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Blagdon red

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  1. This! This is why VAR stinks! Bin it!
  2. If it has to stay, I could get on board with manager/captain calls for a review. But I'd limit it to one per half (which, of course, you keep if your appeal is upheld, but forfeit if the decision goes against you). Chances to appeal should be in short supply, so the manager or captain only uses them when we really, really feel they have been cheated, i.e. when they think that an obvious error has been made.
  3. A survey is being run by the Football Supporters Association on VAR: https://thefsa.org.uk/news/have-your-say-on-var/ The results will be fed into the PL's end-of-season review of the system. So, if you have any views on VAR, it's worth a couple of minutes of your time to complete the survey. I told them it should be scrapped!
  4. Membership is not required, but there will be some "standing orders" to be read and understood! It is also by invitation only and @thatcham redwill have the Jackie Weaver powers of muting and ejection! But I'm sure that everyone will be better behaved than many a parish councillor!
  5. As per a mail sent out earlier, the SC&T is trying something new tomorrow... "On Wednesday evening, for City's home game against Bournemouth, we are running a trial 'Watchalong' and we invite you to come and join us! This will be a virtual get together on Zoom to chat - and hopefully cheer - with each other as we separately watch the game on our own TVs or other devices. 'Gates' will open at 7.30pm for the 7.45pm kick-off. Admission is free. Just register your wish to join us by sending a mail to this address: watchalong@bristolcitysupporters.org We will then send
  6. By comparison with OTIB, their forum is quite small. The whole concept of 'engaging with fans' is, however, not really pertinent there, as there is no 'them and us'. Being a member-owned club, the members (all 37,400 of us) ARE the club (and last week over 3,800 of us attended the AGM [online this year], via which the supervisory board is appointed, which in turn appoints the executive chairman on a fixed-term contract. So, the management exist to run the club in the interests of the members. It is a totally different model. But getting back to OTIB, I do think that City would b
  7. For information, the last time I got an update on the figures (last summer), this forum had 17,000+ registered users, 5,500 of whom had posted 10 times or more. 'Users' excludes those fans who are not registered and merely read the forum.
  8. I won't be going back for a good while yet. I don't go to AG to watch a football game. Matchday to me is all about meeting up with family and friends. It's about the entire day, not just 90 minutes. Sitting on my tod with a mask on in a cavernous, cold, largely empty stadium holds no attraction.
  9. A number of clubs have successfully run ballots within a very tight timescale. I imagine that they put a lot of planning into it ahead of time and were ready to press 'Go' the instant the govt gave the green light for fans to attend. Hopefully City have done the same sort of forward planning.
  10. A 12-month rolling contract means that at any point in time the contract has 12 months to run. So, a sacking will always entitle the manager to 12 months' pay in lieu of notice (unless any clauses about the reasons for termination dictate otherwise).
  11. I'm afraid that your finger in the air approach is causing you to draw an incorrect conclusion. UK road deaths run, on average, at around 5 per day. Covid, as you know, is currently at around 30-40 per day.
  12. The plaque was paid for from funds raised by the ST through putting on a dinner for the AG8 in February 2007. It can be seen by all supporters in its current location (the bar is open to all at HT and after games). But we'd equally be open to suggestions for relocating it again in the future.
  13. The plaque, which was designed, funded and erected by the then Supporters Trust back in 2007/8, was taken down for safekeeping during the redevelopment and is now on the wall in the the SC&T bar.
  14. Certainly one of the things that we have been urging the club to explore is the level of appetite to return to the stadium while restrictions remain in place. Clearly if there is a significant number of fans who for health or other reasons would not wish to do so, it will be a lot easier for the club to accommodate those that do. That's just one of the issues that we hope to discuss further with them ASAP. In the meantime, it might be of interest for fans to see the mountain of social distancing guidelines that Ashton Gate will need to comply with and take into account when working out th
  15. @Harry Yes, we'll ask them to make a full match replay available as soon as possible after the game. @Rocky We can only ask to be involved, which we do constantly. Thankfully on this occasion they have proactively indicated a wish to have us participate. @Bristol Rob Yes, we can always express criticism on here and/or our website. But we much prefer to be supportive in advance and thus to help the club avoid doing anything that warrants criticism from us.
  16. There is always a risk when being involved in consultation that our input will not be taken on board and an unsatisfactory offer will be put out, supposedly with our seal of approval. But we don't believe that is their intention and would, in any case, rather be involved in the discussions so that we can try to help them avoid any pitfalls than be totally excluded from them only to find later that the proposed offer has flaws in it that we could have flagged up.
  17. They didn't consult with us on the deal for the behind closed doors games, but have indicated a desire to do so on the arrangements for the next stage, and we naturally welcome that.
  18. It's a thumbs up from the SC&T: https://www.bristolcitysupporters.org/well-done-bcfc/ So far, so good.
  19. Agree with what many above have said. If you enjoy well-written, long-form sports journalism, it's very good. They've recruited some of the best national sports journalists in the country and have some well-known writers doing dedicated coverage of the biggest teams. But, as others have said, if you're only after City stuff, that's not what it does.
  20. Indeed you would. The SC&T has been urging the club to be proactive on this front and has been putting forward various suggestions for some time now, but sadly without any meaningful engagement on their part. We will continue to impress on them via the SLO and other channels the need, in our view, for them to advise fans of their plans for the coming season ASAP. We stand ready - as ever - to help the club devise and communicate offerings to supporters that will both give fans a fair deal and minimise the cash outflow for the club that may otherwise result from refund demand
  21. We have some thoughts on this and will be proactively addressing the issue with the club. Clearly many ST holders will not be able/allowed/willing to attend some/all games this coming season and so some compensation for ST monies already paid will be due. We will put forward suggestions for the club's consideration on how to handle this.
  22. https://www.bristolcitysupporters.org/communicating-with-fans/ "Following today’s announcement from Bristol City FC that Dean Holden has been appointed Head Coach, the Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust wish Dean every success in his new role. We would also like to take this opportunity to impress on the club how vital we believe it is for all communication with fans to be timely, transparent, consistent and empathetic. At the time of Lee Johnson’s dismissal back in the first week of July, Steve Lansdown talked of the need to “bring a breath of fresh air into the
  23. My understanding is that this is something that clubs are pushing for in order to boost their revenues while crowds are capped at reduced numbers. The plan is apparently to bring this in from October.
  24. Out of the relegation zone now, even after the impending 12-point deduction. Impressive stuff. The playing staff clearly feel wronged.
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