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  1. London Tower Block Fire

    Today isn't the day, but if any shortcuts taken in refurb on account of austerity cuts, then fingers need to be pointed. There must be thousands of blocks just like this one all over the country.
  2. How big a club are we really?

    A much shorter answer is never compare your club with others. There will always be greater or lesser clubs so all you end up is feeling envious or smug. Just enjoy what you have.
  3. How big a club are we really?

    I don't think there's a quick answer to that one. To me its a function of history, ground capacity, past achievements, current status and perceived potential. That's why a club like Newcastle is always thought of as a big club whereas a club like City isn't. It also is a turning wheel. Undoubtedly clubs viewed as big in the past become mismanaged and fall into decline. Aston Villa being a recent good example, but Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and even Coventry are examples of big clubs from when l was much younger that have gone into decline. The right management can somehow made the club appear bigger by galvanizing everyone in and around the place to really pull together. Eddie Howe at Bournemouth is a good example..... they're in truth hardly a bigger club than City. Reading were similar a few years back and Burnley and this year Huddersfield, are others. I doubt Huddersfield will look or feel like a big club at the end of next season. And there is City's dilemma. Do they want to join the queue of yoyo clubs up and down from the Premiership's promised land, or remain a chasing a play off mid table side long term? There are so many in a similar position. Wolves, Ipswich, Derby, QPR, Hull all flatter to deceive but in reality just tread water mostly, occasionally having a period where their star burns bright. If City had continued with their early season form last season and had done a Huddersfield, the same massive gulf in class would then become the feature of next season and the forum full of discussion about how it was all going so wrong. The thought of the adventure being spoiled by the reality of the struggle. I'd like a season of consolidation where Ashton Gate became more of a fortress and teams feared the visit. Can the current management galvanise that kind of spirit within the club? It would be nice to think so. Will we spend our way out of the division? Unlikely. Are City a big club? Not really, but they can hold their own with many in the Championship. And in the greater scheme of all the football league's in the country, certainly bigger than most.
  4. To those who celebrated staying up.

    In its own way it was the season with a bit of everything, but just a shame it wasn't played in reverse. The punching above our weight til October time. I recall a week when if a couple of close games had gone our way we could hare been top, but at that time the top end of the table looked a good bet. Then the disaster run, the fear for some that we'd swap places with Rovers. Pulling out of the death dive at the last minute and then a handful of results with finally a settled side that saved us and took us full circle. But looking back now, and seeing Huddersfield in the Premier league after we took them apart does make me realise just how ill equipped we'd be for life at the next level. My hopes for next season are a settled side from early on and the season spent in the top half of the table and far more difficult to beat at Ashton Gate.
  5. Manchester Arena Explosion (Merged)

    If multiculturalists ran zoos, and put all the animals in together, it wouldn't take long to see it didn't work. Yet they believe that's how our country should be structured. Birds of a feather flock together. That's just how it is. Yet if anyone speaks out about it they are branded racist. It was a massive social experiment which went wrong, but the days of being able to do anything about it are long gone. And the silent majority, who were never asked if that's what they wanted, are left to pick up the pieces.
  6. There seem to me to be two types of team that make it up. One is the side with money or with a couple of star quality players who already have the know how to play their way out of the Championship. The other is the workmanlike side where the manager gets them all playing together and they punch above their weight. Either way once they reach the promised land its very difficult to hang on to their elevated status. Palace and Swansea and, this season, Newcastle are examples of the first. Burnley were a good example of the second, and Huddersfield will be if they make it. My point is we're definitively not in the first category and top players won't come here because of it....Dwight Gayle as a good example. Neither do we appear to have a manager to galvanise a run of the mill bunch of players into a unit full of self belief. Which is more likely to happen? I can't see SL funding a multi million team build, it looks as though the plan is to build from youth. So whatever the fans want, they will have to be patient and hope over the next 4 or 5 seasons we can build a side which can mount a serious challenge. And pray for a Tammy 2 to make the journey a bit more fun along the way.
  7. M Taylor - a poor waste of 300k?

    I've read some s**t on here over the past few weeks, but not much tops this.
  8. Inept

    Thought you meant Tony Mowbray..... must be a record having a hand in two relegated clubs in the same season!
  9. Yes, but only over a certain age.
  10. A better gesture would have been a complimentary beer. This is like dressing Harold Shipman as Father Christmas for a party at an old folks home.
  11. Calling this some kind of celebration is like going to a Michelin starred restaurant and finding out someone has pissed in the soup.
  12. Hopefully we'll at least be spared that Blackbird drivel as we all run for the exits
  13. Ok

    Jesus wept.
  14. Music at start of 2nd half

    I bet the London 2012 organisers must have such regrets whenever they hear the Wurzels blackbird song.
  15. Music at start of 2nd half

    One man's meat etc.