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TomThumb84 last won the day on February 6

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  1. For me, theres two sides to this. I do not expect our manager to talk after what was essentially a training exercise, with players swapping teams and extra minutes etc. The club should not be showing this for money on Robins TV either in my opinion but thats another story. Gregor should have perhaps kept his powder dry. So really there is not a massive story here. However, I have gone on record to say that I am a Pearson fan and that I believe he will be a success over the longterm here with the right autonomy and backing, but, I think he has read the fanbase wrong here. Following the cloak and dagger Ashton era, and the inexplicable appointment of Dean Holden plus the fabrication around contracts/Fam/injuries, that ranged from outright untruths to silence, I think he should be more communicative and transparent. There is a dis-trust between club and supporters that has crept in and Nige’s front and centre when it comes to rebuilding that. For that reason only, he should be speaking to media and maybe answering questions that he deems tedious. Once he has some wins on the board - do what he wants.
  2. Has to be Matty James, with Bentley as vice. I think Kalas took a lot of what happened last year personally and it came out of him in negative ways. He is clearly a proud man with a great pedigree at Championship level and has performed admirably at International level. He knows this deep down and being appointed captain of Dean Holdens Bristol City is probably a low and embarrassing point of his career in hindsight. This overspilled in declining desperate performances and his media outings towards the end of the season. Hopefully Nige strikes a bond with him, Kalas buys into it and has nothing to worry about other than blocking it, heading it, and kicking it away.
  3. Palmers comments about being the fittest he has been in 3 years is down to respect for his manager, and wanting to impress, because he feels believed in. Pearson clearly has that sort of respect for Nahki Wells too and it appears mutual. We all know Nige did not have a great end to last season and should rightfully start to be judged now, however, in football, especially with big ego’s and characters, you either command respect or earn it. Thats the difference we have started to make in appointing Pearson.
  4. I really struggle with womens football as I cannot tell if it is any good or not. To elaborate, I am always comparing it to the game that I am used to watching - the mens game. For example there are those who will tell me that Ellen White’s second was good whereas I thought it was a weak effort into the middle of the goal that should have been easily saved. I would like womens football to be a success but in order to do so it needs to be treated as a completely different product to the mens game and the variables changed for more entertaining viewing. For example, smaller pitches, smaller goals, 3 x 25 minute thirds for a match…. Interest and peoples time and money -will which is limited - will never go into something that is treated the same, but is ultimately so inferior to another product that it is naturally trying to be compared to. As it stands, unless someone has an emotional or sentimental attachment to womens football then it is hard to see where the audience is coming from and that is unfair.
  5. Good luck Tommy and all the best. A solid pro that was probably signed as a utility player and ended up as our first choice left-back/left wing-back due to an inability of our hierarchy to sign natural back-up for Jay Dasilva or keep Dasilva fit. Rarely let us down but it epitomises the failings or our club that he was a regular in our side.
  6. In my relatively short time as an active poster on this forum, this is by far the most ludicrous post I have read by some distance. That is an incredible achievement.
  7. Surely not. This is the England manager that said he would “pick on form”. Grealish has been our best player the last 5 times he has pulled on an England shirt and Foden has been irresistible for Man City and often favoured by Pep over Sterling. Sterling and Rashford both in very indifferent form, lacking goals for their clubs and neither has a major tournament goal - 0 in 12 for Sterling.
  8. The jealous bile spouted by this “fan” is tangible. I have never read so much nonsense, and carrying around that amount of hatred, delusion and negativity is not healthy. This overly-wordy and dramatic piece of literature which includes evocative terms such as “terrorism, sadistic, and bully” smacks of a very bitter individual who feels he/she needs to justify their wasted degree in Sociology whilst hating the side of the fence fate left him/her on, and has put that together on many a dark night over probably a 10 year period, manically tweaking it until they could unleash this “masterpiece” on a Rovers forum. Unfortunately he/she is pretty representative of Rovers fans of a certain generation and he/she will be one of the one first talking non-stop about City next year and looking for our result as their own side slips further into insignificance in front of 6000 pairs of eyes. Astonishing indeed.
  9. Oh for a Number 10 like Luke Freeman bursting through winning 50/50 decisions on dodgy penalties. I really liked Freeman at Stevenage when he was a proper left-winger. A lot of people (rightly) laud LJ for his “conversion” of Bobby Reid, but Cotts pulling Freeman out of Stevenage and turning him into a menacing and all-action 10 was a master-stroke that season. Awfully mis-managed when Cotts left and we should have used him or got at least £5m for him. Mark Little was a proper force up and down that right side too. League One Cafu. What a side.
  10. Agreed, so looking forward to not seeing you post until August.
  11. Ellwood v. Patchway Town, now there was a fixture back in the mid-late ninieties! And not for the feint-hearted, I played in the County League at that time (not for either of the mentioned) and a warm welcome was always extended to Bristol clubs from our friends in the Forest! The locals ensured the game was often played on a pitch that ended up about 40 feet wide. I started at right back and after all sorts of abuse I would more often that not end up as one of four centre-halves with our left-back doing the same! Great days!
  12. Recall him?! I recall racing to get on a post at corners rather than leave to chance I might have to go against him in the air! Cadbury Heath he was at the time I think.
  13. Great guy and a clever signing by Cotts. Part of a wonderful “team” that was put together. Goes to show that you can spend millions on individuals but if you can get the right blend then its worth more than “marquee” vanity signings, the likes of which we have seen as standard since SC left the club. There would have been few that would have chose Alby as our sharp edge that season but he was perfect for SC’s vision. Proper pro, proper bloke. I will always wish him well and hope to see him back at the Gate in some capacity in the future as I am sure he will be a big success on the coaching side of the game.
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