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  1. We've got a flipping huge catchment area in the South West of the country with very little top level competition. Something like 8% of the population of England live in our region and we've got the best (?) accademy. We're now proving that training with us is a credible choice for the region's best young talent, and that there's a real route through to the very top. That won't win us trophies, but the point is that our geography brings advantages as well as disadvantages. As for it being difficult to attract players who are already the finished article, we've got hell of an advantage over the North East. Or East Anglia. We're obviously no worse off than Cardiff or Swansea. The only areas that have got a geographic advantage over us I'd say are London and the North West.
  2. Clever fundraising and it's worked with me. Just put in a few quid myself. A good way to promote a well worthwhile page and cause. We all benefit from a lively atmosphere at Ashton Gate - makes the matches much more enjoyable and lifts the team.
  3. No, Stroud planning committee definitely got the FGR stadium application wrong, but they're not to blame for the incinerator. Strategic waste infrastructure planning is the responsibility of the county council. Gloucestershire CC. It's the last PFI incinerator that will get built in this country, all of which are stupidly expensive. Stroud objected all the way.
  4. @Ska Junkie That's amazing. A cross between the hull of a wooden ship and a medieval cathedral. Is that a mock-up of the FGR stadium that's just been rejected? Or something in Hungary.
  5. Yep - I've seen online fans fooled by the Sisu / CCFC propoganda as well. The ones I've met don't seem to have had the wool pulled over their eyes and understand the blame lies entirely with the owners. I think CCFC sings from whatever songsheet Sisu tells it to - it's Sisu that appoint the Chief Exec. (unless you tell me I've misunderstood?) And I tend to agree at this stage that they should think about re-forming and working their way up.
  6. With so many dodgy and incompetent owners about, it's hard to stand out from the crowd, but Sisu really have gone the extra mile to screw things up. During their tenure Coventry have tumbled down the leagues, have become homeless and from next season will have played in 3 grounds. They've alienated and litigated against Wasps, the Council, a charity and left all 3 significantly worse off without anyone, including Sisu, having anything to show for it. Feel so sorry for their fans.
  7. Most of what I think has already been said but an extra point on each of Abraham and Dasilva. Abraham was also brilliant at pressing. As he runs in to close players down he doesn't tend to take the shortest route but curves his run so that the angles of available passes for the defenders changes at the same time as the options narrow. Dasilva improves the players around him. He uses his movement to make space for his team mates and the weight and position of his passes give the receiving player extra time.
  8. Wow - impressive pictures. Not my music taste but looks like an awesome spectacle. Sorry if this has been mentioned before in this huge thread, but anyone know or have any clues as to how much this event might be worth to the club?
  9. This will help even more, particularly if ownership arrangements are structured in the same way as the existing stadium... as explained yesterday by @Coppello.
  10. The irony is that it's the flood of money coming in at the top end of the game that's leading to huge losses lower down the pyramid as everyone gambles madly to get on the gravy train.
  11. Reading are also in trouble as per this tweet thread from Swiss ramble. What the thread doesn't mention is that they also paid players late at least once this year. The Accrington Stanley chairman has tweeted to the effect that he knows of at least half a dozen clubs that aren't paying staff reliably. It's a mess!
  12. Me too. The championship is the best league to watch. More competitive with a real chance to win any match and to rise up the ranks over the years. Cheaper season ticket prices and tickets reliably available if you want to take friends or family. Easy to get away tickets. In the prem, getting up to mid table would be an amazing achievement for us and every season we'd face a real prospect of a relegation struggle. We'd watch way more losses and go home pissed off far more often.
  13. Wimbledon! Fantastic! I don't expect anyone else to get excited but I'm delighted.
  14. I know what you mean, but think maybe he's a bit further forward than that. In the autumn, when Korey was injured, it felt like he was being picked most weeks. It was terrible timing for him that he then picked up his own serious injury. Otherwise perhaps he'd have got a good run of games. Fingers crossed he has better luck next season.
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