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Promoted: All You Need to Know About Bristol City

In the first of a three-part series, Chris gives you a brief look at our new Championship opponents

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I know it seems a bit early, but believe me, the 2015/16 Championship season will soon be upon us.

With three new sides joining the league in Bristol City, MK Dons and Preston North End, I thought I would impart some vital information to you, our lovely readers, regarding each new member of our illustrious division.

First up - Bristol City.


Steve Cotterill

Key players:

Aaron Wilbraham, Luke Freeman, Frank Fielding, Korey Smith and Adam El-Abd


Ashton Gate (13,414 rising to 27,000 in 2016)


The Robins


Red shirt, white shorts and red socks

Potted History:

The club was founded in 1894 as Bristol South End and changed their name to Bristol City on adopting professionalism three years later when they were admitted into the Southern League.

In 1980, the City team went back to the Second Division in the first of three relegations, their debt mounted and their financial losses increased, with two successive relegations following. Thus, in 1982, they fell into the Fourth Division, and were declared bankrupt.

City were regular Division Two playoff contenders during Danny Wilson's spell as manager. City failed to reach them in 2002, although Wilson almost took them to automatic promotion, and winning the Football League Trophy in Cardiff in 2003.

After the sacking of Sean O'Driscoll on 28 November 2013, former Nottingham Forest and Cheltenham Town manager Steve Cotterill was appointed as manager. Cotterill made a huge impact and guided the club to safety and finished the season 12th, 11 points from the relegation zone with a positive goal difference of +3.

Bristol City were promoted back to Championship for 2015-16 season after winning the League One title in convincing fashion.

Last Season

The 2014-15 season was Bristol City's 117th season as a professional football club and their second consecutive season in the 3rd Division of the Football League since their relegation from the Championship.

After a wonderful start to the season, it took until 15th November for the club to fall to their first defeat of the campaign. They would lose only four more times.

Scoring 96 goals collectively, top scorer honours went to Aaron Wilbraham who notched an impressive 21 goals in all competitions, with Aden Flint and Kieran Agard providing support with 15 and 14 goals respectively.

Manager Steve Cotterill has plenty of experience, with spells at Stoke City, Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest behind him. The hillbilly Cheltenham accent aside, Cotterill is a shrewd manager with a 56% win ratio since arriving at the club in December 2013.