Bristol derby

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Bristol Derby
Bristol City FC.svgBristol Rovers F.C. logo.svg
Ashton Gate vs Gas.jpg
Bristol City and Bristol Rovers prepare for their derby at Ashton Gate in February 2007
City or region Bristol, England
Teams involved Bristol City, Bristol Rovers
First contested 13 October 1897
Most wins Bristol City (44)
Most recent meeting Bristol City 2–1 Bristol Rovers
(4 September 2013)
Largest victory Bristol Rovers 0–5 Bristol City
(9 October 1926)

The Bristol derby is the name given to football matches played between Bristol City and Bristol Rovers (a "local derby"). The fans of each club both consider the other to be their main rivals,[1] leading to a heated atmosphere at these matches. The majority of the meetings between the teams have been in the Football League, and they used to meet annually in the Gloucestershire Cup.

The Bristol Derby was deemed 8th fiercest rivalry in English football in an in-depth report by the Football Pools in 2008.[2]

History[edit]

The first meeting between Bristol City and Bristol Rovers took place on 22 September 1894 when the two teams, then called Bristol South End and Eastville Rovers, met at St John's Lane in Bedminster. The game finished 3–1 to Eastville Rovers, the team that went on to become Bristol Rovers.[3]

Games between the two teams, like the majority of local derbies in English football, have resulted in a number of football hooliganism incidents. In a match between the clubs in December 1996, pitch invasions by both sets of fans culminated in reports of Rovers players being "assaulted" by City fans.[4]

The most recent match between the two sides came on 4 September 2013 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round at City's Ashton Gate Stadium. The game finished 2–1 to City.[5] The match, which was broadcast live on Sky Sports, was overshadowed by a post match pitch invasion by a number of Bristol City supporters, leading to 19 arrests being made and three police officers injured.[6]

All-time results[edit]

As of game played on 4 September 2013[7]
Season Date Competition Home team Score Away team
2013–14 04–09–2013 Football League Trophy City
2–1
Rovers
2006–07 27–02–2007 Football League Trophy Rovers
1–0
City
21–02–2007 City
0–0
Rovers
2001–02 09–01–2002 Football League Trophy City
3–0
Rovers
2000–01 03–04–2001 Second Division Rovers
1–1
City
22–12–2000 City
3–2
Rovers
1999–2000 22–04–2000 Second Division Rovers
2–0
City
17–10–1999 City
0–0
Rovers
1997–98 14–03–1998 Second Division City
2–0
Rovers
04–11–1997 Rovers
1–2
City
26–08–1997 League Cup Rovers
1–2
City
12–08–1997 City
0–0
Rovers
1996–97 16–03–1997 Second Division Rovers
1–2
City
15–12–1996 City
1–1
Rovers
1995–96 16–03–1996 Second Division Rovers
2–4
City
16–01–1996 City
0–2
Rovers
1992–93 06–03–1993 First Division City
2–1
Rovers
13–12–1992 Rovers
4–0
City
1991–92 21–12–1991 Second Division Rovers
3–2
City
08–10–1991 League Cup City
2–4
Rovers
25–09–1991 Rovers
1–3
City
04–09–1991 Second Division City
1–0
Rovers
1990–91 05–03–1991 Second Division City
1–0
Rovers
26–01–1991 Rovers
3–2
City
1989–90 02–05–1990 Third Division Rovers
3–0
City
23–09–1989 City
0–0
Rovers
1988–89 25–03–1989 Third Division Rovers
1–1
City
02–01–1989 City
0–1
Rovers
23–11–1988 Associate Members' Cup Rovers
1–0
City
1987–88 12–04–1988 Third Division Rovers
1–0
City
12–09–1987 City
3–3
Rovers
1986–87 18–04–1987 Third Division Rovers
0–0
City
01–01–1987 City
0–1
Rovers
16–12–1986 Associate Members' Cup City
3–0
Rovers
Competition Played City wins Rovers wins Draws
Football League 88 34 24 30
League Cup 4 2 1 1
Associate Members' Cup
Football League Trophy
6 3 2 1
Total 98 39 27 32

*Results prior to the 1922–23 season are not cited and therefore not included.

Records[edit]

  • Highest aggregate score: 8 (Bristol City 5–3 Bristol Rovers, 1956–57)
  • Highest Bristol City score: 5 (Bristol Rovers 0–5 Bristol City, 1926–27)
  • Highest Bristol Rovers score: 5 (Bristol Rovers 5–1 Bristol City, 1933–34)
  • Most Recent Result: Bristol City 2–1 Bristol Rovers, 2013–14

Players for both sides[edit]

A number of players have played for both City and Rovers. These include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rivalry uncovered" (PDF). Football fans census. Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  2. ^ http://www.footballpools.com/football-fever/rivalries-league.html
  3. ^ Byrne, Stephen; Jay, Mike (2003). Bristol Rovers Football Club – The Definitive History 1883–2003. Stroud: Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-2717-2. 
  4. ^ Tongue, Steve (1996-12-16). "FA to probe fury that shamed Bristol derby Late equaliser then mounted police called to restore order". The Herald (Glasgow). Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  5. ^ "Bristol City 2–1 Bristol Rovers". bbc.co.uk. 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  6. ^ "Bristol police injured in City v Rovers pitch invasion". bbc.co.uk. 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  7. ^ "Head-to-head". Bristol Rovers Mad. Retrieved 2007-09-10.