to mention - although the last one was Blackpool-Yeovil in 2007. Highlights include: Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal in FA Cup 2nd replay at Filbert Street, Leicester in about 1975 (before I’d ever seen Bristol City). Fantastic 70s atmosphere among the Owls fans. Liverpool 0 Spurs 1 in about 1986: the first time Spurs had won at Anfield since the Titanic sank. Wimbledon v Grimsby at Plough Lane in the FA Cup. Inflatable Harry Haddocks everywhere. Coventry v Everton when the M6 meant we gave up on getting to Bury to see City and headed for the nearest game. I never did get to Gigg Lane. Manchester Utd v Arsenal FA Cup replay at Villa Park (1999?). Giggs’ winner and shirt-twirling. Oxford 3 Rovers 0 a few years ago when City had no game. Went to “collect” the ground rather than to watch BRFC. Sat with the Oxford fans but had to come back to Bristol in a car with the two Gas fans I’d taken. I enjoyed the journey more than they did. Sunderland v Northampton after York 0 City 1 (1987?). Not sure if this should count as it affected City’s playoff chances. Am looking forward to the next one. For reasons of general hopelessness we didn’t realise that 4th January was FA Cup 3rd round day and booked train tickets for a day out in Exeter with a Gas friend, planning to watch ECFC v Crewe. Thought we’d be without a game when Crewe got through to R3, but ECFC have scheduled their EFL Trophy game with Ipswich that day. I may be strange, but I quite like the idea of standing as a neutral in a tiny away crowd for a completely unimportant match. Not too fussed about missing the City game.
  6. So sad. Thoughts with Benik and his family.
  7. 20 of those, although I wonder if Wembley should count: in spite of the complete rebuild it is basically the same place. As mentioned above, couldn’t Dean Court be included as a rebuild? Can also claim Upton Park.
  8. Couldn’t agree more. Not sure if the laws need to be changed or just interpreted more intelligently. Often this is in relation to a player being ‘tripped’ or ‘pushed’ - both direct free kick offences. For tripping, IMO no free kick should be awarded if the ‘victim’ either seeks the contact or exaggerates its effect. So running into an opponent then falling to the ground should not get you a free kick. Neither should leaving a foot behind to wait for contact. And suddenly losing use of your legs and throwing yourself to the ground on feeling a touch from an opponent should be equally unrewarded - particularly when you’ve deliberately run in front of him and then slowed down. (This doesn’t mean you can’t get a FK if your opponent genuinely barges into you). Of course these things have most effect on a game where it’s an attacker falling in the penalty area, but I find it pretty annoying anywhere on the pitch. As for the idea that any time the ball hits a hand in the area it should be a penalty, I can thing of no better way of completely spoiling the game.
  9. I’ve got one I won’t be using. If you can PM me we can work out how to get it to you.
  10. Hunt being out of position certainly contributed to the chance. Then a midfielder (I don’t remember whether it was Palmer or Massengo) began tracking back where Hunt would normally be but was nowhere to be seen by the time the ball arrived in the box. And Taylor Moore got drawn into the middle of the penalty area unnecessarily (he and Kalas marking the same man just before the cross came over). Luckily Bentley saved the shot, otherwise there might be a few City players being held responsible for conceding - not that any of the individual errors were howlers.
  11. I’m no PR expert, but I wonder if the reason for ‘trailing’ this announcement is that it will reduce its impact. We know this is going to happen; people have a chance to get used to the idea and (as on this forum) the majority get the chance to express their support for, or apathy about, the announcement and the player. Who it happens to be is then a less significant story. It might also get some other gay footballers thinking about coming out at the same time. It’s understandable that players would be wary about being the first to go public, but they may decide there’s relative safety in numbers. Still a brave thing to do, but less ‘exposing’ than being the first and, for a while at least, only out player.
  12. Could not agree more with this: a big part of the reason football is such a great sport is that goals are (generally) very valuable, so getting one (or preventing one, e.g. by a penalty save) is a big deal that warrants an explosive celebration. One of the worst things as a spectator is getting that moment of celebration then realising the goal’s been disallowed. There will be a lot more times in VAR world when a goal goes in and the fans’ reaction will be not to celebrate but to look at the ref to see if the goal should stand. Not nearly as much fun.
  13. That picture makes it look like the keeper’s left heel might be over the goal line (always hard to be sure if the picture is not in line). Does the rule say you have to have part of a foot actually on the line? If so, even more ridiculous than I thought.
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