Bristol City F.C.

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Bristol City Football Club is one of two football league clubs in Bristol, England, (the other being arch rivals Bristol Rovers). They play at Ashton Gate, located in the south-west of the City. Keith Millen is currently the manager of the club. They were promoted to the Football League Championship in the 2006–07 season after finishing second in League One but failed to make a second consecutive promotion to the Premier League after they were defeated by Hull City in the Championship Play-Offs.

Bristol City won the Welsh Cup – despite being an English team – in 1934. In 1907 they finished runners-up in Football League Division One, which is their highest-ever final position.

In 1982, Bristol City became the first English team to suffer three consecutive relegations but by 1990 they were back in the Second Division. Another relegation followed in 1995 joining with Swindon Town, when City finished second from bottom in the new Second Division, and a return to that division three years later lasted just one season. Most of their seasons between 1999 and 2006 were spent challenging for promotion in the upper half of the division.

The club's nickname is "The Robins", and a robin featured on the club's badge from 1976 to 1994. Official club merchandise, including replica kits, still has a label showing a robin. An attempt by the club to alter the club's badge was abandoned after the club was criticized fiercely by fans.[1]

Bristol City currently play at Ashton Gate stadium in the Ashton/Bedminster area of the city of Bristol, which has an all-seater capacity of 21,497. Bristol has been chosen as a host city for the World Cup 2018, should England be awarded host nation status, and Bristol City plan to build a new 30,000 capacity stadium at Ashton Vale, to be completed in time for the 2012–13 season.


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