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Everything posted by ChippenhamRed

  1. Now I’m not pretending for one second that we don’t have problems. But imagine you’d just returned from a mission to Mars (without a phone signal by the way) that departed in June 2013. Where would you guess we were in the league pyramid if your first contact with planet Earth was to read this post? And what would you guess our trajectory (nice space pun for you there) had been during the years you were absent?
  2. Even more irritating is when the away kit is a marginal clash with the hosts’ kit, whereas their home kit wouldn’t have been a clash at all!
  3. Huddersfield were promoted with a negative goal difference three seasons ago.
  4. Of course you’re not a fortune teller. But I also understand that by making that statement, you’ve inferring a disproportionate degree of certainty about the situation. When you’re 4 points off third with 12 games still to go, of course there’s a chance of finishing in a play off position.
  5. Yeah, we should make no attempt to stop the spread of a highly contagious infection at all, let it overwhelm our health services and just accept that 1 in every 200 healthy young people who get it will die.
  6. I would agree with that point, but that’s not the point I was responding to. The claim was specifically that rugby fans cause more disorder than football. I think that’s a very dubious claim.
  7. Huddersfield were promoted with a negative goal difference and went on to survive their first season in the top flight.
  8. That’s rather besides the point; it’s still odd that a goal difference 28 superior has only yielded Brentford 3 more points.
  9. Oh OK, fair enough - yes entirely possibly we’ve been around this loop before, and before that!
  10. Classic OTIB. Being told you’re “wrong” for something you “probably” said a year ago.
  11. Exactly. It’s about legacy, not money. He wants to leave his mark on the city. There are an awful lot of easier ways for a rich man to make more money than continually investing money in a loss-making football club.
  12. It’s easy to make this comment and hoover up the likes, but - genuine question - where is the evidence to back up this claim? People here can point to specific examples of rugby disorder of course, but unless anyone can point me to statistics backing up the claim that “rugby fans cause on average more disorder” I’m going to struggle to swallow that. Put it another way; when Bristol play Bath without segregation it generally passes off without significant incident. Now imagine City v Rovers at Ashton Gate and imagine the carnage without segregation.
  13. Never understood why people insist on putting this artificial “we must win X from X” targets in place. Truth is it’s the Championship, where everyone beats everyone, and we don’t know how our rivals will do. What we do know is we need to get four more points than any one of three teams (Brentford, Forest, Preston) with 36 points still available. I wouldn’t bet my house on it, but it’s more than possible. The most bemusing thing about all this is how Brentford’s GD is 28 better than ours for only 3 more points!
  14. You don’t know that. Why make statements you can’t possibly be certain about? If we finish outside the play offs this year, after very substantial investment last summer, and especially if we fail to build on 8th place last season, I think it’s entirely possible Lansdown will decide the time has come for a new man. The stated aim is continued improvement year-on-year. But I’m not going to say that’s for definite, because I don’t know.
  15. Incredibly arrogant to put that sort of label on an entire group of people Dave. Views on LJ are on a knife edge for many of us. Results are a mixed bag and he’s not so overtly terrible or brilliant for the answer to be obvious. If you’re forced into a polar position - as we are with polls like this - then you have to make a call one way or the other, and when we’re on that knife edge the most recent results will clearly cause a big swing one way or the other. Doesn’t make us all “insane”. Shame you can’t be a little more respectful.
  16. Disappointing, clearly, but that doesn’t make anything I said any less true.
  17. I think there might also be a self-fulfilling prophecy aspect to it as well. We’ve been unconvincing at home for so long now I sense as fans we approach home games not with optimism, but with trepidation. I suspect that might be the case for the players too. It’s become a noose around our necks. I’ve flipped-flopped either side of the LJ-out line a lot recently but I’m not sure we’re ever going to break free of our problems at home without the fresh start of a new manager.
  18. Of all the crap arguments I’ve seen today - on either side of the debate - this might just be the crappest.
  19. I’m not really in the mood to defend LJ but “Most costliest squad ever” tells you precisely nothing without context... ...how does our spending compare to that of our rivals? ...how do transfers fees now compare to previous eras? ...has inflation been factored in? The argument is null and void without the above information. PS - I’m also not sure we’re “massively overachieving” either.
  20. Remind me, how was that style working out for us in the second tier at the time?
  21. Ah the old “Cotterill wasn’t given much money” myth still persists I see, as if the massive bids for Gayle and Gray were mere figments of our imagination.
  22. For someone who likes to talk about being there back in 1898 or whenever, it’s odd how you behave as if you’re 7.
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