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  1. Mansfield Town 4-5 Bristol City. End of thread. Will never, ever, see anything like that ever again. Lucky enough to say I was there. A standard 3rd division fixture, and it still gets talked about now. Tells you everything you need to know.
  2. To whom it may concern at the club, With the renewal letters for season tickets being sent out this past week, I wanted to make my feelings clear on why, with a heavy heart, I will not be renewing my season ticket this year for the first time since 2001. This is the first time ever that I’ve felt differently getting that renewal letter through the door. Every year up until now has been a no-brainer to renew, but Saturday’s home defeat to West Brom was the nail in the coffin for me and it's nothing to do with matters on the pitch. I’ve been in the “singing section” since they first took up an empty half of the old wedlock stand. The years in that stand were fantastic, so many great memories that will stay with me forever. The rebuild goes through and so we are moved into the Williams, then one side of the Atyeo, then the other side. Until eventually, being moved into the corner of the South Stand. We were the very last group of fans to be involved with the rebuild, and I’m convinced that we were only moved at the request of the police or SAG, rather than an incentive by the club. If the club wanted us behind the goal, where it should always have been, it would have been there from the very start. I’ve always felt that this section of fans was seen as more of a hindrance, by the both club and authorities, than a focal point, something to build the fanbase and atmosphere around. We built that new stand from the ground up, a fresh start. It was a real opportunity to create something for other clubs to be envious of. But we’ve really missed a trick. We’ve actually taken a backwards, where Ashton Gate used to feel like more of a fortress, hostile, somewhere fans didn't necessarily want to come. Now, we are a pushover. Bigger teams come down here, they pack out that whole end behind the goal, and create more noise than us with ease. They run on the pitch when they score, they through the ball around when it goes in the crowd, they hang their flags and bang their drum, they really suck that ball into the net. This should never have been allowed to happen. The only teams in the premier league not to have fans behind both goals are Brighton and Sheffield United. What does that tell you? Even Bournemouth have figured it out. All the biggest clubs in Europe and the bigger clubs in the Championship follow suit. Fans behind both goals would make a huge difference. As soon as the Lansdown Stand was finished, they should have been put at the top, out of the way, no more than 10% of the capacity. But of course, we didn't have proper football people making these decisions. I drove past the stadium one night during the week and the outside was illuminated in blue. I was not comforted in the slightest that the rugby team were also playing that night. Ashton Gate is RED, and it should always be red. I don't like the constant reminder of rugby under the Lansdown Stand. Ashton Gate is always a football ground. I don't like the pizzeria. I don't like the coffee shop. I don't like the lame live music karaoke nonsense outside before games. I don't like having my ticket checked 2 or 3 times before I reach my seat. I’m at home. I know where I’m going. I don't like how bright the exit lights and advertising hoardings are. They all distract from what's happening on the pitch. I don't like that we keep the lights on in the roof at nights games because I’m being watched on CCTV with HD cameras. It ruins that night game atmosphere, it doesn't happen at others grounds and it never used to happen. I don't like the Heineken Lounge, how its randomly placed, never used except for bouncers to stand there and watch us, and how it should have just been more seats as it is a football ground after all. It’s too late now to create something like the South Bank at Molineux, or the single tiered end at Tottenham. Fans in the South Stand have their seats, they don't want to be moved and I understand that. But the potential is still there, the demand is still there, the singing section is always the busiest part of the ground. Given the chance, we have a fanbase that would make the most of it. I’m sick of seeing away fans come down here and take over. Put them up the top of the Lansdown, open up the Atyeo to all singers and I’m sure, we could fill it. A mini wall of noise, with a low roof, and really get that home advantage back. But until us fans are given the opportunity to really create a cauldron of noise, I won't be returning. I was delighted when we initially decided to stay and rebuild, rather than move to another site. I was afraid that moving would make the club unrecognisable, that we might lose our identity. But on Saturday it hit me right in the face that is exactly what as happened. We’ve become everything I hated about modern football, almost over night. I loved the old Ashton Gate. It had character, history, atmosphere. A sense of belonging. But now, I’ve never felt less valued as a fan. It doesn’t feel like my home any more, and it really makes me quite upset. I’ve really tried to get on board with the transformation, to accept it and move on. But I just feel that era is truly over, because in what feels like a very short space of time, I don't recognise anything about Bristol City FC any more. I’ll continue to support in my own way, I’ll travel to more away games than usual and from watch from home on TV. What was once my home is not my home anymore...
  3. If government rules didn't allow it, how did it happen? I'll tell you how. because like minded fans were going to stand if they wanted to, regardless. If its seen as such a key part of making noise and creating atmosphere, why were we moved from one side of the Atyeo to the other, only to be moved to the South Stand as a last resort. probably as a request from police and authorities, more as a safety measure than a club desire. i don't think i've ever known ashton gate to be quieter, less atmospheric. you regularly read comments on here about how S82 cannot be heard from certain areas. The South Stand was built from scratch and as such, huge potential to create an end was there that visiting clubs could be envious of. I would be honestly surprised if any of those 14 likes are from people that have been in that section all these years. or maybe i'm just weird for feeling this way if i am, fair enough.
  4. A whole end standing, thats my vision. Would of looked very impressive, and the potential was there. Given the opportunity, the demand is there as well i feel. but its too late now, unfortunately.
  5. Fair enough then, something i did not realise, good bit of insight. If it's out of our hands, then that's the way it is. Still, it does not change the fact from a singing section point of view, that its always been viewed as a hindrance, rather than a focal point. Rails or no rails. I go back to the South Bank at Wolves as its the only example, but still a great one. They seemed to have installed it in the entire stand, and i just wish it was something we had prioritised for an inevitable change which has obviously now happened.
  6. I guess we'll never know. We have half empty stands anyway sometimes. Wolves and Spurs have packed out ends wanting to stand. I'm certain we could have filled a stand 1/3 of the size. Massively missed out opportunity, IMHO
  7. OK yes so how many people that are allowed in those blocks will increase. but as far as the area being extended further across the South Stand, this won't happen or at least not for now. which is what i was hoping for. I mean right from the start, from the very beginning. They should have incorporated rails into the entire South Stand from the very beginning and said right, if you want to stand go here. If Wolves can have a South Bank, and Spurs can have an end nearly as big as Ashton Gate itself, I honestly feel there are enough people wanting to stand behind the goal given the opportunity. I've been in the "singing section" since the Wedlock stand, then the Williams, then both sides of the Atyeo, then back into the corner where we are now. But i wouldnt consider myself part of "Section 82". its caused too much division within the fanbase.
  8. Nope, not a bit more. exactly the same as it is now. they should of planned for this right from the start, using the singing section as something to be proud of, bang in the middle behind the goal. instead of being shoved in the corner, being seen as more of an inconvenience
  9. Right on queue. shortly followed by how long they've been going for
  10. best player on the pitch by a long, long way. can only imagine what he must of been like to watch live back in his prime if thats him at a lower level towards the end of his career.
  11. matalan12

    LJ

    when we win 4 in a row, 3 of which away, its the players. lose, and its the manager. its mental really. it really is.
  12. OTIB summed up haha, amazing.
  13. one of many, many things that was poorly planned in my opinion. to me, the only benefit of the new AG to the old one is we no longer have pillars in the way holding the roof up. Other than, bring back the old Ashton Gate every day of the week. a proper football ground, not a multi-purpose sport arena its turned into today.
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