Championship Letters 9: Gary Johnson as Vasily Ivanovich Bazarov

Posted by on Mar 15, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The first signs of restlessness at Ashton Gate for some time have seen Bristol City fans cast doubt on the decision making of their hero Gary Johnson and a sustained dip in form has led to squirming by the Avon Gorge. In Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons, the patriarchal Vasily Ivanovich Bazarov has lost touch with modern ideas, clinging on to traditional values and displaying unquestioning devotion to his nihilist son, Yevgeny. Robin’s fans main quibble of the moment is the continued selection of Johnson’s son Lee, an alleged case of nepotism to place alongside the cases of Graham Wilkins, Blair Sturrock and Alex Bruce in the past.

Rob Langham
Rob Langham is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 50 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.


  1. Ben
    March 16, 2010

    And Darren Ferguson? (Though at least Fergie Sr had the good sense to ship him out early.)

    To be fair to Gary Johnson, he did pack his boy off on loan recently and then was vindicated in his decision to bring him back when he scored the winner against the Baggies. Hoping he and his team-mates have a stinker this Saturday, though, for obvious reasons…

  2. Lloyd
    March 18, 2010

    First Warnock and now Johnson. Is this column tantamount to a hex? Who's going to be next?


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