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  1. Hi there Odd Socks, Apologies for not replying sooner, I hadn't spotted this until now. I'm really disappointed that you didn't feel welcome at the ground, it certainly looks like you came on a bad day. The club has a good reputation for being hospitable and friendly, as some other posters might be able to confirm, but on this day, we have fallen well short, and I can only say sorry. We try to uphold a good standard of welcome as at this level, every £6 we take on the gate is for the club; we are one of very, very few clubs in the Western League that don't pay their players so the money is reinvested back into the club to cover utilities, match officials, clubhouse stock etc. Dogs aren't permitted anywhere on the premises, however there is a way and a means of informing people of this rule and it seems that we failed here too. If you would like to DM me your name and address or email me at secretary@hengroveathletic.com then I will send you a complimentary ticket for a game of your choice. Once again, I'm really sorry that you felt unwelcome and hope that you'll give us a second chance. Martin (secretary)
  2. Hi all, For those of you that said we should do this again, we are! https://tinyurl.com/y7k3oawr This Saturday, 17th November, it's half price admission to any Bristol City (and Yeovil Town) season ticket/card holders that show them at the gate. So that'll be three English pounds for adults and just £1.50 for consesh, konshesh, concisans, oh heck, for senior citizens. Kids under 16 are free anyway, so they'll remain free. This week, it's the visit of Buckland Athletic. Strong team from Devon, we beat them both times last season so they'll be up for getting their own back as well as improving their league position. We've had a stinker of a start with a hundred injuries (not THAT much of an exaggeration) but players are beginning to return so it should be a decent enough game.
  3. He played at Hengrove Athletic on Sunday afternoon in a charity match for Skemer Winters gym at Knowle West.
  4. Well we've got the extra programmes on order, there's enough beer in the fridge and the welcome is warming up nicely and should be at peak levels come around 2pm on Saturday, an hour before kickoff. What I said about if it rains?Meant to hoof it down tomorrow all day and on Saturday but as I rather prophetically mentioned in the OP, we have enough cover for around 150 people or so plus a clubhouse with views across the pitch. Would be great to see you there if possible. If you're from North Bristol locale, then I can recommend a trip to Thornbury Town who have done a shed load of work to their ground and are doing very nicely thank you in the Hellenic this season.
  5. Yes indeed, a good point well made. And thanks for the good wishes. Groundhop Weekend will see seven Western League games in three days at Brislington (Friday); Longwell Green, Clevedon, Hallen and Cribbs (Saturday) and Bridgwater & Bristol Telephones (Sunday). We are the away club this year as we hosted a match last year v Hallen on the same slot as we have this year, 7.45pm on the Saturday.
  6. Hi all, Just a quick message to say we are offering half price admission for our match v Clevedon Town on Saturday 13th October to anyone who's a season ticket holder of City, Rovers or Yeovil. Who's we/our? Hengrove Athletic, just off the A37 at Whitchurch. Next door to Whitehall Garden Centre if you know it..... back in 2016, we hosted the Bristol City Community Trust game in front of 1,700 spectators. Whacked us 7-0 but the day itself was the most important thing with a few thousand pounds raised for both the Community Trust and ourselves. Two years on, we now play in the Western League Premier Division, the highest level we've ever reached. Finished 9th last season, the best ever. Most of our players are City fans; one works down there, another's Mum works there etc but they all have one thing in common, they don't get paid. Not unique in local football but there's very few that don't pay even expenses. They're a great bunch of lads playing with their mates and that's it really. Hard work from the small committee meant we secured some new sponsorship this summer including a re-naming of the ground from Norton Lane to Paprika Park. Big thanks to the guys from Paprika, Gilda Parade in Whitchurch. Admission to City STH's will be £3 adults, £1.50 concessions and free for under-16's. If it looks like it might pour down, we have two covered stands and a covered terrace. A warm, friendly clubhouse plus enough car parking to cope with all 20k of you coming up to visit.* Look forward to seeing many of you up at Paprika Park on the 13th, Saturday week. * - as long as some of you car share.
  7. That's a good point, and they played at the Harbourside last year too, I think, by the Lloyds TSB building.
  8. Yep, that's another problem too. I'm sure they've played Bristol at some point but they'd be diluting the ticket sales if they did a night at each. Shame really.
  9. I'd quite like the Manics to play at AG though I'm not sure these days, they have the draw to fill the stadium to 30k. More of an arena band to be honest after 30+ years together. Heard Nicky Wire the other day say they might tour again soon as it's the 20th anniversary of the release of This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours this year.
  10. I went to watch the Bristol City Women on Sunday against Manchester City Women. City played quite well at times, and it took City until the second half before they opened the scoring, and that was through an unlucky own goal. Second goal was a penalty, third was a screamer; Bristol City equipped themselves very impressively at times. I think they'll have a better season this year for sure. As a YTFC Ladies fan, I'm gutted that City have signed Gemma Evans. She's a Welsh international defender, very quick and strong in the tackle, a decent signing for City.
  11. I went to AG for the first time in three or four years last Saturday, working for Opta Sports. I've been many times over the years with Yeovil (and have sat in three different sides of the ground) but the noise and the atmosphere on Saturday was as good as I can remember it. The corner segment between Dolman and "behind the goal" was very noisy and fairly constant too. I'd be surprised if you have lost that much noise going from East End to what you have now.
  12. The minute's silence was for Bob Boyd, former chairman of Bitton and a well known manager of many local football teams including Bath City. His son Rob is assistant manager at Weston these days. Bob almost took Minehead into the Football League in the mid-1970's, just missing out to Wimbledon. Passed away recently sadly. And Bitton play on a Saturday, Toolstation Western League Premier Division, same as us. Edit - sorry, started typing reply out when no one had replied!
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