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  1. Exactly. And with a fully fit squad, and a different injury record for that particular player, I might feel differently but it would be massively irresponsible for any of our defenders to knowingly risk aggravating an injury with two centre-backs out already and a massive shortage of cover. We do not need any more injuries at the moment. I'm all for Baker not taking chances.
  2. It's awful for the staff and awful for anyone booked to go away over the next few weeks or months, or of course anyone already abroad. At the same time, I feel quite angry about it. The company must have known for a while the shit was in danger of hitting the fan and now, as ever, we're spending a fortune of taxpayers money rescuing the people who have been shafted by this. It's obviously absolutely right that we help out the people who are stuck overseas but I suspect the people who are responsible for the decisions that got them stuck overseas will face zero accountability whatsoever.
  3. Can't really add much to what others have said. Just really to add that, especially if it's just something to make you a bit of extra cash around college, apply for anything and everything and see what happens. Realistically at 16/17, you're not going to find your dream job but that doesn't really matter.. Obviously shop work and bar or restaurant work are the two obvious things but there are other things around too. I worked in Boots for a year, which I hated, and then got a job working for Royal Mail where I looked at a computer screen and typed in postcodes to sort any letters that Royal Mail's systems could not read. It was quite repetitive but you could listen to music whilst you worked and you end up with a surprisingly good grasp of UK geography. Realistically, whatever you end up getting will frustrate you at times. And there will be points where you are being told what to do by people who are very confident they know better than you, which has never been something that I've never been particularly well suited to. Sometimes they'll be right and sometimes they'll be wrong but, even if you're doing something in a completely different sector to where you want to work that drives you up the wall, you'll learn a lot from the people you work with and people you come across, even the people you hate. Twenty years from working as a teenager, I now manage people myself and there is so much I learned from those first jobs that has set me in good stead now, even if it's what not to do and how not to treat people. Good luck with whatever you do - you will get a lot of out of it.
  4. Indeed. But that is all the more reason why I think the club would say something. I don't mean a lengthy statement but, a brief tweet wishing him well or a clip of some of his goals or something. The club have put quite a lot of stuff on Twitter over the last couple of days and it potentially looks a little insensitive to make no reference to him at all when rumours are flying around.
  5. Christ knows. I'd never bloody heard of him until this whole thing started. This might genuinely be a time where it is silly to believe anything until either the club make an official statement or Afobe appears on the team sheet on Saturday...
  6. Worth mentioning, unless I am reading the wrong tweet, BCFCMitch didn't actually admit to starting it as a hoax. He actually apologised for tweeting it, claiming he had seen Benik Afobe and he was not actually injured. Based on that, if he is hoaxing anyone, it is by claiming Benik Afobe is not actually injured, not by claiming he was in the first place. Increasingly I think it would be odder if this was true and the club had not confirmed it than if it was a rumour and the club had not denied it. I've no idea which it is, obviously. but I'm starting to think it surprising the club would not have said anything by now. I know teams want to catch their opponents out but teams don't tend to employ gamesmanship on injuries that serious...
  7. I completely agree. I think something that is quite striking, and this might be because I live in London rather than Bristol now, is that - whilst I could name several players from most Championship clubs - I genuinely could not name a single Bristol Rovers player*. Part of me finds that quite funny but it does show how little coverage and attention League One sides get. *Edit: Just remembered that Mark Little plays for them now.
  8. Surprised by the top three but, the more I think about it , the more I agree with it. Those three were the nucleus as we transformed from a team floundering in League One to a team that reached the League Cup semi-final and competed at the upper end of the Championship. There's certainly others like Tammy and Freeman you can make a case for. There is a strong argument we would have been back in League One without Tammy and Freeman was outstanding for us in League One but I'd argue the top three deserve to be there for the length of time for which they were key players for us,
  9. The major area where I disagree is that the five pillars succeeded. Yes, there was a realisation that we needed to move away for a short period to stop the rot and turn the club around, which Cotterill did, but the work around the five pillars continued in the background during that time and the Johnson appointment really saw it come into fruition. If you look at what they were: 1) Investing in the Academy and Local Players - Very hard to argue against the fact this is happening, albeit with a few grumbles that the number of players we have signed are restricting the pathway. 2) Community - I think the Community Trust are way more visible. 3) Facilities - massive improvements.. 4) Financial prudence - I'd say so. 5) As a general rule signing players under 24 - this is what we are mostly doing. For all the derision the pillars got at the time, they have not failed at all and we have been following them pretty effectively.
  10. For all Massengo's promise, I feel Nagy is the best midfielder we have. He shouldn't automatically get his place back but I think the midfield in our best XI is Nagy and Palmer plus Massengo or Brownhill. I like Brownhill but I don't think he is undroppable and I think, once everyone is fit, he faces a real fight for his place.
  11. Rarely dream about the club but a few nights ago I dreamed we were 1--0 up against (I think) Sheffield Wednesday and went onto lose 12 - 1. Really hope that isn't a premonition...
  12. Cheers for this, everyone! I'm going to look through all these and decide where to go.
  13. To be fair, any event like this will have a few hangers on turn up just to be involved. Can’t see it is any way reflective of Bolton fans as a whole.
  14. The major issue is that footballers in the lower leagues are paid a good salary but not “live for free for a year money” and people cut their cloths according to their means. Many of those players will have mortgages etc and may genuinely be unable to make the sums work...
  15. Quick question. I need to book a holiday at some point and occasionally toy with the idea of going to watch domestic football elsewhere in Europe. Obviously Germany springs to mind but I'm open to going anywhere. My questions is what stadiums would anyone who has done this recommend in terms of either the atmosphere, the uniqueness of the stadium or anything else?
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