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  1. I am certainly taking the current situation seriously, and and under no illusion that this crisis is a once in a lifetime situation that will see at least the following several months being new, extremely hard and ultimately testing times for us all. I do however, feel that certain posters on this thread do need to consider some of the things they are saying. Perhaps we have no responsbility to anyones mental health and wellbeing, but there are going to be plenty of people reading this forum who are very scared and anxious, and also see this as a place of comfort, where they've always gone to interact with others and feel some sense of belonging. To begin suggesting we are going to crumble into social disorder, and also suggesting life is going to change immeasurably as we know it for decades to come, when they don't really KNOW what the future holds, is venturing into the area of fear-mongering. Let's take this s**t seriously, but let's not turn a football forum into a place that will terrify many, based on worst-case hypothesis
  2. You're mad. Clark's Pies are f****g banging
  3. The Packet on a sunny day for one before, the Masonic for one or two after
  4. Fam Pato Henriksen Weimann Rowe Smith Dasilva Benkovic Williams Hunt Bentley
  5. I've taken friends who aren't city supporters to the gate several times, and also sometimes bump into people from work, or friends around the city who I know aren't particular fans of city, but go along for the game. The funny thing is I see most of this type joining in and and making noise! Conversely, whilst it might be a bit of a generalisation, but the type of fan I see sitting there making no noise tends to be older blokes just there for a bit of a natter and catch up with their mates. I often see groups of them sitting there not singing for the full 90 (and often barely watching the game). Maybe there are 'new' fans who have come into the fold recently, but to me, they look like fans who have been coming for many years, and just don't really feel like joining in. I don't think anyone 'should' be singing, each to their own, but I actually wonder if the lack of noise is really attributed to the so called 'gentrification' of our fan base
  6. was very good from the back of the dolman. Best I've heard it in a while. Guess that's what happens when the football isn't dull!
  7. I appreciate it seems strong but just because you're fine doesn't mean it hasn't been an issue. Just down the road at the Uni of Bath they've conducted world leading research into the dangers of concussion injuries in rugby, and the research into heading the ball in football has followed suit. Unfortunately the research is fairly compelling - and the links to brain damage are strong. I don't think a ban is the way forward. When research uncovers something like this, the best response tends to be the follow up research into counter-measures that can mitigate the dangers associated with the activity. So whether its new ball technology or advancements in head-wear, the game should be pushing for this, rather than an outright ban
  8. Bit strong isn't it mate? I think the hundreds of thousands of volunteers and members of the public who went to watch the Olympics in 2012 would probably disagree with you (me included). I worked there and got to watch Usain Bolt win the 100m, the stadium is pretty iconic in my eyes. Admittedly a shit football stadium, but not sure how you came to the conclusion that UTC is talking 'utter shit'
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  10. Really excited to see Walsh in the squad next season (I hope). Watched a few highlights of him at Cov this season and is a joy to watch.
  11. Think Martinelli is a huge prospect. A quiet game for him, but plays the game with a lot of maturity to match his ability
  12. I agree, but I still think a fit and in form Kalas can take us where we want to be, yet Baker and Williams (whilst by no means being poor players) can be improved upon if the options available. Still, I'd be looking at DM and CF as priority positions over CB
  13. Whilst I feel the problem doesn't necessarily lie at CB, we have conceded 40 goals this season in the league, a lot more than those around us, so if we could get an upgrade on Williams/Baker to partner Kalas, with Moore deputising, I think this could be a good signing.
  14. I think saying they will never get to and compete to our level is a little bit naive. You just have to look at the last 20 years of English football history to see the gargantuan demises in financial security and league standing that can befall clubs, as well as the sudden upturns in financial investment and form that can embolden others. In the next 5 years? Almost certainly not, but who knows what the next 10 to 20 years hold for us both. Football is sterile enough without us actively not wanting local football derbies. Can't wait till we next play them to be honest
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