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Chesterfield on a midweek evening in GJs early days where we were on that losing run, lost 3-0 in the rain.

A 2-0 defeat at Blackburn in the Cup under McInnes, who was sacked a week later. Grim weather, grim performance. It took us until about 10 minutes from the end to register a shot on target, which brought scenes of wild celebration from the away end. At full time the fans properly turned on the players, which led to Cole Skuse coming over to try and placate/apologise, to litle effect.

A 1-0 defeat at Crewe under SO'D. An awful game between 2 awful teams settled by an injury time penalty for them. My particular memory is JET barely breaking a sweat to try and do anything, to the point where the decision to sub him midway through the 2nd half was met with rapturous applause.

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Losing 6-0 away to Ipswich in the playoff season.

I was attending with a friend who is an Ipswich fan; I was in the away end, he was in the home end with his pals and family.

We were absolutely destroyed and 90% of the away end had left well before the end; I didn’t have that option as was staying with him, so was pretty much the last one out, and had to take dog’s abuse the rest of the weekend.

Ended up in the playoff final that season so wasn’t too bad in hindsight, but a miserable trip otherwise.

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On 13/10/2021 at 16:11, Offside said:

Yeah, I hated that game too. We were pipped to the league title by Watford that day. Preston got their winner right after we had equalised (Sean McCarthy, who celebrated with an unlikely somersault) and many of our fans were still celebrating our goal. It was all ticket for away fans (we sold out, about 3,000 made the trip) and I’d got to AG really early on the morning they went on general sale to get mine. My dad couldn’t get a ticket so ended up going in the home end with many other City fans, and he said the Preston fans were very friendly. 

Remeber that one, we were in that god awful semi condemned stand on one side.  Seemed like forever travelling up on CATS.  2-1 down inside about 10 minutes and not sure we mustered another chance after.  Our season really did fall apart when Goater left, otherwise we'd have cruised to the title.

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On 12/10/2021 at 23:54, hollydog said:

That was as grim as anything for a decade or so.

Tranmere - conceding 6 on a Friday night 89/90 wasn’t fun.

Funny that Tranmere game,it turned into one of the best nights ever,went in to Liverpool after the game,didn’t hardly buy a drink all night,the locals seemed to take to us,they obviously felt our pain,and were determined to help us drown our sorrows.Which we did with aplomb,I don’t know why but I kept checking if my wallet was still in my pocket,I mean the locals were great,but I couldn’t bring myself to fully trust those scallies.

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2 hours ago, NOTBLUE said:

Funny that Tranmere game,it turned into one of the best nights ever,went in to Liverpool after the game,didn’t hardly buy a drink all night,the locals seemed to take to us,they obviously felt our pain,and were determined to help us drown our sorrows.Which we did with aplomb,I don’t know why but I kept checking if my wallet was still in my pocket,I mean the locals were great,but I couldn’t bring myself to fully trust those scallies.

went tranmere new years eve 94 ....the coldest ever ive been in a ground.....and we lost....

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1988 Play-off final replay v Walsall, Fellows Park.

In the first leg we managed to lose 1-3 at the Gate, after being 1-0 up with 28 mins left infront of 25,000, and then won 2-0 at Walsall to haul us level in the tie, after which we conspired to lose a pen shoot out for home advantage in the final replay.

19 mins into said replay - Walsall 3-0 Bristol City.

A 270 minute slow death with City typically keeping us interested but then imploding. Almost a perfect set of matches to sum us up over the last 35 years.

David Kelly 5 goals across the 3 games.

First time I was old enough to experience genuine heartbreak as a City fan.

 

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I remember getting beat 4-1 away at Bradford under Tinnion I think. Awful place. Miles away. Terrible performance and the coach broke down on the way home. 
 

Millwall in the GJ play off era. Coach got lost in London, turned up at half time and we lost 1-0. 
 

Honourable mention to that JPT defeat away at Rovers. Only made minimally more bearable by seeing some gobby **** giving it large in front of the City fans get launched about 10 feet into the air by a police horse. Thinking about it, he may have grown up and become the famous horse puncher. 

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19 hours ago, archie andrews said:

went tranmere new years eve 94 ....the coldest ever ive been in a ground.....and we lost....

Coldest I've ever been was at Doncaster's old ground, it was a midweek game in December (2004ish) and the away end was an open terrace. It was that cold that you could literally see the frost forming on the edges of the pitch during the second half.

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On 14/10/2021 at 17:12, samo II said:

Losing 6-0 away to Ipswich in the playoff season.

I was attending with a friend who is an Ipswich fan; I was in the away end, he was in the home end with his pals and family.

We were absolutely destroyed and 90% of the away end had left well before the end; I didn’t have that option as was staying with him, so was pretty much the last one out, and had to take dog’s abuse the rest of the weekend.

Ended up in the playoff final that season so wasn’t too bad in hindsight, but a miserable trip otherwise.

Disagree with "absolutely destroyed". 

It was a slightly surreal game. Even after Carey was sent off we were  in the game, it  just seemed that every chance Ipswich had went in. 

Also was surprised how many stayed till the end - I was with City fans in a corner of one of the side stans so don't know if others were  behind the goal

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On 12/10/2021 at 19:32, RedRock said:

Brighton in the Cardiff Play Off final.

They we’re more interested in their ground issues than the play-off final…and we still managed to **** it up. 
 

Shocking. 

 

Yep, was living near York and drove down. Got caught by a speed camera in the same place, coming down and going home. 6 points on my licence and a bloody awful game in between!!

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Wasn't exactly the worst as such, but a costly one would have been Lee Miller hitting the post late on at Swindon in 2004.

That cost us promotion- as someone I was watching it with said to me at the time, and I said "Nah- plenty of games to redeem the situation..."

Well we drew 1-1 and promotion missed by one point! Then we all know what happened at the Millennium so yes it did.

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You lot are easily upset 🤣

 

West Ham away Tues night lost 5-0 spent the whole game dodging bags of piss and waves of darts.

1 coach went - followed back to it by 500 skinheads. Even the coppers told us to leg it, as they would be. Having to share the bogs and tea stand with West Ham outside the away area during the game was an extra-special treat.

Utterly terrified throughout.

 

Wrexham away Tuesday night lost 1-0 and stood in a deluge for 90 mins in sub-zero temps. Coppers wouldn't let us sit in the stands.

A certain author and 'The Knife' stole the match ball and ensured North Wales finest held the coach back and slapped everyone silly until it was 'found'.

Home at 5am still wet, fed up and due at work at 8.

Those were shit away games! 

 

Honourable mention to Grimsby away for being dropped off in an abandoned fairground miles from the ground at 10am for a 3pm kick off and trying to dodge the local thugs to find a pub to hole up in until we could get an escort to the ground, as basically no-one knew where it was.

Grimsby also smells extremely bad 🦨

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30 minutes ago, Redrascal2 said:

Wasn't this the game when we had a chance to get in the playoffs and we were annihilated by half time. Took my daughter to this one travelling from north of London. What a bloody awful day out.

Yes, I nearly left early it was horrible.  I nearly went to that Swansea game that saw Tinman pacing the touchline wondering what the hell happened, but I went on holiday instead which was a blessing.  

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Wolves away with John DeWolfe playing for them. Late getting into the ground due to a combination of blisters from new shoes and police diversions around the ground, already conceded by the time I got in. Completely outplayed, lost all sense of direction outside the ground due to segregation so as a consequence lost where I parked the car, by this time limping badly after several hours of trudging around the streets to eventually find the place where I'd parked just before they padlocked the car park shut. I cheerily greeted the bemused attendant on the way out with "my team lost, I've got blisters but I've found my car!"

He must've thought they're a strange lot from Bristol!

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City away to Cardiff (the old Ninian Park) for a play off semi final. I forget the year but this was probably about 10-15 years ago. Impossible to get an away ticket, but a City supporting mate of mine, who lived in Wales, was registered on the Cardiff City database (don't ask, no idea). So anyway, we get tickets in the home end - the old open end, concrete strip down the side of the pitch, where all their ultras used to assemble (terrible choice, but we lacked familiarity with the ground). Apart from the fact that we lost 1-0, we got soaking wet from the atrocious weather, we also felt obliged to clap their goal for fear of being "outed" as "foreign agents" by some of the less than friendly meatheads around us. Not a great day.

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On 14/10/2021 at 22:37, TomThumb84 said:

1988 Play-off final replay v Walsall, Fellows Park.

In the first leg we managed to lose 1-3 at the Gate, after being 1-0 up with 28 mins left infront of 25,000, and then won 2-0 at Walsall to haul us level in the tie, after which we conspired to lose a pen shoot out for home advantage in the final replay.

19 mins into said replay - Walsall 3-0 Bristol City.

A 270 minute slow death with City typically keeping us interested but then imploding. Almost a perfect set of matches to sum us up over the last 35 years.

David Kelly 5 goals across the 3 games.

First time I was old enough to experience genuine heartbreak as a City fan.

 

Mate, I think it's slightly worse than you remember. After getting back into it by winning that second leg 2-0, Ralph Milne missed a damn sitter right near the end! That goal would put us into division 2 right then and there.

To cap it off, we lost the replay 4-0 (not 3-0), or so I recall.

But I agree, if there was any set of games that sums us up over the last 30 years, it was the play-offs of '88.

Colin Gordon secured our spot with a very late winner on the last game of the season, filling us all with hope. We beat Sheff Utd 1-0 in first leg of the semis and take a slender lead to Brammall Lane. We almost screw it up, but there was Carl Shutt in the dying minutes to equalize with a stooping header. Scenes! And we're filled with hope again...

Cue David Kelly.

The end.

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49 minutes ago, OneCity said:

 

Cue David Kelly.

The end.

I think that comment sums up about 15 years of watching city for me. Walsall, Wolves, West Ham, Newcastle (?).

God I hated that bloke, still do really...

 Blackpool was the worst for me. Long drive to watch half hour of utter c*** and then turn round and go home again. I think we needed to win and Cardiff needed to lose and we made the play offs. 


Can’t really remember but we looked like we couldn’t give a toss, utter spineless performance. 

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On 12/10/2021 at 19:55, TomF said:

That Blackpool game under Wilson - 2003 I think - when 4 down at half time.

Any trip to Chestefield seemed to be horrendous 

Vaguely recall going to Barnet in LDV first round with Stewart and Bridges up front to see us get stuffed 4-2 I think? 

I went to that Blackpool game...we left when we went 5-0 down, missed Thorpe's goal. The best thing about that day was having two Harry Ramsden's, one by the tower, the other at the Birmingham services on the way back!

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3 hours ago, OneCity said:

Mate, I think it's slightly worse than you remember. After getting back into it by winning that second leg 2-0, Ralph Milne missed a damn sitter right near the end! That goal would put us into division 2 right then and there.

To cap it off, we lost the replay 4-0 (not 3-0), or so I recall.

But I agree, if there was any set of games that sums us up over the last 30 years, it was the play-offs of '88.

Colin Gordon secured our spot with a very late winner on the last game of the season, filling us all with hope. We beat Sheff Utd 1-0 in first leg of the semis and take a slender lead to Brammall Lane. We almost screw it up, but there was Carl Shutt in the dying minutes to equalize with a stooping header. Scenes! And we're filled with hope again...

Cue David Kelly.

The end.

Yeah 4-0 but 3-0 down after 19 mins!!

All of this after that Colin Gordon winner on a horrific rainy day at the Gate v Brian Deane and Doncaster.

Gordon nearly took the keepers head off and fouled him at least 4 times during that goal!!

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4 hours ago, OneCity said:

Mate, I think it's slightly worse than you remember. After getting back into it by winning that second leg 2-0, Ralph Milne missed a damn sitter right near the end! That goal would put us into division 2 right then and there.

To cap it off, we lost the replay 4-0 (not 3-0), or so I recall.

But I agree, if there was any set of games that sums us up over the last 30 years, it was the play-offs of '88.

Colin Gordon secured our spot with a very late winner on the last game of the season, filling us all with hope. We beat Sheff Utd 1-0 in first leg of the semis and take a slender lead to Brammall Lane. We almost screw it up, but there was Carl Shutt in the dying minutes to equalize with a stooping header. Scenes! And we're filled with hope again...

Cue David Kelly.

The end.

Carl shutt put us in front.... 

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