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Ever watched Rovers at home not playing City?

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Yes went up with a Ref mate when we could get a free ticket for bring officials on the Glos County league and I think we stood infont of the Das Stand . If my memory is correct City was at Blackpool. .

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21 hours ago, Baldyman said:

Have to confess to doing this dozens of times . Used to go in the away end at Eastville to support the away team ! I was in the Chelsea end when they famously ripped the stadium and Stapleton Road to bits . That was an experience I'll never forget !! 

I was there then, the Chelsea lads knew we were City and were as good as gold. I think that was the one it was carnage on Stapleton road. Hardly opened my mouth on the way home, what with gAssheads being thrown off of the subways apparently.

21 hours ago, Sleepy1968 said:

early-mid 1980s (?) paid to watch gas v swindon at ashton gate. No idea why. Accidently stood near city hoolies (yes city) when they tried to kick it off in the enclosure.

At that one too, about 40/50 of us went in the Dolman, and promptly got thrown out.

15 hours ago, Miah Dennehy said:

I was there, it was 5-1. I think you may be getting confused with another game in Bristol that Wolves won 6-1.

At that one as well, 5-1 someone sprayed that score over the subways by the tote end, along with City slogans Good Wolves team that :clapping:

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My old man is actually a r*vers fan. Well he's not that bothered but sides that way. He took me to a game at twerton once and also he took me to their playoff final at Wembley against huddersfield. I was only young but was the only 1 singing on their minibus on the way back and remember getting threatened with a smack a few times!! I loved winding them up :)

Luckily for me my friend and his dad regularly went to city and always offered to take me. Also got free city tickets through school and got hooked!

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Done it twice, both at Trumpton. The first was getting roped in by a g*s mate to go to a cup replay v Reading which Reading won 1-0. We stood on the side and I spent the whole time after Reading scored with my fingers crossed they would hold on - I think there was a decent tie in the next round for the winners.

The other was on the away end when they played Exeter in the LDV(?). I can`t remember the result but there were loads of City in there - it was funny watching the perplexed looks on some of the plod`s faces when they recognised people they thought they knew but weren`t quite sure what they ought to do about it.

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Unfortunately yes. My ex-girlfriend was a gashead and I though I was being gracious by offering to go to watch them against Villa at Twerton. 

Then she said she'd never go to Ashton Gate. 17 years old going on 7. 

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17 hours ago, Pound Lane Red said:

Any idea of the date? I went to that through school. 50p a ticket. It was a Gary Mabbutt organised charity match in aid of some cancer charity. 

No idea of exact date I'm afraid, but I'd put it around '83 or '84. The one I went to wasn't Gary Mabbutt, it was organized for the benefit of Tim Parkin - I believe his son had cancer. I'm pretty sure that's what it was, and how me and my Dad got dibs on decent seats, as he was a friend of the family.

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I think watching both clubs was fairly common in the 1950s and earlier.

My dad was City through and through and he told me he often popped up to Eastville if City were away and he fancied watching a match.

I think one reason would be that travelling away would have been less affordable for the working class fans back in those days, and of course there were fewer cars and no motorway network. 

Very very different times.

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3 hours ago, red84 said:

My old man is actually a r*vers fan. Well he's not that bothered but sides that way. He took me to a game at twerton once and also he took me to their playoff final at Wembley against huddersfield. I was only young but

**was the only 1 singing on their minibus on the way back and remember getting threatened with a smack a few times!! I loved winding them up :)

Luckily for me my friend and his dad regularly went to city and always offered to take me. Also got free city tickets through school and got hooked!

** What's Robboreds driving like?  :whistle2: 

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Yes. A boring 0-0 playing Paul Ince's Macclesfield side. City were away to Forest on that day and I was listening to commentary of the match the whole way through. Macclesfield even had a man sent off and rovers still couldn't break them down. Awful football. My best mate at the time was a Rovers fan and I agreed to go and watch them with him if he came and watched the City.. can't remember what the City score was though but i believe we won.

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On 1/27/2018 at 13:09, tommy32 said:

Not at the Mem but in 1995 I think it was went to Wembley to watch them in playoff final against Huddersfield. A few of my old man’s friends were Gasheads but even as a 10 year old I knew this was wrong. I insisted on wearing my BCFC green and black replica goalkeeper top with Welch 1 on the back! Somehow got out alive. 

was at the same game, went mental at the final whistle, 2-1 to hudds from what i remember.

Been to see the gas a few times. Birmingham City at Twerton, 3-3 match last game of the season stands out. Rovers were relegated i think, and there was trouble kicking off everywhere with pockets of Blues around the ground. Very bizarre game, recall a penalty hitting both posts before bouncing away. Ended up on the pitch at full-time trying to get away from some rovers lads who realized I was city. 

 

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Forgive me father for i have sinned.....and as recently as a few weeks ago !  I met a few Pompey mates of mine at the Horfield Home for the Mentally Inadequate only for the day to go t**s up with some clown in blue and white quarters scoring the winner in the 90th minute and one of my mates getting separated from us after the game and jumped by some of the blue few ! ....well he IS over 60 so he was in their 'target demographic ' i suppose !

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Went to see Brian Cloughs Brighton at Eastville January 1972 ended 2-2 can't remember much about the game, rovers fans got hold of a policeman's helmet and would not give it back, kept throwing it up in the air shouting "coppers lost his helmet". Also remember cars stopping on the M32 pretending to have broken down watching the game for free, police quickly moved them on. Rovers fans sang some quite racist songs put new words to Nancy Sinatras "These boots are made for Walking"  Strange the things you remember 

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I was there the day Chelsea took the Tote. Chelsea fan comes up to me looking menacing. I say "Not me, mate, I'm City."

 

To my gobsmacked amazement, he says "Sorry, mate" and goes looking for Gas :o

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Would rather eat my own S**T or sleep with my mother in law than watch rovers play!

I might be in a minority but it wouldn't bother me if we never played them again !! 

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Lived in NE Somerset during the 1970s and used to drive into Bristol with my brother to watch either City or Rovers, if we didn't have a match of our own to play on a Saturday afternoon. I think we watched Rovers twice, but hated the style of football they played, so never went again. If City were playing away and we had no match of our own, we started going to watch Bath City. Much better than Rovers.

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1 hour ago, Spoons said:

Would rather eat my own S**T or sleep with my mother in law than watch rovers play!

But you sound like you’d fit in so well with the rest of them..! 

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On 28/01/2018 at 12:56, OneCity said:

No idea of exact date I'm afraid, but I'd put it around '83 or '84. The one I went to wasn't Gary Mabbutt, it was organized for the benefit of Tim Parkin - I believe his son had cancer. I'm pretty sure that's what it was, and how me and my Dad got dibs on decent seats, as he was a friend of the family.

After much digging through Spurs records, Spurs played at Eastville 19.04.1983 and won 3-2.

Also 29.04.1985 winning 6-2! This was the charity match that I went to see. IIRC Ossie Ardiles played that night. 

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On 27/01/2018 at 18:36, Miah Dennehy said:

I was there, it was 5-1. I think you may be getting confused with another game in Bristol that Wolves won 6-1.

I went to the same game with my dad.stood in the away end watching wolves thrash the gas

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So , one Saturday, about mid 80's , me and a mate in the pub and City away. We decide to go down to Eastville, they were playing Burnley, thought it might be interesting. In the open end and some gAss recognise my mate and move towards us, we move towards the fence a little just in case. OB move us away, we move back the Police were from Bath and we had words about our choice of where to stand. So I end up in the Cells by the Tote end. Thing is they can't put me in the Cell as it was there were Burnley lads in there, they wanted to ban me but couldn't find a photographer, which I was glad of because we were due to play there a week or so later. To top it off I kept walking over to the radio they had on because City were on. They ended up throwing me out when they finally realised the photographer was not coming. Tin pot even then ! 

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I never went to watch Rovers however me and my mate a gas head when we were 13/14 used to go and stand on the Hill in the corner by the awayend when they had a big cup game.. Saw Villa and Man City in the Cup from that hill, it was a perfect location for a bit of free football when all we had was the bus fare.. Got Paul McGraths autograph that evening as he was leaving the ground.. Think Malcom Allison was in charge of Man City at the time..

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Did it quite a lot in their Twerton days. While I was at Uni I worked at the Gateway which shared a carpark with the ground and finished at 3.30 on a Saturday. The stewards always let me into the away end at HT (for free) - they thought it was hilarious

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The first 'professional' game I attended was at E*stville whilst still at primary school. The Sags were playing Oxford. I just naturally gravitated towards the Oxford end. Maybe it was disgusting smell of the T*te End, I don't know. But it was the second-best choice I ever made.

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Early 90s and I was driving to Luton to see City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Radio Brizz announced that the game was postponed due to a frozen pitch. Fortunately, we hadn't travelled far so drove home and booked tickets at the Villa as they were playing Rovers. 

We sat with Villa fans and watched them beat Rovers 1-0. Walking out of the ground, I happened to say rather loudly, "I wonder if any other City fan came to support the Villa?" With that, a few people in front of us turned round and acknowledged they had done the same thing! I recognised them from my Coach 2 days in the 80s.

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2 hours ago, Norn Iron said:

Early 90s and I was driving to Luton to see City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Radio Brizz announced that the game was postponed due to a frozen pitch. Fortunately, we hadn't travelled far so drove home and booked tickets at the Villa as they were playing Rovers. 

We sat with Villa fans and watched them beat Rovers 1-0. Walking out of the ground, I happened to say rather loudly, "I wonder if any other City fan came to support the Villa?" With that, a few people in front of us turned round and acknowledged they had done the same thing! I recognised them from my Coach 2 days in the 80s.

I think this was the one we got there early and were in the pub when it was called off. Ended up at Watford to see Wolve beat them 4-1 . Did that trip to Luton twice only to have the game called off after we got there, bloody cess pit.

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13 hours ago, Pound Lane Red said:

After much digging through Spurs records, Spurs played at Eastville 19.04.1983 and won 3-2.

Also 29.04.1985 winning 6-2! This was the charity match that I went to see. IIRC Ossie Ardiles played that night. 

Thanks for looking! The one in '83 must be the match I attended. 3-2 sounds right as well.

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4 hours ago, Norn Iron said:

Early 90s and I was driving to Luton to see City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Radio Brizz announced that the game was postponed due to a frozen pitch. Fortunately, we hadn't travelled far so drove home and booked tickets at the Villa as they were playing Rovers. 

We sat with Villa fans and watched them beat Rovers 1-0. Walking out of the ground, I happened to say rather loudly, "I wonder if any other City fan came to support the Villa?" With that, a few people in front of us turned round and acknowledged they had done the same thing!

Did exactly the same thing, @Norn Iron. Although we were almost in Luton when we heard about the postponement. Happy days!

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13 hours ago, Pound Lane Red said:

Also 29.04.1985 winning 6-2! This was the charity match that I went to see. IIRC Ossie Ardiles played that night. 

Blimey had forgotten about this, remember my Primary school did a trip from WSM, took great pleasure if Spurs destroying them

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Went to a few of their games including Doncaster final at millennium stadium and the play off final at Wembley because the ex mrs and her family and friends were gas. I never really used to follow local football too much at the time, until we split in 2008. Then, as I live in south bristol, went to a city game the same year and now been a season card holder for a few years now. Seen the light some might say 

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On 1/27/2018 at 12:13, Bar BS3 said:

Yes, I have. 

In the Wycombe, the night they got relegated to the basement! 

 

Oh what a night that was.

2nd may 2001, still one of my favorite nights at football that one. Forever grateful for the WW fans for handing out jumpers, scarves and hats to hide the small sea of red from the invading stewards. 

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On 1/27/2018 at 10:23, bristolcitysweden said:

I'm a ground hopper and eventually have to go to the Memorial Ground. The pain would be slightly eased by the fact the gipsys are at Bristol Rugbys ground but..

We are not likely to play them in the near future so..

What was it like?

I trust there will be no replies :yes: 

One for @Barry Sheene :thumbsup:

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On 28/01/2018 at 09:27, 1960maaan said:

I was there then, the Chelsea lads knew we were City and were as good as gold. I think that was the one it was carnage on Stapleton road. Hardly opened my mouth on the way home, what with gAssheads being thrown off of the subways apparently.

At that one too, about 40/50 of us went in the Dolman, and promptly got thrown out.

At that one as well, 5-1 someone sprayed that score over the subways by the tote end, along with City slogans Good Wolves team that :clapping:

The only time I ever went when City weren't playing was the 5 -1 defeat to Wolves

Boxing day if memory serves. A girl I fancied wanted to go. They were 3 - 0 down at half time and the girl shouted "mugs away" as they kicked off for the second half. Lots of them joined in the laughter!

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In the 70's when I was a young lad we lived close to Eastville stadium. My dad used to take me to Ashton Gate 1 week and the next me and my mates used to watch the 1st half of Rovers from the old railway embankment (you could see about 2/3rds of the pitch) and then at half time we would get into the open end when they opened the big gates to the car park.

Also remember watching many a City v Rovers game at Eastville and Ashton gate. Really miss the old Gloucester cup games each year.

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On 27/01/2018 at 21:09, Offside said:

I've never had the misfortune to watch the fewers when it's not a derby and I can't imagine it ever happening. I didn't even like going past Eastville on the M32 when they were playing.

I remember when they first opened the M32 and people used to slow down and stop one the hard shoulder to watch the football.

 

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They used to give free to tickets to schools, so remember standing on an Eastville terrace for free at the start of the 80's ... we started singing City songs but the teachers very quickly stopped us.

Initially thought it was because Rovers fans may not like it, but then the teachers told us we were in the away end ... and Rovers were playing Millwall!!!!! 

Remember celebrating the Millwall goal as they beat the Gas 1-0 though!

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I was a student in the very late 70’s and worked for Bristol stadium company on the tote at greyhound meetings and as a gateman for the rovers. I got an extra 50p for working the gate till half time and used the money to pay my entrance to Ashton gate the following week. I didn’t watch much of the football and tended to leave before the end of the game but lots of the gatemen worked both city and rovers back in the day. 

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9 hours ago, phantom said:

Blimey had forgotten about this, remember my Primary school did a trip from WSM, took great pleasure if Spurs destroying them

It was through school that I went. Not many from Mary Elton went. Couple of parents cars and that was it. 

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Saw them relegated in 2001. Stood in the away end with plenty other City singing City songs throughout, ******* hilarious game and one I won't forget!

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On ‎27‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 20:40, BigTone said:

Righty or wrongly but years ago it was quite common to watch City one week and Rovers the next.

Only the very rich could afford that these days :(

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On ‎27‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 10:23, bristolcitysweden said:

I'm a ground hopper and eventually have to go to the Memorial Ground. The pain would be slightly eased by the fact the gipsys are at Bristol Rugbys ground but..

We are not likely to play them in the near future so..

What was it like?

I trust there will be no replies :yes: 

Just go in the away end and adopt the away team for a day:chant6ez:

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Many years ago when I was a teenager I used to go to City home matches and when they were away, I would go to Eastville  with some mates of mine who were Rovers fans. The main reason was that at Eastville you could buy a pint at the bar, and drink it on the terraces. There was always plenty of room. Being from St George it was an easy walk. All my family supported St George [they hated Rovers]. My Dad told me that my Grandfather who played for St George in the early 1900's always called the Rovers the crawlers, he didn't know why. When I started work in 1971 I came to my senses and was a one team man, although I did watch St George occasionally. 

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