Bristol City

Ashton Gate

Capacity: 15,000 (all seated)
Address: Ashton Road, Bristol, BS3 2EJ
Telephone: 0117 963 0600
Fax: 0117 963 0700
Ticket Office: 0117 963 0600
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Club Nickname: The Robins
Year Ground Opened: 1904
Shirt Sponsors: RSG
Kit Manufacturer: Bristol Sport
Home Kit: Red and White
Away Kit: White and Black

Williams and Atyeo Stands
Williams and Atyeo Stands
Dolman and Atyeo Stands
Dolman and Atyeo Stands
Atyeo Stand
Atyeo Stand
Dolman Stand
Dolman Stand
Williams Stand
Williams Stand

The Atyeo stand at one end of the ground is a handsome, covered all seated single tiered stand. It was opened in 1994, replacing a former open terrace and has made a great difference to the overall look of the ground. It is named after former playing legend John Atyeo. At the other end work has begun on building a new stand which it is hoped will be completed in the Summer of 2015. 

On one side is the Dolman Stand which was opened in 1970. Originally it had an upper tier of seating with an open enclosure in front. But this was later built over with seating too. This area is used as a family area, although it is largely open to the elements. Opposite, the Williams Stand is an older looking single tiered stand, with several supporting pillars. This stand is the Main Stand at Ashton Gate, with the players tunnel and team dugouts in front. It also has a television gantry suspended below its roof. Unusually for an older ground it is devoid of floodlight pylons, having instead a row of small lights mounted on the roofs of the Williams and Dolman Stands. The stadium is shared with Bristol Rugby Club.

The Club have commenced with the construction of a new stand at the Wedlock (East) End of the stadium. It is hoped that the new stand will be open for the start of the 2015/16 season.  This is the first stage in modernising the stadium and increasing the capacity to 27,000 as Adam Chard explains; 'Following the redevelopment of the Wedlock Stand, the next stage of the redevelopment will be a refurbishment of the existing Dolman Stand. This will include adding a new concourse area beneath the stand and new entrances/exits. Once completed, this will then be followed by the demolition of the Williams Stand to be replaced with a new main Grandstand, which will be completed in mid-2016. The Atyeo Stand will also be refurbished internally to complete the 27,000 redevelopment'. 

'As it was announced earlier in 2014 rail seating (which can be used for standing or seated spectators) is also planned for selected areas of the stadium, to allow standing at rugby matches and football (if legislation is ever changed)'.

With the building of a new stand at the Wedlock End, then for the 2014/15 season, away fans find themselves housed in the opposite end, in the Atyeo Stand. Approximately 1,100 fans can be accommodated on one side of this stand towards the Williams (Main) Stand. As this stand is shared with home fans, then this should make for a good atmosphere. The stand is free of supporting pillars and a lot more modern than the old Wedlock Stand, so on the whole away fans should find the Atyeo Stand a vast improvement. Entrance to the ground is gained through the use of electronic turnstiles, whereby your ticket needs to be inserted into a bar code reader. Unless there is a large following then the seats are unreserved, so if you want a particular view then make sure you get into the ground early.

Refreshments available inside include; Cheeseburgers (£3.70), Burgers (£3.70), Hot Dogs (£3.70), Steak & Ale Pie (£3.10), Chicken Balti Pie (£3.10), Meat & Potato Pie (£3.10), Beef Pasty (£3.10) Cheese & Onion Pasty (£2.60) and Jumbo Sausage Rolls (£2.60). There is also a KFC outlet located just outside the ground entrance.

Alex Webber recommends the Nova Scotia for away supporters by the waterfront, but adds that pubs nearer to the ground such as the Hen & Chicken and the BS3 Bar should be given a wide berth. Chris Gill a visiting Leeds United fan adds; 'Near Temple Meads station there is the Knights Templar pub, a Wetherspoons outlet, that seems friendly enough. It’s a two minute walk straight ahead from the station into the Temple area and off to the left in the square'. Scott Grimwood a visiting Ipswich Town fan informs me; ' The Cottage in Baltic Wharf, is a nice pub situated on the river front and has good real ale (from the Butcombe Brewery). On my visits both set's of fan's mixed pleasantly'.  Domenic Brunetti a visiting Nottingham Forest fan informs me; 'Before kick off we were directed by a club steward to the 'Tobacco House' bar which is a five minute walk from the road behind the Atyeo stand next door to an Aldi store. On route we passed several pubs which clearly have signs saying Home Fans only. When we got in the Tobacco House we found the bar friendly and trouble free and the food was good too.'

Matt Greenslade recommends; 'The Orchard pub is about a ten minute walk from the ground at Hanover Place on Harbourside. Voted Britain's top cider pub in 2009 with a huge sampling of local brews for anyone who wants to try the infamous cloudy stuff'. This pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and apart from having a number of ales on offer, it also has up to 24 different ciders available. The question is though, if you visit this pub before the game, will you still make the kick off? Alternatively, alcohol is made available to away fans inside the ground, albeit no draught beer just plastic bottles.

Leave the M5 at Junction 18 and travel along the Portway (A4) following signs for the Bristol Airport/Taunton (A38). As you go over the swing bridge (Brunel Way), branch left into Winterstoke Road, and you will see the ground on your left. 

Parking at the ground is for permit holders only. Mitch Ford informs me; 'Parking around Ashton Gate has been severely hindered recently in that many streets now have double yellow lines. There is the Bedminster Cricket club on Clanage Road (A369) that offers parking at a cost of £5 per car. It is then around a 5-10 minute walk to the stadium'. Otherwise it is a case of finding some street parking. 

Post Code for SAT NAV: BS3 2EJ

The nearest railway station is Parson Street which is around a ten minute walk away from the ground. Normally there is an hourly service from Bristol Temple Meads mainline station, but on Saturday afternoons for a couple of hours before kick off, the frequency is increased to two per hour. It is then only a four minute journey to Parson Street.

Bristol Temple Meads station itself is at least two miles from the ground and hence too far to walk, so best to jump in a taxi (around £8). Derek James informs me; 'On matchdays, a special shuttle bus service runs from Temple Meads railway station to Ashton Gate. It runs one hour before kick-off and buses return after the match has finished. The pick up point for the bus is located on the opposite side of the road at the bottom of the incline/approach outside the exit to Temple Meads station and returns after the game from opposite away supporters exit in the Atyeo Stand. The bus which is operated by 'A bus' and costs £2 return. Home supporters also use the service, but this shouldn't be a problem for away fans. The main drawback with the service is that there are only three buses allocated and they fill up very quickly.'

Neil Le Milliere a visiting Exeter City supporter adds 'don't try and walk it from Temple Meads railway station unless you really have to and then allow at least 45 minutes for the journey'.

Adam Hodson informs me; 'We arrived at Parson Street Railway Station after catching a train from Bristol Temple Meads. Trains are bound for Weston-Super-Mare and run every hour, coming back the train is bound for Bristol Parkway, again one train per hour. It's around a five minute train journey and then around a 15-20 minute walk to the ground.'

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Away Fans*

Atyeo Stand: 
Adults £20
Over 65’s £15
Under 19's £7
Under 8's £4

* The ticket prices shown above are for tickets bought prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up £3-£4 more, dependent on ticket type.

Official Programme £3
One Team In Bristol Fanzine £1.20.
Cider'ed Fanzine £1.

Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City and some fans consider Swindon Town to be local rivals.

Record Attendance:

43,335 v Preston North End, FA Cup 5th Round, 1935.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:

20,007 v Bristol Rovers Division Two, January 16th, 1996.

Average Attendance:

2013-2014: 11,929 (League One)
2012-2013: 13,348 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 13,846 (Championship League) 

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website.

Mike a visiting Swindon Town fan adds; 'The away coaches are parked about 300 yards away from the entrance, there are disabled car spaces closer. The stewards were very helpful in showing us to the wheelchair spaces close to the corner flag in the Wedlock Stand. There was a steward on hand all through the game and the disabled toilet was close to where we were seated. The only drawbacks were the disabled ramp was a little steep and view of the other end of the pitch was hampered by the safety rail. Also the seating arrangements could have been better spaced, as all the helpers seats were placed in one rather than one wheelchair one seat.

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If you're into historical ships then the first iron hulled, screw propeller-driven steamship, the SS Great Britain is moored at the historic docks. The area around the docks is quite pleasant with some good pubs. Pete Smith adds; 'The Clifton Suspension Bridge that overlooks Ashton Gate, is quite an amazing sight. It was originally designed by Brunel and it goes over the Avon Gorge. As it is very high up the views are superb.' Chris Gill a visiting Leeds United fan tells me; 'I walked from Temple Meads to the SS Great Britain and it’s not a bad walk if you’re not worried about a bit of exercise! That took about half an hour. From there it’s another 10-15 minutes to the ground'.

Bristol City v Notts County
League One
Saturday, January 10th 2015, 3pm
James Spring (Notts County fan)

Being a Notts County fan based in Dorset, I’d earmarked this match as one to get to as soon as the fixtures were released, so had been looking forward to it for quite some time. I’d been to Ashton Gate late last season and despite a heartbreaking late defeat, had really enjoyed the day. Must admit I was quite sad to see the old stand get knocked down as the atmosphere between both sets of fans was brilliant. Still, I was looking forward to this one. Wasn’t exactly full of confidence but it promised to be a good day win lose or draw.

Due to the inconvenient train times of First Great Western we had a choice of getting to Bristol Temple Meads for either 11:39 or 13:50. I opted to get there early just to be safe. I got the 08:51 from Weymouth and I was joined at Dorchester by my friend and fellow “Dorset Pie” Charlie. We arrived in Bristol on time and as we had plenty of time to kill we went for a wander into the city, and were soon filling our stomachs  in one of the half a dozen McDonald’s Restaurants that Google Maps seemed to pick up in the city centre.

The walk from Temple Meads right into the city centre took a good 20 minutes or so and wasn’t too complicated. Just turn right at the bottom of the incline towards the station and head down to the traffic lights, cross the road there and you pretty much head straight on, crossing the river and you come to the main city centre. There’s a few McDonald’s, along with a KFC, subway, a few pubs, and most importantly the Holy Grail – Greggs!

We did come across a few locals who seemed friendly enough; in fact it seemed like most people we spoke to wanted us to give City a beating! Once we’d had some lunch we headed back to the station via the same route to see about getting one of the buses to the ground. However we got back to the station just before 1pm and the buses didn’t start running to Ashton Gate for another hour, so we decided to kill a bit more time by walking to the ground instead. It’s a good 40 minute walk but it’s very straightforward; At the bottom of the incline to the station, turn left and cross the bridge, before crossing at the lights and heading down York Road (runs parallel to the river). Follow that road and you come to a roundabout and another bridge. Head straight across the roundabout onto Coronation Road (again, it runs parallel to the river), and you literally follow that road along the river for about half an hour. Eventually you see the ground right in front of you, so you can’t really go wrong. You’ll approach the ground from the Atyeo stand end which – at least for this season, is where away supporters are housed. Worth mentioning that if you generally look for floodlights – don’t bother with Ashton Gate, the lights are perched on top of the stands.

We got to the ground for around 13:50, brought the match programme outside the ground for £3 which was your usual football league read, and headed into the ground.  The gangway under the away end is pretty small, so I’d imagine it can get very crowded with a big away following. Food and drink is served from a small outlet, but it extends through the stand, so you can either queue up out the front of the stand, or head under the stand. It seemed to have the usual selection of pies, burgers and drinks. I only had a bottle of coke which set me back £2.20.

Notts had been given around 500 tickets but hadn’t sold out, so we were allowed to sit where we wanted. Stewards seemed fairly relaxed and easy going; in fact I didn’t really notice them throughout the game which has to be a good thing.  The ground itself is a mix of old and new. To your right is the old fashioned looking but rather impressive Williams Stand, where the City singers now congregate. And to your left is the equally impressive but slightly newer Dolman Stand. The PA announcer reminded fans sitting in the lower section of the Dolman Stand that this would be the last game before the lower section of that stand was rebuilt. Ashton Gate is becoming a big building site! Behind the opposite goal you basically have a building site with a few houses behind it, and some nice scenery in the background:

Ashton Gate

The game itself was always going to be a tough one for Notts. We went into it with no win in six, whilst City had been flying and were looking to go back to the top of the table with a win. Notts actually started quite brightly, but they then shot themselves in the foot with some truly comical defending from City’s first attack. Not one of about 5 Notts shirts made a tackle, as the City lad was allowed to dance his way into the box before the ball was poked home on the line in just the 8th minute. Despite the early setback, Notts settled quite well and continued to play some nice football, but there was next to no creativity in the final third. Then right on the stroke of half time – a hammer blow as we conceded a soft second goal which realistically finished the game.

Shaun Derry made two attacking changes at half time in a “what have we got to lose” sort of way, and Notts continued to press in the early stages of the second half. But once again, we shot ourselves in the foot with some pathetic defending. City’s Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was surrounded by no less than EIGHT County shirts on the edge of the box, yet somehow he was allowed the time to create himself some space for a shot before picking his spot and firing into the far corner. Truly disgusting from our point of view. From then on our heads dropped and City began to play with a bit more freedom and swagger. A fourth goal went in five minutes from time to rub salt into the wounds. In truth I never thought it was a 4-0 game. It certainly wasn’t a case of attack v defence for 90 minutes, but City taught us a lesson in patience and clinical finishing. That’s why they’re top of the league I guess.

The atmosphere was nowhere near as good as it had been the previous season; it seems that a lot of noise gets lost in the air with the ground being so open now. The Notts fans remained in humorous spirit though, we’re used to losing I guess!

The plan was to get one of the A buses mentioned on this guide from the ground back to the station, but when I asked a steward where abouts these buses left from, he had absolutely no idea what I was talking about, which wasn’t particularly helpful. Thankfully they were fairly easy to find – departing from Ashton Road, which is behind the Atyeo stand. They fill up fairly fast so you have to be quick. Fare was £2 back to the station and the ride took about 40 minutes with the traffic. Thankfully our train didn’t leave until 17:49 and we got back with about ten minutes to spare.  The bus was full of City fans, we were the only away fans on there but we didn’t have any bother. The couple of home fans I spoke to seemed friendly enough, although they had just seen their team win 4-0 to go top, so they were probably feeling quite chipper!

Our train did eventually leave ten minutes late, and as Bath Rugby Club had been at home, we ended up on a train full of drunken Rugby fans. Never seen such a long queue for a train toilet! All good fun though.

In the end it was an enjoyable day in good company despite the result. It’s looking like City will be a championship club next season which will be a shame for us, as I always enjoy going to Bristol. Fairly easy to get to and generally I’ve found both Rovers and City fans to be friendly folks.
Definitely won’t hesitate to go back next time we play City, hopefully in the not too distant future.

Bristol City v Preston North End
League One
Saturday, April 5th 2014, 3pm
Paul Willott (Preston North End fan)

Ashton Gate is a ground that has oddly benefitted from the failure of the World Cup bid in so much as the plans for a new stadium have been shelved. This pleases an old-fashioned purist such as myself, and I have enjoyed previous encounters at the ground as it still retains some character of bygone eras. 

On this occasion along with my partner we chose to set off from South London bright eyed and bushy tailed early in the morning for I had an eye on checking out the historic SS Great Britain before the match. We had a trouble free journey along the M4, and then dived down the M32 where I tried without success to pinpoint the former location of Eastville, one time home to City’s rivals Bristol Rovers.

In past visits to Bristol I have found prior homework with a map essential as there used to be no signposting at all in the city centre for Ashton Gate. I noticed that there are now a few signs to help those travelling by car but I would still highly recommend homework as the signs that have sprung up are few and far between. Plus the city centre’s traffic flow is not one for beginners!

We parked near the SS Great Britain and enjoyed a mind-blowing few hours wallowing in the museum piece that far exceeded my expectations, and if truth be told, we had to tear ourselves away to make sure we got to the football ground in reasonable time for the match. In other words, make a visit to the SS Great Britain a priority!

Another good reason for doing your homework before a visit to Ashton Gate is that the floodlight pylons that “homed” me in for my first ever visit have long since gone and been replaced by lights mounted on the stands of the ground. Having torn ourselves away from IK Brunel’s lovely ship in enough time, we were able to secure some street parking fairly near Ashton Gate, and walk through some lovely parkland towards the ground.

I had to say I was eagerly anticipating this match, as City’s recent form belied their lowly league position, and with our strong form away from home behind our promotion push, it suggested that a good game was possibly on the cards.

Ashton Gate

As usual, we away fans were situated in the Wedlock Stand, a stand which is truly past its sell-by date, with nothing but plastic seats minus even the basic provision of a back riveted to former terracing. However for me, I enjoy the atmosphere of such stands and although one cannot deny it lacks in the comfort stakes, I had mixed feelings when one of the friendly stewards informed me that this stand was due for demolition at the end of the season.

Having munched on a packed lunch already, we didn’t sample the catering, but simply savoured the atmosphere slowly build up prior to kick-off. One of the added charms of the old Wedlock Stand is that it is shared with quite vociferous home support, and as the two sets of supporters try to out-sing each other, the low roof of the Wedlock Stand could make even a small bunch sound like a roman army in full clamour.

The fact that some of Preston’s players had earlier in the week been implicated somewhat in a spot-fixing issue seemed to give the Bristol City fans extra impetus to indulge in banter and by kick-off, the atmosphere was pretty electric and exciting. I wasn’t unduly surprised; indeed I would have been disappointed if it had been anything else as I’ve always found the Bristol City lads to be loud and loyal in quite some number for a club that for its relative size hasn’t enjoyed all that much success in my lifetime.

The game kicked off and as I’d predicted, was a very tight affair with no quarter given and chances going begging at either end. It was the sort of pulsating end to end match action that is just what I love about supporting my team. It wasn’t until half way through the second half that Preston broke the deadlock with a set-piece free kick routine, and that pretty much lifted the roof off the old stand; but within 10 minutes the roof was lifted off again as City equalised with a well taken goal. And thus the match ended honours even, which was a fair result, although fingernails for both sets of fans were chewed as the end to end action continued right up until the final whistle.

Hence we drifted out of the old ground and back to the car to head home and catch our breath.  I have always enjoyed my visits to Ashton Gate, and if it turns out that promotion is not to be for Preston this year, one of the consolations will be penciling in a visit to Bristol again to see both the SS Great Britain and Ashton Gate and maybe give a verdict on the new stand?

A great day out that my girlfriend and I enjoyed from start to finish!

Bristol City v Swindon Town
League One
Saturday, March 15th 2014, 3pm
Ronan Howard (Swindon Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

The previous Saturdays disappointing performance against MK Dons had put the play-offs out of reach, so I was just looking forward to a local derby, and the bragging rights attached to it (result depending). Our form of late has been terrible but you never know with a derby, and even if there was little chance of going up or down this season, it would be nice to get one over on our friends down the M4.

Plus it was going to be a short trip and there also some great pubs in Bristol. Also Swindon would be  bringing around 2000 supporters to the game, so would hopefully it was going to be a good day out even if we didn’t get the right result. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We got a direct train from Swindon to Bristol Temple Meads. Which took 45 minutes, where we alighted to take on some ale. It was then  another five minutes by train to Parsons Street and then around 15 minute walk to the ground. Pretty simple really.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Aside from the footballing rivalry, I do like Bristol as a city and know it pretty well from numerous other trips. We decided to take a walk from Temple Meads to the city centre, which has a good selection of decent pubs. Pubs closer to the Ashton Gate Football Ground are best avoided. Head straight out the main entrance of the station, up to the top of the road and turn right, head straight on passing Mary Redcliffe Church, take the bridge over the river and first right onto Welshback and there’ll be several pubs available; the Llandoger Trow, Dukes, the Apple, King William etc.. Had a couple in the Apple, fantastic bar on a barge with a great range of ciders. Have been many  times but always good to see it this time of year rather than in Winter when it doesn’t hold quite the same appeal.

Thirst suitably quenched it was time to take the ten minute back up to Temple Meads and the five minute train journey to Parsons Street, then on to the ground. Wouldn’t suggest walking to the ground from Temple Meads as would take the best part of an hour, and for anyone not familiar with Bristol, getting lost on the way is not inconceivable (anything off the main roads south of the river in Bristol and you quickly run out of landmarks as it’s largely residential).

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Have been before and it hasn’t changed much if at all. Understand there are plans to revamp the ground but no evidence of this as yet.

The ground itself is functional enough, with one modern stand and a few more fairly old ones (not too dissimilar from our own County Ground, on a larger scale). Being in the old Wedlock Stand behind the goal it wasn’t the most comfortable and didn’t provide the best of views – as a local derby (our only one in the league this season) this was always a must attend away day but for a team with no rivalry with City, it may not hold the same appeal.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game was a suitably nervous affair early on. We’d got into a decent rhythm in the first half, and went in 0-0 at half time. Unfortunately following a foul after the restart, town’s Alex Pritchard reacted in a profoundly silly manner in pushing the City player over and earned himself a straight red. It was always going to be difficult after this, and we had a lot of pressure from them on till the end of the game, but fortunately Swindon put in a stoic defensive display to earn a point after withstanding some chances from City (and creating one or two of our own. Honours even after six minutes of stoppage time, and I don’t think either set of supporters went away too disappointed with the result.

With a reasonably big crowd there was a decent atmosphere generated by both sides, with some banter but nothing too vicious (local rivals but both teams have bigger fish to fry when it comes to derby games, Oxford in our case, Rovers and Cardiff in theirs) – it never looked like getting out of hand and I personally didn’t see any trouble.

Facilities at the ground are basic as you would expect from an older stand and the toilets were functional. The stewards let us stand and make some noise without being over the top as at some grounds I’ve been too – no complaints.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Walk back up the Parsons Train station was fine. But we then waited for around 40 minutes for a train which ended up being absolutely rammed. Once back at Temple Meads the journey back to Swindon was quick and painless

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Lovely time in the Bristol sunshine pre match, relatively easy trip, decent game if not a classic by any means, good day out all round.

Bristol City v Ipswich Town
Championship League
Saturday, April 16th 2011, 3pm
Callum Smith (Neutral fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to this trip because firstly I would see some Ipswich supporting friends that I hadn't seen for a while and also I had never been to Bristol before, so I was interested to see for myself what the town was like. Also I had heard rumours that the ground would be vacated soon but I doubt this will happen now that England unfortunately lost their world cup bid.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

i got picked up from Southampton. The route of M3, A34 and M4 went flying by with all the banter that goes with these away days. We took the wrong turning off the motorway and went further West of the city than needed, however this gave us the opportunity of going across the magnificent Clifton suspension bridge, so we passed an hour exploring this area. After that at around 2pm we headed to the ground, from the bridge it was all downhill and very easy, although not well signposted!! We parked for £5 in a car park opposite the ground but on the right side of the dual carriageway, hoping for a kind of swift getaway afterwards!

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Having somehow messed up the journey to the ground we went straight into the stadium after visiting the rather compact Bristol city megastore. We had hoped to taste a Blackthorns cider but no alcohol was being sold, the burgers were nice enough and yes the home fans were friendly also, no trouble at all.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

My original thoughts were that it was quite a ramshackle place. I was very happy to be in the away end, lots of history with it having been built in 1938! But the Club have literally put in seats anywhere that they can fit them. The terrace is very shallow and there are quite a few pillars to stop you seeing the whole pitch, however I would take this every time over a boring bowl stadium. The other sides of the ground were more grand modern types.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game itself was a mid-table clash however it was full of proper football being played, counter attacking and players getting really stuck in. Ipswich however had a player sent off for a dangerous tackle. This didn't deter them however and 17 year old Carson scored his third career goal in his fourth career appearance to seal the points. There was a massive stop for poor Leadbitter who left the field on a stretcher. Because of this there was 11 minutes added on. The atmosphere was brilliant in the first half from both sets of supporters however second half Bristol singers gave up and it was left down to Ipswich to create a party. The stewards were fine and left everyone alone so thumbs up to them. The burgers as above were great however when I queued at half time they were sold out of everything bar cheese and onion pies. The toilets were fine and your standard fare.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Lots of Bristol fans left well before the additional 11 minutes of added time, this created mayhem on the roads around, so it was a slow exit through town and back onto the eastbound M4. Still we had seen a win so it didn't bother us! The ground is quite away from city centre and lack of public transport means everybody pretty much seemed to have driven to the game.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A fantastic day out! I often watch non-league football instead of the Football League, however this was a great advertisement for the Championship and this was my Football League ground number 27. I recommend this place.

Updated 24th January 2015

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