Bristol City and Bristol Rovers prepare for their derby at Ashton Gate in February 2007
|Teams||Bristol City, Bristol Rovers|
|First contested||13 October 1897|
|Most recent meeting||Bristol City 2–1 Bristol Rovers
(4 September 2013)
|Most wins||Bristol City (44)|
|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, 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
|This table is incomplete. (October 2014)|
- As of game played on 4 September 2013
|Season||Date||Competition||Home team||Score||Away team|
|2013–14||04–09–2013||Football League Trophy||City||
|2006–07||27–02–2007||Football League Trophy||Rovers||
|2001–02||09–01–2002||Football League Trophy||City||
|23–11–1988||Associate Members' Cup||Rovers||
|16–12–1986||Associate Members' Cup||City||
|Competition||Played||City wins||Rovers wins||Draws|
|Football League Trophy||6||3||2||1|
*Results prior to the 1922–23 season are not cited and therefore not included.
- 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
A number of players have played for both City and Rovers. These include:
- John Akinde
- Wayne Andrews
- Joe Anyinsah
- Peter Beadle
- Ray Cashley
- Tim Carter
- David Clarkson
- Danny Coles
- Terry Cooper
- Christian Edwards
- Bobby Gould
- Paul Heffernan
- Peter Hooper
- Phil Kite
- Lee Matthews
- Paul Miller
- Trevor Morgan
- Steve Phillips
- Dwayne Plummer
- James Quinn
- Jason Roberts
- Gary Sawyer
- Marcus Stewart
- Brian Williams
- Gavin Williams
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- "Head-to-head". Bristol Rovers Mad. Retrieved 2007-09-10.