Representing one of the biggest cities in the country alongside their traditionally lower-ranked rivals Rovers. Bristol City boasts huge football support despite having never played Premier League football.
Known as The Robins, City have been around as a football club for well over 130 years. They are a firm fixture in betting lists in England.
Bristol City’s highest-ever league finish was back in 1907 when they were runners-up in Division One. However, they remain one of the bigger clubs around with ambitions to play in the Premier League before long.
Bristol City’s History
Officially founded back in 1894, Bristol City was granted permission to play in the Southern League initially.
Having reached the Football League’s Division Two in 1912, they managed to stay there for a decade before relegation. Playing in the Third Division South, moving up and down the leagues for many years after.
Things changed though in 1967 when Alan Dicks was appointed as manager. The club then improved and eventually earnt a place in the top flight in 1976. A whopping 65 years after they last played Division One football.
As well as playing at the top level, Bristol City played regularly in the Anglo-Scottish Cup. They even managed to win the cup in 1978, though thereafter they became known as a second-tier club. They even went down to the third level in 2000.
Having had to play there for five years, City bounced between what is now the Championship and League One. They gained promotion back to the second tier in 2014. With the stadium now up to scratch, Bristol City has ambitions to become a regular in the Premier League.
Ashton Gate Stadium
Having opened in 1887, Ashton Gate actually pre-dates its tenants by seven years.
The home these days of not only Bristol City but also rugby team Bristol Bears, Ashton Gate sits in the south-west of the city. It boasts an all-seated capacity of 27,000, putting it ahead of many a Premier League stadium over the years.
This famous old ground was initially the home of Bedminster FC, who merged in 1900 with Bristol South End with the new entity finally moving to Ashton Gate in 1904.
The stadium is made up of the Landsdown Stand, the Dolman Stand, the Atyeo Stand and the South Stand and generates a fantastic atmosphere for home games.
Though many older fans remember Ashton Gate for the way it was during a long period in the club’s history, they were given permission to redevelop back in 2013 and so in recent times, the stadium has taken on a rather different look.
Working between 2014 and the start of the 2016-17 campaign, the developments modernised Ashton Gate and brought it up to its current capacity making it fit to face Premier League football should that opportunity ever come along.
Bristol City’s Most Famous Players
Those sitting comfortably in the category of Club Legend are the likes of Louis Carey, Scott Murray, Brian Tinnion, Adriano Basso and Bradley Orr.
In recent seasons when at times the side has shown signs of challenging for promotion to the Premier League, major influencers on the team have included:
- Andreas Weimann,
- Jack Hunt,
- Josh Brownhill,
- Marlon Pack,
- Adam Webster,
- Bobby Reid,
- Joe Bryan,
- Frank Fielding,
- Aden Flint and
- Tammy Abraham.
For a club of this size, it is remarkable that Bristol City has never won a major domestic trophy in England.
Success has always come at lower levels, with three Football League Trophy victories having been secured over the years in 2015, 2003 and way back in 1986.
To supplement this, City has also taken the long since defunct Anglo-Scottish Cup with a victory in 1978 while they have been agonisingly close to achieving league success at the top level. As close as they have come to being English champions has been filling the runner-up spot in the First Division (now Premier League) in 1907.
They have won their division on a few occasions outside the top flight, however, taking the Second Division (now Championship) title in 1906 and the third-tier title 1923, 1927 and 1955 for the south and again nationally in 2015.
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