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  1. It is amazing really how people write off a player who hardly anyone had heard of until a day or so ago before he's even been on the pitch. I would say give him half a dozen games before writing him off at least but maybe give the lad 15 minutes if nothing else!
  2. So a young black kid follows Mendy on twitter because he's a big fan of his and wants to emulate him one day. He sees Silva make a post like this and it upsets him but he should just clear off his twitter because it's banter and if doesn't get it then too bad. A young white kid sees this and thinks its ok to say that to a kid at school who might not like the joke. It's ok though it's banter. It's not even about whether this post is racist or being offended on someone's behalf. It is about considering that there are people out there who might not see it the same way as you do and it might well upset people. It is about thinking for two minutes before posting something on twitter but i guess that's not how things work these days. Think it, post it, don't worry about the consequences.
  3. There was a good piece in The Times today which discussed the racist origins of that particular logo from the 1960s. I appreciate that is a long time ago but people have long memories and certainly there could be many people out there offended by comparing someone to that logo. There is a very recent and very dark colonial past which is heavily associated with that logo. White people might not think about historical global abuse of black people whenever something like this comes up but that's not to say it won't cause great offence to people to whom it is still a very difficult subject. As said above why do this sort of thing in public on twitter. Whether anyone likes it or not putting that sort of thing to a wide audience as a high profile individual immediately means your comments are treated differently to a couple of people talking to each other in private. Kids idolise footballers and these sorts of comments are not helpful when it comes to raising a new generation who are completely open minded with regards to race and do not in any way stereotype people due to or make generalisations about people because of their race or for that matter any aspect of their personality which they would not like to be held against them in any way.
  4. It's not like the atmosphere was great before the redevelopment. Sitting in the middle ish of the Dolman I think it is better now than it used to be. You couldn't really hear the Eastend before and you can hear the lot in the corner now.
  5. I can confirm that on the morning of Tuesday 3rd September Lee Johnson was in Westbury on Trym, Bristol at around 8am when i exited my home to go to work and cycled straight past him.
  6. Sounds a bit like Cole Skuce but hopefully with a little more to his game. As a result i predict he will not be a fans favourite which is a shame if he can do the job we badly need someone to do.
  7. If we beat Preston then I will believe anything is possible. We never beat Preston.
  8. Nah played them twice last year give me something genuinely interesting and I’ll get down there.
  9. There was a TV program a while ago about Britain getting a black prime minister. From what I remember the main point throughout was that PMs in particular but politicians more generally come from the more elite education establishments. The majority of their intake come from certain schools and the majority of those pupils are children of parents in careers requiring a higher standard of education. It is a cycle that, without making an effort to change, will not improve on its own, certainly not in the near future and therefore something needs to be done either to improve certain schools or ensure adequate representation of ethnic minorities in those more elite establishments. The former would take significant time and a complete revamp of the education system which could be possible and desirable but in the short term the latter is more likely to achieve results. I would have thought that it would be easier for people from ethnic minorities to get a coaching or manger job in football as you take that education bias out of the equation and have a much larger pool of ethnic minorities within the profession who could in theory go on to become coaches and managers. A quick google for some figures seems to indicate however that 8% of MPs are from ethnic minorities and only 4% of UK football managers and coaches. No doubt there are a variety of factors and not just discrimination at play for these low figures. Regardless of this however something positive needs to be done, the situation is unlikely the fix itself and it is certainly not trending that way. I don't know much about Sol Campbell but if he has shown little interest in getting tuck in to learn his trade then perhaps he isn't the best choice for this high profile role but I don't think you can just say the best person will get the job and leave it at that, it just doesn't seem to work.
  10. How do you try and change the going rate other than making some kind of point?
  11. This may have been said already but I don't really understand the players needing our support comments. Surely it is their ludicrous wage demands that are necessitating the price increases in the first place. Perhaps a mass walk out would make them think about the impact their money grabbing has on fans. It isn't all the club just like it isn't all the manager when results go badly. I've never understood how lightly players seem to get off. I would support a walk out. If we have to sacrifice three points and potential promotion to make a point on how the club is being run and football in general I think it is worth it.
  12. I believe there is no scientific evidence but plenty of anecdotal. This leans toward the pyschogical but doesn't disprove the scientific. There aren't lots of studies showing positive scientific evidence but it may be that it is hard to detect. Either way physchology is so important it isn't necessarily less valuable than scientific!
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