Bristol City

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bristol City
Basic data
Surname Bristol City Football Club
Seat Bristol
founding 1894
Board EnglandEngland Keith Dawe
First soccer team
Head coach EnglandEngland Dean Holden
Venue Ashton Gate , Bristol
Places 27,699
league EFL Championship
2019/20 12th place

Bristol City (officially: Bristol City Football Club ) - also known as The Robins ( German  Die Rotkehlchen ) - is an English football club from Bristol and currently plays in the EFL Championship , the second English division. The home games are played in the club's own Ashton Gate Stadium with 27,699 seats, where on February 16, 1935 the FA Cup game against Preston North End with 43,335 spectators, the visitor record that is still valid today was achieved.

The club currently competes in all red for its home games, although the combination of red jerseys and white shorts has generally been preferred in the past . The color of the away kit in the 2005/06 season was champagne-colored gold, although various alternatives had been experimented with in this regard in the past. The palette ranged from white jerseys and black shorts to yellow, green and purple or completely black playing clothes. The club's nickname is The Robins , as a robin was featured on the club's coat of arms from 1976 to 1994 .


The club was founded in 1894 under the name Bristol South End , in 1897 the club introduced the professionalism and changed its name to Bristol City . In 1900, the club merged with local rivals FC Bedminster , which was founded in 1887 as Southville . Just a year later, Bristol City joined the FA and was represented in the First Division from 1906 after being promoted to champions of the Second Division . The newcomers were able to win the runner-up in the top division in their first year and were known as "Bristol Babes" until the 1930s. Nevertheless, the club rose again from the first division in 1911 and should not return there for the next 65 years.

In the 1920s, Bristol City shuttled steadily between the Second Division and Third Division South and remained in the third division until the outbreak of World War II . After the resumption of play, Harry Dolman took over the presidency of the club and led the club for over 30 years in this position. In the early 1950s, the company Dolman worked for planned the first floodlights to be installed in Ashton Gate. After a sporting upward development in the late 1950s, when the club could play in the second division for five years, Bristol City returned there again in 1965. In 1967 Alan Dicks was hired as a coach and led the club back to the English elite class in 1976 as a runner-up in the second division after a long period of abstinence.

After four seasons in the first division, in which the club could complete a season at most in 13th place (1978/79), Bristol City rose again in 1980 and even had to go down to the fourth division in the following two seasons . The club went bankrupt and in 1982 was only able to maintain the game operations under the new owner "BCFC plc " because eight highly paid long-time players (the so-called "Ashton Gate Eight") left the club and waived further claims.

The stay in the lowlands of English professional football lasted only very briefly at the age of two and since then Bristol City has always played either in the second or third division. The late 1990s were tumultuous when the club employed five coaches in four years. In June 2000, Danny Wilson was the new sporting director in Bristol, but then left the club again in June 2004 after failing in both 2003 and 2004 after a third place in the championship just in the play-off games. It was followed by former long-time midfielder Brian Tinnion , who took over the club as player- coach. Brian Tinnion retired from his playing career mid-season to focus on coaching and led City to seventh place in his first season. The qualification for the play-offs was missed by just one point.

In summer 2005, the club made great changes in the team before and engaged with Marcus Stewart (who was in his youth supporters of Bristol City) and Michael Bridges two former strikers from the Premier League . Nevertheless, the club botched the start of the 2005/06 season when they failed to score in the first three games. Although that changed with a 4-2 win over Port Vale in their fourth game, the overall results remained disappointing. After a 7-1 loss to Swansea City , Tinnion resigned and was replaced by Gary Johnson , who was previously employed at the neighboring club Yeovil Town to the west . A negative club record of nine consecutive defeats was then ended on December 10, 2005 with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town . Having started the season with the goal of promotion, they were now 23rd with 19 points from 21 games and were in acute danger of relegation. In the remaining 25 games of the season, however, 46 points could be retracted and the season ended in a conciliatory ninth place. In the end, only six points were missing from qualifying for the play-offs.

After a poor start to the 2006/07 season - four defeats followed the opening win against Scunthorpe United - the club was able to report back after six wins from seven games among the top six teams and remained unbeaten in eleven games between November and January. The club was also able to celebrate a respectable success in the FA Cup by reaching the fourth round and was only eliminated there in the replay against the first division club Middlesbrough on penalties. With a 3-1 win against Rotherham United , the club finally secured promotion to the second-rate Football League Championship via the runner-up in the third division . The promoted team surprisingly settled in the top half of the table at the beginning of the 2007/08 season and temporarily led the league. In the end, the declining form ensured that an automatic promotion spot was just missed. The fourth place, however, entitled to a play-off participation and after a success against Crystal Palace in the semi-finals, only Hull City stood against the direct march into the Premier League. At Wembley Stadium, the Robins lost 1-0 to their opponents in the decisive game.


On April 26, 1909, the club played in the final of the FA Cup , in which they lost 1-0 to Manchester United at the Crystal Palace National Sports Center . In 1934 the club won the Welsh Cup after beating Tranmere Rovers 3-0 in the final .

The best place in the English championship was in 1907 winning the runner-up behind Newcastle United .

Other minor successes were winning the second division championship in 1906 and the three-time championship of the Third Division South. In addition, the club was able to win the Freight Rover Trophy in 1986 and the Anglo-Scottish Cup in 1978 .


The Bristol Rovers are the local rivals of Bristol City. In the past, a great rivalry has developed between the two clubs. This includes the dispute over which of the two clubs is entitled to the status of the oldest club in Bristol. The Rovers are the oldest professional club in Bristol, with Bristol City can point to a longer league membership. The majority of Bristol City's supporters are from the south of the city, whereas the Rovers are more based in the east of Bristol. Although neither club has had any notable success in recent years, City usually positioned themselves higher in English football than the Rovers, who currently play in the third- tier EFL League One .

Squad of the 2018/19 season

As of August 31, 2018

No. position Surname
1 EnglandEngland TW Frank Fielding
2 ItalyItaly FROM Eros Pisano
3 EnglandEngland FROM Jay Dasilva
4th EnglandEngland FROM Adam Webster
5 AustraliaAustralia FROM Bailey Wright
6th EnglandEngland FROM Nathan Baker
7th EnglandEngland MF Korey Smith
8th EnglandEngland MF Josh Brownhill
9 SenegalSenegal ST Famara Diédhiou
10 EnglandEngland ST Matt Taylor
11 IrelandIreland MF Callum O'Dowda
12 EnglandEngland MF Liam Walsh
13 GermanyGermany MF Jens Hegeler
No. position Surname
14th AustriaAustria ST Andreas Weimann
15th WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg MF Marley Watkins
16 EnglandEngland MF Hakeeb Adelakun
17th EnglandEngland FROM Lloyd Kelly
19th SwedenSweden MF Niclas Eliasson
20th EnglandEngland MF Jamie Paterson
21st EnglandEngland MF Marlon Pack
22nd Czech RepublicCzech Republic FROM Tomáš Kalas
24 EnglandEngland TW Max O'Leary
32 EnglandEngland FROM Jack Hunt
33 FinlandFinland TW Niki Mänenpää
40 SudanSudan ST Mohamed Eisa

Former players


Surname from ... to…
EnglandEngland Sam Hollis 1897-1899
EnglandEngland Robert Campbell 1899-1901
EnglandEngland Sam Hollis 1901-1905
EnglandEngland Harry Thickett 1905-1910
EnglandEngland Sam Hollis 1911-1913
EnglandEngland George Hedley 1913-1917
EnglandEngland Jack Hamilton 1917-1919
EnglandEngland Joe Palmer 1919-1921
ScotlandScotland Alex Raisbeck 1921-1929
EnglandEngland Joe Bradshaw 1929-1932
EnglandEngland Bob Hewison 1932-1949
EnglandEngland Bob Wright 1949-1950
EnglandEngland Pat Beasley 1950-1958
Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Peter Doherty 1958-1960
EnglandEngland Fred Ford 1960-1967
EnglandEngland Alan Dicks 1967-1980
EnglandEngland Bob Houghton 1980-1982
EnglandEngland Roy Hodgson 1982
EnglandEngland Terry Cooper 1982-1988
ScotlandScotland Joe Jordan 1988-1990
EnglandEngland Jimmy Lumsden 1990-1992
EnglandEngland Denis Smith 1992-1993
EnglandEngland Russell Osman 1993-1994
ScotlandScotland Joe Jordan 1994-1997
EnglandEngland John Ward 1997-1998
SwedenSweden Benny Lennartsson 1998-1999
WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg Tony Pulis 1999
EnglandEngland Tony Fawthrop & David Burnside 2000
Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Danny Wilson 2000-2004
EnglandEngland Brian Tinnion 2004-2005
EnglandEngland Gary Johnson 2005-2010
EnglandEngland Steve Coppell 2010
EnglandEngland Keith Millen 2010-2011
ScotlandScotland Derek McInnes 2011-2013
IrelandIreland Sean O'Driscoll 2013
EnglandEngland Steve Cotterill 2013-2016
EnglandEngland Lee Johnson 2016-2020
EnglandEngland Dean Holden since 2020

League affiliation

  • 1901–1906: Football League Second Division
  • 1906-1911: Football League First Division
  • 1911–1922: Football League Second Division
  • 1922/23: Football League Third Division
  • 1923/24: Football League Second Division
  • 1924–1927: Football League Third Division
  • 1927–1932: Football League Second Division
  • 1932–1955: Football League Third Division
  • 1955–1960: Football League Second Division
  • 1960–1965: Football League Third Division
  • 1965–1976: Football League Second Division
  • 1976–1980: Football League First Division
  • 1980/81: Football League Second Division
  • 1981/82: Football League Third Division
  • 1982–1984: Football League Fourth Division
  • 1984–1990: Football League Third Division
  • 1990–1992: Football League Second Division
  • 1992–1995: Football League First Division
  • 1995–1998: Football League Second Division
  • 1998/99: Football League First Division
  • 1999-04: Football League Second Division
  • 2004-2007: Football League One
  • 2007-2013: Football League Championship
  • 2013-2015: Football League One
  • since 2015: Football League Championship / EFL Championship

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ First Team Squad. In: Bristol City, accessed August 10, 2017 .