The Championship & Some Questions
By Bristol Boy
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Championship Bristol City. Gary Johnsons Bristol City, in The Championship. I can just hear it on Sky Sports!
Then you sit back and think about it for a few minutes and assess the finances & quality of what you’ll face. Some of The stadia are something else as well when you consider we'll go to three of Pride Park, St Mary’s,The Hawthorns & Molineux.
The Play Off games I’ve seen have been awesome and whilst that’s the crème de la crème of the teams, bar the already promoted Brum & Sunderland, you start to get a feel for where we’re going, moreover what we’re up against.
A sense of excitement, trepidation, expectation, anticipation...all of them?
Are you bursting with anticipation or dreading the first game which, it appears will be away? Actually, as long as it’s not Scunthorpe or Colchester, I think that’ll suit us.
Colchester were promoted with six less points than us and have done well. Southend went up as Champions and have been relegated at the first time of asking. Neither team went bananas in the transfer market, neither could they afford to.
City are far bigger than both and will have more money to play with. On the other hand, Watford, Charlton & Sheff Utd will have £10mps more before they sell a season ticket and Charlton, on the back of a fantastic offer have sold 17,000.At £500 a throw that’s another £8.5m!
I think we’ll sell about 10,500 at an average of £300 £3,150,000 (Minus the VAT ABOUT £2.7M) if the East End isn’t redeveloped and if a season ticket is available for the East End, that may well increase but, being realistic, we won’t have anything like the funds they will.
On the other hand, we’ll have momentum from a promotion season, great team spirit and a solid defence to base a survival/consolidation/promotion* (delete as applicable), season on. We’re also an unknown quantity, at least until Christmas.
On attendances, depending on who wins the play offs in League One, we’ll be about the fifth lowest attendance if we average the same as last season. 15,000 would take us eight from bottom!!
For once, it will be nice not to be the big fish in a little pond.
Just to drive home the point, our first three away League Games could be at The Valley, Bramhall Lane & Hillsborough as opposed to Valley Parade, The Memorial & Whaddon Rd. Crowds will be over 25,000 possibly over 30,000, no doubt boosted by a few thousand Ciderheads.
If we don’t start well (say two wins in our first ten games and we’re bottom of the table), what will happen to attendances at AG and what kind of pressure will GJ be under??
When is the right time to develop the East End? I don’t think it’s in this close season but I’m struggling to think of a “right" or even “best” time because it will mean loss of revenue at some point whatever we do, unless we build a new stadium and a “Lansdown Arena” which would cost about £42m, based on what MK Dons have done.
What is a reasonable expectation? I reckon one thing it depends on is what we spend
What if the unthinkable happens and we make the play offs and get up? What if we go up automatically? Is it unthinkable?
Nightmare scenario: What if we come back down?
Over to you...How far away is Aug 11th ??
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