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  1. I fully agree and have been saying it for a few years now. I think we missed a massive trick in the summer of 2015 not trying to pack our squad out with some quality loans rather than chucking £9m at players with £40k p/w wage demands, we were a young, attacking side that would’ve been an attractive proposition for clubs to send their players to. The next year we signed Abraham, which worked out perfectly. If you take Derby for an example — previous overspenders in this league... go and appoint Frank Lampard. Would Derby have appointed a name like this without knowing the contacts he has and what would be available to them on the cheap? I don’t think so, and you have to question without Tomori, Mount and Wilson where they’d be this season, and they’ve been cost Derby pennies in comparison to rubbish previously spent multi million pounds on like Blackman, Camara, Butterfield etc.
  2. He’s signed on a new long term deal. That gives me reassurance that he’s been promised that his ambition will be matched. Exciting summer ahead chaps.
  3. I loved (and still do) Cotterill, but there's a big difference between not being backed and not caving into 40k per week demands on strikers we've just agreed a £9m fee for, which at the time was over four times our current transfer record. You've got to remember at the time we were averaging 12k and couldn't have predicted with absolute certainty the massive rise in revenue from both ticket sales and money that Ashton Gate is producing. I think we should've been a bit more savvy. In League One we were a big fish and had the most resources so had the pick of the bunch, a bit like clubs like Villa do in this league, but for us to waltz into the Championship expecting to do the same was a very naive in my opinion.
  4. The 24-year-old is yet to start a Championship match for City since joining them from Cheltenham last July in a deal worth £800,000 up front, with another £200,000 due this summer - a record fee received for the League Two club. - https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/bristol-city-boss-lee-johnson-2889696 That's from Jon Palmer who broke the story of Eisa joining us, mate.
  5. Jack Hunt's the best right back we've had since Orr, whereas Bailey Wright in that position is absolute tripe.
  6. "Ex-Prem" means nothing to me — football wasn't created in '92, a better stat is that we have competed in nine top flight seasons compared to Barnsley's one. They average about 8,000 less home fans than we do, their away support isn't as good as ours when you factor in mileage (see below, credit to SoutheySWFC from 1FF for the table), our ground holds about 4,000 more seats than theirs, the population of Bristol is over double that of Barnsley's so the potential of our fanbase is far greater as evidenced at Wembley when we take 42,000 for a JPT final and they managed less than what we averaged at home to a playoff final back in 2016 etc.
  7. Undermines Johnson I think so I wouldn't bother.
  8. Likely to be a lengthy and boring read if you don't pay much attention to attendances in football, but I was having a discussion on the weekend with a Rovers fan who was speaking about their game with Barnsley on the final day. His claim was that Rovers raise their game when the "bigger" sides come to the Mem (without wanting to overrule his opinion on his own team, I was quick to point out that they lost at home to Sunderland and Pompey) and it had me thinking, if Barnsley are considered a draw in League One then are Bristol City, and if so is that reflected in the attendance figures at games? I've managed to get hold of the figures needed to look into it. Without making it sound too much like an introduction to a dissertation, my plan is to compare the number of home fans (excluding away fans) at our fixture, and compare that with their average of home fans across the rest of the season and see how we compare from our last season in L1 (14/15). Our average from that season away from was circa 1,360 iirc, which would've had us probably just behind Sheffield Utd in second so to compare just attendances including away fans wouldn't be a fair reflection. The first number is the amount of home fans in against us, the second is the average number of home games in their season, the third is the percentage increase/decrease from the game against us and their usual average. Preston - 13,999 (10,157) (+37.8%) Chesterfield - 8,013 (6,134) (+30.6%) Swindon - 9,594 (7,459) (+28.6%) MK Dons - 10,533 (8,479) (+24.2%) Yeovil - 4,503 (3,892) (+15.7%) Peterborough - 6,382 (5,732) (+11.3%) Colchester - 3,568 (3,323) (+7.3%) Notts County - 4,760 (4,547) (+4.7%) Gillingham - 5,554 (5,302) (+4.7%) Sheffield Utd - 19,234 (18,843) (+2.1%) Crawley - 2,245 (2,208) (+1.7%) Scunthorpe - 3,128 (3,098) (+1%) Oldham - 3,676 (3,645) (+0.9%) Fleetwood - 2,815 (2,837) (-0.8%) Crewe - 3,963 (4,003) (-1%) Walsall - 3,635 (3,746) (-3%) Coventry - 8,094 (8,422) (-3.9%) Barnsley - 8,339 (8,801) (-5.3%) Rochdale - 2,324 (2,507) (-7.3%) Bradford - 11,706 (12,965) (-9.7%) Doncaster - 5,226 (5,914) (-11.6%) Port Vale - 3,629 (4,634) (-21.7%) Leyton Orient - 3,415 (4,386)(-22.1%) If my maths is right, the results turn out to be that there's a 3.5% increase across the division from their normal home fan crowds to when they play us. The average number of home fans when we're in town is 6,218, whereas across the rest of the division the average works out to be 5,876. There are obviously contributing factors in this, such as us having quite a few midweek games due to having rearranged international games that others in the division didn't choose to do, the JPT cup run and people that pick and choose the games they go to probably not going to be prioritising watching their side against us who were winning most games so if you wanted to get a fairer reflection you'd have to do it over 3/4 seasons but I unfortunately can't find the data past this one. You can draw your own conclusions, though mine would be whilst City are without a doubt one of the bigger clubs in L1 when in the division we're not quite the catch that some of the sides that have been down there in recent years are, Wolves being an example. So that said, Barnsley being a smaller club than us certainly aren't a catch at that level. If you managed to last this long then fair play, I don't think many will have.
  9. My mate's brother is Cundy's centre half partner (Jack Batten) and I've spoken to him about him before and he thinks he's a fantastic player. Bit of an odd signing given his age though. Also spoke very highly of Semenyo, said he's going to the very top.
  10. Lines has joined Northampton. Clarke tried to hijack it and all, think they'd have all gone and gotten cheap season tickets at Walsall instead of paying the extortionate rates Wael charges if he'd have gone there.
  11. Coughlan's 1/2 on for the Plymouth job. Amazing. The global institution of Bristol Rovers potentially about to lose their manager to a fourth tier rival club of theirs.
  12. Bit early to be on the booze on a weekday isn't it mate?
  13. I do mate yes, not pedantic at all that's a clear error Glad I mentioned Holden in the same post otherwise would've looked a right muppet. He's not so chirpy on Twitter anymore you'll be surprised to hear, neither is his girlfriend by the looks of things...
  14. You're not far off. He occasionally gets off the bench for Rochdale. He has less league starts than our very own Rory Holden who's on loan there - worked out quite funnily hasn't it.
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