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  1. Imagine my disappointment when realising I misread the thread title. Thinking it was "Michelle Owen takes on our strikers", I thought it was a new sports related series on Pornhub where the lovely Michelle has a 3some with Fammy and Andi. I was expecting the next instalment perhaps to be "Ronnie O'Sullivan pots the brown and then the pink with Hazel Irvine".
  2. When the greatest legend of the gas, ain't an ex player, but Dean Windass, Thats da roverzzz
  3. The tramp has got seaman stains on his
  4. I used to have such a huge boyhood crush on the very lovely but unfortunately late Annie St. John
  5. I'm not so sure, they weren't a Mum's group prior to Rudolph paying them a visit.
  6. I agree it's overrated. Darrell Clarke is a huge fan of beasting allegedly, and yet it doesn't seem to have helped the 15'ers.
  7. I remember going to one. It must have been nearly 30 years ago, eek!! It would've been when there was quite a big interest in the NFL over here - first time around. Bristol had a team called the Bombers if I recall correctly.
  8. Nail. On. Head. I was only musing on this the other day. Why would anyone think it's a good idea to buy a football club who only ever play in the lower divisions/non league with a small fanbase and incredibly poor facilities in a city that is not an historical footballing hotbed, when their neighbours are now arguably an established - or on the verge of becoming one - Championship team, with a billionaire owner, a fantastic new stadium, an ever improving academy, more media attention, and for the right reasons; that's also part of a growing sporting empire. In an industry known for not being one that generates huge profits unless you're amongst the very elite clubs, any businessman or consortium would now have to throw hundreds of millions at da Roverzzz just to catch up with where we currently are, let alone surpass us. Unless this was another Bristolian billionaire who has a genuine love for the gas I just don't see why anyone would bother unless it's just to make some money on a land deal with no concern or interest towards the club. I'm sure there must be other clubs out there that would be 'cheap' to buy with more potential and less local competition that a prospective owner would take on as a project.
  9. Seriously, how much would you think DC's salary would be?
  10. Wow, that's an incredibly harrowing story. Certainly puts things into perspective. Reading that I now realise I was also one of those people who didn't really understand how rapid and terminal MND is.
  11. Yes it is, but if you don't make it there's a heavy - perhaps terminal in the sense of the club ceasing to exist - price. Every single one of us wants to see the club successful, lord knows enough of us have seen it in the doldrums - I started following in '74 as a young kid. However, are some of us who are asking for LJ to go and SL should spend big, the same ones laughing at the possible demise of Villa, and previously Bolton, because they've run into financial difficulties by spending money they didn't have? I think we in the main can afford the transfer fees but we can't afford the wages, so why should the very best come here? They're not Bristol City fans, so they'll go where they'll get paid the most and/or have the best chance of winning things. If we did drop back into L1, then as long as we are financially stable and generating money from selling academy produced players and off the field activities then we become one of the big fish in a smaller pond, that in turn means that the best players in the lower leagues want to come to us, why? Because we'll pay the bigger wages and they have a greater chance of winning things, plus the playing and training facilities and the infrastructure will be in the main way superior to most of the other teams in that league. When we come back up though, then the dynamics change again as we'll be one of the middling/smaller teams in the Championship! Even if SL went for broke there is no guarantee that you'll make the Prem, look at Villa last season. Say we spent £20M just on a strike force, that would put them on a par near enough with Boro's two strikers wouldn't it? However uncomfortable and depressing it is for everyone, the long term model of investing in the academy, young talent that we can turn a profit on and building up the infrastructure and growing the revenue from off pitch activities is the only realistic way forward. I also think that because this is a long term strategy with clearly defined goals that will not suit most managers/coaches then there is more chance of LJ leaving at his moment of choosing rather than SL deciding he has to go, even if we're relegated.
  12. I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll end up in the top half again. Doesn't sound very exciting does it?, but after being a Lge 1/Champ yo-yo club with no real vision or strategy, I'll happily settle for being an established solid Champ club with a plan, blooming academy and great facilities that can attract the better players. With regards to the transfer business, I'd be more disappointed if we had made the play offs and then lost out in the final after being the better team. That sense of almost making it and then losing your better players would've been an incredibly bitter pill to swallow. However, we didn't make the play-offs, we finished 11th. Therefore the three we lost, although good players and amongst our better ones, weren't in the end so good that they got us into the play offs. I think we've added solid champ experience and some promising youngsters and so have more strength in depth that will bring us consistency when suffering injuries or the rigours of this high energy pressing game over a whole season. We've got to remember we're not the only team with ambitions for the premiership, rich owners and are an attractive proposition to the better players. We're operating in a very competitive market.
  13. I once recall a nice Italian lady trying to have a conversation with me went she went down there but I had to remind her that it was impolite to talk with her mouth full.
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