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  1. 29 goals scored that season, in 42 games. 19 at home, in 21 games (the standard of football generally, nationwide, was dire). We only lost 5 at home, mind; one more than promoted Swansea. We also "attracted" a larger average attendance than promoted Notts County. And we did the double over the Few (two 0:0s) and finished above them; we took the positives from that (season. No, we didn’t actually). Newcastle (11th) and Chelsea (12th) were in the second tier with us that season, averaging 16,001 and 17 thousand odd respectively. Sheff Wednesday (10th) attracted more. Those were the days. The people that went to AG that season, and the one after, and the one after that, are bloody heroes/weird. People like me. They, we, the people should have a statue erected or something named after us. Those still going now bloody well deserve a well run club and at least one more season at the top. Make that two (at least) thinking about it....
  2. We're getting the hang of the business side of things now, it's only the, er, the football bit, the bit on the pitch that remains for us to "work out."
  3. I was suggesting, not very successfully, that last season's defence were clearly better (going by Goals Against) than Flint and co, but not by all that much. Interestingly, to me at least, in the run in, when a play-off place was up for grabs, and the heat was on, the defence creaked. It didn't collapse but for a team with few goals in it, we needed it to improve not worsen. In the final third of the season, we kept one clean sheet in 15 games (with 12 clean sheets over the first 31 games). It was a dripping tap we couldn't fix. Part of that might've been due to the disruption behind the cbs, with a rookie holding the gloves behind them. So, another of my points: as good as they are, Kalas and Webster will, in part, only be as good as the quality of those around them. Flint played with less quality around him. This season, I note, we begin with three senior, experienced keepers, and Max out on loan. Coincidence? Over the past ten seasons, only twice has a team conceded more than we did last season and finished in the top two (Norwich, on both occasions, and they scored 83 and 93 in those seasons). So, the much heralded Bristol City defence of 18/19 was well short of automatic promotion standard (especially considering the wobbly performance in the run in to May). Over that same period, 40 sides finished in the play offs, and just 14 conceded more than our 53 last season. Of those 14, all but one scored more than us, most 70 goals or more (Huddersfield were the exception/freak/fluke). In the unlikely event of us finding more than ten goals on last season, if we are looking to improve again we need our defence to do better than last season. Much better. For the money spent on our central/overall defence last season, I thought it might've done a bit better than it did do. In the absence of an 80 or 90 goal attack, we cannot afford a mentally fragile defence creaking, wobbling and leaking/dribbing more than a goal a game in March/April/May. I am optimistic though that we will get the GA down into the 40s this season.
  4. Goals conceded: 2017/18 (with Flint): 58 2018/19 (without Flint): 53 I make that an improvement of five goals conceded. Over 46 games. When Kalas and Webster had Niki or Frank beind them, they were generally solid; with Max for eleven games in the crucial run in from March, it was 15 conceded in 11 games, and just one clean sheet. That is a worse games/goals conceded than Flint and co over 46 games in 2017/18. Statistically worse than Flint and co in 17/18. Ah yes, but they had rookie Max behind them, you say. Fair point. But Kalas and Webster have not been asked to play here alongside, amongst others, Derrick Williams, Luke Ayling, Mark Little, RO'D, that crocked Swede, Korey at right back, the generally thought to be "not a full back/defender" and like Ayling "much happier in the other half" Joe "I'll be back in the left back position I vacated some moments ago just as soon as I can be bothered" Bryan, Unlike Flint, Kalas and Webster were not called upon to defend here in the chaos and disarray of Aug to February 2015/16; the chaos, disarray and toxicity of Lee Tomlin, post him signing permanently; the shambles of Diony/Kent Jan to May 2018. Non of this Flint's responsibility, all of it arguably impacted on the ability of the team to perform and stop the opposition scoring goals. Until we can see Flint and Webster here together and Kalas alone (with Derrick Williams and Mark Little and Richard O'Donnell and a crocked Swede bound for the knackers yard. Oh, and Adam bloody Matthews) amongst the wreckage that was Bristol City FC in the Championship under Cotts, or Flint/Kalas and Webster trying to hold back the tide with modest support/minus Kalas (and a proper keeper; and a left back, generally where left backs should be), I don't see that we are comparing like with like. We can have our opinions, but the crude numbers are 58/53.
  5. The official twitter site of the pub league - Van thingy - said on the day of the game the Few had sold 27,000 tickets.
  6. We gave the Kiwis a free run first ball of their super over, they then had 6 balls to score 15, same as us. They scored 14, and just missed out. I'm sure @kiwicolin will concur....
  7. PM Theresa May has invited the England team to a Downing Street reception this evening - lovely, nice touch. I just hope young Mr. Archer has all his papers in order and takes some id with him.
  8. We love Steve, and all he has done for us, but he is a bit "front row of the class, tie done up neatly, shoes polished, homework done on time, hand up waiting to answer teacher's question" while yer Wolves, Wednesday, Villa, Derby owners are at the back of the class sniggering, lobbing things at Steve, and, we fear, getting snogs off the girls later while Steve/we stay in to do our arithmetic, before watching University Challenge. In football, is it the keeners at the front of the class playing by the rules that prevail, or the jack-the-lads messing about at the back, getting away with what they can get away with? Or can it be both?
  9. You can't do that at this level. L1 you might be ok
  10. In 1996 the Journal of Abnormal Psychology (Vol. 105) published a study entitled: Is Homophobia Associated With Homosexual Arousal? The conclusion of the study stated: The results of this study indicate that individuals who score in the homophobic range and admit negative affect toward homosexuality demonstrate significant arousal to male homosexual erotic stimuli. So, in other words, men getting excited and vocal and shouting "poof" etc at the away end when their team play Brighton are coping with their anxiety about having some (mostly subconscious) "arousal to male erotica stimuli" tendencies with text book over-compensating homophobic chanting/behaviour: "look at me! I'm so heterosexual! I'm not in any way a tiny bit a poof! I love birds, me! I do!! Say I don't and I'll smash yer face in, you poof!" Of course, any of those lads involved in that type of behaviour reading this now will experience more anxiety, and thus the need to reduce said anxiety. With predictable results. And so: we go on. It's all about anxiety, chaps, anxiety and fear, and how we deal with this. And how we feel about ourselves, and how we think others think/feel about us. Young males struggle with this especially. Red Army!
  11. In L1, we just sign whoever Posh are going to sign. In the Championship, whoever Posh or Brentford are going to sign. In the Prem, whoever Brentford and (tbc) are going to sign. In L2 or the Banana league, n/a
  12. According to the stats, since his Championship day-boo in 2015 with us, no other player has created more goals or more goal scoring opportunities in this division than Luke. No, I can't believe it either. Funny old game.
  13. Yes - the clubs that we are emulating, or trying to emulate, and attempting to join, in the business-end of this division and the one above, they mostly "forgo" the cups, so so now must we. All this "wins breed confidence" is 20th century British bulldog antiquity. We are trying to be a very modern, 21st century outfit now, if you hadn't noticed. It won't hurt for one year - while we have a bigger goal in our sights - to let Plymuff or some other lower league turds have a (nother) big day out win here. We got bigger fish, etc. Buy a couple more Gilmartins and Rowes and call up some academy prospects and let them run around in the cup matches.
  14. Filling in on drums for Vampire Weekend today, by looks of things. Keep him fit, I suppose....
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