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  1. Remember that game well, Good Friday, my dad took me, the away terrrace was packed and we all thought promotion was on the cards. Then came that Norwich defeat at home on the Saturday and drawing with Rovers 1-1 on the following Tuesday (when hundreds if not thousands were locked out), and that was that until the following season when we did it.
  2. I liked that and I’m a liberal Tory
  3. Amazing to think that was the equivalent of the Championship, look where those teams are now. And South Shields were relegated. Plus, Bury finished 5th in the Premiership. The "Pirates" finished one point above Merthyr Town in the division below us.
  4. Here it is and it mentions all of the heroes, who played a part in saving the club:
  5. You may be right John,@Never to the dark side but will be sad when /if that happens. Have got thousands in my loft from collecting as a kid, all clubs not just City, Internationals, FA Cup Finals, going back to the 40's (long time before I was born I might add). My favorite is about 10 Workington Town all from the same game, their last in the football league, snapped them up from Beryl in the club shop thinking they'd eventually be worth a fortune, don't think it panned out that way.
  6. Well said. Cancelled gym membership and obtained refunds for 5 of the 6 season tickets (one kept for Robins TV) in our group for same reason.
  7. It used to be possible to find it in the archived news pages of the official site, but any links referring to this lead to a page not found, so I assume the club have permanently deleted it. This link - ignore the reference to George Ferguson and Ashton Vale - however: shows the proposed Wedlock at the bottom of page 2 and the Williams at the top of page 3.
  8. SteveL did obviously. But if he didn't, somebody or some other persons would have. And not necessarily putting themselves in the position where they owned it.
  9. The application for the Williams/Wedlock stand redevelopment, which would have increased the capacity to 30,000 was made in 1999. Permission was granted in 2001. Around 2005 the club announced that the project was going ahead with grants and secured lending. I remember quite well the official site showing it with comments from Colin Sexstone etc. For whatever reason the owners of the club, ie by then Steve Lansdown with Keith Dawe - subsequently chose not to progress that permission. There may have been a good reason for that, but if there was, it was never given, so far as I recall. The
  10. You are correct, it wasn't just replacing the seats in the Dolman: 1999 - Detailed application to replace the Williams (West) Stand with a new 11,543 seat stand. | Bristol City Football Club Ashton Road Ashton Bristol BS3 2EJ https://planningonline.bristol.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=9803708F&activeTab=summary 1999 - Outline application to replace the Wedlock (South) and Dolman (East) Stand with new stands. | Bristol City Football Club Ashton Road Ashton Bristol BS3 2EJ https://planningonline.bristol.gov.uk/online-applications/a
  11. I wasn't going to look at this thread, expecting it to just be another rant. I was wrong, and glad I did. Agree with nearly all of it. Fair play mate you couldn't be any clearer where the problem lies although of course the OP is right to call out the bizarre appointment of Ashton in the first place given his previous track record and the equally absurd appointments of Johnson and now Holden, both of whom would not be given jobs as managers at any other Championship club. I really don't understand Lansdown's logic. His investment is not altruistic, he does not want to
  12. That is not correct. Once again, there were plans (I'm talking 15-20 years ago) to redevelop the Williams and East End, at a cost of around £9m, which would have been funded by ongoing cash flow but also to a significant extent by grants from the Football Trust. There was also a "Buy A Brick" scheme sold to fans. At one time it was possible to find details of this on the clubs official site, I cannot locate now but there is talk about it for example here:
  13. Exactly and the point is this. If Lansdown's involvement was purely altruistic, it would not be necessary to have put such a complex and secretive structure in place. All the way along, investment in the football club has been carried out with one eye very firmly on the longer term real estate and business opportunity. That much is clear from Steve's own words and actions, simultaneously separating the stadium from the football club together with a proclamation that the football club has to be self sustaining. In other words, the football club will be a tenant at the stadium, all inc
  14. Fair enough, I'm a stickler for factual accuracy myself. When you take all the facts, yes facilities have progressed, it would have happened with or without Steve, the facilities now belong to Steve rather than a much wider fan base, and Steve's involvement has made us no worse no better than at any time in our history.
  15. Why do I get the feeling you have an agenda. A video of 1979 Ashton Gate. Really? And if it wasn’t for hero Steve we’d still be playing in that stadium? Put a video of all 92 football league 1979 stadiums on here, they’d all look like that. Repeat. Around the time Steve took control, or shortly afterwards, the football club had permission for a 30,000 stadium - development of Williams and East End - and had grants in place to fund a significant element of the cost. Plus the fans were sold “Buy a Brick”. It was all a done deal. Yet it didn’t happen. We could have had an up
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