2007–08 Bristol City F.C. season

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Bristol City
2007–08 season
Chairman Steve Lansdown
Manager Gary Johnson
Stadium Ashton Gate
Championship 4th (qualified for playoffs)
Play-offs Runners-up
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer Byfield (8)
Average home league attendance 16,275

During the 2007–08 English football season, Bristol City F.C. competed in the Football League Championship, following promotion from League One the previous season.

Season summary[edit]

In the summer between City's promotion and the start of the Championship season, Gary Johnson made a number of signings. However their pre-season form did not start well, losing 4–2 to Forest Green Rovers. However City got off to a good start going unbeaten for a number of matches and briefly topping the Championship after beating Coventry City 3–0. City then suffered a slight blip after losing 3–0 to Barnsley before beating several big teams, including Sheffield United (live on Sky Sports) and Southampton. In November, City's form dipped and they endured a run of 4 games without a win, including a 6–0 thrashing at the hands of Ipswich Town. In December, City's form picked up again and went unbeaten all the way to Boxing Day, when they lost to West Bromwich Albion 4–1.

After a stop-start run of form, including victories over Blackpool and Coventry City and losses to Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace, City went top of the Championship on 1 March, after a 2–1 home victory over Hull City. After some indifferent results, City went back to the top after a last-gasp winner from Steve Brooker, who was just returning from injury, in a 2–1 win over Norwich City. However a poor run ended City's chances of an automatic promotion place. On 4 May 2008, a 3–0 home win against Preston North End on the final day of the league season ensured a playoff place and a semi-final fixture against Crystal Palace. On 13 May 2008, a 4–2 aggregate win over Crystal Palace with goals from Lee Trundle and Michael McIndoe confirmed City's trip to Wembley,[1] where they were beaten 1–0 by Hull City.[2] At the end of the season, defender Bradley Orr and midfielder Marvin Elliott were both included in the PFA Team of the Year, while goalkeeper Adriano Basso was named the club's player of the season. Elliott was the club's young player of the season.

Kit[edit]

Bristol City's kit was manufactured by German company Puma and sponsored by Bristol Trade Centre. The club's away kit was all black with white trimings and rendered in the same template as the home kit; the third kit featured black shorts, white shirts and black and white socks.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 West Bromwich Albion (C) (P) 46 23 12 11 88 55 +33 81 Promotion to Premier League
2 Stoke City (P) 46 21 16 9 69 55 +14 79
3 Hull City (P) 46 21 12 13 65 47 +18 75 Qualification to League Championship playoffs
4 Bristol City 46 20 14 12 54 53 +1 74
5 Crystal Palace 46 18 17 11 58 42 +16 71
6 Watford 46 18 16 12 62 56 +6 70
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 18 16 12 53 48 +5 70
8 Ipswich Town 46 18 15 13 65 56 +9 69
9 Sheffield United 46 17 15 14 56 51 +5 66
10 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 13 16 60 50 +10 64
11 Charlton Athletic 46 17 13 16 63 58 +5 64
12 Cardiff City 46 16 16 14 59 55 +4 64
13 Burnley 46 16 14 16 60 67 −7 62
14 Queens Park Rangers 46 14 16 16 60 66 −6 58
15 Preston North End 46 15 11 20 50 56 −6 56
16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 14 13 19 54 55 −1 55
17 Norwich City 46 15 10 21 49 59 −10 55
18 Barnsley 46 14 13 19 52 65 −13 55
19 Blackpool 46 12 18 16 59 64 −5 54
20 Southampton 46 13 15 18 56 72 −16 54
21 Coventry City 46 14 11 21 52 64 −12 53
22 Leicester City (R) 46 12 16 18 42 45 −3 52 Relegation to League One
23 Scunthorpe United (R) 46 11 13 22 46 69 −23 46
24 Colchester United (R) 46 7 17 22 62 86 −24 38

Updated to games played on 4 May 2008.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Bristol City's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11 August 2007 Queens Park Rangers H 2-2 18,228 Johnson, Murray
18 August 2007 Blackpool A 1-1 8,983 Murray
25 August 2007 Scunthorpe United H 2-1 12,474 Trundle
1 September 2007 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-0 17,559 B Wilson
15 September 2007 Coventry City A 3-0 21,538 McIndoe, Konstantopoulos (own goal), Byfield
18 September 2007 West Bromwich Albion H 1-1 16,571 Orr
22 September 2007 Burnley H 2-2 14,079 Byfield (2)
29 September 2007 Preston North End A 0-0 12,098
2 October 2007 Barnsley A 0-3 9,679
6 October 2007 Sheffield United H 2-0 13,071 Noble, McIndoe
20 October 2007 Norwich City A 3-1 24,125 McIndoe, Murray, Trundle
24 October 2007 Southampton H 2-1 18,326 Byfield, Sproule
27 October 2007 Stoke City H 1-0 15,012 Elliott
3 November 2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-1 26,094 Fontaine
6 November 2007 Charlton Athletic H 0-1 15,420
10 November 2007 Ipswich Town A 0-6 22,020
24 November 2007 Leicester City H 0-2 15,040
27 November 2007 Hull City A 0-0 15,768
1 December 2007 Watford A 2-1 16,689 Showunmi, Byfield
4 December 2007 Ipswich Town H 2-0 14,062 Elliott, Orr (pen)
8 December 2007 Plymouth Argyle A 1-1 16,530 Timár (own goal)
15 December 2007 Cardiff City H 1-0 15,753 Elliott
22 December 2007 Barnsley H 3-2 16,588 Showunmi (2), Byfield
26 December 2007 West Bromwich Albion A 1-4 27,314 Byfield
29 December 2007 Burnley A 1-0 12,109 Vaskó
1 January 2008 Coventry City H 2-1 15,899 Byfield, Elliott
12 January 2008 Colchester United H 1-1 16,484 Sproule
19 January 2008 Crystal Palace A 0-2 19,010
26 January 2008 Blackpool H 1-0 15,465 Elliott
2 February 2008 Queens Park Rangers A 0-3 16,502
9 February 2008 Sheffield Wednesday H 2-1 15,520 Adebola, Orr
12 February 2008 Scunthorpe United A 1-0 5,423 Orr
18 February 2008 Crystal Palace H 1-1 16,446 McCombe
23 February 2008 Colchester United A 2-1 5,609 Adebola, McIndoe
1 March 2008 Hull City H 2-1 15,859 Adebola, McCombe
4 March 2008 Charlton Athletic A 1-1 24,075 McCombe
8 March 2008 Leicester City A 0-0 22,616
11 March 2008 Watford H 0-0 19,026
15 March 2008 Plymouth Argyle H 1-2 19,011 Trundle (pen)
22 March 2008 Cardiff City A 1-2 16,458 Adebola
29 March 2008 Norwich City H 2-1 17,511 Adebola, Brooker
5 April 2008 Southampton A 0-2 22,890
12 April 2008 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-0 19,332
19 April 2008 Stoke City A 1-2 24,475 Adebola
26 April 2008 Sheffield United A 1-2 29,787 McIndoe (pen)
4 May 2008 Preston North End H 3-0 19,169 Trundle, McIndoe, Noble

Championship play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 1st Leg 10 May 2008 Crystal Palace A 2-1 22,869 Carey, Noble
SF 2nd Leg 13 May 2008 Crystal Palace H 2-1 (a.e.t.) 18,842 Trundle, McIndoe
F 24 May 2008 Hull City N 0-1 86,703

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 2008 Middlesbrough H 1-2 15,895 Fontaine

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 14 August 2007 Brentford A 3-0 2,213 Elliott, Jevons (2)
R2 29 August 2007 Manchester City H 1-2 14,541 Orr

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Adriano Basso
2 England MF Bradley Orr
3 Scotland DF Jamie McAllister
4 England DF Liam Fontaine
5 England DF Jamie McCombe
6 England DF Louis Carey
7 Scotland MF Scott Murray
8 England MF David Noble
9 England FW Steve Brooker
10 Australia FW Nick Carle
11 Scotland MF Michael McIndoe
12 England FW Jennison Myrie-Williams
14 England MF Cole Skuse
15 England FW Enoch Showunmi
16 England DF Richard Keogh
17 England MF Alex Russell
18 England MF Brian Wilson
No. Position Player
19 Hungary DF Tamás Vaskó (on loan from Újpest)
20 England MF Kevin Betsy
21 England MF Frankie Artus
22 England GK Chris Weale
23 England FW Lee Trundle
24 Wales DF Christian Ribeiro
25 England MF Marvin Elliott
26 England DF James Wilson
27 England DF Jordan Walker
28 England DF Martin Slocombe
29 England FW Ivan Sproule
30 England FW Tristan Plummer
32 Republic of Ireland GK Stephen Henderson
33 England MF Lee Johnson
34 Jamaica FW Darren Byfield
35 Nigeria FW Dele Adebola

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
10 England FW Phil Jevons (to Huddersfield Town)
No. Position Player
34 England DF David Partridge (to Brentford)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bristol C 2-1 C Palace (agg 4-2)". BBC Sport. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bristol City 0-1 Hull". BBC Sport. 24 May 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/bristol-city/2007-2008/results