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Never to the dark side

Ashton Gate must have been close to host England v Kosovo

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50 minutes ago, nickolas said:

As in this close? Im sure thats only as close as we really got!!!

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Crap route!

A36 to Wilton, A3094 from lights after Wilton roundabout, turn right towards racecourse, follow road to End of the Salisbury ring road, then back on the A36 southbound then M27 to Southampton Almost a straight line from Bath, with very few bottlenecks. Might well go myself

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31 minutes ago, dave36 said:

Crap route!

A36 to Wilton, A3094 from lights after Wilton roundabout, turn right towards racecourse, follow road to End of the Salisbury ring road, then back on the A36 southbound then M27 to Southampton Almost a straight line from Bath, with very few bottlenecks. Might well go myself

Agree, best route.

 

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Parson Street to Temple Meads, Temple Meads to Southampton. Return - Southampton to Temple Meads, sleep on bench, Temple Meads to Parson Street. 

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7 minutes ago, miser said:

Parson Street to Temple Meads, Temple Meads to Southampton. Return - Southampton to Temple Meads, sleep on bench, Temple Meads to Parson Street. 

It's all about the Parson Street link.

If only the club knew...

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2 hours ago, Bristol Rob said:

It's all about the Parson Street link.

If only the club knew...

… I bet the Parson nose though..


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2 hours ago, miser said:

Parson Street to Temple Meads, Temple Meads to Southampton. Return - Southampton to Temple Meads, sleep on bench, Temple Meads to Parson Street. 

Get off at Parson Street, get the bus to Bristol Airport, fly to Newcastle, quick stop off at Hartlepool, train to Southampton, back to Newcastle in time for kick-off and then seven times around the equator.

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12 hours ago, Never to the dark side said:

Southampton will host the above game on Tuesday september 10th

Capacity at St Marys is 32,000

Sorry put in the wrong opponents

 

My thoughts exactly, in hindsight I wonder if those two U21 fixtures were being played to see which ground was more suited for this game? 

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38 minutes ago, phantom said:

My thoughts exactly, in hindsight I wonder if those two U21 fixtures were being played to see which ground was more suited for this game? 

The other one was played at Bournemouth iirc

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2 hours ago, JBFC II said:

The other one was played at Bournemouth iirc

Oh yeah, good point -

Another WHOOSH for me @JBFC II

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8 hours ago, phantom said:

My thoughts exactly, in hindsight I wonder if those two U21 fixtures were being played to see which ground was more suited for this game? 

Southampton has hosted a full international before so they know they can handle it.

I think 32,000 is the bare minimum England should play in front of to be honest.

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The big games should always be at the national stadium (although that is in the wrong place, should be Birmingham) but it should be all about taking the lesser games around the country to stadiums like AG (especially friendlies) and not about the capacity.

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10 minutes ago, bcfc01 said:

The big games should always be at the national stadium (although that is in the wrong place, should be Birmingham) but it should be all about taking the lesser games around the country to stadiums like AG (especially friendlies) and not about the capacity.

Surely the capacity has to come into it. You want as many people as possible being able to watch it.

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3 minutes ago, Super said:

Surely the capacity has to come into it. You want as many people as possible being able to watch it.

25k is plenty and there are dozens of stadiums around the country of that size.

Qualifying games in places like Bristol, Bradford, Newcastle, Hull, Brighton, Birmingham, would take the national team to the country - and to venues that have been starved of such games.

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20 minutes ago, bcfc01 said:

25k is plenty and there are dozens of stadiums around the country of that size.

Qualifying games in places like Bristol, Bradford, Newcastle, Hull, Brighton, Birmingham, would take the national team to the country - and to venues that have been starved of such games.

I agree about that but I don't think you could have a full international at a ground with a capacity of less than that.

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15 minutes ago, Super said:

I agree about that but I don't think you could have a full international at a ground with a capacity of less than that.

 Newcastle,  Manchester, Liverpool Birmingham all 40 - 75,000 seaters. I'm surprised the revenue hogs at the FA even considered St Mary's to be honest.

Trick missed when Wembley was declared obsolete, as the FA should have chucked money at clubs in all four corners of England (ourselves included) to build upgraded stadia. No doubt Old Trafford could have got to 85,000 St James 60,000 and a new one off the M42 smilar size. As for a London stadium they should have touted around the clubs and maybe ended up with an enhanced Emirates.

Too late now of course but a bit shite that the "national game" requires England supporters from all over the country to get to Brent usually during a working day.

 

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2 hours ago, bcfc01 said:

The big games should always be at the national stadium (although that is in the wrong place, should be Birmingham) but it should be all about taking the lesser games around the country to stadiums like AG (especially friendlies) and not about the capacity.

Have you ever been to Birmingham? Because if you have you wouldn't be saying it should be in Birmingham. 

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1 hour ago, Up The City! said:

Have you ever been to Birmingham? Because if you have you wouldn't be saying it should be in Birmingham. 

Strange response.

No one is migrating to Birmingham to live - its a football match where most of the country can access easily for a football match.

As an aside, there are many areas in Bristol which would aspire to the worst of Birmingham no doubt.

 

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Last couple of visits to Birmingham, I thought I should have brought my passport, it was like being in a foreign country, the rail network is good though!

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19 hours ago, bcfc01 said:

The big games should always be at the national stadium (although that is in the wrong place, should be Birmingham) but it should be all about taking the lesser games around the country to stadiums like AG (especially friendlies) and not about the capacity.

Birmingham? No thanks

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16 hours ago, bcfc01 said:

Strange response.

No one is migrating to Birmingham to live - its a football match where most of the country can access easily for a football match.

As an aside, there are many areas in Bristol which would aspire to the worst of Birmingham no doubt.

 

For us living in Bristol Both London and Birmingham are easy to get too. 

I'd rather have a day out in London than in Birmingham for sure. 

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There was an England Supporters Club meeting in Birmingham last night, with a representative from the FA present. I wasn't at the meeting but a very detailed summary of the discussion points was posted on the England Supporters Club Facebook page a couple of hours ago. The following caught my eye:

"Kosovo - Bristol City was a front runner to host the game but the FA couldn't agree it with them, so Southampton was the second choice. The FA said they cannot stop rumours but they confirmed the game once the contract had been 100% signed and all agreed with Kosovo FA."

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On 02/05/2019 at 20:24, dave36 said:

Crap route!

A36 to Wilton, A3094 from lights after Wilton roundabout, turn right towards racecourse, follow road to End of the Salisbury ring road, then back on the A36 southbound then M27 to Southampton Almost a straight line from Bath, with very few bottlenecks. Might well go myself

On a motorbike, yes. In a car, painful. 

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1 hour ago, North London Red said:

There was an England Supporters Club meeting in Birmingham last night, with a representative from the FA present. I wasn't at the meeting but a very detailed summary of the discussion points was posted on the England Supporters Club Facebook page a couple of hours ago. The following caught my eye:

"Kosovo - Bristol City was a front runner to host the game but the FA couldn't agree it with them, so Southampton was the second choice. The FA said they cannot stop rumours but they confirmed the game once the contract had been 100% signed and all agreed with Kosovo FA."

So was it that the FA wanted to play the game at AG but the club wouldn't agree the terms ?

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28 minutes ago, Loon plage said:

So was it that the FA wanted to play the game at AG but the club wouldn't agree the terms ?

That would seem to be the implication, although as noted above I wasn't in the meeting, and of course the club may have a different viewpoint.

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On 03/05/2019 at 16:32, bcfc01 said:

The big games should always be at the national stadium (although that is in the wrong place, should be Birmingham) but it should be all about taking the lesser games around the country to stadiums like AG (especially friendlies) and not about the capacity.

Yeah, that's right never play the big games in the country's capital. That would be absurd !  🤛 (that's the closest emoji I could find to the wankr sign).

 

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33 minutes ago, Arsene's Wanger said:

Yeah, that's right never play the big games in the country's capital. That would be absurd !  🤛 (that's the closest emoji I could find to the wankr sign).

 

Nice.

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3 hours ago, Arsene's Wanger said:

Yeah, that's right never play the big games in the country's capital. That would be absurd !  🤛 (that's the closest emoji I could find to the wankr sign).

 

Wales used to play at Wrexham (and Liverpool !) and Hampden Park is nowhere near Edinburgh

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On 03/05/2019 at 16:32, bcfc01 said:

The big games should always be at the national stadium (although that is in the wrong place, should be Birmingham) but it should be all about taking the lesser games around the country to stadiums like AG (especially friendlies) and not about the capacity.

I agree Birmingham would be the better location. England have the capability to play games in the north (Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool), we have lots of suitable grounds in London too (arsenal, Tottenham, west ham) but few modern and suitable large 50k+ venues in the centre of the country. 

Also with all English cups and play offs playing their, a more central yet still accessible stadium in Birmingham would have been favourable imo. 

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On 17/05/2019 at 23:03, Kingswood Robin said:

Wales used to play at Wrexham (and Liverpool !) and Hampden Park is nowhere near Edinburgh

True, but rugby is the national sport in Wales and they always play the big games in Cardiff. As for Scottish football,  well let's not even go there (literally).

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