Bristol City Club Profile
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Bristol City : Club Background
The name 'Bristol City Football Club' dates to 1897, though its origins can be traced back three years more to 1894 with the formation of Bristol South End. They were playing in the Southern League when the decision was taken to merge with another local club, Bedminster, who played at Ashton Gate. For the next few years the club shuffled about between grounds until deciding the make The Gate their permanent home in 1904. In the meantime, after finishing runners-up to Southampton in the Southern League three times in four seasons, City were elected to the Football League Second Division in 1901.
In 1905-06 City won the Division Two Championship and the following season were runners-up to Newcastle United in Division One, to date the high point in the club's history. Since to improve on that they would have to take the Premiership title one suspects it might remain so for at least another hundred years. The Pre-Great War era also saw their finest effort in the F.A. Cup, losing finalists to Manchester United in 1909.
The Williams Stand - capacity 5,553 home fans.
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace
In 1910-11 City were relegated from Division One and the decline continued after the war with another demotion in 1921-22. They were then up, down, up and down again into Division Three South, in the midst of which they bizarrely won the Welsh Cup.
After the Second World War the Robins took until 1954-55 to get back into Division Two, but 1959-60 saw them lose 26 games and go back down in last place. In 1964-65 they were promoted again and a couple of season's later the long reign of Alan Dicks began. Under Dicks there was a semi-final in the League Cup, silverware in the Anglo-Scottish Cup, and a return to the top flight for the first time since before the First War. They held on in Division One for four seasons, but when relegated in 1980 Dicks went and the club collapsed into three back-to-back demotions. As they hit Division Four the collapse on the pitch spread off and Bristol City only survived by scarpering from their debts and forming a new club : Bristol City FC (1982) Limited.
In 1984-85 City finished third and were on the rise again. There were winning, then losing, Finals in the Freight Rover Trophy in 1986 and 1987, a second Football League Cup semi-final in 1989, and a promotion to Division Two in 1990. There was a hiccup in the progress when then club chairman Leslie Kew was banned from football for nine months for misusing Football Trust grants.
In 1996-97 City got into the play-offs, but fell at the first hurdle. However the following season they were directly promoted as runners-up back to the second tier, only to be immediately relegated in the next campaign. Two more play-off failures in 2003 and 2004 saw chairman Lansdown, who had taken over in October 2002, run out of patience with manager Danny Wilson, who was sacked. Brian Tinnion was appointed from within, but in his first season city failed to make the play-offs. As the 2005-06 season got under way Tinnion was a departure waiting to happen, and a poor start added to the pressure. A 7-1 humiliation by Swansea City in September saw Lansdown looking for his third manager in sixteen months, and to the horror of Yeovil fans it was to Huish Park that he came calling. The shock was almost tangible as Gary Johnson, possibly the best loved, and certainly the most successful, Yeovil Town manager ever, went up the A37.
The Wedlock Stand - demolished over the summer of 2014 to be replaced by a new stand.
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace
Johnson's midas touch at Yeovil was to be repeated at Ashton Gate. Taking over a team that was 22nd in League One, he almost dragged them into a play-off slot that season although ran out of games for that to be a realistic proposition. The 2006-07 season therefore made them one of the red hot favourites and they lived up to that expectation - gaining automatic promotion to the Championship. The following season saw the Johnson-inspired City express train continue and they came within a whisker of a double promotion. Spending more or less the entire season in the top six, and on many occasions in the top two, they were unfortunate to find Dean Windass and Hull City spoiling their Wembley Play-Off Final by a single goal.
A five year contract for Johnson at that stage was signed with his stock rising high, but for him and City that was to be the high point in their relationship. As with many clubs that don't succeed in the play-offs, there was a bit of a hangover bourne out of over-expectations. Being in mid-table in the Championship for a club Bristol City's size would be seen as good under any other circumstances, but it was deemed to not be good enough for City fans who were by March 2010 showing dissent, whilst reports of dressing room unrest added to that mix - Johnson departed by mutual consent and his four-and-a-half year stay in Bristol was over.
For City, it was the start of a sharp decline and a managerial merry-go-round that might have made them wish they'd settled for merely a mid-table slot in the Championship as their prize. Johnson's former assistant Keith Millen took over until the end of the season as caretaker manager, but despite a fairly decent run of form he was replaced by Steve Coppell. That was to start - and end - over the summer of 2010. Coppell recruited a new expensive squad, including former England goalkeeper David James - but only actually took charge of two matches before resigning, with Millen taking over this time in a permanent position. City were by that time struggling at the wrong end of the table, and when that turned into a second season Millen was replaced by Derek McInness.
Each manager initially promised to restore a more promising future, only for form to eventually nose-dive and McInnes lasted just 16 months before being replaced by Sean O'Driscoll in January 2013. Relegation back to League One quickly followed and when O'Driscoll failed to arrest the slide which saw City slip into League One relegation trouble he was also replaced, leaving current manager Steve Cotterill as City's 6th manager in the three-and-a-half years that had followed since Johnson's departure. More big spending on the squad during the summer of 2014 appears to be reaping early dividends for him - they stand as favourites to go back up to the Championship although will have the pressure and expectancy upon their shoulders that Cotterill will also have to deal with during that time.
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|Bristol City : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Bristol City
|04/05/1933||Home||Frnd||D||5-5||McNeil, Lewis(2), Anderson(2)|
|15/04/1948||Home||Frnd||W||3-0||Merritt, Gore, K Hayward|
|17/04/1950||Home||SPCSF||W||3-1||Foulds, Mansley, Philips|
|03/05/1956||Home||SPCF||W||4-3||Fraser, Topping, Fidler(2)|
|11/02/1958||Home||SPC1||W||5-2||Elder, Travis(2), Riseborough, Torrance|
|02/05/1962||Home||SPCF2||W||3-0||Leather, Foley, Hedges|
|18/03/1986||Home||SPCSF||W||4-2||825||Muir, Randall(2), Thorpe|
|22/01/1991||Away||SPC3||L||3-4||321||Pritchard, Wilson, Conning|
|04/11/2006||Home||CCL1||W||2-1||9009||Davies 78, Gray 90|
|28/07/2007||Away||Frnd||D||2-2||3839||Stewart 10, 42|
|28/07/2009||Home||Frnd||W||3-2||2174||Bowditch 20, Schofield 23, Tomlin 87|
|28/07/2010||Home||Frnd||L||1-3||1744||S Williams 6|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Bristol City
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|Bristol City : Photo Galleries|
|Photo Galleries for Yeovil vs Bristol City
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Bristol City : Club Statistics
Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||0
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||0
||Games Without Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||0
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Draw: ||0
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||0
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||0
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
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Bristol City : Club Information
Ashton Gate Stadium
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Telephone Number : 0117 963 0630
Fax : 0117 963 0700
Chairman : Keith Dawe
Fixtures Secretary : Donna Venables
Head of Media : Adam Baker
Manager : Steve Cotterill
Capacity : 21,497 (but reduced to around 13,500 due to ground redevelopment)
Seated : All seated
Covered Terrace : N/A
Record Attendance : 43,335 v Preston North End, FAC R5 16/02/1935
Colours : shirt - red with white trim, shorts - white with red trim, socks - white
Nickname : The Robins
Ticket Prices : Due to redevelopment at Ashton Gate, our previous position in the Wedlock Stand has been changed. Away fans have been given around 1,000 seats in the Atyeo Stand. We will be positioned in Blocks B, C and D, providing approximately a quarter of its overall 4,249 capacity. Prices for the 2014-15 fixture are as follows:
Adult £23.00; Over-65s: £18.00; Under-21s: £18.00; Under-19s: £15.00; Under-8s: £10.00.
This match is entirely SOLD OUT - do not travel unless you have a ticket.
Disabled Info: There are no reserved parking spaces for away supporters. Disabled/wheelchair-based supporters pay the relevant price band above but can admit an assistant free of charge. Contact David Lloyd on 0117 963 0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any special requirements. There are 10 wheelchair spaces reserved for away supporters in the ground.
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Bristol City : Directions To The Ground
Bristol - it's a big place up the road.
Those coming from the Yeovil area will be most likely approaching Bristol up the A37. Keep heading towards the city centre until shortly before the river and Temple Meads station, when you turn left onto the A370 (signposted for Weston-super-Mare), initially called York Road, then Coronation Road, then Clift House Road........ After about a mile on the A370 you'll start seeing the stadium to your left. Note : you can't turn left into Ashton Road itself from the A370, it's one way. The stadium is accessed from Winterstoke Road.
For those approaching Bristol on the M5, exit at Junction 18 and head along the Portway (A4) following the signs for Bristol Airport/Taunton (A38). Cross over the swing bridge into Brunel Way. By the time you reach the end of Brunel Way you should be closing in on the ground visually. Branch left into Winterstoke Road.
Exiles in the South-East will most likely be using the M4. Exit at Junction 19 onto the M32. As you come off the end of the M32 continue straight on along the A4032 (Newfoundland Road) until you meet the ring road dual carriageway. Turn left (going clockwise) onto Bond Street, which becomes Temple Way, which becomes Redcliffe Way........ At the third roundabout (just past St Mary Redcliffe church) take the first exit onto Redcliffe Hill. Cross the river, and take the last exit off the next roundabout on to the A370 (Coronation Road) - see above.
The Atyeo Stand - home end.
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace
The car park at the stadium is permit holders only so it's find on-street parking. With a large crowd this may not be the easiest.
Ashton Gate is around two miles from Bristol's main station, Temple Meads. For those planning an early arrival the 08:59 First Great Western from Pen Mill goes direct, arriving 10.35. The next direct service fits well for those pretty much going straight to the ground : departure 11.57; arrival 13.34. The return journey is not as convenient, with all services on Saturday evening requiring either one or two changes.
The closest station to Ashton Gate is Parson Street, a ten minute walk away. The services from Temple Meads takes five minutes and leave at twenty-five past the hour (First Great Western). Return times vary.
For this Boxing Day 2014-15 fixture there will be NO TRAINS RUNNING - the above is provided for general guidance for normal Saturday fixtures.
Buses are supplied by Abus for a flat rate 50p or £1.00 depending which source one believes. Look for 'Service A' on the front. Pick-up is one hour before kick-off from the following places - Temple Meads, Old Market (Temple Way), Haymarket, Centre, Anchor Road, Hotwells. The buses return to all those destinations after the match, leaving Ashton Road from the Greville Smyth Park.
If any one is flying in for the match Bristol International Airport is a ten minute taxi ride from Ashton Gate. Call 01275 474444 for flight times.
A selection of Bristol taxi companies can be found here.
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|Bristol City : Web Resources|
As the name suggests, photos/wallpapers of BCFC games/stadia. Seemed to start off as a freelance site but has now got the club's 'official' stamp of approval.
Bristol City Official
PTV site, registration only. Actually one of the best PTV sites around, winning an award at the end of the 2005-06 season. OK so the usual PTV restrictions are still there, but they make up for it by working hard on producing real content. Other PTV sites should take note and find out how Bristol City are able to achieve this.
More stats on Bristol's biggest club than you could shake a stick at, should you be so inclined. For serious anoraks only. Note that it seems to stop at the end of the 2007-08 season meaning that anything from the last few years isn't covered.
Apart from the unusual name this is standard footy.mad fare.
|Web Message Boards|
Bristol City Fans' Forum
By far the busiest of the Bristol City forums.
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
Bristol Evening Post
Online pages from the Bristol Evening Post. Used to have a dedicated Bristol City section but now lumps all sport content into one section. One problem with the chain of the 'this is' websites is that you'll be flooded with adverts, videos that play without your content and other such crap that mean that you're lucky if you get near the articles before your browser freezes or you give up.
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Bristol City : Food & Drink
In West Country terms Bristol is a cosmopolitan city. It's also worth bearing in mind that though there's little history between the two clubs this is a derby and City do have an element. Normal good sense should be enough to see people having an enjoyable day out, but we would advise against using home pubs close to the ground if you are obviously identifiable as a Yeovil fan. The Robins, Hen & Chicken and Rising Sun should be avoided. You probably will be refused entry anyway. For those that know the area from a few years back The Wedlocks closed down some time ago. Generally pubs and facilities up near the waterfront area along the River Avon and the harbour / docks are probably the best option for visiting fans. Expect something like a fifteen to twenty minute walk to the ground depending which venue you've chosen.
Real ale in Bristol took a major blow with the sudden closure of the Smiles Brewery early in 2005. Beers under the Smiles name are still on sale, but now brewed in Walsall of all places. Anyone fancy a Medoc from Alsace? Not gonna happen is it, because the French don't put up with that sort of rubbish. Appellations Contrôlées guarantee origin. This country has produced, and still produces, many of the greatest beers in the World, but does anyone in authority give a damn about their future?
The Dolman Stand.
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace
However all is not gloom. Despite their name Bath Ales have always been Bristol based: well, Warmley. The Bristol Beer Factory started up in 2004, taking over some remaining buildings of the long defunct Ashton Gate Brewing Co. Ltd. In 2005 Zerodegrees, who began in London in 2000, opened their first micro-brewery making beers on the premises outside of the capital. Their website can be found here.
Club Bar :
There is no alcohol sold in areas open to away fans.
Local Pubs :
|Coronation: Used to be a Hopback pub but has broken away from that chain - although it still serves Summer Lightning on draught, plus Butcombe and Doom Bar along with Cheddar Valley and Thatchers cider. Opening times are Monday - Friday 4.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m., Saturday 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m., Sunday 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m.|
Coronation, 18, Dean Lane, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1DD. Tel: 0117 940 9044. Map: Click Here.
|Cottage Inn: Down in the waterfront area just over a mile from the ground. There's a plethora of pubs, bars and eateries around here. This one is worth paticular mention because it stocks output from the Bristol Beer Factory (see above): Bristol Beer Factory Sunrise, Bristol Beer Factory No.7, Bristol Beer Factory Red, Bath Ales Festivity, Bath Ales Gem, Flowers Original all on hand pump; on keg are Boddingtons Bitter, Flowers Best Keg Bitter, Guinness, Castlemaine XXXX, Staropramen, Stella Artois and Gaymer's Olde English Cyder. Found it very pleasant and welcoming if on the pricey side - as you might expect in such a nice location. The quality of the beer was excellent. Also child friendly. Has tables outside for warm days, with good views of the Baltic Wharf and Clifton. Food is served Monday - Saturday 12.00 noon - 9.30 p.m., Sunday 12.00 noon - 9.00 p.m.; opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Busy if (or because?) a little pretentious.|
Cottage Inn, Cumberland Road, Baltic Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6XG. Tel: 0117 921 5256. Email: email@example.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Merchants Arms: Just over a mile from the stadium. Small two room Victorian street-corner local saved from closure by Bath Ales (see above) in 2000. Carries the range of beers from that brewery - Bath Spa, Gem Barnstormer and Wild Hare plus a guest ale. There are two ciders: Ashton Press and Westons Organic. Also Guinness, Budvar, Foster's, San Miguel and a range of continental bottled beers including Budvar Dark. Food is confined to bar snacks of the pies and toasties variety. Opening Monday - Thursday 12.00 noon - 2.30 p.m., 5.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m., Friday - Saturday 12.00 noon - 11.30 p.m., Sunday 12.00 - 10.30 p.m. For those looking for parking pre-match it may be worth noting there is a small free council carpark fifty yards away.
Merchants Arms, 5, Merchants Road, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4PZ. Tel: 0117 904 0037. Map: Click Here.
Nova Scotia: Another venue on the 'island' between the Avon and the docks - this one at the very western end. Smallish one bar pub that generally has local ales including examples from the Bristol Beer Factory: Bass and Courage Best were the house beers, which aren't to my taste, but the guests looked better; the keg beer was John Smith's Extra Smooth; also Guinness, Foster's and Kronenbourg 1664. Ciders were Blackthorn Cider, Thatcher's Dry and something else out the barrel that was absolutely excellent but I'm ashamed to say I can't recall what it was. Homecooked basic but good food menu available lunchtime and evening 12.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m., 6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Traditional unpretentious pub that got packed pre-match on our visit.
Simple straight forward pub. Can't go wrong; doesn't go wrong.
© Martin Baker
Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Place, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ. Tel: 0117 929 7994. Map: Click Here.
|Orchard Inn: Nearby to the Cottage Inn (above), just off Cumberland Road, and also close to the SS Great Britain. Around 30 pubs still serve traditional 'scrumpy' in Bristol, and this has one of the best reputations for quality and is essentially a cider pub. Thatchers Dry and Thatchers Gold, Moles Black Rat and Natch are usually available, and there's often an additional guest. There are up to eight real ales on tap consisting of St Austell's Tribute and Proper Job, along with Bath Ales' Gem and Otter along with rotating guests. Other stuff on draught is Guinness, Guinness Extra Cold, Budweiser, Foster's and San Miguel. Food is of the 'pub snack' variety - sandwiches, Cornish Pasties, Cheese & Onion Pasties, Various Pies, Pork Pies and Scotch Eggs. Opening hours are 12.00 noon - 11.00p.m. except for Saturdays and Sundays when they open an hour earlier.|
Orchard Inn, 12, Hanover Place, Bristol, BS1 6XT. Tel: 0117 926 2678. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Robert Fitzharding: Around a mile (15 minutes) walk from the ground. A Wetherspoon outlet. Allows children. Opening times : Sunday – Thursday 8.00 a.m. – midnight; Friday - Saturday 8.00 a.m. – 1.00 a.m. As with most Wetherspoon outlets the first hour or two of opening is to serve coffee and breakfasts only.
Robert Fitzharding, 24, Cannon Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1BN. Tel: 0117 966 2757. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Steam Crane: Pub that's gone through multiple revamps and renames - which is never a good sign. It's previously been called The Salt and The Bay, but has now been turned slightly upmarket, probably due to a turbulent time that saw it closed by police whilst under it's former Salt name. As such it's hard to keep up with things but it's safe to say that the market they're aiming for is a mile away from the pub that used to stand on this doorstep. They serve up to six real ales, plus a range of ciders. Food served is in the 'gastropub' range of things - don't expect pie and chips, and expect to pay around 11-13 pounds for a main course - pork loin, roasted skate, steak etc. Opening hours are Mon/Tues: 5.00p.m. - 11.00p.m.; Wed/Thur/Sun: Noon - 11.00p.m.; Fri/Sat: Noon - Midnight with food served from noon until 3.00p.m. and from 5.00p.m. until 9.00p.m. About a mile from the ground.|
Steam Crane, 4, North Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1HT. Tel: 0117 953 1446. Email: email@example.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|The Reckless Engineer: Included for those taking the train: Bareboard single bar pub opposite Temple Meads Station. Live music venue. This is not a posh pub by any stretch of the imagination but is aimed at the type of punter who likes his beer and music to be of the traditional kind. The real ale is Otter Bitter, Butcombe Bitter and a changing guest or two. Serves Addlestone's Cloudy Cask Conditioned and Blackthorn ciders. Also Guinness, Carlsberg and Stella Artois. Does food from 11.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 5.00 p.m. - late Tuesday to Saturday, 12.00 noon - 3.00 p.m. Sunday. There's wheelchair access, and children and pets are welcome. Hugely preferable to the Temple Meads Railway Station Bar! Opening hours: midday - 11.00 p.m. with an extra 90 minute extension on Saturday nights.|
The Reckless Engineer, Temple Gate, Bristol, BS1 6PL. Tel: 0117 9220487. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Yep, no problem. They'll pretend to consider us country-bumpkin second cousins with straw in our hair, but don't be fooled. They may be more urban, but they're yokels too.
Start up a conversation or two about where you were when you found out that Bristol Rovers were relegated from the Football League.
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Bristol City : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
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Other Points Of Interest
I like Bristol - always have. Maybe it's because cities in the West Country are on the rare side. Plymouth is a nasty unpleasant dump; Exeter is a bit on the small side; Wells is a bit on the tiny side; and Bath is far too twee and up its own backside. Truro? Hmm, the Cornish are a different species. Bristol, IMO, is the only one that manages the balance of being a decent sized city - with the pluses amd minuses that entails - whilst still feeling part of God's Own West Countree.
There's a lot to do and see in and around Bristol, but most Yeovil fans will have seen and done it all already given it's just up the road.
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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