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Sexton blames TVG

May 21, 2012

Quite funny from the outgoing chairman to kind of blame all the woes of the club on local residents. Usually bad seasons are the result of crap choices of players and managers and I don’t recall any TVG supporters or Long Ashton residents letting in soft goals or fluffing the easy tap ins.
He’s right that good investment in the current stadium would work wonders. A new stadium is not a shoe-in for success and plenty of clubs have nearly gone under with over ambitious mortgages. Steady redevelopment of the historic home of the club will re-energise in a sustainable way rather than bad choice of protracted greedy gamble to swallow up the greenbelt.

Sexton fails to recognise that his gamble to circumvent the adopted Bristol local plan with the Monster Hypermarket and destruction of green belt and the subsequent legal battles have been the result of bad choices of his own directors making.

Blaming it all on local residents is a poor excuse for his failures. He’d gain a bit more respect for bowing out gracefully.

“It has been such a wasted opportunity. The small minority who have stood in the way of progress should look at those youngsters who leave school in south Bristol without jobs or apprenticeships and hang their heads in shame.

Wrong Mr Sexton, it’s not a minority, it never was progress there will be more jobs created by investment in existing facilities and acres of empty business units surrounding Ashton Gate.

And wrong again. The brave local residents defending their community, shopping streets and way of life are not the ones skulking off with a bitter drooping head. That’s always been the difference as this is where we live, shop and our kids go to school. It’s not all about kicking a lump of leather around a stripy pitch.

  1. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    May 21, 2012 12:05 pm

    What is most amazing is that this is the front page lead for the local paper. Sports stories should stay on the back page, and fairytales about the Rovers overtaking the City should go in the dustbin. I really wonder the point of this story anyway. Is it a last swipe at the protesters who have so far defied all odds and proved having money does not always guarantee having your way; is it about accepting a new solution about a stadium is required, a “softener” for announcing the redevelopment of Ashton Gate, ( there is no site within the city, as has been well argued ) , or has he been encouraged to say something to keep the story alive? Which ever, it’s the “crocodile tears” about the enemployed of South Bristol that turns my stomach!

  2. Anthony B permalink
    May 21, 2012 4:20 pm

    Sacredspring – why the constant misspelling of names? As far as I’m aware, Dave Sexton hasn’t been involved in Ashton Vale.

  3. Richard Lane permalink
    May 21, 2012 11:22 pm

    Anthony B

    He can’t wait to air his blinkered fantasies.
    I think he’s trying to say that the outgoing chairman of BCFC Colin Sextone (not Sexton) blamed all and sundry on the poor local residents. He then posts Mr Sextones quote, where it is obvious that he did not.
    “The small minority who have stood in the way of progress should look at those youngsters who leave school in south Bristol without jobs or apprenticeships and hang their heads in shame” were his words. No mention of bad seasons or soft goals as SS would have people believe. Basically SS is a lying, twisting, immoral, gobshite.

  4. May 22, 2012 7:33 am

    Sexton …..the parish undertaker.
    No bowing out gracefully for him.
    Sad to see him go. He gave me plenty of quotes and was always an amusing sidekick to the grey and boring SL.
    Maybe he’ll stand for mayor and liven the debate with his ehem..straight talking?

    Everyone knows the jobs con is the oldest developers trick to buy themselves favours.
    This was effectively unravelled as the monster stainsburies lies were revealed.
    Same is true of the new stadium.
    More jobs would be created by developing the current stadium and the acres of empty industrial units next to it rather than the greedy appropriation of the green belt.

  5. bobs permalink
    May 22, 2012 10:27 am

    And I always thought it was spelled Sextoy ! Thanks for the correction Anthony B.

    Seems now everyone is after redeveloping AG, we are all on the same side. Peace in our time.

  6. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    May 22, 2012 10:38 am

    Dave Sexton. Now that brings back memories, for it was he who signed my old mate Chris Garland for Chelsea. They did n’t need a billionaires money to attract the best players in those days. You had Carnaby St. and the Kings’ Road!

  7. Richard Lane permalink
    May 22, 2012 10:46 pm

    Well blow me down| Sacredspring completely ignores the points raised and makes another attack. It really is quite boring, could you for once change the record.
    You obviously avoid debate because of your weak arguments, then use the strategy of mudslinging to hope some sticks.

    Glad to see you’re still contributing to the debate with your usual intelligent comments. When did they let you out? I was released into the community three weeks ago. Smokescreen.

  8. May 23, 2012 7:55 am

    Sexton’s the one who slings the mud with no questions asked from the propaganda rag.

    Why the hell should anyone have to put up with a bitter ex-chairman telling them to hang their heads in shame?

  9. bobs permalink
    May 23, 2012 8:58 am

    Rich Lane

    Sextoy is calling for redevelopment at AG. I think it is a good idea. You are getting nowhere in Asthon Vale.

    AG has the history, the transport links, the train line and station ready to be reopened at a fraction of the cost of the BRT. It is closer to the city and to shops and pubs. It is surrounded by neighbours who want it there. Redeveloping AG will take the city forwards.

    Now Sexton has said what we have all been saying for ages, surely you can acknowledge that it makes sense. You should start campaigning for redevelopment of AG and everyone will be on the same side. Or do you just prefer to create animosity and division in this city ?

  10. Anthony B permalink
    May 23, 2012 10:41 am

    Ok – so just to get it confirmed. If the club wants to redevelop Ashton Gate, there will be no objections?

  11. ChrisU permalink
    May 26, 2012 8:08 am

    Anthony B,
    Depends what you mean by objections. Residents and neighbours of AG are not a corporate body, and no-one controls what they say as a mass. However, the chance of their being an organised objection on the same scale as that for Tesco or Sainsburys is very slim indeed, since those two campaigns both were about either keeping the club at AG or using it for something other than a supermarket.

  12. Bobs permalink
    May 26, 2012 8:54 am

    Also, AG redevelopment already has planning permission (to which there were no significant objections). There are no other hoops to jump through. The club could bring in the diggers straight away.

  13. Henry Hunt permalink
    May 26, 2012 9:22 am

    Hi Bobs,

    Unfortunately, BCFC have allowed the Ashton Gate planning permission they spent good money on, to lapse. This was because they were focused entirely on the fool’s gold at Ashton Vale.

    However, the fact that they had previously been given planning permission to redevelop AG into a 30,000 seater modern stadium, coupled with the fact that there is unlikely to be a great deal of organised local opposition, should mean that regaining planning permission will be a relatively painless operation.

    The vast majority of residents living in the Ashton Gate area recognise that the club has been there for over a century, it is part of the neighbourhood equation not something being shoehorned into a pre-existing neighbourhood like the Ashton Vale stadium, or indeed, Bristol Rovers moving in with the rugby club in Horfield.

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