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  1. Well the Sunday Express certainly is.
  2. That’s the spirit! So, we’re in one of the most competitive leagues in Europe, where anyone can beat anyone on the day... except Bristol City, who, when we’ve done well, can only avoid a complete writing-off if we do even better in every game that follows. Of course we wish we’d done even better, but in the context of this division that’s not a reason to rubbish us. Get a grip.
  3. Often occurred to me that it’s odd that that we, or none of the other ‘City’s, ever made anything out of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Livin’ for the City’.
  4. Blimey...that’s one small vehicle if you can get it into a metre of parking....even sideways on (except motorbikes, I suppose)
  5. My response isn’t just referring to you Andy, but others too who have responded querying the outline allegation from thr point of view that Bristol is multi-racial, and that we had black players at the time. I don’t see at all that the presence of black people in the club, or the wider community, would necessarily lessen or remove racist reactions by one or more people around at the time. Indeed, if you were an avowed racist, the presence of black or other ethnic minority people could well be an incitement to discriminatory, and/or deliberately provocative and insulting behaviour. And, of course, individual members of organisations hold on to those attitudes despite official policies against discrimination. So, it seems to me most likely that racist individuals were present in BCFC - discouragingly so, from the point of view of the club - and that all black players and staff would have been aware of that fact. Equally, the diversity of Bristol’s population is, of course, no buffer against racist attitudes and behaviour occurring. My feeling is that, on the one hand, racism remains a deeply-embedded problem, and we all have to look inside ourselves to answer to our own actions, reactions, assumptions, and prejudices (especially given the recent rise in populist and far-right identity poloitics), but on the other, we have made progress, so that the more egregious and flagrant examples of racist action (encapsulated in the dispute that lead to the Bristol bus boycott in 1963). Of course we only have the outline details in the piece in the original post, and most of us will be disappointed to have the club mentioned as an example of this behaviour, but if it bears greater investigation, it should act as a warning light that we still, and always, have to be on our guard to call out racist and divisive thought and action.
  6. Imagine, no more references to The Gas; just WPUJCVBR. That fairly rolls off the tongue too, Tone.
  7. ...and nothing to do with sport. Whereas the Sri Lankan cricketer, Chaminda Vaas, (the terminally pernickety will point out he didn’t play football, but there we go) gloried in the full moniker of Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas Imagine his Mum calling him in for tea...
  8. OK, BigTone, I’m suspicious, but I’ll give it a go...what about them?
  9. Oh my. Where to start on what is supposed to be professional journalism. “Hoards” of Gas fans? Hoards? Dear God! Hordes, you numpty! An impressive “amount” of fans? An impressive number of fans....the amount of fans refers to their weight or bulk. WAAAAHHHH! All clear now?
  10. Right...I’m 68 and a little bloke, and it does my bloody crust in the way people keep going on and on about us BEING ANGRY!!! Just LEAVE IT OUT. Ooh, is that my coat?
  11. Senalaglise? I swear someone told me he was Firiench!
  12. bcdc

    We have a squad

    That's the ticket; the enforced changes today, the general performance by a much-changed back four, and the TERRIBLE result all show what a disorganised bunch of individuals we're saddled with.
  13. bcdc


    I thin you may have, in passing, hit on a real issue about how fans (not just our own) assess their teams performances. There is an historically unprecedented volume of live, top grade football on the box, and I'm guessing that most keen football fans will be subscribing to Sky, BT or both. I suspect that this has upped the level of expectations for fans when it comes to analysing the performance of their own clubs. Look at most championship clubs' forums, and they are riddled with moans about style and performance. We are not in the top league, but fans have become insentitised to where we are actually playing; it's as if your team isn't playing well if you're not playing like Man City or Liverpool. The ubiquity of available top grade football,is, to a real extent, leading to unrealistic and often incredibly harsh assessments - I'm NOT talking about the Wigan game here! - of how teams are performing. Have many of us got unachievably high expectations? I remember the football played in the 60s and 70s in the old Second Division, and in terms of pace and technique (aided hugely by the quite staggering improvement in the pitches and groundskeeping) I think today's players are streets ahead. Others have mentioned here the fact that so many fans seem to think we have a right to turn up and claim points, as if the other sides, like Rotherham, are not going to be prepared to fight for the points. It seems to me the levels of preparation ans sophistication in coaching have also moved on enormously - including at Championship level - hence the increasing tendency for anyone being able to beat anyone in this division. in some ways it feels like a perfect storm, meaning that although we support City, the unachievable standards we are expecting result in a level of criticality and unhappiness among many supporters that, quite literally, can't be met. That's the analytical bit...quite what could be done about it is another point altogether. Right, I'll go and put my tin hat on now.
  14. Has something gone wrong with the live audio again? Logged in and was getting R Bristol coverage just now, then it did the electronic beep, and 'line cleared' thingy, followed by white noise. Anyone else afflicted?
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