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  1. I was spellbound by Nadge during the 1st half. As has been said on here - such amazing skills, speed and most importantly, total awareness of not just what was happening right now, but what would happen next and moving into position to deal with it (especially attacking moves from the opposition). A proper defensive midfielder with a brain. Great signing. And seeing his goal again on the highlights reminded me that was a tricky ball headed to him by Afobe. It was actually lifting slight;y when he struck it, so it was a half-volley, but he placed it just inside the far post with great skill. It's early days yet, but it looks like we have got this player for a real steal @ £2.5M I believe ? Just hope that ankle injury is not serious, because I can't wait to see him play again.
  2. I remember that evening game v Boro. I think it was Royle's debut game for us (can't remember who we signed him from) but I think he scored four goals for us,
  3. August 1976. We had just moved into our first house in Clifton Wood. I was in the (tiny) garden) on a Saturday afternoon and heard a great roar which I eventually realised was coming from AG which I had never been to. I checked out the fixtures (the old 1st Division then) and quite soon I was at a home game in the old enclosure v Don Revie's Leeds U including Joe Jordan and Norman Hunter - who would go on to play for us in the twilight of their careers. For younger fans, the enclosure was a standing only area at the bottom of the old Williams Stand - now the Lansdown.
  4. About a week ago my wife and myself called into the George Inn at Abbots Leigh for some lunch. We sat in the garden where Marlon Pack and Korey Smith were there with wives (or girlfriends) and several young children having lunch. I would really have liked to have had a chat with them both but I decided to leave them to their family time without being bothered. I think Marlon must have realised that he had been recognised because as we left my wife said he was looking at me with a smile on his face as if to say "thanks for leaving us alone". Players perform in the public eye but they are entitled to their privacy.
  5. Good progress. Disappointing home form generally, Need new striker please.
  6. I have also met SL. Very decent bloke and definitely "one of our own". Did you hear the Hull fans today chanting abuse at their current owners ? We are very fortunate to have SL. Bristol born. Genuine fan and hugely wealthy - it does not get better.
  7. My view exactly. What we have seen under LJ is steady progress and I am very happy with a top ten finish this season. I am optimistic that LJ will stay with us and re-build over the summer and my gut feeling is that next season will be our promotion season. Yes, mistakes have been made but I have faith in the current management team and I trust them to set us up well for the start of next season.
  8. Spudski I think you are a bit hard on the Dolman - where I sit. Yes, the the average age of fans might be over 40 but right in front of me and my City mates (all over 60) is a row of five young men - not one of them (almost certainly) 20 years old yet. And you should have been sat in the Dolman on Saturday to hear most of us joining in with the songs started in section 82. As for the atmosphere around the stadium since the refurbishment, it is MILES better than the old AG. For example, do you remember the old men's toilets in the Dolman ? There were games when you could spend the entire half time break queuing for the toilet. As you have seen above, I am now an oldie but I much prefer the new AG.
  9. Well, walking over to the Reading game, I said to my mates - at least we are not in mid table with nothing to play for. We still have a good chance of making the play-offs, but to do that we simply have to beat Derby on Saturday. I know there are loads of possibilities (depending on other results) on Saturday (and next week) but really it is as simple as that. It is time for us fans to do our bit - right from the start on Saturday. May I appeal to the Dolman (where we sit) - pick up on the songs from the singing section and AMPLIFY them. You never know, we might even get the Lansdown to join in !
  10. Quite surprised to see several hundred seats still available for this game as we are playing a play-off contender. Possible reasons : 1) It's live on Sky 2) West Brom look certain to be in the play-offs, so there is no great "edge" to this game as it looks like there will be when we play Derby. 3) School Easter holidays are on, so some people might be away with their kids. Did I miss something ?
  11. I met Mick Fleetwood at a gig they did at a pub on the outskirts of Birmingham in 1970. There were about 30 people in the audience. Long before they moved to the States and Stevie and Lindsay joined them. It was during the interval and we chatted at the bar. I said I liked what they had done so far. He said "No way mate, we were crap, I am thinking of breaking up this band and starting again" !!! True story. Little did he (or me) know that they would go to make Rumours, which I agree is one of the two or three best albums ever made.
  12. Rovers were not mentioned. Why would they be ? Even though Leeds don't have a another League club in their city, they must be well aware that there is only one team in Bristol
  13. Yep. Got talking to some Leeds fans after the recent game and they said a) we had been some of the best opposition they had played this season and we should scrape into the play-offs and b) they were very impressed with the redeveloped AG (1st visit for two of them) which they said was definitely up to PL standard and actually better than the home grounds of some clubs in the current PL.
  14. Looks like it is for our fans in Sweden !
  15. Even during the lengthy run of defeats last season, I never joined the LJ Out brigade because I thought we should give him a chance to develop as a coach and I knew that a) he is backed 100% by SL and b) he is a former player and a decent man. After our recent great run of wins, it looked like I had backed a winner. I am fully aware that we should never judge our Head Coach on just one game BUT - what was he thinking of by starting rookie Semenyo for his home debut against hugely physical, hard-nosed Leeds ? Playing out of his normal position and against the most pressing side in this league. Madness. No surprise that it was his mistake that left Ayling to make a lovely pass for Bamford to score. Don't get me wrong, this young player has a great future and having seen the highlights of his sub performance away at Preston - he is a star for the future. So, I think that tactically LJ got most of it wrong v Leeds. I never ever boo City but I can understand that after a 1st half when we were totally dominated by Leeds who - will surely be in the PL next season.
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