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panther

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Last night on the coach we stopped at the services in Tamworth, beore we got off the coach we were told not to approach the players as TODD did'nt like it.( IT WAS LIKE GOING TO THE ZOO )
just wondered !!
 
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He probably didnt want the more disliked players from taking any stick. I think Todd knows exactly which players the fans don't rate, Windass has a good bond with Todd and before he turned down his move to Wigan he mentioned that he read some of the city message boards to find out what the fans thought.

Whilst Todd perhaps mistrusts the fans i wouldnt say he doesnt like us...he's took a lot of stick and perhaps knew that it would only take a couple of drunken idiots to ruin any chance of repairing the player/management/fan relationship. We would be back to square one if someone ran up to Petta or Todd and started giving them abuse...i'm not saying that it would definitely happen but it is feasible and within the realms of possibility.

Which incidentally is the reason why i think players shouldnt read football messageboards. Half of what people say on them is rubbish that they wouldnt say in real life, they just dare to say it because they have a place to hide.

I'm all for fans meeting players in person, but hearing that Petta ran in and out of the service station last night perhaps reveals a certain fear that some players have of the fans?

When the pitch invasion happens on the final day of the season the only player not to run back into the dressing room until the crowd have been pushed back is usually Wetherall who will stay and walk around in the middle of the crowd for a bit.

Granted everyone in the pitch invasion against Bournemouth was under the age of 16.......but i think you're always going to get it at the final home game, so the option is to either strongly deter it with repeated warnings and a heavy police presence....in which case all the little chavs run on the pitch anyway. OR you accept that its going to happen so the 'ordinary' folks in the stand don't feel like they are doing something very wrong by stepping onto the pitch in the final game. If you took the second option then whilst the pitch invasion would be larger, IMO it would be less threatening and consist of genuine fans rather than sprogs looking to cause trouble....which might encourage other players to stay behind a little longer.
 

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Dbantx said:
I'm all for fans meeting players in person, but hearing that Petta ran in and out of the service station last night perhaps reveals a certain fear that some players have of the fans?
What somebody saw Petta RUN? This must be untrue as I do not think he knows what run is.
 

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I was on the coach. We were told not to bother the players if they were busy eating, etc, but people like Bower and Lewis were stood in the middle of the station talking to fans.

Petta hardly ran, but he was straight in and straight out, I wouldn't have expected him to stay for a chat anyway, would you? A few of the young lads and Holloway were also walking around, although not really talking with the fans.

It was a reasonable request from Todd to the steward on the bus, if you'd just played a hard 90 minutes and travelled all day, and you were about to face people who were prone to slag you off, you'd want some assurance that your players wouldn't get that undeserved abuse.

In all honesty, the opinionated gimps that were most likely to say anything are coincidently the ones with the least balls when it comes to speaking their minds face to face.
 

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What somebody saw Petta RUN? This must be untrue as I do not think he knows what run is.
Yeah apparently he was heading to the empty toilets on the left but slowly cut in on his right and by the time he got to the toilets on the right all the traps were full and he shat himself!!! ;)
 

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Petta hardly ran, but he was straight in and straight out.

As are we all are we not.No eye contact and a quick wash of the hands..Horrible grubby places where al the George Michael types hang out...Pardon the pun...... Bit dodgy if he had stayed in for a while with some "special" fans...
 
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Dbantx said:
Which incidentally is the reason why i think players shouldnt read football messageboards. Half of what people say on them is rubbish that they wouldnt say in real life, they just dare to say it because they have a place to hide.
Absolutely spot on Dbantx. Message boards are for 'ordinary fans', spouting off. Most, as you can tell by the drivel posted (No offence all!!:D ) on here,
Opinions are just that and evrybody has their own.
 
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If it was me i would have got all those fans around me and started the "we love u city" chant and super colin colin colin etcetc just to show we are behind them!!! they may have loosened up a bit!!
 
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'If it was me i would have got all those fans around me and started the "we love u city" chant and super colin colin colin etcetc just to show we are behind them!!! they may have loosened up a bit!!'


Then again they may not want fans clamoring round them. Whenever i see Joe Brown in sixth form i'll say hello and he'll say hello back but beyond that he just hangs around with the youth team. People at our sixth form accuse him of being arrogant and up himself but IMO their wrong....he sits there confidently with the city youth team but he never seems to expect people gathering round him and seems shy in publicity.

IMO most of the team could be like him, they are happy to say hello but they only want to socialise with their mates. Which i think would be my reaction in their situation.
 
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Then again they may not want fans clamoring round them. Whenever i see Joe Brown in sixth form i'll say hello and he'll say hello back but beyond that he just hangs around with the youth team. People at our sixth form accuse him of being arrogant and up himself but IMO their wrong....he sits there confidently with the city youth team but he never seems to expect people gathering round him and seems shy in publicity.

IMO most of the team could be like him, they are happy to say hello but they only want to socialise with their mates. Which i think would be my reaction in their situation.
Joe Brown and the younger players can be excluded in this statement but i think that players should be ambassadors for the club and have a duty to portray the club in a positive light (even if the club sometimes doesn't help itself). Meeting and greeting the public is a massive part of this because without us the 'average' football player wouldn't be able to "be shy in publicity".

To say that they don't want people clamouring round them just incase they say something to hurt their feelings is an absolute joke. These people get well paid to do the best job in the world and such criticisms are far outweighed by the plus points.
 

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Chelskis Team Coach would no doubt have armed bodyguards - City's has to make do with JP and some steward on the supporters bus lol !
 
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