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BTRFTG last won the day on November 22 2019

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  1. Summer or winter matters not, he procures voluminous amounts of has-beens, never-weres and never-will-bes. He's like the proverbial housewife who returns from the supermarket proudly proclaiming she's bought 100 tins of half price cat food only to be reminded by her kids that they don't own a cat. 5 Pillars. 5 Pillocks more like.
  2. In truth he was never that good ( partly because he wasn't fully fit when we signed him from Charlton,) he never scored for West Ham and didn't last long there, but he did have a magnificent tan and was a decent and amiable bloke given most matches he'd join us on the train back to London from wherever we'd played that day and was always up for a friendly chat. Last seen running his own sporting memorabilia shop in the alley off Charing Cross Road.
  3. Says something about the size of our squad that I hadn't realised he'd gone......
  4. Might I suggest to all those who admit to not being able to countenance City losing on a regular basis you may wish to consider whether you've chosen to support the right club (says he through 54 tortured years of experience?)
  5. Depends whether or not you're a supporter of football or a rose-tinted football supporter. If City get beat by a superior outfit playing decent football I'm sad though consoled by the fact we were outplayed. I hate being beaten by side who are no great shakes when we, too, are poor. Not I fear we'll reach the promised land with this regime and despite being beaten twice it was brilliant to see the likes of Man City and the talent they put on show. That's entertainment.
  6. No, I said it used to be that one or two sides were head and shoulders above but that's rapidly decreased to the point of having disappeared. Swansea, Wolves et al were good enough to compete with investment. That's not the case this year. Neither WBA, Leeds or Fulham are much and struggle to beat average Championship outfits.
  7. Last I looked they play in The Premier?
  8. Absolutely pointless stats. How are headers counted, as if like bookies they aren't shots but count as goals? Slightly blurred but from what I can make out Flappy's had 56 shots, 36% of which were on target. In which case and with 9 goals he converts just under every other shot he gets on target. It also attests 2/3rds of his shots are off target and he's a relatively low number of those to start with. With 54% more shots, a higher conversion rate (for what that's worth) and 11% more goals I'll take the underperforming Banford any day for if his conversion rate increases cf Flappy he'll proportionately score a greater number of goals.
  9. Then it's no surprise we appear high in the efficiency league given our 'shots on target' is invariably in the range 0-2. Off target we aren't much better. All of which counts for the square root of zip. So there's the conundrum that we don't create much yet score more than most which again matters not if we're shipping more goals than most and invariably more than we score.
  10. Once 'dry January' is done I'll have a pint of whatever it is you're drinking......
  11. Then I'd love you know what the hell counts as a 'conversion'? Clearly with our rabble it's 2 points over the bar, as review of any recent highlights demonstrate is where the ball ends up.
  12. I said this season..... Previous years there has always been at least one 'quality' side head and shoulders above the rest. Not this season.
  13. I think the OP is right. The gulf between Premier and Championship grows ever wider and there isn't a single Championship side this year who'd remotely look to have the ability to survive promotion, irrespective of how much money they threw at it. Our league position despite the quality (rather lack of) we've delivered, shows it isn't that great. Are we really that better a side than brought us out of the 3rd tier? I'm not so sure we are, several tens of millions on, that is. Several of that side ply their trade at this level or higher, our best players have gone for significant sums to Premier money only to be found signally lacking. It's as though The Premier now consume the best of The Championship to prevent them being used elsewhere, to hold them as 3rd string options in case of catastrophic injury plagues, else they're held to tick the correct FA boxes in terms of supposed player development of our national game. Premier players who drop down to our level tend to be end of career also-rans or those who finally proved they weren't up to scratch despite the promise of youth. As ever, we're exemplar at picking up both ends of the spectrum. The Bristol City pre-retirement village is as strongly occupied as ever.
  14. Presumably that explains why no player ever wants to shoot. Presume, too, with all his coaching badges he's never come across the age old adages that: If you don't shoot, you don't score; Never criticise a player for daring to shoot; Goals from deflections and rebounds count the same as those who fly straight into the net......
  15. Utterly pointless stat, brings Disraeli to mind and demonstrates the poverty of journalism and analysis found at The Evil these days. So who scores the most goals: the team who converts 15% of the 60 chances they create or the side who converts 20% of the 10 chances they create? Static and Flappy receive shocking service but that's in addition and not despite the fact they're lower quality strikers and with a poor conversion rate.
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