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As you probably guessed I couldn’t resist a little look to see how my post was viewed. Many people seemed to miss that in my first sentence I said that I am an avid reader of OTIB and a very occasional contributor. I am more than happy to read and less inclined to join in. Sadly, despite the use of the term in the House of Commons, a ‘debate’ is not a didactic repetition of mendacious diatribe aimed at corrupting every fact to suit a putrescent view of the world order. That’s one reason I didn’t join in and the reason I am leaving. Somebody on here used to have the strap line “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience”. Sound advice, perhaps I should have taken it. I am surprised to have elicited 170 replies and over 5000 views. I am really going now. I didn’t ‘flounce out’ or ‘throw my toys out of the pram’ I just left. So, more in sorrow than in anger, I will limit my viewing to the transfer window when I can have a laugh at the suggested signings and get erroneously excited when we pick up French €9m international striker. I am BTW, over 65, a season ticket holder who started watching in 1964, a graduate and a former suit…..and proud of it To those of you who have been, thanks for thinking.
I have been an avid reader of OTIB and a very occasional contributor for several years but I must say now, I have had enough and I’m off. The forum has been completely taken over by people who profess to hate Lee Johnson and everything about the club. Not a topic is posted on here that does not attract somebody who blames LJ, Bristol Sport or Steve Lansdown for it. The final straw for me was when LJ was criticised for what he SAID in the Geoff Twentyman interview BEFORE it had taken place. Every topic seems to degenerate into a diatribe on at least one of the following, He: · was a useless footballer who only got into any side because his father was the manager · is a bad coach · is too short · won’t publicly confess to every mistake he makes · didn’t get every team selection right · didn’t get any substitutions right · signed over 30 players for millions of pounds, none of whom are any good · only has a half decent team because Cotterill left him the spine · giggles · oversaw a fall off in form · uses long words and jargon · didn’t get us promoted · stopped us enjoying a season long fight against relegation · introduced Southville parking restrictions (good job we didn’t get promoted then) · prevented us getting a train station at Ashton Halt · ruined the Metrobus and the Park and Ride · measures the grass · uses drones · fools bookies into making him a low priced option for managerial vacancies · was responsible for the relegation of Barnsley and Oldham Add to that the constant harping on that Bristol Sport has drained the soul from our club by: Developing the ground beyond all recognition to one that is the envy of many in the Premier League Upgrading training facilities Taking away the fun of queuing next to the dustbins and outside the smelly toilets to buy and eat an indifferent pie Removing the pleasure of standing for an hour in the rain before kick off so that you could get pushed around and get an imperfect view of a match Providing a pitch that looks as good in May as it did in August Removing the fun of attending matches with the prime reason of inflicting GBH on anyone who looked remotely like an opposition supporter (What fun we had in the 1970s and 80s) Replacing coded tin sheets with WiFi and loud speaker announcements to get half time scores Employing people who wear suits. How much better life was when clubs were run by inarticulate former players who learnt about management by heading a heavy leather ball for 15 years Bringing highest crowds ever in the all-seating era Changing things Steve Lansdown is also completely flawed because he: doesn’t understand football won’t spend money and always takes the cheap option won’t break FFP rules won’t spend money on linguists makes us pay more for season tickets (easier to spend other people’s money) sacks people we like lives in Guernsey only employs Yes Men only employs his son employs Mark Ashton appointed LJ won’t sack LJ And just before I go why must you all ‘hate’ and ‘despise’ or ‘detest’ other clubs and managers. I don’t hate the Gas but I get a real buzz when they lose and when they are relegated. Similarly I would have smiled if Fulham had beaten Cardiff/Colin to automatic promotion. It’s more schadenfreude. Perhaps that is too long a word for most of you on here who seem to think that writing **** and **** isn’t swearing. Bob Binalong has left the building