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Bristol South End Football Club were originally formed as one of the city’s first football clubs in 1894, and just three years later the club was renamed to Bristol City Football Club as we know them today. Sam Hollis, the first-ever manager of the club was given just £40 to spend on transfers and to assemble his squad.
Three years later, Bristol City merged with Bedminster FC who were another professional football club who played their matches just a mile away from St.John’s Lane – at Ashton Gate. Ashton Gate was adopted as the Robins new home stadium in 1904, and it is still Bristol City’s home of football today, the stadium now holds a capacity of 27,000. Get the latest Bristol City news from Ashton Gate here!
The Robins were elected to the Football League in 1901, and they won their first major trophy in 1906 soon after their admission. City won the Division Two championship with an incredible record 30 league wins. Just three seasons later, Bristol managed to reach the FA Cup final, but narrowly lost 1-0 to a strong Manchester United side. In 1926-27, Bristol City were crowned champions of Division Three (South), scoring a record number of goals in a season – 104. Tot Walsh impressively scored six goals in one game, versus Gillingham on 15th January, a feat which also remains a club record. After almost an 80 year absence, Bristol City climbed their way back up to the First Division in 1976, after finishing runners-up of Division Two.
In 1978, the Robins won the Anglo-Scottish Cup before facing triple relegations down to Division Four, starting just two seasons after their cup triumph. In 1992, Andy Cole signed from Arsenal in July, for a club-record fee of £500,000, though he was sold to Newcastle United just one year later for another club record of £1.75m.
Moving on, Bristol City clinched promotion back to the Championship with a second-place finish in League One on the final day of the season. The following season during City’s first season back in the Championship, they claimed their highest-ever Football League placing for 32 years, finishing fourth in the table. The Robins enjoyed a six-season stay in the Championship before relegation struck at the end of the 2012-13 season, with Bristol finishing rock bottom.
This did not last long however, after spending just two seasons in League One, the Robins were promoted as champions with a notable 99 points.