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2021/22 OFFICIAL BRISTOL CITY DIGITAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

JOSH BROWNHILL

& KOREY SMITH

31.10.2017

FULHAM 0

BRISTOL CITY 2

v FULHAM

SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP

ASHTON GATE | SAT SEP 25 | 3PM

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5

ROB

ATKINSON

AGE: 23

POSITION: Centre-back

JOINED: July 2021

DID YOU

KNOW?

City's summer signing has played every

minute of Championship football in his

debut season in the second tier.

His first game was City’s campaign

opener against Blackpool,

coincidentally the team Atkinson faced

twice in last season’s League One

play-off semi-final with his previous

club Oxford United, prior to his summer

switch from the U's.

After playing youth football with AS

Cannes, he was on the books of today's

visitors Fulham for two years between

2017-19 but did not make a senior

appearance.

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THE

GAFFER

A

warm

welcome to you all

as we get set for our latest

Sky Bet Championship

fixture against Fulham on

Saturday afternoon.

It’s been a strong week at the Robins High

Performance Centre, off the back of a fantastic win

against Queens Park Rangers last weekend.

We had opportunities,

scored two really good

goals and showed

spirit and commitment

throughout the 90 minutes

to get the win in West

London.

We’ve had frustrating

games already this season

where we should have won

but haven’t. You have to

accept that on some days

things will come together,

other times they won’t…but

last weekend it did!

That is football and lastgasp

moments like that are what makes this sport

so exciting. I hope you went home as happy as we

did and now we focus on the next match against

Fulham.

We will have to be at our best as that gives you

the greatest chance of winning. I think we have

a really good group ethic now, which is driven by

the players, who know they have a chance in every

game if their preparation is right.

On Saturday we face a Fulham side who have

started the season well, but whether we’re playing

WE HAVE A

REALLY GOOD

GROUP ETHIC

NOW, WHICH IS

DRIVEN BY THE

PLAYERS.

a team at the top or bottom of the Championship, I

don’t approach it any differently. We offer the same

preparation, the same level of detail and respect to

every team but it’s about what we do ourselves, so I

look forward to our performance.

Curtis Fleming was appointed Assistant Manager

this week as we realigned the coaching roles.

We’ve already got some really good coaches at

this club with a wealth

of experience. As with

Curtis, Keith Downing and

Simmo (Paul Simpson)

bring a good blend and

they allow me to focus on

managing.

Curtis has brought

another dimension to

the club, he’s settled in

really well and he can play

such an important part in

helping us have a really

successful season.

I’m very pleased with

the personnel we have.

The staff are here to

get the best out of everyone, whether that’s the

performance and medical team, or the analysts;

we’re all here to maximise the players’ potential, so

it’s important to have the right people in the right

places who will challenge everybody.

I hope you enjoy the game today and give the

players your all as we look to pick up where we left

off.

Cheers,

Nige

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NIGEL

PEARSON

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FULHAM

CLUB FACTS

GROUND

CRAVEN

COTTAGE

FORMED

1879

THE LONDON CLUB HAVE

BEEN GOING THROUGH THE

YO-YO YEARS IN RECENT

SEASONS. SINCE PROMOTION

TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE

IN 2017/18, FULHAM HAVE

BEEN RELEGATED TWICE AND

WON PROMOTION ONCE, AND

CURRENTLY FIND THEMSELVES

BACK IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

ONCE MORE...

HEAD COACH

MARCO SILVA

NICKNAMES

THE COTTAGERS,

THE WHITES

HONOURS

Best league finish

7th, Premier League 2007/08

(under Roy Hodgson, pictured)

UEFA Europa League runners-up

2009/10

FA Cup runners-up

1974/75

League Cup best finish

Quarter-finalists x 5

Second tier winners

1948/49, 2000/01

Third tier winners

1931/32, 1998/99

Clockwise from top: Head Coach Marco Silva; Tosin Adarabioyo;

Joe Bryan; Welsh international Harry Wilson and Bobby Decordova-Reid

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V

City have only lost once in the last

eight meetings with the Cottagers,

including a 2-1 Carabao Cup win in

West London in September 2016.

Our last meeting with Fulham

proved to be the final game before

lockdown in March 2020, when

Nahki Wells scored in a 1-1 draw

on the day the club celebrated its

125th anniversary.

HEAD TO HEAD

63

MATCHES PLAYED

Best victory: 6-0, March 1969

Worst defeat: 0-5, March 1928

Last match: 1-1, March 2020

2021/22 IN NUMBERS

W

22

CITY v FULHAM

35 %

WIN RATE

D

16

L

25

12

GOALS

SCORED

11

GOALS

CONCEDED

LEAGUE

POSITION *

JAN

2022

9 TH

YELLOW

14 0

CARDS

R1

RED

CARDS

21

GOALS

SCORED

7

GOALS

CONCEDED

POSITION *

JAN

2022

YELLOW

18 1

CARDS

2 ND

R3

RED

CARDS

4TOP SCORER

ANDI WEIMANN

2

MOST ASSISTS

CHRIS MARTIN,

ANDI WEIMANN

6TOP SCORER

ALEKSANDAR

MITROVIC

3

MOST ASSISTS

MITROVIC,

DECORDOVA-REID

POSSESSION

45.5 %

PASSING PERCENTAGE

67.9 %

7.14

BEST AVERAGE

RATING (OPTA)

CHRIS

MARTIN

7.60

BEST AVERAGE

RATING (OPTA)

ALEKSANDAR

MITROVIC

POSSESSION

58.4 %

PASSING PERCENTAGE

82.9 %

TACKLE SUCCESS

TACKLE SUCCESS

LEAGUE ONE CHAMPIONSHIP

69.7 %

AVERAGE AERIAL

DUELS WON

29.6

62.5 %

AVERAGE AERIAL

DUELS WON

17.1

* not including fixtures played on Friday, September 24th

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FULHAM

KEY PLAYER

9ALEKSANDAR

MITROVIC

The striker has been ever-present

in the league this season, finding

the back of the net six times.

In fact, Fulham have not lost a

match in which he has scored in the

current campaign.

The Serbian international is a strong,

physical presence, who can finish

and link up the play well. He has

three assists to his name, as does

former Robin Bobby Decordova-Reid.

The 27-year-old forward joined

initially joined Fulham on loan from

Newcastle United in February 2018

before making the move permanent.

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DID YOU

KNOW?

City Academy graduates Bobby Decordova-Reid and

Joe Bryan left BS3 in the 2018 summer transfer window, with

Bryan heading straight for West London. Decordova-Reid

initially signed for Cardiff City, before he went on loan to

Fulham and made the switch permanently in January 2020.

IIT’S BEEN AN IMPRESSIVE START TO THE

SEASON FOR THE COTTAGERS, WHO ARE

VYING TO RETURN TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE

ONCE MORE AFTER A PROUD TOP-FLIGHT

HISTORY WHICH INCLUDES A 13-SEASON

SPELL BETWEEN 2001-2014.

The West London side then

spent four consecutive seasons

in the Championship before

jumping twice between the

two divisions. Both of their

recent promotions have come

via the play-offs, which they

have reached three times since

2016/17.

Today's visitors may have

endured yo-yo years recently

under the likes of Slaviša

Jokanović and Claudio Ranieri,

but new Fulham boss Marco

Silva couldn’t have asked

for a much better start after

signing a three-year deal in the

summer.

The ex-Watford and Everton

manager was appointed head

coach following Scott Parker’s

move to AFC Bournemouth,

with the Portuguese named

EFL Championship Manager

of the Month for August as his

side dropped only two points,

winning four of their first five

league games.

They did suffer a somewhat

shock 1-0 defeat to Blackpool

Leading scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates his goal against Hull City

during the 2-0 win at Craven Cottage last month.

earlier this month, and fell to a

2-1 defeat at home to Reading

last weekend, before Carabao

Cup action against Leeds

United on Tuesday night.

Silva fielded a strong side –

featuring former Robins Bobby

Decordova Reid, Alfie Mawson

and Joe Bryan – but Marcelo

Bielsa’s men were victorious 6-5

in the decisive penalty shootout

with the scores goalless after

90 minutes.

Fulham now head to BS3 for

the first time since March 2020,

which was City’s final game to

be played in front of supporters

before the Covid-19 pandemic

made its mark.

With a total 17 players leaving

the club over the summer,

Fulham strengthened with the

arrivals of goalkeeper Paulo

Gazzaniga (from Tottenham

Hotspur), Brazilian forward

Rodrigo Muniz (Flamengo),

midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah

(Watford) and Liverpool

midfielder Harry Wilson.

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Zak Vyner meets supporters

at a recent Robins Foundation

Pan-Disability session.

CITY STARS MEET

FANS AT SESSION

D

uring one of our

Pan-Disability

sessions Bristol

City players

Zak Vyner, Max O’Leary, Ryley

Towler, Louis Britton, Ava

Kuyken and Satara Murray

surprised participants attending

both the youth and adult

sessions.

The players joined in with the

session, having a kickabout with

participants and taking photos

with fans at the end. Edward

Studley, Pan-Disability Assistant

Coach, said: “It brought lots of

excitement to all the participants.

It was amazing to see the players

get involved in our community

project and having fun.”

The Robins Foundation is proud

to make football inclusive and

accessible to all in the community

and the pan-disability football

sessions provide an opportunity

for both adults and young people

with disabilities to come along

and play the sport they love. The

sessions are a great way for

participants to stay active, make

new friends and have fun – all

for free!

For more information about any

of our disability sessions please

contact: sam.smith@bcfc.co.uk

or call 07899 991 983.

POST-16 EDUCATION OPEN DAY

Are you aged 16 or 17 and want to study at Ashton

Gate stadium or one of our sites across Bristol?

Bristol City Robins Foundation offer education

courses ranging from Level 1, 2 and 3 BTEC in

Sport. As well as gaining a recognised qualification,

students play football three times a week

representing Bristol City Robins Foundation in

English Football Leagues.

Students access work experience opportunities

through our coaching provision in schools; holiday

camps; on match days and around the stadium.

They are rewarded with match tickets, signed shirts

and coaching qualifications depending on the

amount of hours that they volunteer.

The next Open Evening is on Tuesday, October 5th

(7pm).

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

16 | THE ROB NS Fulham


MATCH

REVIEW

1

McCallum 54

2

Martin 45, Wells 90+3

Saturday, September 18th 2021

Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

Nahki Wells struck a dramatic

injury-time winner against his

former loan club.

It was largely one-way traffic but

Dan Bentley proved a tough nut to

crack as he made save after save to

keep the R’s at bay.

City had led at the break through

Chris Martin’s far-post finish, but

QPR battled back quickly with a

goal through Sam McCallum.

From top: Nahki Wells marks scoring the winner against his former loan club;

Dan Bentley celebrates after a man-of-the-match display in goal; Chris Martin

is congratulated by Andi Weimann after his opening goal; the away fans in full

voice after Wells' winner.

The hosts did everything but find

the back of the net as the second

half continued and paid for it, as

substitute Wells raced away onto

Andi Weimann's through ball before

firing low past Seny Dieng to secure

a third away win in a row.

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PLAYER

INTERVIEW

NAHKI WELLS

LOOKS BACK ON

HIS LAST-GASP

HEROICS IN

WEST LONDON,

THE IMPORTANCE

OF PATIENCE AND

PROFESSIONALISM

AND THE POIGNANT

RETURN OF

FULHAM TO BS3…

20 | THE ROB NS Fulham


Words James Crawley

ALL’S WELL THAT

ENDS

WELL

Football can be

cruel but also

rewarding;

Bristol City

experienced

both sides of the coin in their

last two fixtures.

Luton Town struck late to snatch

a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate, but

the weekend trip to QPR proved

to be Nahki Wells’ stage as he

struck an injury-time winner

against his former side.

It was fairy-tale finish with

the three points secured in

dramatic style. It was a result

which means City are four

games unbeaten heading into

matchday nine, with maximum

points from their last three

away games.

“Sometimes things are just

meant to be,” Wells told

THE ROB NS. “I was chomping

at the bit to make an impact

and there’s something extra

inside you when you’re playing

against a former club. I was

disappointed not to start the

game but I was grateful to be

given the chance to make an

impact and to score helps get

my season up and running.”

Wells came off the bench at

the Kiyan Prince Foundation

Stadium, replacing Chris Martin

who had scored his 100th

Championship goal. Wells is

yet to start in the league this

campaign but that doesn’t make

him any less hungry for success.

“It was a great feeling and it

gives me a chance to build on

that,” he explained. “I want to

give the manager some food

for thought, to know that he can

trust me whether I come off

the bench or to start me more

often. I know I have to take the

moments when they arrive so 4

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“IT'S ABOUT TAKING

YOUR CHANCES

WHEN YOU ARE ON

THE PITCH. I HAVE TO

BE PREPARED FOR

ANY OPPORTUNITY.”

4 I was delighted to have

made such an impact.

“I’ve watched the game

back and that was an

unreal pass from Andi. I

don’t think he got enough

credit at the time. It was a

great pass, I saw the grass

in front of me and I needed

to stay composed. The

defender hesitated and it

was then about keeping

calm and finding the back

of the net.”

Motivation is now key for

the forward, as he tries to

continue impressing behind

the scenes.

“You have to stay

motivated because things

change quickly,” Wells

said. “I believe I’m good

enough to be in the team

but we have players who

are in good form, so you

have to understand what’s

best for everyone, while

also trying to give the

manager a headache. It’s

about taking your chances

when you get them on

the pitch. I have to keep

a professional mindset

as if I am starting each

game, and be prepared

for any opportunity. It’s a

squad game, of course I’m

chomping at the bit, but it’s

about doing the very best

you can at all times.”

All focus is now on

Fulham’s visit to Ashton

Gate, their first trip to BS3

since March 2020. It was

the final game before the

season was suspended

and the country went into

lockdown. Wells was on

the scoresheet that day, as

the teams played out a 1-1

draw in a fixture dedicated

to the club’s 125th

anniversary celebrations.

Wells explained: “I vividly

remember it being a near

full house for what was

the final game before

the pandemic. It was an

enjoyable fixture to be

involved in and more so

because I scored the goal.

To go on and concede to

get a draw put a dull end to

it but it was an entertaining

game from memory.

CAREER HIGHS

FEBRUARY 2013

Runner-up in the League Cup final with Bradford

City, after scoring three times in the competition

including the semi-final, first leg versus Aston

Villa – a certain Andi Weimann scored for the

opposition in the same game!

MAY 2013

Wins the Football League Two play-offs

with Bradford City, scoring at Wembley

in a 3-0 win over Northampton Town

MAY 2017

Helps secure Huddersfield Town’s

promotion to the Premier League

with a play-off final win against Reading

JULY 2021

Scores after just 17 seconds – the fastest Gold

Cup goal on record – en route to a hat-trick in an

8-1 win for Bermuda v Barbados

JULY 2021

Named in the Best XI for the CONCACAF Gold Cup

Qualification stages

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Fulham are a powerhouse

in this division, with their

Premier League experiences

and the finances that come

with that. They’re up there

at this level but we know

we are a difficult side to

play against. Our home

form needs to improve but

there’s always an opportunity

to change that and we’re

looking forward to Saturday.

“We’re four games unbeaten,

off the back of an important

win last weekend. We need

to make sure we don’t take

our foot off the pedal with

the form we’re putting

together. Yes, we conceded

late on against Luton but

then we scored late to win

away to QPR!

Above

Wells scores

during the

last meeting

between the

two sides – a

1-1 draw at

Ashton Gate

in March 2020

which was

the final game

before the

pandemic

Top left

Celebrating his

winner against

Queens Park

Rangers last

Saturday with

supplier-in-chief

Andi Weimann

APPEARANCES

6MINUTES

PLAYED

266

SQUAD NUMBER

21

DOB: June 1st 1990

Birthplace: Hamilton, Bermuda

Position: Forward

Joined: January 2020

1

FOOTBALL LEAGUE CAREER PATH

2011

Signed

2014-2017

Signed

2019/20

Loan

PLAYER PROFILE

2021/22 STATS

2011-14

Signed

2017-2020

Signed

2020-present

Signed

GOALS

ASSISTS

BEST OPTA RATING

7.22

v QPR, away

INTERNATIONAL RECORD

1

2014

Loan

2018/19

Loan

“We’re not far away from

being very, very good at this

level. Equally we know what

we’re up against, we have

to take points off the teams

we’re aspiring to compete

with at the top end of the

table, so there’s no better test

than Fulham at home.”

CAPS

21

GOALS

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FORMER

PLAYERS

ASSOCIATION

A

new Former

Players

Association

(FPA) has been

set up with the aim of bringing

past players from different

eras together, reconnecting the

supporters with our club legends

from years gone by.

The committee has now been

established consisting of former

players Jantzen Derrick, Paul

Cheesley, Alan Walsh and Scott

Murray – pictured above.

They are now calling on other past

players to get in touch as we reach

out to as many players as possible

who have worn the City shirt.

Bristol City CEO Richard Gould

said: “Our former players are very

important to the club and to our

fans and we are delighted to help

support this initiative to ensure

that players always feel welcome

and supported.”

The formation of the FPA was

the brainchild of City supporter

and author Neil Palmer, who

said: “I have had the idea for the

FPA for a while now. During my

work writing various books I have

had the privilege to interview

many former players of this club

from different eras. They all still

love the club and all miss the

camaraderie they enjoyed as

players.

“With that in mind I approached

some players and of course the

club who I have to say have been

excellent in bringing this together,

Richard Gould and his team

especially.”

The club understands that when

players stop being part of a team

and they are no longer surrounded

by the supporters that it can

become a difficult and lonely

place. We want our former players

to feel valued and continue to

be part of the club, regardless of

when or how many times they

featured for the Robins.

The club and FPA are therefore

reaching out to our former players

to get involved.

The aim is to promote friendships,

offer support and promote charity

work all while bringing players

together from different eras.

It is completely up to the former

players as to what they would like

to take from the Association, but

it wants to help local charities

through events such as golf days,

dinners, and a Bristol City ‘Masters’

football team – bringing players

together to help good causes,

all while having fun. The social

connection is important, and it

may just be that you would like a

home visit for a chat.

We want you to feel connected to

the club. Nobody is forgotten and

the Association is also reaching

out to the families of former

players who are no longer with us

to get involved.

The club will never forget whether

a player played one game or 100,

they are all part of the City story

and their contributions will forever

be valued.

To find out more about the

Former Players Association

and to get involved, please

contact City supporter and

author Neil Palmer at

n_palmer62@hotmail.co.uk or

call 07913267859.

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CITY

ARCHIVES

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894 HALL 1894 OF 1894 FAME 1894

MIKE ADAMS PROFILES FORMER CITY MANAGER ALAN DICKS

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Alan Dicks

Leeds United at Elland Road in

reigned at

February 1974 as keeping him

Ashton Gate

in his job as his side ended that

894for 1894

13 years 1894

season in 16th place. 1894

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between 1967-80, during

strong showing the following

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modern-day heyday.

the Robins finally won top-flight

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status by finishing 1894

runners-up to

As a rookie manager, the

Sunderland in 1976.

32-year-old coach was little

known on his arrival but

Ashton Gate gloried in the

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had built a big reputation as regulars was recruited from visits of Arsenal, Chelsea,

assistant to the great Jimmy Scotland: Gerry Gow, Donnie Manchester United, Liverpool and

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Ritchie. Meanwhile, the 1894

Bristolian Hunter and Peter Cormack 1894

were

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win promotion to the top flight Garland, Trevor Tainton, Geoff Even so, City travelled to Dicks’

and remain there for four years. Merrick, Ray Cashley and David previous club Coventry on the

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he also Rodgers – also established 1894

last day of the 1976/77 1894

season

managed our visitors Fulham for themselves in the first team. in the belief they needed to

one season in 1990/91.

win to stay up. Two-nil down

There were some low points. at half-time, they fought back

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Dicks joined us when we

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had a Dicks himself quotes

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City’s 1-0 to draw 2-2, which

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proved just

good group of young Bristol-born FA Cup triumph over reigning enough. That was the team that

players but were struggling in Division One champions

Dicks built!

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Division Two, and John

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Galley’s

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arrival from Rotherham United

was crucial in saving City from

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with 16 goals in 21 outings. 1894 1894 1894

The creation of a scouting

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story. A mini-squad of youngsters

Dicks celebrates survival with his Coventry counterpart Gordon Milne in 1977

who would become first team

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Martyn HIrst celebrates

his winner in the 1983

Bristol derby at Eastville

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MIKE ADAMS CONTINUES HIS LOOK BACK AT

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TERRY COOPER'S SPELL IN CHARGE OF THE ROBINS

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play a starring role in this 1894

minutes to go, moving Howard 189

eagerly-awaited derby.

Pritchard to central attack.

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Pritchard forced a good save from

Rovers were riding high in Division Phil Kite and Glyn Riley hit a post

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10th December 1983 1894

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before Tom Ritchie placed 189

a low

Eastville Stadium

City still regrouping in the division shot into the far corner to level

FA Cup second round

below, and Robins player/manager with just over ten minutes to play.

Terry Cooper was returning to the

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Martyn Hirst, club which had sacked him. A draw was looking likely as Riley

geography We City fans were packed on chased a lost cause in the dying

student the bank of steps behind the minutes. Rovers defender Neil

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at Bristol

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out a

University and part-time player, flyover above and behind us. Cooper long ball for a goal kick

won this epic match for City in the After a goalless first half, Rovers only for the City frontman to rob

dying minutes.

midfielder Ian Holloway floated a him and centre the ball from

1894 1894

free-kick onto the head of Archie 1894

which Hirst's mis-hit shot 189

trickled

Hoping to combine his studies Stevens who scored a trademark gloriously into the far corner. It

with playing football, the 22-yearold

midfielder had written to of us to put the home side ahead. of for City fans and Hirst alike

centre-forward’s goal right in front was the stuff dreams are made

1894

Cooper asking for a trial game. 1894 1894

who admitted afterwards: 189

“To

Now, starting only his fourth game But the match turned when the experience an atmosphere like

since being awarded a contract, 39-year-old Cooper brought that was the biggest moment of

the young Yorkshireman was to himself on with just over 20 my life.”

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894 CITY 1894 IN CARTOONS 1894 1894

with club historian David Woods

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This is one of the

many cartoons

Bob Bennett drew

for the ‘Bristol

1894 1894 1894

Evening Post' from the very first

issue of the newspaper 1932 until

his retirement in 1965. During

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World War Two, however, his output

was mainly restricted to more

important matters, which also

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meant that his popular Freddie 1894

and 1894 1894

Reggie childrens’ strip was held

in limbo for the duration. Known

to generations of Bristol children

894

as Uncle Bob of the Pillar 1894

Box 1894 1894

club, his son Roger was a popular

broadcaster for Radio Bristol.

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MATCH REPORT

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Johnny Watkins to bring 1894

up the Union. As expected 1894

Fulham

opening goal from the penalty were promoted as runners-up to

1 spot, but Johnny Haynes, England Sheffield Wednesday, whilst City

1Watkins

Haynes man and future captain, headed in went into decline after Christmas

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to level matters and conclude 1894

the and finished a disappointing 1894

Saturday, November 8th 1958 scoring after just eight minutes. tenth. Interestingly, the referee

Football League Division Two

was a future Labour Government

Both sides had further chances, minister.

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So great was the interest in but a division of the spoils was

this match between fourth a fair result of a game in which City: Cook; Hopkinson, Thresher;

place City and one of the

Peter McCall, a future England McCall, Williams, Burden;

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promotion favourites Fulham, 1894

bowls player, made a 1894

fine job of Hinshelwood, Tindill, 1894

Atyeo,

that £3,522.7s.6d receipts were keeping Haynes in check.

Etheridge, Watkins.

generated by a bumper 32,378

Fulham: Macedo; Cohen, Langley;

crowd.

Jimmy Hill, a man of many talents, Lowe, Bentley, Lawler; Key, Hill,

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helped bring about the 1894

abolition Cook, Leggat. 1894

Former City player and England of the maximum wage in January Referee: Denis Howell

international, Roy Bentley tripped 1961 as chairman of the Players’ (Birmingham)

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1894 1894 1894189

1894 YOU CAN 1894 1894189

1894 QUOTE 1894 ME 1894189

ON THAT

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STEVE SMITH LOOKS BACK

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AT AN EARLY INTERVIEW

WITH FORMER CITY

STRIKER TOM RITCHIE

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Brotherly love and a twist aided by his league goals as top-scorer.

1894of fate 1894

was enough for Tom 1894189

Ritchie and younger sibling “At the start of last season (1975/76) our manager,

Steve to sign for Bristol City in Alan Dicks, asked me to have a go in attack.

1969. In this 1977 edition of Immediately everything started clicking. I had big

1894the Topical 1894

Times annual, Tom Paul Cheesley 1894

alongside me and we built 189

up a good

explains how the pair came to understanding. Obviously I was delighted with

the West Country:

the way we were playing last season. But the first

result I always look for on a Saturday evening is

1894

“As teenagers in Scotland, it

1894

was young Steve Hereford’s.”

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who showed most promise. While I was playing in

Stirlingshire minor football, he was winning caps in At one point there was a possible £250,000 move

1894

the Scottish Under-15 schools

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side.

to Arsenal,

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along with captain Geoff Merrick:

189

“I was

never actually approached but the boss told me he

“Come the Saturday he had to turn out for the simply wouldn’t let me go. He said I was a vital part

national side and miss a Bristol City trial match in of the club, but the knowledge Arsenal had been

1894

Glasgow. I said I’d go along 1894

and explain his absence interested 1894

gave me a tremendous lift.” 189

– and decided to ask for a game. I got one too,

played quite well and City asked us both down for In his two spells at Ashton Gate between 1972-81

trials. We felt great when they signed the pair of us. and 1983-85, Tom’s figures are 132 goals in 512

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I was 17 and he was 15.” 1894appearances. 1894

Brother Steve, whose only league 189

appearance for Bristol City was against Fulham on

Steve went on to play for Greenock Morton and then November 4th 1972, made 102 league appearances

Hereford United, who were crowned Third Division for Hereford United (1975-77) and later joined

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Champions for 1975/76. As for Tom, at the time of Torquay United (1978-79).

the publication, he would now be mixing with the

star names in the top-flight due to City’s promotion; Top: Tom Ritchie, in 1975/76, with brother Steve (inset)

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TODAY'S

SQUADS

Saturday, September 25th, 3pm kick-off | Ashton Gate | Sky Bet Championship

BRISTOL CITY

MANAGER

Nigel PEARSON

1 Dan BENTLEY

2 Danny SIMPSON

3 Jay DAS I LVA

5 Rob ATKINSON

6 Matty JAMES

8 Joe WILLIAMS

9 Chris MARTIN

10 Andy KING

11 Callum O’DOWDA

12 Max O'LEARY

14 Andreas WEIMANN

15 Tyreeq BAKINSON

16 Cameron PRING

17 Nathan BAKER

18 Antoine SEMENYO

19 George TANNER

21 Nahki WELLS

22 Tomas KALAS

26 Zak VYNER

33 Sam BELL

36 Alex SCOTT

37 Tommy CONWAY

42 Han-Noah MASSENGO

45 Kasey PALMER

46 Saikou JANNEH

Match

Referee

Simon

HOOPER

HOME

KIT

MANAGER

Marco SILVA

FULHAM

1 Marek RODÁK

2 Kenny TETE

3 Michael HECTOR

4 Denis ODOI

5 Terence KONGOLO

6 Harrison REED

7 Neeskens KEBANO

8 Harry WILSON

9 Aleksandar MITROVIĆ

10 Tom CAIRNEY

11 Anthony KNOCKAERT

12 Nathaniel CHALOBAH

13 Tim REAM

14 Bobby DECORDOVA-REID

16 Tosin ADARABIOYO

17 Ivan CAVALEIRO

19 Rodrigo MUNIZ

20 Domingos QUINA

21 Paulo GAZZANIGA

22 Cyrus CHRISTIE

23 Joe BRYAN

HOME

KIT

24 Jean Michael SERI

25 Josh ONOMAH

26 Alfie MAWSON

28 Fabio CARVALHO

31 Fabricio Agosto RAMÍREZ

33 Antoniee ROBINSON

35 Tyrese FRANCOIS

43 Steven SESSEGNON

MATCH OFFICIALS

Assistant

Referee

Wade

SMITH

Assistant

Referee

Bhupinder

GILL

Fourth

Official

Scott

TALLIS

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TODAY'S

FIXTURES

Reading v Middlesbro

Birmingham v Preston

Blackburn v Cardiff

Blackpool v Barnsley

Bournemouth v Luton

CITY v FULHAM

N Forest v Millwall

Sheff Utd v Derby

Stoke v Hull

Swansea v Huddersfield

Played yesterday

Coventry v Peterborough

West Brom v QPR

LEAGUE

TABL E

Correct as at 23.09.21

P GD Pts

Bournemouth 8 8 18

Fulham 8 11 16

West Brom 8 7 16

Coventry 8 3 16

Stoke 8 1 14

Blackburn 8 3 13

Huddersfield 8 2 13

QPR 8 4 12

CITY 8 1 12

Cardiff 8 2 11

Birmingham 8 0 11

Derby 8 -1 10

Luton 8 -2 10

Reading 8 -3 10

Sheff Utd 8 0 9

Middlesbro 8 -1 9

Preston 8 -2 9

Millwall 8 -2 8

Barnsley 8 -3 8

Blackpool 8 -5 8

Swansea 8 -4 7

Peterboro 8 -7 7

Hull 8 -7 5

N Forest 8 -5 4

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Saturday, October 16th,

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