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  1. I’m in agreement with most if not all of your comments, but my only point was that a lot of the players have spoken freely about their respect for LJ. They’ve commented on his huge enthusiasm and knowledge of the game. I might currently be only a ‘taxi’ driver but believe me I know enough about human beings to know when there telling the truth. I never felt comfortable revealing tit bits on this forum and didn’t for 4 years. But reading some of the nasty stuff on here a few weeks back about LJ losing the changing room, the players laughing at him etc , I just felt it might be an insight to let people know that is clearly not the case. Re communications between human beings and other human beings, I’ve found that however much training people have and whether they’re huge celebrities , local councillors or footballers they don’t always toe the corporate or sensible line when in a cab. Most of what I hear goes no further than my Mrs but she has no interest in the goings on at Bristol City anyway !
  2. I’m North Somerset licenced and based and do school runs that end in Long Ashton and Failand. Hence when I log on for Uber I’m the closest car to the training ground. I have picked up several Rovers players & staff when they used to train at Cribbs , and quite a few Bears. Ashton Gate is also a good place to wait for work with all the conferences they have there. I picked up a chap from Guernsey who was a consultant for Bristol Sport from there . He was moaning about how slow Bristol City Council are in replying to queries regarding the planned new development. He’s never known a place with so many people off sick.
  3. I get what you saying, I’m not stupid. A few of the players most noticeably Nathan Baker, are very polite but guarded. Hence you can tell when some of the other lads are talking freely and openly and not toeing the line.
  4. These lads are living the dream and earning decent money. They must live in fear however, that an injury, a loss of form might end all that. If they can double or triple their money/length of contract then it gives huge security. Hopefully most players also have ambition with their careers and want to test themselves against the best and experience playing in the best stadiums. Its up to the managers to tap into the players fears and motivations. The gains are only short-term these days but they can benefit both parties.
  5. I’ve been privileged to take a lot of the players while Ubering in the last 4 years. Initially I would be polite and just ask neutral questions but more recently I take the plunge and ask the sort of questions fans want to ask. There are previous threads.
  6. Saracens and Man City are vastly different cases. Saracens became victims of their own success. They produced a lot of their own players, yet they had to pay top money to prevent poaching.Also because they had so many internationals they had to have not just a big squad , but a big equally talented squad. Unlike Soccer , club and international matches clash and players can miss up to 8 games a season.
  7. Although Rugby is likely to change its rules to become more flexible in the wake of the Saracens issue. A lot of people feel that Saracens became victims of their own success.
  8. I agree with what you say, but there are managers in every era who adapt to the times and are successful. Our own manager I can tell you is very highly rated and respected by the players , which doesn’t make him a good manager, but gives him one less problem and makes getting players buying into ideas easier.
  9. They ain’t Liverpool ! And we must be due a red card for the opposition soon ?
  10. If 4 or 5k away fans want to travel and there’s room for them then let them I say. Although I don’t travel away often myself these days, some of my wonderful memories from away days when we have taken big followings can’t be taken away. There’s another thread currently on here when there must have been 8000 at West Brom. Then double that 14 months later at Coventry. Other big followings to Arsenal, Liverpool, Bradford, Forest, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Walsall, MK Dons are alive in my memory.
  11. I was there as an 11 year old with my Cousins and Uncle. I remember we had to practice a Brummie accent on the way up as we might be standing in the home end. I can’t remember if it was the home end we were in but we were surrounded by very noisy City fans and it was great. Same result this Saturday please. A goal from our Right Back would be unlikely though. Just to add my Uncle who drove that night is now 85 and still cycles from Bradley Stoke to every home game !
  12. I can’t understand why we signed him. He hardly played while on loan. Prior to that he hardly got a game at Blackburn and Chelsea clearly didn’t think he was good enough for them. There’s definitely a good player in there somewhere but to fit in we have to hugely compensate in other areas as he’s not prepared (or capable) of mucking in for any length of time .
  13. Don’t mean to jump on the bandwagon and criticise you but there were 3 very exciting seasons under his Dad, and the atmosphere ranged from very good to absolutely rocking. There’s lots that can be done to improve atmosphere from having various singing sections around the stadium to having a team that wins most of their home games. If they played exciting football all the better.
  14. Agree about Collymore in the Forest match. Absolutely immense. Are you sure it wasn’t Freddie Eastwood who tore us a strip for Southend. 2 others who’ve stood out for me were Liam Brady and more recently Kevin De Bruyne.
  15. I’m looking forward to seeing him and watching him play. But I’m more concerned about us getting the 3 points and hopefully giving Derby a good thrashing as I thoroughly dislike them (anyone remember the last home game of last season ?).
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