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Moments of Pleasure

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  1. "With the benefit of hindsight, Norm, do you think it would've displayed international standard decision making if you'd booted that ball into the Royal Box, rather than fannying around trying to keep possession" ?
  2. The game should pass quickly for him then. You know those first days in a new job, hanging around awkwardly with nothing proper to do, feeling conspicuous, being introduced to, er, ten people and thinking: "I'll never remember his name tomorrow, the time just drags....
  3. If Brentford's new manager was called Frank Thomas, I would feel confident and fancy our chances this Saturday. But Brentford's new manager is Thomas Frank, which makes me feel nervous and doubtful about Saturday.
  4. We did, though, have trains then. I wonder if they had enough interest for a motor coach, about 40 to 50, but insufficient for chartering a locomotive?
  5. I would tell you but I suspect the newly appointed Brentford manager will be browsing on here later today.
  6. "He's only a poor little Tent, His flap is all tattered and torn, He makes me feel sick, When he pulls down his zip, And now .... "
  7. Absolutely agree about Marlon. Spoke to him once when we were struggling under LJ and he was very approachable and chatty, so much so we had to stop before his little lad who he was meant to be keeping an eye on wandered off too far and too near the water at the marina. Although this might say more about dads and their childcare skills ......
  8. I once, a while back, one Saturday evening, in Clifton, whilst rather well oiled, too oiled tbf, told Russell Osman like it is, or like it was, or at least what it had looked like it was to me that day just a few hours before, which wasn't very good, and wasn't what it should be, and wasn't what anyone wanted it to be, and I was taken to pieces by Mrs. Osman. Battered. She wasn't having it, she was very impressive. Clearly wore the trousers in the Osman house, although Russ definitely controlled the hairdryer.
  9. Probably a good job, from a Health & Safety perspective, that we didn't score that day....
  10. 14,000 (I think it was 14,800 or thereabouts). The biggest crowd I have been in for an away Bristol derby. And almost half of them were us. Dear me....
  11. Either that day, or the following season in the league, at Easter, when the wind was blowing sand off the dog track into our eyes. What a shambles and an appalling club they are. They still cannot offer covered viewing for visiting supporters even now, those not taking their chances in one of their tents. There must've been sand in the burgers they were flogging too.
  12. Was only a kiddie at the time but made the long walk from the middle of town, latching onto many other Ciderheads going the same way, through St. Paul's (probably least said about that now the better) and up the Stapleton Road, more and more red and white, everyone getting louder, arms aloft, rhythmic clapping, going through all the songs, like the East End out for a walk, making ourselves heard, obvious signs of some disturbance in a boozer on the right (I think. Boozer gone now, also think. What was the one on the left? Think that was their main pub), loads of coppers, horses and dogs now, hundreds of us marching past the dump on our left, nervous gas lurking in sideroads, having a look, the adrenalin pumping now, into what they liked to call a "car park" but from memory was a large, non-maintained space full of potholes, puddles, stones and gravel. The environment, the occasion, the behaviour and the atmosphere: all coming to a head. Fever pitch. We had sung more on the way to the ground than in a season now, in 2018. Probably. I think the crowd was 14k, with 6k City there, officially, on the Muller Rd. There was much Evening Post talk of forgeries by City fans in the week building up to the game, and police efforts to thwart this. It was uncomfortably rammed at that end, and the capacity and our allocation was reduced for our next two and last visits. The last derby there in 86 was 9,900 and I was on the open terrace on the side in the rain and on the pitch when Stevie Nevs scored. When Rovers came to AG in the league the following season, they barely brought 3k, only needing the one third of the Open End (they brought a few more than this a month or so later, unfurling an optimistic "Rovers rule city shit" banner, for the cup game - they knocked us out of the cup, we finished above them in the league) and as their following at AG became pitifully small for derby games through the mid 80s (ie until they started winning derby games in late 80s) so the "Blue Few" came about. The Tote seemed so far away that day, and barely could be heard. It was innocuous. They were completely lost in that big space and moving to Trumpton suited them massively. Small crowd in a small, tight space, on top of the opposition, hoofing the ball up the park. We had a big and raucous (and probably a bit intimidating) following that day, the like of which I doubt they have ever brought to our place, it was football that would seem unrecognisable to today's game, and a bit untamed for Bristol Sport, but as a young 'un, thrilling and memorable. Eastville was ours that day. Coming back from a goal down it was a turning point in one game, and you could say, for us as a club. Everyone felt it and the scenes of celebration reflected that. A big **** you to Rovers and their short lived delusions of local superiority and their sly, underhand behaviour the year before. And to the WRONG prediction of the Evening Post. Which we had to wait until the Monday to buy and saviour (Godsiff's grovelling apology!) "City are back" we used to sing back then. Nowadays: we've got too much and we're a bit "fat" and spoilt on SL's millions and a bit complacent. I wouldn't want all that back now at my vintage but it would be good for the under 30s (if you could eliminate the worst stuff from those days too),just to experience it. It was raw that day - and that ****ing "car park" was a nightmare on the way out in the dark, people losing shoes but unable to stop to look for them, with coppers and dogs snarling at you, and hundreds pushing from behind you - but it was ALIVE and earthy and exciting, and tribal, in a way that AG will probably never be now.
  13. Superb England goal. In a bloody friendly.
  14. This whole tent thing. Is it not time for us, now, to update, modernise, bring-into-the-21st-century our term of reference for them? We tip our hat to our forebears who - with a wit still unmatched by the dullards of Eastville (and Trumpton and the Memorial Ground) - called them "the gas" but recognising the appropriation since of said term by the witless Few (and their local media chums) now coin a new term of endearment acknowledging their evolution from noxious gasworks scruffy f*****s to scrapyard dwelling camping enthusiasts and label them: The Tent. And in so doing, enabling us to sing: "The Tent, The Tent: We gotta get rid of The Tent" (to which they will surely reply: "You'll never get rid of The Tent"). To us, to my mind, they are no longer The Gas; they are now: The Tent.
  15. Try the gaslogic forum, sir. They'll have all the information on this that you are after.
  16. They managed three seasons of second tier football in the 90s, finishing higher than us in one of them. Around Easter '93 we beat them at AG and this helped relegate them shortly after. They have not been back to the second tier since. Rovers have only had three spells in the second tier (90/91 to 92/93; 74/5 to 80/81; 53/54 to 61/62) spending fewer seasons at this level each time. If/when they next reach this level, they'll do damn well to last more than one season in the Championship.
  17. They managed four shots at goal this week. One of them the Burton keeper had to stop or it would've gone in the goal behind him.
  18. Top League One Away Attendances today: 1. Plymouth 1285 (journey of 195 miles) 2. Bradford 1230 3. Southend 1037 4. Wycombe 792 5. Pompey 769 I imagine they are still counting at Burton, and today's top of the table will be adjusted and room made for you know who (travelling 125 miles today) as soon as the figures are in....
  19. They are, though, literally, only losing by one goal. Every defeat. So when they start scoring....
  20. And we had beaten Tottenham, home and away, in our two games with Spurs in the season before.
  21. Indeed. We have also borrowed, or loaned, "established/expensive," such as Baker, Tomlin, Odemwingie, Matthews, Cotterill, Kallas. And also "young/expensive" with Tammy. The buying "young/cheapish" has been done and talked up a bit, but it has only been a part of a mixed bag approach. It is interesting to me how this "young/cheapish" model appears to be imprinted on the minds of some, like the OP. A very selective view of things, as your post illustrates. There are some people that are against LJ regardless, and find the facts and the "facts" to support their belief; and there are others who are for him regardless, and find the facts and the "facts" that support their belief. And no amount of debate on here will swing or convince people firmly in either camp to change their minds. Not even with the support of someone from Sky Sports.
  22. I think the "Steptoe & Son" theme tune might complement this rather well
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