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Bristol Rovers Dustbin Thread

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Training ground 'swamp' an issue

In his post-match press conference, Ollie Clarke made a comment that Rovers’ training base at Cribbs is a “swamp”. 

The skipper added it is “not pretty or nice”, and it is not the first time the facility – home to Western League outfit Cribbs FC – has been criticised. 

Previous manager Graham Coughlan was said to be unhappy with the playing surfaces there, concerned it was contributing to injuries, and there is no doubt the facility is not up to the lofty standards of some of their League One rivals.

Rovers’ lease for Cribbs expires in the summer, and the club are sure to be exploring their options over the coming weeks and months.

Of course, the club still own the 28-acre site at Almondsbury off the M5, but no building work for the new training ground project – known as The Colony – has begun and the land remains undeveloped.

MTG !!!

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1 hour ago, Ska Junkie said:

I’ve been watching since 1975 and can honestly admit the happiest times were when we had naff all so they should be ecstatic! ;)

People want different things. 

I really can't understand why people prefer the new ground over, say, the old East End. 

I know what the arguments are, but I don't agree with them one bit, aside from disabled facilities. 

I don't want to buy beer or burgers or anything else at a football ground. I want atmosphere, nostalgia and a sense of belonging. The new ground development subtracts from those things. 

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11 minutes ago, CotswoldRed said:

People want different things. 

I really can't understand why people prefer the new ground over, say, the old East End. 

I know what the arguments are, but I don't agree with them one bit, aside from disabled facilities. 

I don't want to buy beer or burgers or anything else at a football ground. I want atmosphere, nostalgia and a sense of belonging. The new ground development subtracts from those things. 

Atmosphere is down to the fans,

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2 minutes ago, Monkeh said:

Atmosphere is down to the fans,

It is, but the new seating/standing arrangements haven't helped one iota. 

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1 minute ago, CotswoldRed said:

It is, but the new seating/standing arrangements haven't helped one iota. 

Not at all when we were exiled to the ayteo in the late 90’s we were told you can never make an atmosphere in that stand due to the roof,

yet I see away fans in there doing it all the time,

 

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29 minutes ago, CotswoldRed said:

People want different things. 

I really can't understand why people prefer the new ground over, say, the old East End. 

I know what the arguments are, but I don't agree with them one bit, aside from disabled facilities. 

I don't want to buy beer or burgers or anything else at a football ground. I want atmosphere, nostalgia and a sense of belonging. The new ground development subtracts from those things. 

Classed as 'progress' I guess Cotswold.

Like you, I miss the days of terracing and the EE but we've moved on from them and have to go with the modern day stuff or stop altogether. The gate is, obviously a far better stadium nowadays and the facilities and money making opportunities are wonderful but I do miss the 'altogether' feeling of the Gate of yesteryear. 

One thing I do know is we can't go back!

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3 minutes ago, Ska Junkie said:

Classed as 'progress' I guess Cotswold.

Like you, I miss the days of terracing and the EE but we've moved on from them and have to go with the modern day stuff or stop altogether. The gate is, obviously a far better stadium nowadays and the facilities and money making opportunities are wonderful but I do miss the 'altogether' feeling of the Gate of yesteryear. 

One thing I do know is we can't go back!

Get with the times or get left behind

or city (modern club) and rovers (stuck in 1890’s)

adapt or die

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57 minutes ago, Monkeh said:

Get with the times or get left behind

or city (modern club) and rovers (stuck in 1890’s)

adapt or die

I get that.

I think an area of unallocated seating anywhere might help with the atmosphere though if the Atyeo is to be permanently out of bounds for home fans, because friends and acquaintances have become scattered.

You do tend to see a lot more home fans stood at other modern stadia when watching televised matches.

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1 hour ago, Monkeh said:

Get with the times or get left behind

or city (modern club) and rovers (stuck in 1890’s)

adapt or die

I totally agree.That doesn't mean we can't reminisce about them though Monkeh. #OLDBUGGER. 

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10 minutes ago, Vincent Vega said:

Hollowhead on Colin Murray's podcast 'At Home With ' this month . Tune in around the 35 minute mark. Puts to bed all the clowns who ever wanted him as our manager. 

He did go on to give City a lot of credit and said good things about LJ and SL as well as saying there's no doubt we'll get to the premier league.

Still an arsehole though :yes:

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3 minutes ago, Ska Junkie said:

I totally agree.That doesn't mean we can't reminisce about them though Monkeh. #OLDBUGGER. 

Good god no, I use to love the open end

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16 hours ago, fgrsimon said:

Another car crash interview for our enjoyment.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07y13wn

From 17:00 onwards.

"For reasons of confidentiality I can't comment on that"

He comes across as perfect for them, laughing at Twentymans question came across very, very poor. Has the sort of attitude of "I haven't got to tell you, or the supporters anything".

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1 hour ago, Ska Junkie said:

Classed as 'progress' I guess Cotswold.

Like you, I miss the days of terracing and the EE but we've moved on from them and have to go with the modern day stuff or stop altogether. The gate is, obviously a far better stadium nowadays and the facilities and money making opportunities are wonderful but I do miss the 'altogether' feeling of the Gate of yesteryear. 

One thing I do know is we can't go back!

We can; stop pumping money and we can drop down the leagues.

Yes we'll be in Div 4 but we can have terracing, half the team will be local, ticket prices will be cheap, and the atmosphere will be back.

The firehose of TV money has turned the Premier League into an international franchise league and that's now creeping into the top half of the Championship.

If all you support is the team name then you're probably delighted that the Man City team is full of millionaire players with no connnection with Manchester or even the UK.  If however you started supporting them because they were your local team and represented Manchester then very little of the reason you supported them in the first place still exists.

I'd still want the club to be well run though; just not having £25m a year poured into to buy foreign internationals who have no idea where Bristol is.

I am certainly not envious of the gas's financial maelstrom but I am of their terracing and their non-international squad.

As I've said before I'm beginning to think that the football experience that I used to really enjoy is now to be found in non-league.

 

 

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27 minutes ago, bcfc01 said:

He did go on to give City a lot of credit and said good things about LJ and SL as well as saying there's no doubt we'll get to the premier league.

Still an arsehole though :yes:

Through gritted teeth. The red car thing was borderline psychotic I thought.

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3 minutes ago, Vincent Vega said:

Through gritted teeth. The red car thing was borderline psychotic I thought.

Agreed, but fairly typical Pikey behaviour.

Weird.

 

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50 minutes ago, Vincent Vega said:

Hollowhead on Colin Murray's podcast 'At Home With ' this month . Tune in around the 35 minute mark. Puts to bed all the clowns who ever wanted him as our manager. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p080l174

🤣 even their top priced player of all time ( a full Tilson) owned such a crap car, it broke down and he had to borrow his missus's RED car!

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30 minutes ago, Eddie Hitler said:

Yes we'll be in Div 4 but we can have terracing, half the team will be local, ticket prices will be cheap, and the atmosphere will be back.

I'm afraid not. Once you've gone all-seater you're not allowed to go back to terracing, no matter what division you're in. 

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6 minutes ago, elhombrecito said:

I'm afraid not. Once you've gone all-seater you're not allowed to go back to terracing, no matter what division you're in. 

I didn't know that.

Well safe standing then; which is just as good.

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I’ve just heard that our development squad players who are on the verge of the first team receive 230 per week plus a luxury sleeping bag and groundsheet.

Jimmy Hill will be delighted.

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3 hours ago, myol'man said:

Training ground 'swamp' an issue

In his post-match press conference, Ollie Clarke made a comment that Rovers’ training base at Cribbs is a “swamp”. 

The skipper added it is “not pretty or nice”, and it is not the first time the facility – home to Western League outfit Cribbs FC – has been criticised. 

Previous manager Graham Coughlan was said to be unhappy with the playing surfaces there, concerned it was contributing to injuries, and there is no doubt the facility is not up to the lofty standards of some of their League One rivals.

Rovers’ lease for Cribbs expires in the summer, and the club are sure to be exploring their options over the coming weeks and months.

Of course, the club still own the 28-acre site at Almondsbury off the M5, but no building work for the new training ground project – known as The Colony – has begun and the land remains undeveloped.

MTG !!!

Can they not Drain The Swamp?

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21 minutes ago, bert tann said:

I’ve just heard that our development squad players who are on the verge of the first team receive 230 per week plus a luxury sleeping bag and groundsheet.

Jimmy Hill will be delighted.

Stuart Sinclair would have killed for a luxury sleeping bag.

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2 hours ago, bcfc01 said:

He did go on to give City a lot of credit and said good things about LJ and SL as well as saying there's no doubt we'll get to the premier league.

Still an arsehole though :yes:

His funniest comment (after saying we were heading towards the Prem) was..."I can't see us getting there at the moment"

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1 hour ago, bert tann said:

I’ve just heard that our development squad players who are on the verge of the first team receive 230 per week plus a luxury sleeping bag and groundsheet.

Jimmy Hill will be delighted.

If they aren’t quite good enough to get into the Rovers team, I’d say they were being over paid..! 

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3 minutes ago, The Gasbuster said:

It seems to me that most of them on ass-shat are referring to Al Qadi as "Wally" these days :laughcont:

Only when he becomes a lady garden can he be considered a true billionaire. 

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Exeter 3-0 in the old checkertrade QF against Stevenage. Showing how shite Rovers must of been in the previous round 

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4 hours ago, Vincent Vega said:

Through gritted teeth. The red car thing was borderline psychotic I thought.

I understand this 100%.  I had to buy a van when I was working up on Kintyre.  

I'd only hand over the cash once the dealer agreed to describe it on the receipt as "Peugeot Bipper Van, colour Adriatic Dawn".  

 

It was NOT bl*e, I tell 'E

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1 hour ago, The Gasbuster said:

It seems to me that most of them on ass-shat are referring to Al Qadi as "Wally" these days :laughcont:

Next time the Fewers draw/win a throw in, they'll be first for a ban from their completely reasonable forum as calling Wally 'Wally' as they are clearly Teds.

Can't remember which thread it was over there, but one of them reckons fans ownership is the way forward, 40,000 fans, of which 8,500 of them can apparently donate money every month to make them rich!

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5 hours ago, Eddie Hitler said:

We can; stop pumping money and we can drop down the leagues.

Yes we'll be in Div 4 but we can have terracing, half the team will be local, ticket prices will be cheap, and the atmosphere will be back.

The firehose of TV money has turned the Premier League into an international franchise league and that's now creeping into the top half of the Championship.

If all you support is the team name then you're probably delighted that the Man City team is full of millionaire players with no connnection with Manchester or even the UK.  If however you started supporting them because they were your local team and represented Manchester then very little of the reason you supported them in the first place still exists.

I'd still want the club to be well run though; just not having £25m a year poured into to buy foreign internationals who have no idea where Bristol is.

I am certainly not envious of the gas's financial maelstrom but I am of their terracing and their non-international squad.

As I've said before I'm beginning to think that the football experience that I used to really enjoy is now to be found in non-league.

 

 

Re your last sentence, I’ve found it, it is. 

 

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18 hours ago, Ska Junkie said:

Classed as 'progress' I guess Cotswold.

Like you, I miss the days of terracing and the EE but we've moved on from them and have to go with the modern day stuff or stop altogether. The gate is, obviously a far better stadium nowadays and the facilities and money making opportunities are wonderful but I do miss the 'altogether' feeling of the Gate of yesteryear. 

One thing I do know is we can't go back!

Correct. 

It's sad, but I know the day will come when I just won't go much any more. 

There are other things in my life I love just about as much and they are closing fast and overtaking. 

I'll be spending more time watching concerts, listening to music at home, going to my local etc. I'll still go to the odd game but a season ticket will be out of the question within a few years. 

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15 hours ago, Moments of Pleasure said:

Can they not Drain The Swamp?

I'm guessing, in reality, that Wally owns the 28 acre site and it won't be a club asset when push comes to shove. When he's off and the club is worthless, that will be sold, along with the Mem.

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15 hours ago, Bristol Rob said:

Next time the Fewers draw/win a throw in, they'll be first for a ban from their completely reasonable forum as calling Wally 'Wally' as they are clearly Teds.

Can't remember which thread it was over there, but one of them reckons fans ownership is the way forward, 40,000 fans, of which 8,500 of them can apparently donate money every month to make them rich!

So why is it that only 6,000 can be bothered to turn up then?

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58 minutes ago, wendyredredrobin said:

So why is it that only 6,000 can be bothered to turn up then?

Because of all the cycle races.

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9 minutes ago, Galway Red said:

Never heard of him

Would be surprised if you genuinely haven’t. Was a key figure for Sheffield United in their first season back in the Championship, and was fantastic at Wycombe. Much too good for League 1 in my opinion. 

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5 minutes ago, Mattyisared said:

Would be surprised if you genuinely haven’t. Was a key figure for Sheffield United in their first season back in the Championship, and was fantastic at Wycombe. Much too good for League 1 in my opinion. 

Was on loan at Vitesse earlier this season. Shouldn't expect his time with the Fewers to be a Triumph though.

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33 minutes ago, Mattyisared said:

Just signed Jamal Blackman on loan, got to say, I’m shocked they’ve pulled that off

Cliche but you smell of gas, your posting history is also only negative about City & positive about gas. 

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20 minutes ago, Mattyisared said:

Would be surprised if you genuinely haven’t. Was a key figure for Sheffield United in their first season back in the Championship, and was fantastic at Wycombe. Much too good for the fewers in my opinion. 

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40 minutes ago, Mattyisared said:

Just signed Jamal Blackman on loan, got to say, I’m shocked they’ve pulled that off

He has been with Chelsea since 2012 and has been on load at various clubs for 8 YEARS!  He's 26 now. That's just bizarre. Chelsea should change their name to Hirerite!

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30 minutes ago, Mattyisared said:

Would be surprised if you genuinely haven’t. Was a key figure for Sheffield United in their first season back in the Championship, and was fantastic at Wycombe. Much too good for League 1 in my opinion. 

Why should I know the name of a Wycombe keeper or the Sheff U keeper from 3 years ago? 

If he was that good he wouldn't be going to Rovers

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9 minutes ago, Port Said Red said:

He has been with Chelsea since 2012 and has been on load at various clubs for 8 YEARS!  He's 26 now. That's just bizarre. Chelsea should change their name to Hirerite!

Bit like Kalas.. 

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