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Moments of Pleasure

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  1. Three teams will prevail in the end though, and claim promotion, and we will have no idea whether they too had "illness, mental states, family problems" or a "multitude of other problems" to deal with, like we may or may not be dealing with. The likelihood is that Bristol City are not alone in having things to deal with with their playing staff, on and off the pitch. This is why you have a manager (or, multiple staff), to "manage" problems.
  2. 8. Ladies go to football to "look at the players legs," although the best time to do this, girls, was 35 years ago (see: John MacPhail), when shorts were short
  3. Great question. Used to be something like (and then, is something like now): 1. To escape your humdrum existence, working down yer northern t'pit, or yer midlands factory. S'why we were/are never any good. 2. It was also, to "let off steam," by shouting "you're crap/shite" at your own winger (when losing) or their winger (when winning). Or at your own board of directors when things got really crap. Latterly, the manager/head coach cops this, but they have brought this on themselves to a certain extent by saying "I'm great, me, I've done me badges" etc. But that's another point / story. 3. In the 60s and 70s, the point of going to football was to kick someone's head in (simply another way to escape a humdrum existence and let off steam). 4. After Italia 90, the point was still to kick the other lots heads in but also to show yer feminine side by bursting into tears at any setback and to demonstrate your appreciation of Italian opera (can this be right?) 5. In the Premier League era, the point is to live vicariously off the "glamour" of the super star multi-millionaires and glorify the self by taking film and photos of the very, very famous multi-millionaire superstar celebrating a goal a few yards away by the corner flag, and then posting it on facebook or some such so everyone can see where you have been and what you have been up to. 6. To shout something vile at someone very, very famous, and very, very wealthy, in person (then to tweet about it). 7. Overall, though, it is mostly sad, disillusioned, overweight emotionally unintelligent, worryingly angry, drinking too much(white) blokes escaping their humdrum home lives and disappointing close interpersonal relationships (with wives, children, parents, siblings, themselves) for as long as they can possibly manage/get away with. It's why yer northern/London bloke loves football more than we do/we have such shite away support. Well, you did ask, Blagdon...
  4. So you went to West Brom, wow. All that way up the M5. Well done. What dew want - a medal? Who went to Sunderland then - other than @Never to the dark side? Exactly....
  5. "Some fans had left" ... before the final whistle? At Elland Road? Frankly, I - we - are .......
  6. We will address this weakness in our team this coming summer by selling someone from an area of the team where we are currently strong, and then address that ensuing weakness up front, created by the trading of said strength, next January, by selling one of the fellas that is happy receiving the ball in tight spaces, or able to comfortably travel, with the ball, at pace up the field. And then, in response to that, we will sell .....
  7. If only Ayling had "self-coached" himself a bit more/better on that Cheltenham balcony, thought about the situation there, made a better/different decision.....
  8. If football coaches and managers really want players to think for themselves more on the pitch, during a game, my suggestion to football coaches and managers would be to pipe down during games, sit in your luxury, padded, heated seats, and shut up, during the games. Maybe get yourself an upturned bucket to sit on. Or sit in the stand. Imagine imploring your child to work things out for themselves while they are tackling their homework, then spending the whole time they are doing it shouting at them, cajoling them, instructing them, correcting them, rebuking them, praising them, pointing, etc?
  9. This league is so unfair - Leeds get to play us, twice, but don't have to play Leeds even once. Whereas we have to play Leeds twice, but don't get to play Bristol City, like, ever. What chance have we got in a league like this?
  10. I think they will be preoccupied by more pressing and immediate concerns - us seeing off Rooney County last night, sitting 3 points off the automatic top two, and once again, in with a chance of promotion back to the top. Their older lot haven't yet recovered from us getting there in 1976! They'll be hating and dreading what we are doing right now - on and off the pitch,
  11. It looks a little like that. You might say that last night's Derby are a "tops" as they will go on to finish top half and are in very good form (unlike when we played them back in August), and better now with Rooney. You might say the same about Birmingham though. It's still quite fluid in the middle eight of the Championship. We have it all to do yet, and ideally, will have got it done before Preston arrive.
  12. Here's our record v the "tops" and v the "botts" so far (I think I have this right): v. "Tops" (top half sides, as the table is now): P 12 W 2 D 4 L 6 GF 10 GA21 Difference - 11 12 games, 10 points. v. "Botts" (bottom half sides, as the table stands this week): P 20 W 13 D 4 L 3 GF 38 GA 24 Diff +14 20 games, 43 points. Fixtures remaining v "tops" 10 Fixtures remaining v "botts" 4 We want to be playing a bottom half side in those pesky play-offs, looking (a little pessimistically) at all that. What I believe Hampshire Red is telling, or showing, us, is that creating your own happy, optimistic reality and dwelling therein no matter what happens outside of it, is the way to get through this thing called life, and how to support this thing called Bristol City (without going mad and/or becoming a miserable, moaning bed-wetter). And good for him/her.
  13. It has to be said, that bit between Afobe getting crocked and Wells arriving, to keep us there or thereabouts, that was good going. Dismal to watch, often, but job done. Fair play.
  14. That's right. It's not more singing and songs we need, it's more things happening on the pitch right in front of us that we can react to instinctively, without knowing all the words to 8 men went to save a team, or the one about Darren Clarke's mother's dog, or whatever it was Things happening that excite us, or annoy us, or encourage us, or thrill us, or surprise us, or infuriate us, and so on. These things inspire basic, instinctive responses like "go on!" and "grrrr! " and "ohhh!" at a near miss and "yessss!" and such like (from the heart, and from the gut), as when a goal is scored. Then when we've sat back down, the singers in the corner can go through their rich and complex repertoire of ditties, until the next stirring moment (at home to Preston, possibly). Modern sterile football in front of seated people with smart phones to hand and edible food and drink just a short dap away, from where you can see on a screen that you aren't missing much, is an atmosphere killer.
  15. Have you ever been to the pantomime, Dave?
  16. This is surprising, and pleasing. And challenging to fixed ideas about how we are doing, this season.
  17. They mean people watching on tv/armchair "fans"/"plastics"/pretend fans, ie Bristolians in Liverpool shirts, ie tossers
  18. A very good point, and difficult to argue with. Add to this: a club in London, building a diddy new ground. We would've built a 30k capacity at AV, with scope for increasing that.
  19. We have nine years top class football to Brentford's five; we were last at the top 40 years ago, Brentford in 1947 (73 years ago). We have 51 seasons at the second tier, Brentford 15. 51 v 15. We have 2 seasons of bottom division football in our locker; Brentford 15, most recently in 2009. We have contested an FA Cup final, and one semi final; quarter final is as far as Brentford have gone in this. Three league cup semi finals for us; 4th round the furthest Brentford have ever made it. We average 20k plus currently; Brentford last averaged 20k in 1952. This might not be shiny, silver cups but it is what we have "achieved," and it is demonstrably more than Brentford have managed. Trying to make out that Brentford and us have been on a par, more or less, appears to be somewhat desperate. How much lower can the bar go? Brentford were 4th bottom for wages in the Championship two seasons ago, above only Burton, Barnsley and Millwall. Brentford's current average is put at 12k above, but the records show 10,200 for the last two seasons. Less than half our average last season. None of this - attendances, and therefore income - really counts? Great, then we can compete with Leeds and co, then.
  20. I've still got two from TC, one telling me to stop "worrying," ! Never wrote to another manager since (always worrying though....) Will probably try and flog them to @Never to the dark side at some point....
  21. Brentford v Bournemouth in the Premier League - there's a thought....
  22. Walking into another job, sounds like Rovers to me, Dave. Or Manor Farm. Bath City at a push.
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