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Taking a look at... Bristol City

We run our eye over the Robins, who certainly won plaudits last season with their entertaining football

13 June 2018

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A look at one of last season's cup giant killers as we profile Lee Johnson's Bristol City ahead of our return to the Championship.


It was a relatively successful campaign for Bristol City, who impressed everyone with their free-flowing football and their cup exploits as they knocked out Manchester United in the EFL Cup before narrowly losing to Manchester City over two legs in the following round of the competition. The season got off to a flyer for the Robins, suffering one defeat in their opening 15 games in all competitions to put themselves in the automatic promotion places in the second tier. Seven wins from nine league games towards the end of 2017 had fans really believing that promotion was a realistic aim for the club as they finished the year strongly. But the festive period saw them lose both league games against Wolves and then Aston Villa and they would win just one of eight games in all competitions in the early part of 2018. Consistency was letting them down and they would go on to win only four games in all competitions in 2018 to finish in 10th place.


A former City player, Lee Johnson arrived back at his old stomping ground in February 2016 on a long-term contract. He followed in the footsteps of his father Gary, who had previously spent five years in charge of the club before departing in 2010. Johnson junior cut his teeth in management in 2013 at the age of just 31 when Oldham Athletic appointed him as their boss before he was appointed manager of Barnsley two years later. He took Barnsley to the top half of the League One table - in a season in which they were promoted - before departing to link up with Bristol City. As a player, Johnson got his big break at Yeovil Town, where he appeared more than 200 times. He had a short stint in Scotland with Hearts before linking up with his father again at Bristol City. Johnson ended his playing days back north of the border at Kilmarnock, hanging up his boots in 2013.


Recently developed, Ashton Gate has been home to Bristol City since 1904 and is located to the south-west of the city centre. It holds just under 30,000 spectators and Rovers fans will be housed in the Atyeo Stand behind one of the goals for our visit to the West Country.


A pinpoint Sam Gallagher header earned a share of the spoils when Bristol City visited Ewood Park in April 2017. Tammy Abraham had given Lee Johnson's side the lead in the first half.


Three current Rovers in the form of Ben Gladwin, Elliott Bennett and Derrick Williams are all ex-Robins, with the latter enjoying three years at Ashton Gate. Blackburn-born Frankie Fielding is at City at the moment and he previously came through the youth ranks here at Rovers. Another to have worn both club crests is Bradley Orr, who spent six years with the Robins. Going further back, former Rover Andy Cole rose to fame at Bristol City back in the early 90s before moving to Newcastle, Manchester United and then Rovers.


There are two high-profile sportsmen in former F1 drive Jenson Button and ex-England cricketer Marcus Trescothick being City fans, as is BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce. Street artist Banksy is another who is reportedly a fan of the Robins.

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