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  1. Would people have preferred something a little simpler like this:
  2. I'll tell you from experience, you'll never please everyone and every kit designer has made a kit they were sure people would love that was hated just as they've probably made a kit they weren't happy with that happened to be loved. With hindsight our purple and lime kit (the original) could have gone down very very poorly, instead it's one of the most loved kits we've ever had... go figure.
  3. The only issue with this is that you'll never please everyone. I've made so many kits in the past and you can tick every box thrown at you and still not please everyone. I think the issue with the 125 celebration idea is that you really need to capture the history of the club and satisfy numerous generations who have all seen something different to make them fall in love with the club. Do you use the current Robin? The old Robin? The coat of arms? Do you add elements such as the 82, suspension bridge etc? Do you go for a classic all red or mix it up with some of the white elements used in the past? Personally I think the best "classic" kit would be a simple all red design with a white collar, maybe have the suspension bridge with an 82 over it on the back before the neck, also in red so that it is only noticeable up close. That said I'm sure there would be plenty of people who would complain that the design would be too plain.
  4. The club got rid of him, most likely because of the off field events that happened. I have nothing against him and being as he is loved by the Leeds fans and supported by them I hold nothing against him. He's moved on, he owes is nothing.
  5. 1) not a "lad", 38 years of age 2) Yes I live in Cardiff because that's where I met my partner and where my work is located 3) I design football kits myself, so I appreciate the work that goes into them that is often overlooked. It doesn't validate my opinion on a shirt anymore than living in Cardiff devaluates my opinion. 4) If living in Cardiff makes me any less of a City fan then tell that to the Cardiff fans who gives me shit for wearing my City shirts. It's easy to wear a City shirt in Bristol, try doing it for 20 plus years in Cardiff
  6. I've preordered it as I like stitched kits, each to their own I suppose.
  7. We're 7th and 5 points off 2nd... but how many times have we been able to say "We're in this great position and only so far away from promotion/play offs" only to end up mid-table. The fact is that we have the entire top half of the table to play in our final 15 games with the exception of Brentford. Where we are now doesn't matter, what matters is where we are at 46 games played and based on our performances, the fixtures we have left and LJ's tactics I think it's far more likely that we'll be mid-table with a gap between us and the play-offs when those 46 games are played.
  8. Whilst I understand your point the expectation is to sell players high, buy low, develop them and then sell high again in a repeated cycle. My reason to say we have big expectations is because although we've done that we've also spent fairly big, beating our biggest transfer fee with Kalas and also spending £3-8m on an 18 year old midfielder. I don't feel our squad was better in the past with the exception of Webster being our best defender. When you look at our options at center back right now it's probably the strongest we've ever had at one singular time, DaSilva is an incredible talent at left back, Bentley was a cool £4m and has been incredible at times and now we've got Wells and Diedhiou. I'd say our weakest point is the midfield but when was the last time we had a solid/impressive midfield? As it stands we have a squad capable of making it to the Premier League, definitely if we could get Henriksen integrated and playing to his full potential but I think we're far more likely to finish lower mid-table as LJ's tactics just are not working for us.
  9. I can't see us taking any points from the next three and what concerns me more is of our last 15 games we have have to play every team in the top half of the league with the exception of Brentford.
  10. Yeah but that's going on the premise that good football is only about scoring, I love defending and the art of it, the Premier Leagues defending is far superior to Serie A's which is a shame because growing up I used to watch some of the best defenders in the World play in Serie A.
  11. I'm a Napoli follower (step mother is from Napoli, been watching them since I was 13) so this season is a bit of a write off but Serie A has been the worst league for so long, this season is the first time in a very long time that Juve may not actually win it and I really hope it happens because they've bought that league for so long, I'd really like to see Inter beat them to it.
  12. Spike

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    I enjoy a good debate and even difference of opinion but there will always be some who just look to wind up or insult people who they disagree with. It's normal to have a different view on things when it comes to football but when people are looking to insult or berate with little to no humour there isn't much point in going past the first few insults that they throw. I think there are some good posts/posters on here who have interesting opinions, that's what I'm here for but we all like the odd vent, especially when there are very valid reasons to be frustrated.
  13. We finished 17th but in our last 10 games when we'd finally gelled and had a genuine style of play we won 6, lost 3 and drew 1. That style of play led into the 17/18 season where we ended up 11th but had arguably our best season under Johnson in terms of the football we played and we managed to gain respect from so many media outlets because our style of football was impressive. In 18/19 the football was peaking and then we lost it when we had arguably our worst January transfer window in a very long time, since that LJ seems to have given up on that great football we were playing and although we're getting results this season the football is awful and it shows in our home form as unless a team comes to the Gate looking to take the game to us we struggle to break them down because we genuinely have lost our attacking flair. If LJ's logic is that ugly football can get us promoted then I could understand the change and focus on long balls and crossing but despite us starting off incredibly well it only took one poor month in December to slow us down a lot and now we approach the end of the season in arguably our hardest month of fixtures still to play. It wasn't so long ago that LJ was talking about the players being tired and it affecting us, well, from the 12th to the 29th we have 5 games, 5 games in 18 days is a lot so if it really does affect the players it's going to make a tough month much tougher, especially when we have an in form league leaders in West Brom, Leeds who are due a turn in form, Derby who are making a positive turn in form and then our best chance of getting points is Millwall and Huddersfield, both away games. To sum it up, had we stuck with the football style we had in the 16/17 or 17/18 season we'd more than likely have a much stronger home form, a lot more happy fans and we'd be seeing the potential a lot of our players have coming to the surface. Johnson still doesn't know how to get the best from his players which has been the issue since the end of the 17/18 season, he really needs to nail down a way to get this squad playing football where they can control the game and take it to the opposition rather than relying on them to make mistakes that we can counter or capitalise on.
  14. You make that statement like he's had to sell all the best players and bring in dross, that simply isn't the case. For almost every quality player we've sold we've replaced with just as good if not better. For all the players we've had to sell we still have a squad capable of competing for a play-off spot and yet we played better football in the 16/17 season when you could argue the squad was not as strong as it is now, especially in depth.
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