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  1. Great thread. I can guarantee Sepp Blatter attempted to introduce all of these at least once. Didn't they actually trial kick-ins in the 90s?
  2. Judging by those first few goal videos we needed Eliasson's 4 assists from the right wing, as the left winger appeared to be holding the camera.
  3. Poor Googling on my part then! I forgot in America you have to search for the "metro area". Still think Metropolis is a bit of silly name.
  4. Sarasota has a population of 56,000. It is about the size of Chippenham. It could have called itself Sarasota Town or Sarasota City at a push, but to call itself Sarasota Metropolis is going a bit far. I hope for that reason alone that we smash them.
  5. Think that's pretty unfair. It's been a while since I missed an away game and I always see Matt waiting about just to speak to or be available for supporters before kick off in the concourse or stand if they want to talk to him. He always takes the trouble to say hello and takes a genuine interest. To be honest if you asked me to stand about on my own just so random people could come up and talk or get something off their chest - invariably with occasional rambling Coach 1 ear bashing - I'd run a mile, so he deserves a medal for lasting this long.
  6. (via https://twitter.com/cheesesofnaz/status/1151444827063672832)
  7. Hoping City put the video up themselves in due course, but if you didn't manage to get onto BCTV last night, here is the pre-match build up and interviews and 5 minutes of the action before the feed stalled (I left it recording as I was down my local). I'm not sure if there was meant to be commentary but I couldn't hear it.
  8. There will be 3 on Monday as I've got to go there for work. This hurricane thing sounds great. If the game keeps getting delayed can I get a lift to the second half or fourth quarter or whatever we’re now calling it?
  9. Love how much fun they're having. If this was me the first three days videos would be me sat in immigration while they asked for increasingly random information. Am sure City would find some good dance music to accompany the video. (bonus comment for relevance: have seen Tomlin story and really not surprised)
  10. A pre season friendly in three acts. Act 1 a comfortable experienced defence but with little ability to open up a League One side. Act 2 with Walsh and Szmodics in midfield and Fam up top, a ruthless, incisive threat with a hatful of chances and goals. Act 3 a bit of a mess: third and fourth penalties given away in a week and firing shots into the crowd whenever given a sight of goal. City gave a run out to 26 players across 2 half hour spells and a final four changes in an increasingly careless close to the game where we managed to surrender our rapid three goal opening to the second half, and finish holding onto a 3-2 win via a scratch side that featured a feisty Taylor Moore, a well marshalled Saikou Janneh, Adelakun firing into the crowd and little real midfield. The first half was City's first opportunity to pair multi million centre backs Kalas and Webster, and with Hunt and Rowe offering experience on the flanks, and Pack sitting in midfield with Bakinson, City were solid yet thoroughly spectacular, reliant on the occasional Eliasson cross into an isolated Weimann. Solid but totally forgettable. In fact full backs Rowe and Hunt were the pick of the bunch with and without the ball and on the midway point of the first period an energetic Hunt, City's best player in the opening 45, went on a barnstorming run in from the right, beating two defenders only to see Wimbledon able to desperately rob the ball as he closed in on an easy finish. On the half hour Bakinson, amongst City's more influential players - not saying a lot - flashed a rising shot at goal from the edge of the area which was deflected over. Off the right wing corner Webster opened the scoring via a confident header. A lead but scarcely deserved. City made their first changes, O'Dowda replacing Pack, but dropped to left back, Rowe pushing up. To O'Dowda's credit he actually gave City additional width besides Eliasson and ten minutes before the break they combined well on the left, from the overlap crossing dangerously into the box but just over an onrunning Semenyo, and with no one to turn home at the empty far post. Another reminder of City's lack of forward threat. But Famara was on and so was Taylor and minutes before the break they made some inroads, Diedhiou off on a combative run through the middle and as space opened up, he fed Hunt out wide on the right who crossed into the middle where Taylor saw a close range header beaten away albeit with the flag then raised for an offside. At the break more progress from Bakinson threading in O'Dowda and another overlap saw the wantaway winger racing clear in from the left only to flash a low shot past the far post. Before the half another sub, Zak Vyner, would connect with a fierce 30 yard drive from range, just deflected as it threatened their keeper. Tellingly both he and fellow sub Diedhiou would be back. But in fact while both would help City race into a more comfortable lead after the half time break, it was another newer entrant - summer signing Sammy Szmodics - who made the difference, within seconds from the restart threading a perfect ball out of midfield, leaving Fam with one defender to beat, the striker skipping past a man and slamming a shot into the bottom corner. Just minutes later it was three as Vyner's deep low cross off the right wing was met by Diedhiou unerringly at the far post - in front of an impressive away end of local and traveling City fans - the oft written off striker again firing home to make it a quick fire brace and 3-0 to the away side. As it turned out more subs curtailed this threat. But first Taylor Moore cleared off the line before the hour mark from the hosts most dangerous chance - and City before they surrendered to third string players, turned in the best spell of the game led by Walsh and Szmodics. Walsh had a forward pass in mind every time he got the ball and was setting the tempo and spreading the play. The central midfielder would fire a 25 yard low drive just past the post and soon after Matty Taylor blazed over from close range after good work by Brownhill between the lines. Then the lively Szmodics drove a low visionary pass from deep in midfield which bypassed Fam and nearly got O'Dowda in. But then Walsh departed injured and City lost their way - more so after Fam left too. Momentum shifted and Moore and Vyner got in a mess to concede a third penalty in a week from which Woolacot was sent the wrong way. At the other end City's threat was subsiding and a run by Taylor at the home defence saw him exchange passes before lashing an early shot in at the near post that was beaten away. City would not go close again and at 3-1 were at risk. With ten to go City gave the ball away in their own half and one of Wimbledon's 11 young subs - all on at once - drilled a fast rising shot at the top corner that Woolacot did well to tip over. City now had Janneh, Edwards and Adelakun on and offered little in return, the latter at particular fault, fed by O'Dowda, he ignored a return pass and turned to make space only to slam a shot wide of the post into the City fans. At the close a resurgent hosts got another penalty - the fourth City have conceded in 2 games - a handball low on the right of the box curtailing a Wimbledon cross and allowing them to convert again past Jojo Woolacot. 3-2. At the other end City were now ragged, Adelakun again fired wildly at the City fans and Baker headed a corner past the post after a slick run by Edwards. And that was it. Hard to gather much from an early warm up but City produced much that'll be familiar: controlling a defensive but ultimately anonymous first half, being rampant for twenty second half minutes bouyed by Szmodics, Diedhiou and Walsh, yet then rounding it all off by reminding us that our strength in depth may be limited when calling on our less favoured players. Too many players for ratings, so just some stand outs: Szmodics - energetic and visionary, fluffs the odd pass but the direction and quality is there, some fantastic passes I'm unsure Pack has in him, and plays the game with a speed and purpose that makes me think a) he is better than Kasey Palmer and b) just maybe there is a passable 17/18 era Bobby Reid in him if we get him in space Diedhiou - as if people have spent the last month talking casually about letting him go and figuring something out. We are so obviously short of finishers as it is, if not for him we may as well not bother up front at all, it is ludicrous to me to even consider removing his goals and expecting the rest of the unproven options to figure it out Walsh - yes he is lightweight but it is chalk and cheese between him and Pack, he will have a forward pass ready and in mind all the time, obviously easier opposition but compare the first 30 of each half and it is two styles of football, one laboured and ponderous, the other tempo and incisive Hunt - thought he looked very good in the first half, he and Rowe were full of energy and drive, and he was making deep runs of the kind he made in his winter purple patch for us last season O'Dowda - bit embarrassing for the guy being left on so long like a bit of an after thought and at left back too, but to his credit he got forward well and was always making overlapping runs. Can't see him being with us much longer but you can't accuse him of hiding today. As for the rest, no time to write anyone off but some of our outsiders for this seasons first team didn't do much to get any closer to it (even if Moore did look particularly up for it) and a lot of today's midfield and forwards - Eliasson, Paterson, Weimann, Semenyo, Brownhill - could and should have done more against this standard too.
  11. I don't think as others have claimed it is about fans getting on the pitch. I believe it is to create a mental feeling of distance between away fans and their team. LJ likes his small margins - we know what he said about Villa away. We get stuck out the way in lots of places and it has an impact. I think he wants the same. And not to take credit or anything (okay, I am fully going to take credit) I suggested netting the front 10 rows off in February 2018, and by August it was done.
  12. Just catching up and @Bar BS3 seems to have dismissed your question and then explained it all in one afternoon so I'm not sure I'm required here. It's a year since I made the point and I've long since given up hoping something would be done about it so I forget exactly what I said, but you certainly didn't need to clarify the question as being about card payments, as I did raise a more general issue with the legality of City's booking fees alone - which at best sit in a grey area. For avoidance of doubt, booking fees are not illegal and most businesses simply re-badged their card booking fee as a booking fee, and to be fair to @Matt Parsons BCFCSLO he went to some trouble when I raised it, to get an explanation about the costs of the software vendor City are using for ticketing driving this booking fee. Putting aside the fact it was and is cheeky of City to be procuring a ticketing system on a pay as you go basis and passing on the cost of sale to us, one of my concerns was that as I had understood it, City's booking fee does not apply in all circumstances (i.e. cash, in person). Under the directive passed into UK law, THAT is illegal. The new law did not simply prohibit surcharges, it also prohibited discounts where those are not made available to all payment methods. In effect selling tickets through some channels without fees does that. Of course no one will pursue this and why would we - as it would simply result in City charging those fortunate enough too! So it isn't just about card surcharging as @Bar BS3 has clarified, the catch all "booking fee" excuse while not illegal (yet) can be in breach of law where not applied correctly. And as at least one other person has pointed out today, this is even before paying an inflated postage fee too. It all adds up and City could do a lot better. Of more importance to me right now is that I'm amazed to read of all these people saying they are paying no booking fees!? Since when? Are you sure you're not mistaken (it's often pre-added to the published ticket price). 23 away matches last season and paid £1 for each and every ticket for every single one of those fixtures.
  13. Keep in mind that Centre Court and Court One will be busy so this will be played at Kingstonian, nearest BR stop is Norbiton.
  14. Match Report There were goals. Lots of them. It was liquid football. But mainly a double helping of goals with goals on top and a side order of goals to go. If you like goals this was the football match for you. It had everything. But especially it had goals. Players who scored goals. Goals that were scored by players. Everyone scoring goals. Goals goals goals. I can report there were goals. 32 x players (I'm not typing them all in) - 10/10 Pack 5/10 Will that do? Unfortunately I'm in Peckham right now rather than Henbury so it's not up to my usual boring long winded standard, although I gather that Marley Watkins was among the scorers so I'm not entirely convinced a football match actually took place today so much as we are all having one massive group hallucination. I will be at AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.
  15. Does this mean compulsory sock checks on the way into the Dolman, or will we see Ashton Gate's very own version of the Coopers Hill cheese rolling competition again?
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