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Bristol City appear to be a team on the up, and the Bristol City betting odds reflect that. Odds on Bristol City to win the Championship can be worth considering, as are odds on Bristol city promotion.

However, with the club’s reputation of sliding in and out of divisions regularly, Bristol City relegation odds are also commonly bet on. 

Behind the scenes, odds on the Bristol City manager, whether to stay or leave the club, can be of value, with a wide range of Bristol City manager odds available.

History

Bristol City are a professional football club based in the city of Bristol, England. Bristol City have played at least one season in the top four English divisions in their history. After promotion in the 2014/2015 season, Bristol City currently play in the Championship.

Bristol City FC history begins in 1894. First known as Bristol South End, the club changed its name to Bristol City when they became a professional club and joined the Southern League. 

In 1900, Bristol City merged with Bedminster, who themselves had been founded in 1887. The name and colours of Bristol City were kept, and the club joined the Football League in 1901.

Bristol City finished in the upper echelons of the Second Division table, with positions of sixth, fourth, fourth and fourth preceding their first Second Division title. A record breaking season for Bristol City, as they became the first club in the history of the Football League to win 30 games in a season.

The club finished second in its first season in the First Division, and appeared to be making excellent progress in the top flight. Bristol City appeared in its first ever FA Cup Final in the 1908/1909 campaign but performances soon began to trail off and in the 1910/1911 season the club were relegated back to the Second Division.

The Football League was suspended for the duration of the First World War, and once the leagues resumed Bristol City couldn’t replicate the form they’d shown in their previous Second Division campaigns. In the 1921/1922 season, the club finished bottom of the Second Division table and were relegated to the Third Division South.

What followed was a season of immediate promotion and then immediate relegation. Bristol City won the Third Division South title in their first season, but were relegated straight away with another bottom place finish.

Three seasons later, though, and Bristol City added another Third Division South title, and once again earned promotion back to the second tier. Their stay in the Second Division lasted longer this time, although the club were involved in relegation battles almost every season.

This culminated once again in relegation. In the 1931/1932 season, the club finished bottom of the Second Division for a third time, and were demoted back to the Third Division South. 

The 1932/1933 season was the first of 16 consecutive seasons in the Third Division South. During this time Harry Dolman became chairman of Bristol City in 1949, his tenure would last for over three decades.

Another Third Division South title was won by Bristol City in the 1954/1955 season, and for the remainder of the 1950’s the club were once again playing Second Division football. However, in the final year of that decade, the familiar relegation trapdoor opened again, and the start of the 1960’s saw Bristol City back in the third tier, now known as simply the Third Division.

Things got better for Bristol City over the next decade. In the 1964/1965 season, the club were promoted once again, with a second place finish. Eleven seasons of Second Division football followed, although in a number of these campaigns Bristol City struggled. However, in the 1975/1976 season, a second place finish saw the club promoted back to the top flight for the first time in 55 seasons.

Bristol City’s stay in the First Division was brief. The 1979/1980 season saw the first of three consecutive relegations, and by the 1982/1983 season the club were in the Fourth Division. During this time, the club were hit by serious financial issues that led to Bristol City being declared bankrupt.

Bristol City earned promotion a season later though, and spent the rest of the 1980’s in the Third Division. In the final season of the decade, the club earned promotion once more and from the 1990/1991 season Bristol City were back in the Second Division.

In 1992, the Premier League was introduced. Amongst many things, this led to the Football League divisions being renamed. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three.

Life in Division One was again brief, and in the 1994/1995 season the club faced relegation again. In the 1997/1998 campaign the club regained the Division One place, only to lose it the following season with another immediate relegation.

There were near misses with promotion from Division Two over the next eight seasons. The club narrowly missed out on a play-off place twice, and twice they were beaten in the play-offs, firstly in the play-off semi final against Cardiff City and then in the play-off final against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Life continued in the third tier, renamed League One in the 2004/2005 season, for Bristol City until the 2006/2007 season. A second place finish guaranteed the club promotion back to England’s second tier, now called the Championship. 

In the club’s first season in the Championship, they came close to making it successive promotions after reaching the play-offs. However, a play-off final defeat at the hands of Hull City ended their Premier League dream, and the club spent the next five seasons in the Championship.

Bristol City finished bottom of the Championship table in the 2012/2013 campaign, sealing the club’s return to League One. However, in the 2014/2015 season Bristol City stormed to the League One title and sealed promotion back to the Championship.

The 2015/2016 season the club started in the Championship, and they have remained there since. The end of an up and down era, which saw Lee Johnson become the seventh manager of the club in six years. Lee Johnson is the son of former Bristol City manager Gary Johnson, who oversaw the club’s revival in the late 2000’s.

Crest

The Bristol City FC badge is based on the Bristol city coat of arms. First used on shirts in 1901, but was only worn after that when the club reached the FA Cup Final in 1909.

A new Bristol City football badge was introduced in 1949. This badge was the first to feature a robin, based on the club’s nickname, and the coat of arms remained.

The 1976/1977 season saw a new Bristol City FC crest. This badge consisted of a shield shape, which contained an image of a robin and an image of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. This crest stayed until 1983, when embroidered letters and numbers BC 82 replaced it.

The robin badge was brought back three years later, and in 1996 a new Bristol City badge featuring the Bristol city coat of arms was introduced. This badge has remained to the day, undergoing slight changes to colouring and shape.

However, in 2018, there are two Bristol City badges in use, one for the home shirt and one for the away kit, with the much loved robin making a return.

Colours

Bristol City colours have featured red and white since 1897. Red shirts, white shorts and red socks is the standard kit, and when the Bristol City and Bedminster merged, the Bristol City colours remained and Bedminster lost their brown and yellow shirts with black shorts and black socks.

For most of Bristol City’s existence, red, white and red have been consistently used as kit colours. However, on occasion, the home kit has featured black socks, and in frequent periods the club has won all red kits. The 2016/2017 Bristol City kit features a red shirt with red sorts and socks.

Bristol City Stadium

The Bristol City FC stadium is Ashton Gate. The club have played their home games at Ashton Gate since 1904. The ground belonged to Bedminster firstly, with the club using it occasionally following their merger, but it wasn’t until 1904 when Ashton Gate became Bristol City’s permanent home.

Ashton Gate has a current capacity of 27,000, an average size for a Championship stadium. There have been plans for a Bristol City stadium redevelopment or relocation, early plans were thwarted but the club then embarked on a reconstruction of the stadium. This led to the Williams and Wedlock stands replaced and the extension of the Dolman stand.

Since the redevelopment of Ashton Gate, the Bristol City stadium seating plan features four all seater stands. These now are the Lansdown Stand, the Dolman Stand, the Atyeo Stand and the South Stand.

The Lansdown Stand was completed in 2016 and named after the club’s majority shareholder Stephen Lansdown who provided funds for the Ashton Gate redevelopment. It is the biggest stand in the ground, with a capacity of 11,000.

The Dolman Stand, named after former chairman Harry Dolman, was originally built in 1970. This stand was extended in 2015.

The Atyeo Stand was built in 1994, and was named after the club’s all time record goalscorer, John Atyeo. 

The South Stand is the only stand not to be named after a person with historical influences on Bristol City. Completed in 2015, the stand houses over 6,000 spectators.

Supporters

Bristol City supporters typically hail from Bristol and its surrounding areas. There are many Bristol City supporters clubs up and down the country, the Bristol City Supporters Club and Trust being one of the largest.

The official Bristol City Supporters song is One for the Bristol City. This song is played during most home matches.

The Bristol City mascot since 2005 has been Scrumpy the Robin.

Bristol City fans enjoy a rivalry with those from neighbouring club Bristol Rovers. City have the upper hand in the Bristol derby, with 43 wins in 105 matches.

Bristol City also have a rivalry with Cardiff City, also a local derby despite the fact that these two teams play in different countries.

There is also a rivalry with Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle, though these meetings are not as fierce as the Bristol or Severnside derbies.

Ownership

The current owner of Bristol City is Stephen Lansdown. Lansdown, a Bristol City fan, bought a controlling interest in the club in the late 1990’s.

Lansdown is also chairman of the club after Colin Sexstone and Keith Dawe held this role.

Harry Dolman was chairman from 1949 to 1974, and later being came president of Bristol City Football Club.

Stats

Bristol City stats start with the club’s all time record appearance maker. Louis Carey made 646 appearances for Bristol City over two spells at the club. The first was from 1995 to 2004 and the second from 2005 to 2014.

Four other players have made over 500 appearances for Bristol City. These are John Atyeo, who made 645 appearances from 1951 to 1966; Trevor Tainton, who played in 581 Bristol City matches between 1967 and 1982; Brian Tinnion, who played 551 times for Bristol City between 1993 and 2005; and Tom Ritchie, who made 504 appearances over two spells for the club, firstly from 1972 to 1981 and then again from 1983 to 1985.

Bristol City’s all time leading goalscorer is John Atyeo, who scored 351 goals during his time as a Bristol City player.

Don Clark holds the record for most goals scored in a season. Clark scored 36 goals for Bristol City in the 1946/1947 campaign.

Jonathan Kodjia is the subject of both Bristol City’s record transfer fee paid and transfer fee received. Kodjia became Bristol City’s record transfer signing in 2015, when Bristol City paid Angers £3.25 million for his services. A season later, Aston Villa paid a fee of £15 million to take Kodjia to Villa Park.

Bristol City’s record league win is 9-0, a scoreline they achieved against Aldershot FC in 1946. Bristol City’s record win in any competition came in 1960, when they beat Chichester City 11-0 in the FA Cup.

Bristol City’s record league defeat came in 1934, when they succumbed to a 9-0 victory against Coventry City.

The all time highest attendance at Ashton Gate is 43,335, a spectator figure reached in 1935 against Preston North End. The biggest crowd a Bristol City side has played in front of is 86,703, the number of spectators who watched Bristol City take on Hull City in the Championship play-off final in 2008.

Bristol City Players

The Bristol City FC squad currently contains 25 players. One of the best of the Bristol City new players is Tammy Abraham, on loan from Premier League side Chelsea.

The current Bristol City player of the year is Bobby Reid. Two seasons earlier, the whole squad were voted Player of the Year following their promotion from League One to the Championship. The whole squad were also voted Player of the Year in the 1975/1976 season.

Since 1970, two Bristol City players have won back to back Player of the Year awards. The first was Norman Hunter, who was awarded the prize in 1976/1977 and 1977/1978; and Shaun Taylor who won the award in 1996/1997 and 1997/1998.

Notable ex Bristol City players include Gerry Gow, John Kerr, Alan Walsh, Joe Jordan, Andy Cole, Gary Collier, Jimmy Mann and Trevor Tainton.

Three players have scored 20 or more league goals for Bristol City in a single season since the 2004/2005 season. These are Leroy Lita, who scored 24 league goals for Bristol City in the 2004/2005 season; Nicky Maynard, who scored 20 goals in the 2011/2012 season; and Sam Baldock, who in the 2013/2014 season found the net on 24 occasions.

Bristol City Manager

The current Bristol City manager is Lee Johnson. Johnson took over the club in 2016, following the departure of previous manager Steve Cotterill. 

Lee Johnson’s father Gary Johnson was also in charge at Bristol City for a spell. Johnson Snr managed the club between 2005 and 2010 before being replaced by Steve Coppell.

In terms of win percentage, the most successful Bristol City manager is Sam Hollis, who finished with a win percentage of 51.88 after leading his side to victory in 69 matches from 1901 to 1905.

Bob Hewison holds the record for the longest serving Bristol City FC Manager, spending 17 years in the role between 1932 and 1949.

Honours

Bristol City have never won a major trophy. The Bristol City list of honours includes top tier runners up (1906/1907); one second tier title (1905/1906); four third tier titles (1922/1923, 1926/1927, 1954/1955, 2014/2015); FA Cup runners up (1909); League Cup semi finalists (1970/1971, 1988/1989) and Football League Trophy champions (1985/1985, 2002/2003, 2014/2015).

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