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  1. 1. Hartlepool United 1 Bristol City 2 (Peacock, Tinnion) 2004 City win away at Hartlepool with a Brian Tinnion screamer on a run of eleven straight wins. After the game. "When we got the ball they were all over us like a rash. When they got the ball it was pass pass pass." Hartlepool fan. 2. Sheffield Wednesday 3 Bristol City 2 (Abraham 2). 2016 City go 2-0 up away to Sheffield Wednesday with two Abraham goals. Then they get a penalty. Instead of Abraham taking it for his hat-trick, Tomlin takes it. With no proper run up, he hits the base of the post, the ball zings all the way up to the halfway line, and Gary O'Neill gets a second yellow trying to stop a break away goal. Wednesday, inspired, come back to win 3-2. So Abraham, a teenager, for the rest of the match, has to lead the line for City on his own battling for scraps against two defenders. After the game. "They sell Kodjia for 15 million and then get this kid in on a free........................insane bit of business." Wednesday fan. 3. Bristol City 2 (Diedhiou, Taylor) Stoke City 0 2017 On a run to the League Cup semi finals knocking out four Premier League clubs, a much changed Bristol City cruise to an easy home win against Stoke. After the game. "Blimey, if that is what their second team is like, what must their first team be like?" Stoke fan. 4. Manchester City 2 Bristol City 1 (Reid) 2017 No team has ever won the English League by a greater margin than the 2017/8 Manchester City team. They were beating teams 6 and 7 nil every week. But Bristol City made a point of attacking them when we had the ball, went one nil up, and only lost to them by a last-minute Aguero goal. The next morning four Premier League managers rang up Lee Johnson for advice on how to play Manchester City. The national media were genuinely impressed by the way Bristol City had competed. After the game. "Bristol City are the best English team we have played this season bar none." Man City fan. 5. Bristol City 2 (Eliasson, Diedhiou) QPR 1 2019 City come back from 1-0 down to beat QPR with an Eliasson curler and a late Fammy penalty after the awful Matt Smith had given QPR the lead. After the game online. "Bristol City's Nicolas Eliasson is Swedish-Brazilian. That's nationality. Not pubic hair formation." QPR blogger.
  2. We weren't. All through the summer 2019 transfer window, everyone knew we needed a striker. We hung on desperately for Nketiah until the last minute. He went to Leeds. The clock was running down. We were seriously desperate. We turned to Benik Afobe. There was a reason we hadn't signed him earlier. A reason Stoke were prepared to get rid of him. A reason no-one else had signed him. Because he was injury prone. Guess what? He got injured. It is not some cruel twist of fate that has unexpectedly struck Bristol City Football Club and wiped out our season. It is what happens when you sign injury prone players. They get injured. It was our own bad planning and our own poor activity in the summer transfer window that led us to place all our hope in an injury prone player in a desperation last minute signing. Yes, Afobe looked good for us, and it was a cruel blow. But we should not have been placing our entire season's hopes on him. Also, the Kasey Palmer-Benik Afobe link up play is becoming seriously exaggerated on here. People are making it sound like Dalglish-Rush, or Lineker-Beardsley. Afobe scored three goals for us, and none of them were assisted by Palmer (1 Weimann v QPR, 1 Rowe v Hull penalty, 1 Hunt v Hull). Yes, Palmer played Afobe through for three one on ones v Birmingham, which he all missed. But I think the opposition would have got wise to it as the season progressed. Yes, Afobe was looking like a great signing, and yes, we are missing him. But we should never have been placing all our hopes in one injury prone striker signed at the last minute. Will the club learn from its mistakes and sign a proper striker in January? We watch and wait.
  3. For years Warnock wanted to manage Bristol City. Why? Because his family home was in Cornwall, and he was commuting to manage Palace, QPR, Leeds, Rotherham. As he was driving 6 hours to get to work, he drove past Bristol and looked with envy at his 'local' Championship team, from the point of view of Cornwall. Also, QPR, Palace, and Leeds, were off the field basket cases. Whereas Bristol City had the stability that came from Lansdown. That was why Warnock never made a fuss when he was pushed by a City fan on the pitch. Why he said "I see Bristol City having a right go next season" after the 2016 City\Rotherham one all draw. He was trying to talk his way into a job. But all that disappeared when he got his local, M5, Championship job at Cardiff. Meanwhile Lansdown, when asked, said "Would you give him a job?" Well if I wanted someone to flatter my ego, give me dressing room gossip, repeat my buzzwords, and be paid less than the going rate because he has no experience of success, then I wouldn't, Steve. But if I wanted someone to get promotion fast on no resources, then I would. But Lansdown wants a Yes Man, not a winner. Winners don't flatter his ego. They frighten it. So he appoints Tinnion, Millen, Mcallister, Jon Lansdown, Scott Murray on the kit, Lee Johnson. Jobs for the boys. Which is why Bristol City, in the sixth largest city in England, have not been in the top division for forty years, despite spending over 100 million during Lansdown's reign. And are overtaken by Blackpool, Bournemouth, and Burnley. "I tell chairman they only have to do one thing, and that is appoint the man to do the job that they can't do" Brian Clough. Still waiting, Steve.
  4. Starts at 1.43.10 In rhe hotel at Dubai Cotts spies on him, watching how often he signs into the gym, before offering him a deal. Got given a year with another one if he hit a number of games. He had hit them by Xmas, because Cotts deliberately kept bringing with 5 games to go. Scored 20 in our promotion year and the next season it was the same, another year if you hit your games target. Explains why Cotts ket picking him, by now Cotts was so pro his promotion team and anti the board that he wanted another year for AW to spite the board. AW sings the praise of Cotts to the rafters. Says LJ has had loads of money to spend that Cotts was never given. Points out Kodja was a Cotts signing. He explains fully the Luke Ayling pissing story. LJ then calls him and Tomlin into the office, saying they have been on the piss and he will take them off after 20 minutes on Saturday if they are not on it. After 20 minutes City are 2-0 up. Goalscorers? Wilbraham and Tomlin. Good management from LJ. AW saw exactly what would happen with Tomlin, that he would ease off after getting his contract. His stories about Tomlin talking back to LJ are a bit worrying. He does praise Tomlin though. Says he would chip the keeper 7 times a day in training and make a silly noise while he did it, which he repeats. Describes a row he had with LJ over Joe Bryan's agent. Deafening silence when he is asked what he thinks about LJ. He is asked again. Another deafening silence. Finally he says "some people find him arrogant but he is a good coach. He was alright but I wasn't playing much" The customary high praise of Tammy. Ends at 2.10 He is a complete Bolton legend to their fans. Worth a watch.
  5. Because the Football Association is stuffy, and badly run. They cannot appoint, get the best out of, and keep a decent manager. Clough was never given the job, even though he specialised in building an eleven, relaxing players, and European knock-out tournament football. Robson, Venables, and Hoddle were all good ar the job but lost it for essentially non - football reasons. Errikson was booted out when he wanted to stay and his successor Maclaren was worse, as Taylor was worse than Robson. They gave Capello the job when he could not speak English. They appointed stuffy old Hodgson when they should have appointed Redknapp. It just goes on and on.
  6. Great podcast. Who is next? David James? John Cleese? Christian Roberts? Steve Lansdown?
  7. Brownhill can play right midfield, like he did for most of the 2017/8 season.
  8. Take the following quiz to find out. 1. After a career in lower league football, you are appointed a presenter on a local radio station. To develop your broadcasting style, do you a) Speak lightly, naturally, easily, and fluently, to make for pleasant easy listening. b). Growl out every syllable from the depths of your stomach. Speak painfully slowly. Shout out every word at the microphone full volume, so that your listeners feel as if they are being beaten around the head by a metal shovel. 2. You are placed in charge of Saturday Sport. Do you a) Dynamically transform and improve the programme and use it as a springboard for your own career into national media, as Mark Lawrenson, Steve Scott, Angus Scott, and Rob Nothman did before you. b) Show no ambition whatsoever and keep the programme exactly the same for the next twenty two years. 3. You have to do some interviews and go to the travel. Do you a) Do the interviews and go to the travel. b) Start talking about "my guest your guest" and "your roads", even though not a single one of your listeners owns either a guest or a road. 4. It is time to cover City and Rovers. This is a two club city. City fans want Rovers to lose and Rovers fans want City to lose. Do you a) Accept that different listeners will have different outcomes. Cover both clubs professionally and neutrally. Keep them on different frequencies as much as possible. b) Enter into a bizarre fantasy mythical world where all listeners want Rovers AND City to win, thereby infuriating, patronising, and exasperating all of your listeners all at the same time. 5. It is 4.45. This is the big moment on a Saturday afternoon. The last minute goals are going in, the final whistles are going, and the league tables are being settled. Radio 5, Talksport, Skysports, and Final Score are all going nineteen to the dozen. Do you a) Quickly get to the final whistles in the local games before going straight to the national full times. b) Choose now of all times to go the Travel, when not a single one of your listeners cares in the slightest about the Travel, and even if they did, it could have been done at any other time than 4.45. 6. It is 5.00. The results are in. It is time to reflect in the final hour of the show. Do you a) Give proper post match reports for all local games. Use your BBC contacts to get reports from the Premier League. Go round the league tables and bring us post match interviews from the local managers. b) Immediately at 5.00 start reading out every half-witted retarded text and tweet that comes your way without any selection process whatsoever. Tell us the name of the sender, even though it is a false name, and where they are from, even though it doesn't matter as they are all local. Whenever they end their message with a pointless sign-off like "Come On You Reds" or "F*** the Gas", instead of ignoring it, slavishly read it out as well even though that means saying the same phrase, that adds nothing, dozens and dozens of times while the local and national football scene sits there neglected. Did you answer Mostly a. Your application to BBC Radio Bristol showed common sense and a pleasing sensitivity to the needs of the listener. However there are no vacancies at the moment. Should any occur, we have placed your details on file and will contact you as and when the need arises. Mostly b. Congratulations!!! You are Geoff Twentyman!!! Job for life!!!
  9. He specifically told us that if Bobby Reid could finish he would be worth 5 million. Well he did teach Bobby Reid to finish, and moved him up front, and built the team round him, and then what? He sold him for 10 million. He lied to us all. And now it has happened again. After Ryan Kent was a flop for us, Johnson said there might be a 9 million pound player in there. Except he has now been sold for 7 million, not 9 million. If you are going to correctly forecast that a misfit failed youngster is in fact a multi-million pound player, can you get the transfer fee 100% right please Lee, not 90% right? This is otib.co.uk, and we have standards. Where will this all end, this correctly predicting that nobody young players are in fact worth millions? Next thing you know, we will be selling our own youth team products to the Premier League for 20 million.
  10. Durung the 2017/8 season, we frequently played Pack and Smith in the centre of midfield, and Brownhill on the right of midfield. So we could play Nagy and Massengo in the centre of midfield, Brownhill on the right of midfield, and Eliasson on the left. Not a bad midfield four, if you want to play 4-4-2.
  11. How many Geordies are there in the Bristol City squad? One. Andreas Wae'aye man!
  12. with the phrase "to be fair". He used to use it four or five times in an interview and it seems to have gone through the City dressing room like cholera through a slum. Josh Brownhill uses it. Bobby Reid has taken it to Cardiff. Even the dour, gruffly spoken Tomas Kalas uses it. Kasey Palmer rattled it off a good three or four times in his last interview. They're all saying it. To be fair though, if you come to a new club as an 18 year old and score 26 goals in your first full season to save them from relegation, you can say what you want. To be fair.
  13. For City's third goal against Hull, it is exactly the same position; Brownhill taking the ball off the back four, Massengo in front of him, options up the right wing. Hull seem to have learnt their lesson from the second goal because they are now man-marking Hunt tightly, forcing him to stand on the touchline. But still Massengo orders Brownhill to pass to Hunt. Brownhill bottles it, because it is a dangerous pass, and knocks it square to Taylor Moore. But then Brownhill holds his hand up to Massengo to say sorry to him for disobeying him!!! The 23 year old club captain of Bristol City, with 200 first team games under his belt, apologising to an 18 year old for not doing what he is told!!! But Massengo won't take no for an answer, points to Taylor Moore to pass to Hunt, though Hunt is closely marked on the touchline, Moore meekly obeys, Hunt nutmeg-flicks the ball down the line for Weimann, and Afobe scores. Moral of the story - always obey Han-Napoleon Massengo. He Noahs best.
  14. Three examples. 1. City kick off the first half away to QPR. The ball gets played back to Liam Walsh. A QPR player starts charging like a headless chicken towards Walsh. Massengo, standing on the half-way line, sees this and quickly runs between the QPR player and Walsh to block him off and protect Walsh. 3 seconds into his Bristol City career, and he is already reading the game perfectly. 2. Away at Hull, Brownhill picks the ball off the back four and Hunt starts to trot forward. Although Hunt is still ten yards inside his own half, Massengo sees there is going to be an overlap and points to Brownhill to play the ball up the right wing. Then Massengo goes over to the right side to provide cover. Brownhill plays the ball up to Weimann coming deep who sets Hunt away down the right, and the own goal is forced. But it was Massengo who saw it all and set the play going and provided cover. 3. Two minutes later at Hull, in the same position, again Massengo points to Brownhill to play the ball up the right wing to Hunt. Massengo is again providing cover and occupying two Hull defenders. Hunt is man-marked so Brownhill plays it square to Taylor Moore. Massengo is not happy and again points to Taylor Moore to give it to Hunt. Moore finally gives the ball to Hunt who sets Weimann away and Afobe scores. Massengo, having provided cover on the right wing then runs 70 yards to celebrate with Afobe by the left corner flag. Weimann, Hunt and Afobe rightly get the credit for the goals and assists but neither goal would have happened without Massengo. This kid is mature beyond his years.
  15. 1. Play 4 up front - Diedhiou, Afobe, Weimann, Palmer. 2. Lose all grip of the game in midfield. 3. Concede numerous chances to the opposition. 4. Sign a genius keeper in Bentley who saves them all so it does not matter. 5. Set your forwards loose like hunting dogs on the opposition with ten minutes to go. 6. They bomb forward on the break and get you two goals in the last ten minutes. 7. Win the match comfortably, lovely job, go home.
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