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  1. I don't give a **** if there's the potential for him to get injured. Any Bristol City player that gets an international call-up should be applauded, and I hope he gets as much game time as possible.
  2. I'm gutted for him. He seemed to gel nicely with the other players, and seemed to be really enjoying his time here. I had high hopes that he'd prove a lot of people wrong and score a ton of goals for us. As for buying him on a perm, I would consider a cut price deal, maybe even a free with a view towards coaching, but a lot of it depends on how he recovers. Either way, I hope he gets better soon. As for what we do now, I'm not too sure. We're in a really shit situation where we're ages away from the window opening, and the available forwards being injury prone or not cut out for this level. My head says to maybe have a crack at signing McCormack or Bony, but my heart says that we put our faith in Semenyo. Tell him that he's got until January to show he can cut it in the Championship, and if he can't then he goes out on loan and falls down the pecking order.
  3. In a perfect world, you'd let every niggling injury recover fully. Sadly, this isn't a perfect world, and players play through stuff all the time. There have been numerous stories, and even medical/academic studies on the sheer use and abuse of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs as a form of legal doping to get players to play more than their bodies will allow. A career in football is short, not because you are unable to play football in your mid-thirties, but because a lifetime of damage eventually catches up. It's easy to understand why. If you risk taking time out of an injury, you could lose your place in the team, then end up being sold elsewhere, so being able to play regularly is important. Hell, in international football I remember a crazy stat that said that half of the players playing in the World Cup were playing with anti-inflammatory injections. If half of all players need an injection to play a game, that shows that the responsibility lies with more than just individuals.
  4. I refuse to get angry about international call-ups and the injuries that obviously come from them. International football is a huge part of football in general, and any club that tries to stop a player from representing their country at the highest level isn't a club I would want to play for. Besides, when you have a stocked academy and fringe players itching for an opportunity, you really cannot use the same old bullshit excise about not having someone for that position. Obviously, we should give fitness guidelines, but I'm pretty sure the Hungarian FA have doctors, and if their assessment said he can play then that's fine by me,
  5. It's got to be one of the worst ways to go, and the mere idea of it absolutely terrifies me - to be fully active in your mind, only for your body to slowly stop working as your friends and family look on. Ricksen is an absolute warrior both on the pitch and off, and I really hope that Rangers give him the send-off he deserves in their next game.
  6. I grew up with "trip-hop" and I have no ******* clue either. The way I always understood it was that it was the kind of music you'd hear in underground raves where everyone was "tripping". It wasn't EDM, but it was its own thing, hence the term?
  7. It's not related to Bristol City in any way, but I thought it'd be nice to share the thoughts of a fan that chose QPR as his club years ago, and how the fans and the club welcomed him with open arms. I remember when we were playing in the playoff finals, and 5 Live was full of calls from Bristol City fans from all over the world. I know there's a few people here that support Bristol City from afar, so would be nice to hear some of their perspectives on what it's like to support a team outside of the top flight.
  8. EnderMB

    LJ and Scotty

    So, you're saying it's NOT a Job For Scotts?
  9. EnderMB

    LJ and Scotty

    Hmm, I hope it's nothing to do with Sporting axing their coach...
  10. Considering that Jon Walters had to suffer with his wife having a miscarriage, his brother dying, and his daughter falling ill, I think that to slate him for "crying about his family" is absolutely disgusting. Keane is a ***, and I hope that if Walters ever comes across him in public he absolutely thumps him.
  11. They are currently succeeding, but my point was that suddenly changing club policy is what allows a club on the downturn to continue to plummet. You only need to look at Sunderland to see this in action. The second their owner shopped spending, despite having a squad that was more than good enough for the Championship, showed a decline that was near impossible to stop. The ideas are sound, but switching from one plan to another in a reactionary manner was our downfall, and it took caving into Cotterill to bring the club back. Frankly, I'm still not sold on whether it's a good idea because the jury is still out as to whether it's a mixture of LJ's influence, Ashton being brought in, or whether we simply had a good batch of youngsters at the right time.
  12. IMO, the five pillars failed because they became our only policy. We were on a downhill spiral, mostly because we had spent money on a few flops and/or offered large contracts for players we couldn't shit on. Instead of gradually easing ourselves into a youth policy, Lansdown Jr and McInnes announce that we're focusing on the five pillars, and spending kinda...stopped. From there, the writing was always on the wall. The club focused on coaches that would continue this vision, and we fell into League 1. It took hiring a manager (not a head coach) that had the balls to tell the ownership that you cannot build a team out of youngsters, and that a mixture of experience and youth is required. Cotterill built a balanced team, and we went from an inconsistent mess to a team that walked away with the League 1 title. We're largely still following the same policy, but the club have realised that balance is key. You need a mixture of youngsters on the fringes, players establishing themselves, first team players, and players at their peak with experience in the game.
  13. The only logical outcome to all of this would be to do a MK Dons with Bury. MP's and fans should band together to grant severance pay for the staff affected by Bury's liquidation. Additionally, the mayor should work with the Bury fan club to get a phoenix club set up an unincorporated association, with a charter that dictates that the club is fan owned and the only way to invest money is through membership. This gives Bury the Barcelona/Real Madrid type model where someone cannot own the club. Once the phoenix club is set up, the existing Bury youth team should be granted first-team contracts with the phoenix club with the sole purpose of playing friendlies across the country for the year. Closed door friendlies happen all the time, so put the phoenix club to use and let the youngsters prove themselves. Finally, the EFL should grant the phoenix club a place in League 2 for next season, on the assumption that they can find a ground to play in. If this involved buying the ground from Steve Dale, then so be it. It will be the only asset he'll have left, and with political and social pressure he'll either sell or be a pariah in the north. It'll mean a year without competitive football, but to be frank I think the fans would tolerate it if it meant getting their club back, and even though it'll technically be a new club, the new structure will make it all worthwhile and ensure that such a thing can never happen again.
  14. I've had the opposite. I ordered a curry pie, and ended up with what I assume was a vegan pie. Still good, though, and to be honest if I'm hungry enough to eat a pie from a football ground then I'll eat whatever they give me. With that being said, given how many people have intolerances to certain ingredients, and given that the content of a football ground pie is....suspect at times, this should never happen in the first place. If a Leeds United fan can kick up a national storm by throwing a compo face on with a crying kid, imagine what would happen if someone shits their pants or falls ill because they were given the wrong food.
  15. Any news on whether a phoenix club is being set up? While Bury technically still exist, and can apply to enter the Football pyramid at a lower stage, there's no way anyone would want to buy them when they're out of professional football.
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