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Bristol City

Bristol City

Nickname The Robins
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Stadium Ashton Gate  

Bristol South End Football Club were formed in 1894 and played at St Johns Grounds in Bedminster. In 1897 they turned professional and were renamed Bristol City. Their nickname is 'The Robins' as they traditionally play in red shirts with white shorts.

In 1900 they merged with Bedminster Football club and joined the football league a year later. Bedminsters ground was Ashton gate and the newly formed team played at both Ashton Gate and St Johns in the first season. In 1902 they began playing home games solely at St Johns before permanently moving to Ashton Gate in 1904. Ashton Gate has been home since.

By 1906 they had gained promotion to the top flight after winning a record 30 games. In the first season they were runners up which is the highest league position managed to date. They were relegated in 1911 and went on to spend 65 years outside the top flight.

Bristol have never won a major trophy but reached the FA Cup final in 1909 where they were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United. In 1971 they reached the semi-finals of the League Cup.

In 1976 Bristol rejoined Englands footballing elite when they finished runners up in the old Second Division. The highest finishing position they achieved was 13 before being relegated again in 1980. This was the beginning of a disastrous time for the club and they were relegated in the following 3 straight seasons. Bristol City therefore have the dubious record of being the first league club to be relegated in four successive seasons. The Robins were now in the basement division and facing a financial crisis. A successful takeover bid saved the club from extinction in 1982 and by 1984 they were back in the third tier.

Since 1999 Bristol have remained in the third flight and have experienced many unsuccessful promotion challenges.

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