Bristol derby

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Bristol derby
Ashton Gate vs Gas.jpg
The two teams moments before kick-off of the 2007 goalless draw at Ashton Gate
Locale Bristol, England
Teams
First meeting 25 January 1896
Eastville Rovers 4-0 Bristol South End

1895–96 Gloucestershire Cup
Latest meeting 4 September 2013
City 2-1 Rovers
2013–14 Football League Trophy
Stadiums Ashton Gate
Memorial Stadium
Statistics
Meetings total 232
Most wins Bristol City (105)
All-time record Bristol City: 105
Drawn: 62
Bristol Rovers: 65
Largest victory Rovers 0–5 City (1926)
Rovers 0–5 City (1945)
Rovers 0–5 City (1969)
Largest goal scoring Rovers 4–4 City (1940)
City 5–3 Rovers (1956)
Longest win streak City: 6 (1945)
Rovers: 5 (1981–1983)
Longest unbeaten streak City: 10 (1975–1981)
Rovers: 8 (1988–1990)
Current win streak 1 win (City)
Map
Map showing the locations of the two teams within Bristol.

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 of what would become a fierce rivalry took place on 22 September 1894, when newly formed Bristol South End (later to be renamed Bristol City) hosted a friendly match with Eastville Rovers (later Bristol Rovers) at their ground at St John's Lane in Bedminster. The Southerners, perhaps surprisingly, defeated their more established opponents 2–1. After a further number of friendly matches, the teams had their first competitive meeting when they were drawn together in the 1895–96 Gloucestershire Cup. This time Rovers, who had the home advantage at their Ridgeway ground, were the victors with an emphatic 4–0 defeat of South End,[3] in what was reported to have been a very physical encounter:

It was a regular cup tie, and was characterised by very rough play, and an inclination on the part of a number of players to "have a few words" with their opponents–in fact on two or three occasions the referee had to remind the offenders that it was not a boxing contest.

— Bristol Mercury, 27 January 1896.[4]

The following season the teams met in league competition for the first time when South End joined the Western League, winning 2–0 away to Rovers on 26 September 1896. In 1897 South End renamed themselves Bristol City and played in both the Southern League and the now-professional Western League, but opted to leave the Western League a year later. Rovers meanwhile split their seasons between the Birmingham & District League and Western League, not joining the Southern League until 1899, meaning there were no league matches played between the clubs during the 1898–99 season.

In the summer of 1900, City merged with local rivals Bedminster F.C., with the new club retaining the name and identity of the original Bristol City.[5] Rovers and City spent just two seasons together in the Southern League before City successfully applied for election to The Football League in 1901, leading to a 21–year gap before they would play in the same division again.[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.[6] Some fans of both teams have even been known to avoid attending derby matches because of fears of violence.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

All-time results[edit]

The table below shows the results of all competitive matches between Bristol City and Bristol Rovers. The teams have faced each other in The Football League, FA Cup, Football League Cup, Football League Trophy (formerly known as the Associate Members Cup), Gloucestershire Cup, Third Division South Cup, Southern Football League and Western Football League, as well as in a number of wartime competitions held while normal League football was suspended.[3]

As of game played on 4 September 2013. All Football League, FA Cup, League Cup and Football League Trophy results, and attendance figures since 2003 from 11v11.com.[10] Other results and pre-2003 attendance figures from Byrne & Jay (2003).[3] Friendly matches are not included in this table.
Season Date Competition Home team Score Away team Attendance
2013–14 4 September 2013 Football League Trophy City 2–1 Rovers 17,888
2006–07 27 February 2007 Football League Trophy Rovers 1–0 City 11,530
21 February 2007 City 0–0 Rovers 18,730
2001–02 9 January 2002 Football League Trophy City 3–0 Rovers 17,367
2000–01 3 April 2001 Second Division Rovers 1–1 City 9,361
22 December 2000 City 3–2 Rovers 16,696
1999–2000 22 April 2000 Second Division Rovers 2–0 City 10,805
17 October 1999 City 0–0 Rovers 16,011
1997–98 14 March 1998 Second Division City 2–0 Rovers 17,086
4 November 1997 Rovers 1–2 City 7,552
26 August 1997 League Cup Rovers 1–2 City 5,872
12 August 1997 City 0–0 Rovers 9,341
1996–97 16 March 1997 Second Division Rovers 1–2 City 8,078
15 December 1996 City 1–1 Rovers 18,674
17 August 1996 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–0 Rovers 4,932
1995–96 16 March 1996 Second Division Rovers 2–4 City 8,648
16 January 1996 City 0–2 Rovers 20,007
1994–95 3 August 1994 Gloucestershire Cup Roversa 0–0 City 3,699
1993–94 5 August 1993 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–1 Roversb 6,698
1992–93 6 April 1993 First Division City 2–1 Rovers 21,854
13 December 1992 Rovers 4–0 City 7,106
5 August 1992 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 2–1 City 3,722
1991–92 21 December 1991 Second Division Rovers 3–2 City 6,306
8 October 1991 League Cup City 2–4 Rovers 9,880
25 September 1991 Rovers 1–3 City 5,155
4 September 1991 Second Division City 1–0 Rovers 20,183
17 August 1991 Gloucestershire Cup City 3–2 Rovers 6,796
1990–91 5 March 1991 Second Division City 1–0 Rovers 22,227
26 January 1991 Rovers 3–2 City 7,054
15 August 1990 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 1–4 City 4,208
1989–90 2 May 1990 Third Division Rovers 3–0 City 9,831
23 September 1989 City 0–0 Rovers 17,432
8 August 1989 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–2 Rovers 6,153
1988–89 25 March 1989 Third Division Rovers 1–1 City 8,676
2 January 1989 City 0–1 Rovers 23,191
23 November 1988 Associate Members' Cup Rovers 1–0 City 3,940
17 August 1988 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 3–0 City 1,664
1987–88 12 April 1988 Third Division Rovers 1–0 City 5,947
15 March 1988 Gloucestershire Cup City 3–1 Rovers 2,278
2 December 1987 Rovers 1–2 City 1,376
12 September 1987 Third Division City 3–3 Rovers 14,746
1986–87 18 April 1987 Third Division Rovers 0–0 City 4,695
1 January 1987 City 0–1 Rovers 17,122
16 December 1986 Associate Members' Cup City 3–0 Rovers 6,903
1985–86 22 April 1986 Third Division Rovers 1–1 City 9,926
29 March 1986 City 2–0 Rovers 12,171
9 September 1985 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–0 Rovers 4,894
1984–85 21 May 1985 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 3–1 City 4,033
13 April 1985 Third Division Rovers 1–0 City 12,957
8 December 1984 FA Cup 2nd round City 1–3 Rovers 19,367
10 November 1984 Third Division City 3–0 Rovers 18,672
1983–84 10 December 1983 FA Cup 2nd round Rovers 1–2 City 14,396
20 September 1983 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–3 Rovers 6,538
1982–83 21 September 1982 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 2–1 City 4,369
1981–82 12 April 1982 Third Division City 1–2 Rovers 10,791
29 December 1981 Rovers 1–0 City 12,355
8 September 1981 Gloucestershire Cup City 0–1 Rovers 4,022
1980–81 5 May 1981 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 0–1 City 2,558
31 January 1981 Second Division Rovers 0–0 City 10,087
23 August 1980 City 0–0 Rovers 16,937
1979–80 6 May 1980 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–0 Rovers 5,584
1978–79 15 May 1979 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 0–2 City 6,661
1977–78 2 May 1978 Gloucestershire Cup City 3–0 Rovers 10,178
1976–77 24 May 1977 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 0–1 City 10,432
1975–76 4 May 1976 Gloucestershire Cup City 3–2 Rovers 10,278
16 April 1976 Second Division Rovers 0–0 City 26,430
30 August 1975 City 1–1 Rovers 17,918
1974–75 29 April 1975 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 2–1 City 11,408
1 April 1975 Second Division City 1–1 Rovers 28,953
28 December 1974 Rovers 1–4 City 20,933
1973–74 29 April 1974 Gloucestershire Cup City 0–2 Rovers 15,986
1972–73 1 May 1973 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 2–2 Cityc 12,350
1971–72 9 May 1972 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–1 Rovers 13,137
1970–71 4 May 1971 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 1–1 City 12,256
1969–70 22 April 1970 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–1 Rovers 12,004
1968–69 28 April 1969 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 0–5 City 14,735
1967–68 14 May 1968 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–1 Rovers 11,375
30 January 1968 FA Cup 3rd round Rovers 1–2 City 30,157
27 January 1968 City 0–0 Rovers 37,237
1966–67 9 May 1967 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 0–3 City 17,433
1965–66 12 May 1966 Gloucestershire Cup City 0–1 Rovers 9,431
1964–65 26 April 1965 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 3–2 City 8,907
13 February 1965 Third Division City 2–1 Rovers 23,052
3 October 1964 Rovers 1–1 City 25,372
1963–64 28 April 1964 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–2 Rovers 7,693
14 December 1963 Third Division Rovers 4–0 City 19,451
24 August 1963 City 3–0 Rovers 20,697
1962–63 23 May 1963 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 2–1 City 8,018
23 April 1963 Third Division City 4–1 Rovers 22,739
15 September 1962 Rovers 1–2 City 20,708
1961–62 1 May 1962 Gloucestershire Cup City 3–1 Rovers 9,201
1960–61 1 May 1961 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 1–3 City 12,109
1959–60 2 May 1960 Gloucestershire Cup City 3–2 Rovers 7,195
27 February 1960 Second Division Rovers 2–1 City 27,048
10 October 1959 City 2–1 Rovers 27,548
1958–59 4 May 1959 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 1–1 City 11,022
21 March 1959 Second Division City 1–1 Rovers 26,868
1 November 1958 Rovers 1–2 City 32,104
1957–58 29 April 1958 Gloucestershire Cup City 4–1 Rovers 10,590
5 April 1958 Second Division Rovers 3–3 City 24,782
15 February 1958 FA Cup 5th round City 3–4 Rovers 39,126
12 October 1957 Second Division City 3–2 Rovers 33,465
1956–57 29 April 1957 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 1–2 City 14,608
2 February 1957 Second Division Rovers 0–0 City 32,055
22 September 1956 City 5–3 Rovers 36,951
1955–56 30 April 1956 Gloucestershire Cup City 0–1 Rovers 11,952
3 March 1956 Second Division Rovers 0–3 City 35,324
22 October 1955 City 1–1 Rovers 39,583
1954–55 2 May 1955 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 2–1 City 20,097
1953–54 3 May 1954 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–2 Rovers 13,668
1952–53 8 May 1953 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 0–2 City 19,214
7 February 1953 Third Division (South) City 0–0 Rovers 35,372
20 September 1952 Rovers 0–0 City 29,880
1951–52 10 May 1952 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–1 Rovers 16,214
19 January 1952 Third Division (South) Rovers 2–0 City 34,612
15 September 1951 City 1–1 Rovers 29,782
1950–51 12 May 1951 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 1–1 City 16,673
30 December 1950 Third Division (South) Rovers 2–1 City 31,518
2 September 1950 City 1–0 Rovers 28,168
1949–50 13 May 1950 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–0 Rovers 16,560
14 January 1950 Third Division (South) City 1–2 Rovers 33,697
10 September 1949 Rovers 2–3 City 34,463
1948–49 14 May 1949 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 2–0 City 15,111
5 February 1949 Third Division (South) City 1–1 Rovers 27,006
18 September 1948 Rovers 3–1 City 29,740
1947–48 8 May 1948 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–2 Rovers 16,000
14 February 1948 Third Division (South) City 5–2 Rovers 25,908
27 September 1947 Rovers 0–2 City 34,188
1946–47 7 June 1947 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–0 Rovers 11,434
26 May 1947 Rovers 2–2 City 17,151
1 February 1947 Third Division (South) City 4–0 Rovers 17,119
28 September 1946 Rovers 0–3 City 25,900
1945–46 30 March 1946 Third Division South (South) Cup City 1–2 Rovers 18,099
23 March 1946 Rovers 0–0 City 25,598
15 December 1945 FA Cup 2nd round Rovers 0–2 City 21,045
8 December 1945 City 4–2 Rovers 19,295
24 September 1945 Gloucestershire Cup City 3–1 Rovers 7,962
1 September 1945 Third Division South (South) City 3–0 Rovers 10,583
25 August 1945 Rovers 0–3 City 14,906
1944–45 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 0–5 City 9,048
World War II (1939–1945)
1939–40 6 April 1940 South-West League City 0–1 Rovers 3,358
9 March 1940 Rovers 4–4 City 2,153
30 December 1939 Roversd 4–2 City 1,966
11 November 1939 City 0–3 Rovers 2,817
19 August 1939 Football League Jubilee Match Rovers 4–0 City 5,395
1938–39 25 February 1939 Third Division (South) Rovers 1–1 City 14,824
22 October 1938 City 2–1 Rovers 15,825
21 September 1938 Gloucestershire Cup City 3–0 Rovers 2,465
1937–38 30 April 1938 Third Division (South) City 0–0 Rovers 23,424
28 December 1937 Rovers 1–0 City 25,000
27 September 1937 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 2–1 City 3,648
1936–37 2 January 1937 Third Division (South) City 4–1 Rovers 13,030
13 September 1936 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–0 Rovers 5,100
5 September 1936 Third Division (South) Rovers 3–1 City 25,638
1935–36 4 January 1936 Third Division (South) Rovers 1–1 City 18,459
2 October 1935 Third Division (South) Cup City 4–2 Rovers 2,000
25 September 1935 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 3–1 City 6,293
7 September 1935 Third Division (South) City 0–2 Rovers 23,991
1934–35 6 February 1935 Third Division (South) City 1–1 Rovers 7,911
26 September 1934 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–2 Rovers 5,216
15 September 1934 Third Division (South) Rovers 2–2 City 25,000
1933–34 3 April 1934 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–1 Rovers 6,278
30 December 1933 Third Division (South) Rovers 5–1 City 23,907
13 September 1933 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 0–0 City 8,361
26 August 1933 Third Division (South) City 0–3 Rovers 25,521
1932–33 24 April 1933 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 3–4 City 5,809
29 March 1933 Third Division (South) Rovers 1–1 City 23,475
15 October 1932 City 3–1 Rovers 25,501
14 September 1932 Gloucestershire Cup City 3–3 Rovers 6,929
1931–32 9 September 1931 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 0–1 City 10,862
1930–31 1 October 1930 Gloucestershire Cup City 3–1 Rovers 5,026
1929–30 22 April 1930 Gloucestershire Cup City 4–1 Rovers 3,500
30 September 1929 Rovers 0–0 City 3,000
1928–29 19 September 1928 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–0 Rovers 6,923
1927–28 10 April 1928 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 1–0 City 7,600
1926–27 26 February 1927 Third Division (South) City 3–1 Rovers 28,696
1 January 1927 Gloucestershire Cup City 4–0 Rovers 9,601
9 October 1926 Third Division (South) Rovers 0–5 City 28,731
1925–26 19 April 1926 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 1–4 City 4,500
20 March 1926 Third Division (South) Rovers 0–1 City 28,500
7 November 1925 City 0–0 Rovers 18,816
1924–25 29 April 1925 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 2–0 City 4,123
27 April 1925 City 1–1 Rovers 5,102
28 February 1925 Third Division (South) City 2–0 Rovers 15,000
10 January 1925 FA Cup 1st round Rovers 0–1 City 31,500
25 October 1924 Third Division (South) Rovers 0–0 City 30,000
1923–24 5 May 1924 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–0 Rovers 6,091
30 April 1924 Rovers 1–1 City 7,396
1922–23 7 May 1923 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–0 Rovers 4,991
30 September 1922 Third Division (South) Rovers 1–2 City 30,000
23 September 1922 City 0–1 Rovers 30,000
1921–22 1 May 1922 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 0–0 City 4,991
1920–21 29 September 1920 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–0 Rovers 11,994
1919–20 24 September 1919 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 0–4 City 7,000
1918–19 21 April 1919 Bristol County Combination Rovers 1–1 City 11,053
26 December 1918 City 2–3 Rovers 3,000
1917–18 9 March 1918 Bristol County Combination City 1–0 Rovers
9 February 1918 Rovers 2–0 City
World War I (1914–1918)
1913–14 14 April 1914 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–0 Rovers 8,501
1912–13 25 March 1913 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 1–0 City 9,590
1911–12 3 February 1912 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–0 Rovers 8,966
1910–11 19 April 1911 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 0–1 City 4,466
1909–10 6 April 1910 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–0 Rovers 1,000
26 January 1910 Rovers 1–2 City 1,175
13 October 1909 City 1–1 Rovers 3,000
1 September 1909 Rovers 1–1 City 9,521
1907–08 29 April 1908 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–0 Rovers 8,186
1906–07 1 April 1907 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 0–2 City 12,629
1905–06 16 April 1906 Gloucestershire Cup City 4–0 Rovers 8,836
1904–05 28 April 1905 Gloucestershire Cup City 1–3 Rovers 3,916
24 April 1905 Rovers 2–2 City 10,510
1903–04 4 April 1904 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–1 Rovers 10,537
1902–03 29 April 1903 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–4 Rovers 4,985
20 April 1903 City 1–1 Rovers 4,044
13 April 1903 Rovers 0–0 City 11,790
1901–02 23 April 1902 Gloucestershire Cup City 0–0 Rovers 4,223
31 March 1902 Rovers 0–0 City 14,000
27 November 1901 FA Cup 4th qualifying round City 2–3 Rovers 5,000
1900–01 29 April 1901 Gloucestershire Cup City 4–0 Rovers 2,800
8 April 1901 Southern League Division One Rovers 1–1 City 10,000
20 October 1900 City 1–0 Rovers 15,500
1899–00 13 April 1900 Southern League Division One Rovers 1–0 City 10,000
9 April 1900 Gloucestershire Cup City 0–1 Rovers 2,000
2 April 1900 Rovers 1–1 City 3,000
26 December 1899 Southern League Division One City 1–0 Rovers 3,000
1898–99 3 April 1899 Gloucestershire Cupe City 2–1 Rovers 11,433
1897–98 16 March 1898 Western League Professional Section Rovers 2–3 City 4,000
26 February 1898 Gloucestershire Cup City 2–0 Rovers 6,400
13 October 1897 Western League Professional Section City 4–0 Rovers 3,000
1896–97 9 January 1897 Western League Division One South End 1–3 Rovers
26 September 1897 Rovers 0–2 South End 3,000
1895–96 25 January 1896 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 4–0 South End 2,000

^a Rovers won the 1994 Gloucestershire Cup 11–10 on penalties. Score was 0–0 after extra time.
^b Rovers won the 1993 Gloucestershire Cup 5–3 on penalties. Score was 0–0 after 90 minutes; 1–1 after extra time.
^c City won the 1972–73 Gloucestershire Cup on penalties.
^d Although Rovers were officially the home team for the wartime South-West League game played on 30 December 1939, the match was played at Ashton Gate.
^e The final of the 1898–99 Gloucestershire Cup was held at a neutral venue, at the home of Bristol St George.

Summary of results[edit]

Competition Played City wins Draws Rovers wins
Football League 88 34 30 24
Southern League 4 2 1 1
Western League 4 3 0 1
Total league 96 39 31 26
FA Cup 9 5 1 3
League Cup 4 2 1 1
Football League Trophy 6 3 1 2
Third Division (South) Cup 1 1 0 0
Gloucestershire Cup 103 52 25 26
Total Cups 123 63 28 32
Wartime competitions 12 3 3 6
Other games 1 0 0 1
Total 232 105 62 65

Matches between Rovers and Bedminster[edit]

This table shows all competitive meetings between Bristol Rovers (who also played under the names Bristol Eastville Rovers and Eastville Rovers) and Bedminster, covering the period from the beginning of league football in Bristol in 1892 until Bedminster's merger into Bristol City in 1900.[3]

Season Date Competition Home team Score Away team Attendance
1899–00 20 January 1900 Southern League Division One Bedminster 5–2 Rovers 1,000
23 September 1899 Rovers 0–3 Bedminster 8,000
1898–99 12 April 1899 Gloucestershire Cup Rovers 1–0 Bedminster 3,000
28 January 1899 Western League Professional Section Rovers 2–2 Bedminster 2,000
24 December 1898 Bedminster 1–0 Rovers 6,000
1897–98 16 October 1897 FA Cup 2nd qualifying round Rovers 4–2 Bedminster 1,000
1896–97 10 April 1897 Bristol Charity Cup Rovers 0–2 Bedminster
2 January 1897 Western League Division One Bedminster 1–2 Rovers
19 September 1896 Rovers 0–1 Bedminster
1895–96 28 March 1896 Gloucestershire Cup Bedminster 0–1 Rovers 4,000
8 February 1896 Western League Division One Rovers 1–2 Bedminster
26 October 1895 Bedminster 1–3 Rovers 900
1894–95 20 April 1895 Bristol & District League Division One Bedminster 1–4 Rovers
15 December 1894 Rovers 4–2 Bedminster 600
1893–94 3 March 1894 Bristol & District League Division One Rovers 3–3 Bedminster
7 October 1893 Bedminster 2–0 Rovers
1892–93 25 March 1893 Bristol & District League Division One Rovers 5–2 Bedminster
3 December 1892 Bedminster 5–0 Rovers 1,000

Crossing the divide[edit]

Players for both sides[edit]

A large number of players have played for both City and Rovers since the clubs were formed in the 19th Century. A list of the most significant players to represent both sides of the city is shown below. To be included in this list a player must have made at least 50 appearances in the Football League for both clubs.

Name Nation Bristol City Bristol Rovers
Years Apps Gls Years Apps Gls
Peter Hooper  Kenya 1963–1966 54 14 1953–1962 297 101
Trevor Jacobs  England 1965–1972 131 3 1973–1976 82 3
Ray Cashley  England 1970–1981 227 1 1982–1985 53 0
Donnie Gillies  Scotland 1973–1980 200 26 1980–1982 59 0
Terry Cooper  England 1978–1980
1982–1984
71 1 1980–1981 50 0
Brian Williams  England 1985–1987 77 3 1981–1985 172 21
Trevor Morgan  England 1984
1987
51 15 1985–1987 55 24
Peter Beadle  England 1999–2003 82 14 1995–1998 109 39
Steve Phillips  England 1997–2006 257 0 2006–2010 136 0
Danny Coles  England 1999–2005 148 6 2007–2011 102 3
David Clarkson  Scotland 2009–2012 63 11 2012–2014 60 12
Matty Taylor  England 2017- 1 0 2014-2017 118 61

Managers for both sides[edit]

Four managers have taken charge of both sides in a Bristol Derby: Joe Palmer, Fred Ford, Terry Cooper and John Ward. Palmer and Ford both managed City first, then later went to Rovers, while Cooper moved in the opposite direction. Ward had two spells as Rovers manager, which were either side of his time at City.

The table below shows the record of each of these managers in Bristol Derbies.

Name Nation as Bristol City manager as Bristol Rovers manager Total
Dates P W D L Dates P W D L P W D L
Joe Palmer  England 1919–1921 2 2 0 0 1926–1929 5 1 0 4 7 3 0 4
Fred Ford  England 1960–1967 13 7 2 4 1968–1969 2 0 1 1 15 7 3 5
Terry Cooper  England 1982–1988 16 7 3 6 1980–1981 5 1 2 2 21 8 5 8
John Ward  England 1997–1998 4 3 1 0 1993–1996
2012–2014
5
1
1
0
2
0
2
1
10 4 3 3
Note: Russell Osman also managed both teams, but didn't take part in any Bristol derbies while in charge of Rovers.

References[edit]

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