Thursday, 23 June 2011

Bristol City - Ashton Gate

Bristol City FC
Ashton Gate

0871 222 6666

Matchday Number: 18
Bristol City 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 30th September 1995
Endsleigh League Division 2

I've been to Ashton Gate many times, but my first visit was in September 1995 for Wycombe's Division 2 encounter with the Robins. Wycombe were in their first season under Alan Smith - and things had not started to go wrong - yet.

For this game Bristol City included future Wycombe loanee Sieb Dykstra, who was on loan from QPR. Wycombe's number one was the ever reliable Paul Hyde, who had served the club so well since 1991. This was not to continue though, as a few months later Hydie was to depart the club abruptly, following a supposed bust up with the manager. It was one of the first in a long line of awful decisions by the unpopular Smith, who ruined all the good work that Martin O'Neill did as far as the team going forward was concerned. I don't think I've ever seen Wycombe win at Ashton gate, we won twice in 2001 - the only 2 visits I missed out of the whole lot. How typical!

ASHTON GATE is a decent sized all seater stadium. Visiting fans have always sat in the same end - the Wedlock stand, behind the goal. Recently it has been split between home and away fans which creates a great atmosphere. The only drawback is there are no backs to the seats, but it doesn't really make any difference as everyone stands anyway.

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