City 0 Swindon 0

First published in Bantams Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

City signed off the season with a strong display against League Two champions Swindon.

It was an encouraging way to finish for the home side, who had most of the play at a bitterly-cold Valley Parade.

Swindon's 1,255 away support ensured a decent atmosphere for the last game and the visitors had to be alert as City began brightly.

But the Bantams could not find a clean shot on goal and their best effort from David Syers was blocked by the sliding Jay McEveley.

James Hanson had the first real chance on 17 minutes from a Nahki Wells pass but could not get enough power on his shot.

There was little incident in either goalmouth and Kyel Reid wasted a promising run with a wayward finish just before the break.

The winger then led a breakaway from Swindon's first corner before City over-complicated matters on the edge of the box and the opportunity was wasted.

Wells almost converted Hanson's flick-on at the start of the second half and then went close with a shot on the turn.

But City should have gone in front after 66 minutes as Will Atkinson sent Syers away. The midfielder controlled the pass with a good first touch, drew keeper Wes Fotheringham and then fired straight at him.

Syers did have the ball in the net five minutes later with a thumping half-volley but it was ruled out by referee Graham Salisbury for Hanson's challenge on the keeper.

Paolo Di Canio's Swindon had been second best for much of the game but they mounted a late flurry.

Sub Luke Rooney hit the side-netting from a counter-attack and Jon McLaughlin, back in City's goal for the first time since the Crawley game, tipped over a Paul Caddis free-kick.

Swindon also felt they should have had a late penalty for handball against Simon Ramsden.

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5:54pm Sat 5 May 12

prince35 says...

Another season of struggle is over.
To many poor performances and players used over the season.

Parky has the summer now to impress us with the calibre of signings he brings to the club.

I do feel Branno , duke, may find themselves at other clubs next season
Another season of struggle is over. To many poor performances and players used over the season. Parky has the summer now to impress us with the calibre of signings he brings to the club. I do feel Branno , duke, may find themselves at other clubs next season prince35
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6:04pm Sat 5 May 12

cullboy says...

Good game City were far better than Swindon deserve the 3 pts, and Atkinson had a good game
Good game City were far better than Swindon deserve the 3 pts, and Atkinson had a good game cullboy
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6:10pm Sat 5 May 12

webess says...

Why can't we play like that every week?
Why can't we play like that every week? webess
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6:13pm Sat 5 May 12

Beeceefcee says...

Atkinson did not have a good game! He was the weak link today and we need a replacement for next season fast!
Atkinson did not have a good game! He was the weak link today and we need a replacement for next season fast! Beeceefcee
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6:30pm Sat 5 May 12

BD16 says...

Beeceefcee wrote:
Atkinson did not have a good game! He was the weak link today and we need a replacement for next season fast!
I thought he was poor in the first half but played quite well after the break.
[quote][p][bold]Beeceefcee[/bold] wrote: Atkinson did not have a good game! He was the weak link today and we need a replacement for next season fast![/p][/quote]I thought he was poor in the first half but played quite well after the break. BD16
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6:39pm Sat 5 May 12

Wilsden Bantam says...

We played really well because we attacked and pushed forward.

Atkinson was the weak link.
He should have gone off and not Wells.

Once Wells went off they,their defence felt more comfortable and they pushed forward putting us under pressure.

Shame we will loose Davies.Blackpool and Borough want him.

Well done City
We played really well because we attacked and pushed forward. Atkinson was the weak link. He should have gone off and not Wells. Once Wells went off they,their defence felt more comfortable and they pushed forward putting us under pressure. Shame we will loose Davies.Blackpool and Borough want him. Well done City Wilsden Bantam
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6:54pm Sat 5 May 12

Rambo says...

Had it not been for general 8/10 performances from everyone else, Atkinson would probably have come under vocal criticism. He just isn't noticeable enough and in his position he needs to be.

And agree about Wells going off, no fault of Bakers but it went flat after and Swindon started to lift their game.
Had it not been for general 8/10 performances from everyone else, Atkinson would probably have come under vocal criticism. He just isn't noticeable enough and in his position he needs to be. And agree about Wells going off, no fault of Bakers but it went flat after and Swindon started to lift their game. Rambo
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7:06pm Sat 5 May 12

Pablo says...

A good display to finish the season off.

A prerequisite for a winger is to be able to cross a ball, something Atkinson doesn't possess. I hope to God the rumours of a pre- contract aren't correct.

Assuming we can't sign Davies, I would imagine Seip will be offered terms and play Centre Back. This will mean we require a first choice left back ( not Fry ), a quality right winger and a reliable back up for Ramsden, assuming he'll be re-signed with a contract skewed towards appearances.

I was impressed with Hanson again today but we'll need a big striker as backup.

Hopefully, we'll have a leaner squad but there is the basis already on the books, for the manager to work with.
A good display to finish the season off. A prerequisite for a winger is to be able to cross a ball, something Atkinson doesn't possess. I hope to God the rumours of a pre- contract aren't correct. Assuming we can't sign Davies, I would imagine Seip will be offered terms and play Centre Back. This will mean we require a first choice left back ( not Fry ), a quality right winger and a reliable back up for Ramsden, assuming he'll be re-signed with a contract skewed towards appearances. I was impressed with Hanson again today but we'll need a big striker as backup. Hopefully, we'll have a leaner squad but there is the basis already on the books, for the manager to work with. Pablo
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7:06pm Sat 5 May 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

enjoyed the match. It showed to me that we are not far off, as have most of our games against the 'better' sides this season.

What it also showed was we need to work on finishing this summer and get a RM equal to Reid, one great ball from Atkinson which Syers shoudve scored from is just not enough. Itr was his best game in a city shirt but still not up to par and not an acquisition we should be making.
enjoyed the match. It showed to me that we are not far off, as have most of our games against the 'better' sides this season. What it also showed was we need to work on finishing this summer and get a RM equal to Reid, one great ball from Atkinson which Syers shoudve scored from is just not enough. Itr was his best game in a city shirt but still not up to par and not an acquisition we should be making. Prisoner Cell Block A
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7:24pm Sat 5 May 12

bradford321 says...

Atkinson just looks short on confidence sadly, really hope we do not sign him as we need someone more reliable. Every pass he made sold his team mate short, he did this a few weeks ago with a hospital pass to Ravenhill.

Bar Atkinson and probably Davies (sadly), that should be the core of the squad next year.

Granted Swindon probably weren't absolutely gunning for it as they had no need, but I felt we contained them well until Wells went off.

Couldn't quite see how they are champions, we've seen better teams come to VP this year.

Here's hoping next season will be the one!
Atkinson just looks short on confidence sadly, really hope we do not sign him as we need someone more reliable. Every pass he made sold his team mate short, he did this a few weeks ago with a hospital pass to Ravenhill. Bar Atkinson and probably Davies (sadly), that should be the core of the squad next year. Granted Swindon probably weren't absolutely gunning for it as they had no need, but I felt we contained them well until Wells went off. Couldn't quite see how they are champions, we've seen better teams come to VP this year. Here's hoping next season will be the one! bradford321
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7:42pm Sat 5 May 12

shoesman1 says...

well played city and good luck for next season to hope we get a good winger for next season to swing the balls in come on city
well played city and good luck for next season to hope we get a good winger for next season to swing the balls in come on city shoesman1
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8:07pm Sat 5 May 12

Cityman23 says...

Very heart-warming spirited performance from City today against a team who will not be out of place in the league above, next season. A tiny bit of good fortune could have brought a 'Bantams'' win!!

Next season's first match will doubtless include a number of new players with some of today's team having moved on.

Jonny Mac should be no. 1 keeper..Duke should be allowed to go with a younger (sub) goalie arriving.

Ramsden still has question marks re: fitness...will HE stay?

Luke Oliver will be our 'rock' but a new centre back colleague will need to come in.

We WILL miss Andrew Davies-no doubts!

Kozluk should go..along with Branston..maybe!

New left back reqd.

In the middle..Ravenhill, Jones, Bulloch, Reid plus..hopefully Syers will be still at 'VP.' A couple of new signings needed here.

Up front..Hansen/Wells plus..another couple of 'squad' strikers needed.
Very heart-warming spirited performance from City today against a team who will not be out of place in the league above, next season. A tiny bit of good fortune could have brought a 'Bantams'' win!! Next season's first match will doubtless include a number of new players with some of today's team having moved on. Jonny Mac should be no. 1 keeper..Duke should be allowed to go with a younger (sub) goalie arriving. Ramsden still has question marks re: fitness...will HE stay? Luke Oliver will be our 'rock' but a new centre back colleague will need to come in. We WILL miss Andrew Davies-no doubts! Kozluk should go..along with Branston..maybe! New left back reqd. In the middle..Ravenhill, Jones, Bulloch, Reid plus..hopefully Syers will be still at 'VP.' A couple of new signings needed here. Up front..Hansen/Wells plus..another couple of 'squad' strikers needed. Cityman23
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8:08pm Sat 5 May 12

ALEXIMO.56. says...

Most times I come on here, I read about moans and groans and complaints. I have never come on and had a propper go until today. First of all, I would like to say 1million% respect to ALL the Swindon fans for observing the 1 min silence for the 56 with each and every one of them holding their scarves aloft in respect of the 56. I also held up my scarfe and looked around and noticed CITY fans with their scarves around their necks looking at me stupid. Looking around the stadium there wasn't anyone with their scarf held aloft. I was very disappointed and upset with our fans and I can say this, the Swindon fans really showed our fans up. How many of you posters who come on here and have a go at everyone held your scarf aloft in respect of the 56??? Bradford City fans you should ALL be ashamed of yourselves. I know what you are all going to say, you stand in silence and remember the victims. Once again, a very big thank you to the Swindon fans for showing your respect. I, as a Bradford fan, I am very proud of the Swindon fans.
Most times I come on here, I read about moans and groans and complaints. I have never come on and had a propper go until today. First of all, I would like to say 1million% respect to ALL the Swindon fans for observing the 1 min silence for the 56 with each and every one of them holding their scarves aloft in respect of the 56. I also held up my scarfe and looked around and noticed CITY fans with their scarves around their necks looking at me stupid. Looking around the stadium there wasn't anyone with their scarf held aloft. I was very disappointed and upset with our fans and I can say this, the Swindon fans really showed our fans up. How many of you posters who come on here and have a go at everyone held your scarf aloft in respect of the 56??? Bradford City fans you should ALL be ashamed of yourselves. I know what you are all going to say, you stand in silence and remember the victims. Once again, a very big thank you to the Swindon fans for showing your respect. I, as a Bradford fan, I am very proud of the Swindon fans. ALEXIMO.56.
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8:21pm Sat 5 May 12

Cityman23 says...

ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
Most times I come on here, I read about moans and groans and complaints. I have never come on and had a propper go until today. First of all, I would like to say 1million% respect to ALL the Swindon fans for observing the 1 min silence for the 56 with each and every one of them holding their scarves aloft in respect of the 56. I also held up my scarfe and looked around and noticed CITY fans with their scarves around their necks looking at me stupid. Looking around the stadium there wasn't anyone with their scarf held aloft. I was very disappointed and upset with our fans and I can say this, the Swindon fans really showed our fans up. How many of you posters who come on here and have a go at everyone held your scarf aloft in respect of the 56??? Bradford City fans you should ALL be ashamed of yourselves. I know what you are all going to say, you stand in silence and remember the victims. Once again, a very big thank you to the Swindon fans for showing your respect. I, as a Bradford fan, I am very proud of the Swindon fans.
I don't think whether or not you hold your scarf 'aloft' has anything whatsoever to do with showing respect for the people who died in the fire!!

For very many people, the 'minute' is NOT a matter of 'team partisanship' at all!! On the contrary, it's a time for people to remember those who died and what happened on that dreadful day.

It is likely, none of those Swindon fans were AT 'VP' on 11-05-85. I WAS there (as were others in the crowd today) and I was quietly thinking about THAT DAY, NOT about raising my scarf!! Surely THAT is what the 'silence' is all about-putting aside for 60 secs. football matters?

Fair play, to those in the Swindon crowd who observed the silence, but for City fans who were at the Lincoln game of May '85 or who lost loved ones/had relatives or friends injured-they are the ONLY ones who know what is appropriate for them to be doing in a minute's silence for the fire victims.
[quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: Most times I come on here, I read about moans and groans and complaints. I have never come on and had a propper go until today. First of all, I would like to say 1million% respect to ALL the Swindon fans for observing the 1 min silence for the 56 with each and every one of them holding their scarves aloft in respect of the 56. I also held up my scarfe and looked around and noticed CITY fans with their scarves around their necks looking at me stupid. Looking around the stadium there wasn't anyone with their scarf held aloft. I was very disappointed and upset with our fans and I can say this, the Swindon fans really showed our fans up. How many of you posters who come on here and have a go at everyone held your scarf aloft in respect of the 56??? Bradford City fans you should ALL be ashamed of yourselves. I know what you are all going to say, you stand in silence and remember the victims. Once again, a very big thank you to the Swindon fans for showing your respect. I, as a Bradford fan, I am very proud of the Swindon fans.[/p][/quote]I don't think whether or not you hold your scarf 'aloft' has anything whatsoever to do with showing respect for the people who died in the fire!! For very many people, the 'minute' is NOT a matter of 'team partisanship' at all!! On the contrary, it's a time for people to remember those who died and what happened on that dreadful day. It is likely, none of those Swindon fans were AT 'VP' on 11-05-85. I WAS there (as were others in the crowd today) and I was quietly thinking about THAT DAY, NOT about raising my scarf!! Surely THAT is what the 'silence' is all about-putting aside for 60 secs. football matters? Fair play, to those in the Swindon crowd who observed the silence, but for City fans who were at the Lincoln game of May '85 or who lost loved ones/had relatives or friends injured-they are the ONLY ones who know what is appropriate for them to be doing in a minute's silence for the fire victims. Cityman23
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8:31pm Sat 5 May 12

ALEXIMO.56. says...

Cityman23 wrote:
ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
Most times I come on here, I read about moans and groans and complaints. I have never come on and had a propper go until today. First of all, I would like to say 1million% respect to ALL the Swindon fans for observing the 1 min silence for the 56 with each and every one of them holding their scarves aloft in respect of the 56. I also held up my scarfe and looked around and noticed CITY fans with their scarves around their necks looking at me stupid. Looking around the stadium there wasn't anyone with their scarf held aloft. I was very disappointed and upset with our fans and I can say this, the Swindon fans really showed our fans up. How many of you posters who come on here and have a go at everyone held your scarf aloft in respect of the 56??? Bradford City fans you should ALL be ashamed of yourselves. I know what you are all going to say, you stand in silence and remember the victims. Once again, a very big thank you to the Swindon fans for showing your respect. I, as a Bradford fan, I am very proud of the Swindon fans.
I don't think whether or not you hold your scarf 'aloft' has anything whatsoever to do with showing respect for the people who died in the fire!!

For very many people, the 'minute' is NOT a matter of 'team partisanship' at all!! On the contrary, it's a time for people to remember those who died and what happened on that dreadful day.

It is likely, none of those Swindon fans were AT 'VP' on 11-05-85. I WAS there (as were others in the crowd today) and I was quietly thinking about THAT DAY, NOT about raising my scarf!! Surely THAT is what the 'silence' is all about-putting aside for 60 secs. football matters?

Fair play, to those in the Swindon crowd who observed the silence, but for City fans who were at the Lincoln game of May '85 or who lost loved ones/had relatives or friends injured-they are the ONLY ones who know what is appropriate for them to be doing in a minute's silence for the fire victims.
I was also at the Lincoln game and friends of mine were badly burned. I did also mention that standing in silence and remembering the victims would be mentioned I was a bit upset when posting as it still seems like yesterday and not 27yrs ago.
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: Most times I come on here, I read about moans and groans and complaints. I have never come on and had a propper go until today. First of all, I would like to say 1million% respect to ALL the Swindon fans for observing the 1 min silence for the 56 with each and every one of them holding their scarves aloft in respect of the 56. I also held up my scarfe and looked around and noticed CITY fans with their scarves around their necks looking at me stupid. Looking around the stadium there wasn't anyone with their scarf held aloft. I was very disappointed and upset with our fans and I can say this, the Swindon fans really showed our fans up. How many of you posters who come on here and have a go at everyone held your scarf aloft in respect of the 56??? Bradford City fans you should ALL be ashamed of yourselves. I know what you are all going to say, you stand in silence and remember the victims. Once again, a very big thank you to the Swindon fans for showing your respect. I, as a Bradford fan, I am very proud of the Swindon fans.[/p][/quote]I don't think whether or not you hold your scarf 'aloft' has anything whatsoever to do with showing respect for the people who died in the fire!! For very many people, the 'minute' is NOT a matter of 'team partisanship' at all!! On the contrary, it's a time for people to remember those who died and what happened on that dreadful day. It is likely, none of those Swindon fans were AT 'VP' on 11-05-85. I WAS there (as were others in the crowd today) and I was quietly thinking about THAT DAY, NOT about raising my scarf!! Surely THAT is what the 'silence' is all about-putting aside for 60 secs. football matters? Fair play, to those in the Swindon crowd who observed the silence, but for City fans who were at the Lincoln game of May '85 or who lost loved ones/had relatives or friends injured-they are the ONLY ones who know what is appropriate for them to be doing in a minute's silence for the fire victims.[/p][/quote]I was also at the Lincoln game and friends of mine were badly burned. I did also mention that standing in silence and remembering the victims would be mentioned I was a bit upset when posting as it still seems like yesterday and not 27yrs ago. ALEXIMO.56.
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8:41pm Sat 5 May 12

ALEXIMO.56. says...

I would like to appologise to you all with my earlier post. I was upset at the time of posting.
I would like to appologise to you all with my earlier post. I was upset at the time of posting. ALEXIMO.56.
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8:46pm Sat 5 May 12

Cityman23 says...

My point would be that ANYbody can raise a scarf..and MANY do before/during/after football matches. 'Remembrance' is a 'personal matter' and though supporters stand silently 'collectively', it is as individuals that they 'remember' in their OWN ways. That's how it should be-I believe. Minute's silences are not 'beauty contests' to see who can give the best 'display!'

(And of course children have NO understanding of it whatsoever, but..do what they're told, so it's meaningless for them.)
My point would be that ANYbody can raise a scarf..and MANY do before/during/after football matches. 'Remembrance' is a 'personal matter' and though supporters stand silently 'collectively', it is as individuals that they 'remember' in their OWN ways. That's how it should be-I believe. Minute's silences are not 'beauty contests' to see who can give the best 'display!' (And of course children have NO understanding of it whatsoever, but..do what they're told, so it's meaningless for them.) Cityman23
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8:47pm Sat 5 May 12

shaun from richmond says...

ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
Most times I come on here, I read about moans and groans and complaints. I have never come on and had a propper go until today. First of all, I would like to say 1million% respect to ALL the Swindon fans for observing the 1 min silence for the 56 with each and every one of them holding their scarves aloft in respect of the 56. I also held up my scarfe and looked around and noticed CITY fans with their scarves around their necks looking at me stupid. Looking around the stadium there wasn't anyone with their scarf held aloft. I was very disappointed and upset with our fans and I can say this, the Swindon fans really showed our fans up. How many of you posters who come on here and have a go at everyone held your scarf aloft in respect of the 56??? Bradford City fans you should ALL be ashamed of yourselves. I know what you are all going to say, you stand in silence and remember the victims. Once again, a very big thank you to the Swindon fans for showing your respect. I, as a Bradford fan, I am very proud of the Swindon fans.
I didnt hold my scarf up!!....Frankly it took me till half time (as it always does, on this fixture) to know what is going on!!.
I lost my uncle that day (he took me to the match) and have a few injuries myself..........
I didnt realise you now get marks out of 10 for what a great patriot you are........
BUT hey this is 2012!!.
[quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: Most times I come on here, I read about moans and groans and complaints. I have never come on and had a propper go until today. First of all, I would like to say 1million% respect to ALL the Swindon fans for observing the 1 min silence for the 56 with each and every one of them holding their scarves aloft in respect of the 56. I also held up my scarfe and looked around and noticed CITY fans with their scarves around their necks looking at me stupid. Looking around the stadium there wasn't anyone with their scarf held aloft. I was very disappointed and upset with our fans and I can say this, the Swindon fans really showed our fans up. How many of you posters who come on here and have a go at everyone held your scarf aloft in respect of the 56??? Bradford City fans you should ALL be ashamed of yourselves. I know what you are all going to say, you stand in silence and remember the victims. Once again, a very big thank you to the Swindon fans for showing your respect. I, as a Bradford fan, I am very proud of the Swindon fans.[/p][/quote]I didnt hold my scarf up!!....Frankly it took me till half time (as it always does, on this fixture) to know what is going on!!. I lost my uncle that day (he took me to the match) and have a few injuries myself.......... I didnt realise you now get marks out of 10 for what a great patriot you are........ BUT hey this is 2012!!. shaun from richmond
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8:50pm Sat 5 May 12

Cityman23 says...

ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
I would like to appologise to you all with my earlier post. I was upset at the time of posting.
No offence taken.
[quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: I would like to appologise to you all with my earlier post. I was upset at the time of posting.[/p][/quote]No offence taken. Cityman23
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9:06pm Sat 5 May 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

I stared at the spot I was in that day, holding back my tears, forgive me if a scarf I didn't have in my possession wasn't held aloft. Stupid comment mate, not usually your style. I'm assuming what you did see was people who were there silently remembering as was I and the rest, too young to remember, maintaining a perfect silence. Let's not question this, we grieve silently in the main and always have done. Dignified and remembering.
I stared at the spot I was in that day, holding back my tears, forgive me if a scarf I didn't have in my possession wasn't held aloft. Stupid comment mate, not usually your style. I'm assuming what you did see was people who were there silently remembering as was I and the rest, too young to remember, maintaining a perfect silence. Let's not question this, we grieve silently in the main and always have done. Dignified and remembering. Prisoner Cell Block A
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9:11pm Sat 5 May 12

ALEXIMO.56. says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
I stared at the spot I was in that day, holding back my tears, forgive me if a scarf I didn't have in my possession wasn't held aloft. Stupid comment mate, not usually your style. I'm assuming what you did see was people who were there silently remembering as was I and the rest, too young to remember, maintaining a perfect silence. Let's not question this, we grieve silently in the main and always have done. Dignified and remembering.
Like I said I was upset as I posted and yes, It's not like me and not my style. I regret posting the comment now.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: I stared at the spot I was in that day, holding back my tears, forgive me if a scarf I didn't have in my possession wasn't held aloft. Stupid comment mate, not usually your style. I'm assuming what you did see was people who were there silently remembering as was I and the rest, too young to remember, maintaining a perfect silence. Let's not question this, we grieve silently in the main and always have done. Dignified and remembering.[/p][/quote]Like I said I was upset as I posted and yes, It's not like me and not my style. I regret posting the comment now. ALEXIMO.56.
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11:13pm Sat 5 May 12

bigang02 says...

we will never forget the people that died that day god rest in peace.i had to leave early at the match today but what i saw we shud hav been winning 2or 3 nil .we played really well 2day.and i would just like to say the minute silence was outstanding today
we will never forget the people that died that day god rest in peace.i had to leave early at the match today but what i saw we shud hav been winning 2or 3 nil .we played really well 2day.and i would just like to say the minute silence was outstanding today bigang02
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11:15pm Sat 5 May 12

tingleyb says...

Excellent performance from a committed team today - if only I could answer my 4 year old son when he asked why footballers need to rest in the summer !

As a 15 year old I was a VP with my dad on that fateful day in 1985 and will always remember those unfolding events clearly. I too remember in my own way both in the ground and wherever I am on 11 May at 3.42pm but would say the silence today was haunting and the STFC fans respectful. Lest we forget. CTID
Excellent performance from a committed team today - if only I could answer my 4 year old son when he asked why footballers need to rest in the summer ! As a 15 year old I was a VP with my dad on that fateful day in 1985 and will always remember those unfolding events clearly. I too remember in my own way both in the ground and wherever I am on 11 May at 3.42pm but would say the silence today was haunting and the STFC fans respectful. Lest we forget. CTID tingleyb
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1:00am Sun 6 May 12

Beeceefcee says...

Respect to stfc. You could here a pin drop. And also some idiots radio through their ear piece !
Respect to stfc. You could here a pin drop. And also some idiots radio through their ear piece ! Beeceefcee
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2:03am Sun 6 May 12

swinloz1968 says...

Thank you for all your positive remarks regarding the conduct of our fans. I would hope that every single football club's fans would have done the same. I also remember that day as a 17yr old watching that terrible situation unfold in front of the tv. it was horrible and I felt numb. Football learned a lot about football ground safety that day and as always it took a disaster that cost so many lives, to learn that lesson.
I was lucky enough to work near Bradford (Shipley) for a few months in 1995, and I loved the people and the area.

With regards to the game...I think you witnessed a visiting team still a bit hungover! no excuses though, we should have gone out and played like we did last week against p.vale.
All the best to Bradford City and all your fans. Lets see you up there in League one after next season.
Thank you for all your positive remarks regarding the conduct of our fans. I would hope that every single football club's fans would have done the same. I also remember that day as a 17yr old watching that terrible situation unfold in front of the tv. it was horrible and I felt numb. Football learned a lot about football ground safety that day and as always it took a disaster that cost so many lives, to learn that lesson. I was lucky enough to work near Bradford (Shipley) for a few months in 1995, and I loved the people and the area. With regards to the game...I think you witnessed a visiting team still a bit hungover! no excuses though, we should have gone out and played like we did last week against p.vale. All the best to Bradford City and all your fans. Lets see you up there in League one after next season. swinloz1968
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11:05am Sun 6 May 12

gary turner says...

what did anyone reckon to Benson? Is he the good striker that City missed out on. I realise he didnt score today , but what sort of a player did he look?
what did anyone reckon to Benson? Is he the good striker that City missed out on. I realise he didnt score today , but what sort of a player did he look? gary turner
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11:18am Sun 6 May 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Thank you swinloz, best of luck next season, paulo really is mad isn't he?

Alex, no worries, as I said, out of character but from the heart and a caring place.

At least we now have the euros and Olympics to fill our footy void. Soon be playing Frickley and Eccleshill.
Thank you swinloz, best of luck next season, paulo really is mad isn't he? Alex, no worries, as I said, out of character but from the heart and a caring place. At least we now have the euros and Olympics to fill our footy void. Soon be playing Frickley and Eccleshill. Prisoner Cell Block A
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11:33am Sun 6 May 12

dannbradfc says...

cullboy wrote:
Good game City were far better than Swindon deserve the 3 pts, and Atkinson had a good game
in what universe? He did little of note and basically plays a defensive first wide right role similar to what Fagan offered. its all about opnions but he offers nothing. Too slow for an attacking winger, delivery is virtually non-existent. I can only remember one decent cross apart from corners and many of those corners hit the first man. Although they were still slightly better than the 'floaty' efforts of Fagan.

He's diciplined in defence but if there is a player there then Parky is doing him a dis-service. Thus either the player can't offer any attacking options or he is playing under instruction. Why did Parky himself choose others e.g. Fagan and Smalley (both forwards) over him?

I am not impressed at all and he is a shadow of Compton imo.....I hope he improves but he as a lot to do.
[quote][p][bold]cullboy[/bold] wrote: Good game City were far better than Swindon deserve the 3 pts, and Atkinson had a good game[/p][/quote]in what universe? He did little of note and basically plays a defensive first wide right role similar to what Fagan offered. its all about opnions but he offers nothing. Too slow for an attacking winger, delivery is virtually non-existent. I can only remember one decent cross apart from corners and many of those corners hit the first man. Although they were still slightly better than the 'floaty' efforts of Fagan. He's diciplined in defence but if there is a player there then Parky is doing him a dis-service. Thus either the player can't offer any attacking options or he is playing under instruction. Why did Parky himself choose others e.g. Fagan and Smalley (both forwards) over him? I am not impressed at all and he is a shadow of Compton imo.....I hope he improves but he as a lot to do. dannbradfc
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11:49am Sun 6 May 12

dannbradfc says...

Overall it was a difficult game to judge considering the lack of motivation points wise. However taking the game as it was city were the better side.

A good defensive display by all 4. Yes even Kozluc particularly first half, defended well. However i previously suggested that the maximum times the full backs would over-lap would be three. I counted one in which Rambo made a decent cross. It leaves us very predictable and i feel that in a competitive game any decent side should be able to contain us.

Ravenhill battled hard and won a lot of ball but too often just boots it hopefully to no one.

Syers worked hard but not much went right. We definately offered more going forward from the central areas with him in the side and he needs games.

Reid was his inconsistent best. Sometimes great others baffling/frustrating
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Said my piece on Atkinson above.....

Both Hanson and Wells linked together well and on another day would/will score goals. They are an handful and their willingness to work off the ball helps us defensively.

We showed some glimpses of been able to play football on occasions but not enough for 90 minutes. But it does show we have in our locker to pass the ball. We need to let this loose more. Swindon appeared to be deep most of the game and content to attempt to stop us scoring. These were/are the top scorers yet only showed what they can do on occasion. Perhaps this was down to a committed battling and hard working performance. On this side of things we were good but i just wish we would allow the full backs to overlap and thus give the opposition full backs something different to think about and deal with.

In many ways it the sort of performance Parky seeks e,g, soild defensively and with slightly more attacking chances than in some weeks.

How much we can learn from this though is unsure......a lot of work ahead......
Overall it was a difficult game to judge considering the lack of motivation points wise. However taking the game as it was city were the better side. A good defensive display by all 4. Yes even Kozluc particularly first half, defended well. However i previously suggested that the maximum times the full backs would over-lap would be three. I counted one in which Rambo made a decent cross. It leaves us very predictable and i feel that in a competitive game any decent side should be able to contain us. Ravenhill battled hard and won a lot of ball but too often just boots it hopefully to no one. Syers worked hard but not much went right. We definately offered more going forward from the central areas with him in the side and he needs games. Reid was his inconsistent best. Sometimes great others baffling/frustrating . Said my piece on Atkinson above..... Both Hanson and Wells linked together well and on another day would/will score goals. They are an handful and their willingness to work off the ball helps us defensively. We showed some glimpses of been able to play football on occasions but not enough for 90 minutes. But it does show we have in our locker to pass the ball. We need to let this loose more. Swindon appeared to be deep most of the game and content to attempt to stop us scoring. These were/are the top scorers yet only showed what they can do on occasion. Perhaps this was down to a committed battling and hard working performance. On this side of things we were good but i just wish we would allow the full backs to overlap and thus give the opposition full backs something different to think about and deal with. In many ways it the sort of performance Parky seeks e,g, soild defensively and with slightly more attacking chances than in some weeks. How much we can learn from this though is unsure......a lot of work ahead...... dannbradfc
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12:23pm Sun 6 May 12

bigang02 says...

swinloz1968 wrote:
Thank you for all your positive remarks regarding the conduct of our fans. I would hope that every single football club's fans would have done the same. I also remember that day as a 17yr old watching that terrible situation unfold in front of the tv. it was horrible and I felt numb. Football learned a lot about football ground safety that day and as always it took a disaster that cost so many lives, to learn that lesson.
I was lucky enough to work near Bradford (Shipley) for a few months in 1995, and I loved the people and the area.

With regards to the game...I think you witnessed a visiting team still a bit hungover! no excuses though, we should have gone out and played like we did last week against p.vale.
All the best to Bradford City and all your fans. Lets see you up there in League one after next season.
thanks for that .and yes hope to see you in a couple seasons onwards and upwards now for city.ps it was great to see a legend in paulo di canio at our ground.hope you get to keep him
[quote][p][bold]swinloz1968[/bold] wrote: Thank you for all your positive remarks regarding the conduct of our fans. I would hope that every single football club's fans would have done the same. I also remember that day as a 17yr old watching that terrible situation unfold in front of the tv. it was horrible and I felt numb. Football learned a lot about football ground safety that day and as always it took a disaster that cost so many lives, to learn that lesson. I was lucky enough to work near Bradford (Shipley) for a few months in 1995, and I loved the people and the area. With regards to the game...I think you witnessed a visiting team still a bit hungover! no excuses though, we should have gone out and played like we did last week against p.vale. All the best to Bradford City and all your fans. Lets see you up there in League one after next season.[/p][/quote]thanks for that .and yes hope to see you in a couple seasons onwards and upwards now for city.ps it was great to see a legend in paulo di canio at our ground.hope you get to keep him bigang02
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2:11pm Sun 6 May 12

huggy b says...

I think yesterday was a good solid display against a strong team. If only we could finish the chances! We'd have been in the top half this season if we could! Anyway, good nucleus of a squad to build around for next season and I'm interested as to who PP can bring in to improve it and we can all judge his efforts his time next year rather than pick holes in everything he's done this year after inheriting that garbage squad in September. I genuinely believe this season has been an improvement. We've scored more (unbelievably!) than last season, created more chances, got stuck in to tackles/loose balls more often, conceded less, lost less games and generally looked more up for it than under Taylor/Jacko. Keep the faith! CTID
I think yesterday was a good solid display against a strong team. If only we could finish the chances! We'd have been in the top half this season if we could! Anyway, good nucleus of a squad to build around for next season and I'm interested as to who PP can bring in to improve it and we can all judge his efforts his time next year rather than pick holes in everything he's done this year after inheriting that garbage squad in September. I genuinely believe this season has been an improvement. We've scored more (unbelievably!) than last season, created more chances, got stuck in to tackles/loose balls more often, conceded less, lost less games and generally looked more up for it than under Taylor/Jacko. Keep the faith! CTID huggy b
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5:35pm Sun 6 May 12

abou says...

Well Done Avenue get in there
Well Done Avenue get in there abou
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6:09pm Sun 6 May 12

eebygum says...

I know I say this every year but good feeling about next season if PP brings in the right players. Couldn't go on Saturday but thought about the 56 in my own way. Most fans (home & away) show great respect when we have a minutes silence. CTID
I know I say this every year but good feeling about next season if PP brings in the right players. Couldn't go on Saturday but thought about the 56 in my own way. Most fans (home & away) show great respect when we have a minutes silence. CTID eebygum
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6:44pm Sun 6 May 12

lawsonio123 says...

THE SEASON IS OVER NOW LET THE MANAGER GET ON WITH IT AND JUDGE HIM AT CHRISTMAS TIME I FEEL HE MAY WELL SUPRISE YOU ALL NEXT SEASON I THINK HE IS A GOOD MANAGER GET BEHIND HIM AND GIVE HIM A CHANCE CITY WILL RISE AGAIN JUST WAIT AND SEE
THE SEASON IS OVER NOW LET THE MANAGER GET ON WITH IT AND JUDGE HIM AT CHRISTMAS TIME I FEEL HE MAY WELL SUPRISE YOU ALL NEXT SEASON I THINK HE IS A GOOD MANAGER GET BEHIND HIM AND GIVE HIM A CHANCE CITY WILL RISE AGAIN JUST WAIT AND SEE lawsonio123
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8:22pm Sun 6 May 12

eebygum says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
THE SEASON IS OVER NOW LET THE MANAGER GET ON WITH IT AND JUDGE HIM AT CHRISTMAS TIME I FEEL HE MAY WELL SUPRISE YOU ALL NEXT SEASON I THINK HE IS A GOOD MANAGER GET BEHIND HIM AND GIVE HIM A CHANCE CITY WILL RISE AGAIN JUST WAIT AND SEE
Well said, lawsonio123 Di Canio was right when the fans show support like the Swindon fans did it gives the team a lift. In general City fans are very good just need to show a little bit more patience. Swindon didn't get the best start but when it counted they raised their game.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: THE SEASON IS OVER NOW LET THE MANAGER GET ON WITH IT AND JUDGE HIM AT CHRISTMAS TIME I FEEL HE MAY WELL SUPRISE YOU ALL NEXT SEASON I THINK HE IS A GOOD MANAGER GET BEHIND HIM AND GIVE HIM A CHANCE CITY WILL RISE AGAIN JUST WAIT AND SEE[/p][/quote]Well said, lawsonio123 Di Canio was right when the fans show support like the Swindon fans did it gives the team a lift. In general City fans are very good just need to show a little bit more patience. Swindon didn't get the best start but when it counted they raised their game. eebygum
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10:39am Mon 7 May 12

Waynus1971 says...

huggy b wrote:
I think yesterday was a good solid display against a strong team. If only we could finish the chances! We'd have been in the top half this season if we could! Anyway, good nucleus of a squad to build around for next season and I'm interested as to who PP can bring in to improve it and we can all judge his efforts his time next year rather than pick holes in everything he's done this year after inheriting that garbage squad in September. I genuinely believe this season has been an improvement. We've scored more (unbelievably!) than last season, created more chances, got stuck in to tackles/loose balls more often, conceded less, lost less games and generally looked more up for it than under Taylor/Jacko. Keep the faith! CTID
Hang on 'Huggy', which is it to be? You start your post by praising the team, then you attack the sqiad inherited in September. You clearly read and listen to Lawn too much. Admittedly, Parkinson has made us harder to break down, but a 'garbage squad'???
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So, are you including, McLaughlin, Ramsden, Oliver, Syers, Hanson and Wells in this 'garbage squad'? Branston is not an Andrew Davies, but he is adequate at the level. Compton was/is better than Haworth and Taylor (both brough in to replace him). Did Dagnall do anything different to Ross Hannah (neither got a run of games for whatever reason)? Was Atkinson and/or Fagan any better than Mark Stewart? Did Adam Reed pull up more trees than Mitchell? Has either keeper signed by PP done better than what we already had in our 'garbage squad'?
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PP has brought 2 right-backs to the squad, but his favoured player is still Ramsden (garbage, eh). The players have both ended up playing at left-back instead, meaning he currently has 3 options there (Fry, Seip and Kozluk). Are they any better than O'B and Threlfall? Perhaps Seip is, but he isn't even a natural left-back anyway.
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Ravenhill has to be one of PP's better signings, but again, is he head and shoulders above Bully in that role? Andrew Davies is a class act and PP pulled off a masterstroke to bring him to the club. The problem is, he isn't under contract, whereas Branston (another in the 'garbage squad' is).
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Sometimes I wonder if our fans have a brain or just share one with our loud-mouthed Chairman....!
[quote][p][bold]huggy b[/bold] wrote: I think yesterday was a good solid display against a strong team. If only we could finish the chances! We'd have been in the top half this season if we could! Anyway, good nucleus of a squad to build around for next season and I'm interested as to who PP can bring in to improve it and we can all judge his efforts his time next year rather than pick holes in everything he's done this year after inheriting that garbage squad in September. I genuinely believe this season has been an improvement. We've scored more (unbelievably!) than last season, created more chances, got stuck in to tackles/loose balls more often, conceded less, lost less games and generally looked more up for it than under Taylor/Jacko. Keep the faith! CTID[/p][/quote]Hang on 'Huggy', which is it to be? You start your post by praising the team, then you attack the sqiad inherited in September. You clearly read and listen to Lawn too much. Admittedly, Parkinson has made us harder to break down, but a 'garbage squad'??? . So, are you including, McLaughlin, Ramsden, Oliver, Syers, Hanson and Wells in this 'garbage squad'? Branston is not an Andrew Davies, but he is adequate at the level. Compton was/is better than Haworth and Taylor (both brough in to replace him). Did Dagnall do anything different to Ross Hannah (neither got a run of games for whatever reason)? Was Atkinson and/or Fagan any better than Mark Stewart? Did Adam Reed pull up more trees than Mitchell? Has either keeper signed by PP done better than what we already had in our 'garbage squad'? . PP has brought 2 right-backs to the squad, but his favoured player is still Ramsden (garbage, eh). The players have both ended up playing at left-back instead, meaning he currently has 3 options there (Fry, Seip and Kozluk). Are they any better than O'B and Threlfall? Perhaps Seip is, but he isn't even a natural left-back anyway. . Ravenhill has to be one of PP's better signings, but again, is he head and shoulders above Bully in that role? Andrew Davies is a class act and PP pulled off a masterstroke to bring him to the club. The problem is, he isn't under contract, whereas Branston (another in the 'garbage squad' is). . Sometimes I wonder if our fans have a brain or just share one with our loud-mouthed Chairman....! Waynus1971
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11:03am Mon 7 May 12

Waynus1971 says...

ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
Most times I come on here, I read about moans and groans and complaints. I have never come on and had a propper go until today. First of all, I would like to say 1million% respect to ALL the Swindon fans for observing the 1 min silence for the 56 with each and every one of them holding their scarves aloft in respect of the 56. I also held up my scarfe and looked around and noticed CITY fans with their scarves around their necks looking at me stupid. Looking around the stadium there wasn't anyone with their scarf held aloft. I was very disappointed and upset with our fans and I can say this, the Swindon fans really showed our fans up. How many of you posters who come on here and have a go at everyone held your scarf aloft in respect of the 56??? Bradford City fans you should ALL be ashamed of yourselves. I know what you are all going to say, you stand in silence and remember the victims. Once again, a very big thank you to the Swindon fans for showing your respect. I, as a Bradford fan, I am very proud of the Swindon fans.
I know you have since apologised for your remarks about City fans not holding up scarves, but I jst wanted to add a little background to why Swindon held up theirs.
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After the game on Saturday, a few of us got chatting to some Swindon fans. They explained that their fans held up their scarves in respect for their manager's losses.
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Earlier this season, Paulo lost a parent (mum, I think) and as a mark of respect, the club held a minute's silence. Their fans observed this impeccably, with heads bowed and hands tightly held in front of them. However, Paulo held his scarf above his head during that minute whilst looking up into the sky.
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He recently lost his other parent and when the club held another minute silence, the fans copied Di Canio in holding aloft their scarves. I believe this is why they did it again as a mark of respect on Saturday.
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If you feel strongly about fans holding up scarves during our 1 minute silence, why don't you start campaigning now for next year. I'm not sure you will get many up for it though as most prefer to bow heads and think of their friends, families and lost ones during that minute.
[quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: Most times I come on here, I read about moans and groans and complaints. I have never come on and had a propper go until today. First of all, I would like to say 1million% respect to ALL the Swindon fans for observing the 1 min silence for the 56 with each and every one of them holding their scarves aloft in respect of the 56. I also held up my scarfe and looked around and noticed CITY fans with their scarves around their necks looking at me stupid. Looking around the stadium there wasn't anyone with their scarf held aloft. I was very disappointed and upset with our fans and I can say this, the Swindon fans really showed our fans up. How many of you posters who come on here and have a go at everyone held your scarf aloft in respect of the 56??? Bradford City fans you should ALL be ashamed of yourselves. I know what you are all going to say, you stand in silence and remember the victims. Once again, a very big thank you to the Swindon fans for showing your respect. I, as a Bradford fan, I am very proud of the Swindon fans.[/p][/quote]I know you have since apologised for your remarks about City fans not holding up scarves, but I jst wanted to add a little background to why Swindon held up theirs. . After the game on Saturday, a few of us got chatting to some Swindon fans. They explained that their fans held up their scarves in respect for their manager's losses. . Earlier this season, Paulo lost a parent (mum, I think) and as a mark of respect, the club held a minute's silence. Their fans observed this impeccably, with heads bowed and hands tightly held in front of them. However, Paulo held his scarf above his head during that minute whilst looking up into the sky. . He recently lost his other parent and when the club held another minute silence, the fans copied Di Canio in holding aloft their scarves. I believe this is why they did it again as a mark of respect on Saturday. . If you feel strongly about fans holding up scarves during our 1 minute silence, why don't you start campaigning now for next year. I'm not sure you will get many up for it though as most prefer to bow heads and think of their friends, families and lost ones during that minute. Waynus1971
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11:32am Mon 7 May 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Nice but of investigative journalism waynus. Makes perfect sense as I remember the scenes of him doing just that, wouldn't have linked it to our pre-match memorial.
Nice but of investigative journalism waynus. Makes perfect sense as I remember the scenes of him doing just that, wouldn't have linked it to our pre-match memorial. Prisoner Cell Block A
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11:47am Mon 7 May 12

Waynus1971 says...

Maybe I had eaten too much pie and chips in the Hendrie Suite or the 2 pints had gone to my head, but I thought we played really well, especially during first 60mins. I don't agree Atkinson was poor again and I thought he looked lively in the 2nd half. In fact, I thought he had more of an impact than Reid, who didn't really perform (trying too hard perhaps).
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I also thought the back four looked solid and Kozluk had his best game in a City shirt. I actually remembered him crossing the half-way line more than ever before (did I see a different game to Dann?)
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Ravenhill and Syers looked solid but both made regular sloppy mistakes when passing, particularly Syers in the first half. He looked nervous and rusty. Was he trying too hard in his last game perhaps?
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As for the 2 strikers, I thought they looked really good together and are linking up more and more as each game passes. Shame, for them, that the season ends as they will have to learn that understanding all over again come July. With the young lad coming off the bench, does this mean Dagnall won't be offered a deal for next season? Surely he isn't still injured?
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The next month will be crucial to our aims for next season. Season ticket sales are still slow and this is bound to have an affect on next season's budget and thus, squad. Don't be expecting too much in terms of quality players. We simply can't afford them, as things stand.
Maybe I had eaten too much pie and chips in the Hendrie Suite or the 2 pints had gone to my head, but I thought we played really well, especially during first 60mins. I don't agree Atkinson was poor again and I thought he looked lively in the 2nd half. In fact, I thought he had more of an impact than Reid, who didn't really perform (trying too hard perhaps). . I also thought the back four looked solid and Kozluk had his best game in a City shirt. I actually remembered him crossing the half-way line more than ever before (did I see a different game to Dann?) . Ravenhill and Syers looked solid but both made regular sloppy mistakes when passing, particularly Syers in the first half. He looked nervous and rusty. Was he trying too hard in his last game perhaps? . As for the 2 strikers, I thought they looked really good together and are linking up more and more as each game passes. Shame, for them, that the season ends as they will have to learn that understanding all over again come July. With the young lad coming off the bench, does this mean Dagnall won't be offered a deal for next season? Surely he isn't still injured? . The next month will be crucial to our aims for next season. Season ticket sales are still slow and this is bound to have an affect on next season's budget and thus, squad. Don't be expecting too much in terms of quality players. We simply can't afford them, as things stand. Waynus1971
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5:39pm Mon 7 May 12

Pablo says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
huggy b wrote:
I think yesterday was a good solid display against a strong team. If only we could finish the chances! We'd have been in the top half this season if we could! Anyway, good nucleus of a squad to build around for next season and I'm interested as to who PP can bring in to improve it and we can all judge his efforts his time next year rather than pick holes in everything he's done this year after inheriting that garbage squad in September. I genuinely believe this season has been an improvement. We've scored more (unbelievably!) than last season, created more chances, got stuck in to tackles/loose balls more often, conceded less, lost less games and generally looked more up for it than under Taylor/Jacko. Keep the faith! CTID
Hang on 'Huggy', which is it to be? You start your post by praising the team, then you attack the sqiad inherited in September. You clearly read and listen to Lawn too much. Admittedly, Parkinson has made us harder to break down, but a 'garbage squad'???
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So, are you including, McLaughlin, Ramsden, Oliver, Syers, Hanson and Wells in this 'garbage squad'? Branston is not an Andrew Davies, but he is adequate at the level. Compton was/is better than Haworth and Taylor (both brough in to replace him). Did Dagnall do anything different to Ross Hannah (neither got a run of games for whatever reason)? Was Atkinson and/or Fagan any better than Mark Stewart? Did Adam Reed pull up more trees than Mitchell? Has either keeper signed by PP done better than what we already had in our 'garbage squad'?
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PP has brought 2 right-backs to the squad, but his favoured player is still Ramsden (garbage, eh). The players have both ended up playing at left-back instead, meaning he currently has 3 options there (Fry, Seip and Kozluk). Are they any better than O'B and Threlfall? Perhaps Seip is, but he isn't even a natural left-back anyway.
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Ravenhill has to be one of PP's better signings, but again, is he head and shoulders above Bully in that role? Andrew Davies is a class act and PP pulled off a masterstroke to bring him to the club. The problem is, he isn't under contract, whereas Branston (another in the 'garbage squad' is).
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Sometimes I wonder if our fans have a brain or just share one with our loud-mouthed Chairman....!
An excellent post, Waynus. I know you're preaching to the converted, in terms of me, but I believe anybody who actually thinks Parky inherited a garbage squad would have difficulty arguing with the points you raised.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]huggy b[/bold] wrote: I think yesterday was a good solid display against a strong team. If only we could finish the chances! We'd have been in the top half this season if we could! Anyway, good nucleus of a squad to build around for next season and I'm interested as to who PP can bring in to improve it and we can all judge his efforts his time next year rather than pick holes in everything he's done this year after inheriting that garbage squad in September. I genuinely believe this season has been an improvement. We've scored more (unbelievably!) than last season, created more chances, got stuck in to tackles/loose balls more often, conceded less, lost less games and generally looked more up for it than under Taylor/Jacko. Keep the faith! CTID[/p][/quote]Hang on 'Huggy', which is it to be? You start your post by praising the team, then you attack the sqiad inherited in September. You clearly read and listen to Lawn too much. Admittedly, Parkinson has made us harder to break down, but a 'garbage squad'??? . So, are you including, McLaughlin, Ramsden, Oliver, Syers, Hanson and Wells in this 'garbage squad'? Branston is not an Andrew Davies, but he is adequate at the level. Compton was/is better than Haworth and Taylor (both brough in to replace him). Did Dagnall do anything different to Ross Hannah (neither got a run of games for whatever reason)? Was Atkinson and/or Fagan any better than Mark Stewart? Did Adam Reed pull up more trees than Mitchell? Has either keeper signed by PP done better than what we already had in our 'garbage squad'? . PP has brought 2 right-backs to the squad, but his favoured player is still Ramsden (garbage, eh). The players have both ended up playing at left-back instead, meaning he currently has 3 options there (Fry, Seip and Kozluk). Are they any better than O'B and Threlfall? Perhaps Seip is, but he isn't even a natural left-back anyway. . Ravenhill has to be one of PP's better signings, but again, is he head and shoulders above Bully in that role? Andrew Davies is a class act and PP pulled off a masterstroke to bring him to the club. The problem is, he isn't under contract, whereas Branston (another in the 'garbage squad' is). . Sometimes I wonder if our fans have a brain or just share one with our loud-mouthed Chairman....![/p][/quote]An excellent post, Waynus. I know you're preaching to the converted, in terms of me, but I believe anybody who actually thinks Parky inherited a garbage squad would have difficulty arguing with the points you raised. Pablo
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12:53am Tue 8 May 12

Waynus1971 says...

Pablo wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
huggy b wrote:
I think yesterday was a good solid display against a strong team. If only we could finish the chances! We'd have been in the top half this season if we could! Anyway, good nucleus of a squad to build around for next season and I'm interested as to who PP can bring in to improve it and we can all judge his efforts his time next year rather than pick holes in everything he's done this year after inheriting that garbage squad in September. I genuinely believe this season has been an improvement. We've scored more (unbelievably!) than last season, created more chances, got stuck in to tackles/loose balls more often, conceded less, lost less games and generally looked more up for it than under Taylor/Jacko. Keep the faith! CTID
Hang on 'Huggy', which is it to be? You start your post by praising the team, then you attack the sqiad inherited in September. You clearly read and listen to Lawn too much. Admittedly, Parkinson has made us harder to break down, but a 'garbage squad'???
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So, are you including, McLaughlin, Ramsden, Oliver, Syers, Hanson and Wells in this 'garbage squad'? Branston is not an Andrew Davies, but he is adequate at the level. Compton was/is better than Haworth and Taylor (both brough in to replace him). Did Dagnall do anything different to Ross Hannah (neither got a run of games for whatever reason)? Was Atkinson and/or Fagan any better than Mark Stewart? Did Adam Reed pull up more trees than Mitchell? Has either keeper signed by PP done better than what we already had in our 'garbage squad'?
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PP has brought 2 right-backs to the squad, but his favoured player is still Ramsden (garbage, eh). The players have both ended up playing at left-back instead, meaning he currently has 3 options there (Fry, Seip and Kozluk). Are they any better than O'B and Threlfall? Perhaps Seip is, but he isn't even a natural left-back anyway.
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Ravenhill has to be one of PP's better signings, but again, is he head and shoulders above Bully in that role? Andrew Davies is a class act and PP pulled off a masterstroke to bring him to the club. The problem is, he isn't under contract, whereas Branston (another in the 'garbage squad' is).
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Sometimes I wonder if our fans have a brain or just share one with our loud-mouthed Chairman....!
An excellent post, Waynus. I know you're preaching to the converted, in terms of me, but I believe anybody who actually thinks Parky inherited a garbage squad would have difficulty arguing with the points you raised.
Some still will though Pablo. In fact, I expected to read several posts knocking my views when I logged on tonight.
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I take it they have all been out drinking today, especially Huggy who hasn't even responded.
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I renewed my Season Tickets today, for my daughter and I. When at the ticket office, I asked how many had been sold to date. Worryingly, including the two I had just purchased, the actual sales amounted to 2,017...!!!! If we can't shift a few more in the coming fortnight, I can see a massive struggle for us next season, both on and off the pitch.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]huggy b[/bold] wrote: I think yesterday was a good solid display against a strong team. If only we could finish the chances! We'd have been in the top half this season if we could! Anyway, good nucleus of a squad to build around for next season and I'm interested as to who PP can bring in to improve it and we can all judge his efforts his time next year rather than pick holes in everything he's done this year after inheriting that garbage squad in September. I genuinely believe this season has been an improvement. We've scored more (unbelievably!) than last season, created more chances, got stuck in to tackles/loose balls more often, conceded less, lost less games and generally looked more up for it than under Taylor/Jacko. Keep the faith! CTID[/p][/quote]Hang on 'Huggy', which is it to be? You start your post by praising the team, then you attack the sqiad inherited in September. You clearly read and listen to Lawn too much. Admittedly, Parkinson has made us harder to break down, but a 'garbage squad'??? . So, are you including, McLaughlin, Ramsden, Oliver, Syers, Hanson and Wells in this 'garbage squad'? Branston is not an Andrew Davies, but he is adequate at the level. Compton was/is better than Haworth and Taylor (both brough in to replace him). Did Dagnall do anything different to Ross Hannah (neither got a run of games for whatever reason)? Was Atkinson and/or Fagan any better than Mark Stewart? Did Adam Reed pull up more trees than Mitchell? Has either keeper signed by PP done better than what we already had in our 'garbage squad'? . PP has brought 2 right-backs to the squad, but his favoured player is still Ramsden (garbage, eh). The players have both ended up playing at left-back instead, meaning he currently has 3 options there (Fry, Seip and Kozluk). Are they any better than O'B and Threlfall? Perhaps Seip is, but he isn't even a natural left-back anyway. . Ravenhill has to be one of PP's better signings, but again, is he head and shoulders above Bully in that role? Andrew Davies is a class act and PP pulled off a masterstroke to bring him to the club. The problem is, he isn't under contract, whereas Branston (another in the 'garbage squad' is). . Sometimes I wonder if our fans have a brain or just share one with our loud-mouthed Chairman....![/p][/quote]An excellent post, Waynus. I know you're preaching to the converted, in terms of me, but I believe anybody who actually thinks Parky inherited a garbage squad would have difficulty arguing with the points you raised.[/p][/quote]Some still will though Pablo. In fact, I expected to read several posts knocking my views when I logged on tonight. . I take it they have all been out drinking today, especially Huggy who hasn't even responded. . I renewed my Season Tickets today, for my daughter and I. When at the ticket office, I asked how many had been sold to date. Worryingly, including the two I had just purchased, the actual sales amounted to 2,017...!!!! If we can't shift a few more in the coming fortnight, I can see a massive struggle for us next season, both on and off the pitch. Waynus1971
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