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Midfielder Marvin Elliott has competed in an FA Cup final, playing in Millwall's defeat to Manchester United in 2004

Name: Bristol City
Fact
: Bristol City won the Welsh Cup – despite being an English club – in 1934.
Founded: 1897
Nicknames
: The Robins
Ground
: Ashton Gate, Bristol
Capacity: 21,497
Chairman
: Colin Sextone
Manager
: Derek McInnes
League
: The Championship
Record goalscorer
: John Atyeo (314 league goals)
Most appearances
: John Atyeo (597 league appearances)
Record attendance: 43,335 vs Preston North End, 1935 FA Cup Round 5
Main rival
: Bristol Rovers
Rivals
: Cardiff City
Celebrity fans: Mark Watson, Justin Lee Collins, Banksy
Fans favourites
: Nicky Maynard, Louis Carey

Declining Robins just need to consolidate defence

Things were looking promising for Bristol City following a return to the Championship in the 2007/2008 season and at one point the Robins sat atop the Championship table.

A run of poor results ensured that Bristol City would have to negotiate their way through the play-offs if they were to achieve back-to-back promotions and a semi-final against Crystal Palace proved too tough.

Emotions were running high during the summer of 2008 as the Robins, under the guidance of Gary Johnson, were expected to challenge in the Championship odds but since topping the Championship table in January 2008, Bristol’s Championship performance has been in decline.

Championship Odds

A 10th-placed finish in the 2008/2009 season was followed by a 10th place finish in the 2009/2010 Championship season,15th in 2010/2011 and a precarious 20th place finish in 2011/2012.

This slide down the table has coincided with Bristol’s defensive performances diminishing, though their attack was uncharacteristically poor last term too.

Up until the past campaign, Bristol spent four seasons going from averaging 1.17 goals per game to 1.35 goals per game with Robins fans seeing their club score in 72% of their games in each of these seasons.

However, last season saw the Robins score just 0.96 goals per game in 2011/2012, whilst they have gone from conceding 1.15 goals per game to 1.48 goals per game in the past five seasons and this explains their loss percentage rising from 26% in 2007/2008 to 48% in 2011/2012.

21 defeats cost the Robins a place in the top ten last season and if the defence stops leaking goals, there’s no reason to suggest Bristol City can’t at least attain a mid-table finish this season.

With Championship promotion odds of 16/1 the Robins aren’t fancied to make a promotion push, but should defenders be brought in this transfer window, the Robins could be dark horses to make the promotion places.

Bristol City won the Welsh Cup – despite being an English club – in 1934.

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Bristol City in detail
Name: Bristol CityFounded: 1897
Nicknames
: The Robins
Ground
: Ashton Gate, Bristol
Capacity: 21,497
Chairman
: Colin Sextone
Manager
:
League
: The Championship
Record goalscorer
: John Atyeo (314 league goals)
Most appearances
: John Atyeo (597 league appearances)
Record attendance: 43,335 vs Preston North End, 1935 FA Cup Round 5
Main rival
: Bristol Rovers
Rivals
: Cardiff City
Celebrity fans: Mark Watson, Justin Lee Collins, Banksy
Fans favourites
: Nicky Maynard, Louis Carey
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