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Aberdeen Pete's Dad

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  1. Oldest fan ! 103 not out today. Still going strong !
  2. John Galley is my all time favourite. The best player we have ever had was Norman Hunter. Gerry Gow was really, really good but Bobby Kellard was even better.! Best goal scorer - Bob Taylor
  3. I agree it is irritating when someone states FACT. That is why I said it. It is particularly irritating when people give opinion as fact eg Johnson is crap - FACT. I am taking the mickey out of them. At least my facts are facts ! It is true most expensive Bristol City ever assembled -FACT One final FACT. Most expensive Bristol City sales in any 2 yr period . More than the cost of assembling the current squad. Happy New Year
  4. 33 years of unbeaten top division football would do me nicely, like Coventry who went up in 1967, especially if it included an FACup win and a season of European football (would have been two were it not foe English clubs ban). Of course, as you say , we have underperformed for decades. Of course, every club’s fans pay to watch their team and can criticise if they want, but in any one season only 20 teams can play in the Premier League. No one has a right to be there. The moaning of some fans when their team does not make the top 4 to play in the Champions League makes me laugh/ sick. All I am saying is that fans should consider whether their anxiety and negativity which has gone on for ever, is a reason why we are an underachieving club. After all, the last 2-3 years have been one of the better spells in the last 100 years - perhaps only our golden era of the 1970s has been better - it was the only time that we have managed more than 6 seasons without being relegated- if we stay up this year it will be our 6 th season. Actually, thinking about it, every time we have managed to stay in the second tier for more than 6 seasons we have gone up shortly afterwards. Perhaps, hope is round the corner ! if Coventry can stay up for 33 years so can we.
  5. Some things never change. I have heard it all before. LJ out. Sod out. McInnes out. Doherty out Houghton out . Osman out . Dicks out . Whichever manager we have ever had will never take us to the promised land, apart from Dicks of whom the same was said before he did take us up ( and down again). So all those predictions over the years have proved to be correct. We ( indeed the whole of the West Country ) has had a total of 4 years of top division football since the First World War - FACT Every team except Millwall and Barnsley have spent more seasons in the top division than we have in the last 100 years- FACT Every team in the championship except Preston and Brentford have been in the top division since we were last there - FACT Plymouth is the biggest city never to have played in the top division- FACT Exeter is the biggest city never to have played in the second tier - FACT Why do we expect anything different ? Look at our fixtures and compare them with 50 years ago.- Blackburn Cardiff Hull Huddersfield Preston Millwall Charlton Middlesbrough Sheffield Wednesday Birmingham etc etc - pretty well the same. Of course, there are some teams in the Premier League who are smaller than us - Bournemouth ( definitely) Brighton Watford ( arguably) and good luck to them, , but in a few years they will come down again like Swansea and Wigan have done. Of course, for every one of those, there is a Sunderland Ipswich Coventry or Bolton who are below their “ natural” place in the order of things , but they will all come back - eventually. We all hope to get to the Premier League, at least for a while, ( although if/ when we do I hope we don’t go down 3 seasons in a row like the last time) , but it isn’t easy playing in a division when the great majority of teams are unquestionably bigger than us, and nearly all of whom have a greater history. Bournemouth and Brighton have shown that it can be done. What is it that causes us ( and all West Country teams) to apparently underachieve ? . Players come and go. Managers come and go. Directors come and go. Owners come and go, but for the most part things stay the same. The only thing that never changes are the fans. However, the majority of those who are quick to come out and criticise after a few bad results, but remain quiet when the team are winning, refuse to even consider the possibility that their anxiety, negativity and pessimism may be a factor in what many perceive to be the club’s chronic underachievement over decades. They are affronted they anyone should even suggest that this might be so. It is funny how occasionally things from one’s childhood occasionally stick in the memory. I remember it clearly . Coventry at home in January 1967. We drew 2-2 with a team which won the Second Division that season. Some fans were moaning like they do now about City’s lack of achievement. I can clearly remember saying to my mate that if City were ever to win the First Division (as unlikely then as it is now) , some fans would say that this team will never win the European Cup ! Some things never change. I have heard it all before.
  6. 30 including Somerton (flew from Australia for our “last” game) Upton and White Hart Lane
  7. Actually Cardiff scored 69 . We scored 67
  8. Excellent post. Agree with every word.
  9. Perhaps attendances will drop over the next 2 or 3 years. If this happens this will probably be the prelude to a couple of seasons of struggle followed by relegation. Th club will then consistently finish in the top 7 of the league below , our “fans” will happy because the team is winning ( against poorer opposition) , and attendances will rise again prior to a push for promotion. It is a pattern which has been repeated many times over the decades. This suggests that , at least, some of our support is happier watching a team nearer the top of the division below rather than being in the middle of the division we are currently in. This would explain why we have only played 4 seasons in the top division in more than 100 years which , of course, is by far the worst record for the major team in any city of a similar size in Europe. I accept, of course, that everyone is entitled to their own viewpoint, however, some people posting on here have stated that they want us to be relegated. Their views are of no merit and they should ignored , and, in my view, banned from returning to Ashton Gate when the good days come around for either being Gasheads or behaving as if they were Gasheads.
  10. Oh, we’ve done high profile managers in the past. We had one who had taken a team to the quarter finals of the World Cup. That worked out well. Within 2 years we were relegated with a truly pathetic team. We’ve also had a manager who had taken a team to the European Cup Final . That worked out even better. We were relegated 3 years in a row. Peter Doherty and Bob Houghton (Yes, I know Dicks was in charge for the first of those 3 seasons)
  11. Everyone is nearly where they were 50 yrs ago 1. Man City 2. Man U . The top 7 now we’re in the top 9 in 1968. We are still playing the same old regulars as we were in the old Division 2. Preston , Hull, Blackburn, QPR, Millwall, Middlesbrough, Ason Villa, Birmingham etc etc . Most teams gravitate to their normal place in the order of things. I would bet that Coventry, Portsmouth,Plymouth, Cardiff, Huddersfield and Brighton will all be back in championship within 5 years. It is possible to buck against the trend for a while as Bournemouth and Watford are doing , but it is very difficult to do it in the long term (over decades) . Perhaps Palace have done it ( and Blackpool have gone the other way. Given the financial structure of the game this will inevitably continue. I sometimes wonder why we all bother, but millions of us do and will continue to do so. We enjoy the ups (1976-80 in our case) and ride out the downs (1982-4).
  12. I flew from Sydney in Australia to watch the Newport game . My old man picked me up at Heathrow and we managed to get to Somerton Park for the kick off.
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