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  1. Yes, I knew a few members of the ‘Clifton Mafia’ who were there. Part of Clifton Down railway station. A lot of very dodgy goings on in the Bristol club scene in those days.
  2. The one thing that a long career in senior management has taught me is that the people who tend to succeed at interviews are... the people who are good at interviews. And they are not necessarily the best people for the job. Interviews by their nature favour particular groups, such as extroverts, the privileged, people who are physically attractive, people with good speaking voices. Almost every interview is decided on first impressions, or close to first impressions. It’s an inherently unsatisfactory way to make decisions. The idea that the best candidate for a job will be successful at interview is a fallacy. In truth, interviews are a complete lottery.
  3. As someone said earlier, the problem with VAR and the offside rule is the marginality of it. The easy solution is to make a player offside only if there is no overlap with any player. Doesn’t necessarily have to be clear daylight, just no overlap. I don’t think anyone would argue with a VAR decision based on that. Doing away with offside altogether would be too radical and would alter the shape of play negatively. It would encourage the long ball game and we don’t want that (except when England are defending and the ball needs to be hoofed downfield...).
  4. Yep, I was on those railings too. I remember we used to try to stick our legs through them and over the wall, but someone always told us to pull them back again.
  5. It’s not about accountability, it’s about leadership. Great captains inspire their teammates, and their value is considerable. Leading by example is all very well and good, but they must be able to talk to their teammates, especially the young ones. Even in youth football you can see the value of a leader.
  6. I was a small child when taken to see City play QPR in 1962. We won 2-0. From that day, there was never any question who was my team, even though my father (who was a Cardiff City supporter) took me to see Rovers and the rugby too. I’ve watched many other teams while at University and living away from Bristol, but nothing has ever come close to seeing City run out.
  7. Grasp ‘of’, not grasp ‘on’.
  8. Got all but two with my ten-year old. We missed Burton and Wycombe.
  9. Mangotsfield certainly. I’m involved in youth football in Bristol and Bath and the relationship between Rovers and the Mangos is there for all to see. I know a bit about Bath City too, and there is certainly a close relationship with Tinnion. If Bath City’s development plans come off - which isn’t a given - it could be an interesting few years for the club.
  10. He still managed to make 200 appearances for other clubs after he left us, reaching the play-offs for the Premiershipo with Millwall.
  11. We tried to sign a fourth - Kevin Davies - but he turned us down. Had we bought him, that would have been the entire spine of that Chesterfield side.
  12. Also he played in a pre-season Gloucestershire Cup match against the Gas and, if I remember correctly, missed a penalty in a penalty shootout.
  13. He played very well in that match - went on to have a long career elsewhere. I remember him - blonde hair, right?
  14. Harold Jarman, Bobby Etheridge, Ron Nicholls, all played league football and county cricket in the 60s...
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