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  1. I'm sorry, but that's just not true. If the singing section was viewed as a hindrance, it wouldn't be there. When I was SLO, not just myself but everyone at the club bent over backwards to ensure that the hard core of vocal support from the East End had somewhere to congregate during the stadium redevelopment, because there was (and clearly still is) an understanding that the vocal support they offer is a key part of making the stadium a noisier place. There is also recognition that some fans want to stand, and therefore we had to try and find a way of letting them do that, even though ground regulations and government rules didn't allow it. It's been a sometimes messy compromise over the years, and I'm glad to see that the situation is now becoming more clear cut. But you shouldn't confuse the necessity of complying with complicated safety regulations with a lack of desire from the club to provide standing areas for those that want them. Hats off too to @Blagdon red who has been a tireless advocate for safe standing - as have certain key figure at Ashton Gate.
  2. https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/red-lion
  3. It's not a hypothetical thing at all https://www.bcfc.co.uk/teams/hall-of-fame/
  4. We did, a few years back before a game v Burnley, in response to requests from supporters. Switched the music off 10 minutes before KO. Nobody sang. It was embarrassingly quiet.
  5. Great game of football. One of 3 good live matches this week; tonight plus Chelsea v Arsenal and Leicester v West Ham. There are some seriously talented players at the top level of the Premier League
  6. The truth is that ever since the internet became a thing, every single City manager has been pilloried on this and similar forums, sometimes justifiably, sometimes for the most bizarre reasons, some close to the mark, some totally made up, often by people smarting from a recent defeat and fuelled by too many ciders. Allegedly .... John Ward: Ran out of ideas. Benny Lennartsson; Didn't know English football. Stupid cap. Tony Pulis: Ex Gas. Welsh. Boring football. Tony Fawthrop etc: Who? Danny Wilson: Presided over a drinking culture. Underachiever. Brian Tinnion: The cheap option. Inexperienced. Gary Johnson: Conference manager. Lost the dressing room. Steve Coppell: Should have refused to sign David James after being forced to do so, at gunpoint, by SL. Keith Millen: The even cheaper than Tinnion option. Derek McInnes: Inexperienced in England. Over reliance on Scottish players. Sean O'Driscoll: Borderline personality disorder. Sniffed a lot. Steve Cotterill: Alleged hoof ball merchant. Stroppy. Used wet look hair gel. Lee Johnson: Gary's son. Small in stature. Uses unfamiliar words. The one thing that unites them all is that as long as we were winning games, the criticism stopped and they were apparently the best manager in the league. When we start losing. it begins again, and so it will be until the end of recorded time. COYR.
  7. True. Steve has publicly stated that the ideal number of people on a committee should be one, and in this situation there is no doubt who that is. But that doesn't mean he won't listen to advice from people who he trusts. It's easy for people to criticise this set up when results are against us, but those people tend to go quiet when we're winning games, redeveloping the stadium, building a new training ground etc. That's not to say that recent results don't give cause for concern, but I think that Steve - and Lee for that matter - are still sufficiently in credit (massively in Steve's case) to be allowed time to bring the long term project to fruition.
  8. There are 4 members of the board: Steve and Jon Lansdown, Doug Harman and Mark Ashton. I'm sure they are all involved in discussions about the future direction of the club, but I would imagine Steve feels that his significant investment gives him the right to make the final call. I certainly wouldn't begrudge him that right.
  9. This: Ban them all for the rest of the season.
  10. A great opportunity for a young actor. But for those who don't qualify, come and see it. It's set in Bristol, in the world of semi-pro football. It's a play about football for those who think they don't like the Theatre - and for those who do. Only 1 hour 20 minutes long. £12 a ticket, and a chance to see Joe Sims and myself on stage! https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/red-lion
  11. An outstanding appointment. City through and through and a thoroughly nice bloke too. I wish him all the best, and I hope his skin is thick enough to deal with some of the nonsense that will be coming his way soon.
  12. Yes we did. A team of volunteers who reported to me. They got a match ticket in return for helping out before games. They were brilliant: helping disabled fans, welcoming home and away fans, pointing people in the right direction of it was their first visit to AG. . I always saw them as extra SLOs and they did a great job.
  13. "Just a shame the club appear in the main not to have been so proactive now as set against 2004- you and Sexstone in particular." I didn't actually work for the Club in 2004, I was just a concerned fan.
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