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We all TALK a good game, but .......

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Played alongside some City legends for the youth team that reached the semi final of the FA youth cup in 1970 and then went on to play at a decent standard until my body said enoughs enough. The Spurs team that beat us included Graham Souness, Steve Perryman and a host of others that went on to play league football for other clubs.

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9 hours ago, Tom said:

from 19-21, I played in the Costcutter Ceredigion League (Fab name) which is level 5/6 (depending on if I played for the Firsts or Seconds that week) on the Welsh Football Pyramid. So 4 consecutive promotions away from playing in the Welsh Prem with another uni team (Cardiff Met). 

Sounds reasonable when you put it like that but it was essentially running around on terrible pitches being kicked by young farmers with a deep distrust for English people (and especially students).

Who for ?

I played and managed in that league......fun days ?

Also played with and against a lot of ex city players plus managed (?) quite a few teams.

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9 hours ago, WestMidsRed said:

Probably explains why my missus left me. On topic I've never played football on any level but I'm thinking of joining a 5 side when I move.

It definitely explains why she upped sticks!!

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Church of England junior leagues (under 16).

Highlight of career was a Downs League div 4 for Sneyd Park. In the same team as David Allen, Glos & England and his Glos colleague Tony Brown.

I retired at 18.

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1 hour ago, BobbyC said:

Who for ?

I played and managed in that league......fun days ?

Also played with and against a lot of ex city players plus managed (?) quite a few teams.

St David’s University College FC circa 2009-11, until I decided to take an exchange place in Italy in my final year.

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10 hours ago, Robbored said:

I haven't played competitively for roughly 30yrs but at my prime played Western League as was back in the 70s. Great days but with very little tactical  guidance. It was all about winding up the opposition and being more aggressive. It was far more violet then than it is now.

Not sure what type of football you played then RR, but it is definitely a bit more pink or lilac these days. :)

 

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12 hours ago, Davefevs said:

No, he wasn’t. :P

He did play with another of the AG8 though, Peter Aitken.

You know nothing of my early career Dave! But you’re right, I did do a whole season next to Mr Aitken in centre mid! 

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12 hours ago, bcfcredandwhite said:

I’ve played at the County Ground (Swindon), Swindon Town’s  and Cheltenham Town’s training pitches, Swindon Supermarine, Highworth Town (nice pitch) and Fairford Town. 

Nothing like Deepdale or Upton Park though. 

Envy!!!!!

The dressing rooms at Upton Park were shocking!

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13 minutes ago, downendcity said:

Not sure what type of football you played then RR, but it is definitely a bit more pink or lilac these days. :)

 

It's a long time ago but I still remember how hard players were back then. Elbows, over the top and two footed tackles were common place.

The referees weren't under any guidance in what to penalise and players rarely got booked. 

Very different attitudes back then!

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Playing for my local pub , one night a mate said a guy he knows that drinks in the pub used to play for City or may have been on City's books . I can't remember the name , not sure I knew it at the time. Anyway the usual Saturday night session (AKA Pre match preparation ) was in full swing, said chap on cider ! Boasts of how 'you never lose it' and 'I'll pick out the CF all day long' . Next morning after my prematch Marsbar , game gets going and I'm FB behind our new right winger, I was having a decent game and at that time was reasonably fit even with a hangover. I'm bombing up and down the wing having a decent game when I noticed we were a man short. When I asked where our ex-pro had gone, apparently he threw up twice and went home. Proof if proof were needed, you can lose it :doh:

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1 minute ago, Robbored said:

It's a long time ago but I still remember how hard players were back then. Elbows, over the top and two footed tackles were common place.

The referees weren't under any guidance in what to penalise and players rarely got booked. 

Very different attitudes back then!

Yes, but violet?

Think a whoosh :)

By the way, I completely agree with you. Remember one of my first games of senior football aged 18 in the early 70s. After skinning the full back for about the third time, the next  time he took me out and chopped my off at the knees - a real scything kick. As the ref came over to " have a word", the full back told me" next time I'll break your leg". I pointed this out to the ref, who told me I was playing men's football and that I should get used to it or go back to playing school's football.

I would guess that 50% of tackles given as free kicks these days, would not have been given back then. Forwards tried to ride challenges back then and didn't " have the right to go down" under something akin to a sneeze from a defender. Outlawing the tackle from behind was a welcome move, but the authorities desire to protect skilful players has now gone to the other extreme where players go over under the slightest contact and most referees are too easily conned by these tactics.

 Championship football does seem to have more physicality about it, and is all the better for that. 

 

 

 

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I played in the Bristol Suburban league many years ago. I also refereed a couple of matches when the ref didn’t turn up, which made me realise how difficult refereeing is. It looks easy from the stands but it’s not when you’re on the pitch. In consequence I have a lot more sympathy for refs than the fans who complain about every decision that goes against City. 

The pinnacle of my career was at primary school when I used to play blow football, a game you don’t see much of today. Unfortunately there was little career progression in blow football, so I gave it up 

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12 hours ago, bcfcredandwhite said:

35 seems young to hang up the boots mate - I had only just started playing at that age!!

not tempted to try 5-a-side? It’s a shame if you loved it. 

Let’s just say I’m carrying a bit of timber now so maybe walking football is likely to be a better option?

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Still making an appearance these days in the Bristol and Suburban league, (well not since November since being out with appendicitis) 11 a side training , 7 and 5 a side also usually at least once a week! Feel like i'm almost ready to retire at 25 however :sad26:but more importantly get back to watching our boys every week ;)

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In my teens (back in the early-mid 90s ) I had a couple of seasons playing for the Junior Reds. Saturday mornings playing citys opponents on Greville Park. And several away games at the likes of Portsmouth, Birmingham, Bolton etc. I've told many people I played for city as a kid!

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3 hours ago, pongo88 said:

I played in the Bristol Suburban league many years ago. I also refereed a couple of matches when the ref didn’t turn up, which made me realise how difficult refereeing is. It looks easy from the stands but it’s not when you’re on the pitch. In consequence I have a lot more sympathy for refs than the fans who complain about every decision that goes against City. 

The pinnacle of my career was at primary school when I used to play blow football, a game you don’t see much of today. Unfortunately there was little career progression in blow football, so I gave it up 

Yep. Wish some of these Managers and TV pundits were given a meaningful amateur game to referee. 

On the College league circuit we had to referee a match a season. Probably one of the worst experiences of my life and from that match on I vowed never to criticise a referee again. 

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8 hours ago, CityCiderEd said:

Played alongside some City legends for the youth team that reached the semi final of the FA youth cup in 1970 and then went on to play at a decent standard until my body said enoughs enough. The Spurs team that beat us included Graham Souness, Steve Perryman and a host of others that went on to play league football for other clubs.

In addition to the one you played in which I saw, I can remember the 1959-60 Youth semi against Chelsea. We got a complete forward line with Jantzen, Brian Clark, Terry Bush, Adrian Williams and (I think) Lou Peters. 

Chelsea had Peter Bonetti, Terry Venables, Bobby Tambling, Bert Murray and Ron Harris's younger brother. Plus others I can't now remember. Only 18,000 turned up at the Gate for the first leg!

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8 hours ago, CityCiderEd said:

Played alongside some City legends for the youth team that reached the semi final of the FA youth cup in 1970 and then went on to play at a decent standard until my body said enoughs enough. The Spurs team that beat us included Graham Souness, Steve Perryman and a host of others that went on to play league football for other clubs.

was Dickie Downs in that team ?

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6 hours ago, Tom said:

St David’s University College FC circa 2009-11, until I decided to take an exchange place in Italy in my final year.

Lampeter...........Was Tony still cutting hair in the town then ?

I lived 5 miles away and was player manager for Llanybydder in the 90's.

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2 minutes ago, BobbyC said:

Lampeter...........Was Tony still cutting hair in the town then ?

I lived 5 miles away and was player manager for Llanybydder in the 90's.

Yeah we were the Everton of Lampeter, with Lampeter Town being the biggest (and best) team in town.

No idea, I used to get my hair cut back at home every time because I don't like change. With my poncy longish hair I now know why I got elbowed a lot (possibly).

Played Llanybydder 1st and 2nds quite a few times, they were always the most violent team we played. Also our best player was put in intensive care by one of their players (studs on the back of the head), he received a life-time ban from football in England and Wales IIRC.

 

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I had trials with Bristol City when I was 12. 

Don't get me wrong, I was shit at football, but my best mates mum was seeing the youth team coach. 

He got a trial as well, and was also shit at football. 

Needless to say, we didn’t last long. 

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5 minutes ago, Sir Colby-Tit said:

I had trials with Bristol City when I was 12. 

Don't get me wrong, I was shit at football, but my best mates mum was seeing the youth team coach. 

He got a trial as well, and was also shit at football. 

Needless to say, we didn’t last long. 

Is this why we are the biggest underachievers in English football history?

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2 hours ago, Cobbsoldun said:

Army and Corps ( REME ) football and Preussen Munster ( Bundes 2) back in the eighties...lots of time in the stiffs tho!!!

 

Once managed by Bert Trautmann of Man City and broken neck fame.

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1 minute ago, Cobbsoldun said:

Actually never knew that!!!

The team name sounded familiar and I googled it. It was from reading Trautmann's Wikipedia page a while ago. Who says that Wikipedia rabbit-holing is a waste of time?!

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17 minutes ago, Michael McIndoe said:

Thanks @Ian M :rofl2br:Yes I lost at Wembley in front of the world... 

Out of interest Mr McIndoe, the reverse question;

- how many of the squad that obviously played a great game, but couldn’t talk a good game.

Guessing not all players are astute tactically or fully understand the intracacies of the game, playing off the cuff, etc.  Were some a bit of a nightmare and couldn’t quite grasp what the gaffer wanted.

I played with some very talented players, who wouldn’t have a clue how to set a side up. :P

Guessing Lee showed the signs?

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1 minute ago, Tom said:

The team name sounded familiar and I googled it. It was from reading Trautmann's Wikipedia page a while ago. Who says that Wikipedia rabbit-holing is a waste of time?!

Nice one Tom!!

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22 hours ago, Oops said:

I played for DRG from 87-96, best pitch in Bristol at the time, now a housing estate :sad26:

I played there frequently in the mid/late 1970s.

Wonderful pitch (sometimes prone to flooding?) and a wonderful clubhouse.

Didn't they also have a wonderful cricket pitch and bowling green? Or was that Frys?

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11 hours ago, CityCiderEd said:

Played alongside some City legends for the youth team that reached the semi final of the FA youth cup in 1970 and then went on to play at a decent standard until my body said enoughs enough. The Spurs team that beat us included Graham Souness, Steve Perryman and a host of others that went on to play league football for other clubs.

I was a young lad cheering you on with my late father.

Some of my earliest (and best) memories of watching and supporting City - one of the few occasions we could afford to watch from the Williams stand.

 

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12 hours ago, RED4LIFE said:

Same as a lot on here, I've played in most of the local leagues from District, Suburban up to County/Western etc. Congresbury, Plough and Windmill, few games for Welton and Bishop Sutton amongst many others. Played District Prem at 16 for Soundwell Victoria too.

I was never one of those players that wanted to get as high up as I could and just played for the fun of it, so if there was a club I enjoyed playing at I tended to stay there for a while, otherwise I would have a game here and there to help people out who were short.

Fell out of love with playing at 28 and have never played 11 a side since (42 now), and I can't say I miss it at all. Sitting on the sofa or watching games seems much more fun than running around a freezing cold pitch with a hangover on a Sunday morning.

Were you part of the Plough and Windmill team that got launched out of the league?

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22 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

Out of interest Mr McIndoe, the reverse question;

- how many of the squad that obviously played a great game, but couldn’t talk a good game.

Guessing not all players are astute tactically or fully understand the intracacies of the game, playing off the cuff, etc.  Were some a bit of a nightmare and couldn’t quite grasp what the gaffer wanted.

I played with some very talented players, who wouldn’t have a clue how to set a side up. :P

Guessing Lee showed the signs?

Nice to hear from you again @Davefevs ! 

Dele Adebola would fall into that category. But one of the most knowledgable students of the game is Louis Carey. I'm surprised he hasn't gone into management yet. 

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33 minutes ago, Andy082005 said:

Were you part of the Plough and Windmill team that got launched out of the league?

Not that I can remember. I played around 98/99 for about 6-7 games. Scored a hat-trick on my debut at Dundry from left midfield and it was all downhill from there!

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When I started (1960s) it was laced leather balls - extremely heavy when wet; massive boots with huge toecaps (needed for protection from the ball).  Highlight for me was later when a mob of us were playing in the park on a Sunday morning, Geoff Merrick and 3 other players asked to join in.  We lined them up and selected - you can go on our side, you can go on theirs, etc.  Played on and off for a number of years after that, nothing special though.

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Delighted to have played as long as I have, early 40’s now still playing (sort of :whistle:). Mostly around level 12 (some seasons higher/lower) of the football pyramid. Loved every minute, no offence meant to my current partner or any exes, but I would probably say football is the love of my life. Proud of my ‘career’, I over achieved, I wasn’t a natural and had to apply myself more than my peers, but the effort, commitment I put in and love for the game was definitely rewarded. Promotions, Cup finals, being a young ‘un with seniors, being a senior helping develop younger players, every tackle, every goal, leading like minded men, the life long friendships made etc... such a great, rewarding time of which I am immensely proud of and do/will cherish forever, as I wind down I realise how much it has/does mean to me.

I probably love/loved it too much. Anyway, as much as I love City, if it clashes with playing Saturday football I would advise anyone to play as much as you can regardless of age, ability and fitness, City will be here when you hang the boots/gloves up. I play the odd Saturday now, when the boys are short, City are away and I don’t have a vets game on a Sunday. I am very grateful to LJ and BCFC that this wonderful season has coincided with my playing days winding down, btw not a glory hunter, held a season ticket many years, despite not always using it, even when I had many friends within the club who would get me ‘comps’, I was also a Junior Red and have Walshy’s autograph from those days :)

That’s enough of a melancholic outpour (and cider), enjoyed this thread, thanks OP and the other contributors. I have found it interesting that many of the opinionated regulars on OTIB haven’t posted here, it does confirm what I thought though, like many of the fans inside AG, some posters on here know/understand very little about the game as they can’t comprehend/relate as much as those of us who have been involved irrespective of level, I personally would rather listen to someone playing in the bottom Downs division than an armchair fan or someone playing a football management simulation.

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11 hours ago, PHILINFRANCE said:

I played there frequently in the mid/late 1970s.

Wonderful pitch (sometimes prone to flooding?) and a wonderful clubhouse.

Didn't they also have a wonderful cricket pitch and bowling green? Or was that Frys?

Just a cricket pitch when I was there. It was a great club all round, loved every minute. Stan Higgins, John McArthur etc..

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6 hours ago, Oops said:

Just a cricket pitch when I was there. It was a great club all round, loved every minute. Stan Higgins, John McArthur etc..

Are we talking about the same ground?

Down in the dip, just after Rodway Common?

 

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43 minutes ago, PHILINFRANCE said:

Are we talking about the same ground?

Down in the dip, just after Rodway Common?

 

DRG....yes, by the old factory.  Only ever played cricket there, so can’t comment on the footie pitch.

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4 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

DRG....yes, by the old factory.  Only ever played cricket there, so can’t comment on the footie pitch.

Red/Orange brick. Then it is definitely the same one.

Just wonderful all round, especially the almost manicured (football) pitch, clubhouse and general opulence. 

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15 hours ago, zombie said:

Delighted to have played as long as I have, early 40’s now still playing (sort of :whistle:). Mostly around level 12 (some seasons higher/lower) of the football pyramid. Loved every minute, no offence meant to my current partner or any exes, but I would probably say football is the love of my life. Proud of my ‘career’, I over achieved, I wasn’t a natural and had to apply myself more than my peers, but the effort, commitment I put in and love for the game was definitely rewarded. Promotions, Cup finals, being a young ‘un with seniors, being a senior helping develop younger players, every tackle, every goal, leading like minded men, the life long friendships made etc... such a great, rewarding time of which I am immensely proud of and do/will cherish forever, as I wind down I realise how much it has/does mean to me.

I probably love/loved it too much. Anyway, as much as I love City, if it clashes with playing Saturday football I would advise anyone to play as much as you can regardless of age, ability and fitness, City will be here when you hang the boots/gloves up. I play the odd Saturday now, when the boys are short, City are away and I don’t have a vets game on a Sunday. I am very grateful to LJ and BCFC that this wonderful season has coincided with my playing days winding down, btw not a glory hunter, held a season ticket many years, despite not always using it, even when I had many friends within the club who would get me ‘comps’, I was also a Junior Red and have Walshy’s autograph from those days :)

That’s enough of a melancholic outpour (and cider), enjoyed this thread, thanks OP and the other contributors. I have found it interesting that many of the opinionated regulars on OTIB haven’t posted here, it does confirm what I thought though, like many of the fans inside AG, some posters on here know/understand very little about the game as they can’t comprehend/relate as much as those of us who have been involved irrespective of level, I personally would rather listen to someone playing in the bottom Downs division than an armchair fan or someone playing a football management simulation.

Played Western League and spent a season at a conference club but did not make the XI. I then lost my way a little and ceased to play Saturdays and watched City, while playing a lower standard on Sundays. I can't regret this as it was part of growing up and led to other opportunities but given my time again I would have continued playing Saturdays, as you say you can't get that time back while BCFC is a ever present. 

Having played and now coach to a level where I get paid for it I can agree with your last paragraph. Fans frequently who do not possess a low % (like me) of City players skills have expectations that are often totally unrealistic. 

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I played in the Churches league and then on the Downs for years.  Managed a bit which was less about tactics and training and more about dragging 11 blokes there on time inspite of hangovers and other post Friday night states of mind.  Best ever excuse for not being able to play I heard, via the phone was " sorry can't play, I've just taken some magic mushrooms" .  We tried really hard to get him to turn up, even offered to give him a lift. 

I now manage a youth side.  Completely different kettle of fish. 

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17 years old and play for the first team at college and local team, never considered it as a career option though really. Although I had a short spell a few years ago playing for an academy...

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Played and managed to a reasonable level playing my final competitive game at 52 years old. Supported City from 1956 then started playing regularly in 1961 in the boys club league. Then only watched City when we didn't have a game as the lure of playing was stronger.

Have had a season ticket for the past 15 years and really do like "watching," the games. I often wonder how much most of the supporters around me know about football through experience. Every time one of our players go down in the box it's a penalty. Every tackle by an opponent is a foul. If the ball hits an opponent above the ankle it's a handball. Our players never foul, it's the opponents diving. We are never offside but the opponents are always offside. It really does make me laugh at times.

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Been playing football since I was 9 years old (not in the same match) Did the rounds in local football, County league, Somerset senior. My highlight was playing at Yate Town (floodlights and a Tea bar) 

The beauty about Bristol football these days is they have the biggest (so I've been told) seniors league in the country. The casuals league has 5 divisions and now has a over 45's league which is where I find myself playing this season. Really surprised at how good it is, some quality footballers who can still play a bit but haven't quite got the stamina they once had. 

Thoroughly recommend it 

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