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August 2, 2010

Admiral Lansdown on his Guernsey fortress safe from the customs men securing the talents of James in goal is the dish of the week, snubbing a few bigger clubs in the process.

So how many “pieces of eight” have been splashed out on the top English keeper fresh from the world cup?

How much? Most fans want the best players and a wealthy chairman and they’ve got both here.

Dishing out millions (whatever) on the country’s best keeper is only of interest when it gets put in the same pot as the council handing over millions of pounds worth of land to the club the week before, however much that land handover is dressed up as community benefit.

And this is the same club that is complaining its short of a few million because it couldn’t bulldoze through planning a monster hypermarket that only a couple of people wanted.

The odd million here or there….

Captain Lansdown and Long John Sexton sadly had to whip up such hysteria against the council and the democratic planning decision; bet they didn’t expect a broadside from Janke though!

Yo ho ho!

  1. thebristolblogger permalink
    August 7, 2010 8:58 pm

    James was reputed to earn £2.5m a year at Portsmouth (£50k a week is not an unlikely figure for an international footballer).

    But surely a Championship club scratching around for £10m towards building a stadium wouldn’t pay that for a 40 year old footballer?

  2. August 8, 2010 7:56 pm

    Talk is of around £20k /week – at least £1m/year plus a golden ‘hello’ probably the same amount in Guernsey €.
    That’s a fair chunk of monster hypermarket.

  3. Richard Lane permalink
    August 19, 2010 8:35 pm

    The gate was 3,000 up because of James, this probably equates to about an extra £60,000. If continued this would add up to £1.38m not including cup games, for a yearly outlay of £1.25m.
    His earnings are pure speculation but this is known as speculating to accumilate, it could be successful or a failure.
    At least the tax on both sets of figures will go to some of the unemployed of south Bristol, those that have little prospect of work at the moment.

  4. Richard Lane permalink
    August 20, 2010 10:19 pm

    You are quite correct they won’t be paying that.
    If you knew anything about this subject, (you obviously don’t) you would know he is no longer an international footballer and as such would not command such an exhorbitant figure.
    Some people don’t take into account that Ashton Gate has been paid for and developed as it is by the fans and their forefathers. This is the only way the fans and the heritage of the clubs fans have to put something into the new stadium. To say that this ground is virtually worthless and should be topped up by someone, that is already investing tens of millions into the new facilty for Bristol. It is a downright slur on all those people that have made that ground what it is today with their attendance over a hundred year period.

  5. August 23, 2010 6:51 am

    Someones done their sums but 13,585 last sat for a home game this early in the season? With quid-a-kid? Cant’t just rely on away support to pack the stadium and pay the bills.

  6. Richard Lane permalink
    August 23, 2010 8:30 pm

    That’s why it was quid a kid, the same fixture last year was 500 fewer.
    This match was about 3k home and 1.5k away supporters down than the first match so it’s very much a case of a gamble, we’ll have to see over a season whether it was a success or failure.

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