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  1. Pleased that Crackers Corner is fondly remembered. I too was on the railing, "kicking the tin" (the metal advertising signs) while my dad was back up on the open terrace, late 1950's. The rest of the stadium could be plainly heard in N35 where we were sat, singing being picked up when started elsewhere. Certainly felt part of it all. Agree that the facilities are ok- but definitely second best when compared with the rest of the stadium
  2. Looking on from the Atyeo have to agree with the dissenting views of Massengo's performance. Far too lightweight and bullied (fairly) off the ball on too many occasions. We badly need a "Bradley Johnson" in midfield. Thought Diehiou was up for it off around ten minutes- perhaps he had a point to prove? Looked very much the kind of elbows out, stroppy and awkward to play against striker we have long needed.
  3. Nostalgic return to Crackers Corner- one for the (very) oldies there! Yes, I know that it was further round, nearer the corner flag but close enough. Fully agree about being back in the Atyeo - but the facilities and surroundings looked in need of refurbishment...
  4. Now unable to attend a fixture which has become a bit of a tradition (friends in Nottingham, one of our Midland matches) in recent years. Mother's Day too, and a 3.00pm kick off, which complicates travel arrangements. I know that it will suit some, but not us. Money talks....
  5. Yes, the players did let us down last night. The sense of frustration in the crowd was tangible. The players did not appear "up for it". We played the ball sideways and backwards, very little threat and little invention. No player seemed to want to shoot. Pierre tried it from long distance in the first half and missed. He tried again in the 87th minute and scored. There were 1300+ willing the City to "get stuck in", to use an old fashioned phrase, and the crowd reaction when this (rarely)happened was noticeable. Probably a good thing that pitch invasion prevented what could have been a very negative response. I don't usually mind losing, and that happens, but it is the manner of the defeat that concerns me....
  6. Completely agree with Clutton Caveman about our "lightweight" midfield. Far too easily out muscled, pushed off and physically (legally and illegally) intimidated, plenty of examples from last night. No "enforcer" (yes, Gow and Doherty spring to mind) and no one to scare and bully the opposition. The players don't even seem to get agitated or annoyed! Come back Pack!
  7. The "robin on the bridge" badge was very much of it's time, and, in a simpler era, there was not the "socialmeediah" hoo-ha there is now(an "old-timer" writes). The badge was thought to be modern and "with it". But, at least that badge, and the original (which I prefer, but I do realise that I am from the traditional, olde worlde) have a visible link with the City of Bristol- we are, after all, Bristol City!
  8. Anyone seen the Buckingham Town FC badge.....???
  9. Harry Dolman's "Flying Flea" (liberated from the "M Shed") surely? (just reading the autobiography!)
  10. I moved to Birmingham from Bristol and have lived here for forty five years. I don't consider myself a "Brummie" but am happy to defend the place when the stereotypes appear! Yes, the Blues ground (and Villa Park) are not in very appealing areas of the city but both teams have, like Bristol City, stayed true to their roots and their traditions. There are plenty of very attractive parts of Birmingham (like Bournville/Selly Oak where I live) but also some areas where you lock the car doors as you drive quickly through. Both of my sons although born in Birmingham, are Bristol City supporters and we frequently travel to the Gate for games- after visiting the Orchard, of course, as well as going to the Midlands away games. I'll be at St.Andrew's next week- home game for me!
  11. Could there be better opponents than Bristol City for a team in trouble, needing points, riven with disputes and with a failing manager ?( Reading) The City showed them far too much respect, as they do to many other teams in the division. We have no strikers (agree that Diedhiou was awful today- apart from one shot, what did he do?) and did not look at all a threat to a very poor Reading side. Spent in excess of £100 and fourteen hours of time on the match today and am wondering why ?
  12. Was the plan in the first half for everything to go through Walsh? He was certainly the most creative player in our side and always wanted the ball, wanted to be involved. Good to see his combative side too- shades of Tommy Docherty ? Agree that he faded in the second half. Very similar performance and playing style to their goal scorer, Kelly.
  13. Strange that when the team needed support and at perhaps the most exciting part of the match these "fans" we're more intent on posturing in front of the Reading supporters. Were they there for the football ?
  14. Went to the Forest game with a home fan and yes, they rate Tomlin, and want to sign him. He played well too, and caused our defence all kinds of problems. I suspect though, that the end of their love affair with Lee began when he missed that penalty......
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