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  1. Andy Mitten's piece on Bristol City

    Cole does a lot of work on TV here in the Middle East, at Bein in Qatar. So I'm not surprised he was accessible for the article.
  2. Andy Mitten's piece on Bristol City

    WTF? I live in Dubai... this is our local paper out here. Very surreal.
  3. 411 the answer...

    I know we're celebrating but surely it's too early to be on the cider already?
  4. Have we under estimated LJ ?

    I don't disagree that we should remain aware of what happened last season. You won't find me getting carried away, and I think your word "cautiously" is important. I was just pointing out that not giving credit to LJ until the current run of good form comes to an end, we lose some matches, then he turns it around again seems... well... perverse.
  5. Have we under estimated LJ ?

    To turn around a losing run you have to go on a losing run. We're currently on an unbeaten run. This is gold. You don't yet have faith in LJ because he hasn't lost enough games? Jeez! I'm going to try it again: "I'll have more faith when he keeps us going on this unbeaten run for another ten games."
  6. Leko

    I just watched the highlights and replayed his tricks as he was brought down for the pen about 20 times. Can't stop watching it. The dejected look on Keogh's face is amazing... "B*gger, I've been done."
  7. Team for Tuesday De Ja Vu?

    injured innit?
  8. I'll take 4th bottom now

    Me too! One the centre forward point - I've been reading the opposition forums (fora?) post-match recently, and both Reading and Wolves fans bemoaned their lack of a striker. Fans of both teams wanting to splash the cash for a "proven goalscorer". So, it's not just us! Clearly these guys are hard to come by.
  9. When to accept your 5m striker is misfiring?

    Genuine question - what would your view be on the quality of the players, and whether they've improved the team, if we had no idea of their transfer fees? I find it really tough to look at fees as they are just so far out of whack from where I'm mentally anchored to. e.g. for me 5m = Chris Sutton partnering Shearer when Blackburn won the league. So I'm trying to ignore them - after all, it's not my money. Also as discussed they're also just a reflection of the market. And it's difficult to answer the value for money question a few games in to a season and before we consider selling any of these players. Prices in the game have moved so far so quickly I think it's distracting to think about them when judging a player. I'm always more interested in views on their actual ability/ how they're impacting our team rather than judgments based on their cost.
  10. RM Poll

    I think this is how we've been set up recently anyway isn't it? I know it's nominal 4-4-2 but looking at it Reid drops back and Brownhill and especially Paterson are further forward (although Paterson also seems to come a lot narrower).
  11. Taylor and the 'tapping up' saga

    Can we just stop this "restraint of trade" nonsense. Assuming that this gentleman's agreement exists, it is not illegal. What do you propose would happen? Gas player says "I'd like to move to City". Rovers say "you can't". I'm afraid that's the end of the story and it's got nothing to do with gentlemen's agreements... it's because Bristol Rovers hold his registration and can decide if they sell him or not. Are Liverpool about to get sued by Coutinho for not letting him go to Barcelona and "restraining his trade"? Are we, over not selling Aden Flint? No restraint of trade I'm afraid, that's just how registrations and transfers work. Next scenario, and it's an unlikely one anyway - there's a release clause in a Gas player's contract, who we'd like to buy. However we respect this agreement, and decide not to bid. What happens next? The player sues... who? What law has been broken? Does he sue the Gas? No - see above, they've done nothing wrong. Does he sue City? What - to force us to buy him!? We respond by just saying we don't want him. This illegality point is laughable. I'm a little annoyed with myself that I bit and actually responded to it. Please just let it go.
  12. Youth development. Puzzled? I am.

    This is an important point. For those who don't "get it" - think of this simply as a break from our traditional approach. A traditional approach which didn't achieve much! Would you rather we went back to the old way?
  13. Concourse seating (lack of)

    I know this isn't the point, but how great that we have a stadium which people want to get to an hour before the match to hang out in. The complaint is now that there isn't enough seating, rather than... the stadium stinks and the pies are cold. Will be fascinating to see the impact on match day revenue when the accounts come out.
  14. Deadline Day - with Chris Wilder

    Thanks for posting. Can't help thinking that we're more organised than that, e.g. when they are discussing "where we're at" at the beginning of the day!
  15. Tyreeq Bakinson

    Just to pick up on this bit - I don't disagree, and I also don't think that's a problem. These are low risk signings and you only need a few to make it and you're laughing. Not all youth signings are going to make it to our first team, and that's completely OK.