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Countryfile

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  1. Caught a ferry from Greece to Italy, booked deck accommodation, spread out my sleeping bag on the floor of the ‘lounge’ and got myself comfortable, called into Corfu to discharge/pick up passengers, watched proceedings from the deck and then we left port, went back to my berth to find a lad in a City shirt had set up next to me.....with a litre bottle of Ouzo at the ready.
  2. Kingswood isn’t in Bristol either, so why the Gas opened a Club shop outside Bristol Is beyond me.
  3. Just stuck in my mind, unlike everything else I should remember
  4. Were you by any chance on crutches at the time? I seem to remember a lad being ejected for waving his crutches in the air, probably near the end of the game thinking about it.
  5. You can see an estimate for future bills (3months?) on line to check what they intend to charge you.
  6. Steve is a good man...for Bristol sport, but he’s also a business man. For some perspective I understand one player is on £35K per week...basic 100 zero hours staff earning £50 a game = £5,000, 1 days pay for that person. I believe Mr Ashton (not the fire alarm one) is paid £500,000 per year, £9,600 per week. I don’t begrudge those two their money, I’m sure they earn it, however if there were no zero hours staff there would be no game.
  7. This. I would suggest a prompt apology from the club, and a promise to do it correctly at the last home game against Preston, which will be the last regular game of the 125th Anniversary season. Could be a lot riding on that game and a possible full house, just the time for the powers that be to show they can actually do something right, I won’t however be holding my breath waiting for that to happen.
  8. Quite unbelievable that this could have been so disorganised. Who ever was responsible for this shambles should be banned form AG. Still I expect they sold a few more poorly made shirts.
  9. Interesting work Dave, but not as interesting as the stat just given in the Leeds game. Leeds have scored first away from home on 19 occasions, and won all 19. That is some record.
  10. Like you I have been in a similar situation, and I would agree it’s down to the individual to perform. However if the leadership is lacking the drive, cohesion or ability to take things forward and the employees sense this it’s bound to have a detrimental effect on performance. I know my performance suffered, there does come a point where you think ‘this is not right’ and as an individual you need to make a decision wether to go along with things or get out (I chose to leave).
  11. So do I. ALL the important decisions are made by LJ, he decides the starting line up and dictates the tactics. The assistant coaches simply take the players through the required routines dictated by LJ. Neither assistant, unless I’m mistaken has top level experience, neither has the head coach, hence the brick wall we find ourselves up against each season.
  12. A very decent read, and pretty much listed all the issues and options. The biggest issue is that lack of continuity in the team, no doubt about it. LJ can’t play players who are injured such as Smith, but he can stick to the same formation so at least those players coming in know what the pattern of play should be. I think the best teams in this league do that, and I’m afraid the chopping and changing of formation is at the root of our problems.
  13. There is one possible flashpoint in the entire stadium, and not for the first time problems have arisen in that area. I find it beyond belief that the club can’t once and for all solve this issue. Put a physical barrier in place so that those ‘gesturing’ can’t actually see each other at pitch level. Barrier off the first complete section top to bottom in the Atyeo nearest the Dolman, as part of the stands reduced capacity. Place netting across that lower Dolman section. (Lose perhaps 50-100 seats) Add a line of Police / Stewards along the steps. (Oh dear that’s gonna cost) Stop being reactive and become proactive to solving the issue. I know WBA won easily, but if ever there was a case for standing home fans to occupy that area (the Atyeo stand, named after OUR greatest ever player) to generate an atmosphere beneficial to the home team, the WBA fans showed how to do it. Maybe controversial but I would give the away fans half the Dolman, nearest the Atyeo. Not impossible to segregate, the worst seats and leg room in the stadium, easy to police the exit and on the side of the pitch not behind one goal. It would require some investment in the concourse for football, but not that difficult to do.
  14. Possibly the key moment of the game for me. Why was he taking it? Clearly Dasilva should have been? O’Dowda ignoring simple team instructions? Or just not switched on? He has gone backwards massively since signing his new contract. What is his best position? LJ doesn’t seem to know, wonder what the player thinks.
  15. Why is it seemingly OK to say thanks to Cotts but we need to move on, and not OK to say the same to LJ? The guy has no doubt worked really hard, is very capable and has the club at heart. He doesn’t in my opinion have what it takes to gain promotion, either automatically or via the play offs in the current way the club is operating. He is to a degree a victim of his own success due to the clubs buy cheap sell at a profit model, nevertheless I don’t believe he has the ability required to take us to the promised land. Two things need to change. The first is the manager, SL needs to realise that although it won’t guarantee promotion, hiring a manager who has already achieved it carries some weight, and would give us the push we clearly need. The second thing that needs to change is the model, selling the likes of Brownhill for a couple of million more than we would have got for him in the summer was wrong purely on a football level and should not have happened. Thanks LJ, you did your very best, but we need to move on. SL you need to take stock and make the necessary changes, your buying the Rugby premiership with your player signings, AND you have a coach who can deliver.
  16. Called off, because of the weather according to the official site
  17. Would that be the goal where he had the time to get down on his hands and knees to head it over the line rather than kicking it over? or is my memory playing tricks on me?
  18. Have to disagree with you. We didn’t have the option of a 13 goal striker to pick against Millwall, LJ did have that option against Brum, and bottled it. It’s his job to use the players at his disposal to try and win games, he’d lost Brownhill, but chose not to play the goal scorer he himself, along with Ashton, had admitted we needed. Any player worth his salt would be upset at being left out, but that’s what LJ gets paid to deal with. IF, and it’s a big if, Weimann makes way for Wells I don’t expect him to be happy, tough, as Brum showed we desperately need a proven goal scorer on the pitch to help Diedhiou. We won’t have the chance to win that game again, and in my opinion LJ failed to pick a player who HAS proved to be the difference in games this season, and having taken the easy option LJ has now made his job for the rest of the season that much harder.
  19. Spot on. Any fan could have said “we won, keep the same side”. The manager gets paid to pick a team to win the next match, or he should, not to keep the 11 previous starters happy. Wells was fit, in form, and had trained with the squad, we were at home, he should have started no question. I’ll bet Brum were well happy to see him on the bench, and by the time he did get on the bizarre formation adopted did him no favours.
  20. Over my years following the City I’ve never been assaulted by a copper, or any of the other acts you mention. I’m just a fan who has been going to games since the 1970’s, I’m not a copper, and for the record I was born and brought up in a council house in the heartland of City support. I guess it’s all a matter of choice.
  21. While we have a serious threat of innocent people being killed by terrorists with knives, guns or bombs the need to police a football match is simply crazy, (I’m assuming this video is football related). How many police are needed at rugby games?
  22. Sadly I have to agree with this, the issue of our relatively poor home form hasn’t gone away despite large amounts of money and high player turn over during LJ’s tenure. Perhaps its time for a change in the coaching set up, I believe both assistant coaches were defenders during their playing careers, and while a sound defensive set up is no doubt the key to success, the lack of chance creating attacking play could be down to a gap in the coaches knowledge and experience. With the marvel of hindsight Wells should have started last night no question, other successful teams consistently change winning teams, and Wells omission was a mistake, 13 goals and player of the month left on the bench.....
  23. The development is a training ground for the full time players, consisting of first team, U23s and U18s. The younger academy groups of school age will not be training at the new development. Cat 1 involves a lot more than having a dome, it’s a major step up in staffing levels and I doubt we will go for that in the near future.
  24. So this reporter is a top guy, does his research, has contacts? Shame he isn’t aware the players entrance is no longer in the Atyeo, tells you all you need to know about him. Has now said an official approach has been made, that is either true and has come from the agent, or is BS, we shall see. Seems to me he is jumping on the LJ out brigades bandwagon, be careful what you wish for.
  25. Most of the U23 team is made up of U18’s and first team squad players in need of games. A lot of our best U23’s are already on loan, which was one reason why the manager left, he was having to play players who he wasn’t directly coaching, both young and old. Take a look at the team line ups for previous U23 games on the official site.
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