Sunday, 28 May 2017

Ashton Gate - Bristol City

Bristol City - Ashton Gate

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Ashton Gate
Ashton Road

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Last match I went to see: Bristol City 0-0 Gillingham, Saturday 14th March 2015, League One.


VISIT 1: Bristol City 1-2 Gillingham 14/8/12 (Capital One Cup 1st Round)
VISIT 2: Bristol City 2-1 Gillingham 1/3/14
VISIT 3: Bristol City 1-1 Gillingham 29/1/15 (Johnstone's Paint Trophy Southern Arena Final Leg 2)
VISIT 4: Bristol City 0-0 Gillingham 14/3/15


  • Bristol City Football Club were formed in 1894. The club were then called Bristol South End but later changed their name to Bristol City on adopting professional football 3 years later when they were admitted to the Southern League.
  • Bristol City's 1st ever game in the Football League was against Blackpool in 1901 at Bloomfield Road. The Robins won 2-0.
  • Bristol City are nicknamed The Robins. This is because of their home shirt which is Red Shirts and White Shorts.
  • Bristol City have reached the FA Cup Final the once in 1909. They lost 1-0 against Manchester United with Sandy Turnbull getting the winner for United. The game was played in Crystal Palace in London.
  • City's 1st title win in the Football League came in 1906 when they won the Second Division.
  • City's also other trophy wins recently have been Champions of League One in 2015, Football League Trophy winners in the same year, and League One Champions again in 2007.
  • Bristol City's main rivals is fellow Bristol neighbours Bristol Rovers. The 1st meeting came in January 1896 with both clubs at the time not being called Bristol City or Bristol Rovers. The match finished Eastville Rovers (Bristol Rovers) 4-0 Bristol South End (Bristol City) Other rivalries include Cardiff City and Swindon Town.
  • Ashton Gate has been the home of Bristol City since 1904. The ground opened in 1887 and was home of Bedminster FC until the 1900's. Since then it has been the home of Bristol City and also the home of Bristol Rugby. Also the England Monarchs who were an American Football Team played there in 1998.

My first visit to Ashton Gate came in August 2012. Gillingham had been drawn to Bristol City in the Capital One Cup 1st Round, so gave me a great opportunity to tick the ground off. I went by coach with my dad as it was a Tuesday night. It was our 1st season under our new boss Martin 'Mad Dog' Allen, so it was quite an optimistic season as we had signed experienced players such as Deon Burton, Adam Barrett and so on. Since that night at Ashton Gate where we won 2-1 and got drawn with Middlesbrough at home in the next round of the Cup, I have made other visits to Ashton Gate especially by train with a good mate of mine Hawko. By train it is really easy to get to, change at Bristol Temple Meads then another train to Parson Street and then about a 10 minute walk. Also, in the pictures below is the famous Nelson Mandela House which was filmed at with Only Fools and Horses which is pretty close to the ground. (Below)

The famous Nelson Mandela House (1st picture), the home of Del Boy and Rodders in Only Fools and Horses. Even though on the programme it's in London, the filming was set in Bristol, pretty much by Ashton Gate.

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