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  1. I'm currently reading a book about City's all time record cap holder for England - Billy Wedlock - and it's quite an eye opener to hear that back in the late 1890's, Bedminster and Bristol City(formally Bristol South End) we're major rivals, and yet they wanted to move forward and become a powerhouse in footballing terms, and so amalgamated. Similar circumstances to what you're describing as there was a strong rivalry between the two, and pretty much all of the assets from one club was used compared to the other, the exception being the two grounds, whereby the newly merged club shared grounds between Ashton Gate and St Johns lane before eventually settling on Ashton Gate. I guess, if we want Bristol to be a big player within the country, then a Bristol United would (with emotion set aside) be the best way for the entire city to get behind one club. Personally, I'd miss the intense rivalry as there's no other game that comes close to a Bristol derby, but in my eyes, if I was to look at it objectively - a merger would be way forward to giving the WHOLE city the impetus it needs. Fundamentally, you'd need to ask yourself why you watch football? Is it to win trophies, or is it because of the historical meaning of having generations of family supporting and following your club. My family all hailed from Bedminster and so City is my club, however I now live in Kingswood, and we know there are supporters of (any) club that are spread throughout the entire Country, if not the World. I know fans who sit next to me at Ashton Gate who are from Oxford, Southampton, and I have one friend who lives in New York and attends whenever he's back. Football has changed now from being a locally supported club, to being a global commodity. It appears to me, that if people want an intimate part of football, then following amateur grass roots football is probably the better alternative these days, which kind of harks back to what City, Rovers and other clubs used to be like until the money came in and made it a global sport. Proof of the pudding being, how many clubs are now owned by local businesses in the community - pretty much a majority of the top 40 clubs are owned by nobody with any affiliation to the clubs locality.
  2. Wasn't there a discussion around the time that we bought the division, but when you compared our outgoing transfer fees vs incoming transfer fees, we were acutally in credit? (Admittedly, that doesn't take into consideration the wages of the players we had on board)
  3. Best managers has to be Terry Cooper and Joe Jordan. Even in Jordan's 2nd term he still assembled a decent squad that Ward just had to tweak to get us promotion. I understand the feel good factor that Gary Johnson brought to the club, but the football was pretty boring at times. Cotts showed how to win promotion in style. Worst - too many to mention, but got to be between Osman, Pulis and O'Driscoll. I'd give Benny the benefit of the doubt. In the season we got relegated, if there were another half dozen games I reckon he would've kept us up. He got us playing pretty decently in the end.
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    Evening Jerry, and we'll done on accepting the SLO.....you'll be great at it. I know it's been asked many times before, but with your new role, thought I'd ask once again and try my luck... Is there any chance we can have the terracing lights switched off during night games please? Or at least ask for a justification why they're off during concerts but not for football please? Many thanks, and good luck with the role.
  5. Interesting to hear LJ say on the radio yesterday that when Watkins has simple instructions to follow, he does it very well. Does this imply that LJ tries to overcomplicate things too much?? I remember at the beginning of the preseason, LJ mentioned he wanted all the attacking players to be fluid in attack. Are we asking them to do things that are just a little too complicated and the players would benefit from a simpler approach? Or do we have a mixture of players who get it, and others who don't??
  6. Would there be the option to recall Paterson or Matty Taylor if we're that low on strikers?
  7. Not even getting that far. As soon as I launch the App, I get an image of the new club crest, with a horizontal scrolling black progress bar at which point, the app says "Bristol City FC has stopped. Close App or Send Feedback". Absolutely no option to go back, or to press X (which isn't there)
  8. On Twitter this morning, the club are claiming a sell out with 26399 tickets being sold, however according to http://stadiumdb.com/stadiums/eng/ashton_gate the capacity is 27,699, which implies another 1300 seats could\should be available? They can't all be restricted views, netted off, allocated to TV cameras etc... can they?
  9. Anybody know where the club is at with regards to the building of the Basketball arena and hotel complexes? Has planning permission been applied for\granted yet? Any idea of timescales?
  10. For some reason I enjoyed Crawley away, can't possibly think why
  11. I'm pretty sure I've got a scarf from that final which says "Freight Rovers Trophy"
  12. Pretty much agree with this. I do wonder whether there should be something to put into law whereby you cannot be offended on someone elses behalf. Basically, it should be up to the person on the receiving end of the abuse that should report it. I'm pretty sure this would reduce the number of complaints by a lot, and actually leave it up to the genuine victims to decide whether they're offended or not.
  13. All this talk of merging clubs in nonsense in my eyes. I'd rather then clubs went bust and then started at the bottom end of the Pyramid. If we went down that route, we'd have a league similar to that of Scotland, where there's few teams left to make up the numbers, and sides would have to play each other 4 times a season! Football is all about local communities and historical relationships with their areas, not about merging and franchising football clubs. The quicker the Premier League and all the obscene money associated with it can go bust, the better. Actually, no, let me reword that, the quicker the obscene transfer fees and salaries are gone...the better. I think the money that is coming in could be better utilized further down the lower level grassroots football, and the redevelopment of stadiums and infrastructure. As a radical thought, wouldn't it be interesting if clubs could only spend wages proportional to their attendances? The clubs could still get their £130million sponsorship per year from being in the Premier league, but they'd then have to use that money build up their stadium capacities, training complexes, youth team, coaching abilities etc.. but their spending of wages would only be relevant to their attendance levels. It might even encourage lower ticket prices to the fans as it'll be more beneficial for the club to have a 20,000 attendance each paying £5-£10, compared to £25 a head for an attendance of 12,000.
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