Boro’ have taken on their fair share of opponents down the years and some of those teams have simply been no more than passing acquaintances, while there are others that have become – well – annoyingly familiar. For all the many times we’ve faced teams like Woking, there have been rare match-ups too. So, we’re asking, where do Bristol City stand in the grand scheme of things?
Bristol City: Us And Them
To date, the time we’ve spent with Bristol City has been short and – to be completely honest – not sweet at all. The 2013-4 League One campaign is as close as we got to the Robins and, from our point of view, it was close enough. In our two meetings that term, Boro’s defence was breached on a dismal seven occasions. Ouch! But that’s not the worst bit. The 3-1 defeat at the Lamex in April 2014 was the result that officially ended our fading League One survival hopes – sealing our first relegation since 1988.
It was almost like Bristol City had passed a baton onto us. We finished that League One campaign rock bottom of the table as you all no doubt remember, even if you’d rather not. The previous season, however, it was the Robins that suffered that fate – albeit in the Championship; the ensuing relegation flushing ’em down into what was our manor at the time. And that is not all. After being the club to relegate us, Bristol’s premier side were back in touch in summer 2014 to secure the services of Luke Freeman.
We did get a six-figure sum for that, so swings and roundabouts eh?
We’re yet to return to League One, but Robins have righted their wrong and are back in the Championship. It’s not their pinnacle, mind you. Bristol City have, in fact, rubbed shoulders with the Crème du Menthe of English football on two occasions. First, back before the Titanic sank; the second, during the late 1970s. The club’s fortunes nose-dived after dropping out of the top flight, with three straight relegations taking them from Division One to Division Four and mounting financial problems to boot.
In happier times, Bristol City have been the second best team in the land (1907) and reached the FA Cup final (1909). More recent is the club’s status as the most successful team in the history of the Football League Trophy. The Robins’ 2015 success is the most notable, coinciding with a League One title. Do we count the Welsh Cup as an honour? If so, 1934. If not, it’s as you were. And it’s also where we end. That’s us and Bristol City in a nutshell. Maybe we’ll meet again some day. But it’ll be at least a season or two…
BoroGuide’s Bristol City club profile – for old time’s sake…