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Pre season friendlies..

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Torquay looks a definite but I expect it to be the same old otherwise. One home game against a low prem or mid table European side, a community game (I suspect Yate could be a possibility as a good way to celebrate their promotion) and the rest a mix of 1st team and U23 fixtures against Cheltenham, FGR, WSM and Bath City. 

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8 minutes ago, shelts said:

Barcelona or Real Madrid home or away I’m not too bothered 

We could play them both home and away and have a bit of a mini-league thing if they both fancy really testing themselves.

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1 hour ago, Red Right Hand said:

We could play them both home and away and have a bit of a mini-league thing if they both fancy really testing themselves.

They wouldn’t fancy it !!

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1 minute ago, shelts said:

They wouldn’t fancy it !!

No, you`re right. They wouldn`t want to go into the new La Liga season with their confidence shot to pieces.

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1 hour ago, shelts said:

Barcelona or Real Madrid home or away I’m not too bothered 

Join the queue - but there’s a long waiting list.... and they don’t come cheap.

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9 hours ago, Robbored said:

Join the queue - but there’s a long waiting list.... and they don’t come cheap.

Wasn't it Bournemouth who played Real Madrid in a friendly and then had to charge something like £60 a ticket to make it financially viable .

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26 minutes ago, weepywall said:

Wasn't it Bournemouth who played Real Madrid in a friendly and then had to charge something like £60 a ticket to make it financially viable .

Yeah. Sod that 

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On 09/05/2019 at 21:17, Judda said:

I was disappointed last season.  Thought we'd have a good ream to celebrate the new stadium... probably home to Hull then!

Well I'm not one to judge, but that's a little extreme wanting the club to give you a good ream just to celebrate a rebuild.....  

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5 hours ago, weepywall said:

Wasn't it Bournemouth who played Real Madrid in a friendly and then had to charge something like £60 a ticket to make it financially viable .

True, but remember they only have a capacity of 11360 - would assume if they had 20k+ it would have been cheaper?

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4 hours ago, Steve Watts said:

Well I'm not one to judge, but that's a little extreme wanting the club to give you a good ream just to celebrate a rebuild.....  

Haha. Yeah. Freudian spliff!

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On 10/05/2019 at 09:33, Redmycolour said:

Police wouldn't allow it

I seem to recall one in 2005 up there.

Wasn't there one at AG a few years ago too?

Mind you- I can't recall if that was subsequent to the 2013 JPT- or whatever it's called now- game!

Edit- just read the thread in full now, and you are right I reckon!

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3 hours ago, phantom said:

True, but remember they only have a capacity of 11360 - would assume if they had 20k+ it would have been cheaper?

To make the same in ticket sales of Bournemouth being £60 in a 11360 stadium, if we could sell 26,000 tickets a ticket would cost £26 ish.

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On 12/05/2019 at 09:25, MattWSM said:

full squad at WSM...

last time that happened city won the league, Weston won 2-1 with a Jake Mawford solo through the city defence, great goal. it was good seeing jet and co at the Woodspring and a 2000 crowd.

Will be the development squad. Sat 3rd August, same day as the season kicks off.

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20 hours ago, Robbored said:

Join the queue - but there’s a long waiting list.... and they don’t come cheap.

We’d pack the Gate it would nearly be a sell out !!

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22 hours ago, shelts said:

Barcelona or Real Madrid home or away I’m not too bothered 

 I’d turn up for Barcelona but would probably give Real Madrid a miss. To see Ramos would be entertaining but otherwise I’ve never been a fan of Franco’s Team. 

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9 minutes ago, RoystonFoote'snephew said:

 I’d turn up for Barcelona but would probably give Real Madrid a miss. To see Ramos would be entertaining but otherwise I’ve never been a fan of Franco’s Team. 

Similar to Benfica in Portugal who were financially supported by their dictator, Salazar.

The dictator's philosophy of the three F's. Fado, Fatima and Football to keep the masses quiet. If they didn't keep quiet, the PIDO, secret police, had many ways to silence them.

It's why Sporting Lisbon and Porto fans detest Benfica fans, and Atletico Madrid are the same toward Real.

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18 hours ago, cidered abroad said:

Similar to Benfica in Portugal who were financially supported by their dictator, Salazar.

The dictator's philosophy of the three F's. Fado, Fatima and Football to keep the masses quiet. If they didn't keep quiet, the PIDO, secret police, had many ways to silence them.

It's why Sporting Lisbon and Porto fans detest Benfica fans, and Atletico Madrid are the same toward Real.

A very interesting revelation - I seem to recall you worked in Portugal some years ago, hence the local, historical knowledge.

It is many years since I studied Post 1815 European History, but I do know that Salazar was still in power at the time of the 1968 Man UTD/Benfica European Cup Final featuring one of my favourite ever players, The Black Pearl, also known more widely as Eusébio.

I wonder what influence Salazar, he of the Portuguese Colonial War, had over Eusébio's arrival from Mozambique, given your comments concerning his financial support for Benfica.   

I wonder, also, whether @Olé may have any views on the subject.  

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On 13/05/2019 at 18:55, cidered abroad said:

Similar to Benfica in Portugal who were financially supported by their dictator, Salazar.

The dictator's philosophy of the three F's. Fado, Fatima and Football to keep the masses quiet. If they didn't keep quiet, the PIDO, secret police, had many ways to silence them.

It's why Sporting Lisbon and Porto fans detest Benfica fans, and Atletico Madrid are the same toward Real.

5 hours ago, PHILINFRANCE said:

A very interesting revelation - I seem to recall you worked in Portugal some years ago, hence the local, historical knowledge.

It is many years since I studied Post 1815 European History, but I do know that Salazar was still in power at the time of the 1968 Man UTD/Benfica European Cup Final featuring one of my favourite ever players, The Black Pearl, also known more widely as Eusébio.

I wonder what influence Salazar, he of the Portuguese Colonial War, had over Eusébio's arrival from Mozambique, given your comments concerning his financial support for Benfica.   

I wonder, also, whether @Olé may have any views on the subject.  

I must say that my affection for Benfica is now very much secondary to that of Bristol City - but nonetheless it is my club so let me stick up for them.

I have always grown up being told and believing Benfica was the club of the people, whereas Sporting was the club for Lisbon's aristocracy and elite.

That's certainly the view of many in Portugal and why Benfica is such a popular team. I only lost a little of the magic due to this sort of mud-throwing.

These days the Portuguese league borders on ridiculous, it's like Scottish football on steroids, utterly consumed by a few clubs and their toxic battles.

All three clubs attack one another for everything under the sun from corruption and refereeing favour to government and council support and funding.

 

The Estado Novo / Salazar / Benfica thing is one of the original and most popular such lines of attack but spun out of all control, I've never believed it. 

Yes Salazar adopted the political value of a very successful European team (and prevented Eusebio moving on) but Benfica was not the regime's club.

From what little I've read there is plenty of evidence that Sporting was (as long remained the case in class terms) more associated to figures in power.

Similarly, Porto had the original Antas funded and opened by the regime. Benfica contrastingly was the first truly democratic club - built by the people.

I've no doubt Benfica earned favour once it became successful in Europe, as it was a wonderful 'soft power' export for the regime, but more than that?

Benfica enabled Estado Novo, not vice versa. The regime actually put Sporting forward for the first European Cup, even though Benfica won the league!

Anyway, I'm not actually old enough to have known the dictatorship though my dad lived under it, and like Eusebio was from one of Portugal's colonies.

Many of the colonies were fighting for independence from Salazar. It's hard to imagine their exports like Coluna and Santana could be regime enablers.

Benfica continues to have disproportionate support among other races and poorer outposts of the Portuguese speaking world, relative to its rival clubs.

Perhaps I'm just biased as I similarly detest Sporting and Porto's fans, but hard to associate this working class support as some Real Madrid style elite!

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2 minutes ago, Silvio Dante said:

Back on subject

 

Away at Wimbledon confirmed, Tuesday July 9th

The exciting Palace announcement will be made at 1pm...

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2 minutes ago, Silvio Dante said:

Back on subject

 

Away at Wimbledon confirmed, Tuesday July 9th

great news for someone moving up to the smoke soon!

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Judging by the article we're playing Palace the weekend before as a test for preparation for the season, nothing to say we won't have another big game earlier in pre season.

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10 minutes ago, hodge said:

Judging by the article we're playing Palace the weekend before as a test for preparation for the season, nothing to say we won't have another big game earlier in pre season.

Very rarely do we have more than one home game

With the concerts this summer imagine they will want to prep the pitch as much as possible

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So announced so far:

  1. Wimbledon (A) July 9th
  2. Tampa July 11th - 19th (presumably at least one full 90 minute game v local opposition)
  3. Crystal Palace (H) July 27th
  4. City XI v WSM Aug 3rd (first day of the new season for the first XI so presumably this is basically an U23 game)

Then we can assume that we will at some point play Torquay away for the "Johnson Cup" plus the community match away v a local non-league side. Last season this was Bitton (A) on July 8th.

Can we expect any others? There's not even much room left in July even, maybe room for Torquay and the community game in the first week of the month, or you could squeeze one in in between Tampa and Palace? 

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20 minutes ago, ExiledAjax said:

So announced so far:

  1. Wimbledon (A) July 9th
  2. Tampa July 11th - 19th (presumably at least one full 90 minute game v local opposition)
  3. Crystal Palace (H) July 27th
  4. City XI v WSM Aug 3rd (first day of the new season for the first XI so presumably this is basically an U23 game)

Then we can assume that we will at some point play Torquay away for the "Johnson Cup" plus the community match away v a local non-league side. Last season this was Bitton (A) on July 8th.

Can we expect any others? There's not even much room left in July even, maybe room for Torquay and the community game in the first week of the month, or you could squeeze one in in between Tampa and Palace? 

I would imagine a community game on Sunday 7th July. Would also expect back to back games on either the Monday (22nd), Tuesday (23rd) or Wednesday (24th)

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On 13/05/2019 at 06:56, weepywall said:

Wasn't it Bournemouth who played Real Madrid in a friendly and then had to charge something like £60 a ticket to make it financially viable .

 

On 13/05/2019 at 12:00, phantom said:

True, but remember they only have a capacity of 11360 - would assume if they had 20k+ it would have been cheaper?

£59.50 then? :)

 

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4 hours ago, ExiledAjax said:

So announced so far:

  1. Wimbledon (A) July 9th
  2. Tampa July 11th - 19th (presumably at least one full 90 minute game v local opposition)
  3. Crystal Palace (H) July 27th
  4. City XI v WSM Aug 3rd (first day of the new season for the first XI so presumably this is basically an U23 game)

Then we can assume that we will at some point play Torquay away for the "Johnson Cup" plus the community match away v a local non-league side. Last season this was Bitton (A) on July 8th.

Can we expect any others? There's not even much room left in July even, maybe room for Torquay and the community game in the first week of the month, or you could squeeze one in in between Tampa and Palace? 

I hope there will be a Community game as it may be the only one i’ll go to this year. I’m pretty well uninspired by the fixtures so far although I may drag myself to the Wimbledon game on my sisters birthday, but equally I may well not. 

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Will give them a miss , not very inspiring.   Used to like going to different non league grounds , and sampling the food at half time ! 

Will be trying to watch as much cricket as possible !

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On 13/05/2019 at 18:46, RoystonFoote'snephew said:

 I’d turn up for Barcelona but would probably give Real Madrid a miss. To see Ramos would be entertaining but otherwise I’ve never been a fan of Franco’s Team. 

Ramos would give Fammy a right good seeing to 🙊

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A few throwing their toys out of the pram on FB that we’ve set up several “undemanding” friendlies and why haven’t we arranged a fixture with Willem II. Yawn.

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1 hour ago, WessexPest said:

A few throwing their toys out of the pram on FB that we’ve set up several “undemanding” friendlies and why haven’t we arranged a fixture with Willem II. Yawn.

Wasn't Bournemouth the only 'challenging' pre season fixture last season? Didn't do us too badly.

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Shame I’m away for FGR, was decent last time. Still remember a maroon harewood rocket forcing the guy behind me to do a matrix style dodge as it flew past us...

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12 minutes ago, JBFC II said:

Shame I’m away for FGR, was decent last time. Still remember a maroon harewood rocket forcing the guy behind me to do a matrix style dodge as it flew past us...

Dodge? You mean Doidge? 

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11 hours ago, Red7 said:

Dodge? You mean Doidge? 

He was dodging a football, not players wages...

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If you're driving from the South Bristol area to Wimbledon away (July 9th) and have a spare seat / would like some extra petrol money, let me know.  I wouldn't mind going and don't want to drive there myself (will definitely get lost).

Non smokers only though, as I really can't stand the smell!  Cheers.

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