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lawsonio123 2:43pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Hoping for a win but feel subs may be needed Come on CITY bring home the bacon

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bcfcincheshire 2:52pm Sat 16 Feb 13

If win this today and play well could this be the Cup Final team with Hanson in for cup-tied Gray? Would be very hard to change a winning side that is performing and succeeding. I would support that but would want Connell on the bench next time so still have 2 recognised strikers in reserve.

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parader no1 3:48pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Not looking promising for Connell`s future at club

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bahamianbantam 4:55pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Beyond Bad! We are just consistently inconsistent! Wave promotion goodbye!

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my only vision 5:03pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Ha hahaha, bunch of dumb **** coaching, How are you gonna bench your top scorer at 18 GOALS , 18 **** goals in a must win game, and insultantly bring him on for 5 embarrassing minutes is beyond my thinking. Also, why is it that Hanson never ever sits out a complete game. This is a JOKE....... I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......

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Birky_Neil 5:09pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Horrendous result. Takes the shine off of wembley.
Think we need to forget promotion now unless we can turn it around in the league now and hope a few teams above us lose.
Not enough in front of goal YET AGAIN!
We are not killing games off. A goal scorer should of been brought in and this is gonna cost us.
League 2 next season by looks of it.

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doneBD4 5:10pm Sat 16 Feb 13

League two next season then.

*

Well at least we are almost safe from the drop in record time.

*

kiss good to most of the players and this management team.

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doneBD4 5:11pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Oh yeah one more thing.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOO

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Pablo 5:24pm Sat 16 Feb 13

With Wembley on the radar, I never expected us to get much out of today's game, regardless of the opposition. Our form of recent weeks is the price we have to pay for the cup run.

Although he must have been seething at the ref's decision, that cost us the game, I was impressed with PP's level headed response on the radio afterwards.

In a perverse way, today's reverse, gives me more optimism for next Sunday....because that's how life pans out.

We'll go into the game with even less expectation, and you should always expect the unexpected!

Here's hoping!

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spleen ventor 5:32pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Shouldn't come as a surprise to those of us who've been watching City consistently lose to the team at the bottom of the league year in year out whoever they might happen to be.
Any team who finds itself trailing in the league to such footballing giants as Burton, Cheltenham, Exeter, Fleetwood and now...Morecambe! should be truly embarrasssed.
Whats the betting we beat Swansea then lose to Dagenham.

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DingDangDoo!!! 5:58pm Sat 16 Feb 13

This defeat is not about players having 1 eye on Wembley or even being in good form for Wembley.
This is about a good squad of players for league 2 level not being able to beat a squad of players who in all honesty are very poor and will be back in the conference next season.
If we are serious about promotion, you must win games like today whether you have a cup final next week or not!
Big fan of PP, but really don't know why we did not get a goal scorer in January.
The players, management and whole club have been fantastic this season and brought more joy and delight to me and all the fans than we have seen for 10 years at VP, but I am absolutely disgusted with today's result. Bottom of the table should be beaten convincingly by us!

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Birky_Neil 6:11pm Sat 16 Feb 13

DingDangDoo!!! wrote…


This defeat is not about players having 1 eye on Wembley or even being in good form for Wembley.
This is about a good squad of players for league 2 level not being able to beat a squad of players who in all honesty are very poor and will be back in the conference next season.
If we are serious about promotion, you must win games like today whether you have a cup final next week or not!
Big fan of PP, but really don't know why we did not get a goal scorer in January.
The players, management and whole club have been fantastic this season and brought more joy and delight to me and all the fans than we have seen for 10 years at VP, but I am absolutely disgusted with today's result. Bottom of the table should be beaten convincingly by us!

Totally agree with your comment.

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belle vue 6:14pm Sat 16 Feb 13

everyone seems to be accepting relegation form since 2013 started, because of the incredible cup achievement.
If we lose 7-0 next week, which when you look at Swansea on song, we may well do (none the less of a fantastic achievement for getting to the final), the players and coachig staff are going to be down to earth with a big one.
Then they might start waking up. Somethig they should have done the minute the Villa away game was over.
They should certainly be looking down and be well aware that 13 points can be closed quite quickly by teams below you when you're on a league run like we are.
Not sure about PPs rising stock just at the moment.

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shaun from richmond 6:14pm Sat 16 Feb 13

MASTER STROKE BY "deadbeat"!!. With the ground full of Swans SPIES working out how to play City next week.......they go back with lots of "LAUGHING" and "Dont worry its in the bag" sort of stuff!!..........
MASTER STROKE!!!!

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Pablo 6:26pm Sat 16 Feb 13

DingDangDoo!!! wrote…


This defeat is not about players having 1 eye on Wembley or even being in good form for Wembley.
This is about a good squad of players for league 2 level not being able to beat a squad of players who in all honesty are very poor and will be back in the conference next season.
If we are serious about promotion, you must win games like today whether you have a cup final next week or not!
Big fan of PP, but really don't know why we did not get a goal scorer in January.
The players, management and whole club have been fantastic this season and brought more joy and delight to me and all the fans than we have seen for 10 years at VP, but I am absolutely disgusted with today's result. Bottom of the table should be beaten convincingly by us!

If life was so certain, we'd never have knocked out Wigan, Arsenal and Villa.

Being beaten today is no big deal.

As PP said, cup runs and good league form rarely go together.Annoying, I agree but, sadly, a fact of life.

Wimbledon will be forgotten by Monday. Enjoy Wembley - that will live in the memory.

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nowt fresh 6:38pm Sat 16 Feb 13

my only vision wrote…


Ha hahaha, bunch of dumb **** coaching, How are you gonna bench your top scorer at 18 GOALS , 18 **** goals in a must win game, and insultantly bring him on for 5 embarrassing minutes is beyond my thinking. Also, why is it that Hanson never ever sits out a complete game. This is a JOKE....... I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......

You sir are a W.A.N.K.E.R
"I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......! if you can't take defeat go watch the Bulls were all sick abouts todays result after being in front but for Christ's sake get a grip..!!

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my only vision 6:58pm Sat 16 Feb 13

nowt fresh wrote…


my only vision wrote…


Ha hahaha, bunch of dumb **** coaching, How are you gonna bench your top scorer at 18 GOALS , 18 **** goals in a must win game, and insultantly bring him on for 5 embarrassing minutes is beyond my thinking. Also, why is it that Hanson never ever sits out a complete game. This is a JOKE....... I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......
You sir are a W.A.N.K.E.R
"I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......! if you can't take defeat go watch the Bulls were all sick abouts todays result after being in front but for Christ's sake get a grip..!!

Yea, you heard me, man, I wish you can call me that to my face........

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bcfcincheshire 7:20pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Today's final result was indeed a sickening loss. The team absolutely should have been organised and committed enough not to have conceeded anything in the last 8-10 minutes. The reality and facts are that the end of the season us the only true place to properly review the measure of all things connected with this squad and management team. Promotion is the fundamental benchmark. It will not happen automatically this season. The Play offs are the only route left. Seventh is essential and still achieveable. The League season part 2 starts on Feb 27th. Nothing less than seventh will be acceptable...it can be done and it must be done. Our Cup form shows a 2 legged Semi Final and a Wembley Final can be achieved. It must now happen twice in one season.....and everybody knows it....keep optimistic as the players and management will need that support. If they don't manage it then the review will properly start by all concerned.....somebo
dy will finish seventh after all. If it is City....then I think we will suceed.

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bingleybantam-ms54 7:45pm Sat 16 Feb 13

"Its Only "The League"

"Who Gives a F***" !

"We're Bradford City"

and

"We'll WIN THE CUP" !!! C-:= x

"Chill" Boys and Girls - Lets get all our "Positive Energies" Focused on that Afternoon @ Wembley - Lets get "That" out of the way -


Then..........Lets see "HOW" the lads Return to the "DAY JOB" !


Trust Me - "Glory Beckons" - C T I D

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nowt fresh 7:49pm Sat 16 Feb 13

my only vision wrote…


nowt fresh wrote…


my only vision wrote…


Ha hahaha, bunch of dumb **** coaching, How are you gonna bench your top scorer at 18 GOALS , 18 **** goals in a must win game, and insultantly bring him on for 5 embarrassing minutes is beyond my thinking. Also, why is it that Hanson never ever sits out a complete game. This is a JOKE....... I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......
You sir are a W.A.N.K.E.R
"I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......! if you can't take defeat go watch the Bulls were all sick abouts todays result after being in front but for Christ's sake get a grip..!!
Yea, you heard me, man, I wish you can call me that to my face........

I repeat again for Christ's sake get a grip..!!

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fantam 7:54pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Oh!That's great!! Bring on our great centre forward at 1-0, then lose 2-1.Some cntribution!! Just get rid of him ,please---------

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lawsonio123 7:54pm Sat 16 Feb 13

As i said last week look at the form book not enough wins. The facts speak City are not good enough to go up We must now take off the Rose glasses and face the facts we are not going up. Today was a game to be taken but once again it did not happen lack of goals again the main reason. So back to the drawing board once more good luck in the final

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doneBD4 8:00pm Sat 16 Feb 13

DingDangDoo!!! wrote…


This defeat is not about players having 1 eye on Wembley or even being in good form for Wembley.
This is about a good squad of players for league 2 level not being able to beat a squad of players who in all honesty are very poor and will be back in the conference next season.
If we are serious about promotion, you must win games like today whether you have a cup final next week or not!
Big fan of PP, but really don't know why we did not get a goal scorer in January.
The players, management and whole club have been fantastic this season and brought more joy and delight to me and all the fans than we have seen for 10 years at VP, but I am absolutely disgusted with today's result. Bottom of the table should be beaten convincingly by us!

I agree with this.

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nowt fresh 8:18pm Sat 16 Feb 13

bcfcincheshire wrote…


Today's final result was indeed a sickening loss. The team absolutely should have been organised and committed enough not to have conceeded anything in the last 8-10 minutes. The reality and facts are that the end of the season us the only true place to properly review the measure of all things connected with this squad and management team. Promotion is the fundamental benchmark. It will not happen automatically this season. The Play offs are the only route left. Seventh is essential and still achieveable. The League season part 2 starts on Feb 27th. Nothing less than seventh will be acceptable...it can be done and it must be done. Our Cup form shows a 2 legged Semi Final and a Wembley Final can be achieved. It must now happen twice in one season.....and everybody knows it....keep optimistic as the players and management will need that support. If they don't manage it then the review will properly start by all concerned.....somebo

dy will finish seventh after all. If it is City....then I think we will suceed.

A well balance post bcfcincheshire (unlike some others o here going totally OTT) after the final is out of the way we are quite capable of getting a play off place we will have nothing else to distract us, so keep the faith and promotion is sill a possibility..!!

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LaCe78 8:41pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Absolutely agree. Swindon got Benson last season, and it got them promoted! Port Vale have got Hughes this season, It will see them over the line. We are crying out for a goalscorer! Where was ours in January to make that bit if difference! We have the dollars now!

I'm afraid that this season is over with respect to getting promoted. These dummies should have been put to the sword today, we should have been out of sight with ten minutes to go, yet the team still cannot see a game out from a winning position!

Spoilt my weekend! Cheers

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ALEXIMO.56. 8:44pm Sat 16 Feb 13

my only vision wrote…


Ha hahaha, bunch of dumb **** coaching, How are you gonna bench your top scorer at 18 GOALS , 18 **** goals in a must win game, and insultantly bring him on for 5 embarrassing minutes is beyond my thinking. Also, why is it that Hanson never ever sits out a complete game. This is a JOKE....... I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......

Look back at the results. League games are city's bread and butter, and in the last 15 Lg games he has only scored FIVE GOALS. That is a $hite return and in the last 8 games, he hasn't performed. In my opinion, Wells has not shown the 100% commitment or interest in playing for City. He knows he is being watched by higher league clubs and at the moment, it's all about Nahki Wells and not City. I say if a big club come in, then let him go. Connell deserves the chance to start every game.

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Birky_Neil 9:35pm Sat 16 Feb 13

ALEXIMO.56. wrote…


my only vision wrote…


Ha hahaha, bunch of dumb **** coaching, How are you gonna bench your top scorer at 18 GOALS , 18 **** goals in a must win game, and insultantly bring him on for 5 embarrassing minutes is beyond my thinking. Also, why is it that Hanson never ever sits out a complete game. This is a JOKE....... I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......
Look back at the results. League games are city's bread and butter, and in the last 15 Lg games he has only scored FIVE GOALS. That is a $hite return and in the last 8 games, he hasn't performed. In my opinion, Wells has not shown the 100% commitment or interest in playing for City. He knows he is being watched by higher league clubs and at the moment, it's all about Nahki Wells and not City. I say if a big club come in, then let him go. Connell deserves the chance to start every game.

May be Connell should be given a few games after the wembley game.

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Onebrianmitchell 9:40pm Sat 16 Feb 13

ALEXIMO.56. wrote…


my only vision wrote…


Ha hahaha, bunch of dumb **** coaching, How are you gonna bench your top scorer at 18 GOALS , 18 **** goals in a must win game, and insultantly bring him on for 5 embarrassing minutes is beyond my thinking. Also, why is it that Hanson never ever sits out a complete game. This is a JOKE....... I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......
Look back at the results. League games are city's bread and butter, and in the last 15 Lg games he has only scored FIVE GOALS. That is a $hite return and in the last 8 games, he hasn't performed. In my opinion, Wells has not shown the 100% commitment or interest in playing for City. He knows he is being watched by higher league clubs and at the moment, it's all about Nahki Wells and not City. I say if a big club come in, then let him go. Connell deserves the chance to start every game.

Why does Connell deserve the chance to start every game?

The starkest fact from the comments so far is the correct assumption that we have gone wrong by not signing a proven striker. However, not one person has mentioned the fact in the January transfer window we signed a striker from the champoinship who has rarely played below that level.

That is how poor a signing Andy Gray is. He's not even mentioned. He's not in anyone's thoughts.

The cup run has made us £2.3 million. Use it wisely City, because the Gray signing was anything but wise.

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ALEXIMO.56. 10:00pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Onebrianmitchell wrote…


ALEXIMO.56. wrote…


my only vision wrote…


Ha hahaha, bunch of dumb **** coaching, How are you gonna bench your top scorer at 18 GOALS , 18 **** goals in a must win game, and insultantly bring him on for 5 embarrassing minutes is beyond my thinking. Also, why is it that Hanson never ever sits out a complete game. This is a JOKE....... I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......
Look back at the results. League games are city's bread and butter, and in the last 15 Lg games he has only scored FIVE GOALS. That is a $hite return and in the last 8 games, he hasn't performed. In my opinion, Wells has not shown the 100% commitment or interest in playing for City. He knows he is being watched by higher league clubs and at the moment, it's all about Nahki Wells and not City. I say if a big club come in, then let him go. Connell deserves the chance to start every game.
Why does Connell deserve the chance to start every game?

The starkest fact from the comments so far is the correct assumption that we have gone wrong by not signing a proven striker. However, not one person has mentioned the fact in the January transfer window we signed a striker from the champoinship who has rarely played below that level.

That is how poor a signing Andy Gray is. He's not even mentioned. He's not in anyone's thoughts.

The cup run has made us £2.3 million. Use it wisely City, because the Gray signing was anything but wise.

Connell is a proven goal scorer. Why sign Gray? When Atkinson was signed last season, he came into a strggling squad and ALL the city fans didn't really want him here. Look at him now! For me he is a candidate for City's player of the season.

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balbrigganfc 10:17pm Sat 16 Feb 13

As previously predicted City would storm away with a sensational result.

Where we were well and truely got wombled.

Hope we don't get wombled at wembley.

Come on you Batnams, CTID.

Nobody makes predictions like me, Nobody

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bcfcincheshire 10:23pm Sat 16 Feb 13

It's City vs. Fleetwood & Northampton for seventh. We play Southend at home so overcoming that later season fixture and next fixture Dagenham at home places City in 'fantasy' 9th....Northampton at home to play as well so can reduce that arrears to practically nothing....just Fleetwood then whom we no longer play ourselves...but who also lost 4-0 themselves at home today....so those 3 home wins, which admittedly are essential, plus the likelihood of the occassional dropped points by Northampton and Fleetwood means City will be in a three way tussle right to the end for sevent....but perfectly possible with Wycombe like performances in 3 out of four games....the squad are good enoughfor that...but there is now very little margin for error....unbeaten home record with for rest of season probably required. Parkinson will know that. Need seven points from first 3 games post Wembley....then it's back on!

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Rambo 10:30pm Sat 16 Feb 13

LaCe78 wrote…


Absolutely agree. Swindon got Benson last season, and it got them promoted! Port Vale have got Hughes this season, It will see them over the line. We are crying out for a goalscorer! Where was ours in January to make that bit if difference! We have the dollars now!

I'm afraid that this season is over with respect to getting promoted. These dummies should have been put to the sword today, we should have been out of sight with ten minutes to go, yet the team still cannot see a game out from a winning position!

Spoilt my weekend! Cheers

I've been making that point for AAAAAGES. Teams that end up being successful sign impact players at this stage of the year - like when we went up in 99 we signed Windass and Sharpe and they helped get vital goals at most crucial period.

This year apart from defence we've signed no-one who's created any impact in striking or attacking midfield positions - how often have we come up against a team with a on-loan striker who seems to have scored something like 4 in 5?

I've been patient with Gray and have been defending him, but he's not having any impact on the team at all and we simply do not have time to allow unfit players to get upto match fitness.

IMO the likelihood for the season is we will run out of games and will fail to close the gap. I don't see how the current crop of players can go on what would have to be championship form to just get into the play-offs.

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allannicho 8:26am Sun 17 Feb 13

Shock Horror eh what! still its only
a game folk,s relax we,ll come good in the end when the time is right.

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Birky_Neil 9:16am Sun 17 Feb 13

balbrigganfc wrote…


As previously predicted City would storm away with a sensational result.

Where we were well and truely got wombled.

Hope we don't get wombled at wembley.

Come on you Batnams, CTID.

Nobody makes predictions like me, Nobody

Why do u speak so much crap?

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audal 10:59am Sun 17 Feb 13

A farce isn't it ? supporters are moaning that we are having a crap season but hey ! we have only reached A MAJOR CUP FINAL. for 102 years so i wish we could be this bad every year because out of 55yrs watching City i reckon 40 of those were played in the bottom 2 divisions.I make no excuses for highlighting the numbers, hope we can keep the fantastic 10,000 supporters next season. cheers.

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moanmoanwhingewhinge 12:30pm Sun 17 Feb 13

my only vision wrote…


nowt fresh wrote…


my only vision wrote…


Ha hahaha, bunch of dumb **** coaching, How are you gonna bench your top scorer at 18 GOALS , 18 **** goals in a must win game, and insultantly bring him on for 5 embarrassing minutes is beyond my thinking. Also, why is it that Hanson never ever sits out a complete game. This is a JOKE....... I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......
You sir are a W.A.N.K.E.R
"I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......! if you can't take defeat go watch the Bulls were all sick abouts todays result after being in front but for Christ's sake get a grip..!!
Yea, you heard me, man, I wish you can call me that to my face........

Come along to a game talking the sh1t you were in your first post, instead of skulking on message boards like a frightened little girl, and then he "can call you that to your face", you massive tw@t. "Hope Bradford never get promoted"? What a n0b.

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Rambo 1:20pm Sun 17 Feb 13

"Yea, you heard me, man, I wish you
can call me that to my face........"
.
OH MY GOD, watch out everyone, we have a MAJOR BADASS on the thread...

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bcfcincheshire 2:07pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Cup Final Teams anyone? .....
Duke, Darby, Dickson, Nelson, Davies, Doyle, Jones, Atkinson, Reid, Thompson, Hanson
(subs- Mclaughlin, Good, McArdle, McHugh, Hines, Connell, Wells.)

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tingleyb 2:13pm Sun 17 Feb 13

audal wrote…


A farce isn't it ? supporters are moaning that we are having a crap season but hey ! we have only reached A MAJOR CUP FINAL. for 102 years so i wish we could be this bad every year because out of 55yrs watching City i reckon 40 of those were played in the bottom 2 divisions.I make no excuses for highlighting the numbers, hope we can keep the fantastic 10,000 supporters next season. cheers.

I agree Audal. Promotion means everything to me - I've seen many poor seasons since 1983 but I have never seen (and perhaps may never see again) my team in a major final. My 5 yo is a supporter for life over this season - despite City losing everytime he has seen them at home this season (doh). Time will tell after next week how much this teams wants it . . . we need a long unbeaten run ala 1996. We need more firepower . . . most promotion rivals have signed quality forward players . . . .get a decent loan in !

I fear Wembley has split the supporters though - between so called loyal supporters and 'the plastics'. I was derided by supporters for sitting in their seats at Gillingham the other week - we were sat in the right seats and the STH had been sitting in the wrong seats all season - but were accused of being johnny come lately supporters . . . .. takes the shine off it all .

Come on City - one big effort against Swansea ! CTID

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nowt fresh 3:19pm Sun 17 Feb 13

moanmoanwhingewhinge wrote…


my only vision wrote…


nowt fresh wrote…


my only vision wrote…


Ha hahaha, bunch of dumb **** coaching, How are you gonna bench your top scorer at 18 GOALS , 18 **** goals in a must win game, and insultantly bring him on for 5 embarrassing minutes is beyond my thinking. Also, why is it that Hanson never ever sits out a complete game. This is a JOKE....... I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......
You sir are a W.A.N.K.E.R
"I hope Bradford never ever get promoted......! if you can't take defeat go watch the Bulls were all sick abouts todays result after being in front but for Christ's sake get a grip..!!
Yea, you heard me, man, I wish you can call me that to my face........
Come along to a game talking the sh1t you were in your first post, instead of skulking on message boards like a frightened little girl, and then he "can call you that to your face", you massive tw@t. "Hope Bradford never get promoted"? What a n0b.

Careful what you say moanmoanwhingewhinge he'll want to meet you behind the bike shed, that comment "Hope Bradford never get promoted" is outrageous for a so called City fan, I was as frustrated as the next fan after throwing the lead away with less than eight minutes to play but we are still in with a chance of a play off position if we get our act together after the Capital One Cup Final next Sunday..!!

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macca1969 4:05pm Sun 17 Feb 13

My only vision is not and has never been a city fan. He has only ever supported Nahki Wells and abused all other players

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nowt fresh 4:20pm Sun 17 Feb 13

macca1969 wrote…


My only vision is not and has never been a city fan. He has only ever supported Nahki Wells and abused all other players

Hence the ""Yea, you heard me, man, I wish you
can call me that to my face........" man
:-))

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Victor Clayton 5:40pm Sun 17 Feb 13

tingleyb wrote…


audal wrote…


A farce isn't it ? supporters are moaning that we are having a crap season but hey ! we have only reached A MAJOR CUP FINAL. for 102 years so i wish we could be this bad every year because out of 55yrs watching City i reckon 40 of those were played in the bottom 2 divisions.I make no excuses for highlighting the numbers, hope we can keep the fantastic 10,000 supporters next season. cheers.
I agree Audal. Promotion means everything to me - I've seen many poor seasons since 1983 but I have never seen (and perhaps may never see again) my team in a major final. My 5 yo is a supporter for life over this season - despite City losing everytime he has seen them at home this season (doh). Time will tell after next week how much this teams wants it . . . we need a long unbeaten run ala 1996. We need more firepower . . . most promotion rivals have signed quality forward players . . . .get a decent loan in !

I fear Wembley has split the supporters though - between so called loyal supporters and 'the plastics'. I was derided by supporters for sitting in their seats at Gillingham the other week - we were sat in the right seats and the STH had been sitting in the wrong seats all season - but were accused of being johnny come lately supporters . . . .. takes the shine off it all .

Come on City - one big effort against Swansea ! CTID

getting to the final and creating a bit of history has put the club in the spotlight a lot more than promotion out of league 2 could have. And hopefully will put the club in a stronger position for many years to come. I can understand the frustration because with this poor league but be patient, our fortunes are changing. Is it only me that thinks a Wembley final Will put a couple of thousand on next year's season ticket holders?

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bcfcincheshire 5:49pm Sun 17 Feb 13

tingleyb wrote…


audal wrote…


A farce isn't it ? supporters are moaning that we are having a crap season but hey ! we have only reached A MAJOR CUP FINAL. for 102 years so i wish we could be this bad every year because out of 55yrs watching City i reckon 40 of those were played in the bottom 2 divisions.I make no excuses for highlighting the numbers, hope we can keep the fantastic 10,000 supporters next season. cheers.
I agree Audal. Promotion means everything to me - I've seen many poor seasons since 1983 but I have never seen (and perhaps may never see again) my team in a major final. My 5 yo is a supporter for life over this season - despite City losing everytime he has seen them at home this season (doh). Time will tell after next week how much this teams wants it . . . we need a long unbeaten run ala 1996. We need more firepower . . . most promotion rivals have signed quality forward players . . . .get a decent loan in !

I fear Wembley has split the supporters though - between so called loyal supporters and 'the plastics'. I was derided by supporters for sitting in their seats at Gillingham the other week - we were sat in the right seats and the STH had been sitting in the wrong seats all season - but were accused of being johnny come lately supporters . . . .. takes the shine off it all .

Come on City - one big effort against Swansea ! CTID

I think it is time that all supporters of the club now take a moment to look at what the club itself placed on the jacket that will be worn by the players as they line up at Wembley and just before they play.....'56 Always with us'.....the divisions must now heal and togetherness and dignified respect for the principles of a family club must now prevail....in any 'family' there are differences of opinion and disagreements....but let us not allow the few to spoil the moment for the many....not now nor at any future time.....the support of 1985 would expect no less and it is time we all replicated that respect , dignity and honour.....just as the club have done with that gesture for the day.

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rowsman 6:00pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Yes it was an embarassing result yesterday and if City cannot hold their nerve against a team that is BOTTOM of the football league then what hope is there? Lesson learned hopefully - score the goals first and limit any potential damage later (my son's team in the north east also played their league's bottom club yesterday, went for it from the beginning and scored seven without reply). As I have stated before, City will win the Cup and scrape into the play-offs but yesterday's result didn't help!

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balbrigganfc 10:15pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Birky_Neil wrote…


balbrigganfc wrote…


As previously predicted City would storm away with a sensational result.

Where we were well and truely got wombled.

Hope we don't get wombled at wembley.

Come on you Batnams, CTID.

Nobody makes predictions like me, Nobody
Why do u speak so much crap?

why are you an rs?

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Bradford1903 11:50pm Sun 17 Feb 13

If u want to get out of this division, then you have got to be beating teams like Wimbledon.

Same old failings to me; not ruthless enough, whether it's in terms of taking our chances, or lapses in concentration which allows the opposition back into matches that we are seemingly in control of.

As a result our opponents continually pick up results against us that they didn't deserve.

Two or three consecutive wins and the situation can change very quickly, and the main source of motivation if I was a player, is that there are not 7 teams better than us in this division.

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tyker2 6:00am Mon 18 Feb 13

I thought the results was entirely predictable once we went 1-0 up. We can never seem to hold on against such lowly tams without getting a second.
I am questioning seriously PP decision making here also. At 1-0 late on close the game up my bringing on another defender not a forward.


severe question marks about Gray ahead of Connell who was not even on the bench? Questions about the signing of Gray? Past it by a few years and nothing to add physically.

Questions now over the match fitness of Hanson and Wells who both must start. Wells on bench tells me PP does not like his attitude or is saving his fitness but what comes first attitude or 18 goals? I fitness created by having him travel some 800 miles or so this week on a coach to sit on the bench. Will he actually be match fit for Wembley. What has Mc Hugh done wrong, resting his legs maybe but for what?? Is he likely to start at Wembley? Ravenhill is right out of favour now so appears to have no future yet Jones at35 has played most of the season?

MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT MANAGEMENT GENERALLY AND I JUST WONDER HAS PP GOT AHEAD OF HIMSELF?

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Prisoner Cell Block A 10:23am Mon 18 Feb 13

Jones squats all over Ravenhill, there is no competition there.

McHugh was only ever supposed to come in for a few games as cover, he gave a selection headache by playing so well but PP will always go with experience over youth if available. Hence the Davies recall, possibly to early by the sound of the last 20 minutes on Saturday.,

Hanson and Wells have both been carrying knocks recently, resting them last Tuesday was classed as a masterstroke, we can't now do a 360 and say it was the wrong thing this week.

I'm still finding the Gray/Connell situation baffling, in fact the whole Connelll situation in itself is a conundrum. Joint top scorer for last seasons champions, goal to minute on pitch ratio is best at the club yet still can't get a place on the bench. There will be reasons, we just don't know them.

Finally, anyone supporting City for a few years will have known we were getting nothing from the AFCW game, they will now also be slightly optimistic about getting something from the final

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tyker2 10:42am Mon 18 Feb 13

maybe Jones does squat all over Ravenhill BUT his legs are older and it may have been a good idea to give him a rest for Sunday:that was my point and and , if people have been carrying knocks what purpose is served by having them sit on a coach for 800 miles plus and giving them a copule of minutes play seems bizarre indeed

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Prisoner Cell Block A 12:11pm Mon 18 Feb 13

We all have our own ideas and opinions, PP will have had his reasons for all of the above.

If we were going to play anyone but Jones in there I personally would be looking at trying to give Scott Brown more game time, Ravenhill's City career is more or less over and Brown is young, cheap and has years in front of him, RR is a mid to bottom of the table CM these days and not something we want to be pushing as an alternative.

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tyker2 12:26pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote…


We all have our own ideas and opinions, PP will have had his reasons for all of the above.

If we were going to play anyone but Jones in there I personally would be looking at trying to give Scott Brown more game time, Ravenhill's City career is more or less over and Brown is young, cheap and has years in front of him, RR is a mid to bottom of the table CM these days and not something we want to be pushing as an alternative.

agree Scoot Brown needs more game time now and should be played if he is to achieve anything for us

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Prisoner Cell Block A 12:49pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Especially if we can sit him alongside one of two of the best CMs we have had in many a year to help his development.

Probably won't happen though tyker.

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tyker2 12:59pm Mon 18 Feb 13

and he will give legs to compliment the skill of Jones

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Prisoner Cell Block A 1:44pm Mon 18 Feb 13

To be honest, the concern with Brown is that he is very one paced, his legs may last longer but in all fairness to Gary Jones he puts a 100% shift in week in week out and doesn't look to be blowing that hard at the final whistle. He has managed an average of 45 games per season over the last 7 years so any concerns in the department are negligible, for this season at least.

Brown could be very similar to Doyle/Jones in that he too may not make bursting runs into the box, oh for some hindsight when trying to tie Syers down, although I am led to believe the player didn't make this easy for City and was wanting away no matter what.

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